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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
Closed now
All hours
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, District of Columbia
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85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First visit. We stopped for dinner on a Friday night 8ish. We were seated right away. The menu read a lot more interesting and exciting than the actual food. We ordered the onion soup with cheese curds which was very good. I appreciate the effort there. The duck pizza was not so good, but should've been. Something with the quality... More 

Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You know those restaurants where you go and spend a fair amount of money on a place for very small portions at a somewhat inflated price - this is one of those places. We went there instead of the smokehaus next door. Mistake. The restaurant was nice and the servers were very pleasant. They use high quality ingredients and the... More 

1 Thank Climate_Guy
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on a Sunday night, had a very nice wedge salad and french onion soup, as well as the soup of the day- a potato ginger. The lake trout was the star though, very delicate and perfectly prepared.

1 Thank Annebelle M
Alexandria, Minnesota
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74 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Supports local, friendly staff, prompt service. Good wine list. Food was creative and outside the box. Very fresh and delicious. We will return!!

Thank TDJ10
Thunder Bay
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156 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

I make sure to have atleast one meal every time I am in town. This time went for a dinner on Sunday night. The place was quieter than I have ever seen it. Sat at the bar. Ordered the Wagyu Beef Steak with brussel sprouts and butternut squash on the bar tender's recommendations. It was great. The beef was perfectly... More 

Thank world_MD
Roseville, MN
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

We have been to Duluth many times over the years but have never stopped in to eat at Lake Avenue Cafe. Let me just say that this will definitely be one of our stops the next time we stay in Duluth. We sat at the bar and had some excellent drinks prepared by Rio who is more of a Mixologist... More 

Thank Onthewater125
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

This iconic Cafe is in the heart of the Canal Park area, in the Dewitz Sietz Building. Owners Derek and Mark will greet you and make you welcome, and Chef Tony has the most memorable menu options. Lake Avenue is a must stop for anyone traveling through Duluth, unless you are into run of the mill, chain restaurants like Green... More 

1 Thank Majji
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113 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

First time visiting Duluth and arrived on a beautiful sunny Saturday in March, after a very long drive. We walked around and checked out a few places before deciding on Lake Ave. Had lunch here and the menu was very creative and lots of choice..but we ended up having the special of toasted cheese sandwich and tomato soup, with a... More 

1 Thank Canadian5022
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Though I admit it to be on the pricier side of going out, we were thoroughly pleased with the portion and flavor of our food. I ordered what I've been told is one of the favorites and tried the yucca torta. It was filling, and every bite flavorful. Our server was very knowledgeable and pleasantly put up with our anecdotal... More 

Thank Christian J
Charleston, South Carolina
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

Prepared with loving care. Menu just diverse enough to keep us coming back as out of town business folk. One of our "always" places to eat at whilst in Duluth. Food is great- creative menu. Wednesday's are 1/2 off selected wines. Service has always been impeccable without being too intrusive. Great find!!

Thank welchr1

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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
Bar scene, Local cuisine, 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?