Romantic Restaurants in Mequon, WI

Romantic Restaurants in Mequon, WI

by Tara Dodrill

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Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.

Spend a night out with your significant other at four romantic restaurants in Mequon, Wisconsin. Besides providing a romantic atmosphere for its guests, these restaurants also offer eclectic menu items that allow diners to virtually travel far beyond the region's boundaries on an international culinary tour. Make reservations in advance when dining on weekends or holidays.

Riversite Restaurant

Riversite Restaurant has been a staple on the Mequon dining scene since 1989. Although steak is the restaurant's specialty, a host of fresh seafood entrees also comprise a large portion of Riversite Restaurant's menu. The restaurant's upscale atmosphere is complemented by secluded booths that offer privacy for dining couples. Dine with a view of the Milwaukee River and watch as passing boats blow their horns in greeting. The locally owned restaurant also supports Wisconsin farmers by purchasing locally grown produce. Choose from entrees such as a juicy steak, fresh walleye or exotic bison.

Highland House

Sip on an award-winning margaritas at the Highland House restaurant. This dining establishment earned 3 ½ out of 4 stars from the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" for its Caribbean- and Mexican-style cuisine. Grab a table on the outside dining patio and watch the sunset while you eat, or cozy up to the stone fireplace inside while admiring the interior decor, which features colorful works by regional artists. If you find yourself waiting for a table, take a leisurely stroll around the restaurant's landscaped grounds.

The Centennial Bar and Grille

Located inside a historic building, The Centennial Bar and Grille offers live music by regional musicians from October to March. The fine woodwork and rustic decor inside this 1895 farmhouse-style structure creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Mollie's Shoestring Onion appetizer is a house specialty and boasts a tangy dusting of Parmesan cheese on top of the fired and breaded onions. Menu entree choices include seven styles of chicken dishes, barbecued ribs, salmon, Cajun pan-seared walleye and breaded perch. The restaurant also offers an array of fine wines and international beers. During your restaurant visit, save some time before your meal to browse the old photos taken in Mequon during the last century and listen to staff as they illuminate guests about local lore.

Taylor and Dunn's Public House

If you're looking for a bit of romance without the high price tag, try Taylor and Dunn's Public House, which offers a casual and moderately priced dining experience. Blend a romantic meal with lively entertainment during a weekend visit to the restaurant. Dine inside the smartly appointed, Irish-style restaurant on Friday evenings and order a “Catch of the Day for Two” meal. You and your date can share a heaping platter of pan-fried perch with homemade potato pancakes on the side. Saturday evening features an “Irish Pie Night for Two,” where you and your date can enjoy either Shepherd's or Chicken Herder's pies. Sunday is “Yummy Ribs” night, with discounts offered for two orders of barbecued ribs. But no matter the day you dine, choose a dimly lit area and snuggle while waiting for your Irish-inspired cuisine to arrive.

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