Adirondack Alps

4.6
14 reviews
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Contemporary European
Adirondack Alps in Lake Clear, New York, offers a unique dining experience in a serene setting. There are several dining experiences available, but the Classic Adirondack Alps Menu provides multiple choices for the main entrees of the three-course dinner. Every choice comes with a signature soup, the Adirondack Farm and Lodge garden salad and the chef's nightly accompaniments, which may include hand-rolled dumplings, ancient grain quinoa or hand-grated potato pancakes.

Your table, our 25-acres. With glass in hand, journey to private beach with mountain-lake sunset view. Or, explore our nature trails, then warm in the Fireside Rathskeller and meander to our 1886 hand-hewn dining room.

We focus on a 100-mile product philosophy based on Chef Cathy's pioneer family who originally built the lodge in 1886. We fuse this with the Old World traditions of Ernest's European family, who bought the lodge 50 years ago.
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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A must for special night if you're spending time in/around Saranac Lake. Well worth the 20 min drive to get to Lake Clear. Amazing beer cellar, strong and thoughtful wine list. Kathy (owner/chef) makes very special meals old world style. A+ sauerbraten & schnitzel, but menu changes with the weather and locally available supply. Don't expect an extensive menu, but do expect to savor. This is an experience, not just a dinner, so don't expect a quick meal, a lot of advanced prep goes into the entrees, and they are meant to be enjoyed. Plan to make an enjoyable night of it, spending time in the beer cellar, lingering over some appetizers, wander outside by the lake with a beverage, all before sitting down to eat. And do NOT pass up dessert.

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PM
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

As usual, a beautiful location and great spot for a long dinner with friends/family. The beer selection, sides & sauces were outstanding. The meats (and our table tried many of them) were somewhat tough, thin and lacking in any of their own flavor.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Adirondack Alps is a MANDATORY stop while visiting the area. The great lodge dining experience is unequaled in the area without spending thousands. The quality of the food is fantastic. We have lived in the area for over 5 years and have had no better food anywhere else to include 5 Star restaurants in Lake Placid. The table is yours for the entire evening and is reminiscent of fine European dining experiences. You will have ample time for conversation with your dining partner, or strike up a conversation with other friendly customers in the lounge. The 25 acre grounds are beautiful throughout the year and you are afforded the opportunity to enjoy them before or after dinner. Chef Kathy and Ernst are wonderful hosts!

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If your looking for a great dining experience, in the middle of no where, this is the place. We travel about an 1 1/2 hour. Came upon this restaurant in Adirondack Life magazine. Looking for a place to celebrate my birthday.
Since then, whenever we have company and we can be in the area, we schedule a dinner date. Food, service and atmosphere is terrific. Highly recommend:)

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CS
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had new years dinner at Adirondack Alps and was blown away. We arrived at 7:15 PM for a 7:30 dinner reservation, and were ushered to a downstairs wine/beer cellar. The cellar was nicely lit with ample seating on couches, and classically lit with candles. The beers and wines in the cellar were artfully chosen and featured many great wines from the Finger Lakes region. After sampling appetizers, we made our way to a beautiful dining room where we sampled extremely tasty German fare. Our hosts and our servers were all very welcoming and went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed. I'd definitely go back with another group, or on a date. It was a fantastic experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and helpful. They treated the guests like family. The personlization make it quite an experience. There was no one else staying in the lodge so they upgraded us to a suite with a jetted tub with no extra fee.

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MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place - like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The wine and beer cellar provided ample choices. Weather enjoying appitizers and drinks downstairs or in the dining room you will recieve top notch service and guidance for a very unique to the area style of dining. Looking forward to stepping outside next summer to enjoy the wine garden and await the sunset over the lake.

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TA
New England
81 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place on OpenTable; it was off season, not many there, but the owners were wonderful. They have a great beer cellar including many rare import beers, and a good wine selection.

The homemade meal was fantastic. Try the salmon schnitzel!

It is a little out of the way from Lake Placid, but if you are in the area, make it a point to go!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is truly a unique experience. For starters, you are greeted by Ernest who explains the evening menu and his extensive wine cellar and beers. He was cordial and polite and provide enough information for you to make a decision to purchase or not. The appetizers were interesting and tasty. The entrees came with soup and salad and were fresh and made with local ingredients. The German food we ordered was perfectly cooked and plenty. We were offered seconds if we wished. You will not be disappointed. The only draw back is the price which is somewhat high but check the menu and prices on the internet and you will not be surprised. They really put their heart and soul into the food and service, so it's well worth the price.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been before and will certainly come again. The setting is beautiful, the wine cellar and beer selection is fantastic. the service is friendly and spot-on, and the food never disappoints. Can't say enough about this wonderful place!

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really didn't know what to expect when we drove in for dinner, but haven't stopped raving about it since! We were warmly greeted at the door by the co-owner and given a tour of the beer and wine cellar while contemplating our dinner choices that change daily. From sampling a few wine choices to strolling the beautiful grounds of the lakeside lodge while waiting for the appetizers to be served, it was really one of the most interesting dining experiences we've ever had. The food was delicious and plentiful and Chef Cathy was able to accommodate a gluten-free diner as well (best to call ahead though for restrictions so they are prepared). Well worth the drive from Lake Placid!!!

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UW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely family owned restaurant in old world lodge. Attentive and knowledgeable service. Food was a mix of German style cuisine and nouvelle cuisine., so there was something for everyone. There are very limited options for dining around Saranac lake, and this was truly a gem. .

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great freshly-prepared food in a very special setting. Love that tables don't turn over, so people can relax and sit for the evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I enjoyed the last dinner of our honeymoon at The Lodge on Lake Clear. The place was a special combination of Adirondack Great Camp history & culture with Old World cuisine all twisted together for a unique experience. From the extravagant wine & beer selection, to the fresh ingredients in the tomato & basil soup, to the Wild-Caught pike with Rosti, all of the flavors were savory & melted in your mouth. My personal favorite was Kathy's attention to detail with gluten free ingredients. Her gf cornbread was the best I have ever had! This is definitely a safe place for gf diners. A few other highlights from the evening included walking down to Lake Clear at sunset, the friendly wait staff, & quiet candle lit dining room.

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