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The Waterfront

$$$
Bar, Barbecue, Grill, American, Pub
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269 Fontana Blvd., Abbey Resort, Fontana, WI 53125 (Highway 67)
12622759034
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
Description: The Abbey Resort's very own Waterfront Restaurant is known for its casual,...
The Abbey Resort's very own Waterfront Restaurant is known for its casual, laid back vibe. It's the perfect place to unwind, either on the patio or indoors, and serves lunch, dinner or drinks. We use the techniques of award-winning Pitmaster Matt Whiteford to create specialties like the Waterfront's famous mouthwatering barbecue, salads and wraps . The Friday Fish Fry is a fun and delicious experience, especially when there's live entertainment. And did we mention drinks? From Wisconsin's own Spotted Cow beer to signature cocktails like the Bloody Mary with a touch of bacon (yes, bacon!), you're in for a one-of-a-kind experience. There's also a full children's menu and take-out.
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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Casual

Food was good and large selection had a good band for dancing and friendly area to visit with friends.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
jfm70
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch at the Waterfront on February 11,2016 . The Food was great but they had soup on the menu but it wasn't ready at 1:00pm!!!! The waitress we had wasn't use to serving African Americans because she replied smart answers to the questions that was asked of her, then we where the only people dining and she kept... More 

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Thank burden2010
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was good and large selection had a good band for dancing and friendly area to visit with friends.

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Thank jfm70
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We come here 3-4 times a year. Sometimes just taking the drive up from Chicago for the day. Our visit started okay but quickly went downhill. Our hostess did not see our 5 yo son, so she did not bring a children's menu, no biggie we would get one from the server. She never brought one even though we asked... More 

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Thank Denise H
Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for a Birthday and had high expectations of the place based on the reputation. I ordered the filet on the menu, medium. The food came and first off the steak knife that was sent out was filthy, didn't make a big deal out of it just asked for a clean one, but then steak was a gray color,... More 

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Thank Mark D
South Bend, Indiana
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

My husband and I were in Fontana for a Marriage Conference and stayed at the Abbey Resort and this is one of the restaurants located inside the Abbey Resort. Service was good and the food was delicious. The ribs were incredibly good-their special sauce is delicious. Their plank-cut fries are good as well and their prices are decent for resort... More 

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Thank womanoffaith81
Sara S, Guest Relations Manager at The Waterfront, responded to this review

Womanoffaith81 Thank you for your five star review of The Waterfront. We appreciate you taking to the time to share your dining experience with others. The ribs are a favorite of many and we are glad to hear that you also enjoyed them. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards, Sara S Guest relations More 

Roscoe, Illinois
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The waterfront café has undergone some major changes in staff and management where's the food reflecting that. Things have really changed due to economic downturn's but this food quality has suffered sorry to say. We used to go to Lake Geneva waterfront just to be served their wonderful huge burgers on the ground quality top choice meat served on a... More 

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Thank Steven R
Sara S, Guest Relations Manager at The Waterfront, responded to this review

Steven R Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are disappointed to read that you feel our menu is not what it used to be. We have shared your comments with our chef and our restaurant manager. We hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you again and exceed your expectations. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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431 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

If you're in Fontana off -season and disappointed that Gordy's is closed, this is a good alternative for lunch. Decent menu with a good burger, passable salads and decent wraps. Great view of the harbor at the Abbey.

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Thank dkm57
Sara S, Guest Relations Manager at The Waterfront, responded to this review

Dkm57 Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with future diners and with us. We appreciate your compliments and recommendation and hope to see you again soon. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Nothing to write home about honestly. Decent service and I don't even recall what we ate but I remember thinking I don't need to come back here!

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Thank TomiATL
Sara S, Guest Relations Manager at The Waterfront, responded to this review

TomiATL Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. Your feedback provides us with the opportunity to improve. We hope that when you return, we will exceed your expectations. Kind regards, Sara Schmitz Guest relations More 

Edwardsburg, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We ate in the bar a couple times. The waitress was super nice. Very willing to change the order to my request. They have a pit master with excellent barbecue. Sat at the bar and had drinks one night. Nice area to sit outside and eat as well

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Thank Charmayne N
Sara S, Guest Relations Manager at The Waterfront, responded to this review

Charmayne N Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others, and thank you for noting our onsite pit-master. Our BBQ is smoked on-site 365 days a year and prepared with an award-winning BBQ sauce. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Kind regards, Sara Schmitz Guest relations More 

Jacksonville, Illinois
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

We came here for our 1st lunch of the week nachos were good. Loved the different drink choices too. Fish had bones but the wait staff and bartenders made for a fun time on other visits during the week.

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Thank KARINZ28
Sara S, Guest Relations Manager at The Waterfront, responded to this review

KARINZ28 Thank you for review. We agree that the food, drinks and view make for a pretty great afternoon. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards, Sara Schmitz Guest relations More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 269 Fontana Blvd., Abbey Resort, Fontana, WI 53125
    (Highway 67)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Fontana
  • Phone Number: 12622759034

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Bar, Barbecue, Grill, American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children

Description

The Abbey Resort's very own Waterfront Restaurant is known for its casual, laid back vibe. It's the perfect place to unwind, either on the patio or indoors, and serves lunch, dinner or drinks. We use the techniques of award-winning Pitmaster Matt Whiteford to create specialties like the Waterfront's famous mouthwatering barbecue, salads and wraps . The Friday Fish Fry is a fun and delicious experience, especially when there's live entertainment. And did we mention drinks? From Wisconsin's own Spotted Cow beer to signature cocktails like the Bloody Mary with a touch of bacon (yes, bacon!), you're in for a one-of-a-kind experience. There's also a full children's menu and take-out.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?