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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.

1 Liechty Drive
Williams Bay, WI 53191
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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)

Cross Street:
Walworth

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(262) 245-2100

Website:
http://pier290.com/

Entertainment:
Live Entertainment Nightly Friday & Saturday

Parking Details:
Travel by land, water, or ice. Offering free pier slots, boat valet, and over 100 car spaces with valet on summer weekends.

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

Pier 290 Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (16)
Waterfront (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
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Special Occasion (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Cozy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Seasonal (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tapas (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went on New Years Day for the Polar Plunge it was very fun and the restaurant is very nice bar area too!!

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Waterfront, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dinner was delicious and the booths are very comfortable! My steak was perfectly cooked, veggies savory and wine excellent.

Tags: Live Music, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, People Watching
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Seasonal, People Watching, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Casual, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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 .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My husband and I love coming to Pier 290. It is attractive inside, and the food and service are great. The bar is fun with live music--great atmosphere! Keep up the good work.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was surprisingly good and it was great fun to listen to the band in the bar after dinner.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

While the food and the outdoor setting was a delightful as usual there were some bothersome wasps around this time. That, however, would not deter us from returning. We love this place!

Tags: Waterfront, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lovely setting and good service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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 .

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Having made a reservation and identified it as a birthday, I expected to have a table by the windows for an excellent view and the host to inquire who's birthday we were celebrating.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Absolutely one of the best places to go if you ever visit Lake Geneva. Food , service and view is outstanding. A little out of the way if you are a new visitor but worth the adventure.
Don't miss it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nice all the way around. Would go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great waitress! The food was good. Ambiance perfect!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Outstanding dinner all the way around. Went here on the 2nd of October with one other person. Booked it again this evening for 10.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Good choices not to our liking. Used to be better

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Awesome place! We heard of it; but had never been there; definitely going back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always great! Try to go as much as I can in the summer!!

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great outdoor waterfront dining venue with a great variety of food & drink options.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a great lunch, beautiful setting. Always fun! Food and drinks were great.

Tags: Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Set in a beautiful location with friendly, helpful stall, Bar 290 is a nice place for lunch. However, the food was only OK and was not the best value for what we got. Saying that, if I was back in the location, I would certainly give it another try - just for the atmosphere and views alone!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We Showed up late to our reservation and they opened the kitchen and still served us! It was a great experience and we were very appreciative

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We loved the view and the food. The service could not have been better. Chas is a local and recommended excellent dishes. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great ambiance & we like going to Pier 290 but be prepared to be there awhile. Service has never been good.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The waterfront area is fantastic. Love the fire pits and the cozy feel. Great for drinks before and after dinner. Food and service inside was really good. Our waiter went far to make our dining experience a great one. Definitely would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Geneva Lake area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Decades ago, this building was the nerve center for Gage Marine. Now Pier 290 has indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor dining is under large tents. We dined inside where the vibe was relaxed. The food was pretty darn expensive for what we got. I sprung for the 8 oz filet with mashed potatoes and a few string beans for $43. It would have been better at $25. I don't think I'll go back again as there are plenty of other options in the area.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We dined here for my husbands Birthday. The food, service and atmosphere were fantastic. I will definitely dine here again.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Lunch enjoyble. Ambiance fantastic. Very good experience. Drinks good, too.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

No better view of Lake Geneva with a casual menu and comfortable atmosphere. We had a gorgeous day with clear skies and warm temperatures for September. We especially enjoyed sharing the Ceviche and homemade fries. I loved the Lobster Roll and my sister enjoyed her Reuben. My cousin was disappointed that the Bratwurst sandwich had nor relish or other condiments accompanying his entree.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The very best location on Lake Geneva. Love the ambiance and decor. Needs to improve food. I keep going back for the views and decor.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Seasonal, Waterfront, Scenic View
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