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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 #16 of 225 restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Northern Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We travel to Duluth often enough to know where we like to eat. In years past, the Lake Avenue Café could be counted on for a unique, tasty meal. Our trip there on Sunday, March 23, 2014 was disappointing on many scores. As my husband noted, the waitress did not appear to be 'into it". We had to ask her... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I had the house special that evening which was a Pacific Fish done in a tasty sauce with slightly steamed asparagus and a generous side salad. Service was quick and friendly.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Fresh, healthy and scrumptious! We always make this a stop on trips to Duluth. Can't beat the unique options. There is something for everyone!

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Esko, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Service was good, food was good , different items on menu than what you would find in most restaruants.had the pork loin, well presented, very tasty. Maybe a little overpriced.

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Minneapolis
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The food was mostly fine, although my daughter thought the syrup on her French toast tasted weird. (She's used to maple. It was described as "maple caramel" and I'm not sure what they did, exactly, but it did taste sort of weird.) The most frustrating thing was the service; the waitress didn't refill my coffee until specifically asked to (it... More

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have eaten here in the past and enjoyed it the glutes-free selections. However, these seem to have disappeared off the menu...a new ownership, perhaps?

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Senior Contributor
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22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

First time in Duluth, Read all the reviews, and was not that impressed! Service was good until I was ready to cash out, water and beer empty, credit card out in sight, and no wait staff! Waited a good 15 minutes! Food was average, soup of the day - chicken veggie - bland. Had the "Spradian " pizza, okay ,... More

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Altadena
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We just came from dinner there, and I have to say this place is worthy of a long detour. Their foods are locally sourced as best they can do, but even better, everything we had was delicious. DH and I weren't up for a big entrée, so split a bunch of dishes - grass-fed beef tartare, Ceviche, onion soup, and... More

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Thunder Bay
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The food was excellent and the service very helpful and friendly. The restaurant is more of bistro style and has outdoor seating.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stopped in at Lake Avenue Cafe Labor Day night late. The place was dead. They were out of a couple of types of wine and some food, but the waitress was very helpful and attentive to suggest alternates that were very good. My wife had a salad with home made dressing and I had the Pike Chowder, both were excellent.... More

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