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Water Buffalo - CLOSED

249 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
+1 414-431-1133
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good44%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (18 reviews)
“quinoa” (9 reviews)
“beef kebab” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Bar, Pub, Fusion, Gastropub, American
€€ - €€€
249 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
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1 - 10 of 254 reviews

Reviewed 3 January 2018

Spicy meat balls and temperatures too cold to sit by the picture window looking out at the water characterized our lunch there recently during a very cold New Year's weekend. My Cobb Salad had no turkey. The waitress said, "I forgot to tell you we...More

Thank coachorem
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

This was my first time dining at Water Buffalo and overall I was satisfied. Be sure to try the fries with aoli.

Thank Geŋŋy E
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Water Buffalo has a location near The Rep for dinner after the show. We selected it as part of a double birthday celebration too. Great service! Delicious lasagna! And, oh, the fabulous large chocolate chip cookie was wonderful!

Thank 262DianeV2014
Reviewed 5 November 2017 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 November 2017

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 21 October 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Bar, Pub, Fusion, Gastropub, American
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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