249 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.waterbuffalomilwaukee.com/
- Phone: 4144311133x
- Hours of Operation:
Open Daily at 11:00am.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
- Executive Chef: Alex Sazama
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: Private space can accommodate up to 150 guests in the summer; great for group gatherings. No matter the occasion, Water Buffalo is the perfect spot for your event.
- Private Party Contact: Erin Peschel 414-455-2115x
A word from Water Buffalo
Milwaukee's favorite riverfront bar and restaurant in the heart of the historic third ward. Fantastic outdoor riverfront seating as well as a dynamic, highly designed space with a varied casual menu. Plenty of parking via street parking, nearby structures and valet on Fridays and Saturdays. This may be the most unique Riverfront restaurant and bar in Milwaukee.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
- Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
- Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
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Water Buffalo reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 6, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (41)scenic view (34)great for lunch (24)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (14)special occasion (13)romantic (13)notable wine list (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Nice atmosphere& staff, okay food.mbfoodie12Dined on 8/23/2014I've been here one in the past and the food was really good, but I just was not thrilled this time. The staff was nice, but the food was not memorable. I wish the ahi tuna salad had a little more substance to it, maybe more avocado or something. My friends said their dishes were okay too. With that said, it was really good in the past, maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. The atmosphere is very cool, staff was nice, so I will be back to try it again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was very good, but service notjjv104Dined on 8/15/2014We had an outside table on a beautiful evening. The server came immediately. So far so go. We had drinks from the bar, but he pressed us for an appetizer and we hadn't even had a chance to look at the menu. After that it was all down hill. Constantly had to wait for him and additional drinks. Food was delivered by staff. Table was bussed correctly but silver ware was not replaced and we had to find someone to get a fork when the entrées were delivered. The food was very good and reasonably priced. I will go back and hope we have a different server.Special Features:
- crystalmompa5Dined on 8/12/2014Nice ambiance. Food bland and very pedestrian. Missing the mark... when it comes to culinary skills. A real shame, as I think the location on the water gives it great potential.Special Features:
- first time visitlifechangesDined on 8/11/2014I was very disappointed with the food selection, the long wait for food that had to be sent back. Half of our party was finished before the other half even got their food. very inattentive server. we wont go back
- Weekday lunchdineExpert09Dined on 8/8/2014Me and my girlfriend went there for lunch Friday afternoon. We sat outside on the patio and it was pretty nice. I wish they had more umbrella shades though because it got hot pretty fast being in the sun. Our server was okay. He wasn't bad but definitely not the best. He forgot to bring out silverware and a soup spoon with our soup. Not very talkative at all. We both had the pulled pork sandwich and OMG was it delicious! Overall very good place to eat lunch. We'll probably go back soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice before performanceOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/1/2014Went to Phantom of the Opera. The staff was attentive to our schedule and gracious to our needs. We really count on the consistent quality of our experiences here.Special Features:
- Very warm inside...BlandDined on 7/26/2014Apparently there wasn't outdoor seating available, so we sat inside. The food was great, but it was extremely warm inside.Special Features:
- Great evening out!GlutenfreedinerVIPDined on 7/21/2014First we did a brief happy hour and the bartenders were friendly and knowledgable. Following we ate dinner outside. The wine list has unusual and moderately priced wines. Again the staff was knowledgable about those too, and we loved our selection. The food was very good, especially the kale salad. I will definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Really niceSeanDined on 7/12/2014Excellent spot on the Milwaukee River Walk. Lots of outdoor and indoor seating. Very urban views on the river. Food was very good, with lots of options. Plenty of comfort food, but also some more gourmet choices. Service was good, but there were a couple of times where our waiter disappeared for a while and we had to go to the bar to refill our drinks, but this was minor. Service was friendly and food was very well prepared. Great placeSpecial Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/10/2014Casual dining but menu not casual. Should at least offer a burger.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- sweet spotbiniDined on 7/7/2014just off the main street, with a lovely river view - very diverse menu, and a waiter who was SO kind... i was with my sons, the table next to us was on an obvious "match" date, and beyond them a table of 8 women... the scene seemed to fit for everyone!Special Features:
- Romantic SpotOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/5/2014Really tasty food. I had the steak, my wife had the shrimp salad. Both dishes had great taste. Very quiet for a Saturday night, but it is just what we wanted. Close proximity to the riverwalk. Great time!Special Features:
- Best feature is outdoor seatingDinerVIPDined on 6/29/2014Nice location and lots of interesting options on the menu, but our food choices and service were just okay.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AnnydinnerDined on 6/14/2014The outside seating is a great setting with a great view! Our service was very good. Our food was wonderful,- appetizers, salad and our dinner all came out perfectly timed. The menu is on the small side but lots of amazing food to choose from. We've been here a few times and will go back again!Special Features:
- Fantastic Food, Okay Servicenatalie2303Dined on 6/13/2014We were seated in a back corner, which wasn't very appealing since I had asked on my reservation for the best view available. We had the chicken puffs which I would totally recommend. Very good and a nice size of appetizer. Between courses, my husband had ordered a 2nd beer. When our main course came, the beer still hadn't arrived, so he asked again. She did bring it and said since we waited so long for it she would put it on the house. That was nice. I had the beef kabobs and my husband had the pork chops. Both were very good both in taste and presentation. We didn't order extra sides and had plenty to eat. The waitress seemed very slow with us, not quick to fill waters or get us what we needed. But overall great experience.Special Features:
- Overall GoodOrganicGirlDined on 6/13/2014Nice Historic Third Ward restaurant...service could have been better, but was't the worst we've had either. A little loud inside, but some like that! Food was good, but not outstanding. Over all good though and we would go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food..CandaceDined on 6/13/2014First time visiting. Great place! Beautiful location and decor. My husband and I will be back soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food Good ServicekmacmilwDined on 6/11/2014Tried Water Buffalo for the first time during Milwaukee's Downtown Dining Week and it was definitely a great choice. Started with the lobster rangoon which was very delicious. For the main course I had the beef kebab, and the beef was very good, and the mashed potatoes were some of the best mashed potatoes that I have ever had.Special Features:
- Love it or Leave itWobblyDined on 6/11/2014This location is wonderful. The setting is beautiful cream city brick with a warm urban flair. The food was fantastic, but the service and customer service could use a little work. Flexibility is a must to accommodate your guests. If your one that needs to eat and run, this might not be your best option. If you have several hours to chat and enjoy the time at your table, then this is a true gem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Downtown DiningknockitoutDined on 6/10/2014Took advantage of their Downtown Dining deal. The food was really good and the service was very attentive. Would like to try on a nice day and experience the outdoor seating area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Downtown Dining WeekOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/7/2014Went for a late lunch during Downtown Dining Wekk, the menu was excellent and everything was prepared perfectly. The only complaint is that the food came too quickly for each course. Our server (Chelsea - who was very friendly and attentive) said that earlier the kitchen had been struggling to keep up.Special Features:
- Just a great place to go.KlinkiDined on 6/7/2014Crab cakes and shrimp tacos were delicious. Bloody Mary the best I've had in a restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Summer spotOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 6/6/2014Great for summer outdoor dining. They do allow dogs on the patio. Great find!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrible experienceMrBeauDined on 5/25/2014We had a terrible experience on Sunday 5/25. The bar was not full but service was slow, tap beer not available, bottled beer selection had many unavailable items. Had requested outside seating in res. No note in reservation when arrived delayed seating (they should read notes if some are provided). Slow service, bar order lost said waiter, inexperienced waiter seemed to be struggling but trying. 1/2 hour for drinks at table to arrive. Apps > 1/2 hour. Then waiter lost tray of drinks on the mesh table soaking me and one other guest (I caught the red wine headed for our wives). We left before apps served. really unfortunate.
- Great food!mamaleetzDined on 5/11/2014The food was great, as always, but the waiter was extremely inexperienced. Had to ask twice and wait 15 minutes for a booster chair, when it was indicated on the reservation and noted with the hostess.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrible serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 5/11/2014It was Mother's Day. Our server was rude, apathetic, and barely spoke to us. I've dined here twice before and had great food and service. I won't be returning.Special Features:
- The following 454 reviews are from the Water Buffalo reviews archive.
- Week night visitWinelover29Dined on 4/24/2014In town a year ago and enjoyed the experience so gave it another try this week. We were not disappointed as we all tried "different" things on the menu and were very satisfied. Our server was very accommodating and even allowed me to swap out drinks at no charge. (initial wine choice was not what I had hoped) With a son in school nearby, we will make sure to stop by again when in town, hopefully when the weather is nicer to enjoy the river view.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely anniversary dinnerglobalfoodieDined on 4/20/2014It was our anniversary and my husband and I had a great time. The only complaint I would have is that there are not many options for vegetarians. Otherwise the food was fresh and very flavorful. The ambience was also great and we had a very good time on a sunday evening.Special Features:
- Great place along the riverdiningoutDined on 4/20/2014I called to confirm our reservation and the hostess was incredibly friendly and that friendliness continued throughout the dining experience. Our waiter was attentive, but did not hover, and the food was wonderful! I had the steak kebob, my husband had the fried chicken sandwich, and our son had a burger - all was great! The location in Milwaukee's historic Third Ward along the river was beautiful.Special Features:
- Great Fish FryMexicanaddictVIPDined on 4/4/2014Great food, lovely service and overall a wonderful night.Special Features:
- Good atmosphereOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 4/3/2014Good food service. Better atmosphere for conversing.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Menu / Great Servicepcb1107Dined on 3/25/2014Very good staff provided excellent experience wrapped around tasty lunches. Nice menu with doe interesting dishes. Probably a must visit place in the summer as it is right on the river.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mixed reviewsOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 3/23/2014We were impressed with the interior of the restaurant. Our appetizer was delicious (Goat Cheese), great drinks, and two out of the three of the meals were delicious . They were out of the house dressing, however, and the only dessert any of us wanted, which our server offered and then had to come back to say that they weren't serving it that night. The server was our biggest disappointment slow to greet us, drinks were slow getting there and he never walked around the table, just stood to one side and reached across everyone to put the food and drinks down. Took two plates away and tried to get us to order dessert while the third person in our party was still eating her meal! Might go again, might not.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food always good, but service slowmssnappyDined on 3/14/2014I come here once in a while, knowing that the restaurant has pretty good food, and works with people with food allergies. This time around, I was meeting with friends who were being introduced to a friend of mine, so it was going to be a nice leisurely dinner. It worked out great with the slow service, but if you have somewhere to be or are not a fan of taking a 2 hour dinner, then this place is not for you.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Anniversary dinnerAnniversaryDined on 3/4/2014My wife and I celebrated our 8th anniversary at Water Buffalo and the evening couldn't have been more enjoyable. Service and food both were excellent. We appreciated the flutes of a nice bubbly the house provided on hearing that we were celebrating. My wife ordered the filet skewer with Quinoa and I the grilled chicken on Mac 'n Cheese. I tasted her dish and in my opinion it was the best of the two. The beef was delicious but for me the grain was the hit. I travel a good deal and nice beef is available in any good restaurant. But I've never cared for Quinoa but theirs was just wonderful. "Wonderful" isn't a phrase I'd ever have used to describe Quinoa before. Amazing!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- On Riverwalk - nice viewOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 2/21/2014Pretty view of the river. Very nice outdoor seating in summer. Good food and attentive service. Low lighting, exposed brick walls, multiple levels for dining and bars. Hard to find street parking, but there is a city parking garage nearby.Special Features:
- MenuBillDined on 2/14/2014Food choices were extremely limited. Portions were very small
- Staff outstandingPaulDined on 2/14/2014The staff at Water Buffalo is outstanding -- very friendly and helpful. The food is excellent as well -- with great dinner choices to select from. But for me, a good staff makes dining out a better expereince. Will be going back often.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful dining experienceJGGIVDined on 2/13/2014We were very pleased with the food and drink options as well as the quality of the food and service. Perfect for our Valentine's date. Setting was chic and modern but with darker and wooded tones that felt warmer than your typical "urban lounge."Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Menu options different from onlineOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/8/2014We selected the restaurant based on the online menu. When we arrived, the actual menu was significantly different and not appealing to our group. So we went with just appetizers. Also, seated 20 min. After reservation time and had another event to attend and felt tight on time to enjoy ourselves.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.