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Water Buffalo

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Historic Third Ward
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249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (Buffalo St.)
+1 414-431-1133
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here was average. They had some interesting dishes, but the flavors of the food didn't stand out to me. Aside from that, the food was too expensive for the flavor. The inside of the restaurant was really nice and larger than expected. I enjoyed the design.

Thank Jessica C
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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265 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Great brunch menu offering egg dishes, sweet breakfast items and sandwiches. We had a Buffalo Hero, Corned Beef Hash and a Black Bean Burger. All were delicious and served quickly.

Thank Denise A
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Fabulous food and service. Group of six. We ate outside and all of our meals were excellent. The wait staff was attentive even with all the rumning back inside that was required

Thank renewedbyme
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in! Glad you enjoyed everything, and happy to host you anytime. More 

Mequon, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Six of us dined at Water Buffalo on a Wed night the first week of Oct. There was a 45 minute wait but asked if we could eat outside (it was really nice out) when they had not planned on serving outside. They were very accommodating and seated us outside (after we were seated a number of other people asked... More 

Thank K2861VNthomass
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for joining us for dinner! I'm glad enjoyed the meal and the river views. Joe More 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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247 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Located in the historic third ward, this place offers seating with a very nice view of the river. Local beers as well as other craft beers available. Enjoyed the crab cakes, rather spicy, and had some tortilla soup that was surprisingly creamy chicken with spicy tortilla chips on the top. Good stop. Clean, friendly.

Thank MrSmokeyMountainMan
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I must say I was a little concerned about going here, when I saw some of the recent reviews. That being said I was not disappointed at all. We arrived around 6:00 and the place was empty so I was even more nervous, but by 6:30 to 7:00 it was hopping. The food was very tasty and the service was... More 

Thank FiberOptic
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you so much for giving us a shot! So glad you enjoyed everything, and we look forward to hosting you again soon! - Joe More 

Berwyn, PA
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

we enjoyed our rustic brunch in this renovated space that used to be home to a leather saddlery in the historic third ward. I will definitely return to try dinner there. awesome views, good food and excellent service. does not have an extensive choice of the sweeter brunch items, think quality not quantity. what is on the menu will not... More 

Thank NewportAdmirer
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I was in town taking a continued education course and looked this place up as a spot on the lake. I really enjoyed the meal and the drinks. Also had a cheesecake to share. Worth a stop!

Thank Amberlie13
Peoria, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Very average no better---ordered prime rib for $28 medium rare -- was served a broiled piece of meat??? Mashed potatoes good -- server good--interior nice---disappointing they have so much going to serve sub standard food-- GF had Cobb salad -- very average--- I had glass of sangria before dinner--- not good--- wine with dinner was acceptable--- many better choices in... More 

Thank covingtonal
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this review

Hey there, Sorry we didn't ring your chimes, and you're right about the prime rib. We can absolutely do better by you, so could we have a do-over? On our dime, of course. Email me at joe@waterbuffalomilwaukee.com and we can work something out? - Joe More 

Columbus, Indiana, United States
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I will not linger about the waiting time: it was a Labor weekend...but once seated we ordered straight off and waited for 45 min... Brunch was not up to standard: breakfast potatoes were just dry (seemed like they were cooked hours ago and just reheated..), coffee was not hot and the pound cake with strawberries had a few strawberries... I... More 

Thank Evelyne H
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this review

Hey Evelyne, Sorry about that - it was indeed a very full house that weekend, and I apologize your experience suffered because of it. I hope you give us another chance to wow you on a calmer weekend soon. Best, Joe More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
    (Buffalo St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Historic Third Ward
  • Neighbourhood: Historic Third Ward
  • Phone Number: +1 414-431-1133
One of the best views in the city; perfect for outdoor riverfront seating or in one of our two dynamic, highly designed spaces. The varied casual menu is priced for everyday dining and a variety of tastes. Come in on a weekday for Happy Hour or Date Night, come in on the weekend for Brunch and bottomless mimosas.

Plenty of parking via surface lots and parking garages within one block. This may be the most unique Riverfront restaurant and bar in Milwaukee. We hope to serve you soon.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?