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Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Water Buffalo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.waterbuffalomilwaukee.com
  • Phone: (414) 431-1133
  • 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) 455-2115

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Buffalo St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street and surface lots are plentiful; private parking lot also available near by.
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
Diner Reviews
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Nice 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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I 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"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Me 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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Went 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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Apparently there wasn't outdoor seating available, so we sat inside. The food was great, but it was extremely warm inside."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "First 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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Excellent 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 place"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Casual dining but menu not casual. Should at least offer a burger."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "just 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!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Really 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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nice location and lots of interesting options on the menu, but our food choices and service were just okay."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The 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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Nice 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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "First time visiting. Great place! Beautiful location and decor. My husband and I will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Tried 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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Took 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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Went 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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Crab cakes and shrimp tacos were delicious. Bloody Mary the best I've had in a restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great for summer outdoor dining. They do allow dogs on the patio. Great find!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We 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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The 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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It 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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "In 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."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "It 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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great food, lovely service and overall a wonderful night."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Good food service. Better atmosphere for conversing."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Very 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."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My 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!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Pretty 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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food choices were extremely limited. Portions were very small"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We 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.""
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I loved the neighborhood and the location on the river was super cool. I bet it would be great in the summer. Our appetizer was seared ahi tuna and our server warned us it is cooked rare. Well it was more like medium. Not a huge deal. My wahoo main dish was not great; fish was overcooked and the pasta that came along with it was not good. Not only was it a strange match to the fish but also the pasta itself was stuck together in some spots like 'globbed' together, so it was overcooked, maybe? Our server, while very nice, was not very educated on the menu. when I asked if there were any nuts in the ravioli (which was good) she was clueless. Their menu is not that large, really, so I would expect you know. All in all, just fair."
    Dined on 1/31/2014