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Water Buffalo

) #182 of 1,259 Restaurants in Milwaukee ££ - £££ , American, Fusion
249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
+1 414-431-1133
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good44%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (11 reviews)
“quinoa” (8 reviews)
“beef kabobs” (6 reviews)
Closed Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Bar, American, Fusion, Gastropub, Pub, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
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Reviewed 2 December 2014

My wife took me to water buffalo for my birthday and the food was absolutely delicious. Our server was either new or had too many tables but all in all a great meal and wine list for sure.

Thank tom z
Reviewed 5 November 2014

I liked everything about this restaurant: the location (on the water), the interior (modern, minimal, but not cold), the food (great selection, well prepared), and the waitstaff (friendly and efficient). Also, the cocktails and wines were quite good. I was there on a Monday and...More

Thank dsm_99
Reviewed 3 November 2014

This is a lovely spot along the waterfront and the menu looked promising but the food was prepared with a heavy hand and cold to boot. I ordered the Lobster Rangoon starter which is supposed to be one of Water Buffalo's specialties. There were three...More

Thank laviajeraliz
Reviewed 15 October 2014

Went to this location in the Market District to see the work of Flux Design - which was super cool but the way. Happy hour prices are not bad and we only stayed long enough for a drink. They had an interesting menu but honestly...More

Thank Thundrdawg
Reviewed 14 October 2014

Been here when I was in town a year ago, really enjoyed it and had to come back. The food and service is great and will look forward to returning. Can't go wrong.

Thank Mimi and P
Reviewed 11 October 2014

We had marvelous salads for our lunch. My shrimp and advocato salad with a mango dressing was delicious. My husband had their grilled chicken salad and he thought his chicken was the best he had had all year! Good service, nice atmosphere!

Thank Deborah H
Reviewed 5 October 2014

best part of this restaurant is the location on the river. dining on the patio outside in the summer is what you come for. the food is better than average as other reviews have detailed. the spicy chicken appetizer was good. a lot of pastry...More

Thank Tim C
Reviewed 25 September 2014

We've been to Water Buffalo twice, The location and views are very nice. There is ample outside seating, and street parking as well as a convenient parking lot nearby. We were very pleased iwth the service and the food was very good. I really enjoyed...More

Thank pburnsblum
Reviewed 22 September 2014

We originally stopped in for just a drink on the outdoor Riverwalk but were quickly talked into having our dinner here. The drinks were great, the view from the Riverwalk was nice, the food was okay and the service was hit or miss outside. They...More

Thank Jig1600
Reviewed 15 September 2014

This trendy spot on the river is really a great view,however the food very mixed reviews. We were with a bunch of college so kids so they eat anything. I had the spaghetti squash with quinoa meatballs. The meatballs were very good but the squash...More

Thank Rlfchigal10
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Bar, American, Fusion, Gastropub, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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 North Water Street, 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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