Best Waterfront Dining

What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of Wisconsin than with a charming, waterfront meal alongside some of the state’s most beautiful bodies of water? Here are Wisconsin’s best waterfront dining spots.

The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern

La Crosse

Settled in downtown La Crosse, just along the banks of the Mississippi River, is The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern—a casual, fine dining restaurant that serves up locally sourced American fare and unmissable river views. For more information, visit www.thewaterfrontlacrosse.com.

The Waterfront on Brown’s Lake


With a “nautical theme,” fresh seafood, regular live music and one of the best, up-close views of Brown’s Lake, you can’t beat a night out on the water at The Waterfront. For more information, visit www.thewaterfrontbrownslake.com.

Milwaukee Sail Loft


While Milwaukee might be one of America’s buzziest and most industrial cities, visitors can still enjoy a slower, more scenic vibe at the Milwaukee Sail Loft—a laidback eatery known for fresh-caught seafood dishes and picturesque harbor views. For more information, visit www.milwaukeesailloft.com.

Barnacle Bud’s


Unsurprisingly—at least with a name like Barnacle Bud’s—this restaurant serves up some of Wisconsin’s very best seafood, all while being based right alongside Milwaukee’s quaint waterfront. Whether you’re dropping in for a quick bite or looking to indulge in some afternoon drinks, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view at Barnacle Bud’s—literally. For more information, visit www.barnaclebuds.com.

Fratellos Riverfront Restaurant


Fratellos is settled within a renovated former power plant and boasts a menu that’s almost as cool as its effortlessly stylish and industrial aesthetic. With savory steak and seafood offerings, accompanied by sweeping waterfront views, Fratellos is a can’t-miss food destination for locals and tourists alike. For more information, visit www.fratelloswaterfront.com.

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