La Crosse Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in La Crosse

April 15, 2018 Augustus Redeker

La Crosse is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of La Crosse County. Lying alongside the Mississippi River, La Crosse is the largest city on Wisconsin's western border.
Things to do in La Crosse

1. Lovechild

300 3rd St S, La Crosse, WI 54601-3211 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 46 +1 608-433-2234
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 90 reviews

Lovechild

Reviewed By Skip K

My family and I had an absolutely wonderful dining experience at The Lovechild! From the elegant dining room to our last bite of dessert, we were nothing but dazzled! Besides our fabulous table, the servers were extremely attentive, and the food far exceeded our expectations. To complete our experience, the owners even came to our table to personally greet us! Before our table was cleared, we were planning our next visit!

2. Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

328 Front St S, 328 Front St S, 54601, La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI 54601-4023 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Bar, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 608-782-5400
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 502 reviews

Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern features seasonal American cuisine in a casual fine-dining setting. Full service outdoor patio is open three seasons with roofing system that allows enjoyment rain or shine. Happy Hour Monday through Friday and live entertainment weekly.

Reviewed By UndercoverTravelerUS - Milwaukee, WI

We attended a wedding at the Cargill Room there and were extremely impressed with this restaurants ability to put out high quality food for 300 people and it was all fresh and hot. The chicken breast was very high quality meat; the salad was fresh, and the mash potatoes were verrrrryyyyy good! I am very particular about the quality of my food and freshness and these guys met and exceeded my expectations.

3. Le Chateau

410 Cass St, La Crosse, WI 54601-4508 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 608-782-6498
Excellent
84%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

Le Chateau

Bonjour!Le Chateau is the perfect setting for your French dinning experience. Open for dinner, but also on special requests for private luncheon or special occasions such as tasting menus or weddings; our menu change according to the seasons and our French wine list is updated constantly.Come and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in our beautiful historical building where you will likely forget you are still in La Crosse!Merci et a bientot!

Reviewed By Anthony F

Start downstairs in the basement bar where the mixologist is an absolute star. Interesting complex and creative aperatifs that will entertain for hours. Next it is upstairs and dinner. Two wonderful bottles of French wine and for me the duck was spectacular. Excellent venue, food, staff, and experience.

4. Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe

222 Pearl St, La Crosse, WI 54601-3216 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 20 +1 608-796-2277
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 631 reviews

Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe

Reviewed By 1gammyj - Hartford, Wi

Looking for a place with a little personality and fun. Found it at buzzard Billy's. We had great service and excellent food. The seafood jambalaya was fantastic and gluten free!!!. Great location to walk off your dinner, by checking out the local shops nearby.

5. Digger's Sting

122 3rd St N, La Crosse, WI 54601-3207 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 608-782-3796
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 241 reviews

Digger's Sting

Reviewed By Marty D

Absolutely a must do......great atmosphere, great food, wife and I had prime rib which was perfectly cooked with great flavor. Drinks were made like they should be with a good pour...not to weak but not overdone. Our waitress Brittney made it a great night. This place will be a must do on our next visit to lacrosse.

6. Freighthouse Restaurant

107 Vine St, La Crosse, WI 54601-3243 Outdoor Seating, Television, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 608-784-6211
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 442 reviews

Freighthouse Restaurant

Warm atmosphere highlighted by historic building. A menu built on steaks and seafood, with fresh vegetable salad bar and choice of side dish accompany every entree. Varying daily specials, seasonal vegetables, and seasonal served salads.

Reviewed By elisabeth b - eastman, wi

The atmosphere is gorgeous with wonderful lighting. We ordered the prime rib and salad bar. The salad bar is amazing, everything is fresh and beautiful, plus so delicious. My steak was was done to perfection and my potato was just what I ordered! I loved everything and would highly recommend!

7. Piggy's

501 Front St S, La Crosse, WI 54601-4038 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 608-784-4877
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 469 reviews

Piggy's

Reviewed By Mary D - Roseville, Minnesota

Traveling with my husband for business and we heard so much about Piggy’s so made reservations. Service was good, beautiful place, but the food fell well short of my expectations. We got the bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer. 4 shrimp, but the BBQ coviering the shrimp...MoreThanks for the feedback Mary. I will make sure the kitchen is following the established recipe for eh shrimp glaze as well as the amount of time the ribs are in the smoker. Thank you again for the feedback, Chris

8. The Crow

100 3rd St S, La Crosse, WI 54601-3211 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 608-519-5400
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 220 reviews

The Crow

Reviewed By Ruby1329

We had cheese balls for an appetizer, they were very good. Not too much breading. I had the white chicken chili which was very spicy but great, with a burger. All of the food we received was done well, correctly, and quickly. Service was kind...MoreThank you for giving us a great review and for recommending our restaurant to others. I'm sure our entire restaurant staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your visit. Take care, Ruby1329!

9. Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery

103 3rd St N, La Crosse, WI 54601-3269 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 608-519-2509
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 409 reviews

Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery

Traditional Irish pub & eatery located on 3rd and Main in downtown La Crosse, WI. Great place to watch sports, watch live music, hang out with friends, eat delicious food, and participate in good conversation. We're all a wee bit Irish at Dublin Square. Stop in and see for yourself! Recently voted Best Burger in La Crosse. Took Runner-up in Best Bloody Mary, Best International/Regional Cuisine, and Best Outdoor Dining.

Reviewed By Karen K - la crosse

Our table tried the beef tips and panfried walleye. Small additional charge for the fish to be blackened but it didn't seem to be seasoned at all, let alone blackened. Mixed vegetables were over cooked and mushy. On a positive note both entrees were piping hot when they arrived at the table, and the generous helping of mashed potatoes and gravy was pretty tasty.

10. 4 Sisters Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant

100 Harborview Plz, La Crosse, WI 54601-4290 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 608-782-8213
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 288 reviews

4 Sisters Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant

4 Sisters is a family owned restaurant that has been open for 4 years. We are located in the historic downtown Lacrosse across from the Mississippi River. We have a variety of food from tapas, to entrees with a wonderful variety of wine, beer and mix drinks.

Reviewed By Rita R - Buffalo City

We stopped early on a Friday afternoon to enjoy a glass of wine before going downtown. We were staying at the Charmant so this location (in the professional office building next door - go through the riverside entrance for the fastest access - was very close and handy). I had a mixed red/white wine flight and my husband had two glasses of the Crusher (cabernet sauvignon, I think). We enjoyed sitting in a quiet little loveseat with a view of the Riverside Park and also enjoyed the cheese and cracker tasting that came with the wine flight. We hope to return soon!

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