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 / Italian4751 Owen Ayres Ct., Eau Claire
9 Minute drive from UW-Eau Claire
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!
MONA LISA’S RESTAURANT
Italian / Seafood428 Water St., Eau Claire
8 Minute walk from UW-Eau Claire
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 / Seafood415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire
17 minute walk from UW-Eau Claire
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 BLUES306 E. Madison St., Eau Claire
Stella’s has a killer seafood selection, with interesting cajun dishes and a great atmosphere (including a patio).
BIJOU BISTRO2629 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire
Bijou started as a catering business, but has expanded with a gorgeous small dining room with a rotating menu.
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