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There’s nothing better than enjoying great food with someone you love, and luckily, Wisconsin offers a plethora of romantic dining options. Whether you’re celebrating something big or nothing at all, there’s always an open table in the state’s roster of elegant dinner spots. Carefully curated local, gourmet cuisine is only half the draw. Stay for the ambience, impeccable service and compelling restaurant history. Here are our five picks – let’s make it a date.
Pier 500 Restaurant – Hudson
Enjoy views of the St. Croix River as you savor unique appetizers such as brie cheese curds or smoked gouda nachos. To enhance the atmosphere, ask for the fireside booth where you can get toasty with your love. Then settle in for a steak where you can "add a little love … " with sauces, cheese or mushrooms.
Wickman House – Ellison Bay
Nestled in historic Ellison Bay, Wickman House feels beautifully secluded among trees and dancing string lights. The building, a white three-story home from the late nineteenth century, now serves seasonal dishes such as grilled trout, grain bowls, chicken with mushrooms and potatoes, and, of course, desserts from flourless chocolate cake to lavender vanilla flan, perfect for sharing.
Field’s at the Wilderness – Wisconsin Dells
The stone hearth fireplaces and distinct water features create an intimate atmosphere for one-on-one time. Not only are the hospitality, design and decorations of the highest quality, you won't be disappointed with the outstanding cuisine. Take your steak to the next level with one of the enhancing options such as Field's Style, featuring parmesan cheese and mushrooms, or pinot noir sauce.
Norwood Pines Supper Club – Minocqua
What could be comfier than a seat on the screened-in porch during summer? Views of Patricia Lake are soothing in any season, and "relaxed elegance" is the promise here. Start with seared ahi tuna and a hot kick of wasabi. End with vanilla cream crepes in a strawberry sauce. In-house ghost stories should give you an excuse to scooch a little closer.
Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn – Bayfield
Celebrate great food and company at the Landmark Restaurant in quaint Bayfield. The elegant Victorian ambience of antiques and fireplace mantles pairs well with freshly baked desserts and a five-course dinner, including options such as poulet aux champagne and smoked trout salad. The French twist only adds to the romance.
Fall in love with Wisconsin through all of its romance-worthy dining options. Couples from every neck of the woods will enjoy exploring the vast and diverse spots scattered across the state, each holding a unique menu and story. For even more inspiration on planning an evening out, visit Travel Wisconsin’s directory of romantic getaways.