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Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

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328 Front St S, 328 Front St S, 54601, La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI 54601
+1 608-782-5400
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Description: The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern features seasonal American cuisine in...
The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern features seasonal American cuisine in a casual fine-dining setting. Full service outdoor patio is open three seasons with roofing system that allows enjoyment rain or shine. Happy Hour Monday through Friday and live entertainment weekly.
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 13
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Cousin Night Out!

The Waterfront to me is just simply wonderful. It has a certain ambiance that adds to your dining pleasure. The view of the Mississippi River slowly rolling by is definitely relaxing. The service is superb, and the food is very delicious no matter what you order. As far as pricing, it is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
booklover64
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Waterfront to me is just simply wonderful. It has a certain ambiance that adds to your dining pleasure. The view of the Mississippi River slowly rolling by is definitely relaxing. The service is superb, and the food is very delicious no matter what you order. As far as pricing, it is a little expensive but well worth it. We... More 

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Waterfront on two occasions in January 2016. Both were for lunch. The meals were very good, despite a limited lunch menu. The daily specials are highly recommended, as is the calamari and daily soups. This is a well-appointed restaurant..and I look forward to returning for an evening meal.

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Thank GoodnessCo
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the best restaurant in town, due to it's yummy menu; friendly, professional service; and amazing riverfront-park side location! Happy hour on the terrace in the summer can't be beat! Cozying up at the friendly bar chatting with the locals, and/or listening to the great local live music makes for a comfortable evening.

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Thank 91_k12
Bemidji, Minnesota
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This place is beautiful and quiet. Very clean. Their food had wonderful flavors. Nice place to have a good meal and visit in a comfortable atmosphere. It would recommend a window seat if possible so you can see the Mississippi river floating by.

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Thank rachelj662
Appleton, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

A must stop for us when we are in the La Crosse. In the summertime the deck is a great place to watch the board walk And the river traffic. The menu here is varied and always good. Been here for both lunch and dinner, and consistently great food and service. My wife loves the colossally huge shrimp in the... More 

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Thank Keith S
Zemst, Belgium
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Have eaten here a couple of times now, including with a group of 10, both inside as well as happy hour on the terrace during the summer. Every time food was great, both creative, tasty and ingredients of high quality. Service always perfect and very friendly. Not the cheapest option, but definitely one of the better ones, keep it up... More 

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La Crescent, Minnesota
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Feels like a Chicago restaurant! Tables have plenty of space between them. The food is delicious and served appealingly. The view of the Mississippi is beautiful.

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Thank 63Vicki2015
Galesville, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

If money is no option, then go to Waterfront. (Our dinner for two was $175 -- drinking only water!). The atmosphere is very romantic and elegant. The servers are well-trained and professional. The food was artisanal and had surprisingly delightful flavors. I will say, though, that my ribeye steak wasn't the most tender ribeye I've ever had (I had high... More 

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Thank Untame
Prior Lake, Minnesota
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29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

As I travel solo on business, I walked from the Courtyard Marriott and sat at the bar and felt welcome. I ordered the king salmon, which was well prepared and artfully presented with flavorful veggies (they cheated by adding diced bacon! :-) and I am always a sucker for onion bacon jam on toast. The spring salad was very good,... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

On my first visit to the Waterfront I had a good experience. Our escargot appetizer was average. House salad was very tasty. My entree was excellent. Everything was very flavorfu, especially the sautéed onions and mushrooms I ordered to accompany my ribeye. Service was good but not spectacular. I wasn't particularly impressed with their wine by the glass selection, there... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 328 Front St S, 328 Front St S, 54601, La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  La Crosse
  • Phone Number: +1 608-782-5400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Bar, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups

Description

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern features seasonal American cuisine in a casual fine-dining setting. Full service outdoor patio is open three seasons with roofing system that allows enjoyment rain or shine. Happy Hour Monday through Friday and live entertainment weekly.
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?