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Lavelle's Bistro

575 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4724
907-450-0555
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Ranked #3 of 194 restaurants in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located on the ground floor of Mariott Springhill Suites, Lavelle’s is a unique fine dining restaurant in Fairbanks serving delicious food and an astounding selection of fine wine in a warm, refined atmosphere. In a place where casual restaurants dominate the culinary landscape, Lavelle’s offers a much-needed touch of elegance. Perfect for a romantic date or a fun night out with friends, Lavelle’s provides a sophisticated backdrop for any occasion.
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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Sometimes you do the Tripadvisor research and you think where are they coming from. We have just returned from our meal and are biding our time for the pickup to the airport. Do yourself a favour when in Fairbanks and visit this establishment. The quality of the food is exceptional especially when compared to three other restaurants we visited during... More

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

I'm glad we could end your trip to Fairbanks on a positive note, Gary! I know many people need a little guidance when it comes to selecting their food and wine, which is why our servers have to be the best in town. If you find yourself in Fairbanks again, know that we've got a table waiting for you! All... More

Monroe, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Magnificent meal! Pistachio crusted halibut...my oh my! Excellent peach bruschetta with balsamic reduction drizzle...wow! Delicious mandarin orange martini. Had two! Great service, lovely ambience. Relieved since the town looked depressed with only kitschy places to eat. Go!!

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

While not everything in Fairbanks is all glitz and glamour, we're really proud of our town -- and, even more so, the food we bring to the town! I'm happy to hear you were so impressed with the dishes you tried. Next time you're in town, we'd love to have you back -- we'll have the mandarin orange martinis ready!... More

Troy, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We went here for appetizers after we arrived in Fairbanks. It was great. We had the beer battered halibut and the bourbon street shrimp. They were fantastic! The halibut was some of the best we have ever had. Best place to eat in Fairbanks in our opinion.

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

I'm glad you had a chance to stop by while visiting Fairbanks! I really appreciate you calling us the best place to eat here, and thank you for praising the halibut and street shrimp -- I'll be sure to pass your words along to the kitchen staff. We'd love to have you back if you're in the area again! Take... More

double oak
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Lavelle's was recommended to us by our hotel. We are glad we took a taxi to downtown Fairbanks. Lavelle's is located in the Marriott Springhill Suites. Menu had many delicious, appealing entrees. Service was fair, nothing to brag about. I would definitely recommend you visit.

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for making the drive to Fairbanks for us, Jo Ann. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. I'm sorry if the service let you down at all, though. We know that good food and good service go hand-in-hand, so I will talk to the team about upping the service quality. Thanks for the feedback! If you... More

Salisbury, North Carolina
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The food at Lavelle's Bistro meets the standard I have for this type of restaurant and I have no problem rating it very good. Looking back of the experience though, I just cannot rate it excellent; it just missed the flair it needed to push it over the top. It is a larger bistro and the only place of its... More

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

While I'm happy you enjoyed the food, I want to touch on your comments about our service. Although we do feel that we provide high quality food and service, our team would never assume that we are the best in Fairbanks. Each day, we try to bring our guests the absolute best experience possible. I really wish we could've wowed... More

Honolulu, Hawaii
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127 reviews 127 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We opted to dine here because it was conveniently located in our hotel. The great food and great service were a bonus. The portions are very large and I had one of the best meat loaf plates ever. There is a great selection of good food that is well prepared and beautifully served. Great martinis, too. We had a fine... More

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

I'm glad that we were able to add a bright spot to your stay! We aim to provide our guests delicious food and top-notch service, so I'm happy to hear that we were able to meet your expectations on both. To read that our meatloaf is some of the best you've ever had is beyond flattering! Thanks for taking the... More

somewhere in
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have lived in Fairbanks for one year (military family) and am slowly building my inventory of good Fairbanks restaurants (Silver Gulch, Lemongrass, etc). This restaurant is currently my favorite Fairbanks restaurant for both date nights and Alaskan cuisine. I had the scallops and my husband had the Alaskan King Crab legs. Both dishes had ample servings, tasted delicious, and... More

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

I'm glad to hear you and your family are settling into Fairbanks, and I couldn't be happier that we've become a part of your life here. I really appreciate you writing about your experiences with us, and I hope we'll be able to host many future date nights! Thanks for the compliments on our scallops and king crab -- the... More

Fairbanks, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Excellent food, great service, pleasant/contemporary surroundings, always a special time. Highly recommend for a menu with variety and choices. Light fare, spectacular entrees, selected wines. Good for a couple or a party. Two of us had a rosemary, gorgonzola, and pine nut 7" pizza and scallops in a lemon buerre blanc with spinach and capers. Look forward to returning.

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

I'm really happy you had such a fantastic experience with us, Jocelyn. Everyone here appreciates hearing such positive feedback, so thank you for taking the time to write about us. We're looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Let us know how things go! Take care, Kathy, Owner More

San Francisco
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108 reviews 108 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Lavelles bistro was recommended by our hotel and well rated on TA. The service was very good. They have quite a good wine list and we had an excellent French Chardonney they were serving by the glass and carafe that was reasonably priced. The salad was quite nice. The salmon was, to me, a bit over cooked. The halibut was... More

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

I'm disappointed to see that you weren't all too impressed with us. As you mentioned, our feedback is generally very good. Regardless, we certainly take your words into consideration. I'm glad you enjoyed the wine options, salad, and halibut you had, but I wish we could have done just a little bit better for you. If you visit Fairbanks again,... More

Fort Yukon, Alaska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Don't expect to go to Lavelle's and not spend money. The food is delicious and beautifully presented, but an entree seems to change its flavor and seasoning from visit to visit. I can't keep up with all the changes. But it is a really nice place to go for a special night out.

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Frank E, Manager at Lavelle's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a moment to write about your experience with us, Lindsay. I'm glad you think we're a good destination for special occasions, but I'm a little disappointed to hear about your issues with consistency. We know how important it is for our flavors and meals to be consistent each time you visit. That said, our flavors do... More

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