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“The Best of Duluth: Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Avenue Cafe

Lake Avenue Cafe
Ranked #17 of 245 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Altadena
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Best of Duluth: Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We just came from dinner there, and I have to say this place is worthy of a long detour.

Their foods are locally sourced as best they can do, but even better, everything we had was delicious. DH and I weren't up for a big entrée, so split a bunch of dishes - grass-fed beef tartare, Ceviche, onion soup, and a chorizo and goat cheese pizza.

We're from the Los Angeles area, this place could hold its own among the best Southern California restaurants. Even their bar features small, local producers of beer (Broken Paddle ISP and -- get ready -- Surly Furious) and whiskeys.

We sat at the bar and talked with the executive chef (who was reading Harold Magee's book on cooking); late on, another of the restaurant's chefs came in to have a beer.

Fair warning: The prices are high, but the food is fresh, and locally-sourced, and delicious. We're actually considering a second night in the area just so we can eat there again.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Judy B
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Thunder Bay
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Interesting, healthy options”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The food was excellent and the service very helpful and friendly. The restaurant is more of bistro style and has outdoor seating.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Morjohn
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Eagan, Minnesota
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not a Chain Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stopped in at Lake Avenue Cafe Labor Day night late. The place was dead. They were out of a couple of types of wine and some food, but the waitress was very helpful and attentive to suggest alternates that were very good. My wife had a salad with home made dressing and I had the Pike Chowder, both were excellent. I especially like the small amount of green onion greens in the soup! Mail courses were very good also! Will certainly go back if we get a chance.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank B M
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Northville, Michigan
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429 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Interesting food very well prepared and presented”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

We had a great dinner there and could not have been more pleased. The service was laid back and friendly. It is a nice environment in the heart of the tourist area, very easy to walk to from most hotels.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank BHartMich
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Quorn, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“worth finding this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Down in the tourista part of Duluth, this place is upstairs and easy to miss - Don't.

Wifey had the sauted whitefish - fantastic. I had the fried perch tacos - scrumptious. The service was very fast and attentive. The price was very reasonable.

When we travel, we try to find local places to get a taste of local cuisine. Places like Lake Avenue Grill are the reason why we to skip the franchises and chain operations.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank John M
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