Western Wisconsin is home to a variety of romantic restaurants suited for occasions such as Valentine's Day, anniversaries and special birthdays. These establishments pair mood-setting, intimate spaces with fine cuisine to create a memorable evening for any couple. Western Wisconsin's romantic restaurants are located throughout the region in cities such as Eau Claire, La Crosse and St. Croix Falls.
Grecco's on the Saint Croix
Grecco's on the Saint Croix is on North Washington Street in the western Wisconsin city of St. Croix Falls. Lit by mood-setting tea lights and wall-sconced candles, the dining room provides views of the St. Croix River. Its views and ambiance earned the restaurant an award from the users of OpenTable as one of the "Most Romantic Restaurants in Wisconsin."
The menu at Grecco's changes regularly to incorporate local ingredients, which the restaurant purchases direct from farmers in many cases. To set a leisurely pace for your evening, consider the four-, six- or nine-course tasting dinners. Past dishes for these prix fixe meals have included braised lamb shanks with potato puree and fresh pasta with cherry tomatoes in a pink sauce. The tasting dinners come with or without a wine pairing selected from the restaurant's list of around 70 reds and whites.
Grecco's on the Saint Croix serves lunch Monday through Saturday and dinner nightly. Reservations are highly recommended and taken both online and by phone. To add to the romantic atmosphere, consider requesting a table on the outdoor patio during warm weather to dine under the stars with the same view of the River. Dressy casual attire is appropriate. The nearest parking is along the street.
The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern sits on Front Street South in the western Wisconsin city of LaCrosse. Decorated in a palette of soft browns, the dining room features large, cozy booths suited for dining in pairs during the winter months.
The menu at the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern changes monthly, and steaks are consistently among the signature dishes. All of the beef has U.S.D.A. Prime certification and is aged on-site prior to preparation. Cuts include the 8-oz. beef tenderloin filet or the 16-oz. ribeye. To finish the meal, have an after-dinner drink in the restaurant's piano lounge, where you can snuggle together on a leather sofa and listen to the soft strains of jazz and blues.
The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday. Reservations are highly recommended and accepted only by phone. Request a table near the windows in the dining room for views of the Mississippi River and LaCrosse River Park. Business casual attire is appropriate. The nearest parking is along the street.
Mona Lisa's Restaurant
Mona Lisa's Restaurant is on Water Street in the western Wisconsin city of Eau Claire. The restaurant's East Room dining room offers a candlelit space with only six tables, providing an intimate, private feel to the meal
Mona Lisa's Restaurant specializes in farm-fresh dishes with local ingredients with a menu that changes weekly. Italian cuisine is the specialty, with pasta dishes a regular staple among the entrees. A full bar is available with an ever-changing selection of wines by the bottle and glass. At the end of the meal during cold weather months, have a drink in the restaurant's lounge area, where you can sit beside a mood-setting fireplace.
Mona Lisa's Restaurant serves dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays. Reservations are strongly recommended, and make sure to request seating in the East Room for the most romantic meal possible. Business casual attire is the norm. The nearest parking is along the street.