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The Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar

2431 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946
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Ranked #31 of 98 restaurants in Lake Placid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $32
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: In our 14th year as Lake Placid's premiere wine bar with award winning wines paired with an eclectic French American fare in a quaint, romantic setting over looking Mirror Lake or have a bite and a glass of wine in our Bar and lounge- serving both Lunch and in between cafe menu and dinner everyday.
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77% Recommend
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English first
London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Following some excellent and good reviews online, we went for a lunch in this place at a sunny Saturday noon. This was a huge mistake. The place has an excellent view for the lake, and we got a great table by the windows. And that was it. The place was fairly empty for a busy Saturday, and we noticed that... More

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Lake Placid, New York
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Many great reviews encouraged me to seek out this establishment. I ordered a lobster club and was dismayed at the largesse. The bacon was not cooked fully, avocado while ripe was mashed and piled on with no apparent seasoning. The lobster was negligible. The "brioche" was just a common bun. The lemon pepper aioli was unique, hence not a disastrous... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

On a recent visit to Lake Placid, a friend and I decided to stop into the Brown Dog for a late lunch. We waited a short time for a table on the window, which really is the draw of the dining room. This place has a beautiful view of Mirror Lake, and since the weather was a bit unpredictable the... More

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Washington, DC area
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Here we go again. I had an identical experience at this restaurant during my first visit some years earlier. The food is quite good but the staff clearly take themselves far too seriously. When we walked in there were no less than 5 tables open; yet, the greeter asked if we had a reservation. The waiter, comically, lectured us on... More

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Kelly T, Guest Relations Manager at The Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Hi There, I am so sorry for what you experienced at the brown dog. if possible i would like to clear up some of your misconceptions. the person you called the obnoxious owner was actually the electrician. If you had asked him who he was instead of erroneously assuming he worked for the restaurant as part of the service staff... More

new york, NY
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We just returned from a two day visit to Lake Placid and dinner at the Brown Dog Cafe was the highlight of the trip! For starters we were given delicious warm crusty homemade bread with herb butter accompanied by an amuse bouche, complements of the chef. Our server, Erin, expertly assisted us in navigating the extensive menu. What followed were... More

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London, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I came in on a whim while walking down Main Street. The restaurant was not overly busy and initially, I decided to sit at the bar. The bartender was friendly and recommended couple of dishes when I asked what their signature dish is. I chose the rack of lamb. The lamb was very good. I liked the accompanying sauces. The... More

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Waterloo, Belgium
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had a late lunch at the brown dog cafe and were nicely surprised. Wonderful view on Mirror lake, good choice of small meals and very friendly staff. We had various sandwiches (lobster, chicken) and cheese in pastry - it was all fresh, delicious and well presented. To be recommended without hesitation.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My wife and I love the high peaks region of the Adirondack's and have traveled there many times. On this day, raining almost continuously from start to finish, we ventured into Lake Placid to shop. We had not tried the Brown Dog on our past trips and decided to venture in. The decor is a high point, dark woods and... More

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1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar has so much to offer! From their lite fair menu, to entrees and salads, down to a wonderful list of wines, not to mention reserves. I dined here with some friends from out of town. Were they impressed! Started with smoked duck quesadilla, escargot and mussels for 4. Duck Q bursting with flavor... More

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Elmira, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were seated promptly at 7pm at a beautiful table overlooking Mirror Lake but then took a while before our waiter appeared. In about10 minutes our room temperature (no ice) water was served and drinks arrived another 10 minutes after that. A tiny (~2 x 5 inch) loaf of bread was then served to a table of 4. Although I... More

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