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The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
320 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern is a seasonal American restaurant with a commitment to serve the best quality product offered at the height of each season. Our seasonal seafood is noted as the market’s best – always fresh, line-caught and hand-selected. All our beef selections are USDA Prime – the highest level of grading based on the quality of marbling and aging, hand-selected and cut specifically for our guests.
Local and organic foods are incorporated into all menus as best appropriate. Each menu is designed and created with our guests in mind. Enjoy the results of hard work and high standards. Please note, patio tables are first-come first-seated only. Thank you.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Summer patio open for lunch and dinner service. Reservations not accepted for patio dining. For large party inquiries, please contact the restaurant directly.
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Phone number
(608) 782-5400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
The Cargill Room
The largest of our event spaces, The Cargill Room is a grand, light-filled ballroom with panoramic views of the river and park. The subtle elegance of the Cargill Room makes it a stunning venue for wedding receptions, conferences and banquets. Dedicated amenities include two private bars, coatrooms, powder rooms, Wi-Fi, customized lighting and projection systems.

The Banquet Room
Designed as a stylish, comfortable venue for 24 to 100 guests, The Banquet Room showcases breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and Riverside Park. Amenities include a private bar, coatroom, powder rooms, private parking lot and complimentary presentation technology.

The Private Dining Room
A secluded dining or meeting space for a small group, The Private Dining Room looks out over a spectacular river scene. Adjacent to the restaurant and tavern, it seats up to 16 guests.
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Catering
Four unique dining spaces plus outdoor patios offer an elegant backdrop for any event from a private business presentation over lunch, a bustling conference with 300 guests, a wedding, or a relaxing cocktail reception. Your guests will feel at ease with every need artfully met.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jay Street
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Parking details
There is a private parking lot located between the restaurant building and Riverside Park that is free of charge to all Waterfront guests. There are also reserved spots on the first floor in the parking ramp located on the corner of Front Street and Jay Street that are free to restaurant guests.
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Entertainment
A baby grand piano hosts a selection of music, including jazz, blues and rock variations in the lounge. Local and regional musicians fill the tavern with classic and contemporary tunes. In the warm season, enjoy our casual entertainment on the patio!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 320 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Quiet
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food and a very helpful waitress made this a great experience.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

We were a party of six. We were the first seated for the evening. They stuck us in a corner with no view in spite of having other tables of 6 with views empty throughout our dining experience. (Maybe it was due to one of us being disabled and having a knee walker that took up some additional space.) Of the 6 orders, 3 were prime rib. One was ordered Medium Well, one Medium, one Medium Rare … "on the bloody side." All came out Med Well to Well, but not burned. Vegetables were over salted. We were "compted" 3 desserts, but it didn't make up for the fact that this was not the Waterfront we had visited a few years back. We had been looking forward to this meal and were sorely disappointed. Waitress was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Once again The Waterfront was on top of their game. I've been impressed everytime we have dined there. By far my favorite restaurant in La Crosse. Can't wait for our next visit.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This setting was perfect for our anniversary anniversary. Great food. Great value. Our server, Peyton, was exceptional

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I enjoyed our time they're immensely. Music was great. Table and service were fantastic. 6-8-18

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The Waterfront Restaurant is an outstanding dining establishment. The quality of the food is surpassed only by the quality of the service (Cole and Carmen). Three areas---The Patio, The Tavern, and The Restaurant---offer three distinct dining choices. We thoroughly enjoyed both evenings and look forward to returning.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Outdoor patio was great. Server was very good.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Took a VIP customer from outside the area. Very satisfied with the Service, Food and business friendly noise level. I would highly recommend.

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1.0Dined on June 4, 2018

In my opinion the Waterfront has noticeably declined in the last few years. This applies to both service and food quality. The menu is limited and hasn't had a meaningful change in over four years. Wait staff appears to be just going through the motions.

Again this is just my opinion but I have found this establishment becoming quite stale and appears to have totally lost its passion for providing diners with a great experience. My wife and I will no longer be dining here.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Our server was excellent! - knowledgeable and attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

My wife and I really like The Waterfront Restaurant, though we do wish the menu were more varied than it currently is.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My husband and I were on a vacation. We stayed at the Raddison next door. The food was excellent. The best Walleye, filet and Escargot my husband and I ever have had. We sat out side on the river and it was beautiful. The waitress Caitlin was so friendly and bubbly. Great customer service. Thank you for a great evening.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Once again the Waterfront does not disappoint. Love, love, love this place. Great opportunity for conversation. Never a place you want to go if you are in a hurry, which is why it is such an amazing place!

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Really great food and service, the only thing that bummed me out was that the reservation I had made online didn't show up on their schedule. Oh well, I suppose. Didn't ruin the experience, however, and would definitely recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Outstanding as the dinner was, the service provided by Ryan was truly exemplary. Ryan was very attentive (without being hovering), provided excellent recommendations and suggestions for our entrees, and overall was a very pleasant person.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and accommodating regarding changes to the side items. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

First time there. Great food, very responsible price and outstanding service ... Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We had a great dinner with friends. Our server was exceptional. And the food was very good. We will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Waterfront Restaurant NEVER disappoints. We took friends there for their first visit and the ambience and food lived up to the hype. The wait staff in this restaurant are so well trained. They are very professional and attentive to the customer's every need, they describe each menu item in great detail, and they are so pleasant and engaging. Becca and Allie were just plain terrific!!! We will continue to choose the Waterfront for all of our special occasions!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food was fantastic--prepared perfectly, flavorful, a wonderful experience.
Service was excellent.
I can't wait to go back.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We usually eat in main restaurant but decided to try the tavern. I ordered the green curry with scallops for $22 & $10 for two scallops from the main dining room menu.my husband felt I should of gotten at least
3 scallops. It was very tasty but a bit spicy. The waitress told me she would have it made less spicy but she got several things wrong
(forgot to have my salad dressing on the side, forgot my husband’s pelergrino water) so not sure if she did ask chef to adjust. She was nice but maybe she needs to be more careful.The tomato basil soup is always delicious and we enjoyed that.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Went to Waterfront to celebrate an anniversary. Service was excellent
Food was delicious. A real gem in La Crosse.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The Staff at the Waterfront are top notch - they are knowledgeable
and make everyone feel welcome. This is the best place in La Crosse for either a special occasion or a casual bar meal.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Fabulous experience! The restaurant decor is warm and inviting. The staff are incredibly professional and go out of their way to ensure customers have a memorable experience. The food is top notch. They have mastered the art of subtlety in every dish - the flavors blend perfectly. They get all of the details right -menu options, presentation, wine selection, service, ambiance are all incredible.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had a wonderful Birthday dinner here with my husband. This was our first time and this restaurant came highly recommended. Our service was fantastic -- a college young lady served us and we were very happy with her. We would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great presentation by waitress......describing the food and deserts!!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Love the restaurant, wish they had a little bigger menu. Service was great. Wish they would state the price of the specials so you wouldn't have to ask.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We started with the bacon wrapped goat cheese stuffed dates. Wonderful. The salads were assorted greens with homemade dressings. I had the elk and my husband had the blackened rib eye. Both melted in your mouth and were unbelievably tender. My risotto was delicious! Our server was right on top and very friendly!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We recently went to riverfront for date night and to celebrate a birthday. Pre dinner drinks in the bar were great. The food was fantastic, environment is relaxed and quiet, server was excellent. Will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing food, awesome service, great views.....Everything you need for a great dining experience! Would absolutely recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Three of us met for lunch for combined birthdays. We had ecellent service - we were not rushed to order and were not interrupted after we ordered, except when our water was low or more coffee was needed. Great food. The view is beautiful - no matter the weather or the time of year!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was our first visit and we were very impressed. The entry and bathroom was very clean and beautiful. We had reservations and was able to be seated right away. Our waitress was very tidy and prompt. She had a wonderful lively personality and explained the dinner selections to us. The food was excellent and prepared in unique ways. It was very nice to have a view of the river. The exterior of the building and the lighting were lovely as well. We had no trouble finding a place to park. The food was rather expensive but I guess you get what you pay for. I would recommend this establishment!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A wonderful experience. Will be going there again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent dining choice. Superb presentation of food with tasty sauces and unique delicious combinations. Very knowledgeable waiters and waitress who have delicacies memorized and can explain exotic sounding ingredients in wonderful dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Beautiful setting, outstanding service and wonderful food. Great for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Amazing dinner, wine & service with exceptionally helpful staff!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We loved the ambiance, food was delicious and presentation was top notch, wonderful evening. Will do it again,

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The staff that took care of us was awesome. With staff like that you will have many repeat customers

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The Waterfront became one of our favorite dining spots from the first moment we tasted their food over 8 years ago. We make it a point to dine there every time we visit La Crosse which is several times a year. We have celebrated our wedding anniversary there at least 6 times in the last 8 years. In addition we have also celebrated notable birthdays and have taken our sons to celebrate Spring Break and Graduations. We also have taken other friends and family as they have heard us extol the food and service. We have yet to have a bad experience and cannot imagine ever having one.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

It’s always great place for dinner! We love going there for the menu, the wine list and beer, the service is Awesome.

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