The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
504 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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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. We enjoyed the food overall — flavor-filled delicious food served with good timing. New pork chop was introduced and was a little under-cooked but they corrected this and then some. Would recommend WF anytime for a special occasion.

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C
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, amazing food and service!

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SF
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My wife and I had our wedding here last year and the food for the entire party was under cooked. To apologize for the poor wedding food the manager gave us a discount on the liquor bill and a gift card to come back and have a quiet dinner for my wife and me at a later date. This current visit was that dinner for the 2 of us. We ordered identical medium cooked steaks, mine was perfect my wife's was literally cold & bloody in the center. The table service was a little slow but the waitress was nice and knowledgeable. The out side bar service was non existent. We couldn't get drinks without going in the building to the inside bar, then come back outside to enjoy the evening weather. The ambiance was great but for the price point the food and the service being average at best I would not recommend this restaurant and we will not go back. There are restaurants near by that have better food, some for less money and better service. If they could figure out the kitchen and have better service the Waterfront could be an awesome venue simply because of the ambiance. But, they are not there currently.

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WL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had consistently fine meals at the Waterfront. We ate out on the patio today. Our only issue was that the background music was too loud, making it difficult to converse. And of course, everyone around started talking louder, to be heard over the music too. First time that has happened, don't let it discourage you from going.

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
Responded 6 days ago

Hello Wendy- Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are so happy that you got to enjoy the patio with us yesterday, it was a gorgeous day on the Waterfront Patio! Regarding the issue with the speaker volume, we are always happy to make adjustments to make your visit more enjoyable, just let one of the staff members or manager know and we are happy to accommodate. Thank you again for your patronage, and we look forward to serving you again.

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F
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was top notch and I’m so mad I can’t remember his name! Very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections. The food was delicious!!! We can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime we come to The Waterfront we have an amazing time! Excellent food, excellent service, great atmosphere!

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SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will definitely go back!! Would like to try the patio sometime as well!! Thanks again for a great experience and a wonderful night!!

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F
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Waterfront restaurant was spectacular as usual. We tried the lettuce wedge salad with the blue cheese dressing for the first time. I believe we have found a new favorite. The filet I had was fantastic. Grilled perfectly with the gorgonzola crust. My wife had salmon which she truly enjoyed. The service, once again, was perfect for a special night out. And the view over looking the Mississippi River is always a plus even with a severe thunderstorm coming in.

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VB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother to the Waterfront for lunch because she had never been there before. It was a lovely day. The ambivalence was lovely overlooking the river. The wait staff is always wonderful and the food is delicious.

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S
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous view of the Mississippi River from our table.
We had a full course: drinks, lavash bread, salad, entrees and our anniversary dessert and everything was so delicious!
Our waitress was very friendly and was very prompt on bring out refills and knowledgeable on their menu.

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AV
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a quick weekend get away with a stop in LaCrosse for no particular reason. I booked the Waterfront because the reviews were great, it was close to our hotel and I had not been there. Now we may travel to LaCrosse just to go to the restaurant! The atmosphere and the service by Haley and the whole staff were fantastic! The food was outstanding, my wife said it was the best meal she had ever had.

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TB
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd had a small dinner at the bar on Friday night. Great food and service, then I went to the lounge/dining area to hear the singer/guitarist, who was terrific and not too loud. Very fun evening. On Saturday, I'd made the Open Table rez for myself and a friend. After a long day of riding, it was great to clean up and have a great dinner here. The view is quite nice. When the sun bacame a bit blinding, they had very effective shades for the windows. ....ALL GOOD! We will be back.

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff. Great and relaxing atmosphere. Staff takes very good care of you and makes sure you have everything you need.

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MM
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

While the service was good, two of three meals were not hot enough and sent back. When one was replaced it was good, but the third meal was still not done. When it finally arrived it was good too. But not enjoyable to eat lunch “in thirds”.

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DB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch, celebrating my son’s college graduation. The service was excellent and the river view made it feel very special. Everyone loved the food.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent presentation of the food. Our New York steak was awesome! The potatoes were very good and prepared much different than what we have had anywhere before. The strawberry Trifle desert was soooooooooooo good.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit overpriced but the best place in town for good American with a bit of foreign influence food.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most elegant and satisfying dining experience for a special occasion. Very accommodating, even to the extent of making an appetizer we requested that was not on the menu at this time. Wait staff smiling, friendly, patient, helpful. We were seated at a window table with a terrific view of Old Man River. The Waterfront is outstanding.

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LL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food and service in Lacrosse! The patio was beautiful and warm. My only suggestion...bring back the delectable escargot to the starter menu:)

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J
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Zach was a great waiter . Salad was fresh, key lime pie to die for..yummy!! My gnocchi was a disappointment. I would definitely not order again.

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PS
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Ian, & the young man working with him, were efficient, courteous, & delightful conversationalists. My guest & I were totally pleased. Patricia

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M
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Waterfront.
I had it in mind that we would eat out on the patio if it was a nice day or in the tavern for a light bite but I am so glad that we decided on the Waterfront.
I really don’t know what is more important the service or the food but both were superb.
Ryan was our server and he knew everything about the menu but also the wine.
Maren was the hostess who is absolutely delightful. Very patient with me when I got everything out of my pockets that I needed and then hung up my jacket.
Highly recommend the pork chop and salmon. The best we have ever had. Thanks to all the staff.

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WL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice upscale dining. Enjoyed a cocktail in the bar before dining. Friendly staff and beautiful setting. Visited during restaurant week and enjoyed the special dinner plate. We shall return !

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BV
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is hard to beat the Waterfront for lunch in terms a quality and value.

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JM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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 on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I walk into the restaurant, they have great service and amazing food. The food is on point always. Never a bad service. All for a low price. The Waterfront is the best restaurant in La Crosse by far.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant!

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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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BO
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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F
Milwaukee
4 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
5 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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