The North Dakotan city of Fargo is packed with things to see and do, ranging from the Fargo Air Museum which houses modern and vintage airplanes and the Plains Art Museum that showcases regional, contemporary and Native American works to the Red River Zoom, which is home to a variety of animals species including red pandas and gray wolves. When it comes to romantic dining, the city doesn’t disappoint with a variety of restaurants from which to choose. Whether you are looking for an elegant steakhouse, a casual coffee shop, or a bustling Italian trattoria, here are some of the top spots to head to for celebrating love. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Nichole's Fine Pastry & Cafe
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Nichole's Fine Pastry & Café is a cozy, casual café on Downtown Fargo’s Historic Eighth Street that serves small-batch baked goods, cakes, biscuits and sweet treats, along with gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and freshly brewed coffee. The café also makes and sells specialty treats for holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas, as well as custom-made cakes for celebrations and special occasions. Guests can enjoy a wide range of drinks from house-brewed coffee, fresh juices, craft beers, and casual wines. Nichole's Fine Pastry & Café is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
13 8th St S, Fargo, ND 58103, Phone: 701-232-6430
2.25th Street Market
Located in the heart of Fargo, the 25th Street Market offers a one of a kind dining and shopping experience with something for everyone. The market consists of a cluster of 15 stores that sell a variety of foodstuffs, deli meals, locally-made, and imported items and artisanal fare, ranging from homemade yogurt and organic produce to gourmet coffee. There are also several services such as a deluxe spa offering massages and body treatments, an art gallery selling local artworks, and a shop selling Dakota-made products. 25th Street Market is open all day, seven days a week.
1450 25th St S, Fargo, ND 58103, Phone: 701-356-6300
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3.Cork 'n Cleaver
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Cork’ n Cleaver is a casual South-western-themed steakhouse that has been serving award-winning chophouse fare for the past 50 years. Featuring traditional steakhouse décor with dark wood and leather accents, elegantly dressed tables and low lighting, the steakhouse serves a menu of succulent USDA choice steaks, organic, free-range chicken and pork, ocean-fresh seafood and a range of gluten-free and vegetarian options. A salad bar offers a wide range of freshly prepared and organic salad and vegetarian options, and the full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Cork ‘n Cleaver is open for dinner every night of the week.
3301 S University Dr, Fargo, ND 58104, Phone: 701-237-6790
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4.Doolittles Woodfire Grill
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Doolittles Woodfire Grill is a casual American eatery that specializes in wood-fired rotisserie cooking over an open flame for a savory wood roasted flavor. The menu features a variety of grilled self-basting and slow-roasting skewers meats and chicken cooked to perfection, along with fresh seafood, hearty burgers, gourmet sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive collection of fine wines from around the world with over 60 wines by the bottle and 30 by the glass with a half-price wine by the bottle special on Mondays. Doolittles Woodfire Grill is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
2112 25th St SW, Fargo, ND 58103, Phone: 701-478-2200
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5.HoDo Restaurant & Lounge
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HoDo Restaurant & Lounge is a stylish, upmarket spot in the Hotel Donaldson that offers a romantic fine-dining experience. Spacious and inviting, the restaurant features sophisticated décor in dark tones, crisply dressed dark wooden tables, and industrial-style lighting, and serves a seasonal menu of New American cuisine and creative libations. Freshly baked bread begins the meal, palate-cleansing sorbet is served in between courses and handcrafted desserts provide a sweet end to the evening, along with an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. HoDo Restaurant & Lounge
101 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102, Phone: 701-478-1000
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Luna Fargo is a neighborhood kitchen and bar in the Southside Center that serves New American cuisine, fine wines, and freshly-brewed coffee in a casual and relaxed space. Originating as a coffee shop, Luna Fargo grew into the bustling spot it is today, serving freshly baked pastries and coffee in the mornings and fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, and healthy, organic entrées for lunch and dinner. The café also features a cheese counter with a variety of both local and imported cheeses for tasting and selling, six changing tap beers, and eight wines by the glass. Luna Fargo is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1545 S University Dr, Fargo, ND 58103, Phone: 701-293-8818
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7.Maxwells - Restaurant & Bar
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Maxwells Restaurant and Bar offers a relaxed and adventurous dining experience with seasonal menus of French and American-inspired cuisine along with the region’s largest collection of wines and beers from around the world. Seamlessly blending superb cuisine and libations, outstanding service, and gracious hospitality, Maxwells is renowned for serving sublime dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, such as escargots in garlic butter, fresh seafood platters, and prime steaks. Maxwells features an award-winning wine list of over 100 bottles of global wines, high-end liquors and spirits, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails. Maxwells Restaurant and Bar is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1380 9th St E, West Fargo, ND 58078, Phone: 701-277-9463
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Located just behind the historic Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo, Mezzaluna is an elegant fine-dining restaurant with a chic, relaxed atmosphere that promises an exceptional dining experience. Drawing inspiration from the beautifully preserved Fargo Theatre, which was built in 1917, the restaurant features ornate historical elements that contribute towards the intimate and romantic ambiance of the eatery, along with plush, high backed, semi-circular banquettes and private seating. Executive chef and co-owner Joseph Brunner uses locally sourced products to create seasonally-inspired menus with European influences, which are complemented by a diverse wine list and inventive cocktails from the Alleyway Bar. Mezzaluna is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
309 Roberts St N, Fargo, ND 58102, Phone: 701-364-9479
9.Porter Creek Hardwood Grill
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The Porter Creek Hardwood Grill is a casual, woodsy restaurant that serves contemporary American cuisine with California-Mediterranean influences in a laid-back atmosphere. Inspired by the surrounding wine country, the inviting restaurant features a warm and welcoming dining room with a large, full-service bar and a charming patio with cozy fire pits for alfresco dining beneath the stars. Seasonal menus feature dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients such as fire-roasted meats and seafood and rustic vegetables cooked in a woodfired oven, accompanied by an extensive wine list with more than 80 bottles and 100 premium brands of spirits. The Porter Creek Hardwood Grill is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1555 44th St S, Fargo, ND 58103, Phone: 701-369-3669
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10.Rustica - Eatery, and Tavern
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Set in the historic 1898 Kassenborg Block building near the Main Avenue bridge, Rustica Eatery and Tavern is a rustic-chic spot that serves creative American fare with Italian and Spanish influences in an Old World atmosphere. The restaurant features exposed brick interiors, a wood-burning pizza oven, a bar with copper beer taps, and two dining areas, one of which serves traditional American fare with European flavors, and the other artisanal wood-fired pizzas, all of which is prepared and presented by Executive Chef Eric Watson using fresh locally sourced ingredients. The full-service bar serves fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Rustica Eatery and Tavern is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
315 Main Ave, Moorhead, MN 56560, Phone: 218-227-5388
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11.The Toasted Frog
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Set on Fargo’s main drag, The Toasted Frog is a hip bistro with speakeasy-esque interiors that serves contemporary American cuisine and creative cocktails in a casual, sophisticated ambiance. Focusing on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, the culinary team creates a seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare with signature dishes such as appetizers of signature fried cheesy pickles and entrées of filet mignon, wood-fired lobster tail, fish tacos, Cajun bacon pasta, and grilled swordfish. The full-service bar serves fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. The Toasted Frog is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
305 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102, Phone: 701-478-7888
Wasabi is a stylish Japanese restaurant that specializes in fresh, handmade sushi, and sashimi dishes, upscale teppanyaki grills, and creative sake-based cocktails. The refined restaurant offers a unique dining experience with a menu of sublime Japanese cuisine and serves a wide range of delicious dishes from across Asia, including tataki, tempura, teriyaki, hibachi, sushi, sashimi, California rolls, udon, ramen, and various noodles dishes. A full-service bar offers craft beers and microbrews by the bottle or on tap, top-shelf spirits, classic cocktails, and fine wines from around the world. Wasabi is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
560 2nd Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, Phone: 701-478-2442
12 Best Restaurants in Fargo, North Dakota
- Nichole's Fine Pastry & Cafe, Photo: Nichole's Fine Pastry & Café
- 25th Street Market, Photo: AnnaStills/stock.adobe.com
- Cork 'n Cleaver, Photo: Cork 'n Cleaver
- Doolittles Woodfire Grill, Photo: Doolittles Woodfire Grill
- HoDo Restaurant & Lounge, Photo: HoDo Restaurant & Lounge
- Luna Fargo, Photo: Luna Fargo
- Maxwells - Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Maxwells - Restaurant & Bar
- Mezzaluna, Photo: Mezzaluna
- Porter Creek Hardwood Grill, Photo: Porter Creek Hardwood Grill
- Rustica - Eatery, and Tavern, Photo: Rustica - Eatery, and Tavern
- The Toasted Frog, Photo: The Toasted Frog
- Wasabi, Photo: Wasabi
- Cover Photo: spaskov/stock.adobe.com
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