Pier 290
Pier 290

Pier 290

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pier290.com/
  • Phone: 2622452100x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Stacey Sheets 2622452100x1019
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment Nightly Thursday - Monday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walworth
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Travel by land, water or ice. Offering free pier slots, boat valet and over 100 car spaces.
A word from Pier 290
Good Food for Good People. We are focused on clean flavors, fresh ingredients and attentive service.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Pier 290 reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (140)great for outdoor dining (117)special occasion (70)romantic (57)good for groups (56)great for lunch (47)neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (44)hot spot (38)vibrant bar scene (34)kid-friendly (33)notable wine list (24)late-night find (13)great for brunch (13)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very enjoyable dinner overlooking a beautiful sunset over Lake Geneva. We particularly enjoyed the porkchops and the creme brule. We'll definitely go back and look forward to visiting when the weather would warrant dining on the deck!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second times the charm
    Tracie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Brought girlfriends here two times and they love it so much Again They said next time Pier 290!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pam was a great waitstaff!
    lanipVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We frequent this restaurant during our Lake Geneva getaways (we live in a Chicago suburb), and go there at least every 2 or 3 months. Truth is, Pier 290 can improve on the quality of their food, but the ambiance and view cannot be beat! On our last visit last Sun, Oct. 12, Pam waited on us and just want to say that she was really a great waitress - helpful but unobtrusive - she was there when you needed her - just like what she's supposed to do.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great vibe great food
    Daveh111
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first time dining at pier 290. Above anything else the service was great. As soon as I finished water in my glass it was being refilled. The staff was very knowledgeable on the menu. I had the filet with peppercorn sauce and it was perfectly medium rare as ordered and very delicious. Great view of Williams bay in a casual and not pretentious setting but offering high end food. I highly recommend pier 290
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    foodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I brought my date to Pier 90 because I had heard what a great place it was. I had heard it was a bit pricey, but worth it for the ambiance and good food. I was a bit disappointed. It was a grey day so the view was not spectacular (not your fault of course). My steak was very charred on the outside and difficult to chew. My date enjoyed her pasta entree. I was hoping we would leave thinking "wow", but instead left thinking that was "okay".
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cust serv & beautiful views
    APPR
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is by far my favorite spot when going to Lake Geneva. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, the food is good & there is plenty of outdoor dining as well as lounging areas. Moreover, the customer service is consistently fantastic. Highly recommended for a family dinner, date night or even a night cap by one of there fire pits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scenic and great ambience
    9ndine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I love the ambience of this place...fire pits, outside eating with heat lamps, sitting arrangements around bar in comfy couches and lounge chairs, sandy beach seating for cocktails, and area historical decor with photos, and artifacts from the area. Food is good also!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Very interesting decor, much was doors, windows, flooring, art from historic old homes when taken down. Get view of Williams Bay. A definite neighborhood gem and a must visit for locals and visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Embarrassing
    getittogether
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Brought my colleagues here for dinner and the service was slow, food was poor and flies were everywhere. This restaurant has so much potential but can't seem to get it's act together.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    wannabefoodcritic
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We heard very good things about this resturant but were very disappointed with our experience. The service was horrible. We waited a VERY long time for everything, including drinks. Our server was obviously too busy and had too many tables. She also never acknowleged that she was too busy. An apology or providing a discount or free dessert would have been very complimentary. Our poor service overshadowed our meal. We were very disappointed. The dessert menu looked great but we were so upset at this point we didn't even want to stay for dessert. We will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very enjoyable evening. Food was delicious and very good service. Enjoyed having live entertainment in the bar after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I cannot begin to express my feelings on how OVERPRICED this place is... I have never ever paid $32 for a plate of pot roast. You can call it short ribs all you want, but it was a pot roast. It also took over 10 min for a server to even ask us for our drinks, my reservation said we wanted a seat by the windows so we could see the lake, and we were placed in the middle of the restaurant... my reservation was booked a week in advance, I then asked to be seated elsewhere and was told that the rest of the restaurant was reserved already! Oh, and I almost forgot, there were FLIES everywhere. Disgusting, will never come back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it
    Jroth
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We loved it. We really enjoyed the ambiance and the food was very good service was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful
    Roxy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beautiful nautical decor and the outside seating looks amazing... Outside bar with fireplace is gorgeous (and huge) as well. Doesn't feel like you're on a lake in Wisconsin... Feels very east coast. Great food, excellent dessert. Service was very friendly. Definantly found my new favorite place. It's the kind of place you want to take family and friends for a great meal and ambiance. Will be back soon!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed by service and value
    BWick
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had this place highly recommended and was told to eat outside and to get a reservation. Upon arrival, the two people in front of us asked to sit outside, had no reservation, but were allowed to, "right this way". When we stepped up (2), our reservation didn't go very far. There would be no seating outside for at least an hour, and by then there would be "other reservations" that they'd be seating. I've never been that irked to begin a restaurant experience but I bit my tongue. Our waitress inside was very nice and made up for it. There are some interesting cocktails that aren't just the usual affair. The food however was very pricey. It was good, but the portions were small, and we left hungry. "Bang for your buck" was not there. Bring $.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • save your money
    love2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dont waste your time and money here. the views of the dining room are great. the food is over priced and made with no thought. the wait staff are not fit to work at a fast food chain. the dining room is very loud to the point of distraction. looking forward to see if a good place moves in once this place goes under.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food need improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was not given the drink I ordered because the server wasn't listening. The beef tenderloin was delivered to the table without a steak knife. F. Could hardly cut the meat with a steak knife, couldn't eat it, was like chewing rubber. Sent it back. Ordered short rib dinner, basically tasted like pot roast. Both dinners were over $30.00. Salad and side were ala carte. My husband had the scallops, there were 3, for over $30.00, just so so he stated they were rubbery. Very expensive meal, very little taste. Drinks were so so as well. Wait staff seemed attentive to larger groups only. We would not return. There are much better restaurants in Lake Geneva and Williams Bay. The view was beautiful however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pier 290
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was ok. Service was elementary. Food was just ok. I guess you can say it was nice for the area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    VickieM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our first time there... though it was cold and rainy - I can't wait to check this place out on a nice and sunny day. I love the atmosphere and they had very friendly and helpful staff. Definitely going there again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We enjoyed this on a rainy night! The food was exceptional. The service was first class. Cannot wait until my next visit to Lake Geneva and Pier 290.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Offseason Find
    Pjc10324
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was great from start to finish. Our server was friendly and knowledgable about the menu. She recommended our cocktails and appetizer, both were delicious. We went early on a Thursday in Sepptember and were seated by the windows which provide a beautiful view of the lake. Reservations in the summer season need to be made three weeks in advance. Highly recommend for anyone spending time in the Lake Delevan/Geneva area regardless of season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointing experience
    FoodDivaVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We are locals in the summer months and take out of town guests here frequently, mostly for the view. We acknowledge the food is overpriced for the size you get. The Caesar salad with a side of chicken (the side of chicken costing $8.00 for half of a small chicken filet) was dry and unedible. Our guest ask the waitress do you have any sauce or dressing this is very dry. Her next move should have been to bring it back to the kitchen. She didn't. He tried it with the dressing she brought, it was still not edible. No manager came over, no modification was made to the check. $43.00 for 2 salads, half of which was too dry to eat without liquor. They have a long way to go in customer satisfaction.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best restaurant on Geneva Lake
    Butlers
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We've been to Pier 290 4 times over the past month - once for lunch arriving by boat and 3x by car for dinner. It is the best restaurant in the whole Lake Geneva area. Great menu, excellent lake views, friendly efficient service. In season, you best make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantabulous!!!
    juliekVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    What a remarkable spot in the Lake Geneva area. The outdoor dining area has such an amazing view. The outdoor bar area has lovely rattan couches and chairs. 2 beautiful outdoor fire pits. Lounge chairs in the baby powder sand. Esthetically the place is phenomenal. The food is quite lovely as well. Super fresh oysters, great habanero seared ahi tuna and the most amazing salad I've ever had with apples/walnuts, spaghetti squash, brussel sprouts, quinoa...just fabulous. Steaks are really wonderful too. If you are in and or around the Lake Geneva area this place is a must see. All of the hardware in the entire restaurant is from salvaged boats. Just remarkable...what a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ate at Pier 290 for a girls night out. What a beautiful restaurant and view! It's a gem in Lake Geneva! Our food was delicious and good portion size. My only feedback would be to add 2 or 4 more items to your menu. It seemed limited.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Yacht Style
    Beesa
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Pier 290 did not miss a detail. From the reclaimed wood, nautical decor and the open air seating with amazing views, this place is a draw to everyone on the lake. It's classy and comfortable. It's nice to have a place that welcomes and respects a dressier yacht or resort attire. There is beautiful white sand for those who want to put their toes in it as they sit & sip by the water. The sand in the back has the wonderful option of playing Baggo. The food is locally homegrown and homemade. I am thrilled with the attention to detail both with the building as well as the menu. All in all, Geneva Lake was over due for a place like Pier 290. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite spot on Geneva Lake!
    Susan24
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and view! Excellent wait staff and food was delicious! Thank you for a memorable evening for our party of 8!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more.
    mjmmi1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service was poor at best. They did not have our reservation listed for starters, which I got an e-mail from open table asking why we did not show up. We called to confirm earlier in the day and they informed us they didn't have the reservation. They did however inform us that they might be able to fit us in. Upon arrival at 7:30 they place was probably 60% filled...... My steak was ordered medium well and came out medium rare. The waitress blamed the chef and the manager came and checked on us. After my date had finished her meal mine arrived. I had no silverware and waited for at least 5 minutes before anyone came out. Bottom line, it felt like the place was being run by a group of fast food workers instead of a dining establishment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Drinks & Apps
    DrStu
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fly Issue! Overall Experience was good, but the prices don't match the quality
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    foodie07VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went to Pier 290 on Saturday night, dinner was very good. Crab cake appetizer was very good, Ahi Tuna was excellent as were the scallops. The service was very slow, which frustrated us. We opted not to have desert because we didn't know how long it would take for them to take our order and then finally serve it. We'll give it another try but if service is bad again it will be our last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The out door dinning was very enjoyable. The Coord we ordered was first rate and very delicious. We will definitely make another trip to enjoy Pier 290.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, service OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As a family, we always enjoy dining at Pier 290 as it's very kid-friendly and the location is amazing with great outdoor scenes. Our service was just OK this visit. It seemed as though the waitress couldn't be bothered with our requests and was put-off by a large group (9) including two kids. It was so bad my family even felt bad asking for anything. There is also no flexibility with the lunch and dinner menus and as a vegetarian there could be more veggie options even different kinds of vegetables prepared as side orders and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner outside under the tents. It started to rain and we were able to watch the storm come in and still sit outside. The food and service were top shelf. One of the few places you can sit and eat right on Lake Geneva with a lively vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place
    MmmmVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were up in Lake Geneva for a few days and a friend recommended Pier 290. And it was a GREAT recommendation! Service was amazing, everyone was nice...but the view and the ambiance can't be beat! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second try no better
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was our second time going to this restaurant. May try it for lunch but will not go again for dinner. Menu quite limited and somewhat overpriced. Ended up with the filet which while cooked properly was very tough. Service was slow. Outside dining is nice. Unfortunately, did not request outside table when made reservation. Even though tables seemed available, hostess did not offer outside with wait but merely stated "next time be sure to request outside when make reservation."
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date place!
    Firsttimepatron
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you want a great place to take that special person, Pier 290 is the place. Great food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here during our weekend vacation to Lake Geneva, as it was recommended to my by a friend. It definitely lived up to expectations. The crab cake appetizer was delicious, wine was excellent and the entries were outstanding; specifically the beef tenderloin was incredible. I haven't written many reviews, but this restaurant deserves the praise. I will go back again if in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Golfer
    Golfer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great views of Lake Geneva at its quiet end. Terrific, locally source, creative menu. The flatbread with hummus is the best we have ever tasted. It is seasoned , light and crispy. Dinner is never rushed and waitstaff is attentive. Chicken is seasoned well with a touch of citrus, usually have leftovers! Pork chop was moist, marinade was tasty but needed a stronger flavor profile. Desserts are homemade as well as unusual ice cream flavored, like strawberry basil. Definitely a place to impress fine diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lake Geneva Gem
    Marge
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a great addition to the Lake Geneva dining scene. The whole restaurant is oriented to viewing the Lake; the outdoor dining area is great for casual, fun dining. The food is really a big step above other local places; they use local ingredients so the food is always very fresh. The menu is very eclectic from very casual to sophisticated. This is family owned and that is reflected in the friendly, warm and knowledgeable wait staff. . Highly recommend this place for both locals and visitors. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Meal I Had In Lake Geneva
    Foodguy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Enjoyed a very relaxing evening at Pier 290. Prices seemed a bit steep but not out of line. Food well done and setting looking out on the lake was spectacular. Asked for a table by the window and that's what I received. Very nice and will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate