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“If you have all the time in the world the food is good.”

Lake House Restaurant
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Lake House Restaurant and Lodge was built in 1843 and rests on the shores of Canadarago. The lodge and restaurant are a secluded haven for those looking for a place to relax, fish, hunt, and simply get away from city life. Lake House Restaurant and Lodge is host to our ever popular sulfur baths, which is great for your skin and has even proven to heal skin disorders and help relieve arthritis. There is plenty to do out here Richfield Springs, including a short drive to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, or rent out a jet ski and explore Canadarago Lake. We also boast large out seating area, which is perfect for outdoor wedding or concerts. Hurry out to Lake House Restaurant and Lodge and stay awhile.
Ithaca
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“If you have all the time in the world the food is good.”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

This was our second time dining at The Lakehouse. Last summer we stopped in between the lunch and dinnner seating, sat outside and were looking at family pictures on the laptop so it may have appeared to the waitstaff that the 4 of us were in no rush to eat.
One of us ordered from the dinner menu, the rest ordered from the lunch menu .It was a very long wait and the rolls that came with the dinner order were long gone before the entrees arrived. I really wanted to try the bulgur salad and it was forgotten on the order.
We didn't notice how slow the service was because we weren't focusing on a time schedule.
So this year we made plans to stop in during the dinner hour. Obviously some things never change.
The wait was excruciatingly long from the time to be served our water and wine to the meal. It got dark and chilly at the outdoor seating area.
We brought the wait to the attention of the waitstaff and they said they were short handed and it was the busiest it had been all summer.
If they meant busy with 3 tables outdoors and 4 tables indoors with the rest of the place empty then we wondered what a slow night was like.
I mentioned that the management should be aware that this was the tourist season and it didn't make a great impression to be waiting for over an hour to have the appetizer and salads served. I also said that I leave comments with Trip Advisor and even though this didn't speed up the entrees the management came out and asked if one of us needed a sweater and we were welcome to move inside.
Since we had finally been served our entrees we continued dining where we were.
The waitstaff returned to ask how the meals were and offered a complimentary dessert and coffee for everyone to make up for the long wait.
We moved indoors and enjoyed the cheesecake, carrot cake and ice cream cream puff.
Since management made the effort to be hospitable and the food was rather good the end of the evening ended on a positive note. It was a 3 hour meal and we still had some traveling to do that night.

  • Visited July 2011
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4 Thank chambord
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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this review, November 7, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and suggestions. We will use it to improve our service and quality for all our guests.
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Upstate NY
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place on the lake”
Reviewed July 3, 2011

The food and service were great with reasonable prices. They even had good live entertainment on Saturday night.

  • Visited July 2011
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3 Thank Lennythomas
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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this review, November 7, 2015
Thanks for the kind words- we love the Lake House and feel like custodians of a great place that will continue long after we are gone. We are glad that you enjoyed yourself, too. Come often!
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ontario, canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice surprise!”
Reviewed July 2, 2011

We chose this restaurant based on previous reviews, and we are so glad we did! Lovely views over the lake, extensive & creative menu choices, friendly and casual service in a rustic setting.

  • Visited June 2011
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3 Thank danddireland
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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this review, November 7, 2015
Thank you! We are so appreciative of your feedback. It's so nice to read that we exceeded your expectations! I have instructed the kitchen staff to be sure they see your wonderful comments; thank you so much for bringing it to our attention. We are so grateful of your kind words and hope to see you again!
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Munnsville, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome food, Awesome place!”
Reviewed June 29, 2011

Stopped in on a rainy day to grab a bite to eat. WOW! What an amazing find! The owner met us at the door with a welcoming smile! We were seated overlooking the beautiful Canadarago Lake. Our waitress was prompt to take our drink orders and tell us about the lunch specials. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Lakehouse. It is a fantastic place to have an excellent meal with a warm and friendly staff.
Reflecting on our experience, we were very satisfied at our choice of the Lakehouse!
Thank you Lakehouse Staff for a fantastic experience. We will definitely be back to enjoy an overnight!

  • Visited June 2011
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2 Thank Shellymunns
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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this review, November 7, 2015
Thank you! We are so appreciative of your feedback. It's so nice to read that we exceeded your expectations! I have instructed the kitchen staff to be sure they see your wonderful comments; thank you so much for bringing it to our attention. We are so grateful of your kind words and hope to see you again!
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New Berlin, New York
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8 reviews
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“Charming exterior poor food and service quality.”
Reviewed June 27, 2011

At 1:30 pm The Lakehouse Restaurant greeted the five of us with a charming exterior that disappeared after we crossed over enclosed front porch.

The entry was cluttered with boxes, folding tables, office equipment, paperwork and a dog and did not feel like a main entry but more like a back room; however there was a lot of potential for the space to look charming.

Standing in the staff-less space for many minutes we had to finally call the restaurant from a cell phone to let them know we were inside the building. Then more minutes went by before someone came to meet us.

We asked for a table by a window to see the lake and were shown to a tired patronless dining room and told we could sit anywhere. We chose the only table near to a window that could seat us all located in a corner that overlooked a tent covered deck cluttered with patio furniture.

Many more minutes passed before waitstaff arrived with menus and to take our drink order. We ordered three sandwiches, a salad, and a few sides. We had run out of conversation before the food arrived.

The sandwiches were tasty and warm but not hot, the entree salad had so few lettuce leaves that you could count them, and there was breading on the sweet potato fried that was not mentioned in the menu. Waitstaff did not visit us again until the end of meal, and only then to bring the check, which they waited for while clearing the table.

Summary: the food was just ok and could be better with some tweaking but the atmosphere and service were very disappointing. I would not recommend it.

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4 Thank michaelwesolowski
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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this review, November 7, 2015
Thanks for your comments and observations. They are appreciated. It is a great old building and we do like a mix of things and enjoy collecting lots of things. It is nice to own a big building and to be able to enjoy them. We appreciate your business. Thanks!
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