THE BEST UPSCALE, DATE-NIGHT RESTAURANTS ACCORDING TO YOU from Volume One’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll

JOHNNY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE

Steak / Italian

4751 Owen Ayres Ct., Eau Claire
9 Minute drive from UW-Eau Claire
(715) 830-9779

JOHNNY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE IS A SUAVE CHOICE TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE. Inside this upscale, modern Italian eatery you’ll find a 50s era vibe complete with velvet curtains and Rat Pack music – making for one classy evening out. While famous for its award winning steaks, some other favorites at Johnny’s include the salmon, the bruschetta, and the Mounds Bar dessert to share (wink). If you’re of age, there’s an extensive wine list and cocktail menu from which you can choose your drinks. The atmosphere and the food are well worth the price and make the complete fine dining package for you and your date.

I had a nice dinner here with my parents and significant other a few weeks after they opened. Although a bit dark, the atmosphere was very nice. Our waitress was pleasant and very knowledgeable about the menu. The prices were in line with what I would expect at a supper-club style steakhouse. We enjoyed our meal so much that we even ordered dessert, a rare occurrence!

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MONA LISA’S RESTAURANT

Italian / Seafood

428 Water St., Eau Claire
8 Minute walk from UW-Eau Claire
(715) 839-8969

The interior at Mona Lisa’s is mood lit with deep reds and art lines the walls, but almost more impressive is the outdoor patio – a perfect place for drinks and appetizers for a casual summer date. Pasta and seafood options tend to land in the $12-$20 range, but are well worth the price both in taste and presentation. You can also split pizza. It’s more romantic that way (and a bit cheaper).


HOULIGANS STEAK & SEAFOOD PUB

Steak / Seafood

415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire
17 minute walk from UW-Eau Claire
(715) 835-6621

DOWNTOWN’S PREMIERE STEAK JOINT has a classic Wisconsin supper club vibe, with a dark, moody atmosphere. If there’s any risk involved with a first date at Houligans, it’s probably that you’d disgust your companion by stuffing your gills with too much delicious, delicious meat. The steak and burger selection is to die for, but the downtown classic also offers seafood, pasta, other entrees and a full drink menu. The best part? It’s right downtown, so it’s an easy walk from campus and student housing. You’ll have two bridges to go in for that first kiss on. Don’t chicken out (or maybe eat too much of the garlic steak...)


STELLA BLUES

306 E. Madison St., Eau Claire

Stella’s has a killer seafood selection, with interesting cajun dishes and a great atmosphere (including a patio).

BIJOU BISTRO

2629 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire

Bijou started as a catering business, but has expanded with a gorgeous small dining room with a rotating menu.


YOU WANT TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION ON THIS ROMANTIC NIGHT?

Bring a little something extra from one of these Eau Claire flower shops.

4 SEASONS FLORIST, INC.
117 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire
(715) 834-2017
AVALON EUROPEAN FLORAL
504 Water St., Eau Claire
(715) 838-8880
flowersbyavalon.com
BRENT DOUGLAS
610 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire
(715) 831-0997
brent@brentdouglas.biz
CHIPPEWA VALLEY FLORAL
2734 Mall Dr., Eau Claire
(715) 839-ROSE
chippewavalleyfloral.com
EAU CLAIRE FLORAL
1824 Brackett Ave., Eau Claire
(715) 834-2901
eauclairefloral.com
FESTIVAL FOODS
3007 Mall Dr., Eau Claire
(715) 838-1000
festfoods.com
GORDY’S MARKET
3310 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire
(715) 834-3993

1031 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire
(715) 839-0220
gordys.com
MAY’S FLORAL GARDEN
3424 Jeffers Rd., Eau Claire
(715) 836-8220
maysfloral.net
WILLOW RIDGE FLORAL
1925 N. 60th Ave., Eau Claire
(715) 379-3925
willowridgefloral.com