Pier 290

4.2
1086 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Live Music | Lakefront Dining
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner
Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Bar
Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am
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Phone number
(262) 245-2100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Walworth
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Parking details
Travel by land, water, or ice. Offering free pier slots, boat valet, and over 100 car spaces with valet on summer weekends.
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Entertainment
Live Entertainment Nightly Friday & Saturday
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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TJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

It took a long time to get the bottle of wine we ordered but the waterfront view was beautiful and food good.

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DR
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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

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KZ
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, four people in our party all ordered something different, all of us were pleased. The service was friendly and efficient.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

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.

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TJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent as always. The food was fantastic. They have finally found a good chef and I hope management keeps him.

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D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fun spot and great views of the lake. Food is good but a little pricey for what you get.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

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.

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AD
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

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. :(

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F
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, good food and service and fun atmosphere with beautiful views of Lake Geneva.

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RI
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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

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TJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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?

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NM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

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.

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T
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 👍

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F
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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F
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Beautiful lakefront view and ambiance! Nice selection of food items and wine list - good for a date!

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Naples
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Great location but food was lacking and overpriced. Will not return to eat. Maybe cocktails only.

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S
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

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.

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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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P
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great fish fry and amazing views of lake Geneva! Would highly recommend for any occasion!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was absolutely horrible. Worst English waiter ever. Disgusting food. Cute ombience but do NOT recommend for the food.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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SJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

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.

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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l
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

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!

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t
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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BP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

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 $$.

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M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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Milwaukee
64 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought two friends for easy access, view and food. All were great.

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L
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great place to eat outside and enjoy the view of beautiful Geneva Lake.

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SF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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HE
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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MP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great family dinner. Chase was great

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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!

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