Exquisite Food & Fine Wines

Crescendo Fine Dining

Crescendo Exquisite Food & Fine Wines

Robert Tewes, owner/chef, 118 S. Broadway Ave.

Albert Lea, MN 56007

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm

Reservations are Recommended


Our favorite place to eat! - Amy Wasson


Great atmosphere. Great service. Great food.

- John Jurik

When you dine with us, you’ll see the difference that fine dining offers. We have the most exquisite food, and fine wines, all offered within our elegant atmosphere. While spending time in our restaurant, you’ll be met with the perfect venue to take your loved one out on that special night, or even host a group, party, or

small get together.

Our restaurant is located in Historic Downtown Albert Lea, a great travel area.

When dining with us, you’ll see people from all over Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota, but you’ll always get the custom approach and single service that you deserve and expect.

Robert Tewes, our owner and chef, will delight you with beautiful piano music during your visit. He is a talented chef and musician, pleasing your ears and palate.

Fine dining

Service you deserve



Crab Cakes with Roasted Garlic and Lemon Aioli

Two handmade cakes of delicate blue crab meat, red bell

peppers and red onions are sautéed in butter and topped

with a homemade roasted garlic and fresh lemon zest aioli.   $10


Sweet Potato Ravioli

Five handmade ravioli are filled with a homemade

puree of sweet potatoes and are then briefly sautéed in

brown butter and accompanied with toasted pine nuts

and fresh sage.   $10 (appetizer portion) / $15 (entrée portion)


Winter Salad

Mixed greens are tossed with a creamy, sweet poppy seed dressing

and topped with dried cranberries, red apples, fresh beets and

glazed walnuts.  (Gluten free)  $8


Creamy Potato and Leek Soup

Potatoes, Leeks, Roasted Garlic are combined in a creamy

Chicken stock broth, and blended until luxuriously rich and thick.  

(Gluten free)  $7



Fragrant Sauté of Jumbo Shrimp with

Thai Coconut milk-infused Jasmine Rice

A dish with exceptionally layered Thai flavors:  coconut milk,

lemongrass, basil, and mint form the rich sauce in which

five lime juice marinated prawns are served atop coconut milk-

infused nutty, new-crop Jasmine Rice, and sprinkled with

chopped peanuts and green onions.  (Gluten free)  $22


Pecan-encrusted Barramundi with Creamy Remoulade Sauce  

Ultra-fresh fillet of tender  and sustainably responsible Barramundi

whitefish is coated with seasoned pecans and broiled until flakey.  

Topped with a homemade lemon-laced remoulade sauce and

accompanied with Parmesan mashed potatoes and sautéed haricot verts.    $22


Breast of Duck with Dried Cherry and Citrus Reduction

A breast of domestically-raised Duck is pan rendered until the skin crackles but the meat stays pink, then is presented medallion-style atop a bed of wilted baby spinach, and topped with a dried cherry and orange balsamic reduction.  (Gluten free)    $21


Pumpkin and Mascarpone Ravioli

Tender Pumpkin and Mascarpone filled pasta are boiled al dente and then finished with fresh sage, brown butter and sautéed walnuts, and garnished with crumbled blue cheese and crispy prosciutto.   $18


Honey-painted Pork Tenderloin with Gratin of

Chopped Brussel Sprouts and Golden Raisins

Locally-raised Pork Tenderloin, marinated in white wine, are roasted and basted with cloverleaf honey, and served medallion-style atop a sauté of chopped brussel sprouts, prosciutto, golden raisins and lemon zest, then slathered with pan jus.  

(Gluten-free)   $24


Crescendo Filet Mignon with Brandy and Shallot Reduction

Our signature Prime, aged, six ounce Beef Tenderloin Filet, seared in butter and oven finished to order (we recommend Medium rare).  Adorned with our sweet yet complex, made on the spot, flamed brandy and shallot Dijon reduction sauce.  Accompanied with sautéed haricot verts  and our parmesan mashed potatoes.  (Gluten free)    $32                                            



Homemade Desserts from our Tray

• Vanilla and Grand Marnier Creme Brulee

• "Molten" Belgian Chocolate Torte

 Red Velvet Cake

• White Chocolate and Raspberry-swirl Cheesecake


Wine glasses icon_1 Beautiful Piano piece Serving Hand Chevre and Greens Eggplant Fritters Duck Breast with Currant Cheesecake with Raspberry Herb Marinated Rack of Lamb with Sauce Syrah and Fingerling Grilled Trout with Basil infused Olive Oil