First Date Restaurants: A Woman's Perspective

A handsome gentleman has asked you on a date but has thrown a curveball: he’s asked you to pick the place. It’s important that you select the ideal ambiance. After all – this could be the first day of the rest of your lives together. This is the stuff fairytales are made of. Here is our list of romantic, classic, elegant establishments with fantastic fare. Sip some cocktails, dine in decadence and get lost in each other’s eyes at one of these Wisconsin restaurants.

Black & Tan GrilleGreen Bay

There’s no finer place to fit in with your new shoes, purse, and dress than Black & Tan Grille in Green Bay. Serving up contemporary American cuisine in the historic Bellin building downtown, this suggestion will communicate that he should pick you up, dressed to impress, ready for a night of amazing food and sophisticated conversation. A true test of how smitten he was by you, it will be an excellent sign if he receives the bill and sticks with the old-fashioned tradition of paying the whole thing.

Christian’s BistroPlover

Traditional, classic foods prepared as elegantly as the setting you will be surrounded by as you eat them. Their diverse menu is prepared with food sourced locally. Your commitment to sustainability and supporting local agriculture and knowledge of where you can do so with an unbeatably delicious dinner will be noticed and will score you some major points – a perfect choice for a great first impression.

Harbor HouseMilwaukee

Set sail on your lifetime of happiness together from… okay, maybe that is getting a little carried away, but what sets the tone for a night of great conversation of uncovering all of the things you have in common better than seafood and steak overlooking Lake Michigan? This stunning waterfront setting and fresh seafood is unforgettable – somewhere he will likely want to bring you back when he introduces you to his parents for the first time.


Did the name roll off your tongue with an accent mastered in the foreign language classes you’ve taken? French for “star,” it just sounds like somewhere to take a fine lady on a first date. Upon arriving, you won’t be disappointed as you’re seated in their grand dining room overlooking the State Capitol. Frequently, the restaurant offers special dinners with wine pairings and regional cuisines. Fine dining, fine wine, fine company. Sounds like the first of many dates for the two of you.

Rookery Pub Fine DiningCable

You’ll have him at the word “pub,” but the true first-date-worthy quality fare and atmosphere of this Northwoods gem is better described by the “fine dining” portion of the restaurant’s name. Located in one of the most serene settings in Wisconsin, this date really could be something out of a story book. With great food, minimal distractions and a charming, rustic setting, it’ll be impossible to ignore the sparks flying between you.  Diners around you won’t be getting the “awkward first date” vibe from your table, but rather thinking, “That must be what love at first sight looks like.”

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