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Left Bank Cafe

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Wine Bar, French, Bistro
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36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
+1 518-354-8166
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Quick Bites, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: French Cafe/Bistro serving all day. Croissants & espresso, crepes...
French Cafe/Bistro serving all day. Croissants & espresso, crepes & tartines, soups & salads, French Regional specialties, wine pairings, riverside dining in the summer
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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cute little cafe !

Very nice location by the river. Decent food. Went there with a couple of friends for late afternoon lunch. Good coffee and drinks. The service was slightly slow but who cares when there is a good ambiance and delicious coffee. Time seems to slow down there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Priyank P
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English first
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Very nice location by the river. Decent food. Went there with a couple of friends for late afternoon lunch. Good coffee and drinks. The service was slightly slow but who cares when there is a good ambiance and delicious coffee. Time seems to slow down there.

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Saranac Lake, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My family took me here for my birthday last month. I thought it would be way better than what it was. The staff was average, did not make wait on us very well. Food was just ok. I got a waffle and it was extremely dry and did not have any flavor. Some others in our party got crepes and... More 

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Lake Placid, New York
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97 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My son and I had lunch at this cute little cafe overlooking the river. Had some rose, a duck salad with lentils and some warm camenbert with crusty bread, apples and walnuts.It was wonderful! In a town filled with meh Italian restaurants, this is an absolute delight!! Can't wait to go back. My new fav!!

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Atlanta
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Four adults and a four year old visited this wonderful cafe. We were in Blue Lake having finished a day at the Adirondack Museum and called for reservations since it was on our way to Plattsburgh. The scenic drive culminated in a delightful meal on a covered porch overlooking a river. The service was friendly and prompt. We each had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Get a bottle of wine, order everything on the menu that sounds fantastic and just chat the afternoon away in a Paris bistro. Good people, good wine, good food, nice views and just a terrific experience.

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Dinner at the Left Bank likely won't disappoint based on our recent experience. The menu is limited, but there is likely enough to satisfy most pallets. Items are very reasonably priced and are excellent value considering the portions and quality. A Moroccan chicken dish I had was superb! While the Left Bank has been open for awhile, you get the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We are in lake placid visiting from buffalo. The cafe was adorable. Thw staff was awesome, she took our picture for us in front of an adorable picture on the wall at her suggestion, the food was amazing! We love this place!

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Adirondacks, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We live around the corner and wanted a slow relaxing meal. My wife had the soup of the night and it was so good. The entrees were obviously fresh and were delicious. The desserts sounded great but we were too full. It's a warm and inviting restaurant with a very friendly wait staff. Highly recommend the Left Bank- probably the... More 

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Denver, CO
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31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Delicious food and truly gracious service from Anne. Very good wine suggestions, and a warm and comfortable setting.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We stopped at the Left Bank Café on Sunday. It was a beautiful fall day and we chose to sit on the outside balcony. It was not too busy, but the waitress did not acknowledge us. Finally after about 15 minutes, the inside waitress greeted us and brought us menus. The menu has a French theme and the lunch specialties... More 

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Additional Information about Left Bank Cafe

Address: 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
Phone Number: +1 518-354-8166
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Saranac Lake
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Wine Bar, French, Bistro

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Saranac Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 518-354-8166

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

French Cafe/Bistro serving all day. Croissants & espresso, crepes & tartines, soups & salads, French Regional specialties, wine pairings, riverside dining in the summer
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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