Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa

Luna Rossa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lunarossawinebar.com/
  • Phone: 6514300560
  • 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 6514300560
  • 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.
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Luna Rossa reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.1
  • Food3.3
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
63% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (16)special occasion (15)notable wine list (12)neighborhood gem (10)scenic view (8)great for outdoor dining (8)fit for foodies (4)great for lunch (3)good for groups (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Oops not again.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend for her birthday. I was dissapointed the vegetables and the main course were way to salty. Once you over season something you cannit go back it was a big let down! We also did the cave tour and it was interesting and very historical.
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  • Not safe for allergies
    AbsoluteFoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I really enjoyed my evening at Luna Rossa, but have to give an overall poor review to the restaurant for not taking my food allergy seriously. I know the type of customer who asks for GF pasta, but eats the bread; those people just make life difficult and I resent them as well! However, sometimes that skinny woman who INSISTS on diet soda is severely diabetic and sometimes the person who asks for GF has Celiac. My point: it is not the role of the server or kitchen staff to make the judgment. Eating gluten doesn't just make me feel bad, it is physically damaging to me. I received the opinion that Luna Rossa is above the GF bandwagon. It is one thing to say "sorry, our kitchen can't handle it", it's another to say that you're too good for it.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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  • pretty average food
    hungryhippo
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    the service was very good. The waitress was attentive and informative. The manicotti was good but the steak was only fair. We liked the cave room with the stone walls. Wine was tasty. An ok place but nothing special.
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    notable wine list, romantic
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  • Gone downhill
    WiscyStevo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I have dined at Luna Rosa in the past and have been quite pleased. It had been several months since our last visit, so we gave it a go on August 31st. Prior to our visit, I looked at the reviews, which have been less than complimentary as of late. After eating there on Sunday, I agree. Hostess was terse and unwelcoming, the section we reserved through Open Table was closed (not sure why) and there was no music playing softly in the background as there was during our other visits. In the middle of our experience our waitress was changed out for a waiter, though the waitress remained on. There was no bartender, so mixed drinks were not an option. Generally a very tense feeling amongst the employees that were there.
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  • Yikes
    TuckDogg
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First & last time. Thanks to Open Table my wife & I were seated immediately (which was nice). Hostess said she'd bring water & bread but we only received water. My wife's margarita had not 1, but 2 dead flies in it. Our waiter had tables all over the restaurant so he was spread way too thin. I had to chase him down to remind him of the bread. He was at least apologetic & comped us a scoop of Gelato. The bartender & cook/manager were arguing behind the bar about tills being shorted while a waitress went unnoticed waiting on a drink for her table... and unfortunately we were seated near the bar so we had to endure that whole mess. We couldn't wait to leave...
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  • Great food, quick service.
    Lifelovegreen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had an early dinner so the ambiance was different than it would be later in the evening I'm sure (there were a few babies around and I normally would not expect that at a resturant like this.) The owners are italian and the wine list reflects this, the special was delsious and the quality and taste made it worth the mid range price ($24.00 for lobster ravioli special) Take the cave tour if you can.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • caders
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Worse service I've ever had! Do not go there! Restaurant was not busy and the waitress was rude, unwelcoming, didn't know specials, didn't check on us, didnt refill our drinks (even after we asked multiple times). BAD EXPIERENCE!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cave/ Wine Tour
    Winy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We attended the cave/wine tour on 8/9/14. It surpassed our expectations and we were able to get into the 3pm slot due to a cancelation. The 5pm would of been too late for us. We would like to come back and have lunch/dinner here! We especially enjoyed the wine tasting at the end of the tour in the wine cellar. We were given several different wines to sample at that time, plus afew different wines to sample during the tour itslef. Best wine tour we've ever been on and we've been on a few!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great potential. Severely understaffed. Food was fine.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worse Service EVER!
    Hockeymom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a group of six moms that were on girls weekend and wanted a nice relaxing dinner. It was not very busy and at the beginning it seemed like we were going to have a nice dinner. 1st issue - food came out before the soup and salads. 2nd issue - after ordering another round of beverages we had to ask the server 3 times to bring them out. 3rd issue - food was lukewarm at best. 4th issue - asked to speak with a manager and there was no manager at there on a Saturday night. 5th issue - server said for our troubles she spoke with the manager and we can have a free dessert (This is after we were told there was no manager on duty) 6th issue - the checks were all messed up and it took another 20 minutes to get them taken care of.
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  • Don't go
    PKexpress
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Under-cooked rack of lamb. Salads brought out 2 minutes before main courses. Alfredo sauce was as runny as water. Asked for a table; got a booth by the bar. Never was asked what beverages we wanted. We were given water which was it. It is obvious that this was a fine establishment once but has gone downhill due to lack of management. I wish I wasn't giving this negative feedback because this restaurant has so much potential.
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    notable wine list
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  • nice location-food and service lack
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food - The caprese salad had crunchy under-ripe tomatoes and a super-thin, watery balsamic vinegar. It was served on top of a meager handful of romaine lettuce. I ordered the cannelloni because it said it had braised meat in it. Instead, I was underwhelmed by what appeared to be a wet, shredded rump roast inside. The problem I had was that the filling was too wet; there was no texture to it. We also felt that the sausage in the penne had nothing to it and tasted like it had lots of filler in it. Service - Our server was a complete space cadet. She had a shadow server and never bothered to introduce her. Slow service. She also failed to give us the specials or offer us wine, yet the couple at the next table were offered both.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lginmn
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went to Stillwater as tourists from the Twin Cities. Picked out this restaurant as our lunch spot. Service was friendly but slow even though it wasn't busy, but eh, we were in "vacation" mode. Were seated out on the patio which was nice, but thanks to a sunny, warm day, there were lots of motorcycles going by (just something to think about). Drinks took a while to arrive, and our appetizer came after a salad that went with our entree. Ordered mussels for an appetizer which were "okay." Pasta dishes were pretty good. Liked the "pasta bar" idea where you can pick your own ingredients, but someone else prepares it for you.
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  • Terrible service
    Bort42
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Went there for our wedding anniversary. After seated, waited over 10 minutes with not another server. Only 5 other tables of people in there, so not like it was super busy. Left because it shouldn't take 15 minutes to get a glass of water. Waitstaff was terrible and seemed like we didn't even exist. Got up and left.
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  • Perfect Date Night
    SeanA
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Came here with my girlfriend and we had an amazing time. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather and view of Stillwater. The food was fantastic and the portion size was just right, even a little more for the value. This is a great place if you want to bring a little romance to your relationship or just enjoy a solid Italian restaurant. Definitely worth the drive to Stillwater from the Cities.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    lrichter
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My first time in Stillwater. We enjoyed the restaurant and cave tour. Wine was wonderful and the food was very tasty. Service was awesome. Our waitress went out of her way to accommodate us. We added a person to the tour and she was very helpful in allowing us to pay early and just helped us to arrange it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, fair service
    Sparkle13
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was good but the service was lacking. We had a reservation but we're told we had to wait 20 minutes when we arrived because "there were more people than they expected". We ordered appetizers to come before our meal because it was after 8:30 by the time we for to order our food; our entres came out before our appetizers and before our soup and salad. The server then asked us if we still wanted the appetizers we ordered. Obviously we wanted them because we ordered them. She was also not a very attentive server. She only visited our table a couple times. Overall, we liked the place well enough, but would like to see better service and not have to wait if we make reservations. It defeats the purpose of having a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-Priced Skimpy Food
    Refinedpalate
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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!
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Not what I expected`
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good pasta bar
    NDHeels
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Pasta bar had great choices. calamari was cooked just right. wine choices were very nice
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    Lakeland
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great Saturday night! Our waiter Stephan was wonderful. Wish we had saved room for dessert but stuffed ourselves on calamari.
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    scenic view
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  • A go to place
    JflarsonVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We love Luna Rosa. Always great service and priced right great food. Will be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 480 reviews are from the Luna Rossa reviews archive.
  • Never going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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  • This place phones it in
    cherbear
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
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  • Ask for the Capri room
    justme
    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.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant
    Bela
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very good food for the price. The service need to be improved specially on busy days, like Mother's Day.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • third time for dinner
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
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    notable wine list
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian in Stillwater
    Pugliadiner1
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    vaca30
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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  • Pleasant Experience
    RichardFR
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Groupon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent food
    Trisha
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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!
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not upto par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem
    foodie24
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    A great to relax and enjoy the awesome foods. Raphael is a rock star!
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food okay, music was awful!
    emkearnest
    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.
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  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Luna Rossa is our favorite! We drive from Chaska and it's worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.