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“Great place, great food, great people”

Larkin's On The Lake
Ranked #3 of 26 Restaurants in Lake Lure
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We started early, my wife had fractured her ankle, and it was our last night stay at our Sugarbush cabin at Lake Lure, which by the way was great as well, regardless, we started the night early about 4:15 pm, went downstairs to the bar and my wife had a drink and I ordered a bottle of white wine. Service was excellent, the people made us feel very welcomed, and the food incredibly delicious, needless to say we stayed for 2.5 hours, had in mind to go upstairs for dinner, but we had dinner and our wine downstairs with an awesome view. That crab soup was delicious! Will definitely go back and would highly recommend this beautiful place.

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Lewis B, Manager at Larkin's On The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

Mr. Gutierrez,

Thanks' for making Larkin's part of your Lake Lure visit and we are glad you had a good time at our establishment. I hope your wifes anke is feeling better and we look forward to seeing you both on your next visit.

Thank you,
Lewis Bentley

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

After a day of exploring the Lake Lure area we decided to go off and enjoy dinner. After reading reviews here we decided on Larkin's and it was really good. I made a reservation, based on a recommendation, and we got a beautiful table upstairs where we could see the view. (They got really busy so if you want to sit near the window call ahead) Our waitstaff was very nice and happily took a few pictures of us. The dinner was really good. My husband enjoyed the ribs a lot and I had three appetizers for dinner. The scallops are delicious and were cooked perfectly. We took our dessert to go because were were stuffed. Oh, I highly recommend the pecan pie. It was soooo good later with a glass of wine. When we go back to Lake Lure we will definitely go back and enjoy dinner.

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Lewis B, Manager at Larkin's On The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Glad you chose to visit our beautiful area and thank you for choosing to come to Larkin's for dinner. Our desserts are great and I often sample them myself (yum!!). Looking forward to your next visit.

Lewis

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We got into the Lake Lure area late sunday afternoon. After driving around, we got a little hungry and saw this place by the lake. Because it was off-season, we got a table by the window looking across the lake.
My wife odered the porterhouse with a blue cheese and something coating. I made the mistake of ordering the WHOLE rack of baby back ribs. The mistake was in ordering too much. The ribs were phenomonal, nice smoky flavor with just enough sauce. Very tender, very tasty, not dry at all, as I have found them elsewhere. I just could not stop eating. My wife's steak was also huge, and she wisely took some in a to-go box.
We made our choices from a menu that would do a Dallas high end restaurant proud. Steak, chops, salmon, trout, and varieties of preparations. We took quite a while to decide.
Their selection of wines and beers is also to be appreciated. I like to try the local breweries, and the waitress made a wonderful recommendation to complement my ribs.
When I go back, I will try to remember to order the smaller portions.........aaah, who am I trying to kid? Every plate I saw go by was artfully prepared and inviting. And the bouquet of each passing dish made us hope we had chosen wisely. We did, but just too much.

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Lewis B, General Manager at Larkin's On The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

Carl,

Thank you for deciding to stop in and give us an opportunity to serve you and we are glad you had enough to eat (I'm bias, however, I think we have the best bbq ribs around). Also, thanks' for the comment about our beer and wine selections; we analize our selections each year to ensure that we offer a variety of excellent options to our guest. Please stop in the next time you're in the area and enjoy another great meal.

Thanks for the review,
Lewis

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

We ate here in the offseason and stopped in just as they opened - 11:00am.

Food was above average and priced reasonably. Since it was February, we could not eat outside, but I can imagine in nice weather, it would be a very enjoyable place to eat.

The walls are plastered with $1 bills that people wrote messages on and posted on the wall as a momento of their visit. At first, I thought it to be a nice schtick, but the massive amounts of defaced money started to make me a little ill.

I would definitely go back here in better weather to enjoy the scenery.

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Lewis B, General Manager at Larkin's On The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

Paul,

Thank you for visiting our restaurant and I'm sorry the weather was not good enough to sit outside, however, spring is just around the corner and we would love to have you back in to enjoy the dinning experience from the outside. Please come back and visit us soon and thanks' for the review!

Lewis

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We ate downstairs on the deck overlooking the water. It's off season so it was very peaceful. The food was average, nothing to brag about. The staff was friendly.

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Lewis B, General Manager at Larkin's On The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

cMac,

I'm glad to hear you had a peacful experience and enjoyed the view at our restaurant; we appreciate your comment on the food not being up to your expectations and will monitor this area to continue to make improvements to exceed guest expectations in the future. Please join us again soon so that we can have another opportunity to win your business.

Thanks' for the review,
Lewis

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