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“The Best of Duluth: Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Avenue Cafe

Lake Avenue Cafe
394 Lake Avenue South, DeWitt Seitz Marketplace, Duluth, MN 55802-2325
(218) 722-2355
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Ranked #34 of 229 Restaurants in Duluth
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Altadena
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The Best of Duluth: Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We just came from dinner there, and I have to say this place is worthy of a long detour.

Their foods are locally sourced as best they can do, but even better, everything we had was delicious. DH and I weren't up for a big entrée, so split a bunch of dishes - grass-fed beef tartare, Ceviche, onion soup, and a chorizo and goat cheese pizza.

We're from the Los Angeles area, this place could hold its own among the best Southern California restaurants. Even their bar features small, local producers of beer (Broken Paddle ISP and -- get ready -- Surly Furious) and whiskeys.

We sat at the bar and talked with the executive chef (who was reading Harold Magee's book on cooking); late on, another of the restaurant's chefs came in to have a beer.

Fair warning: The prices are high, but the food is fresh, and locally-sourced, and delicious. We're actually considering a second night in the area just so we can eat there again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Thunder Bay
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Interesting, healthy options”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The food was excellent and the service very helpful and friendly. The restaurant is more of bistro style and has outdoor seating.

Visited September 2013
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Eagan, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not a Chain Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stopped in at Lake Avenue Cafe Labor Day night late. The place was dead. They were out of a couple of types of wine and some food, but the waitress was very helpful and attentive to suggest alternates that were very good. My wife had a salad with home made dressing and I had the Pike Chowder, both were excellent. I especially like the small amount of green onion greens in the soup! Mail courses were very good also! Will certainly go back if we get a chance.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northville, Michigan
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191 reviews 191 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 98 cities Reviews in 98 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Interesting food very well prepared and presented”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had a great dinner there and could not have been more pleased. The service was laid back and friendly. It is a nice environment in the heart of the tourist area, very easy to walk to from most hotels.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Quorn, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“worth finding this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Down in the tourista part of Duluth, this place is upstairs and easy to miss - Don't.

Wifey had the sauted whitefish - fantastic. I had the fried perch tacos - scrumptious. The service was very fast and attentive. The price was very reasonable.

When we travel, we try to find local places to get a taste of local cuisine. Places like Lake Avenue Grill are the reason why we to skip the franchises and chain operations.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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