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.
Made the mistake of ordering the special. Burned scallops, tasteless angel hair pasta and for $40 they don't even throw in a salad or bread. Normally we like their food, although overpriced. Service is usually good, setting is great. Will return just because it's a great place to bring guests but definitely won't go for special occasions even if they did give roses!
The taste of the food was excellent. The vegetables could have been a bit more upscale in keeping with the rest of the experience.
Pier 290 is a beautiful nautical themed restaurant overlooking Lake Geneva. Views are beautiful, good staff, good food, & occasional live music. Highly recommend visiting if you visit Lake Geneva all year round. Located in Williams Bay.
We love the atmosphere at the Pier. Service is always good and our lunch was very good. Next time we're in town we will go back to the Pier.
Great setting with frozen lake, marina, shopping and restaurant. The ambiance in dining was great, hustle and bustle of bar with live vocals from musician. Chase our server new the menu well and steered us in the right direction. Four of us shared most items including crab cakes, Caesar and house salads, short ribs, bone in pork chop and Chilean sea bass, chocolate brownie for desert accompanied by a bottle of Venge Vineyards Scouts Honor wine. Very relaxing and comfortable evening, would for sure come back and recommend.
We drove 2 hours to get to Pier 290 and it was worth every minute. What a beautiful restaurant, the food and service were excellent. We were there on a cold February day but it was warm and inviting inside. They have an igloo outside that would be fun to go back for cocktails and sit under the warm blankets.
We will definitely go back during the summer because the views of the water are amazing in the winter I’m sure the summer, with all the boats, will be spectacular.
Very nice quiet atmosphere. Staff very courteous and attentive. Value is very good for the price point. Our 2nd visit here. Will come back again.
Went for lunch at Pier 290 which was recommended by a friend. We had our two picky teenage eaters with us and thought they may find it hard to choose something. Our son had the flatbread which he really enjoyed and our daughter had the chicken pot pie which she was happy with and commented about how creamy it was. We had the prime rib and Reuben sandwiches, very tasty. We also tried the cheese curds and those were a big hit. We had two specialty drinks which were just right. We would definitely go back.
Very satisfying on all counts. Off the beaten path with a local feel. Comfortable dining, delicious food, enjoyed our table facing the window. Waiter was kind and attentive. The live music was a nice cultured touch.
Awesome as usual. Love the atmosphere and the food is never disappointing
Didnt give 5 star because although food was good it wasnt beyond fabulous. It was also expensive. Dessert was Fantastic!!!
Awesome evening at 290. Great food and ambiance. Big time added bonus of fantastic live music on many nights. The fire, the food and the music. Very enjoyable night out!
Awesome fish on Friday. Great ambiance. Nice staff. They’ve come a long way!
Lovely ambiance to celebrate New Year's Day with my daughter at her favorite local restaurant overlooking beautiful Geneva Lake.
SIze of sea bass was quite a bit smaller than was on menu. Burger was just so-so
Ambiance is nice, staff very friendly and accommodating. The food was ok. Nice portion size. Meats were grilled and tender, they just lack some flavor.
Nice restaurant tucked away in a residential district with great views of Lake Geneva. Friendly staff and good food!
Came for my sisters 60th birthday. I mentioned that in my reservation; and they also acknowledged it at the check in time! I was disappointed that nothing was done for her birthday by them. Not even singing with the dessert we ordered. Almost every restaurant we go to does something. I would like this to get back to them please
We frequent Pier 290 for it's ambience and the fact it's on the water. Service is always good. However, I usually leave feeling food wasn't that good. Too bad, because if food matched its decor and location it would easily be a 5-star rating.
Last night my fiancee and I went here before going on the Santa Cruise. Our reservation was at 5:45pm and we did not get out of there until 7pm and that's probably only because I asked for the check as soon as our dinner was finally served. It was obvious that they were busy because it was packed, but it's always extremely frustrating/annoying when a larger party comes in after you and gets their food first... which happened at the table next to us. The waitress didn't even make mention or apologize for the long waits we have between each visit from her. Between the both of us, we only got one cocktail, water, the spinach artichoke dip, chicken caesar salad, beef tips, and the bill was about $75. TOTALLY OVERPRICED as the only things that were good were the hot chocolate cocktail I got and the spinach artichoke dip. However, with the spinach artichoke dip we literally only got 3 little pieces of bread and like 8 chips with it. We had half the bowl of dip left after using the bread and chips. Luckily, our waitress finally brought us some bread and we were able to use it to finish our, now cold, dip. My chicken caesar salad was a joke. The $3.00 caesar salad mixes that come in a bag at the grocery store taste much better than this and this cost about $20 with the chicken added! The mashed potatoes were good with my fiancee's beef tips, although it's kind of hard to mess up mashed potatoes, but the beef was just a mushy mess. We are getting married on one of the Lake Geneva Cruise Line boats next May so hopefully, that will be a better experience. Thankfully, we aren't catering our food from Pier 290.
Our Christmas was made extra special by dining here And going on the Riverboat, Lady of the Lake Santa Cruise! Our waitstaff Lia was awesome and we are adopting her, too. Thanks again!
Our waitress was great! Very nice and well versed of the food options and questions we asked. Food was good but not great. Bill was as expected around $100. We were there for the Santa Cruise. Kids were supposed to have a free dessert included with their meals, but to a great disappointment we were told we had to come back in after the cruise for dessert. With 3 younger children this just doesn't make much sense in a very crowded environment. When we expressed our disappointment we were told we could come back in and grab them togo which would have been okay. Upon returning it took 20 minutes for the togo dessert to be ready. I would have left but my wife and three children were waiting in the car for their desserts that they already had to wait for. It was very irritating that these couldn't just be given with our meal and then the extended wait afterwards. Seemed to be very unnecessary.
We had reservations for 4:15 because we were doing a boat cruise at 5:50. They don’t serve dinner until 5, but we’re very accommodating to our reservations and took our dinner order and served us at 5. Wonderful service and terrific food! We had the spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer, the garlic shrimp for dinner and vanailla bean creme burle for dessert. All were fabulous! The dinner portion was on the smaller side, but was extremely tasty! Best creme burle I ever had! The atmosphere was perfect: a cabin-like feel, a fireplace and a view of Lake Geneva... just beautiful! I definitely recommend! I know we’ll be back!!
Great food, good location. Only complaint was that the restaurant inexplicably cancelled my Open Table reservation even though I was there in time and then blamed it on computer error
We like the meat here - but have not loved the seafood.
The last two times I have been there in the last two weeks I have gone in a weeknight between 6 and 7 and the service has been very slow.
Our food was delicious and our waitress was amazing! I highly recommend.
A great spot to dine after taking a Santa Claus cruise. Loved the setting, very comfy and got a great table.
Fantastic place. We have been here a number of times and it’s fabulous each time.
the website was a year behind, so the 2 for 1 entrees was not on the night the website said it was, when we showed the manager, she said nothing and offered nothing
We ate here before going on the Santa Cruise. Staff was attentive and considerate. The server made sure we had enough time to eat our meal before our cruise started. The food was very good, especially the chicken pot pie. Our server was very friendly and personable, interacting with our 6 year old grandson. We were happy to have found Pier 290 for a meal before the cruise--it is right by the marina, so just a short walk to the boat.
Relaxing atmosphere, good food, need more craft beer choices, need to serve bread with salads and entrees. If the wait staff appears rushed, so will the customers. Overall … we will return to try other entrée selections.
This was our third visit. While the owners have done an excellent job with the decor and ambiance, honoring the history of Lake Geneva, the food is unbelievably below average. It is also really over-priced, even for the area. Short ribs had no flavor, burger should've been half the price, steaks tough, pork chop tough and bland. Good place for a drink, but won't come for a meal again.
Short Ribs and Sea Bass were awesome this weekend! Great winter night dinner after the Santa Cruise.
Pier 290 is our go to place for lunch when relatives and guests come into town. Great lunch choices, always fresh and priced reasonably. Drinks are good and you can't beat the view no matter what time of year.
The waiter’s recommendations were spot on. He was great and the food was exquisite.
Chase was wonderful! We were celebrating my parents’ anniversary eve. It was a lovely evening for our memorable weekend. The special was delicious. Thank you for the wonderful experience!
Chef must have Monday night off as food tasted like warmed up leftovers
Pot pie was dry and not very flavorful.
We came here last minute trying to find a reservation on a busy Saturday night. We got theright in on open table. Our server Grace was so nice and friendly and the food was really good.