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“found too late”

La Strada at Lake Lure
Ranked #1 of 26 Restaurants in Lake Lure
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: La Strada is a romantic Italian restaurant overlooking beautiful Lake Lure. Come visit us and surround yourself with plush mountains and a picturesque lake while you dine on our elevated covered terrace. Lake Lure received its name because it was said that the scenery and peacefulness lured you back time after time. We hope our rich family traditions and vintage recipes will have the same affect. In 1974 La Strada opened the first of several locations in Charlotte, North Carolina. Starting as a small family business specializing in New York style brick oven pizza and traditional Italian cuisine; word quickly spread about the great food and La Strada became a Charlotte favorite. After over 35 years of serving great food in Charlotte, La Strada and the original family members came to Lake Lure with their family recipes offering one of the most varied and unique menus in the area. There’s something special for everyone!
Jackson, Mississippi
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“found too late”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Wish we had found this restaurant earlier in our stay! The food and ambiance were wonderful and the views spectacular. The prices were very reasonable.

Visited November 2013
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Louisville, KY
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Americanized Italian”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

La Strada accommodated our same-day request to seat 7, while also dealing with our terrible cell phone reception when we tried to call ahead. Their service was quite good. The menu had the typical Italian-ish offerings, with some quite large portion sizes. Altogether good for tourists, especially those who can take their leftovers back to a refrigerator. Many of us ate salads, which were all sizable & good. This is safe for non-adventurous eaters. Also, you have a good view of the resort which was the site of some of Dirty Dancing, at least from the outside.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Jessica H
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Birmingham, Alabama
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good Italian on Lake Lure.”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

On a 5 day trip to the area, my wife and I ate dinner there twice. We were there during the off-season and there are not a whole lot of options for dinner, but we would have gone twice anyway.

The lasagna was very cheesy and very good. Chicken Parmigiana & Fettuccine Alfredo w/Chicken had chicken with a sweet taste. Different, but good.

You get free garlic rolls with each meal. They are small and were hard both meals. We actually ordered a half dozen as an appetizer and they were semi-burnt on the bottom. When the waiter brought out rolls with the entrée he even acknowledged that those should be less burnt than the appetizer. It would have been nice for him to let us know they were on the crispy side before hand.

All in all, it's a very good Italian restaurant with a beautiful setting.

  • Visited January 2014
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Italian restaurant on the lake”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Great value, and within walking distance of the Inn. The manager and staff were helpful and friendly.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Jay P
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Spindale, North Carolina
1 review
“Fantastic Dining Experience In the Carolina Mountains”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

My family and I have been to La Strada at Lake Lure on multiple occasions and we have always had a fantastic dining experience. The view looking across Lake Lure directly on the Carolina Mountains captures the essence of what makes Western North Carolina special and adds a nice touch that cannot be matched. The food is outstanding, from the multiple italian entrees to the parmesan encrusted shrimp, you won't go wrong trying any of the different menu items. However, if you are looking for something special, I would recommend the pistachio encrusted trout! For dessert, try the apple pie, it is really delightful. The service from the staff and restaurant management has always been what has kept us coming back. You will be hard-pressed to find a better group of individuals who take pride in making the experience special for all. I highly recommend this restaurant, and we are lucky to have experienced such wonderful nights at La Strada. It was originally the Great Food and Wonderful View that made us come in; however it is the Great Service that has made us stay!!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Jonathan B
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