Ask Ann: What are the best quiet, romantic dining spots?

Great spots for Valentine’s Day dates.

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Can you name some spots for romantic dining that offer ambiance, aren’t crazy loud and accept reservations?

A: Valentine’s Day calls for anything but cacophonic restaurant spaces with communal seating. Unless you like that sort of thing. But Feb. 14 is for lovers. I know what I’d want – no blaring music, some space between tables and staff that isn’t in my face all the time.

First place that comes to mind is Three Brothers, because it’s cozy, feels like an escape (tucked away on a quiet Bay View street) and the hearty, stewy Serbian food is perfect for sharing. And the place just seems slower. But bring cash! 

Meraki in Walker’s Point is a restaurant I don’t mention enough. The menu targets grazers to prix fixe diners, and the seating options include intimate booths. (Plus they have a secret-menu burger!)

Mistral, the Mediterranean bistro attached to the Bay View’s Avalon Theater, has a private alcove table you can request by reservation. And with the cinema right there, you can hit an early or late screening – under the enchanting stars projected on the theater ceiling.

Granted, a winter evening won’t offer much of a lake view at Harbor House, but who needs a view when you’re gazing into somebody’s eyes? Request a booth or table next to the windows. The menu offers special-occasion must-gets like whole steamed lobster, crab legs, surf and turf and raw oysters, which may or may not have aphrodisiac properties.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.