10 Best Restaurants in Oshkosh for Your Next Date Night

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As an Oshkosh couples photographer, couples typically as me for recommendations for restaurants to visit after their photo session. I mean you both are all dressed up and just had an amazing time, why not continue the fun right?! It’s also a good way to bribe your fiancé to cooperate during your engagement photo session haha. Below I’ve included a list of some of the best restaurants in Oshkosh to help you with your search.

I don’t know about you, but one of my least favorite things to decide on is which restaurant we’re going to eat at for date night. Don’t get me wrong sometimes, you just know what you’re hungry for and that makes your decision so much easier. But there are times when you just don’t know what you want. So how ever will you decide? Below you’ll find some of the best restaurants in Oshkosh and a brief description of each one. You really can’t go wrong with any of these! You could even just use this as your list and try a new one each week.

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Best Restaurants in Oshkosh for an Amazing Date Night

Gardina’s Kitchen & Bar

Located downtown Oshkosh, this casual bar is the perfect place for your next date night! Walking into this bar brought back memories of Europe for me. It’s a super laid back restaurant, with a tasty menu in a market type setting. The atmosphere is unmatched anywhere else that I’ve been in the Fox Valley and I’m totally in love. Their menu offers a great variety of tasty food created with fresh ingredients. You definitely need to give Gardina’s a try for your next date night.


You’re sure to enjoy a delicious dinner at this Oshkosh restaurant. Chalice offers American cuisine and tasty drinks in a cozy atmosphere. The service is noted for being super friendly and top notch. They have a variety of dinner options including salads, fish, steak and specialty sandwiches. I highly recommend trying a fish dinner, as they are grilled (no deep fryer) and include fresh ingredients. So good! For more about Chalice click here.

Roxy Supper Club

I mean are you really from Wisconsin if you haven’t had a date night at a Supper Club? haha The Roxy is one of my goto favorites and is one of the best restaurants in Oshkosh in my opinion. The vibe is super relaxed and romantic. They offer many tasty dishes from fish to salads to seafood alfredo, but are known for their steaks. Enjoy a tasty cocktail in their lounge before your meal and make sure to try an old fashion.

The Ruby Owl Tap Room

Craft beer lovers, this is the spot for you! Ruby Owl has 30 craft beers on tap and serves delicious elevated comfort food. Their menu is super creative and offers great burgers and sandwiches! The atmosphere is super chill and makes for a great date night if you’re wanting something low key. I would definitely try the candied bacon burger (because everything is better with bacon haha) and the avocado fries! Read more about this upscale bar here.


You’re sure to love your dining experience at this Oshkosh restaurant. Becket’s is located on the Fox River and has amazing views. This upscale restaurant has a great menu featuring modern American classics. They use local produce and even purchase their meat from a local market. Be sure to try their Prime Rib and coconut shrimp, you won’t be disappointed! And after dinner make sure you order an after dinner drink.

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse

Wanting to try something different for date night? This tasty Japanese restaurant serves authentic Japanese dishes including sushi and hibachi. Sakura’s menu is quite large and you’re sure to find something tasty! The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I recommend ordering sushi rolls as an appetizer and trying their hibachi.

Bar 430

Bar 430 is a great option for your next date night! Located downtown Oshkosh, this bar serves a unique menu with creative twists. Their dishes have been inspired by global influences and they locally source many of their ingredients. They do have a few staple menu items, but they also change things up seasonally. This upscale bar is super welcoming and homey. For more about this unique bar click here.


Okay, so I know you’re thinking this restaurant is geared towards families BUT hear me out. First, their menu is huge and offers a variety of dinners from American classics to Mexican to Italian to sandwiches and more! Second, their drink menu is killer and pretty much everything on it is tasty! Third, what could be more fun than playing in their game room after dinner? Not all of the games are totally geared towards children and really could be something fun for you two to do together. It’s something different for you two to try for your next night out!

Fox River Brewing Company Waterfront Restaurant

This waterfront brewery and restaurant is a delicious option! Between the handcrafted beers and food you’re sure to fall in love with this place. The bartenders are super friendly and the atmosphere is warm. Fox River Brewing Company serves American favorites like pulled pork, chicken and waffles and steak. I recommend dining outside by the docks to take in the views of the Fox River. And in the winter they offer heated domes for a super unique experience!

Pilora’s Cafe

I’m a breakfast person and so “date nights” can happen Saturday mornings haha. And if I had to choose one place for the best breakfast in Oshkosh, it would be Pilora’s. Everything I’ve eaten there has been super delicious! Their menu serves dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine as well as amazing breakfast classics with a twist. This cafe is laid back and super cute. A definite must for the perfect breakfast or brunch date! I recommend ordering the beef hash 100% and cornbread pancakes. Don’t forget to pair your breakfast with a delicious latte!

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Are you looking for engagement photographer or want to update your couples portraits, check out my Couples page here or say hi. Looking for other date night ideas check this blog post out:
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