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Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

328 Front St S, La Crosse, WI 54601-4023
608-782-5400
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Ranked #2 of 160 restaurants in La Crosse
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Pewaukee, WI
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were traveling with our teenage boys to look at UW La Crosse. We wanted to have lunch before we started a 3 hour drive home. The restaurant was highly rated on Trip Advisor and they we right. Beautiful view of the river. Restaurant was well decorated. The ladies' room was even nice. The food was excellent... More

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Holmen, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My family and I have eaten on the patio, in the tavern and also in the main dining room. The patio dining was wonderful overlooking the water and the happy hour deals are very affordable. The Tavern menu and also the main restaurant menu are both full of excellent choices. I have had several items and all were delicious! The... More

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Cresco, Iowa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

My husband and I dined at the Waterfront last month and we both agreed the food was nothing less than excellent. My husband had the chicken marsala and I had Hawaiian marlin.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The Waterfront is an outstanding restaurant! I dined in the Tavern, which had a cozy and warm feeling. The bartenders were really friendly and made awesome drinks. The cucumber martini was the best I have ever had. For dinner I had the crab legs and I thought I was in heaven. The price was a little high, but you cannot... More

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Dakota, Illinois, Usa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I had the prime eight ounce steak on a midweek visit to the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern earlier this week, and it was so tender, so easy to enjoy and relish, that I must say it is one of the best steaks I have ever had. The service at the Waterfront was superb, with prompt seating and a very attentive... More

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WI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I always get the beet salad, with the perfectly aged ribeye, crusted with blue cheese. It's always perfect. Always wonderful service, and it's a special dinner for special occasions.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I ate here with my co-worker on a business trip last week. Any time folks from our office are in La Crosse, they always make sure to stop in as well. Is it expensive? Sure! But you get what you pay for - excellent quality steaks and seafood, perfectly prepared, with exquisite service. Every time I stop in, I'm more... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I have to say what a great location And restaurant. One of the best burgers I have had in a while . Great wine Will so come back here for the food and atmosphere. Only issue is the servers in the bar not totally on top of things but the food and wine is so worth it. This place should... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We frequently eat here without kids. (Or, used to... There are several better places to eat in La Crosse). One night, my friend and I decided to bring our teenagers for a special treat. We were snobbily declined a place to sit. The hostess looked us over and told us she wouldn't have any seating available for five people. At... More

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LibbyFWeber, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern, responded to this review

Dear Waterfront guest, As a member of ownership, let me first apologize for your recent disappointing experience at our restaurant. Customer service is one of our top priorities and generally a successful component of our business that we pride ourselves on, and I feel confident that our staff takes pride in going above and beyond the average standard of service.... More

Janesville, WI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

This review is long overdue. We have been to this restaurant several times and consider it our favorite in the LaCrosse area. They have well prepared food and the service has always been flawless. On our last visit ( in September of this year) the staff had a communication problem, and we did not receive service for about 30 minutes.... More

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