Pier 290

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$31 to $50
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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.
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L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for lunch on a nice fall day in October. The restaurant is beautiful and we had a table overlooking the lake. Prices were moderate and the food was good. Looking forward to going back in the summer!

C
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a birthday dinner with family. We enjoy the ambience which changes with each season. It’s disappointing to hear that the wood fireplace will be replaced by gas. The food was very good but a bit pricey for everyday dining.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening celebrating with a very special person!

KM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice resturant, great location, excellent food. The carrot cake was amazing!

WF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed not only the restaurant but the historical photos from years past. The live music was nice, just made conversing a bit difficult at times.

M
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the location and ambiance of Pier290. The boats and water front setting makes the dining experience entertaining.

PD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a great place! We were there for my daughter’s Bachelorette party. Chase was our server. He was outstanding- polite & friendly! He brought out our food in a timely manner and played along with the laughter of the evening. The food was outstanding! We can’t to come back and bring other friends!

KE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Regretted eating outside. Lots and lots of flies. Almost got up and left without finishing our food. Food was ok but very expensive. Server was not attentive at all.

BS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were guests on a Friday night at the end of September and it was still pretty busy despite being the off season. We had three waitstaff come to our table at the bar to check on us, all very friendly. The food was great and the view would have been spectacular if we had been there before dark!

TK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date was great. But that probably doesn’t mean anything to you. But good atmosphere.

b
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The sea bass was delicious but the pretzel cheese curds were a bit bland

DL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and great atmosphere. Fun hangout by the lake.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing time , with such a beautiful view!! And the service was amazing !

JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our food was on the mark, cooked perfectly, great taste & service was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Daughters birthday

PD
Toledo
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 12 for dinner and had a fantastic time!! Service was great and the Sea Bass andShrimp
Dishes were great! View of the lake was great too!!

J
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Wednesday evening my girlfriend and I enjoyed a beautiful view overlooking Williams Bay from a table set just for us by Pier 290. Although the weather was expected to turn very violent later in the evening, they set the table and open the umbrella as though we were the only people in the world waiting to celebrate our birthdays! We enjoyed a beautiful bottle of wine, salmon, to die for, and a delightful complementary dessert of carrot cake with ice cream! The evening was made even more perfect by our server Sheila. She suggested a terrific place for us to take our birthday picture and was attentive, smart, funny, and made the entire evening just perfect for our celebration! Kudos to Sheila and all the staff for making this very special birthday celebration one we shall always remember

JD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Bad start . A young lady hostess was rather snippy. We had a reservation and she took us outside , on a warm summer day that would have been great but it was in the low 60's { WE are in our late 60"s and getting older as we speak !!!!!} the temp was getting cooler so we asked to be inside and got avery rude sarcastic response .... well all our inside tables are taken and you will have to wait 30-45 minutes. . When I made our reservation, no one asked inside or out , if they had I certainly would have said inside.
We moved to Fontana from Illinois in May and have had many great experiances at your establishment. Great food , great wine and great entertainment. We had company in from Minnesota and raved about Pier 290. I guess the timing was bad when we came in.
We found a table in the bar and had dinner.
I own my own business and felt it was imortatnt to leave this comment.

DD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Cool atmosphere..but food mediocre at best...very very salty.

JN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful !

MM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become a great destination restaurant in the Lake Geneva area. Fantastic ambiance and food. One improvement would be to add some casual fare to the dinner menu. We would go there more often if the menu were a bit broader.

FD
Naples
223 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Just once I would like to be greeted and welcomed by a hostess instead of them acting like they are inconvenienced by people arriving. There are always 2-3 ladies at the desk.
Tonight’s ignorance hostess said “take these people” in a surly tone. BTW, this is my second visit this week and 8th since mid June only because of the view and out of towners/guests want to go. If there were located anywhere else they would have been closed by now. Good is just average.

2
Milwaukee
102 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the “new” attitude toward substitutions! Not wanting fried potatoes etc with fish fry was acknowledged by changing to just a small salad. With a smile and not the additional charge I have experienced before. Hooray!

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time at P290 and we will return. A little pricey but there is high value in the quality of food and drinks and ambiance. The lobster roll is the best this side of Maine. I walk with a cane and from the parking lot to the entrance down the stairs there should be a center handrail to assist. Otherwise go and enjoy.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was excellent! Food came out super quick as we were the last ones to order. We went for a late dinner so wasn't able to enjoy the view but I'm sure it is amazing during the day.

FD
Naples
223 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

$17 salad with 25 cents worth of lettuce a few frozen shrimp a tablespoon of ricotta and way too many purple onions. Total waste of money and appetite. I am told they lower their prices in the winter for locals so they can gouge the tourists.

SB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wonderful atmosphere right on the water with plenty of room. Overpriced.

F
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful and lively spot. Food is good enough, but prices (at least in summer) are high for the offerings.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good but no buss boy to be seen. Went through all of our courses without a single plate removed.

VV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the causal atmosphere Pier 290. The staff is very professional and dinner was delicious. Perfect location on Lake Geneva.

AH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another great dining experience on Pier 290. We sat outside by the docks and had the bittersweet joy of watching them bring in many boats for Winter Storage. It was Labor Day weekend, so that was to be expected but I am not ready to let summer go just yet! Food was delicious.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was not memorable, lacked flavor

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

They messed up our appetizers. Brought dinner & appetizers at same time & Undercooked two burgers. Awful

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We live just a short walk from here so we come often. It’s mediocre food, mediocre service, in a beautiful space. The space deserves a good chef and homemade salad dressings (not the commercial, gelatinous stuff they serve).
The music is fun when we eat in the bar, but is way, way too loud if we are trying to have a conversation in the dining room. It’s almost impossible to have a conversation at the table. Eating outside solves this, but when it’s cold or rainy that’s not an option.
I hope they can start to produce the food and atmosphere the prices and venue deserve!

s
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just got back from a relaxing lunch at Pier 290 and all I can say is SNAP! What a treat! We had spinach artichoke dip which was incredible, the Charcuterie platter -delectable- and I had the lobster roll which was the best I ever had.

Add to this excellent service and a picture perfect view of Geneva Lake you’ll get the idea. I’d give it three thumbs if I had an extra hand. Bravo!!

SF
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful day, so we headed off for lunch. Decided to go to Pier 290 and we sat outside. The waitress recommended the fish fry - it was very good, and I am picky about fish fries. My husband had the fish tacos and they were very good as well. Michelle was our waitress and she was a delight, she made the experience enjoyable - she made great recommendations and knew the menu and the wine list quite well.

RJ
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food didn’t come out hot. Think it sat out for a bit of time

J
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Sat outside near the water...everything was perfect, including 🎂🎉 treat!

CS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Sat outside for dinner. Setting was great. My wife’s crusted chicken was excellent. I had the New York strip. My steak did not have a lot of taste to it. I actually asked for steak sauce. Drinks we great.

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