PIER 290 offers a unique opportunity to enjoy lakeside dining on Lake Geneva. Our menu showcases local food and a wine list with producers who respect artisanal techniques. The kitchen is dedicated to making as many items from scratch as possible. Ingredients come from nearby farms, including our own FARM 290 and others, such as Alden Hills Farm, Yuppie Hills Poultry, Hometown Sausage Kitchen.
Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am
Once again, we had a delicious meal at Pier 290. Wish they had not taken the pretzel chicken breast off of the menu. It was absolutely delicious. All six of us were extremely happy with our food and with the service. The ambience is the best in the area.
It took a long time to get the bottle of wine we ordered but the waterfront view was beautiful and food good.
Food was good but service was slowed as 2 waitresses were overwhelmed by large crowd.
I felt prices for food and wine were a bit high but no complaints re quality of the food when it arrived.
Nice view of Williams Bay
The food was great, four people in our party all ordered something different, all of us were pleased. The service was friendly and efficient.
There were four of us, and two of us ordered the sea bass. When the food was delivered to our table, it was obvious that the two sea bass dishes looked totally different. I alerted the waitress, and she immediately agreed that something wasn't right about the one dish. She returned with it corrected and said, "The chef said that one was supposed to be tossed out. The manager took care of it." Her comment led me to believe that the manager somehow adjusted the bill. Nope! I called Pier 290 the next stay and spoke to a manager. She was apologetic and said, "The next time you're in ask for Carrie and I will comp your meal." What a ridiculous response to this situation.
Myself and my wife visited and we had a nice table looking over the water and good service from our waitress. The problem was with the food ! It made both myself and my wife sick ! Yes you head me ! It made us both ohisically sick once we returned home. We both ate the Friday fish fried and broiled. Food don’t taste all that good but not bad enough to send back to the kitchen. I wish we had avoided it. Won’t return ! Ever ! They should have the food inspectors pay them a visit to check the kitchens and food preparation. Spoiled our whole night and next 24 hours.
Everything was excellent as always. The food was fantastic. They have finally found a good chef and I hope management keeps him.
Fun spot and great views of the lake. Food is good but a little pricey for what you get.
Great view and good menu options. The food was decent, not exceptional and not for the cost. Our server was pretty inattentive and that was disappointing.
Was a bit disappointed that I had notate it in my reservation that I was going to celebrate a birthday and they didn’t acknowledge it while they did at another table while bringing them a sweet desert with a candle. Was expecting the same thing but it didn’t happened. And the server asked us if we wanted desert or the check. Felt like it was a bit hurry up since we were not having dessert. :(
We enjoy the ability to just pull up to the dock in our boat and have a top notch dining experience; that, and the amazing orange glow along the opposite shoreline, nearing sunset. Attentive, friendly staff. We constantly recommend Pier 290!
Love this place, good food and service and fun atmosphere with beautiful views of Lake Geneva.
Waited long time for the food, two tables that ordered after us got their food first. Wife’s food was cold, mine was over cooked. Saw our waitress one time besides when she came to give us the check. Not a great experience at all, certainly not worth $100.00
The menu has a good variety. The ambience is perfect. The wait staff are on top of things. The food is delicious. What more could you ask for?
Great place with a great view while dining. However, our waitress was absolutely terrible which took away from the overall experience. She didn't know the menu, she was slow (others arriving after us received their food before we did), and completely helpless. Good thing others tried to compensate for her lack of energy and/or experience.
The only reason I would recommend Pier 290 is due to the view. Food was mediocre.
Took family for lunch and we were seated in the best spot outside.
My brother in law has some issues due to multiple strokes and our hostess was very conscientious
Of her oath and watched her to make sure he was ok!
Service, food, atmosphere all perfect and we didn’t feel rushed ....relaxing afternoon in a beautiful spot 👍
We have visited Pier 290 many times. We have been disappointed primarily by the food in the past. We resolved to only enjoy lunch/brunch at Pier 290 because of our bad experiences with dinner. We decided to give it another try for dinner and we were pleasantly surprised. The quality of the food and the way it was cooked seemed dramatically improved. We had a salmon dish and the ribs. Last time we had ribs, they were over cooked and dried out. This time they were succulent and cooked perfectly. Thank you for making the necessary changes. We love the venue so it was never about that. We look forward to our next visit.
We love being able to pull right up to the pier and have eagerly awaiting and professional harbor staff assist in tying up our boat, just steps away from the restaurant. There’s a lot of activity going on and we enjoy watching other boats, as they are being launched / pulled out onto trailers of the in/out service. Always a homerun!!!
Beautiful lakefront view and ambiance! Nice selection of food items and wine list - good for a date!
Great location but food was lacking and overpriced. Will not return to eat. Maybe cocktails only.
Pier 290 was a go-to for special occasions & I’ve bragged about & promoted it to friends & family, but this visit disappointed. I'm here about 6x per year from Woodstock, IL, incl a few winter visits.
On a warm, steamy afternoon last Saturday (9/1) around 4:30 they were not yet busy & per our request we were seated at a lovey table up at the front of the deck. A young man filled the water glasses-only 2 for 3 of us-advising we still needed 1 more water-he mumbled OK & never came back. After about 5 minutes, we flagger someone down. Ordered our drinks, getting those fairly quickly. We were surprised to have been given lunch menus, dinner menus after 5? All chose the Flat Iron Steak, medium rare and fries. Ordered the Deviled Eggs appetizer, which arrived fairly quickly. My 2 companions only took one bite and left them for me. Extremely salty–even for me! Our steaks arrived nicely hot &nice sized portions. Mine was pretty good, but my one friend-1st time from Chgo-got a steak that must have been frozen (or sat in the fridge) too long, thinnest end (about 1/3 of the steak) had a faint liverish taste/consistency. Thicker end ok, but not what I expect from a Flat Iron steak, certainly not from Pier 290. I gave her my steak for hers. The third steak was also OK, but one end did have a slight off flavor. When our server (BrittanyJ-pleasant but fairly inattentive) finally checked on us, we were already about 1/2 done-we told her our complaints, her neutral reaction with no offer of a solution-making us feel like 3 out-of-line crotchety old ladies. We had been looking around for her to order a second drink & another server took care of us. This is a casual attire, beautiful inside & out lakeside restaurant with spectacular views & fine dining prices.I knew the prices going in, but felt the quality (up to now,) ambiance & views were worth it. My two friends said they won't come back (one owns a B&B in the area & will not recommend) but this probably won’t be my last visit.
We enjoy Pier 290 very much, the view is great and the food is very good. We always try to arrive early to get a table as close to the water as possible- that’s why we come. Great waterfront views and very good food. It’s just an enjoyable time.
Great fish fry and amazing views of lake Geneva! Would highly recommend for any occasion!
The food was absolutely horrible. Worst English waiter ever. Disgusting food. Cute ombience but do NOT recommend for the food.
We had an delicious lunch with excellent service. The ambiance is the best in the area. We could hear each other without shouting which is unusual in restaurants today.
Food was mediocre at best and it was extremely hot outside and they had no means, fans, etc., to help circulate the air. Very uncomfortable and recommend installing fans of all kinds, ceiling and standing ones during the high heat seasons. Service was slow and not very friendly. Great place for a drink and an appetizer by the water, but nothing more
Unfortunately had a poor experience here. We were seated in a tent portion of the restaurant and it was during a rainstorm. the rain pouring on the tent was so loud that we could barely hear. At one point part of the tent was failing and water was coming into the restaurant until they fixed it. The cocktails were very good but the food was rushed and all of us agreed not very good. Would not return.
My husband and I have been there a few times. Never disappointed. We brought our friends this time and had a great evening! They were impressed with the food and atmosphere. Thanks again for a fabulous time!
Beautiful restaurant on the water, tucked away, cozy, and family-friendly. Great food and drinks. Outdoor seating perfect to watch the sunset. Service was exceptional.
Horrible service !! We came here for a celebration for a friend and it was sad that immediately when we went to ask for our table, the restaurant made a horrible impression on us!
We made reservations months ago and specifically asked for the patio or outside seating and they stated that "not everyone can get a specific table, even if reservations are made" so they told us to wait 40 minutes past our reservation, until we clarified to them that we don't specifically need patio seating - outside seating was just fine (which is what they had plenty of !!). They originally had an INDOOR table next to the window. I'm not quite sure how a indoor seat is the "next best thing."
In addition, in the middle of eating, servers would take away our plates without asking and we were still eating...
Poor service for a restaurant with great views and food!
Made a reservation for outdoor seating but was given a table inside. Disappointed about that because we wanted to sit next to the water for a very special occasion, but overall the service and food were great.
Beautiful restaurant and food was good but portions very small. Size of sea bass was very disappointing. Still hungry so we ordered a dessert to split. It was the smallest portion of tiramisu I have ever seen. I am not a big girl and I am usually full were I can not finish my dinner. Not in this case. Left hungry.
Not worth the money $$.
Everything was great. We only had one issue, which was a misunderstanding with our waitress. We made a mistake when calculating her tip, which was not a big tip, but a tip nonetheless. She actually pointed it out to us basically asking for more. Never in my life have I had a waitress ask for a bigger tip. I thought that was in very poor taste and super tacky. We did end up giving her an additional $15 in tip.
Brought two friends for easy access, view and food. All were great.
A great place to eat outside and enjoy the view of beautiful Geneva Lake.
We went as a group of five for lunch. We were seated quickly. The menu has adequate choices for lunch. The server was very pleasant and promptly took our order. The menu was diverse and not overwhelming. I chose the small Caesar salad with chicken. I thought the additional cost for the chicken was excessive...$7.00. I ate a salad out the following evening at a similar restaurant and the additional cost for chicken breast was $3.00. I also would think to make the food as special as the ambiance of the setting, the salad would have had something special....grilled greens or shaved Parmesan...not just grated Parmesan. Honestly, I would characterize the food as very average. It is my second time there and my first experience was very similar.
Bugs eating us alive outside under the canopy were an issue but service was very prompt and food was hot. Salmon chowder/stew was excellent. Short ribs ordered but the meat appeared to be chuck roast instead. Was very tender - just not short ribs. Crab cake good as were Caesar salads.
We were given the selection of outdoor or standard seating when we made the reservation but the selection was not honored when we arrived on time for our reservation.
Great family dinner. Chase was great
This restaurant provided a delightful evening. The food was good, service was attentive and very pleasant. We enjoyed eating outdoors and scenery is lovely! The ahi tuna was very tasty!!! Appetizer was generous. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the experience!