The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

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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
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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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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Executive chef
Brian Plum
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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