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For 2
Sat, 2/17
11:30 PM
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The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

270 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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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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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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!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 270 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined a day ago

Tavern was lovely. Bartenders and atmosphere were amazing. Food was great! Very fancy as well! Couldn’t have asked for

OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I spent a few days in LaCrosse this week and had an absolutely spectacular dinner at The Waterfront. The restaurant is elegantly designed and appointed to create a very peaceful setting, great for conversation and privacy. The beef and walleye entrees we ordered were perfectly prepared as were the vegetables that accompanied. The service was very attentive but not intrusive or rushed. This is a first class restaurant in every sense of the word and compares favorably with the best in the Twin Cities at a much more modest price.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Cole was amazing! Great server and very knowledgeable about all the food items.

3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Ambiance was nice. Waiter was very knowledgeable on the different dishes. Me and my wife celebrated our 10 year anniversary and her Birthday, so we wanted a special event. The staff knew we were celebrating from the special note I left in my reservation. I ordered the 6 oz steak, wife ordered the pad thai. She had to send it back due to it being way...WAY too salty. The cook said he tried a new sauce on the dish, and it made it inedible. She was very unhappy with the food. The steak was great. Loaded with mushrooms and onions. The waiter offered complimentary desert, which we declined, but he also took our appetizers off the bill for the inconvenience. We appreciated this greatly. Overall a nice experience, but I don't think we'll be returning.

5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Becca our server was outstanding!! The food, like always, was incredible.

5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We dined at The Waterfront restaurant for our Valentine's celebration. It was everything and more than we expect when we dine at this restaurant. Our favorite restaurant in the La Crosse area. Everything was wonderful...our food, the service, and the ambiance!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

In addition to a beautiful ambience and exceptional food, the service was unparalleled!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Took a first date there and it was an excellent choice. Valet, sever, menu, everything was great.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always love our experience at the Waterfront. Our gal, Caroline, is always so sweet to us. Food was phenomenal as always. Highly recommend the cheese board, crab cake, lavash (yum), any entree, and end with a chocolate bomb!!!!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Stopped on the way to Super Bowl driving to Chicago. Waitress was so nice and the food was delicious and we met some fellow Eagles fan in the restaurant. I had the pad Thai and my husband had to Walleye. My husband enjoyed his fish and the pad Thai was delicious everything was so fresh. The way balsamic dressing on house salad was delicious. Hopefully next time I am in Wisconsin it will be in the summer.