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Water Buffalo

€€ - €€€, American, Fusion
249 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
+1 414-431-1133
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good44%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“quinoa” (9 reviews)
“beef kebab” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Bar, American, Fusion, Gastropub, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
249 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
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1 - 10 of 253 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place to eat using trip advisor. We walked in and were seated right away. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. Our seats would have been fine minus a party of immature women who were extremely loud. Which that was not controllable...More

Thank OliviaV23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in on a slow lunch day and got seated immediatley. Friendly hostes gave me a nice table inside with a good view. My waiter Tom had plenty of good recommendations on what to drink and eat. Ordered the Buffalo Chicken Mac and it was...More

Thank Grant J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met friends here before seeing a play at The Rep. Our server was just learning the job, so there were a few hiccups but they did not interfere with our conversation. I wanted their salmon entree but was told they were out of salmon....More

Thank AmosRedux
Reviewed 10 October 2017

I've been to Water Buffalo many times and this might be my last visit. The food just wasn't as good as it used to be and the portions were smaller. My scallops and risotto were very overpriced for what I received, and the risotto had...More

Thank businesstraveler796
Reviewed 17 September 2017

In season, this is a nice place to kick back outdoors, on the water, and watch the boats and the people go by. The food is good--I had fish with quinoa and veggies and it was well prepared, not dry, and tasty. Others in my...More

Thank MelissaMSA
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

The food was amazing! I had the lasagna and my husband and the tuna mignon. The prices are great as well. All staff we encountered was so nice and our server was awesome.

Thank saraheliz11
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Water Buffalo was a let down of a meal. Nothing truly terrible (well, maybe the mash) but lots of little things that did not work. To start its a nice building but the table layout is odd and doesnt seem to make the best use...More

Thank Dave P
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Sat outside by the river walk. Great place to watch boats come and go. Onion rings were very good with cream cheese bits in the sauce. Lobster ravioli was good but a small portion.

Thank chrishyche
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I had the House burger, my wife salmon burger both very good mine was exceptional. We thought both had a shake too much salt. Drinks a week bit pricey and the two bartenders seemed to be a little over worked though it was not that...More

Thank TimPaint
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a nicer establishment with a great outdoor space along the river. The food is good and the drinks are even better. This was a romantic and chic spot for a dinner date with a beautiful sunset.

Thank Annie C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
    (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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