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“great food and ambiance” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
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Ranked #2 of 199 Restaurants in La Crosse
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, American, Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Winnipeg, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“great food and ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Attentive service and wonderful view from the patio overlooking The Mississippi. The dishes we ordered were beautifully presented and most delicious. Great Jazz entertainment as well.

Visited September 2013
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Winona, Minnesota
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Perfect Patio dining overlooking Mississippi River”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

We were on our way to an entertainment venue a block away so let the waitress know we were crunched for time. We ended up with apps and drinks only this time....have come for full dinner indoors before which was less good. But if you can catch it on a warm evening and can sit outside on the patio, watching the boats and barges along the Mississippi in comfortable seating - packed with people of all ages and types (fun people watching too). They feature oysters on the half shell (hard to find around here) and a mix and match appetizer deal with choices of delicious calamari, endami, "real" cheese curds (it is Wisconsin), egg rolls,etc. I had a mini split of Champagne to wash it down which was a treat. They even have heaters to warm it up as the evening chill sets in, which is a nice feature too as we northerners have such a small window of outdoor dining opportunity.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank zamr
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Sun Prairie, WI
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221 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Service was terrible.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

"Sit where you want" means you can sit were you want but doesn't mean you will be served. The dining room was closed for lunch (July 13, 2013). We sat at a table on the patio (only area open for lunch). Eventually we got water but no menus. We had to move because we were near a large and loud group and could not hear each other. After about 15 minutes we got menus and ordered a glass of wine. While we were waiting for our wine a couple arrived at a table next to us, ordered, got their drinks and actually were served their entrees before we got our glasses of wine. We had time to kill and would have left except it had become hilarious by that point. Of course they were out of the appetizer we ordered, duh. Unfortunately subtlety, sarcasm or even direct complaints would have been way over their head so we just laughed our way through lunch and left committed to never return. We also concluded our server had to be related to the owner or manager to survive even one full shift. Possibly the worst service we have ever had.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Frankee7
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Halibut Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

If you are in the La Crosse area this is a must not miss restaurant. I live in Illinois part time and am a Florida snowbird so I've had many fish meals in the Naples area of Florida and this is by far one of the best I've had. First of all the fish was very fresh white as white could be with a delicious risotto and a green curry sauce. I'll admit the name green curry sounded a bit distasteful but it really added to the meal w/o it and the nuts in the rice it wouldn't have been the same. 5 stars to the chef for an ingenious dish. Oh, another important fact it was "The Special," fish of the day but it belongs on their menu. The staff was great also everyone very cordial and accommodating. It is a pricey meal but very delicious. I will return.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shopper44
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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Dinner out by the River”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

It was a beautiful evening so we sat at the outside bar. I enjoyed sitting up high to see and river and we could also seeing the reflection of the river on the glass in back of the bar. Our service was wonderful. The bartender knew how everything was made and I ordered the Red Snapper and my husband had the Scallops. Both were the best we ever had. Will go back again when we are in LaCrosse.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Judy J
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