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Water Buffalo

249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
+1 414-431-1133
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good45%
  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“brunch” (17 reviews)
“quinoa” (9 reviews)
“beef kabob” (4 reviews)
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Bar, American, Fusion, Gastropub, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In season, this is a nice place to kick back outdoors, on the water, and watch the boats and the people go by. The food is good--I had fish with quinoa and veggies and it was well prepared, not dry, and tasty. Others in my...More

Thank MelissaMSA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was amazing! I had the lasagna and my husband and the tuna mignon. The prices are great as well. All staff we encountered was so nice and our server was awesome.

Thank saraheliz11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Water Buffalo was a let down of a meal. Nothing truly terrible (well, maybe the mash) but lots of little things that did not work. To start its a nice building but the table layout is odd and doesnt seem to make the best use...More

Thank Dave P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sat outside by the river walk. Great place to watch boats come and go. Onion rings were very good with cream cheese bits in the sauce. Lobster ravioli was good but a small portion.

Thank chrishyche
Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

I had the House burger, my wife salmon burger both very good mine was exceptional. We thought both had a shake too much salt. Drinks a week bit pricey and the two bartenders seemed to be a little over worked though it was not that...More

Thank TimPaint
Reviewed August 14, 2017

This is a nicer establishment with a great outdoor space along the river. The food is good and the drinks are even better. This was a romantic and chic spot for a dinner date with a beautiful sunset.

Thank Annie C
Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

There is a lot of work that needs to be done here. One of the first things that should be noted is the poor customer service. The workers my friend and I encountered were unenthusiastic and quiet, to say the least. Our server didn't give...More

Thank Sweetanddandy
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

We went here for Sunday brunch and everything from beginning to end was excellent. First off, our server Tim was the best! Super friendly and very attentive to all of his tables. We sat at a table on the river walk and had a great...More

Thank Ryan Q
Reviewed July 23, 2017

Had brunch today at Water Buffalo, which was very disappointing. We waited for our food for almost one hour, and , when delivered, the cole slaw was extremely bitter. When we complained to the waitress, she was nice but stated that she had received several...More

Thank Thomas E
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here while touring the Third Ward. We had a great table outside in the shade with a view of the river. The wine selection was very good. We had the seared tuna bites. They were cooked very well still pink. The turkey and...More

Thank Vincent D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$12 - $30
Bar, American, Fusion, Gastropub, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Scenic view
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
    (Buffalo St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Historic Third Ward
  • Neighborhood: Historic Third Ward
  • Phone Number: +1 414-431-1133
One of the best views in the city; perfect for outdoor riverfront seating or in one of our two dynamic, highly designed spaces. The varied casual menu is priced for everyday dining and a variety of tastes. Come in on a weekday for Happy Hour or Date Night, come in on the weekend for Brunch and bottomless mimosas. Plenty of parking via surface lots and parking garages within one block. This may be the most unique Riverfront restaurant and bar in Milwaukee. We hope to serve you soon.
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