The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
476 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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JM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the US. Well worth the drive to eat and be spoiled there.

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FL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, and our server was great! Highly recommend the calamari appetizer.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation to sit in the restaurant but ended dining in the bar as they had live music. It was great!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant!

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BO
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb. Waiter was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and helpful.

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DL
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Waterfront is the real deal. We have dined there many times and have never been disappointed. Great service great food. A view that cannot be duplicated. Our favorite place in La Crosse. A true gem.

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CF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. We appreciate the anniversary surprise for us. Thank you

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KL
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service. The waiter was knowledgeable and charming. We paid less then 100$ which is reasonable and the desert was Phenomenal!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Fantastic good. Perfect ambience! Would love to return to enjoy patio dining in warm weather.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I followed the instructions from the last review and asked the waiter for the vegetarian soup option. It was wonderful! I had the sweet potato++ and would immediately order it again!

Thanks!

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

Great all around!

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SO
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great service, and great food at a great location, everything at reasonable prices

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
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 on March 20, 2019
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
91 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.

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to send us your thoughts. Here at the Waterfront we pride ourselves on having high standards for service, that is why it is so disappointing to hear that we have missed the mark not once, but several times. I would love to speak with you further about your experiences so we can adjust our training and continue to provide the exceptional service that the Waterfront is known for. Please contact me at your convenience (608)498-7585.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
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?

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We pride ourselves in being able to cater to a variety of dietary restrictions. We do occasionally have an alternative soup option in the refrigerator, your server should be able to check on availability. If you know you will be coming a day or two in advance just let the host know about your request when you make the reservation and we will do our best to accommodate. See you soon!

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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.

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience. We do offer a lot of options beyond special occasions. Stop in for our wonderful Happy Hour Monday-Thursday featuring our amazing $5 burger and outstanding drink specials. We also offer a plated brunch in the tavern and on our scenic patio Labor Day through Memorial Day. Check out our website, facebook, or instagram for even more events and features, we look forward to seeing you soon!!

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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
8 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.

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
Responded on February 14, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. We are proud to be an annual destination for you and your friend to meet!! We order our seafood a few times a week so we are able to offer the freshest seafood available. Occasionally, albeit rarely, we do sell out of an item. If you give us a call a couple days prior to your next visit, we will be sure to set some oysters aside for you. We don't want you to ever leave here bummed! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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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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R
Minneapolis
3 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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