Guide to Date Night Restaurants in #RochMN

table with candlesPlanning a date night is easier said than done. Not only do you have to find someone to watch the kids, but you also have to put on actual pants and then choose a place to eat. Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! 

Rochester Mom has compiled a list of restaurants that are perfect date night spots. Each restaurant on our list is unique and special, and you won’t find any chain restaurtants in our guide. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just getting a night away from the kids (we know you’re overdue for one of those!), you’re bound to find a place on this list! Oh, and sorry…you’ll have to put on your own pants.

This information was current as of the writing of this article. Make sure to call ahead to confirm your plans. Enjoy! And as always, stay safe!

Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar

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Victoria’s Ristorante and Wine Bar is an longstanding favorite of many Rochesterites. Nestled on a corner lot downtown in the newly renovated Heart of The City, Victoria’s is the perfect spot for a night out. They have indoor and outdoor seating, so when the weather is nice you can enjoy your meal street-side. They have a large wine menu, and the desserts are to die for! Check out our review of their Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake here.  

Location: 7 1st Avenue Southwest

Phone: (507) 280-6232

Hours: Daily 10:30am-9pm

Our Pick: For the veggie lovers – try Patron’s Creation. It’s a pasta dish filled with vegetables sautéed in olive oil. You also can’t go wrong with a classic plate of spaghetti made with their homemade marinara sauce. 

ThaiPop

ThaiPop is Rochester’s newest downtown sensation. You NEED TO check it out! As you enter the restaurant, you’re instantly transported to another world, where culture and food come together to delight your senses. Greenery surrounds you and the eye-catching Thai décor adds to the fun atmosphere of the space. Don’t forget to check out their signature drinks – and their mocktail menu too!

Location: 4 3rd St SW

Phone: (507) 226-8146

Hours: Monday 4pm-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm, Closed on Sundays

Our Pick: The sprouts are a must-try at ThaiPop. Think a bowl of brussel sprouts but fried with caramelized palm sugar and fish sauce. For your meal, try the Yum Yum Wings, a favorite of many!

Chez Bojji

The elegant feel of Chez Bojji is unlike anything else in Rochester. The grand piano they have adds to the charming upscale aesthetic. Combining modern Southern European dishes with local ingredients, Chez Boji is all about authenticity to the cuisine and to the city of Rochester itself. 

Location: 301 N Broadway Ave

Phone: (507) 288-0274

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm and 4-10pm (closes at 9 Sundays)

Our Pick: Try the Moroccan Meatball dish. Chef Bojji uses his mother’s specialty seasoning – so you know it’s good!

Cameo

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Located in the basement of The Castle Building on Broadway Avenue, Cameo exudes romance with its low lit atmosphere filled with wood and leather. The restaurant’s unique take on American food adds to the ambiance for a dining experience like no other. 

Location: 121 N Broadway Ave

Phone: (507) 361-2070

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm-10pm, Sunday and Monday open to private events only

Our Pick: Feeling adventurous? Try the chef’s tasting menu, which changes weekly. Cameo’s designated date-night is Wednesday, with a special menu! Get an appetizer, two entrees, a dessert, and two drinks for $60. 

The Redwood Room

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We’ve got another basement restaurant on our list! There must be something about lower-level eateries that make them feel romantic. The Redwood Room is cozy and intimate, with live music most weekends. It’s the perfect place to spend quality time with the one you love. 

Location: 300 1st Ave NW 

Phone: (507) 281-2978

Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 5pm-9pm, Thursday-Saturday 5pm-10pm, Sunday-Monday Closed

Our Pick: We chose the Apple Cider Pork entrée for the sweet-and-savory lovers out there! 

Bleu Duck Kitchen + Bar

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Bleu Duck Kitchen is located in the historic Conley-Mass building. The sophisticated character of the restaurant’s interior shows the thought put into decorating the space. Don’t forget to try to find the blue duck! An open-kitchen concept allows you to see the chefs preparing dishes. Bleu Duck has won best restaurant in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Go check them out!

Location: 14 Fourth Street SW

Phone: (507) 258-4663

Hours: Monday-Saturday 5pm-10pm

Our Pick: We think you’ll love trying out Bleu Duck’s oyster bar. They’ve got the freshest and largest oyster menu in Rochester. 

Twigs Tavern and Grille

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Twigs is a great place to spend a night out with a special someone. It has a warm and cozy feel that will make you happy inside. The space is filled with wood and the lights above resemble twigs…get it? Their outdoor space is beautiful in the warmer months. Whether you enjoy a few of their small plates together or get entrees of your own, you won’t be disappointed. Twigs also has a gluten-free menu, with all items on it cooked in their separate gluten-free kitchen! 

Location: 401 6th Street SW

Phone: (507) 288-0206

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 5pm-9pm

Our Pick: Check out the hot rock grilling menu. This experience is so unique, and is perfect for a date night! After you select your choices, your meat or seafood is brought to your table with a 650 degree rock – you get to cook and season your food how you like!

Five West Kitchen + Bar

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The expansive interior of Five West has room for all of the Rochester date nighters to enjoy. Their open-ended booths are spacious, and the massive bar is ready for you to enjoy drinks before or after dinner. They also have a large outdoor seating area that has several different areas as well as its own bar. 

Location: 1991 Commerce Drive NW

Phone: (507) 361-5555

Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 1:30pm-10pm

Our Pick: If you’re in the mood for a salad, we suggest the Blackened Chicken Quinoa. It’s topped with mango yogurt dressing and a champagne vinaigrette. Leave some room for dessert – try the Chocolate Chippers! They also have different cheesecakes, so be sure to ask.

Tilda’s Pizzeria

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One of the many pizzerias that have popped up in Rochester, Tilda’s is perfect for a cozy date for the pizza lovers. The open layout of the space’s interior is simple and charming, and the outside deck is great for when the Minnesota weather cooperates. Their wood-fired pizza is made with fresh ingredients and has a super tasty crust. 

Location: 300 1st Ave NW

Phone: (507) 361-3636

Hours: Monday through Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm

Our Pick: Tilda’s has so many pizzas to choose from, that it’s hard to pick just one! Why not create your own pizza using your favorite ingredients? Don’t forget to try the s’mores dip for dessert. You can thank us later.

Forager Brewery

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Forager Restaurant and Brewery is the perfect place if you’re looking for a laid-back night out. This unique space has so much personality, and there’s a piece of décor to admire at every turn. Check out the penny-covered tables, the wall displaying their beer labels, and the library room. Another great thing about Forager is the live music. Check them out on Facebook to find out who’s playing, and when!

Location: 1005 6th St NW 

Phone: (507) 258-7490

Hours: Daily 11am-10pm

Our Pick: Try their newest menu item, the Blackened Salmon. Or go for a favorite of ours, the Cast Iron Mac & Cheese, made with panko and kimchi! 

Hefe Rojo

Located in downtown Rochester, Hefe Rojo is a modern Mexican restaurant with an eclectic twist. Inside you’ll find a dark and colorful atmosphere with murals, candles, and skulls. Their outdoor alley seating area is filled with plants and beautifully lit with lights when the sun goes down. 

Location: 216 1st Ave SW

Phone: (507) 289-1949

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday and Monday Closed

Our Pick: For starters, get the 3 Dips Meet 2 Chips appetizer. We also love their Mix & Match Tacos so you can try a few different kinds! Don’t forget to grab one of their margaritas!

The Purple Goat

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If you want to have a more casual date night, check out The Purple Goat. Inside you’ll find a large seating area with tables and booths. The center fireplace gives the space a warm touch. The bar area has TVs, and there’s a large patio area outside that’s dog-friendly! 

Location: 3708 N Broadway Ave

Phone: (507) 361-5144

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 11am-11pm

Our Pick: Try the Strawberry Goat Salad, with candied pecans…yum! They also have a great drink menu, including punch bowl cocktails.

Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse

If an upscale steakhouse is your vibe, Pittsburgh Blue is the place to go. Located in the Hilton Hotel building, the quiet atmosphere is great for conversation, especially in their deep booths. They hand-cut their steaks and have an extensive wine menu. 

Location: 10 East Center Street

Phone: (507) 361-2560

Hours:  Monday-Saturday 4pm-10pm, Sunday 4pm-9pm

Our Pick: We suggest the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail for starters and whatever cut of steak is your favorite, you can’t go wrong! Try the Parmesan Fries as a side.

Chester’s Kitchen & Bar

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Located in the Heart of the City, this American eatery offers a variety of seating areas. There’s a sophisticated indoor space with low lighting and two patio areas (one is indoors). When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio is available adjacent to the Peace Fountain with a great view of the artwork installations in the plaza.

Location: 11 Broadway Ave S. #108 in The Shops at University Square
Phone: (507) 424-1211

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30am-10pm, Friday 10:30am-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-10pm

Our Pick: If you’re looking to share some appetizers, we suggest the Rotisserie Chicken Wings and the Bacon Mac and Cheese Balls!

Pescara

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For a sophisticated and classy night out, choose Pescara. This modern eatery is known for their seafood, and has several other areas to their menu including small plates and shareables, perfect for date night. 

Location: 150 S Broadway

Phone: (507) 280-6900

Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30am-9pm, Friday 6:30-10pm, Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 7am-9pm

Our Pick: We think you’ll like the Grilled Norwegian Salmon and add some Smoked Gouda Hash Browns.

Prescott’s Grill

For a fine dining experience, head to Prescotts. Their food is fresh and the upscale dishes are made with simple locally-sourced ingredients. The quiet atmosphere is perfect to spend quality time with someone you love. 

Location: 1201 S Broadway Ste 60

Phone: (507) 536-7775

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 4pm-8pm, Closed Sunday and Monday

Our Pick: The entrees change seasonally, but you’re bound to find something yummy any time you go! We suggest ordering the Classic Crème Brule for dessert!

Terza Ristorante

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Located downtown Rochester, Terza serves classic Italian food in an upscale space. The brick walls and arches throughout create an ambience that’s great for a date night. Their pasta is made in-house and they have an extensive wine list. 

Location: 30 3rd Street SE

Phone: (507) 216-9590

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 3pm-10pm

Our Pick: The Jumbo Chicken Meatball appetizer is a must-try. We also suggest the Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner.

Olde Brick House

Located in the Heart of the City, this authentic Irish pub is a cozy place to spend date night. The interior is filled with mahogany and leather, stained glass windows, and various knick-knacks. The space was built to make you feel like you’re sitting in a pub in Ireland. 

Location: 19 1st Ave SW

Phone:  (507) 258-4607

Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 11am-10pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am-11pm

Our Pick: It’s hard to choose, but we think you’d enjoy a dish from the Traditional Fare section. They’ve got a fish and chips dish with Guinness beer-battered cod, and bangers and mash topped with their Guinness gravy.

SMOAK BBQ

At SMOAK you’ll find modern Texas-style barbeque. The large industrial interior space has several seating areas including various high-top bar facing sections, as well as open ended booths, wall adjacent booths, and lower tables. They also have a nice, open patio seating area for the warmer months.

Location: 2291 Commerce Drive NW

Phone: (507) 361-7427

Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-10pm

Our Pick: We think you’ll love everything at SMOAK, but if we had to choose a few starters for you, we’d pick the Brisket Burnt Ends and the Texas Twinkies (brisket and cream cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon). Is your mouth watering yet?

Crave

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Located at the top of the Hotel Indigo in downtown Rochester, their rooftop has great views of the city, and is open all year! In the warmer months, the roof retracts so you have an open-air experience like no other in town. 

Location: 220 Broadway Ave. South

Phone: (507) 512-3800

Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am-10pm, Friday 7am-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday 9am-10pm

Our Pick: We think you’ll love the truffle parmesan fries. They also have various poke bowls and sushi!


We hope you found one, or more spots for your next date night!  Have a favorite date night spot? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Blair is a wife to Rodney and mommy to Kyus (2016). She grew up in Red Wing and has lived in Rochester for 15 years. Blair works full-time at the Mayo Clinic as a Psychometrist (she tests people’s thinking). She finds mental health and psychology extremely interesting and loves learning about wellness. In her spare time Blair likes to do all things relaxing. This includes, but is not limited to: napping, going for walks, taking baths, and watching reality television. On the weekends you can find her thrift shopping, and attending fun events around town with her family of 3. Blair loves to make people laugh with her sarcastic and blunt personality, and she doesn’t take life too seriously.