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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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I stopped in while browsing the local shops for lunch. He had the Poboy sandwich and I had a hamburger. Both were delicious. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere that allows for comfortable conversation, which I greatly appreciate.

Thank Janet K
Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I eat here every time I'm in Duluth. The restaurant consistently has the most unique cocktails and food in Duluth. Their ability to infuse local ideas (walleye, juniper gins, etc.) with cutting edge ideas (banana chutney) is amazing. The staff is friendly. The crowd is a nice mix of locals and tourists.

Thank Mike G
Lawrence, Kansas
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358 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While in Duluth on a business trip, I visited for brunch on Sunday. The restaurant is located near Canal Park, in what is an obvious tourist area. The restaurant is part of shops and restaurants which now occupy a converted and repurposed former mattress factory (or at least that was what I was told). The decoration is warm, with lots... More 

Thank Pucela08
Walker, Minnesota
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has amazing food! Back in January my husband & I happened onto this place & had dinner. We had the cuttlefish & it was so good we came back the next night for dinner. This month we were back in town & stopped there for breakfast & again so good! Their meals and cocktails are made from scratch... More 

Thank LeechLakeGirl
New Prague, Minnesota
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I ate here on a Friday night. I had the trout and my wife had the poached chicken breast. The crispy skin that came with the chicken was nice, and the sauce and cucumber salad that came with the trout was very good. It wasn't cheap, but it was a nice quiet place for dinner with good... More 

Thank Joel H
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are in Duluth for few days, so we decided to grab lunch here. I ordered a Bloody Mary and the whitefish po'boy wich comes with a bottle of house made hot sauce. I thought everything was spot on, our server was exceptional and gave us good tips on where to go hiking around the area. I'll definitely will be... More 

Thank bribri612
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was unable to pronounce 80% of the things on the menu. I went there with a group of 10 and 9 of us ordered the same thing because it was the only thing we actually recognized what we were ordering. It seems like someone who went to culinary school decided to just try random combinations of strange ingredients and... More 

Thank Travis F
Knoxville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of four happened upon this restaurant as we were walking around Canal Park. We were glad we took a chance because it is a nice place to eat. The menu is interesting and eclectic, and I chose to share with one other person a duck confit pizza. I always order duck if I can because I don't cook... More 

Thank younghighschool
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a foodie and recently moved to Duluth. There are only a handful of good restaurants and I wanted this to be one of them....but, after eating there over 6 times in the last two years, I always walk away disappointed. The location is lovely (great outdoor seating, nice indoor area, close to Lake Superior shores in Canal Park) the... More 

Thank Natalie G
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We're seniors and we've traveled a lot. We wanted a place that was not too noisy and that had decent light for menu reading. We got both of those plus prompt and friendly service. The disappointment is that what you get is not what you expect. What we thought was roasted lamb was actually lamb pieces in sauce in a... More 

Thank Ella S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene, 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?