The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.7
756 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
We are currently open for dine-in, take-out, and curbside delivery.
The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern has been changing the dining experience in La Crosse since 2006. By offering supreme product and hospitality, we have become a favorite of locals and a travel destination all in the same. Our menus highlight seasonal American cuisine that includes USDA Prime beef and fresh day-boat seafood. With a focus on the freshest foods of each season, our culinary team allows the ingredients to speak for themselves. Every detail is appreciated in everything we do – enjoy the results of hard work and high standards. Our current menus can be found by visiting www.thewaterfrontlacrosse.com
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4.8
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4.8
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening on the deck

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NickJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot. Great food and excellent service. Would go back again!

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LauraO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely venue with excellent service. The food was amazing!!

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ThomasK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional...great food and wonderful service.

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Nick
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to celebrate a Bachelor party! The food had a great variety for various price points. The aged steak was worth it!

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IrvF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and superb service! Highly recommended!

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vipTmmit
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The waterfront is a great restaurant. The food is always top notch

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vipkirbyd
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - thank you Natalie! Food was outstanding!

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vipDuck
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the river at sunset. Wonderful waiter, all drinks and entrees perfectly prepared. A delightful surprise- clearly a talented, creative chef.

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CarolS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening. All 4 of
Us enjoyed the food. Ambiance is great!! Wine pours do seem small for the price

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and very fresh flavors. The ramp pesto gnocchi with 1 diver scallop was more than enough and delicious! They were sweet to include a yummy dessert to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Definitely would go there again!

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CimbaS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been over a year since we have been able to enjoy the Waterfront. Is as amazing as has always been. The pear-gorgonzola salad is so good that I ordered a larger portion as my entree. Others had chicken, steak and salmon and everyone at our table really enjoyed the meal. Unfortunately we didn't save room for dessert.

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KyleT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great and the food was outstanding. My wife and I have never had a dining experience like this, and it has made us decide to come back again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday dinner, our experience was everything that we expect and more! Food was delicious and service was great!

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Stacy
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service all around. From our pre-dinner drinks in the lounge to our dinner, the service was exceptional. In the past year going out to eat hasn't been that wonderful of an experience, either the food is lack luster and/or the service is nonexistent, but on Saturday evening it felt amazing. Thank you!

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LorryE
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been to Waterfront several times - have never been disappointed

JH
JasonH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I've eaten in LaCrosse. Would definitely go back.

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DianeD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waterfront restaurant is consistently outstanding. No matter how many diners there are, the service is impeccable and the food is top shelf.

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Patrick
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

They didn't cook my steak properly.'
Sounds like one simple things and I suppose it is, but that sort of ruined the whole dinner, as in the main part of the meal itself was gross.

The devil on horseback things are amazing though! Not that it made up for it.

Also, I ordered "oscar style" and they should be ashamed by the amount of crab they put on my steak. AND there was no sauce. I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain oscar style includes a sauce.

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SweetDee
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Waterfront is a reliable go-to for a great night out. We were celebrating a master’s graduation, being fully vaccinated, and our first date night out in over a year, and the Waterfront’s staff always brings their A-game; from the brilliant service to the thoughtfully-conceived main courses, we were delighted to spend our evening there.

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JesseJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Mother’s Day. There were 5 of us. Apps were great. Specials were great. Food came out timely and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was wonderful, great ambiance, low noise level. We had a party of 7 and we all felt that everything we ordered was on the salty side but was well presented and overall still good.

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Knel
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious full flavored food. Friendly and attentive staff.

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vipChrisChi
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Please make sure all guests wear masks when not seated at their table. This issue made our overall experience — especially visiting from out of town — a bit uncomfortable. High end dining usually requires this out of safety and precaution.

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Omoekun
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was lively. The waitress was really nice and helpful. The food was delicious and well presented. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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BridgetB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waterfront was a wonderful treat for our anniversary dinner. The staff was wonderful and so helpful in understanding options for making my meal gluten and dairy free. Compliments to the chef for allowing such accommodations!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food

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Mitch
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful facility with great views of the Mississippi River. Walking distance from all the downtown Lacrosse hotels.

Food was excellent and well displayed.

Service from Ciara was outstanding. She is a true ambassador for your restaurant.

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XimenaL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. Everyone was very friendly. Will visit again.

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vipNancyetc
Minneapolis
99 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambiance. Food was good. Server made the evening. She was very very informative of all the ingredients and the history of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always an amazing dining experience

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KaziR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great restaurant to dine in. The ambience is elegant.

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vipCherelle
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is outstanding all around. Best filet I have ever had- cooked perfectly! Highly recommend!!

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janvm
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. A great place to celebrate our anniversary.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Cierra, made sure my daughter’s 30 birthday celebration was perfectly wonderful in every way!!

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NoahW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is incredible. Knowledgeable and care about the food being served.

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vipkmb44
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

While this is one of out favorite restaurants for dinner, this last dining experience did not meet our expectations. Out server, Izzy, was awesome! As were the 2 young gentlemen who brought our appetizer and cleared our plates. Our appetizer and salads were amazing! Our main courses fell short. We all had the steak special and while they were cooked to the perfect temperatures, they were tough and dry. We left disappointed.

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TerrenceM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service at the restaurant was very good. When we called for a reservation, we asked the person who took our call about other events in the area. She said she would check into some for us and get back to us, which she did, and did promptly. Our servers at our table was very attentive (but not overly so), knowledgeable and informative. Unfortunately, some of the dishes were only so-so, which was disappointing in light of the prices. The seafood special and the duck risutto were very good though.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A weekend trip for youth sports with my daughter.

FAQs

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 782-5400.

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 756 OpenTable diners.

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.thewaterfrontlacrosse.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.