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Lake Avenue Cafe

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American, International, Eclectic
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394 Lake Avenue South, DeWitt Seitz Marketplace, Duluth, MN 55802-2325
(218) 722-2355
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely space, upscale menu

We've been visiting the Lake Avenue Cafe for years for its great location and lovely windowed space. In the past years the menu has gotten fussier, with many gourmet terms that send me to the dictionary. I miss the simpler fare of yesteryear, but still enjoy the dining experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Kathleen C
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If you get the chance to visit here please try the "Bridged" it's an amazingly refreshing drink. Don't miss ordering the salt and pepper cuttlefish app.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It was such a plesant surprise, was having a hard time figuring what to eat in deluth. Tried the bone marrow with the poached eggs in the gueyer fondue. Such a gem with all the chain restaurants.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We've been visiting the Lake Avenue Cafe for years for its great location and lovely windowed space. In the past years the menu has gotten fussier, with many gourmet terms that send me to the dictionary. I miss the simpler fare of yesteryear, but still enjoy the dining experience.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Met my sister in law for her birthday at Lake Ave Cafe as she has certain food intolerance. The menu here has more options than the average. Absolutely loved the bacon wrapped Chorizo stuffed dates with a lovely Cabernet. Scrumptious and good conversation.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Excellent food and service, has full bar and outdoor seating is available during warmer months. The classic hamburger was absolutely fantastic, as was our chili and soup dishes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I recommend Lake Avenue Cafe to visitors and locals who are looking for an upscale meal in Canal Park. It is not priced for a tight budget, but the quality of the food is excellent, and the menu is interesting and diverse. The Saam appetizer is tender and flavorful. The pulled pork filet is smoky and delicious, and paired perfectly... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Seriously overpriced, especially cocktails. Ouch! I think that the location (tourists) allows for the high prices.I have never found the food to be consistently outstanding to warrant the high prices. Service can be really great or sub par.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I had the goose cassoulet. Aside from my wife's cassoulet, it was the best I've had since we were in Carcassone. The wine list is good, ambience is a delight and the service is great. It's a must stop for us when we go to Duluth.

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We went here on the recommendation from a local and enjoyed it. Interesting cocktails and good tap beer. Possibly the best mac and cheese I've had and my husband really liked the bbq pork filet thing. We shared a wedge salad which I highly recommend. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the French onion soup - I like... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We had dinner here and ordered a number of appetizers ("smaller plates") - all quite interesting tastes. The pork belly in the ssam was mouthwatering and tender; the bacon chiruzo dates were very good. However the goose pizza we tried tasted somewhat flat - a lot of goose meat but not much else. The udon noodle is more south Asian... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 394 Lake Avenue South, DeWitt Seitz Marketplace, Duluth, MN 55802-2325
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth
  • Phone Number: (218) 722-2355

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: American, International, Eclectic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?