Best Restaurant for Upscale Dining

If you’re looking to treat yourself to a fancy night out, consider Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse (4751 Owen Ayres Court, Eau Claire) on Eau Claire’s south side. Located at the Holiday Inn, Johnny’s offers a gourmet menu of steaks, pasta, and seafood dishes in an upscale atmosphere. In second place is Mona Lisa’s Restaurant (428 Water St., Eau Claire), a longtime  staple that can be relied on for an always-delicious “modern Italian” menu. In third place is Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub (415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire), which offers filling American fare, plus a candied garlic sauce you won’t find anywhere else. — Emily Kuhn