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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 54601-4023
+1 608-782-5400
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Melrose, WI, USA
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Look no farther if you want to go to the best restaurant in La Crosse. My wife and I come here often. Our latest dinner with friends was exceptional once again. Waterfront has a wonderful seasonal menu, a fine wine list, and most impressive of all, the best trained wait staff in Wisconsin. I am certain the former Marine Corps... More 

Thank DanandKay
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want an excellent steak or some fine seafood or fish, please have a meal at the Waterfront. This restaurant is elegant, yet so inviting. All will feel welcome, as the wait staff are most gracious. The food is superb from the soup to the dessert! I had the fish and my friend had a filet. Both were superb!... More 

1 Thank LMarie1950
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you want a top of the line restaurant, this is a great choice. I have not dined at many other locations in La Crosse, but I enjoyed the Waterfront. The food selection was excellent in the range of standard American fine dining. I think there is something excellent for everyone in your group at the Waterfront.

Thank Markrsrs
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86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were part of a large group dining at this restaurant, and everything went perfectly. The food and drinks were terrific, the service was professional, well-paced, and yet friendly.

1 Thank mplstravel
Trempealeau, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We picked the Waterfront for a cozy anniversary dinner for the two of us. Service was outstanding and the food was excellent. In addition our waitress did a nice job snapping a photo of us and the complimentary dessert they offered in celebration of our 35 years.

Thank Joe-1175
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had eaten before at the Restaurant side of the Waterfront and found it to be first rate but this evening we preferred to just hang out and skip a full-sized dinner. So we tried the Tavern part of the Waterfront. I am glad we did. Even with the limited menu, we had enough tasty food to feast on. But... More 

Thank Domrcpl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We attended the Forager, Hunter and Gatherer 5 course/wine paired dinner and it was wonderful. There was four of us and the service was great. There was a slight mix up with our first course but our server let us know what was going on and also gave us a round on the house which was very nice of him.... More 

1 Thank Vanessa K
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice restaurant with excellent service. Wide variety on the dinner menu. A little pricey, but the food is worth it. Would be a great choice for special occasion. We were there at night so didn't get to enjoy the river view. Would like to return during the day.

Thank ACarr4947
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a reservation for a special occasion. I am not sure, in retrospect why we did. Anyone who has seen "Seinfeld" knows that it's not "taking the reservation" but "HOLDING the reservation" that is key. We reserved for 6:15 pm for three people. We were seated at 7:15. LaCrosse may not understand the concept of reservations as might a... More 

Thank Mark M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

It's pricey, but it's so good. Just had the salmon and it was wonderful. My husband had the prime rib rare and he said it was cooked perfectly--very rare (too rare for me, but that's ok). It's definitely "special occasion" only dining for our budget, but it's the best food in town. Lovely atmosphere, gorgeous view of the river. Can't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 Front St S, 328 Front St S, 54601, La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI 54601-4023
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  La Crosse
  • Phone Number: +1 608-782-5400
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?