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“found too late” 5 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
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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!
Jackson, Mississippi
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“found too late”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Wish we had found this restaurant earlier in our stay! The food and ambiance were wonderful and the views spectacular. The prices were very reasonable.

Visited November 2013
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Louisville, KY
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85 reviews 85 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Americanized Italian”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

La Strada accommodated our same-day request to seat 7, while also dealing with our terrible cell phone reception when we tried to call ahead. Their service was quite good. The menu had the typical Italian-ish offerings, with some quite large portion sizes. Altogether good for tourists, especially those who can take their leftovers back to a refrigerator. Many of us ate salads, which were all sizable & good. This is safe for non-adventurous eaters. Also, you have a good view of the resort which was the site of some of Dirty Dancing, at least from the outside.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Birmingham, Alabama
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“Good Italian on Lake Lure.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

On a 5 day trip to the area, my wife and I ate dinner there twice. We were there during the off-season and there are not a whole lot of options for dinner, but we would have gone twice anyway.

The lasagna was very cheesy and very good. Chicken Parmigiana & Fettuccine Alfredo w/Chicken had chicken with a sweet taste. Different, but good.

You get free garlic rolls with each meal. They are small and were hard both meals. We actually ordered a half dozen as an appetizer and they were semi-burnt on the bottom. When the waiter brought out rolls with the entrée he even acknowledged that those should be less burnt than the appetizer. It would have been nice for him to let us know they were on the crispy side before hand.

All in all, it's a very good Italian restaurant with a beautiful setting.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Italian restaurant on the lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Great value, and within walking distance of the Inn. The manager and staff were helpful and friendly.

Visited December 2013
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Spindale, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Dining Experience In the Carolina Mountains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My family and I have been to La Strada at Lake Lure on multiple occasions and we have always had a fantastic dining experience. The view looking across Lake Lure directly on the Carolina Mountains captures the essence of what makes Western North Carolina special and adds a nice touch that cannot be matched. The food is outstanding, from the multiple italian entrees to the parmesan encrusted shrimp, you won't go wrong trying any of the different menu items. However, if you are looking for something special, I would recommend the pistachio encrusted trout! For dessert, try the apple pie, it is really delightful. The service from the staff and restaurant management has always been what has kept us coming back. You will be hard-pressed to find a better group of individuals who take pride in making the experience special for all. I highly recommend this restaurant, and we are lucky to have experienced such wonderful nights at La Strada. It was originally the Great Food and Wonderful View that made us come in; however it is the Great Service that has made us stay!!

  • Visited December 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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