The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
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616 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Due to Wisconsin Regulations, we are open for pick-up and curbside delivery only at this time.
Pick-up & curbside delivery orders are available by calling us at
608-782-5400.
Our menu can be found on our website www.thewaterfrontlacrosse.com
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What 616 People Are Saying
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HanorahG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience while out with friends to celebrate a birthday! Only complaint affecting "value" was that the least expensive bottle of Chardonnay was $70. So instead we had the $45 Chilean sauvignon blanc which was just fine. Our food and service were outstanding.

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BobD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Salmon very dry, over cooked as were the potatoes. Veggies under cooked, cold at serving. VERY noisy restaurant. Wouldn’t go back

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viptimd
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. Just did not quite get to the great level.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary the atmosphere was great, the service was fantastic and awesome steaks

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Heartlanders
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed another meal at The Waterfront. A reliable restaurant for a wonderful experience. The quiche was very tasty, a different take on a classic luncheon course. Comfortable table, perfect service, well-paced
courses, good wine selections.

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NancyT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, great menu and food, and charming atmosphere. Service was great, too!

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Melissa21
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going to this restaurant. Best food I have tasted in a long time. Only thing I regret is not knowing about this restaurant sooner

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was our server and he was excellent...very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Everything we had was phenomenal including the wine, appetizer, salad and main entrees. We have never had a bad meal here and feel very thankful to have such a wonderful restaurant near by.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carly was awesome, the salmon was awesome — we had a great time celebrating Valentine’s Day a few days late!

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Em22
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Brain, was wonderful! We were out celebrating our anniversary. Our dessert ended up being a free treat from The Waterfront. It was so sweet! The food was also amazing! I definitely reccomend going here!

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Bill
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Made a night out celebrating a birthday extra special. Our Server Brittany was friendly and provided great recommendations.

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GalenH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The service was excellent, and our waiter was top notch! Went for a date and was not disappointed!

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JoshW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed eating here, everyone was very kind and the food was great.

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MarkH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch for two. Excellent soup, sandwich and dessert. Could hear each other talk. Very good server. Perfect.

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DanE
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. What more could you want?

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KimL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food , beautiful atmosphere and great service. An ideal place for lunch .

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Robert
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Waterfront in La Crosse quite a few times and it is always excellent!

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vipGotBeef
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish! Highly recommend.

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Carlie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Salad was not impressive, need to return to pistachios instead of pecans and add some other vegetables. Drinks excellent. Dessert menu remains a solid disappointment. Not everyone loves chocolate. Cheesecake is a necessity but not made with goat cheese.

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vipNancy
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waterfront seemed a bit dated in the decor and even the menu. The food was OK; I had the Mahi Mahi which was bland and overcooked but others enjoyed the risotto or their cuts of meat. For LaCrosse, it seemed priced like Chicago which surprised me. Overall it was OK but I don't think we'll return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never been disappointed. The food and service was amazing!

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Jacob
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waterfront has a great design - it looks well put together and made with comfort in mind. The service was very friendly and attentive from the start, and kept up excellent service through the meal. The table was very happy with their meals of the sirloin burgers and the chicken salad platter. The appetizer of the mushroom and leek tart was fantastic and an excellent start the the meal.

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CeceK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had an unsatisfactory experience at the Waterfront Restaurant. I think It is the best restaurant in the LaCrosse area. I’m already looking forward to my next opportunity to dine at this wonderful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We usually love the Waterfront but today wasn’t the best experience. We told the staff we were attending a play that night which gave us 1.5 hrs to eat at the restaurant. We were assured they’d keep us on track but ended up spending entirely too long waiting between our app and salad course leaving us 10 minutes to scarf our food down before booking out of there to the play. Not to mention my wife’s steak was cold

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. Tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Nice place, beautiful inside but I rated low because both of our main dishes were not great. I'm guessing their steaks are good though. If we lived there I'd give another try.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

RUINED MY BIRTHDAY DINNER !!! The worst "upscale" dining experience of all time!!
My Husband and I have dined here before and this place has most certainly gone down hill!! From the awful wait staff and poor information to the lack of Proper Presentation and food quality this is the last place I would ever choose to come again!!
Clearly both the kitchen staff and the waitstaff do not know the importance of presentation in a place like this. Furthermore they most certainly do not know the differences in cuts of meat and their USDA Grading!! When your online menu and in person menu don't match up and then you lie to your customers about how ALL STEAK ITEMS ARE USDA CHOICE, and the waitstaff states that not all of the steak entrees are not USDA, you have lied to your customer, both on you website, open table and on your in-house menu. Also the cut of steak my husband ordered was clearly not the cut presented at the table along with the entree being cooked wrong. Also, the waiter paid ZERO ATTENTION to our table and My Chicken (Belle & Evans) Dish was over cooked in what appeared to be a sauce that was not reduced what so ever and was uneatable. This was not even the Beginning the waiter we had was RUDE, ARROGANT AND CONDESCENDING. Lastly, the waiter that we had did not recognize my birthday as an individual or refill our beverages without request, nor did they acknowledge my questions regarding an accommodating dessert menu and was quick to cut me off while I was speaking. I have had many Fine dining experiences allover the country and this takes the cake for the WORST EXPERIENCE OF ALL TIME!!

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vipbrianttt
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always try to dine at the Waterfront when we are visiting LaCrosse. It never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service is impeccable!

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RalphP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time and time again the Waterfront Restaurant in La Crosse exceeds expectations. Whether it be for happy hour in the bar, or business dinner in the dining room I have never been disappointed.
This past week we celebrated a business milestone for one of our team and his wife. The service was spot on, food was wonderful, and the setting perfect for conversation. I would highly recommend.

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DaynaS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dining at Waterfront. I highly recommend it.

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LynneV
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waterfront is our go to for special occasions. We appreciate their locally sourced options.

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AlexE
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very polite and genuine staff. The food was quality and the drink were well made. 👍🏻👍🏻

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LorraineT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening! Exceeded our expectations. Our waiter (Terron) was awesome! He made great recommendations on every level! The evening was capped off with a great birthday surprise message from the bartender in my Brandy Alexander. Thank you!!!

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KatrinaG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, and an inviting ambiance make this a great choice when you want upscale dining. We enjoyed witnessing all of the staff efficiently working together.

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JaneT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and good quality! Too bad we don't live closer!

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JohnK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great waiter, lovely restaurant atmosphere. Wine was wonderful. The menu items were described well, but the execution was not there. Risotto was barely warm, must have sat out for a bit, and was so al dente that is stuck to your teeth. Potatoes undercooked as well. Not a great value...

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoy the place...and our waiter was numero uno!

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Stephenh
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zack was one of the best waiters I ever dealt with - he was courteous, prompt, attentive and had every aspect of the menu and service memorized.

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MaryD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the best scallops in La Crosse. Always excellent food and service.

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KarenO
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I had dinner here with another couple on Saturday night. The food was wonderful and the service was great. We spent about 3 hours at the restaurant and I didn't feel like they were trying to get us out so they could have our table. The wait staff was very attentive. Would love to go back in the summer and sit on the patio.