The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
463 reviews
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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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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

The food was below average. The ambiance was horrible. It’s called the waterfront but they close the outdated blinds at sunset because the sun is shining in the customers eyes. Such a disappointment.

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

My husband and I were celebrating a special day and I had sent a sent in a special request for our dessert to be decorated. They went above and beyond to make our dinner absolutely amazing and they ended up making a custom mini cake just for our dessert. This night will definitely be a night for us to remember forever and we greatly appreciate all of the extra time and effort they put into our request. All of the staff were very warm and welcoming and several stopped over to personally congratulate us on our special night. This is exactly why I chose to dine at The Waterfront that night over any other restaurant in town.

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BP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance gorgeous river views. Wait staff was pleasant and accommodating.

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I
Milwaukee
89 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We saw today’s special on Facebook and came in !

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant in all ways! My only less than stellar reviews were the greens served with chicken were inedible—woody and tough—impossible to chew. We were also disappointed in lavash—didn’t seem as light and salt was not distributed evenly. Loved everything else, as usual.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall very good. I brought my wife there for dinner the same night. I wasn't given a choice of how I wanted my salmon cooked. I didn't know there was an option until my wife ordered the same dish that evening and was asked how she would like it cooked. And when I say same dish I mean exactly the same dish but twice the price. I think I would've liked mine cooked like hers. Even though the tavern area was pretty empty at lunch time it took a little longer than I thought it should have for service. The staff were very friendly and helped me change my reservations for dinner that night. They even escorted me to the dining room to pick my table. I don't mean for my comments to be complaints, but rather constructive criticism. Please know that I will return in the future for a sunset dinner. Thanks. Ron.

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MW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The last 3 times we've been there, the service was mediocre. At that type of establishment, with that type of price, the service should be exemplary, it was not.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always gracious with excellent food.

could there always be a non-red meat soup in the freezer for some of us?

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AP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully perfect! Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Our favorite place to eat.😊

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MD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Had the walleye special and it was superb.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, food was great, service was outstanding and ambiance was spectacular. A bit pricy for an everyday dinner however I worth it for a special occasion.

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

The best ribeye and scallops I have had, maybe ever. A exquisite surprise!

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LK
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was especially great. Then we enjoyed the live music in the bar afterwards.

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, knowledgeable wait staff and great music!

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KL
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would like to eat my salad without having to use a knife. The Caesar was a disappointment. Otherwise my meal and the meals of the other four, was great.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed the dinner very much! Staff were all very kind. Will be going again!

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ER
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent venue. Superior service by a very friendly and helpful staff. Always fresh delicious oysters. Experienced and friendly bartenders. Dirty Martinis to die for. We travel 50 miles to enjoy the Tavern and Restaurant occasionally and have done so over a few years. The experience is consistently superior. Kudos to the entire operation but especially the staff that always make it a wonderful dining experience.

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service they gave us the best table & the waitress did an outstanding job. The steak was amazing. Honestly couldn't ask for a better overall experience.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been to the Waterfront before - and the overall experience has been nothing short of fantastic for the both of us.
It's always a treat for the two of us to spend our evening dining at The Waterfront.
We appreciate the grade A food, service, cleanliness, and ambiance of your restaurant.

Thank you again for making our Valentines Day dinner special.

Mark H.

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks and atmosphere. Had a wonderful time! From the hostess team to the bartenders to wait staff. Everyone was amazingly professional and attentive. Very much appreciate the owner's support of our military and veterans. The chef and kitchen team are key to how good this place is and how much it is appreciated.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy with the food, service and experience. Great value with an excellent staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Waterfront to celebrate my mom’s 89th birthday. The food was incredible. Our server was amazing....attentive, appropriately social and made sure our meal was paced so that we would make our show. He brought Mom a complimentary celebratory dessert complete with birthday candle. It was a wonderful evening.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is for the Tavern there is also a restaurant side. Simply put one of the best burgers I have had!!!

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D
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Drove from Milwaukee to meet a friend who drove from Minneapolis (an annual tradition to meet at Waterfront in LaCrosse). We have oysters every time and sadly, you were out. Not mad about it...just bummed.

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

Great food, service & ambiance!

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JK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Waterfront is our favorite restaurant in La Crosse, WI. The food is always excellent, creative and well presented. The servers are friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. We enjoy the atmosphere as it is quiet but not too quiet. The music is always in the background but never too loud. We feel the prices are reasonable for the quality of food and service. We will continue to return often.

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RL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at the Waterfront several times in the past and as always the food, service & atmosphere was top notch. A beautiful setting right on the Mississippi River

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was unbelievably fantastic. The service was kind and accommodating and the food was delicious and filling. I am a vegetarian and it is hard to find fine dining places with decent options, but they were willing to come up with and make anything that would suit my tastes. It is a bit pricy, but worth it. I came for my winter formal dinner with a group of friends. I noticed a family with kids, a couple, someone with a birthday, and a group of older people all enjoying their meal. It is a great place for a large variety of people looking for a good night out. The ambience was classy and inviting. I would 100% go again, all of my friends loved it.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It is so cozy and relaxing. It is like being around family rather than a place of business

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You should reevaluate some of the menu prices, it is a little expensive for what you get. Our server was phenomenal though.

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LN
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a quiet corner for folks with hearing aids..... 3 couples just getting together to enjoy fun conversation and great food and drink.... Everything was perfect spent 3 hours eating , talking and a few cocktails.....will for sure come back.

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OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, once again!

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B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was tasty, but the temperature of my entree could have been better. Steak was warm but not hot. Everything else was excellent!

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Y
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Too expensive, good settings for summer but not for the winter

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M
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve dined many times and always had great food but the osso bucco, although tender, was very bland and the sauce flavorless and watery. The portion of veg and spaetzel was very small. Need to work on that recipe. Also, should really have fish on Friday as it is a WI tradition.

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LP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
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 on January 11, 2019
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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