Good Thyme Restaurant


We’re The Big Yellow House on Highway 13 in Washburn, WI near Bayfield. Delicious dinners, Friday night fish fry, handmade coctails, beer and wine and a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Come eat and have a good thyme. 

Dinner reservations encouraged.

Call 715-373-5255

Good Thyme Catering


We proudly take an artisanal approach to the food we serve. We make all of our sauces, marinades, desserts & signature dressings from scratch. We are  committed to using local ingredients from local purveyors whenever possible.

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Feel the Love

Bayfield Wisconsin isn’t one of my usual haunts, but well worth a visit. I now see why the late JFK, Jr used to retreat to the Bayfield area to escape. It is a beautiful area with lots to see and do, and less anyone feel that one has to sacrifice fine dining to experience the Wisconsin northwoods…I suggest…no I insist that you find your way to Good Thyme for a…(sorry)…good time! You will pass Good Thyme just outside of Washburn as you drive the final few miles to Bayfield. You will see an attractive older home with a large wraparound porch and ample parking sitting by itself in the right. It is only open 5-9 pm and I would recommend a reservation, if you are dining after 6, as it seemed to get quite busy quickly after our 6 pm seating. We were seated by the kitchen, but I did not even mind, and I could see that the staff was hustling and attentive to everyone. One of the staff (perhaps the owner or manager?) seemed to know half of the patrons and greeted them like old friends. I almost felt like I was in an upscale episode of Cheers. Our waitress, Jan, as well as the other staff, were very attentive and our water glasses never got even half empty before being refilled. Jan was extremely pleasant, did not appear rushed with us, and made excellent recommendations. Neither the wine list, drink menu, nor food menu were enormous, but definitely adequate. Everything we had was excellent and exceeded expectations. A few highlights: We started with the Brie and baguette. This sounds pretty basic but was amazing! The Brie was covered with a chutney which included rhubarb and apples and a Marsala wine sauce. Paired with the warm baguette I was quite content. Next came the house salad…on most meals just a forgettably modest segway to the main course. The Good Thyme salad has an Asian influenced sesame oil vinaigrette with a cow’s milk feta that was surprisingly amazing! At this point we were quite content, with the main course remaining. I had the Char crusted pub filet, stuffed with cheese and cooked perfectly. My wife had the freshly caught Lake Superior whitefish, which was a generous serving of light, flaky delicious whitefish. Both of our meals were generously portioned, nicely presented, reasonably priced, and DELICIOUS! Overall, we had an excellent dining experience and I recommend Good Thyme highly!

Bert C.

People say wedding guests only remember the food, drinks and dance floor. Good Thyme absolutely slayed the catering game at our wedding!!! They created a beautiful charcuterie display and served cheese curds during our cocktail hour, and THE DINNER was absolutely fabulous!!! Nut-crusted whitefish (local!!!) with hollandaise, and pork tenderloin…we got so many compliments about the food! Even an avid fisherman said the fish was the best he ever had! The servers were so sweet! One even took some pics of candid moments she thought I might want to see, and she emailed them to me!!!! As a bride, it’s the best gift to see other’s pics! Good Thyme is the best caterer in the region for a reason!!!

Joni M.

“Our dinner at Good Thyme tonight was memorable in many ways. The ambiance, partnered with the service and perfectly executed food made it a dining experience we won’t soon forget! Brooke was an amazing server, and made my 5 year old son feel so special and included in our dining experience. The owner Renee is hands on in every way, and it’s easy to see why Good Thyme has become the #1 recommended foodie stop in the area. The highlight of our trip, and we’d seriously condo driving 4 hours from the Twin Cities just to repeat tonight’s dinner!”

Jessica G. Saint Paul, MN

If you’re in the Washburn/Bayfield area, this gorgeous but cozy romantic restaurant is a must visit. The food is outstanding and the service is impeccable!

Liz Schuette

Renee catered our wedding and did a phenomenal job. Her food is to die for, she’s fun, and her and her staff are professional and made sure everything went so smoothly. Many of our wedding guests still rave about our food (six months later) and say it was hands down, the best wedding meal they’ve ever had. Highly recommend Good Thymes if you’re wanting a meal none of your guests will forget

Sarah Dumonseau

“So glad that Renee & her talented team have returned hip & fun dining yo the Bayfield/Washburn area. The food & drinks are top-notch too!”

Kate Bugher

“There are no words. From a total foodie….go to this place. It’s probably changed my life”

Anne Etten

Renee and Good Thyme catering did a fantastic job with the delicious food for my daughters wedding in July! A special hit with guests were the Wisconsin cheese curds! Also great service, we would definitely use again- thanks Renee!

Dana Sandstrom

The incredible Renee H. and the Good Thyme team embraced our idea for a “kind of BBQ but kind of and elevated picnic wedding under a tent, with super kid-friendly, locally sourced food” and ran with it. YUM. I can’t say enough about how creative and wonderful Renee is. The menu was fabulous, and just what we wanted for a relaxed, outdoor reception with a zillion kids. Smoked whitefish from Lake Superior, fried cheese curds in adorable July 4th-feel red striped baskets, baked mac-and-cheese, pulled chicken sliders with white BBQ sauce, wild rice salad…I am drooling just thinking about the food, and grateful all over again for Renee’s fantastic ability to intuit just what a client needs. She’s an amazing chef and so personable and kind. Her menu just made the day! Renee and team will work with you, no matter what your budget, and design a menu that fits your occasion perfectly (even if you have fussy guests, food allergies, kids that outnumber adults 2-1, you name it). Don’t hesitate to hire Good Thyme — you will be in very good hands indeed!

Reviewed On 9/11/2017 

Jennigel L

greatest food ever!

amazing! we had garlic potatoes, smoked brisket, champagne chicken, asparagus, and salad with renees amazing homemade dressing! the caterers were very professional and on time! they did a great job serving ! everyone raved about the food at our wedding! we also did a late night snack which was a huge hit!

Reviewed On 10/14/2014

Alyssa P

Eat, Drink, Be Merry.

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(715) 373–5255

(715) 292-4545


77180 State Highway 13
Washburn, WI 54891


PO Box 217
Washburn, WI 54891



Wedn: 5pm-9pm (starting in June)
Thur: 5pm-9pm
Fri: 5pm-9pm
Sat: 5pm-9pm

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