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Best Restaurant For Upscale Dining

1st Place: Mona Lisa’s

2nd Place: Stella Blues

3rd Place: Houligan’s Steak & Seafood Pub

When the fine people of the Chippewa Valley want to get fancy — we’re talking cloth napkins, glass cups, and waiters that pull out your chair for you, here — they head to Mona Lisa’s. Reigning supreme in all things fancy-shmancy three years in a row, Mona’s takes class to a new level with a Mediterranean-inspired menu that changes both seasonally and weekly, wine from around the globe, and rich comforting décor. Stella Blues, meanwhile, is the beacon for all those craving Cajun and a huge beer-and-booze selection. Try the fried crawfish bites, cornbread, and savory gumbo. Coming in third this year is Houligans, downtown Eau Claire’s signature spot for all things surf and turf, plus a well-stocked bar and a décor featuring decadent stained glass. — BB

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