The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
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656 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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MitchellH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and great service. Was a great place to celebrate our anniversary

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JeffK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I look forward to dining at the Waterfront. Everything is top notch and the staff always over delivers!

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JoshuaW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant in a perfect location. The filet is to die for. Great server as well.

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vipKgag
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was high level and service was top notch.

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FernandoC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food. Tasted Great. Outstanding service.

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Tex1970
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Our meals were balanced, good portion size, and just darn tasty. Our server Patrick knew his stuff, was very attentive and made our experience memorable. We will definitely be back.

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SergeT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to eat in La Crosse, good service and food is excellent. A little pricey, but every time we are visiting La Crosse, we stop to have a dinner either on the patio or inside. Great place to see the sunset over the Mississippi..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food

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MaryG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently dined on the outside patio. We felt safe. Tables were well spaced. Ambiance and food excellent as always.

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BillA
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our steaks were delicious and prepared perfectly. Service was impeccable from start to finish. We greatly enjoyed ourselves.

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CathyG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in La Crosse for a short getaway and saw this restaurant advertised. We were able to get a table on the patio. The service, setting and food exceeded our expectations! They also had a wonderful wine selection. We will definitely go back. We highly recommend this restaurant for an excellent service!

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AnnM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, the server Zach was exceptional. We had a wonderful time

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DarrelSwiss
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks were done to perfection and as ordered. Vegetables not over cooked and side of mushroom made it all happen. Taste, portion and service top notch. An upscale restaurant with casual atmosphere. Will return if in the area, would highly recommend.
Server Mel explained the menu very well, house specials may change your minds flavor!

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Phyllis
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic view, fantastic food (we ordered from Tavern menu, which was very reasonable), fantastic service.

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LynP
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary which Cole, our waiter, was aware of. We were seated at a table facing the water and everything was wonderful; the food was excellent, the service was excellent and the ambience was excellent! It was a very pleasurable way to spend our anniversary. Well done!

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WyattS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience! The food was remarkable, the service was unmatched and the atmosphere is universal. Well done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cole our waiter and all the staff were exceptionally welcoming and helpful in decision making. The steaks were amazing, cooked perfectly. Then we had fabulous salad with lavash bread, potatoes and
perfectly cooked vegetable mix all for the entree price! I couldn’t recommend this any more highly!

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great we had six oysters that were exceptional It was our anniverasay we had a great time

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LizB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved celebrating with friends. Waterfront was wonderful!!

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CarolN
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had steak, crab legs and raspberry trifle for dessert. Everything was exquisitely prepared. Pear, Gorgonzola salad, superb. Server took good care of us. The food took too long to come out - over an hour after we arrived - but the server came out twice to explain and we were given one item off the menu to compensate.

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Rick67
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always enjoyed my visits at the Water Front Tavern and wanted to share my experience with my girl friend. It was all I expected and she was totally please with all aspects of the service, drinks, food, and service. They have the best people working there that are upbeat and very, very knowledgeable. I will be making it a stop on an annual basis if not more. I live in Southeastern Wisconsin and love going here for short vacations with a mandatory stop at this fabulous restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is phenomenal

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Craig
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a date night, and simply put from beginning to end, perfect.

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RyanA
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's a beautiful venue with a culinary cultivated menu. We elected to try the filet's, and were a bit disappointed that they came out well done despite ordering them medium. The service was wonderful.

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BillF
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a long overdue date night. Our waiter, Ryan, was outstanding! The food fantastic and the setting is lovely. A great night!!

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RobG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I go every year for our birthdays - one in May, the other in June. It has become a special treat for us and it is the only place we want to go for our birthdays, which requires a 50 mile commute past many other restaurants. Our most recent visit was as awesome as ever, and our waiter Ryan was spectacular. Of course we will be back!

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IPALover
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Solid place, but maybe a little pricey. Will visit again.

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BrynnG
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Zack, was amazing and the food was delicious!!! I can’t wait to go back!!!

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SamanthaB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such an enjoyable evening at The Waterfront! We sat on the patio, there wasn't much of a wait. The servers/bartenders/hostess were all very kind. There were no bugs on the patio and our steaks were perfect. I also got free dessert because it was my Birthday. We will be back again!

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CalebL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come to the Waterfront for our anniversary and it doesn't disappoint. The food is extremely delicious and beautifully flavored and plated. This restaurant makes each celebration feel special!

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great dining experience exhibiting great service, good food, and great atmosphere.

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Lucky
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Beautiful location. Always a great experience

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vipstephecr
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always epic!

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JimG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service, a beautiful setting.

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Dac1
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best restaurant in La Crosse. Great ambiance with a view of the Mississippi. Fabulous starters and wine list. Interesting entrees prepared perfectly. Most impressive of all; however, is the wait staff. I challenge you to find better trained servers anywhere in the US. You can tell this restaurant is owned by a former Marine....the staff exudes “good order and discipline!” Love the Waterfront!!!!

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JessicaV
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious! We ordered an appetizer of bacon wrapped, gorgonzola stuffed dates, our main entrees included a filet and the chef's feature of halibut over crabbed stuffed tortellini and we finished the meal with a lemon cheesecake. The flavor of everything was wonderful. The restaurant was quiet so we could easily have conversation and the restaurant and maintained the COVID requirements perfectly. We found our server to be quite knowledgeable and he had a wonderful personality.

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RICKK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit. What a very enjoyable experience. Sam was an awesome server. First class all around We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual perfect setting, and fantastic food. Also very conscious of. COVID-19 protocol... including washable menus!

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HeathI
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and excellent food !

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vipMSNian
Chicago
178 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and the first with all of the required changes in dining. Tables were distanced in the dining room and all staff wore masks--atmosphere felt very safe. Our server, Zach, was spot-on and is a great asset to the restaurant. Our dinners (steak and halibut) were excellent. Our appetizer, dates filled with cheese and wrapped in bacon, could have benefited by a more cooking time as the bacon was under-cooked (didn't stop us from eating it!). Overall, a great night out!

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 4.8 stars by 656 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.