Exquisite Food & Fine Wines
CRESCENDO will host a private event on Thursday, August 22nd.
Regular hours resume on
Friday and Saturday.
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.
• Crab Cakes with Mango & Ginger Coulis
Two handmade cakes of delicate blue crab meat, red bell
peppers and red onions are sautéed in butter and topped
with a homemade and refreshing drizzle of fresh mango,
ginger and lime juice. $10
• Sweet Corn Fritters
Two cakes of sweet corn, red bell peppers and scallions are pan
fried and accompanied with Crème Fraiche and Sriracha hot chili sauce. $8
• Sautéed Asparagus with sundried
Tomatoes, Capers and Balsamico
Tender spears of fresh asparagus are blanched until just crisp-tender,
drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette, then sprinkled with sundried
tomatoes, pine nuts, capers, lemon zest and a dusting of feta cheese. $9
• Watermelon and Feta Salad with Mint Vinaigrette
Fresh Watermelon, Feta Cheese and ribbons of fresh Mint are
tossed with baby greens and lightly dressed with a white wine
•Grilled Garlic-studded Portabella Mushroom on Basil Pesto Rice
This vegetarian entrée starts with a gorgeous portabella mushroom cap,
studded with garlic and fresh herbs, grilled to release and blend its flavors.
It is presented atop a bed of basil pesto rice pilaf, and enhanced with toasted
pine nuts, grape tomatoes, grilled asparagus and parmesan cheese. $18 (Gluten Free)
• Macadamia nut-crusted Mahi Mahi with Fresh Pineapple Salsa
A boneless fillet of wild Mahi Mahi is dredged in ground macadamia nuts,
then pan seared and oven finished, topped with a homemade salsa of
fresh pineapple and red bell peppers, and accompanied with our
parmesan mashed potatoes. $21 (Gluten Free)
• Sauté of Canadian Lobster & Sweet Corn with Ginger Vinaigrette
A fabulous blending of summertime flavors and textures featuring locally grown sweet corn, Canadian Atlantic Lobster, and parmesan mashed potatoes, finished with a drizzle of vanilla bean-infused oil and a homemade ginger vinaigrette. (Gluten-free) $24
Penne Rigate pasta is cooked al dente, dressed with a white wine and cream sauce, and tossed with grilled chicken, rendered pancetta ham, and sautéed Summer vegetables— corn, roasted red bell peppers, crimini mushrooms, peas— then dusted with
grated parmesan cheese. $19
• Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Molasses BBQ Sauce and Corn Pudding
Locally raised pork tenderloin, spice-rubbed and then grilled to Medium, drizzled with a molasses barbeque sauce, and accompanied with a ramekin of sweet corn pudding, and grilled fresh Pineapple. $22
• 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 asparagus and our parmesan mashed potatoes. $32 (Gluten free)
Homemade Desserts from our Tray
• Vanilla and Grand Marnier Creme Brulee
• "Molten" Belgian Chocolate Torte
• Lemon and Cream Layer Cake
• White Chocolate and Raspberry-swirl Cheesecake