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“OK food, disappointing service”
Review of Lake Avenue Cafe

Lake Avenue Cafe
Ranked #17 of 258 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, International
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“OK food, disappointing service”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

The food was mostly fine, although my daughter thought the syrup on her French toast tasted weird. (She's used to maple. It was described as "maple caramel" and I'm not sure what they did, exactly, but it did taste sort of weird.) The most frustrating thing was the service; the waitress didn't refill my coffee until specifically asked to (it was brunch! coffee refills during brunch should be the default!) and (most annoyingly) she ignored us for about a half hour when we'd clearly stopped eating and were ready for the check. We finally managed to flag her down. You'd think they'd want to turn over the table, but apparently not. (Fortunately, we weren't in a huge hurry; if we had been, it would have been a lot more annoying.)

  • Visited October 2013
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    • Service
    • Food
Thank NMpls
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English first
San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have eaten here in the past and enjoyed it the glutes-free selections. However, these seem to have disappeared off the menu...a new ownership, perhaps?

Visited August 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Dinner was okay !”
Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

First time in Duluth, Read all the reviews, and was not that impressed! Service was good until I was ready to cash out, water and beer empty, credit card out in sight, and no wait staff! Waited a good 15 minutes! Food was average, soup of the day - chicken veggie - bland. Had the "Spradian " pizza, okay , but not special. It was a Monday night, in Oct., slow season! All reviews say it's a great place, just didn't see tonight .

Thank Cochisedog
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Best of Duluth: Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar”
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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    • Food
Thank Judy B
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Thunder Bay
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Interesting, healthy options”
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
Thank Morjohn
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