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“Lovely Saturday Lunch”

Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern
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Ranked #2 of 200 Restaurants in La Crosse
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, 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.
Rochester, Minnesota
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Lovely Saturday Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

Two Saturdays in a row we've had lunch in the elegant bar, overlooking the Mississippi River which today was covered in a romantic mist. Most diners were outside on the covered patio, so we had the bar to ourselves, which was very nice and relaxed. The lunch menu is limited compared to the dinner, but we were quite satisfied. Husband's burger and fries were delicious; my shrimp cocktail was good, not great...three huge rather average-tasting shrimp in too small an amount of sauce. But they were totally redeemed by the fish tacos, the best I have ever had! Kudos to the chef for the sweet, lightly fried fish and that wonderful sauce, possibly mango. Even the soft taco itself was tasty. The three taco serving is rather small in volume (hint to the chef!) but you will be happy to know I finished off my husband's French fries so was quite satisfied!

As always, the service is impeccable (Olivia on this visit); the setting is the best in La Crosse with the river view, immaculate landscaping and upscale but not pretentious decor. Our lunch totalled $49, pre-tip, for the meal, one wine (rather stingy serving, I must say) and one beer.

We have eaten here several times during our business trips to La Crosse. It is simply the most well-run, elegant-yet-relaxed restaurant in La Crosse, and the food is superb. This restaurant would possibly be at home in NYC; La Crosse is lucky to have it.

  • Visited August 2014
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Skokie, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Nice lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stopped for lunch on way west. Very comfortable spot fresh food. Worth time for stop. Service was very good

Visited July 2014
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Wisconsin
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“Beautiful evening on the river”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

Fine music, calm river, fantastic wine, helpful waitress Becky, wonderful rare char filet. Special night on the river.

  • Visited August 2014
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Wisconsin
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“Love the patio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

We sat on the patio, which overlooks the Mississippi River, for drinks. We'd had a big lunch, so just ordered cheese curds, which were excellent. I would have loved to eat dinner since I checked out the menu and everything sounded really good...hopefully next time we are in town. This is such a nice restaurant that even the bathroom was beautiful. Can't wait to return!

  • Visited July 2014
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Peterson, Minnesota
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“Amazing outdoor view and awesome food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

My husband and I went here on our honeymoon and we had excellent service and food. I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for an elegant place. There seafood is also very fresh and cooked wonderfully. It is on the higher end for pricing, but you get excellent service all around.

  • Visited September 2013
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