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New Scenic Cafe

5461 N Shore Dr, Duluth, MN 55804-2918
218-525-6274
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Ranked #3 of 227 restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were seated promptly after calling 20 minutes ahead. This, and the pleasant ambience, we're the only bright spots in our meal. The problem is the food. Any restaurant with this much hype, a wait staff who are obviously trained to cultivate an air of exclusivity, attention to aesthetics, and upmarket prices, should not be using ingredients that are past... More

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St Paul Minnesota Usa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A tad on the pricey side but well worth it. The food is always fresh and prepared just right. They know about good food and good presentation and they do it well. We sat on the patio with our dog and the view is superb, and the food is awesome. you have to get it in a "to go" container... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We have come to this cafe for many years and enjoyed it a great deal in prior years. The past couple of years have been disappointing. The portions are small and overpriced. I ordered a beet salad for lunch ($11) and was shocked when a tiny portion appeared in front of me. (about 4 bites). The waitress did not warn... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Based on the most recent reviews, I almost cancelled our reservation. To The New Scenic Cafe. Luckily, I didn't. This is one of the best restaurant meals My husband and I have had in a long time. Past reviewers complained about a long wait time, indifferent wait staff, and small portions, some lacking flavor. They weren't entirely wrong. We arrived... More

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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82 reviews 82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Highest praise for the New Scenic Cafe. Presentation, service, ingredients, everything was perfect. Menu changes to feature fresh local ingredients. The sashimi tuna appetizer was incredible, as was the seared scallop main course. And the dacquoise lemon curd dessert was heavenly. We went back the next morning to purchase the cookbook just recently self-published. This was an amazing dining experience.

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ALAMO
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We arrived the middle of a Monday afternoon and still had to wait a while. Once we got inside and were served we understood why. The food and presentation are an adventure. Each of the 4 in our party tried something different both for the meal and the dessert. I wish I could share a picture of my wife's dessert.... More

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Ndangane, Senegal
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I had just had a bagel and smoked salmon for breakfast but I knew I had to stop here from reviews I read. I am so glad I did. The grounds are so nice that I ordered a dessert and sat in one of their adirondack chairs overlooking the lake. The dessert was unique and fabulous. I bought their cookbook... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This place was highly recommended to us by a local. We arrived very hungry after some fun in Duluth and found it packed with a 20-30" wait which was fine. The hostess was a little off putting and came from kitchen area chewing her lunch as she approached. We waited and were seated faster than the original plan, which was... More

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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277 reviews 277 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The food was very good (I’d rate it a 4), BUT not NEARLY enough (thus the 3 rating), and we are not big people. We ordered an appetizer (tuna taco special), wine and entrée ($94 before tip). Most places we can eat either an appetizer OR dessert with our entrée but not here. Even though we were still hungry, we... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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124 reviews 124 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

You can't beat the view, the ambiance or the little added extras like the bowl of hot pistachios when you sit down, the fresh fruit garnish with the sandwiches and the little bowl of red M&M's at the cash register. But...the staff are a little stiff and the atmosphere is humorless (not that I expect to be entertained), probably due... More

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