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US$25 - US$35
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American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 19 October 2021 via mobile

The food was fabulous, creative. Great atmosphere. The booths were very comfortable. Did not feel uncomfortable since everything is spaced at least 6 feet apart. The staff was attentive and efficient. All staff was masked. Jamie was attentive, efficient and very personable. Her recommendation of...the chocolate cake was spot on!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 16 October 2021 via mobile

Beautiful place- food was excellent- well thought out and executed- the desserts (we tried them all) outstanding- but the service was what got this place to 5 stars. Our server (Emma) was knowledgeable on the dishes and was attentive and enjoyable- they have a team...swarm to bring out the dishes and remove the debris- what an awesome concept! Will definitely go back next time we are in LaCrosse.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 15 October 2021 via mobile

My wife and I were in Lacrosse for the evening staying downtown at Chermant and checked out this place on trip advisor with great reviews. Our evening did not disappoint. Service and quality of food and drink were outstanding. Plus the atmosphere is big city...quality. Acoustics were amazing. The owners are totally hands on as well. I had the braised lamb shank. My wife the gourmet pasta. I only wish this awesome place was closer to us near Madison. Highly recommended. See u in Cabo Joan. PatoMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 5 October 2021

I was blown away by the food here. They have a pretty limited option of meals which I think is a good thing, as they've obviously perfected the meals they do offer. The Braised Lamb-Shank was without question the best meal I've ever had in...a restaurant, I could hardly believe how good it was. Not overpriced, huge selection of drinks, and very cool atmosphere.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 15 September 2021

Walking into this place is almost a blast from the past, like going into some kind of time machine and popping into a restaurant from the a bygone era you only see in the movies when they show a fancy restaurant. The food!! Wow... talk...about a steak done right. I wish I could make one as good as that Ribeye. But I can't, so I go to places like these. Anyway, I couldn't be more impressed, and everything just screamed class. Thank you, thank you, thank you.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2021

I've dined at Lovechild twice now, and have been extremely impressed both times. The food has been fantastic, and the service has been attentive and knowledgeable.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 8 August 2021 via mobile

Family of 5, and we ordered nearly everything off the menu. Chicken Liver pâté and Lamb skewers, both incredible appetizers! 3 pasta dishes served family style. We couldn’t pick a favorite, they were all perfect! Ribeye was the best steak I have tasted in a...long time. Braised beef-so tender and delicious!! Then dessert-each one perfection!! We were absolutely delighted that we picked this as our “fancy dinner” while on vacation to LaCrosse. Really an incredible experience. Oh yea the atmosphere of the restaurant only added to our experience and above and beyond service-wow!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 20 July 2021

We ate dinner here on a Tuesday night. We've wanted to eat at Lovechild for a very long time now, and this was one of the main reasons we visited La Crosse as part of an epic road trip in June. Despite our ridiculously high...expectations, Lovechild did not disappoint! They don't take reservations, so we showed up a bit before 6:00 and were seated right away; by 6:45 it was already full, so take that under advisement. Staff were all fantastic, and the pacing of our meal (cocktails, two appetizers, two mains, a bottle of wine and two desserts) was perfect. This in itself was remarkable because we've noticed that as restaurants open for dining-in and we've started going to restaurants again, even formerly very good service restaurants seem to be flying by the seat of their pants. Lovechild has been the exception. For starters, we had a seasonal bruschetta and the grilled lamb spiedini with harissa and yogurt. Our server mentioned that the lamb never leaves the menu because otherwise there'd be a riot, and we can see why - it was absolutely phenomenal. We are still talking about that lamb! For mains, we had the pappardelle and the halibut with spring vegetables, both of which were terrific. For dessert we had a chocolate cherry confection and the standout, a peach shortcake. (One of us tried to recreate the shortcake once we got back home, it was so good!!) We kept remarking throughout the meal how perfect everything was - great food, elegant but relaxed ambiance, great service - what an absolute treat. La Crosse has a rare gem in Lovechild, and we are already dreaming about eating here again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 19 July 2021

Having dined at Lovechild several times, I’ve yet to experience anything — service, ambiance, and of course the incomparable food itself — that wasn’t as fresh and effervescent as a newly opened bottle of vintage champagne. Our most recent meals were no departure from the...bar the owners have set so very high. The space blends touches of art nouveau (a luscious and supersized Franz Stuck painting, sinuous light fixtures) mixed with ruby reds and autumnal golds with mood lighting that reminds me of nothing so much as the iconic French 75 bar in New Orleans but even more atmospheric. Most impressive is the way the textiles and textures accomplish something unusual for any restaurant: as much as you want to eat, you want to reach out and run your hands over all of them, from the loveseats to the drapes to the bar top. Last time we started with a caipirinha that tasted like it had been flown in fresh from Carnival in Brazil, and a subtly dry cava. Our appetizer — grilled lamb spiedini, with harissa, yogurt, and salsa verde — was made of addictive skewers that seem at once simple as simple as s’mores over a campfire but with layers of creamy, savory, smoky flavors. Next, we ordered the braised lamb shank, made with red wine, olives, and scallion risotto, and the beef ribeye, cooked with potatoes fondant, and an herbed steak butter. The lamb is a rich entrée and I mean in the way the Louvre is rich with art, where you can be overwhelmed by its extremes. The meat is so tender, it will fall off the shank with nothing more than a suggestion. But the taste was as bold as the texture was soft — strong, savory, earthy, with a sauce you’d gladly bath in if they offered that as an option. The ribeye was cooked medium-rare, the amino acids and carbohydrates morphing into a flavor as rich in taste as Jeff Bezos is $100 bills and rocket ships. The mouthfeel alone would convert PETA members into carnivores. Finally, we finished with a chocolate cremeaux, served with roasted strawberries, and cocoa crumble. It’s a pudding-like confection that, if I had to choose between having a good body and a good dessert, I’d go with the sweet. This time we started with a Diabolita margarita, a mix of habanero tequila, blood orange, passionfruit, pomegranate, and ginger with a bite that’s all spice and heat, followed by the brut which is as dry as Fran Lebowitz’s sense of humor. (It’s good. It’s very good. The brut, that is. So is Lebowitz but that’s not important right now.) For appetizers we repeated the grilled lamb spiedini and added the bruschetta with plums, burrata and pesto. The latter was perfectly done, because you could savor each component in every single bite: Finally, we split the lamb shank, a go-to favorite, whose consistent quality is almost as spectacular as the meal itself. Even after spending a recent week practicing the sin of gluttony in New Orleans like it was our job, we’ve found nothing like Lovechild for the sheer joy of eating. To paraphrase Anthony Bourdain, Lovechild’s food may not be the road to world peace, but it's a good start.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 14 July 2021

So so so good. Service, food, ambiance, decor. Go and dine there. If I had to, maybe the smallish portions warrant a mention. But that's fine dining.

Date of visit: July 2021
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5