Pier 290

4.2
1058 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
Open for Lunch and Dinner Wednesday - Sunday
Kitchen open 11AM - 9PM
Sun-Thur: Bar open 11AM - 10PM or TBD (we will stay open as long as people are here)
Fri-Sat: Bar open 11AM - 12AM or TBD (we will stay open as long as people are here)
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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
What 1058 People Are Saying
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4.2
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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2.0Dined 3 days ago

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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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined 7 days ago

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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3.0Dined on August 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Great family dinner. Chase was great

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

We had an afternoon lunch date on the water and we loved the place. The service was attentive and the food selection was the perfect fit for lunch. Will be back.

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1.0Dined on August 12, 2018

We arrived at the restaurant at 11 when it opened and were sat. We then looked at an overpriced menu and ordered. We finally got our food at noon. It was to say the least not good. This place knows they have you when you walk in and could care less how you experience was. We will never go back.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We enjoyed a marvelous meal! The food was prepared perfectly. Our sever was excellent and very accommodating. The view of the lake and boats is such fun! Don't miss out on the pork chop:)
Our desserts were yummy too!

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We always have a good time at Pier 290. The view of Geneva Lake is so pretty and calming. There's quite an extensive wine list. The food and service are very good also. After dinner we sat around the fire pit with an after dinner drink. That is always relaxing.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Chase was our server and he was awesome. Great details and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great place, gets buggy at night

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had a great anniversary dinner here. Nice lake side setting with excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Pier 290 was perfect. Friend from out of town loved view and all loved lunch choices. Prices were ok for all offered.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Wonderful seafood lunch on a hot summer day with a beautiful view

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great outdoor ambiance, good food, friendly service

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great restaurant for viewing Lake Geneva, celebrating special occasions, tasty food, wide menu selection, kids’ menu, and ambiance. Love the location, interior design and beachy feeling. It was a great way to celebrate a birthday for a very special friend.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The view and atmosphere was delightful as was our waitress. However, they clearly don't have their act together when it comes to the overall dining experience. First of all, we waited over 30 minutes for our entrees and when we asked we were told that a party of 25 had ordered before us. Ok? Still don't want an excuse just want dinner. Secondly when they served us they only brought 4 of the 5 entrees and the 5th person waited almost 10 minutes for his dinner. Ridiculous. Several of us did not have silverware at this point to eat anyway. All the entrees were very good -- but it is Chicago pricing in Wisconsin. Then we waited unnecessarily for the check. However, the waitress did comp desserts due to all the screwups. Management was nowhere to be found and many waiters standing around. Restaurant half empty but we waited for everything. Will not go back and will not recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

There are maybe 8 tables that are actually outside. The rest of the "outdoor" tables are under a tent behind the man-made beach and the seating for drinks that are there.

What was most disappointing was their unwillingness to make a very simple substitution of mashed potatoes for a pasta. I am gluten free and wanted the shrimp. It came with a side of pasta, but the waitress said the kitchen does not do substitutions. For such a high price point dinner, this would make it much more personal and we would go back. Food was ok, nothing over-the-top great. I recommend for drinks on their "beach" over dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Our food was so good, I had the Mac and cheese w/lobster. Lots of lobster. The serving size was a very filling,my husband had to help. He had the salmon and that was just as good. We sat outside,watch the boats go by. Was a beautiful night. We will go back.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Friends birthday! Enjoyed the view the dinner and the cocktails. Our waitress was a doll!!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Visitor from Georgia and had never tried Pier 290, but heard good things. We shared a plate so the value was better, but it lived up to all expectations!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Perfect way to end our long weekend in Lake Geneva area! Beautiful night, weather, and food was great! Chase was our waiter and was for pleasant and accommodating. Definitely would recommend. There were also large groups that they were able to accommodate and play "sand areas" for the kids to play. Perfect for sunset.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Really pleasant staff, great service, yummy food!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Pier 290 is one of my favorite places in the Lake Geneva/Williams Bay area for the atmosphere alone. There's a great patio, beach, and outdoor bar area that's perfects for summer days and evenings. However, I'm consistently disappointed with the food. It's just average, especially for the price you pay. On my most recent visit with a group of girlfriends, I ordered the pork chop and it was overcooked. The side of seasonal veggies was sort of limp and bland. I will say they have excellent cocktails (even if on two separate occasions I found bugs floating in my drink--they are at least very gracious in making you a fresh one). Bottom line: come for the view and drinks, but eat elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great boar parking- food was very good - service was good - food was slow in coming our.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Wife and I were visiting Lake Geneva for the first time and had just come off a very poor experience at a hotel nearby. There is a walking trail around the lake which I had used to go on a run earlier that morning and that's how I happened across this restaurant. The outdoor dining area is adjacent to the marina which gives you a great view of the docked boats and beautiful Geneva Lake. What really made this a 5 Star experience, however, was the service we received from our server (can't recall her name, attending the University of Southern CA in the fall). She was SO welcoming and accommodating, making us feel very much at home. She made excellent meal suggestions and with the sunshine, the cool breeze, and the exceptional service, this was truly an unforgettable experience. Ceviche was superb and the watermelon appetizer had a delicious, unique flavor. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Food was just ok considering the price. Nice setting and good service made up for some of what the food lacked. Wish I could be more positive as I like this place. No hurry to return.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The cocktails are pretty bad here, but the food is good and sitting out on the water is amazing.

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1.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We had reservations for dinner and when we arrived, we were seated promptly and given menus and water. And that’s it. We sat for at least 15 minutes and no waiter or anyone else ever came to our table. It was not crowded and the tables around us were being waited on and receiving food and drinks. After waiting for 15-20 minutes with no service, we got up to leave and dine elsewhere. It’s unfortunate because we had a lovely dinner at Pier 290 last summer and were really looking forward to another nice time, but we had a poor experience.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great atmosphere...just average food. Really beautiful spot on the lake but need to work on the menu and execution of the actual entrees.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Slow service, food ok.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Great outdoor dining.

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