Lago
Lago

Lago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lagonj.com/
  • Phone: 7322973803x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm.

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

    Bar & Lounge open Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-12:00am, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private rooms can accommodate as little as 20 and up to 150 guests to satisfy a variety of parties and events. We manage your entire party experience, from supplying decorations to DJ to cake.
  • Private Party Contact: Host 7322973803x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: RT 130
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Lago
Located on the edge of a beautiful Farrington lake in the heart of central jersey with ability to dine on our outdoor patio, there is nothing that compares.

Concentrating in American cuisine with fantastic water views and relaxing atmosphere makes it one of the most scenic and romantic facilities in the state.

Our private rooms can accommodate as little as 20 and up to 150 guests to satisfy a variety of parties and events. We manage your entire party experience, from supplying decorations to DJ to cake.
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Lago reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.3
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
61% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (23)great for outdoor dining (18)special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (11)romantic (11)good for groups (7)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Would eat here again!
    BuffetjunkieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I took a chance after reading some less than stellar reviews! We sat outside, it was very nice. Service was great. I had the zucchini pasta - tasty, but too much sauce. Two others had steak, and they both loved it! I read that the dining room area looked like a banquet hall - not so. Maybe they remodeled or painted since then, but it has warm brown walls, nice chairs and linen tablecloths. Lots of candles also. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem on the lake
    TimR
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went to Lago with some friends to celebrate a birthday. The weather was good so we sat outside. The view of the lake is remarkable. We got some appetizers to share which were pretty good. The wine list was ok but could be a bit bigger with some more options. Everyone was in the seafood mood so we tried the perch, sea bass and tilapia. All were cooked perfectly and with great flavor. They also have a private room for parties. One was going on at the time and we saw it through the windows. The rest of the dinner went very well. Service was great and so were the desserts. The lounge by the bar looked like fun but it was too early so we didn't stay this time but will return to check out the weekend DJs for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    MamaEats
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great experience at Lago. My in laws, husband, our 5 year old, 3 year old, and 18 month old all had a great time and loved the food. The kids ask to go back every night! We are excited to return :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lake view
    GLNCVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    First time here. Nice weather and we chose to sit at patio. Very calm lake view. Food was ok although a little slow but ok since we enjoying a bottle of wine. Waiter was helpful. Little error on the bill but the manager quickly take care of it. Overall we have a good time. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 40th wedding anniversary
    Happy40
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were married at this site when it was cedar manor the lake view is very nice the resturant has changed its been remodeled several time in the past 40 years it more modern has nice windows over looking the lake the service was very good the food was good a little on the high side should have included the salad for the price good wine selection it was raining the day we went so could not seat out side but with the large windows looking over the lake was nice there was a gazebo out side looked like could be fun on nice day
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MEH!
    FresserVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Service was deplorable, food was just OK. Nice view if seated outside. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    Ashley
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The brunch lacked a lot. There's not many options and it appears that a lot of the staff is new and inexperienced. The best thing about this place is the view on the lake. I doubt I'll be returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Brunch
    JessieB
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went for their Sunday Brunch. Wanted to sit outside so had to wait 5 minutes as they set up the table. We were OK with that. We have had Brunch here before and as others have noted if they are using the main room for another event the brunch is set up in the bar area. We thought the selection of dishes was slightly smaller than if they are using the main room. The wait staff was very good at removing dishes. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Janet
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was nice but we did not get the dessert. The kitchen closed earlier.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was not fresh it seemed like it was frozen and served. For the prices it is not worth it!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • horrible brunch
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    First we we sat down in a room that was dirty from the party they had before us. They did not clean it at all the whole time. We go to have the brunch buffet ($21) and it doesn't have much to choose from at all only 4 hot dishes and one was the eggs. Their mini rolls and bagels were hard as rocks. And on top of that some of the rolls, bagels, desserts and shrimp didn't have serving spoons. People picked it up with their hands. Who knows how many touch your food. None of my food had any taste. It all needed seasonings. U could tell a lot of the food came from frozen. The turkey was good but the server was making fun of it. Calling it a dry football. Only thing I would recommend is their desserts. What ever box they came out of.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice surprise
    goRU
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our first visit to Logo this past Friday night was much more than we had expected. Friiends told us that it was a very good new restaurant but we found it to be a lot more than just a very good restaurant. I had a shell fish over liguini platter, and my wife had a large arugla salad complete with goat cheese, hazelnuts, prosciutto, and excellent tuffle vinaigrette. The food was excellent! But there is more. That night the temperature was in the low 70's and we were lucky enough to get a table on the patio overlooking Farrington Lake. Prior to sitting at our table we sat at their very nice little Tiki bar. Wow! What a great evening we had in North Brunswick.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Night ?
    ISOgoodEats
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Apparently we were there on a night when the owner or manager was celebrating his birthday. There was a DJ playing bad music. We were seated next to their table. Smelling the hookah wasn't too bad although when they started smoking cigarettes, it was a bit much for our dining experience. Our waitress did a good job at moving us promptly and indicated she had several similar complaints that day. Food was average. May have enjoyed more if ambiance different. No paying customers seemed happy that night. Menu OK yet didn't match online. The outside bar looked like it could be fun on a different night. I might try again for the bar area. Being outside on the water is a nice find. I wouldn't go back for the menu.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible!
    Likesgoodfood123
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food and service was the worst ever, would never go back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Could be great, but not yet
    Susan
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Went on a weeknight for an outdoor dinner on the patio with a friend. Had not been since the change over from Sir John's to Lago. The patio is a beautiful location. We had wine and a variety of appetizers. Everything was fine, not great, just fine. Walking through a rather cavernous empty dining room to get to the patio feels like there is no atmosphere. It's such a beautiful location, but the atmosphere and food need to be stepped up a notch to attract more people and make it feel less empty and more inviting. Not sure what ambiance they are going for, but right now it is modern wedding reception, not everyday great restaurant. If you go to Lago and you definitely should give it a shot......insist on the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JerzeesalVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was quite good. Our waiter was good, too. There was a banquet and we waited an hour and 45 minutes for our dinner. The waiter kept us informed and was apologetic. If the kitchen cannot handle a banquet and a dining room at the same time, then perhaps they should redefine what kind of service they have to offer. We will try it once more, but if we have to wait again then that will be the last time we go there. And since the food is good, that would be a shame.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misleading Menu
    MisleadingMenu8
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were very disappointed to find the menu on your website was completely different from the menu we received at your restaurant. I was so looking forward to the lobster tail and king crab legs. The waitress asked if we were on the correct website? How many websites do you have? If you click below on Open Table and see menus, maps and more you'll understand what I'm talking about. I recommend you change your link because it's false adverstisement. We were very unhappy and unfortunately will not be going back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Lago reviews archive.
  • MARIEVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I was always told if you have nothing nice to say dont say anything at all
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • forster family
    bigguy43al
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants The food is very good & the service is exceptional. Love the martinis
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    gordo
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Refused to sit at a table for 2 across from a couple with 2 babies, with plenty of tables for four available. Going back to hostess desk was called an a-hole by babies' mother. Finally got seated at table for four. Room was very noisy-need to do something about acoustics. Food was good, but small portions and had to order desert in order to compensate. Overall a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go again
    Paula
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times since it has changed owners. While I will admit the first 2 times the service was shaky that has changed. Everytime the food has been great. This past experience was great from beginning to end. They have made many positive changes to the menu. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Disappointing Meal
    rickey45
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We went for dinner several weeks ago to see the new Lago. We were very much disappointed. The service was good and the food presentation was good, however the sauce on the hanger stake was way too salty. The steak itself was tender but we could hardly eat it. In addition, the overhead Jazz music was way too loud for a room that was almost empty. The music was disturbing. Also towards the end of our meal the music in the 'sports bar' was turned up and was competing with the jazz from the dinning room. The total sound level was uncomfortable. Overall a very disappointing evening.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lago
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Good place - been there before when it was under another name - trying to make it big - seems on it's way. Would go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a big event
    pelicandine
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Great for a catered event not for an evening for two. This is primarily a banquet hall not a restaurant for fine dining. The staff was very friendly and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was mediocre, noise level
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was mediocre, noise level was very loud since they had two catered parties taking place with disc jockey music. Service tried to make up for the disturbance. Also, parking lot was full so that parking was delayed until guests exited the parties. If you are going to eat here make sure they do not have any catered parties the night you dine there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining with a view
    Hate2cook
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience here. My husband was looking for a good prime rib and found it here at My scallops were huge and delicious. The caesar salad was a bit dry - it could have used some more dressing. The atmosphere was calm and elegant. We would comes back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but could use some improvement
    mrichter
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The bright spot at Lago is the food. Once we finally ordered, we enjoyed our meal. Getting to the food is what detracted from experience. The misspellings and lack of description on the menu led to a lot of questions for the waitress. This would not have been a problem but the waitress did not speak English very well and did not understand our questions not the answers she received from the kitchen and other servers when she tried to get them answered. Additionally, we were there with a 4 year old child and the Menu is not child friendly. The Children's Menu is too "adult" and there were no selections our daughter was willing to eat. We will definitely try it again but probably not soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had the scallops. 3 for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had the scallops. 3 for $30. If they were sensational than maybe, but, they weren't.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Server, Ryan, was very nice
    cmct
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Server, Ryan, was very nice and personable, however his inexperience showed. The bus boy was also not on the ball. Water was not refilled, drink ordered came very late - after the meal, and food sent to be wrapped to take home never came back. Food was pretty good, mushroom flatbread was excellent, but not worth the price if I did not have a groupon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Excellent Food..I highly recommend the Bone in Sirloin!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is my second trip to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This is my second trip to this restaurant and I will go back! The service was great!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Review
    ilovedining1
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The new owners of this restaurant have done a great job. I liked it before but it is even better now. They have remodeled the bar area and it's really nice. You can either sit at the bar or relax in club chairs. The food is always good, as is the service & ambiance. Love sitting outside overlooking the lake, when weather permits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just the two of us
    Billy
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    It was a Birthday dinner for just the two of us, Barry was our waiter very helpful and even gave my girlfriend a suggestion for a drink she loved it!! I for one was over whelmed for I don't go out much. The party in the next room we heard the music as we were trying to eat. The sound level did go up while we were there. At first nice little quite place but then the music started and the people in the dining room got louder before you know it was a lot of what sorry didn't hear you and we were at a table for two. Good was very good Barry the waiter great and I would and am going back when the weather gets warmer so I can sit outside and look at the water.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just getting started...
    yumyum
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We enjoyed our experience at this restaurant. The food was good and the staff is friendly. They are newer and have a few small things to work out but overall it was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this is NOT as good as Sir Johns
    dinertodiner
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    the updates outside and in are very nice. The service was bad from the start. The waitress didn't offer any of the specials, did not tell us there was dressing on the house salad and that the ceaser salad comes with italian dressing on it, not cesear dressing. The stuffed flounder was very over cooked, and portions very small. (3 fingerling potatoes and 3 pieces of broccolini. The chipolte scallops was good, but again, small portions. (3 scallops, 3 fingerling potatoes, 3 brocolini.). the menu is small. will not be going back any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its Ok.
    MrP3
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The food was plain and simple and to that end it was good, albeit expensive for what it is. The desserts were very non-descript and I would not order the pie, cheese cake, or bread pudding (if that's what it was) again. The buffet dessert table actually ran out of several of the advertised options.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good as usual with
    Rich
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Food was good as usual with the buffet having a wide selection of items. We did feel the waitress either was new or overloaded with tables because she was slow at times. When I made the reservation I noted that we would have a handicapped person with our group so asked for a table up front. However, others in my group arrived before me and they were seated at the far end of the dining room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything seems to be the
    JJKKVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Everything seems to be the same as it was when it was Sir Johns except for the name. The manager who was not very nice to us three months ago is still there. Glad we did not have any encounter with her. if the new owners read this, you need to get rid of her!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good..
    Sfamilly
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    You can decide, here's what happened. My wife and I ordered 2 scallop dinners. 1 hour and 10 minutes later I tracked down the waiter, who seemed confused, and was surprised that my wife and I was not served dinner yet. Finally they brought our food, but they got my wifes order wrong. Two different people told us, I did not ask, that they would send over the manager/owner to speak wit us. (No one from management ever bothered to come over). (F.Y.I. very small portions - 4 scallops per dinner). On the way out I told the host of my experience and he asked for my name number and email addrss and said 'he would see to it that we would be takencare of and send us an email for a free dinner. - It never happened.
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    • Noise LevelModerate