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Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa

Luna Rossa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lunarossawinebar.com
  • Phone: (651) 430-0560
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Raffaele Virgillo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Luna Rossa offers 2 private rooms each accommodating up to 45 guests or combined up to 100 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Call Restaurant (651) 430-0560
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour Sunday throught Thursdays from 3-6PM. We featured reduced prices on drinks, bottled beers and selected appetizers. Live music most Friday and Saturdays. We also feature tours of the Joseph Wolf Brewary Caves, wines dinners and cooking classes. Other events vary, please call for schedule or to customize your event. We can also accommodate banquets, rehearsal dinners and corporate events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nelson Parkway
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: City parking lots & street parking available year round.
A word from Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa is a family owned & operated steakhouse with Italian specialties, seafood, gourmet pizza and homemade Italian Gelato. We also feature tours of the Joseph Wolf Brewary Caves. Open daily for lunch & dinner, Luna Rossa also offers a full bar with many wonderful wines & a great martini list. Luna Rossa is located in historic downtown Stillwater, situated in the old caves & is a wonderful place to gather with your group of family & friends, or for & intimate dinner for 2. Luna Rossa offers four different dining spaces, with a warm earthy, Tuscan atmosphere with a banquet facility also available for groups up to 100 people. Live music is featured most Fridays and Saturdays.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "The service and ambiance was nice. The food was over-priced for the quality. The Mozzarella Caprese appetizer was missing basil, and the mozzarella was sort of fresh. My husband ordered the Calabrese pizza, described as "prosciutto, artichoke, olives and basil". It came with one black olive slice, one slice of prosciutto, and one piece of artichoke on each slice of pizza. I ordered the house salad with salmon, which was described on the menu as "mixed green topped with cucumbers, tomatoes and green bell pepper with your choise of dressing." There were a few pieces of "mixed greens" in amongst the mostly bib lettuce along with one slice of cucumber, one slice of tomato, and two slices of green pepper. We spent over $50! Not worth the money!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I had asked a couple friends for a good place to eat in Stillwater and two people had suggested Luna Rossa. We sat outside because it was beautiful--great location to people watch! We had ordered calamari and that was good. My mom had the Chicken Piccata--very dry! I had the Salmon special (pecan crusted, but in a deep layer of sauce--you could hardly taste the salmon). The pasta that came as a side was not restaurant quality, and the steamed vegetables weren't anything to rave about. It was quite expensive as well. Maybe it was just and 'off' day for Luna Rossa, but I am not sure I would go back to give it a second try."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have eaten here several times. I have noticed a trend downward of the service and food quality. This time, the waitress forgot the place the appetizer order, bread arrived after the salads and the salads themselves were warm. 55 minutes later dinner arrived. Waitress did apologize for the delay, after realizing the two tables behind us had received their food even though they were seated after us. The chicken parm dish was small as compared to previous dinners and my other half's dish was an alfredo soup. I might try the place again, but the other half has said he will not eat there again unfortunately."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Pasta bar had great choices. calamari was cooked just right. wine choices were very nice"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The beers were cold...but so was my food. My wife had a pizza, and I ordered shrimp scampi. Her pizza was hot and delish, and my shrimps were a little overcooked and cold, as were the cooked veggie side. I presume they started cooking our meals at the same time, which is unfortunate when ordering seafood. I guess for an entree priced over $20, I would expect it to be cooked properly and served hot. Not sure if I would consider another spendy meal here. Upside: our waitress was fantastic and the Peroni was ice cold and a great Italian beer and the desserts were outstanding! The outdoor ambiance was nice as well."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Great Saturday night! Our waiter Stephan was wonderful. Wish we had saved room for dessert but stuffed ourselves on calamari."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We love Luna Rosa. Always great service and priced right great food. Will be back. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Very good food for the price. The service need to be improved specially on busy days, like Mother's Day."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Lumpy dirty booths with low backs that didn't offer any privacy and wreaked like fabreze, dirty drop ceiling with panels lifted in some areas and sagging in other areas, bad tasting water, cheap Italian "style" bread, which was also used for the bruschetta appetizer. Bruschetta had no olive oil and barely a hint of basil. Skipped the entrée and left wishing we had that hour and our 25 dollars back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I should have left when the bread was a day old and the diet coke wasn't mixed properly. The salad was overdressed and soupy. The food was mediocre at best. When we requested a dish spicy, it was completely bland. No heat at all. The Alfredo sauce was a heavy cheese dip instead of a balanced sauce. Extremely disappointing."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Personally, if you can't get into the Capri room, don't bother. Prices are high. Veggies were soggy like overcooked freeze dried food but it is fun to eat at the edge of a cave. Gelato was nice. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great customer service and food quality is something you always hope for when trying something new, yet rarely get. This place has both. The hostess was accomodating to our request. The server was attentive and knowledgable. The food portion was large and our meals were hot and fresh. They tasted fabulous. We wanted to finish what was on our plates, but couldn't find the room. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was the best part but our server had way to many tables. Felt really rushed when we did have her attention. It would have Ben great if there was more servers."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Authentic Italian food is not easy to find in Minnesota, but Luna Rossa is one of the few restaurants that provide a culinary slice of Italy. The food is very good, the ambience charming, and the wine list substantial. I would recommend this venue for a very pleasant dining experience in an unusual setting.Si mangia bene li."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "FOOD WAS GREAT! BEST MEAL IN A LONG TIME FROM RESTAURANT. HOWEVER the waitress we had was awful. She didn't offer us a wine list and she didn't help us with the menu at all......we just picked something didn't really know what to order. It was as if we were bothering her having to wait on us. Ordered dessert and waited 15 mins for her to get it and it was sitting on the counter the whole time!!!! Couple was seated next to us and they were offered the wine list and she told them to let her know if they had questions. Guess we were not worth her time but they were."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had the pasta which was great but I insisted my wife have the filet steak. it was around $32.00 which they could charge $50 for. It s that good. I've spent $50 $60 on a steak like that and was disappointed"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a nice window table. We had a five-course meal. The food was nicely prepared and delicious. The service was good, recommendations from our waitress were helpful. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had gotten this as a Christmas gift...cave tour with wine tasting and snacks. Apparently, making the reservation on line was the wrong thing to do BUT they gave us a private tour!!!!! They were extremely nice about it and did everything they could to make sure we have a pleasant experience. I didn't read the fine print, I'm not a fan of fine print. Everything worked out for the better though."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed a late lunch with friends. Very few customers at that time of day but food was excellent. Menu selections were varied and all hot food was served piping hot. Just returned from Italy and felt like we were back there with the wonderful flavors. Going back soon but bringing a sweater. This establishment is connected to the famous caves in Stillwater so it was a bit chilly!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Waitress seemed overwhelmed and the restaurant was almost empty. My dinner was undercooked so I had to wait another 15 minutes before I could eat , everyone was done before I could eat. Bread was stale. No one was there on a friday night - not good."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "A great to relax and enjoy the awesome foods. Raphael is a rock star!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Luna Rossa is our favorite! We drive from Chaska and it's worth it!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was all right and the restaurant itself is quite lovely but the band they had on the night we visited was terrible. And not even a real band, they used a lot of electronics. I wouldn't return there if the same band was playing."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food is wonderful ! High quality and fresh! Great wine selection"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Good food. Lovely atmosphere. However it was cold in there. Also our dinner was a little more than we wanted to spend. But the overall experience was great. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed the cave tour and then wine and delicious dinner. Staff and Owner Raphael were attentive and delightful."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I booked here..we had never been here before! Our server was outstanding!! The food was great, a little pricey for approx. 4oz. Of lamb! The ambiance was great & romantic...until the music started...we love music, but way to loud for this type of setting. Our Server was kind enough to ask them to turn there speakers down...but they did not! We understood than why so many people came to eat earlier.... 7 tables got up to leave right as the music started. Will go back but much earlier than 6:30 pm."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We received a gift card from my son for Christmas, so we decided to use this for my husband's birthday. Food was excellent and my husband is very picky. Than you for a delightful evening."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Made for a great date night romantic and fine dining, something we needed because we don't get out much and would definitely go back"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My service was awesome food was great and helped find my lady a wine she loved, on a scale of ten to awesome it was awesome"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Luna Rosa was not how I thought it was to be. Risotto was not as expected for 20.00 I do expect fresh veggies for the $ that is paid. I am picky and I can spend less at a restaurant that offers fresh veggies and everything else. Someone there needs to change the way the food is prepared. Too bad cause a beautiful place."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Food was all prepared expertly and had great flavor. Server was extremely attentive. Very good experience."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We made reservations through open table which is very convenient. No waiting on the phone, and confirmation received immediately. The food was excellent. The only complaint would be that our request for a vegetarian option was completely ignored, although we had also stated in the "special request" section on Open Table as well. The restaurant had no knowledge of that request. The restaurant has very few options for vegetarians so just be aware of that. Pizza was the only option. But it was very good!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My new favorite restaurant. I've long been searching for a mid-brow Italian restaurant in the Twin Cities area, and Luna Rossa was PERFECT in regard to both food and ambience. My wife and I were celebrating our 18th anniversary, and -- no exaggeration here -- our experience made us forget all about a harrowing one we'd had just an hour earlier en route (we'd been run off the road in wintry conditions!). We will be coming again and again. And again! Bravi!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We had a lovely dinner and our table at the window allowed us to look out at the street as the snow was gently coming down - we felt warm and cozy. Service was excellent and the food was hat and flavorable - and at a reasonable price as well' The four of us left after a relaxing dinner saying that we all planned to come again and would be recommending it to friends. Informative website!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Moderate overall describes our visit. While parts of the dinner were good, parts were were very good and other parts were much less so. My Gorgonzola pork medallions were very good, but my salad was limp and very unappetizing. Overall, the food was pretty good, but I'd rather spend more money on solidly delicious food as I've had at numerous fine dining establishments."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Food was tasty. Waitress was new & was not attentive to our needs: water, didn't suggest any dessert items or coffee. Not much to see on cave tour. Not worth $7."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "when we got to Luna Rossa we were told they did not have our reservation. Regardless we were seated right away and waited for our friends. Turns out our friends had already gotten there, checked in on our reservation and were waiting in a different part of the restaurant. it took us about 20 minutes to figure this out. Had our reservation showed up as 'checked in' or something to that effect the hostess would have seen that and let us know. Instead it supposedly disappears, therefore depending on the hostess who checked my friends in, she didn't realize they were there and the mix up occurred. Was our hostess misinterpreting the reservation system or is there a flaw in it?"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I've eaten at Luna Rossa a handful of times. It's always been a wonderful experience. I recently had dinner here 2 times in a month and had the same thing for dinner. The taste had totally changed from one visit to the next. It was better the first time. But in any event, the wait staff is wonderful, very attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is romantic and fun."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "I ordered a nice pasta; no complaints. My husband ordered a steak medium well. It was rare. He asked to have it brought back to the kitchen and that was done, however, it came back bloody again. Very disappointing. The worst part about the evening, however, was our placement in a room off to the side of the entrance. We were the first couple placed in the room and it had to have been 40 degrees in there. The staff were very accomodating and gave us a heat fan. The next couple of tables seated weren't so lucky. Ultimately, my legs were warm and my nose and fingers were freezing during our whole meal. My husband and I assumed all of those who were seated in that room would be compensated on our bill; we were not."
    Dined on 11/2/2013