There’s nothing like the stress of the holidays. Before they fill up with Valentine’s crowds, make a date to take your sweetie out and relax after all that cleaning, baking, shopping, wrapping, shoveling and decorating.
When you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two, check out these amazing and delicious Wisconsin restaurants.
In no particular order, here are the 16 most romantic restaurants in Wisconsin:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Osteria Papavero - Madison
This restaurant pairs an extensive wine list with an ever-changing menu, a seasonal patio and some of the best desserts you'll ever have. Located at 128 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703.
2. Pasta Tree - Milwaukee
A hidden gem in a sea of Milwaukee restaurants, Pasta Tree is constantly being recommended as a great date location. House-made pastas, a garden patio in the summer and fresh bread leave it smelling wonderful. Located at 1503 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
3. Plae Bistro - Green Bay
Go all out for the chef's table experience or just settle in near the fireplace for some healthy but amazing food. Located at 1671 Hoffman Rd #10, Green Bay, WI 54311.
4. Le Chateau - LaCrosse
I'm not sure what could be more romantic than authentic French food in this setting. The food is seasonal, the wine is curated by the sommelier owner and the setting is unforgettable. Located at 410 Cass Street La Crosse, WI 54601.
5. Lake Park Bistro - Milwaukee
Something about this place just makes you feel fancy. The views out to Lake Michigan are gorgeous, the dishes are fancy without being fussy, the wine list is extensive and the desserts are so good they've done a meal of just things from their pastry chef before. Located at 3133 E Newberry Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211.
6. Harvest - Madison
Also a bit of a hidden gem, Harvest is on Capitol Square features amazing ambiance. It's a go-to spot for celebrating special occasions. Located at 21 N Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703.
7. House of Embers - Wisconsin Dells
This old-school steakhouse stands tall among the gimmicks of the Dells. For more than 50 years, this place has been providing atmosphere and great food for couples in the Dells. Located at 935 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
8. Back When Cafe - Wausau
Don't let the name fool you. This is upscale, seasonal, farm-to-table dining that's been here since 1991. High ceilings, amazing food and stellar service make this a place to go when you want to set the mood. Located at 606 N 3rd Ave, Wausau, WI 54401
9. Whistling Swan - Fish Creek
Part of the oldest operating inn on the peninsula, this restaurant brings upscale to the casual vacation crowd in Door County. Stellar service, farm-fresh food and a fabulous vibe are the reasons folks keep going back. Located at 4192 Main St, Fish Creek, WI 54212.
10. Forequarter - Madison
Forequarter delivers romance for the trendy couple. They serve some of the best food in the state without an pretense. It's a modern date-night locale. Located at 708 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703.
11. Cucina - Kohler
Due to the American Inn and golfing, life in Kohler can be a bit posh and stuffy. Located in the The Shops At Woodlake Kohler, Cucina is upscale, but still makes you feel at home. The food is like your nonna made. 725 Woodlake Rd, Kohler, WI 53044
12. Tuscany - Kenosha
A favorite of locals, Tuscany is one of those places people tell you about but you can't believe is real. Folks like to act as though the space between Milwaukee and Chicago is just pass-through, but Tuscany proves them wrong. Located at 7410 118th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142.
13. Medusa - Lake Geneva
The small dining room means intimate dining. It's a unique little place with amazing food, great atmosphere and a dining experience you won't forget. Located at 501 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147.
14. Sebastian's - Racine
They pair local food with a global wine list inside cozy wood walls. The staff is impeccable and in the summer months there's not just outdoor seating, but an outdoor chef station. Located at 6025 Douglas Ave, Racine, WI 53402.
15. Fireside - Hayward
Fireside delivers all the fun stuff about a supper club - wait in the bar with a drink and a relish tray - and then ups the menu with French influences. It's the best of both worlds and great for a Northwoods date. Located at 14451 Co Rd K, Hayward, WI 54843.
16. Apollon - Appleton
Piano music on the weekends helps set the tone, but any night is good for a casual date in this cute little restaurant. Located at 207 N Appleton St, Appleton, WI 54911.
Have you taken your other half to any of these places? What were your favorites? Where else do you go to help set the tone on a date?