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Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

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328 Front St S, La Crosse, WI 54601-4023
608-782-5400
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 138
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  • 33
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Photos don't do this beautiful place justice

Food is always very good, well-presented, graciously served. Nice wines, great views right on the Mississippi, and sophisticated, New York-style ambience with warm Mid-western touch

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Tastingtraveler
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La Crosse, WI
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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191 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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La Crosse, WI
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Food is always very good, well-presented, graciously served. Nice wines, great views right on the Mississippi, and sophisticated, New York-style ambience with warm Mid-western touch

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St. George, Utah
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Six of us gals piled into the spacious bar for cocktails before our 5:30 dinner reservations. Very cozy with rich wood tones channeling old school steak house meets new hip vibes. Nice Happy Hour, chose the Cosmo and Cucumber Martini's. Both well chilled and delicious. Dinner was a delightful experience. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu offerings and... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is hands down my favorite restaurant in the La Crosse area. It is perfect for lunch, more casual, and for dinner. The atmosphere is second to none with the view over the Mighty Mississippi. There is outside dining for nice days. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the menu is unique and specializes in local ingredients. I... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went with friends for a birthday celebration . 3 hours later left with smiles on our faces. Although our server was relatively new to Waterfront , she was one of the best we have had there, though all have been great. She got into the spirit of the evening and made it all the more fun... No hurrying but... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was once one of our favorite restaurants, but in the last year or two we have been repeatedly disappointed (probably since chef Alex left). I can't seem to find anything on the menu that sounds attractive anymore (e.g. seems like there are less seafood selections now), and when I do choose something they are out of stock more often... More 

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

There are few restaurants in this area where it's almost guaranteed to have a full and satisfying experience. There service is top notch. The atmosphere is elegant and perfect. The food is excellent. It doesn't matter what you order, the chef will prepare it perfectly. The filet mignon tastes like butter. The seafood was sweet and succulent. The bar area... More 

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La Crescent, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

We went to the Waterfront to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and were disappointed beyond believe. One of reasons we went there was so that I could order my favorite meal, scallops & shrimp. After I ordered, I learned that they were out of scallops! I ended up ordering chicken Marsala. It was so salty I couldn't eat it. Service... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Gotta say I tried this restaurant last Thursday for happy hour Then came back Sunday, Monday, and now Tuesday. Does this mean I am stalking it but it feels so good. Everytime great food and service has been spot on. Gotta say I have been eating in the bar area and why wouldn't I. 2 for 1 house wine and... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is beautiful... But overpriced...the tab has an automatic fee that goes to the restaurant, not the staff...hmmm..the appetizers are half the size as they were a year ago but price is the same...not going again

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We had not been there for a while. We were very surprised at the increase in prices. We had the shrimp and scallops. The shrimp were very tough...probably over cooked. The drink prices were very high. Service was okay. We were not seated where we could see the water. It was getting dark out anyway. So many places to eat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 328 Front St S, La Crosse, WI 54601-4023
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  La Crosse
  • Phone Number: 608-782-5400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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