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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
(608) 782-5400
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Trempealeau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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47 restaurant reviews
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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 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank marfa63
Backus, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The outside eating area right by the river was absolutely amazing. We have never eaten at a better outside place. Very nice and the view of the river is awesome!

Thank Patrick B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

The Waterfront is one of the few high end dining experiences in LaCrosse. As with most premium experiences you expect an appetizing menu using quality ingredients, great presentation, attentive staff and great atmosphere. The Waterfront nails all of these categories so well that the premium price now feels like a real value. We have dined here as a couple for... More 

Thank Ryan L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Wanted a good burger with a river view as we were driving the Great River Road through LaCrosse, and happened upon the Waterfront restaurant. Sat on the patio with a gorgeous view of the river, was waited on by friendly attentive staff, and enjoyed a delicious burger and beer during their happy hour. Will be back to check out their... More 

Thank msmulf
washington, d.c.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great place to laze away the afternoon. Then stay for their great Happy Hour! Good deals on drinks and delicious food! The waiter we had was a student, and couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute! Highly recommend. PS. Try to get there before 5, can fill up fast!

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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, 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
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
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: (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?