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Lake Avenue Cafe

394 Lake Avenue South, DeWitt Seitz Marketplace, Duluth, MN 55802-2325
(218) 722-2355
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Ranked #29 of 227 restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We stopped for lunch here and I was not impressed. In fact, I would strongly recommend going right across the way to the Northern Waters Smokehaus. Both restaurants are in a converted warehouse. We watched a steady stream if customers going into Nirthern Waters while we waited for our meals. The Lake Avenue cafe is not terrible, it's just overpriced... More

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Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Fun spot to stop while enjoying the Canal Park area in Duluth. Interesting menu. Food is tasty. Atmosphere is great, too!

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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111 reviews 111 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Based on the positive reviews, it must have been a bad night. In all fairness, the restaurant was very warm and flies were buzzing everywhere. A/C might not have been working properly which is not good because this establishment is located at the end of the building that faces direct PM sun.and Duluth was going through a hot spell. The... More

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Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you want to overspend for some dishes that are just a little bit out of the ordinary, stop in here. Everything has been good, food and service, but nothing standout except the cost for the meals available.

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Anaheim
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

In the tourist district, the Lake Avenue Cafe, was tasty albeit the service was rather slow. Favorites for us included the Perch tacos and the Lake Superior fish sandwich. (We did wish there had been a grilled option as the fish was breaded and fried.) Nice atmosphere and very close to the Canal Park tourist sites including the Aerial LIft... More

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Beijing, China
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had the wild-rice falafel dish, with great flavor. Nice outdoor seating area to enjoy the sun and breeze in Canal Park. There was a decent crowd for a Monday and waitstaff continued to check on us and really helpful.

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Midwest
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We've been to the Lake Avenue Cafe many times.....so convenient when shopping in Canal area. But I think the place is slipping. Service was extremely slow! Food was mixed. My soup was good but it came with chilled bread. Husband's hamburger was cold. Grandson's sandwich was fine. The restaurant was fairly empty at 1 in the afternoon, so it wasn't... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was a good choice for Saturday night dinner in Canal Park for a couple who didn't want to eat at one of the sports bar type restaurants. The restaurant had a good crowd, a nice conversational buzz, a ready table, lots of windows, attentive service, and good food. In a more competitive location, it might not stand out -... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

We were a group of four just stopping in for a beverage. A person sitting at the bar, assumably an employee went to dry some glasses and took water to some tables then back to eating her food and having a beer. While the staff person that helped us, the service was poor at best. The gal at the bar... More

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Blaine, Minnesota
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120 reviews 120 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We went here for a dinner and were impressed with the service and the atmosphere. They had nice big booths to fit a group, and really interesting drink menus! Lots of things you wouldn't see elsewhere. The food was OK, but wouldn't fit everyone's taste so check out the menu before making a plan to eat here. It is a... More

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