About Pier 290
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.
Williams Bay, WI 53191
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)
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Entertainment Nightly Friday & Saturday
Travel by land, water, or ice. Offering free pier slots, boat valet, and over 100 car spaces with valet on summer weekends.
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
Pier 290 Ratings and Reviews
I found the clam chowder to be watery and over seasoned. I did not eat it and the waitress did take it off the bill, which I thought was great customer service. I had the tiger shrimp which were very tasty. The atmosphere was great. I really enjoyed the old photos in the hallway.
Pier 290 is a wonderful dining destination you have to experience. It is located on beautiful Lake Geneva in Williams Bay Wi, also home to Gage Marine. The restaurant is decorated with many antique nautical piece and the view is Second to none. finally, the reason to go there is the food and drink, which is superb to say the least. During the summer you can dine outside or inside. This is a must do if you are in the Lake Geneva area, consider a reservation at busy times !!!
I was very disappointed that our reservation wasn't honored, even though we did speak with someone that afternoon to confirm. We were seated in the back area with the plastic sheets and luckily were by the fireplace. We enjoyed our meal and the evening but the ambiance was not nearly as nice as the main dining room.
Our second visit to Pier 290. Date had lobster mac and I had the Beef Stroganoff. Somehow my dish had a large potato in it. Not sure how. Just average food. View great service great. There seems to be an official "children's section" to the far left in the main dining room. Second time we have had screaming kids during the entire meal - even though we were on the other side of the restaurant it is still annoying to let your kid carry on like that. As the mom of 4 there are solutions. Bar is always busy here and this was a winter visit - summer is quite different - very busy. Location here will always draw people in, but better food would seal the deal for return diners.
I have eaten at Pier 290 4 or 5 times and I am never disappointed. The food is always hot, tasty, and creative; the services is excellent; the drinks don't put you on your face, but they are well-crafted so you don't have to Uber it home. I try to have a different entrée every time I go. We brought a couple friends with us who were also impressed. I will keep coming as long as the quality stays as it is...excellent on all fronts.
New Years Eve 2017. Good food and service as always. Only hitch was when we arrived we were seated in a tent like area with heaters for warmth . Unfortunately with a temperature of -3 degrees and a steady wind of 5 mph people were eating with their coats on. We asked to be moved inside and after a few minutes we had a high top table Inn the bar area. I was disappointed that when we made the reservation we would have been told about the possibility of the seating arrangement.
I know it is very very cold outside, but it was also a bit chilly inside. We were hoping the fireplace in the dining area would've been working. We did receive a very acceptable explanation of why it wasn't on though and understand the circumstances. We did, however, enjoy the fireplace near the bar area - that was very enjoyable, cozy, and liked the seating available. This was our first time here and we would definitely come back again. Our server was very helpful and friendly with a great personality also. The food was good and your restaurant was clean and welcoming! Thank you!
My Birthday at Pier 290 was perfect in every way. Food, ambiance, service, the view of the lake and best of all my good friends joining me.
The chicken pot pie seemed to be the winner although the beer cheese soup was excellent as well. Not too heavy, just right.
They let us bring our own cake which was a nice touch.
Mediocre to say the least. We have been going to Pier 290 for a few years now . To begin with we were impressed with the view ,the food and staff . Last night was the last straw of progressively LESS of everything . We were seated in the outside dinning area with plastic walls and a roaring fire ( the dinning room was empty?). The fire was beautiful but so hot that both my white wine and water were warm . The food was beyond ordinary for $150 for two with 4 drinks . The presentation looked like ‘ school dinners ‘ and the service was nonchalant. Buck up Pier 290 you have lost the plot and become arrogant and sloppy .
It's been over a year since we last dined at Pier 290 because the food wasn't very good for the price point, but we always loved the atmosphere and location. I'm pleased to say that this visit our food was excellent. Every item was delicious. We'll be back again soon!
We arrived 30 mins early and said we'd be at the bar for pre-dinner cocktails. The hostess confirmed we were 'checked in' but when we went to be seated for dinner, they had given our table away and were told it would be a 45-min wait. No apology, no explanation.
The location is wonderful - right on beautiful Lake Geneva with a beautiful view. The seafood my wife and I ordered was about as awfully prepared as it could be. My son's hamburger was good and my daughter's mac and cheese was what would be expected. Service was good. We may have made a mistake ordering seafood. They have a nice selection of beef - they may be better at that. They clearly need a new chef that can cook seafood. The other disappointment is the absence of the boat in the sand box that use to delight my kids. They have removed it -
not sure why - but it something needs to replace - it is an eyesore presently. It is just a bunch of sand with the remnants of what must have been the concrete foundation for the boat. They have put up a metal ring toss game - but barely uses any of the space. They need to get someone with some imagination to replace the area with something. If the removal was just to discourage parents from bringing kids - expand the bar to replace the "sand box." In summary, my recommendation would be to just go there for drinks and maybe a burger unless you know something I do not know. I would also go if you know that they have hired a new chef. 2000 words is a lot - I am about to give up - I will try to one. I do not think I can. They need to reduce the number if they really want people to do this. Final thoughts - talk a walk on the Lake Geneva path - if you want burger, beer, or even a martini - stop in otherwise keep going.
The reservation process was simple. The table was ready and the server was very attentive. The food came quickly and was great.
We went by boat, the last warm Friday night. Too bad the lights were already off on the piers. We couldn't see the seagull droppings.
I had heard so many good things about dining here . Sadly, that wasn’t my experience . The waitress messed up my order which I know happens . But then she brought back ice cold chicken clearly they pre cook the food because it was cooked all the way through but it was cold . There were four of us and it seems the fish was right in target cooked to perfection but the two of us who ordered non fish dinners had less than quality meals . We did the mousse dessert and that was good .
Lobster Mac & Cheese was pretty good with maybe 2 small chunks of lobster. Thought $28.00 was a bit pricey. But it was large enough to share. Lemontini Martini was not smooth at all.
You are obviously paying for the view & location. As always, hostess was unfriendly like she was doing you a favor by seating you. Server not at all welcoming.
We were visiting Lake Geneva for the day and made reservations at Pier 290 for 2 with a highchair since we have a 1 year old. I was nervous about dining here with a little one, but it was great. We requested a table close to the water and got a great view and table. The server was a little busy, but managed things well. The kids cheeseburger was huge, but delicious. My husband also had a burger and said it was good, but not incredible or outstanding. I have the crab cake and it was tasty, but small in portion. The fries were overdone and too salty. If you come here, get a seat near the water/dock, because it's all about the scenery here!
Cool venue, charming with a fantastic view.
That said, ordered the broiled chicken and received the swordfish. Somehow the chicken came out a minute later and tasted like it too (undercooked chicken, green beans, carrot, chunky mashed potatoes...)
As clean as any restaurant on a pier, but oddly the men’s bathroom had an overflowing garbage situation and it wasn’t exactly dinner rush.
Peculiar. In retrospect would come back for drinks, apps and music instead of seated dinner.
We were excited to go to Pier 290, for our anniversary, we heard a lot of good things about the restaurant. Upon arriving there was a wedding in their hall area, so parking was very difficult. I dropped my family off and looked for a spot. When I made it back to the restaurant I entered the front door and there were a lot of empty tables. No on at the front desk bothered to help me find my family as they were busy with something else. I located them out in a tent area that was pretty cold and loud.
The waitress was good but didn’t look like she wanted to be there (my opinion). My wife couldn’t find anything on the menu to order so she asked if they could do a red sauce with the pasta instead of pesto. It was not good. We returned it. Our other meals were good. The flies were buzzing around us the whole time we were there an one made it into my wife’s water. I am sorry to say we can’t recommend this restaurant it was a huge disappointment.
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