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Lake Avenue Cafe

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394 Lake Avenue South, 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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Miami, Florida
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129 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 days ago NEW 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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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to go into Lake Ave Cafe only because the renound cafe across the hallway, the Smokehaus had a line out the door. The menu was an attempt at being trendy when in fact it was overpriced basic sandwiches with a failed effort at uniqueness. The fish po-boy was overbreaded, dry, bland and for sure not worth the $16... More 

Thank Amy F
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the white fish po'boy. After waiting a good half hour for our food, I got a very large hoagie roll with a small bit of coleslaw and 4 tiny over crusted pieces of fish. I ate the bottom half of the bun because it was way too much bread for the tiny bit of fish I got. My... More 

Thank Susan F
Louisville, Kentucky
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132 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu is eclectic, so you'll need to be in the mood for a bit of an adventure. Our server was a pro - not some college kid who didn't know what he was doing. He was very helpful and considerate. My wife had the hominy cake and the walleye finger. Both were a lot of fun. I had the... More 

Thank Keep_A_Happy_Wife
Urbana, IL
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

'best hamburger in the world', super huevos rancheros! unique menu and really nice spot. very nice service.

Thank spauldingUrbana_IL
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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167 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Duluth many times over the years, but somehow had never tried the Lake Avenue Cafe. It always seemed to be busy, though. I finally ate there last night. I sat at the bar, as I was by myself. The bartender was delightful, and the other patrons at the bar were friendly, fellow foodies. I ordered the... More 

Thank MNdawnygirl
Eden Prairie, MN
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were up from the Cities for a quick weekend away. We were walking around Canal Park Sunday morning before going home looking for a nice spot for brunch. We happened upon Lake Ave Cafe and the menu looked good. Despite the fact that the place was half empty, they told us it would be about a... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of our favorite Duluth places for lunch, dinner, or a drink at the bar with something off the small plate list. This is one of the few places in Canal Park patronized regularly by people who actually live in Duluth. The deck in summer is nice, but this place is magic in the winter, with tiny lights lining the... More 

Thank Judy B

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children
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 Lake Avenue South, 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?