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CUISINES
American, Gastropub, Beer restaurants
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • All employees are fully vaccinated
Updated 03/24/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Lakely
Updated 03/24/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Locally-Sourced, Farm-to-Fork
1. Locally-Sourced, Farm-to-Fork
"fantastic...we both had the Koldtvord and Pork Chop. Yum!"
Chris S
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2. Craft Cocktails, Beer & Wine
2. Craft Cocktails, Beer & Wine
"Best specialty cocktails in the area. Excellent service and very kind"
901TonyR
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3. Shareables & More!
3. Shareables & More!
"Food was delicious and service was quick and attentive."
Melissa S
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Reviewed April 27, 2022

Great food, great service! But lousy for martinis. No stem glasses! And the gin and vodka selection is awful. Give us a Ketel One and a Tanqueray, please! And $13.50 for a BAD martini, c’mon!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Cassandra, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review, Roger! We are a craft bar, featuring local and regional distillers and brewers, and we are proud to share craft beverages with our customers. If you have a preference of vodka, we would be very happy to help find one...More

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Reviewed January 22, 2022

This place is a hidden gem. Really great and unique selection of drinks. I tried several and all were knockouts. The menu is diverse with lots of good choices. I always judge the quality of a place by ordering a burger. Yes, anyone can make...a good burger, but a great one is a different thing all together. This was better than great.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Cassandra, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2022

Your review has us smiling from ear to ear, thank you so much! Cheers!!

Reviewed March 24, 2022

If you are looking for a more upscale place to eat in the Eau Claire area with great food, great service, and great ambiance this is the place for you!! My husband and I had our dinner date at The Lakey - I had the...Wild Rice Pesto Pasta and he had the Klatt Farm Burger. The presentation was beautiful, and the flavors were delightful. The Lakely also has a variety of fun cocktails to pair with your meal. We will definitely be back! Do yourself a favor and make it a point to check out this EC gem!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Cassandra, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2022

We are simply beaming at reading your review, thank you so much! We hope you'll host another dinner date with us soon!

Reviewed February 7, 2022

We were looking for an "upscale" dinner for a special weekend, and we found it! Limited menu (we were disappointed that pasta entree was sold out,) but that meant that each choice was carefully chosen and prepared. Great customer care by our server, Morgan. Craft...cocktails were unique (Getaway Car, Miles Away, Toast). Appetizers were devoured (Lakely Fries & Chickpea Fritters). Entrees were delicious (Klatt Farm Burger, Cedar Bee Chicken Breast, Local Beef Selection=roast with fingerling mashed potatoes). We didn't stay for the live jazz music, but setup look promising. Restaurant was very upfront in masking policy and in tipping policy. Yes, menu prices were high, but owners are committed to paying well above minimum wage without tips. We tipped 10% even though not required.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Cassandra, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2022

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled that you were able to explore our menu and cocktails! We appreciate your time and support, and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed August 12, 2021 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel that adjoins the restaurant. (The Oxbox, also a must!) The food, service and especially and ambiance of this restaurant is wonderful! The indoor and outdoor dining areas are so nice! If your in or near Eau Clair do not miss...this place!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Cassandra, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2022

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we appreciate it and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed July 30, 2021 via mobile

Meal and staff were amazing. Love the farm to table freshness and recommendations from staff. Get the burger and the Brainwave cocktail. DO IT!! thanks for the wonderful evening.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Cassandra, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2021

Thank you so much for the thoughtful review and kind words! The burger and brainwave, yummm! We appreciate your support of farm-to-fork and our business, and look forward to hosting you again soon!

Reviewed June 15, 2021 via mobile

The Lakely knocked our stay at The Oxbow out of the park. As much as I am a biased reviewer…this was a stay-cation…I choose to spend my time here in Eau Claire. The chef, AJ, knows how to impress! The music, improv jazz, is something...to behold. Gallagher is the genius that glues whoever he plays piano with together with others. Boettcher strums a standup with style and a smile that is infectious. Throw in a trio, whoever, Carey, Sue, some fresh faced college kid with stick skills…and you have something to brag about..or something to perhaps covet as unique to Eau Claire! I’m not quite sure how to put into words the impression you leave with…so outstandingly surreal that this gem of a place blesses our little town!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Cassandra, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2021

Wayne, your words make us smile so big! Thank you for sharing about your experience, and for your support of The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely!

Reviewed June 7, 2021

I had the pleasure of eating the Cedar Bee Farm Chicken Breast and Lakely Fries. I'm currently salivating because I'm imaging dipping those delicious fries in the homemade buttermilk dressing and following that up with the pea puree on top of the moist, crispy on...the outside chicken! Thank you to the chef and crew for that delightful experience!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Cassandra, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2021

Thank you for the kind review, Tim -- now we're salivating, too!

Reviewed February 16, 2020

Unique menu trying a bit to hard to be hip and trendy. Conveniently located in hotel/bar. Occasional excellent live music. Eaten breakfast here three times and yet to have a great meal. Menu items are appealing and not the same boring things you could get...at any chain diner. The result is never bad, just never quite as good as the description suggests. Not a bad choice, just not the best in the area. I suspect other meals may be better.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Cassandra_at_Oxbow, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2020

Thanks so much for taking a moment to share your thoughts about The Lakely! We appreciate that you've joined us for breakfast a few times, but sad to hear that you felt we missed the mark. We are proud to offer food that is locally-sourced...More

Reviewed January 27, 2020

The Lakely is a treasure. Fine dining with live music, a hip big-city experience with classic throwback atmosphere. This was my 7th or 8th visit to the Lakely, which is among our go-to life event, hosting, and date venues. We visited on Jan 25th for...the Supper Club event and menu, with the added (big) plus of Josh Gallagher and Sue Orfield (treasures in their own right) on stage. We really enjoyed the Walleye Almondine, Chicken Picatta, and French Onion Soup. Each were delicious! The Walleye was prepared prefectly with delicate almond crisp edges and soft fish interior. The Chicken was the best I've had in ages. Each were served with el dante maple carrots and we selected the cranberry wild rice complement. The French Onion Soup and Blue Cheese Salad accompanyments were perfect. We topped it off with an amazing Pink Squirrel ice cream dish.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Cassandra_at_Oxbow, Marketing at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2020

Joshua, your comments have us beaming from ear to ear! The Supper Club Celebration is so near and dear to our hearts, and getting great feedback like this makes it all worthwhile! So glad you could experience this with us. Many thanks!!

Reviewed January 7, 2020

Lively restaurant and bar with pretty good food and a well stocked bar. They had entertainment the night we were there - a local jazz combo. Not bad, not too loud for conversation. They also serve breakfast/brunch, although we did not try that..

Date of visit: December 2019
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Cassandra-OxbowHotel, Owner at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2020

Thank you so much for the review, Carol! Our Late Night Jazz is a great way to experience the music culture of Eau Claire! We hope to see you again in the future... maybe to check out our brunch! Thanks again!

Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

We visited here with out of town family. Food is good and unique but quite expensive. My cocktail was $9 which I think is high for Eau Claire. My cousin had a vegetable stew that was $20 and had undercooked carrots & other vegetables. The...others had the pot pie which was very good. All the food was presented very beautifully.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Cassandra-OxbowHotel, Owner at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2020

Ellen, thanks so much for taking a few moments to share your recent experience at The Lakely! We are proud to offer a menu of genuine farm-to-fork food and craft cocktails, and we're glad that you and your family we able to enjoy it with...More

Reviewed December 12, 2019

I was in EC for work and was looking forward to checking into the Oxbow and finding somewhere nearby to eat. The Lakely couldn't be any nearer, as it is inside of the hotel. There was a stage and a list of events, but nothing...was happening on this Tuesday evening. The drinks were stiff, the beet salad was fine, and the burger was quite delicious. I would order the burger again, but not the salad. The fries that came with the salad were a bit salty and the peanut butter tart was very good. The location downtown is very good, as there didn't appear to be too many choices in that area unless I ventured to Water Street.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Cassandra-OxbowHotel, Marketing & Events Director at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2019

Thank you for taking a few moments to share your recent experience at The Lakely! We hope you'll join us again the next time you are in downtown Eau Claire!

Reviewed December 3, 2019

Chef Eric has made some great improvements. And the bar tenders make the best drinks! No need to leave the hotel :D

Date of visit: November 2019
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Cassandra-OxbowHotel, Marketing & Events Director at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2019

Thank you for the review and nice compliments! We're thrilled to have so many great things on property to check out and enjoy -- including those amazing craft drinks!

Reviewed November 11, 2019

We had the food tray (something-bord) and it was delicious. Great cocktails. Friendly service. We ate there for both brunch and dinner and loved both.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Cassandra-OxbowHotel, Marketing & Events Director at The Lakely, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2019

Thanks so much for the review! We love the Koldtbord - a shareable tour of the land, as we like to call it. So happy you were able to enjoy great food, drinks and service with us! Looking forward to seeing you again in the...More

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Response from Cassandra_at_Pablo | Property representative |
Hello! Great question! In general, we only offer ice cream drinks during our annual Supper Club Celebration in January -- however, due to the nature of our bar, there could be times when we would feature one outside of... More
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The Lakely is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5