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Pier 290
Pier 290

Pier 290 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pier290.com
  • Phone: (262) 245-2100
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nick Mehmke
  • 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: Dana Wheeler (262) 245-2100 x1018

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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We had a family dinner to celebrate a birthday. It was recommended to me by a co-worker. A bit pricey, but very nice for special occasion."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "When I booked the reservation on line, I asked for a table outside near the beach and that is where we were seated - thanks! I appreciate the hostess paying attention to the note on the reservation."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times alone and with other couples. Food is usually good, service was better this time, as we had a veteran waitress not student off school. The setting and ambiance is outstanding. But sadly the coldness and indifference of the 3 young ladies at the hostess desk is still the consistent behavior. They always seem to be self absorbed and always lack any warmth. Hostess station really needs some professional training."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The teenagers sent out to serve our entrees "auctioned off" our pricy meals. A couple people ordered beef tenderloin prepared differently and the kids working there couldn't tell the difference. The waitress was okay at best. The stone faced hostess was vapid and did nothing to make our party feel welcome. All said, this is actually one of the better experiences we've had in the area."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Pier 290 is the best thing to happen to Lake Geneva. We've needed a place like this forever. Drive your body up and enjoy anything from an icecream cone on the dock, to a bar meal on the beach to a delicious upscale meal overlooking the Lake. Very cool. Something for everyone!!! The staff could not have been more accommodating."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Do not go here if you are looking for a quick bite to eat or are hungry. Service was extremely slow. Thankfully we weren't in a hurry but it was frustrating waiting 10 minutes for drink refills or extras. The food was good. Burgers and fries were delicious. Cobb salad and chicken ceasar salads were small and over priced so I would stick with sandwiches. Make reservations."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was restaurant was recommended to us by friends so we were really looking forward to it. It had a beautiful view on the water, but we were not impressed with the food. The best thing we had was the dessert. Appetizers, salads, and main course were not very good. The service was good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Both lobster, steak and beef tenderloin were over cooked. Surprised at this for high end restaurant. However, deviled eggs were amazing appetizer. Service from both bus girl and waitress were appalling in both service and attitude. Very disappointing as we brought back friends with us after enjoying a great meal there earlier this season!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "1st time experience and it was very positive. We'll be back and we'll bring friends. Loved all of the boating and boatyard activity going on while we dined. Food & Service were quite good and the value was right."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time I have eaten there in 3 weeks and the exact same experience. The waitress Gia was fantastic however she had not support. Asparagus was ordered and asked for 2 and never served to the table..waited 20 minutes for a scoop of icecream...pork chop under cooked and served raw ...Atmosphere is great however not worth eating there..I would say a drink and app place then move on...too much money for what you get and a very limited menu...it is really too bad..."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "On a weeknight, party of 6 with two children I wasn't expecting such slow service. The wrong orders brought to our table twice. Food was ok. Nice setting and view. Children enjoyed playing on the beach area."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "There isn't anything like Pier 290 in the area! From the gorgeous view and the relaxing chairs in the sand to the great food, Pier 290 is a place for lunch with friends, a special occasion, or drinks."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Has a great view - however we were unable to sit outside. Very expensive for mediocre food. Staff young inexperienced servers. Could do with some training. Went to a different restaurant next night - ate outside, food great wine great - half the price. Will not go back for dinner maybe a drink or appetizer."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We arrived at 12:00 had drinks and ordered food when we sat down the restaurant was empty. By the time we were served our food the restaurant was full and everyone had received their food. Our Server said that because we ordered a small deviled egg appetizer our food was delayed... come on there were a total of 2 hardboiled eggs stuffed - so 4 half eggs. It was embarrassing for me because eI had set the lunch up. Then they didn't log me in as an open table person so I got a "no-show' email from open table..."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food and ambiance was great. The service staff was a weird experience. But we overall really enjoyed the meal and would recommend it."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "This place has a truly outstanding ambiance and that's about it. The menu is bland and so is the food. Literally no seasoning and just poorly executed. We came with the intention of having dinner, but after the appetizers we had to go. Again, it's a beautiful ambiance and great for having a drink by the lake, BUT THAT'S IT."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "As alway, had a fantastic time at Pier 290! Sat on the covered patio with a view of the lake - perfect! I had the trout and my husband had the pork chop...one of us always does and then we share. It's amazing. We eat here several times a weekend so the only down side for us is that we have had all of the items many times. Wish they had more specials so we could try some new things :-)"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Delightful lunch on a perfect day. Great food and service. Fun watching the dock action."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Wonderful setting and atmosphere, but food is overpriced and very average for what you'd expect. Some entrees came cold. Larger groups are forced to break into smaller tables to avoid having to do prix fixe which makes no sense for kids, as they just want to play in the sand. Fantastic lake side seating and lounge area, makes this better for lunch or drinks or night time bar scene. Hope they can up the food quality or normalize pricing to Wisconsin levels!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Wonderful vegan dish. Loved the combination of Quinoa, Spaghetti Squash and Brussel Sprouts. Delicious, creative, healthy and low calorie dinner. Everything was seasoned very well, although the grilled brussel sprouts were dry. Personally, could have done with out the grilled apple, but overall I would order this dish again. Bread could be better. I understand the idea of the Hostess taking the party to the table, but it was awkward as she stood there waiting for us to settle in so she could put a menu in our hand. I would much appreciate the Hostess simply showing us to the table, and let wait staff bring the menu. Music was too loud and noisy. Why not have Valet parking at the entrance? Beautiful restaurant and view."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "My husband and I went out to dinner for my bday to Pier 290. I was excited bc I had been there in the past for lunch and had the lobster roll...yummy! Since then, I have been informed the lobster roll shrunk in size and increased in price. The evening started off poorly after my husband was dismissed after asking for a table closer to the window since it was my bday. There were flies on the inside of the restaurant that neither the server or waitress seemed to care about. The special appetizer was uncooked bacon and still grisly after asking for it to be cooked longer. My husband ended up having a salad in fear of getting an overpriced sub par entree. The waitress knew of his dissatisfaction with the appetizer but did nothing."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Dined here for our anniversary dinner, had a window seat with a great view of Williams Bay watching other diners come by boat to enjoy the atmosphere of Pier 290. Blackened Ahi Tuna was amazing, the pork was okay, the dessert was outstanding (peanut butter chocolate choice). We brought our own wine and corked for $15. After dinner, we had a post dinner cocktail in the lounge chairs on the beach surrounded by tiki torches with two fire pits behind us by the outdoor bar. The atmosphere of this place makes it worth a visit."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We sent for our 30th anniversary dinner. Other than being really hot and humid, we had a great time."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food was excellent but the menu appeared somewhat limited. The atmosphere is good but the night we went the music was a little bit distracting. We enjoyed our visit"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "More of a beach side type lo lo than a fine dining. Sat in the white super fine sand and sun had a couple beers then sat on the deck for dinner. Food was below par for the second time. Prices are fair but the draw here is water front with beautiful outside amenities. Pull up in your boat or drive there and enjoy the outside. Others have written the marina literally adjacent to the deck lets off boat exhaust and it does but, it should be expected because that is where you are. Not offensive if you have the right frame of mind."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Beautiful location but bad food. This was our third try here and food was terrible again. It's too bad because the location is superb. Will not be eating here again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My husband, daughter, son-in law & 3 small grandchildren had a FABULOUS time at Pier 290! It's perfect for a special dinner with family & friends. Casual, upscale, good food & drinks. Try to go in the summer...you'll feel like you're in Cape Cod or in a J Crew catalogue! Really family friendly."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Pier 290 is the best place in all of Lake G by far. In fact it's very unique in every way. The food is superb. Ahi Tuna with a spicy habanero sauce, veal chop, quinoa salad, mussels, oysters, sandwiches, salads...we've had it all and have never been disappointed!...ever! It's even wonderful in the winter time with outdoor fire pits and an ice bar. We come here every time we're up at the lake. Sometimes more than once in a weekend."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "$21 for a perch fishfry. It was all over fried(dark brown). Not even a mouthful of perch, all breading. Rye bread dryed out.the service and ambiance were good."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I moved from Williams Bay to Georgia my senior year of high school. I came back to visit this summer (3 years later) and heard pier 290 had a beautiful view. They weren't wrong! But.. The menu had no options and it was so overpriced. I know I am a college kid and I don't have loads of money but there wasn't an good entree selection at all for a reasonable price. I loved the view, it was absolutely beautiful, but I will not be going there again. Sorry!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This restaurant had been recommended by Grand Geneva as one of the better in the area. While the waitress was quick at the onset, brought our drinks in no time, the next time we saw her was at the conclusion of our dinner when she asked if I would like another drink. Seemingly invisible to her during the rush of our food being served by another wait staff, i.e. soup delivered and no sooner did we dip the spoons in and the entrée was delivered, she was wondering the floor with the ability of a boat on the lake avoiding mines. I had to get up and find a wait staff to bring us bread, which was promptly delivered nearly 10 minutes later. The food ... what can I say ... excellent if you like pasta obviously prepared and left to coagulate."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Pier 290 was recommended by a friend who had family living in the area.we were looking for a spot to have a nice dinner on the last evening of our vacation. I made the reservations on OpenTable from my phone while on a Pontoon boat on Delavan Lake and everything went off without a hitch. They sat our table of 8 (including 3 kids) in a nice private area with views of Williams Bay. The restaurant has a Marina theme and is nicely decorated with lots of historical information about Lake Geneva. Our service was great and the food was fantastic. It was a great alternative to the craziness in downtown Lake Geneva and easily accessible for those visiting Delavan. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I had the Ahi Tuna and my Husband had the filet. Both were amazing. Our service was perfect and our window seat we requested was just right. Next time I would like to try the out door dining. Nice view of Lake Geneva."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were seated promptly and by amicable people. The food was excellent including a late lunch, great desserts, and cappuccino. The waitress was friendly, helpful, and prompt. Otherwise, it was a great experience and we had a great time seeing sailboats and motor boats go by!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our first time to Pier 290. I was hopeful it would be a place where my husband and I could visit often because the setting is very nice - right on the water with outdoor dining. Unfortunately, the food was fair, at best. I would come back to sit and have a drink and look at the lake, but not for the food. It's a shame; it could be a gem."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The view is absolutely gorgeous. Great place to enjoy a nice meal while enjoying a gorgeous day."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I ordered scampi with crispy bread. It was a shrimp soup with soft white bread."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was the second time we dined at Pier 290 because we love the ambiance of the restaurant and bar. Our first time we loved the ambiance but were disappointed with our food. So we decided this last visit to give it another try. However the food is mediocre at best and overpriced for the quality. The staff is friendly, the bar is nice....the food is just not good and not worth paying for the atmosphere of the place. Unfortunately we will not be going back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "What a find! Pier 290 is definitely on my top list of great places to dine. I brought my mother and friend to this restaurant and they were extremely impressed. The food was very good and the view beautiful. All this made for a great dining experience ! A side note, excellent access for the handicapped. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014