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Lavelle's Bistro

575 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4724
907-450-0555
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Ranked #4 of 196 restaurants in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Mon 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
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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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  • English first
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English first
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere and service was great but the food was bad. I had the scallops and my friend had the half duck. The sauce that was served with scallops was like overcooked teriyaki sauce and the duck was over cooked as well. It was really a downer to pay so much for the food and feel like you could have... More

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43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I ordered salmon. They over cooked it. I sent it back. About 20 minutes later (while my husband's meal was hot and ready to be eaten). I was served a new plate of over cooked salmon. Water refills and tea refills were hard to come by. It took us forever to get our bill. I wasn't able to get the... More

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Pisa, Italy
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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Interesting menu that shows ambition. Local ingredients, but exotic spices and flavors. These laudable intentions, however, are weak in their implementation. Scallops would be good, but were overcooked, way overcooked. Salmon was fine but a rather lemony sauce almost killed its flavor. Wine menu very good with fine options also by the glass. Service was very good: nice, attentive and... More

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Barrington, Illinois
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172 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I had the duck and my wife had a sea scallops with some shared pot stickers. The meal was a bit on the pricey side but well worth it ($100 with tip - no desert). Service was exemplary for this size restaurant. Didn't except this from Fairbanks (not criticizing Fairbanks).

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

We often hear that our food is an unexpected treat to find in Fairbanks, John, but those words never get old. Thanks for giving us a try -- I'm really happy you and your wife enjoyed your meals. All the best, Kathy, Owner More

Boise, Idaho
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My expectations were not high in the culinary department coming to Alaska. Once again I am pleasantly surprised. Nice wine selection. Speciality cocktails. The menu is fresh and interesting. Even the Spinach Salad with Grilled Shrimp has a splash of flair with goat cheese, bacon and pine nuts. The cream brûlée with fresh berries was the perfect finish. Even the... More

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

Glad we could exceed your expectations for Alaskan food! A little wine, a tasty spinach salad, and a decadent dessert? Sounds like you had a wonderful evening. Hope that vegetarian pizza was delish! -Kathy, Owner More

Fairbanks, Alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

OK -- I had heard about this place ( I live in FAI) that it was (reviews were mixed) and expensive (that part is true) so finally decided to try it out. It was expensive but the food was GREAT. The appetizer King Crab and Artichokes still lingers in my memory. We asked for our meat rare - both the... More

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

Don't worry, Shelby -- we're definitely listening! I'll take your feedback about the Caesar salad back to our kitchen staff. Thanks for letting us know. As for the rest of your visit, I'm glad you stopped by and gave us a try for yourself. I appreciate your understanding when it came to the meat you ordered, and I'm glad we... More

Crown Point
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My wife and I are in Fairbanks for 4 months and decided to celebrate our 3 year anniversary with a highly rated restaurant in town. We were seated on the patio at 7:50pm and had our water from the busser a few minutes later. It wasn't until 8:10 that our server Maggie S. arrived at our table and we placed... More

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

This is not the type service we aim to provide, Joseph, and I'll speak to Maggie in order to figure out what happened -- this feedback about her is certainly not the norm. Waiting an hour for your entree is far too long. That said, I'm thrilled you enjoyed the food. Alaskan salmon is truly one of a kind. All... More

Anchorage, alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Just had probably one of the best dining experiences of my life. Food, atmosphere, service, everything was perfect. I've lived in Alaska most of my life and this was probably the best halibut I've ever tasted. Also, if you can, sit at the bar because the staff are amazing. 100% win. Not only would I eat there again, I would... More

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

What a lovely review! I'm thrilled you had such a good time with us. Coming from a true Alaskan, it's wonderful to hear that we served you the best halibut you've ever had -- that compliment means more than I can express, and I'll surely be passing along your kind feedback to the entire team. Next time you're in town,... More

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My husband and I stumbled on this fine restaurant the first night we were in Fairbanks. It was late and they were closing but let us in anyhow. We returned the next day for a drink and also had dinner and drinks there tonight. The staff is particularly friendly, the ambiance is great, the wine and spirits selection is excellent.... More

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

Thanks for the kind words regarding both our food and service. I really appreciate you stopping back in after your first visit, and I'm glad our food and drinks impressed you. If you're ever in Fairbanks again, we'd love to have you back. All the best, Kathy, Owner More

Montecito, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We ate here one night, and then canceled another reservation in town and came back here 4 days later! Very good food. Apps: crab/artichoke dip, lobster cakes, beer battered halibut, Thai shrimp: all good, halibut was very fresh. Mains: Filet was grilled perfect, thought crap legs at $49.99 were good but over priced (we can get the same king crab... More

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

Twice in one visit, Orv? That really means a lot to me and everyone here. From our halibut to our shrimp, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your food. Service is also a top priority for us, so I'm glad you were impressed on that front, as well. Again, I really appreciate your kind and detailed review. If you're ever... More

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