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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
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10:00 - 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 food was just okay. It was a tad bland and overpriced. I doubt we'd go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Thank Robert M
JoeSorge, Owner at Water Buffalo, responded to this review

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

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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.

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Thank Jessica C
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 

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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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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.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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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 

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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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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 

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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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?