The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
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673 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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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

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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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vipPhyllis
Minneapolis
7 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.

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 673 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.