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“We Won''t Go Back” 2 of 5 stars
Review of La Strada at Lake Lure

La Strada at Lake Lure
2693 Memorial Highway, (Across from the Beach), Lake Lure, NC 28746
+1 828-625-1118
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Ranked #4 of 18 Restaurants in Lake Lure
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: Italian, American, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: La Strada is a romantic Italian restaurant overlooking beautiful Lake Lure. Come visit us and surround yourself with plush mountains and a picturesque lake while you dine on our elevated covered terrace. Lake Lure received its name because it was said that the scenery and peacefulness lured you back time after time. We hope our rich family traditions and vintage recipes will have the same affect. In 1974 La Strada opened the first of several locations in Charlotte, North Carolina. Starting as a small family business specializing in New York style brick oven pizza and traditional Italian cuisine; word quickly spread about the great food and La Strada became a Charlotte favorite. After over 35 years of serving great food in Charlotte, La Strada and the original family members came to Lake Lure with their family recipes offering one of the most varied and unique menus in the area. There’s something special for everyone!
Port Orange, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“We Won''t Go Back”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My wife and I ate there our first night in Lake Lure. The setting is nice overlooking the beach, but the server seemed indifferent at best. We ordered pizza and a salad. The pizza dough was like cardboard and had little flavor. We were disappointed in our choice of restaurants.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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MOORE, SC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“So memorable that we returned!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Visited for the first time in June for lunch and so enjoyed it, we made plans to return. We sat in the sun on the outdoor terrace this time also and view of lake and leaves turning was breathtaking. Service was impeccable, food delicious, and prices reasonable. Wild salmon with stir fry the best I've ever eaten. Abundant parking.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mills River, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“70th Birthday Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I arranged a family birthday dinner for 12 at La Strada at Lake Lure this October for my husband. The food was excellent, twelve different dinners and no complaints. Some of us had so much to eat we brought it home, so plates were plentiful. Service was really good, everything went smoothly. Wonderful atmosphere, beautiful view, had a great time. The manager, Mr. Mazur, was so helpful in arranging a really nice birthday dinner for us.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Flat Rock, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful View. So so food. Bring $$$”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I am just not seeing the glowing reviews. This was my second time to eat here. The first was very dissappointing but from all the reviews, we gave it another shot. Upon ordering the appetizer (Pimento Cheese Dip) we were told they were sorry, but they were out. So no appetizer. However, the people seated after us at the table beside us (who were obviously well known by the staff) got the dip no problem. Pizza was ok, but $18.95 for a small pizza is a little steep. The service was friendly but not so prompt (But they were very busy). If you are in Lake Lure, this is a great location for a lunch. We enjoyed the view.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Jmazur1217, General Manager at La Strada at Lake Lure, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
I'm sure that if the pimento cheese dip was available, we would have been happy to serve it.
Since it is made fresh daily, occasionally demand exceeds supply and we do run out until it can be prepared off peak hours . Possibly as we were running low the server at the other table placed an order for the dip before your server did. Some people order this item as an entree which could explain how it could have been ordered earlier and not served until later. Possibly it was a four cheese and crab spinach dip that was served to the other table. Possibly the server made an error and thought the last one had been sold. Regardless, if you had any questions or concerns, they could have been cleared up at the time if you had asked your server about this or asked to speak to a manager.
Regarding your comment on the cost of your pizza.. You ordered a 12" Medium pizza, enough for two adults (we don't offer small pizza). and chose to add multiple extra toppings. Had you been concerned with the cost of your pizza, you could have chosen an alternative that would have more appropriately accommodated your budget ($11.99 cheese -additional toppings 1.69 Pricing is clearly explained on the menu).
Our varied menu has selections to fit almost any budget and we charge a fair price for the quality of food and dining experience that we offer .
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Must eat here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

My husband and I went to the mountains to see the leaf change. We stopped here at La Strada's for dinner. We sat outside on the patio overlooking Lake Lure and the mountains with the sun setting and showing the beautiful fall colors. What a beautiful view! I ordered the Postachio encrusted Trout with the Pasta Salad and my husband had the Salmon with a side of zitti and meat sauce and garlic rolls which were awesome. Both meals were delicious. We also had an appetizer of Calamari and Parmesean Shrimp, also both incredible. Our waitress was so nice and the food service was fast especially considering the crowd of people that was there. we have been there before and we had the same great food last time also.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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