The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
427 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.
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LP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor with a Mississippi River view. Excellent food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding, higher end restaurant, right on the Mississippi River. Excellent steak and seafood.

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

Good overall experience. Dependable meal for occasions out.

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

The service was absolutely excellent. The waiter went over the food menu, the specials and the drink menu thoroughly. The waiter was on top of all requests and was very timely. The food was fabulous, the ambiance was perfect and this was by far the best restaurant my wife and I have eaten at since moving back to the area 3 years ago. The occasion was our anniversary and this will be our go to restaurant from here on out!

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KH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated New Years Eve with lunch out with dear friends. We had a great waiter who allowed us to take all the time we needed to eat and enjoy each other’s company. I’ve had the perch tacos twice this month and love love love them. The holiday atmosphere is beautiful.

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TW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was very enjoyable. Service with Zak was spot on. The meal and drinks were perfect.
Thank you for a beautiful evening.

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JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our son birthday

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner for a birthday, the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Service was prompt, and the food was very good. The prime rib dinner was a good meal, but the portion size on the salmon was a bit underwhelming. It is a bit spendy, but overall, I think it's a unique place that deserves the reputation it has.

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DB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a special Christmas meal for the 2 of us. We were totally delighted by the menu options, quality, and Zak was a great waiter! My boyfriend ordered the nightly special of "New York strip steak". He called is superb! I selected the salmon entrée which was delicious with the hominy, carrot, and smooth sauce. It was a festive dinner, finished off with splitting the luxurious chocolate cake and coffee. Thanks.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was perfectly prepared with natural healthy ingredients. Service was outstanding and you could tell they paid attention to details. Perfect ending for our birthday celebration. Professional and fun staff. We will be back!

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SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at the Waterfront is always a great experience. For the food. For the atmosphere. For the service.

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RR
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience... probably best restaurant in La Crosse

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P
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, not over the top expensive. Definitely the best restaurant in town!

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic holiday date.

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TP
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef made a wonderful vegan meal for us. Great staff in all parts of the restaurant.

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Everything was so slow. We had play tickets. Ended up with literally 5 mins to eat. Shoved our food in "to go containers" and ran out the door. The pasta, shrimp and scallop dish in white sauce was so salty as to be almost inedible and the shrimp were rubbery.

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and location for a leisurely lunch with dear friends. Waitress very gracious!
Will worth the drive from Rochester.

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AP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Our servers (in both the bar and restaurants) were good, but for the amount of money that you are paying, I would have thought there would have been more food. It wasn 't a large portion - at all - my husband left hungry. And - we were celebrating our anniversary, without our kids, and there were 2 little girls running around the restaurant. I was under the assumption that it was high-class, and if I wanted kids running around, I would have brought mine.

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DB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and exceptional service.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue with an outstanding menu and friendly staff

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JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Great shrimp and scallops and filet. Highly recommend. Only negative feedback was they reported incorrectly to Open Table that we did not honor our reservation...we were actually there a few minutes early.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our date night started out fantastic with our server Ali, she was friendly, upbeat and engaged! And our steaks were the best we’ve had there! We’ll be back soon...

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RZ
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Madelyn was superb! She was friendly and thorough! The food was honestly amazing. The Devil on Horseback (appetizer) was a delightful change and mouthwatering...
Not ideal for those on a tight schedule, but definitely allowed us time to eat, talk, and relax!

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to relax and enjoy an amazing meal. Highly recommended

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SE
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience. Zach is an exceptional server. Quality across the board. Will be back.

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CS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten here often and are never disappointed.

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff were very accommodating and polite. As usual, a wonderful dinning experience.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a business lunch at which I wanted two others to meet for the first time and talk for an extended period. I selected the Waterfront because I have lunched there many times and knew it to be quiet. It was and the luncheon went perfectly. The food was good and the waitstaff neither hovered nor were they inattentive. They were exactly right, particularly our server. Three hours went by quickly--the meeting was a total success. Thank you to everyone.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been to The Waterfront in a while and I was pleasantly reminded what a great place it is. The service was outstanding, the food was excellent, and because we were early, it was quiet and enjoyable. If you want a nice dinner, this would be a great place. I thought the menu was outstanding with some unique items.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this for my 5 year anniversary. We were married there 5 years ago to the day. I informed The Waterfront staff it was a surprise for my wife and they were more than accommodating! They booked the private dining room in the back for us (some of the wedding party included). The server Brianna was exceptional. She did many things to make it a fantastic evening for us. We spent around 3 hours in the back room and every minute of it was spectacular from the drinks to the apps, and entree’s. Thank you so much for making our night extremely special.

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CK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My most favorite place to celebrate....anything! Excellent food, service was perfect...best restaurant in the area!

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SZ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Dinner was fine. I took a flyer rather than my standard favorite. It was good but nothing special. Up graded our salads to the Caesar salad and it was poor. Did not even have any parm on it. Finally we treated to a free desert because it was our anniversary. Nice touch as we never asked for it but it was not prepared properly. When my mentioned it to the waiter he said "well it is free" and he walked away. Pretty much made everything about the experience worse overall.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We were seated right by the kitchen first table as you walked into the restaurant, so it was very busy

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T
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, restaurant itself was really pleasantly decorated, and the service was great. A great experience. It was expensive, but worth it!

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H
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, a wonderful dining experience at the Waterfront. We enjoyed the last preparation of halibut for this year. Fresh halibut perfectly prepared, over veggie risotto in a tasty sauce. All began with perfect Negroni's. The calimari which followed were a little underdone and the crust was falling off, otherwise tasted alright. We ordered a wonderful California chardonnay to accompany the entree. They have a good wine list. Late for us, we had a very good decaf coffee, as good as decaf can be.

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WC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. They really do a great job with celebrating special occasions too. My only complaint is paying full price for an entree when I request a vegetarian style pasta. It doesn't seem right to pay $33 for noodles, sauce and veggies.

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DH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, even though it was later October. Amazing cheese curd appetizer and innovative deconstructed, flavorful chicken pot pie! We'll be back when we can enjoy the outdoor patio.

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t
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great time here! It was our anniversary so we enjoyed a nice private booth. When we've been here before with a large group The Waterfront can accommodate that as well.

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KN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife for a nice date night out. Food was excellent and service was stellar. We enjoyed ourselves and had a very nice evening out.

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GB
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our initial time at The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern was to share lunch while visiting our grandson at U.W. La Crosse. Absolutely the best restaurant. Our server, Madeline, was cordial and knowledgeable and offered suggestions about the lunch offerings. The scenic view was awesome and our entire luncheon meal was scrumptious, delicious and excellent. A very happy occasion for us. Thank you.

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