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“Beautiful location, heated patio”

Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
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Ranked #2 of 202 Restaurants in La Crosse
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, heated patio”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Compliments: 1. Staff - Polite and friendly. Our waiter, a young man in his 20s (I'm guessing) spoke with a natural ease when describing the dishes. HIs ability to paint a picture of the food, describe ingredients, and how the food was made was impeccable. 2. Location - The location is right on the Mississippi River. Heated outdoor patio (very unique to this area). Valet parking offered (limited parking lot). 3. Atmosphere - Beautiful, fancy (for lack of a better word) restaurant. We felt like high rollers. 4. Great food quality and unique dishes.

Complaints: Do not get me wrong, the food was great. The fish, however, wasn't as flavorful as I expected. Compared to other restaurants, the flavor was lacking. The salad, veggies and sauce, bread, and everything was up to par, however. Food was a bit pricey.

Bottom line: If you've got the funds, you cannot pass up visiting The Waterfront. A must visit in La Crosse.

  • Visited November 2013
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Solon Springs, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed October 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great Service. Food variety and quality was very good. Beautiful waterfront setting with available seasonal outdoor dining. Would recommend.

Visited September 2013
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Plymouth, Wisconsin
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94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful view, excellent food”
Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Waterfront dining at its best. Outdoor patio was full, but had a window side table overlooking the river. Had the best Southwest Chicken Salad I've ever enjoyed. Very good service.


Visited August 2013
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Thank jonathanr19
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Central Nebraska
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“In one word -FABULOUS!”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

My husband and I were entertained there for dinner on a recent business trip. WOW! The presentation of the food was as beautiful, the flavors exsquisite and the service impeccable. A nice "white linen" type place, but not stuffy. Our waitress was fun, very knowledgeable but not condescending Good wine list too. I wish this place were in my hometown! What a gem!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Soon2BEmptyNester
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Minneapolis, Mn
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36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Excellent food and wine, service and ambience. but a big BUT”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

I had been told I could ask for a vegetarian entree. I did. I asked for no peppers. When it arrived, the waitress said how do you feel about yellow peppers? They were spread throughout the dish. It was a mediocre pasta, as it REALLY mediocre, and they put in the one thing I asked them NOT to put in the dish.
They compensated by giving us a free really scrumptious dessert, but I would not go back.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Kathleen B
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