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Lake Avenue Cafe

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394 S Lake Ave, DeWitt Seitz Marketplace, Duluth, MN 55802-2325
(218) 722-2355
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Washington DC
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This trendy part of Duluth is dominated by BBQ, brew pubs, and Italian restaurants. We were interested in something different and chose Lake Avenue Cafe. Everything we had was delicious. The food is creative without being cute. The place itself is pleasant, and that's a good thing, because service was slow (but also very pleasant). All in all, a very... More 

Thank leeyotus
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72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a 70 year old American traveling with my wife. I ordered the special crawfish and brie appetizer. We both ordered the lake trout dinner. The appetizer was excellent - a unique dish with a great flavor. The trout was lake trout, not brook trout so it was not the whole fish but a large piece of fish which... More 

Thank dickchirko
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the sausage pizza and it was quite good. Probably enough or one person, or two just looking for a small meal. Only down side was that we weren't told about the beer on tap and it wasn't on the menu. I would very much have enjoyed that, but didn't see the beer pulls until we were leaving. Would... More 

Thank Bjorn P
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family of 3 visited on a Saturday, completely expecting it to be busy. However, we waited at the host stand for 15 minutes without once even being acknowledged by the host. It certainly wasn't because he didn't see us, considering he visited the stand 6 times while we were standing there, while once yelling over our heads to ask... More 

Thank Amanda W
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A large group looking for a place for lunch.Checked around at a few places no one could agree on. Came upon the Lake Ave. Cafe we checked out the menu and everyone agreed their was something they would like.The service was very good and the food was tasty.Would stop again when in the area.

Thank flashyboy
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my visit this afternoon. Friendly service, very welcoming. Comfortable dining room, very clean, I ordered the trout with green beans and a lovely cucumber dill sauce. They were attentive enough to detail to be able to leave out the almonds and the spicy sauce, at my request. Timely refills of hot (for tea) and iced water. I... More 

Thank Leslie H
Blaine, MN
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78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For our 40th Anniversary, our kids took us to Lake Avenue Cafe. It is "chef-driven" and not like most restaurants in the Duluth area. We thought the food was amazing... all three appetizers and all six entrees were a true delight! The "yummy noises" coming from our table were embarrassing. Expect friendly and professional service, beautifully presented and delicious food,... More 

Thank bigdaddy73
Miami, Florida
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134 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was tasty but very small portions and more than a half and hour wait, no a good option! The white fish po"boy was empty, the lamb just OK and the manchego and chorizo was sample sized. The drinks were ok. Go somewhere else.

Thank mah10000
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This little spot was AMAZING! Great bartender & fantastic food. I can say with confidence that the duck was most certainly the best I've ever had.

Thank Jennifer B
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We go.here every time we go to Duluth. I see mixed reviews here are my thoughts. Very eclectic. Higher priced than an average place BUT they support all local businesses. Great wine, beer, desserts and cocktails. Everytime we go something new. Great service and atmosphere we have never been disappointed. Yes more money but I feel you get what you... More 

Thank Smelly1971

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 394 S Lake Ave, DeWitt Seitz Marketplace, Duluth, MN 55802-2325
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth
  • Phone Number: (218) 722-2355

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?