$25 for $50 Toward Bistro Dinner Fare at The Nova Wine Bar and Restaurant (or $10 for $20 Toward Lunch Fare) in Hudson, Wisconsin


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In a Nutshell

  • Seasonal menu
  • More than 200 wines
  • Intimate, relaxing atmosphere
  • Choose between two options

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Promotional value expires Sep 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table, limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased; options available only during specified serving times. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The fussiest beverage, wine consistently complains about residing in boxes, getting spit into buckets, and being used to toast the completion of each installment of Rocky. Ignore grape-based gripes with today’s Groupon to The Nova Wine Bar and Restaurant in Hudson, Wisconsin. Choose between two options:

  • For $25, you get $50 toward dinner fare.
  • For $10, you get $20 toward lunch fare.

Scenically located on the banks of Saint Croix River, Nova boasts more than a century of history, dating back to pre-Prohibition years, as well as a selection of scrumptious, seasonal cuisine and more than 200 bottles of wine. For dinner, after an appetizer of andouille quesadillas ($9), traditional tastes can try hand-tossed pizzas ($12–$14), pastas, or burgers, and adventurous eaters can brawl with the Fighting Bison, a 12-ounce bison rib eye rubbed with blackened seasoning and gorgonzola to hide its battle scars ($21). Become fast friends with Johnny Boy, a pan-fried and almond-crusted walleye swimming in blueberry tarragon sauce ($18), or Georgie Porgie, a soy-braised, all-natural pork tenderloin paired with vegetables and rice ($20).

Lunch, offered from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., showcases lighter fare, such as tzatziki-topped crab 'n' tuna burgers ($8) and Chicken Duets, grilled chicken breast bathed in roasted red peppers, basil pesto, chipotle mayo, and compliments ($8).

Nova boasts a large selection of craft beers, along with rotating taps of local and specialty craft beers. With more than 200 wines by the bottle and a rotating list of 30 vintages by the glass ($5–$11), diners can explore a world’s worth of fine wine without stepping away from the crackling fireplace in Nova’s dining room. Savor a flavorful flight of three reds or three whites from the massive menu or let Nova's knowledgeable staff of sommeliers serve as guides on a quest to pair palates with tongue-titillating, thirst-quenching tannins and 30-something single tongues that love life.


Mpls.St.Paul magazine named Nova Wine Bar one of the Best Restaurants in Hudson in 2009. Four Yelpers give the establishment an average of four stars:

  • Try the “Artisan Palate” of four local cheeses, or the more hefty sausages in puff pastry, butternut squash ravioli, meat loaf, or blue-cheese mashers. – Beth Dooley, Mpls.St.Paul
  • Given the historical provenance of the building, the wine bar's space is funky and fun, with lots of overstuffed couches, big tall chairs, and even a fireplace in the middle of the room. – Adam W., Yelp, 7/30/09

The Nova Restaurant & Wine Bar

When the Gaffer family describes The Nova as "an eclectic little wine bar," they're not speaking figuratively. This cozy spot was refurbished from half of the historic liquor store it's attached to, a liquor store with a cave that burrows 150 feet into the nearby hillside. The Nova is the Gaffers' love letter to wines, where chef Nate crafts seasonal menus inspired by the more than 200 bottles of wine onsite. And while pan-fried walleye with a cornmeal crust would pair nicely with a bottle of white, dishes such as the Nova dirty burger with mushroom-cream sauce would probably fare better with a craft beer from the restaurant's 12 rotating taps. As a proponent of wine, beer, craft cocktails, growlers, and all things spirits, the Nova and its sister liquor store often host events and tasting parties in the aforementioned cave.

Customer Reviews

525 Ratings

The food was incredibly good! Some of the best prepared food we’ve had in a long while. I had the salmon and my wife had the pork tenderloin with a raspberry and habanero glaze. Both were delicious. The atmosphere was cozy and as expected, the selection of wines was large. The service was great. When asked, our server pointed out several things about the various dishes being served on the menu to help us choose our selection. We went away very pleased.
Kurt N. · November 21, 2014
Fabulous food and great ambiance! Service is spot-on too!
Anne J. · November 21, 2014
have plenty of time. food and service great which takes time to prep
Curtis G. · October 23, 2014
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    236 Coulee Rd.

    Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

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