A reader kindly recommended a visit to the Kraus Haus restaurant at N8660 Clover Valley Road, Whitewater. It was a kind recommendation: the food is excellent and the atmosphere enjoyable. Now it has been some years since I have written a restaurant review, but writing follows living, and I’ve not stopped eating these last years.
The Kraus Haus offers a Spanish tapas-style menu (smaller portions in combinations of one’s choosing at a meal) but also other, and equally delicious, traditional portions on a lunch menu.
My first visit was untimely (as I arrived after the Sunday brunch hours), but positive nonetheless: someone on staff helpfully corrected my knowledge of the restaurant’s hours, and gave me menus to take. It was a considerate approach toward a patron, and left a good impression.
A second visit achieved its aim: an early dinner on a weekend. Tapas portions can be combined as one likes, with perhaps two or three items (and items that are sometimes enjoyed in succession).
Although the menu is likely to change with the seasons, one can expect items of red or white meat (lamb, ribs, salmon), soups, vegetable dishes, and salads. The Kraus Haus has a full bar, so you’re sure to find a suitable drink with your meal.
The Kraus Haus is on Clover Valley Road, Whitewater. It’s an easy distance from town, or nearby towns (one can head south from Whitewater on Wisconsin Avenue and reach it easily. (The Fuzzy Pig is well-known in the area, and the Kraus Haus is to the right and before the Fuzzy Pig.)
LOCATION: N8660 Clover Valley Road, Whitewater, WI 53190. (262) 473-4097.
Phone: (262) 473-4097
Sunday 9-12 noon
PRICES: Two tasty dishes and a drink for about $30, depending on choice.
RESERVATIONS: Available via Open Table.
DRINKS: Mixed drinks, wine, beer, soda.
SOUND: Light volume, indie music. (My waitress knew the selections, and had interesting background information on a singer in response to a question.)
SERVICE: Friendly, knowldegable — charming, really.
RATING: Recommended 3.75 of 4.
RATING SCALE: From one to four stars, representing the full experience of food, atmosphere, service, and pricing.
INDEPENDENCE: This review is delivered without financial or other connection to the establishment or its owner. The dining experience was that of an ordinary patron, without notice to the staff or requests for special consideration.