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Water Buffalo

) #188 of 1,262 Restaurants in Milwaukee $$ - $$$ , American, Fusion
249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
+1 414-431-1133
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good44%
  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“brunch” (11 reviews)
“quinoa” (8 reviews)
“beef kabobs” (5 reviews)
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Bar, American, Fusion, Gastropub, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
249 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5787
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've stopped at the Water Buffalo twice in recent months while visiting Milwaukee for wedding Venues. Once with friends and then again with my mom because the food was so great! Large menu. I highly recommend the Portobello sandwich or BBQ Mac and Cheese. Would...More

Thank Katrina K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have reservations at Water Buffalo for this weekend, to celebrate a graduation. Reading the lack luster reviews and viewing the pictures of the small portion, undecorated plates, I am wondering if we should make other arrangements for our celebration? When I spend a pretty...More

Thank wendy b
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We sat at a Waterview table which offered great views of the water and boats. The menu is pretty extensive....as is the beer menu. The portions are very small. I ordered the kabob and it was 3 pieces of steak......my wife had the scallops and...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017

We stopped here on a Friday prior to going to a show at the Rep. Arriving at 5:45, the place was virtually empty, with only one other couple in the main internal dining area. The entire house was open, yet we were seated in the...More

Thank Joe C
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Hey Joe, Yep, you're absolutely right. This is not the way we ever want to treat our guests (especially when they're actually seated in the restaurant), and I'm so sorry this spoiled the experience. Would you please email me so I can find a way...More

A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

I went with a group of 10 friends to Water Buffalo to celebrate a friends birthday on a Saturday at 5pm. Our table was ready right away. The atmosphere, view of the river and decor is great. Our waitress was amazing especially because we tent...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Hey, thank you so much for reviewing us. We'll look into what happened at the bar, and I appreciate your patience and understanding of the pacing of your entrees. Hope to see you again soon! - Joe

Reviewed 20 March 2017

I just went to Water Buffalo recently for brunch. I can say that the poached eggs with root vegetables and goat cheese was very good but I found the service disappointing. It is also SHOCKING to me that a restaurant (in Wisconsin no-less) would run...More

Thank KarlaFantastic
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2017

Hi Karla, Thank you for your review! You're right. Joke's aside, we were not prepared for the busy weekend, and I'm sorry this affected your experience with us. I hope you join us again on a Monday for Wine & Bovine Night - chef's choice...More

Reviewed 10 March 2017

This is fun spot with great views. The food is fine. This would be a hot spot in the summer. Brunch is standard on the weekends. The warm chocolate chip cookie bake is treat.

Thank Alyssa B
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

Hey, thanks, Alyssa! Brunch on the Riverwalk can't be beat. Hope to see you again when it's warmer! - Joe

Reviewed 20 February 2017

Read all the great reviews and decided to go here on date night. We sat along the water which I would highly recommend. Our service was terrible. We were left alone for ever, our server changed mid-meal and nobody seems to be stationed outside to...More

Thank jojoishere
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Hi there, I'm so sorry about this. As you can imagine, this is NOT the way we built our reputation, and I hope you can let us prove it to you. Email me at joe@waterbuffalomilwaukee... and we would be happy to make it right. -...More

Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I ate at the Water Buffalo many years ago and remember it being much better. When we arrived there were many tables available but we were seated awkwardly close to another couple. It was uncomfortable. Our waitress was nice and did a good job. The...More

Thank Jennifer D
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Great food at great prices. Food this good usually costs 30% more. Example... Massive pork chop over mashed potatoes, super tasty glaze... 20 bucks! Over looks the river, nice casual vibe, big bar.

Thank Robert M
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Thank you, Robert! You can't beat fresh ingredients that are prepared right. Hope you join us again soon. - Joe

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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
Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly, 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
  • E-mail
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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