The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
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688 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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday and Anniversary celebrations

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JaneY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waterfront was awesome--the bartender and wait staff very courteous and professional. The Moscow Mule was outstanding. The food was delicious and it was an awesome dinner for my friend's birthday.

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vipSmihlen
Milwaukee
74 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waterfront Restaurant was top notch from the moment we stepped in the door until we walked out. The hostesses were friendly with a good sense of humor, we were seated at a table in the bar for a beverage before dinner. The decor is beautiful, and very comforting. We were served by Cole, who was truly a delight. He was efficient, knowledgeable and courteous. The food was absolutely delicious. The flatbread was AMAZING and Cole warned us to keep control. It was extremely difficult, but we did and I asked to take the rest home. They even gave us a bit more! I ordered steak which was seasoned quite well, and delicious, though the mushrooms medley took the show. The Chef's fish feature was so well prepared and delicious. I held room for dessert, and enjoyed the key lime pie with pomegranate. Our wine was delicious, and presented by the manager, who was also very friendly. A top notch restaurant. The only downside was it was too cold to enjoy outdoor seating. Still, the view was captivating and was the final perfect touch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited The Waterfront for our 49th anniversary. Our server was Brittney who did an outstanding job. Friendly, yet professional. She took wonderful care of us. Our food was fantastic, just as we always have at the Waterfront. One of our favorite places.

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Jjmalony
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion. Really pricey though

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marykayP
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful couples dinner with John for our waiter. John was very attentive, friendly but not overbearing. John made excellent suggestions when we asked. We had a quiet table near the back with a wall to one side which gave us a quiet conversation. The cheese board appetizer was varied, tasty and plentiful for the four of us. We all had different soup or salad and we were all very pleased. I especially enjoyed the larger bacon pieces instead of bacon crumbles. There was plenty of time between courses. The salmon special was divine and so were the other entrees. Despite being very full, we enjoyed the raspberry ice cream dessert with basil infused cream on top. The wine was also excellent. Overall and wonderful evening.

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KristaP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was soooooo good! Definitely worth every penn! Our server has great customer service. The view was gorgeous of the Mississippi River. Would definitely go back!

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Lynne
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, food was delicious. Perfect date night spot if you’re looking for something a little fancier!

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Engaged
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick made my engagement dinner very enjoyable!

Loved the Schubys cut I had!

Nice dinner on the river!

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RaeE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambiance. Nice waitstaff with good recommendations.

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Barbara
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in this perfect place. Our waitress, Sierra, made it as nice as could be for us. Dining again next Sat. There with Sierra on our return swing east!

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SonjaW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and outstanding service. Best place for a nice dinner in the area.

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RoyS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I have nothing good to say about this place. I was so excited to have oysters but our waiter was Arrogant and rude, the food was nothing short of mediocre. We laid down a couple bills for the worst experience In Lacrosse.
We Do not recommend this Place on any occasion.

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HeatherS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything about our experience was wonderful with a couple small snags. It was pretty costly so we probably couldn’t go there very often. The other thing was that the drinks did not quite measure up. The martini was not full. Short so to speak.

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FrankI
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We go there for special occasions. We like that the service is first class. The food is great. And what we like most is the open space, we never cramped. Unlike some other high end places we have been. On our last visit we took some friends and they also were very impressed.

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Michael
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During this pandemic, going to a fine dining restaurant is a challenge so many caveats that you need a solicitor to guide you. However, our reservations were on time, our server was professional and very informative, and our meal was well prepared and tasted great. The chef and his team must be complimented for applying creativity and imagination to each entree. All were very good. If fine dining, great service and excellent and creative preparation is your objective then the WATERFRONT is the place in La Crosse Wisconsin,

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LoriN
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing! I highly recommend The Waterfront!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the WF!

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NicolausM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done. My steak is as cooked perfect, the cocktails were delicious and the service was second to none. Thank you for the dinning experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place and menu after spending a month exploring beautiful LaCrosse. This is a special place, but worth every penny. Our steaks were grilled to perfection, and every thing was perfect

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SamanthaL
London
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, terrific view, service was outstanding. Everything was delicious (steak was unbelievable!)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice place. Good service. Good food. Beautiful outdoor space overlooking river. Appreciate the heaters on the patio. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter leaving for first year of college. Great food, view, and conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter and food

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drincbud
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was good. Ribeye to salty. Upgraded wedge salad was underwhelming, hardly any dressing. Bloody Mary’s outstanding for 6 bucks during happy hour. The place is very elegant. Bar has wonder atmosphere.

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JeanR
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Vacation!!

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vipLocalguest
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was outstanding. Hostesses gave us a ten min wait w a prior reservation and sat us in a high traffic area next to kitchen despite having other tables at more quiet spots available. Greeting was not really warm or cordial.

Food and service were excellent. Waiter was excellent. Food was presented very timely. Cheese tray was remarkable and waiter informed about the native leek which was outstanding. He also directed my oyster choice well. Steak was prepared exceptionally well and was so good. My friend had the vegetarian Bucatini and loved it. Restaurant was very very clean and well decorated.

Planning to go back. Prices were very very fair. I will be sure to make a specific request for seating, it happens and didn’t detract from the meal at all.

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John
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a knowledgeable and courteous staff

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AgaP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making our Anniversary so much more special. Food was excellent as well as our server John. The level of knowledge that the stuff have about the menu is very impressive.

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vipFritzie0407
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting LaCrosse for a quick one night get away from our home in Minneapolis for our anniversary. I found this restaurant on TripAdvisor and it was something else! We had to wait for an outdoor table but it was so well worth it. Our front row view of the Mississippi and the setting sun was spectacular.
We both had pasta with pan seared scallops and loved every bite. The servings are just the right size. To top off our dinner our waiter had a complimentary dessert of our choice. The homemade strawberry cheesecake ice cream was perfect. We hope to be back next year!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls week away

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MitchellH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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JeffK
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
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 on August 1, 2020
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 on July 31, 2020
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

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 688 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.