Lago

3.7
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday - Saturday 11:30am - 4:00pm.

Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday: 4.00pm - 8.00pm


Brunch: Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm

Bar & Lounge open Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-12:00am, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-2:00am
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Phone number
(732) 297-3803
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Schofield
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
RT 130
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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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What 168 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.7
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3.5
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent but a little pricey. The service was good as well.

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HH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was looking for a quiet, cozy and intimate anniversary dinner, but instead I got loud, unfriendly and very far from delicious experience. The server was clearly in a hurry, they forgot to bring the appetizer, the food was thrown on the table in front of us, not mentioning the level of noise in the room that prevented us from carrying a conversation... Unfortunately, the food itself could not compensate for all of this inconvenience. My steak was cooked properly (medium rare like I asked), but wasn't fresh and grilled over a gas grill... Potatoes were burned and my husband's chicken burger was just old and dry... I won't even mention the drinks... I researched this place online and looked at previous reviews and their website, and I would never suspected this would have happened. We were very disappointed, our anniversary dinner ruined and one thing is for sure, we won't be coming back.

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DM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very tasty and service great. Noise level was high and with the band playing difficult to have a conversation with others at our table. Filled up quickly to capacity by late evening. If you want a quiet and intimate dinner, not the place to go on a Saturday night.

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n
New York Area
677 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Any evening dining on the patio with a lake view is wonderful. Great service by Igor!!! We started with popcorn shrimp and a spicy sauce... excellent. We both chose a special with grilled snapper in a creamy sauce with very tasty... lovely evening!

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The water bottle had particles floating on the bottom of the bottle, the steak was burned, the crab cakes were dry and the mac and cheese was mushy. Very overpriced entrees for the quality of food served

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Mashed potatoes smelled old and spoiled. Service was very slow. Alcoholic drinks was very good.

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n
New York Area
677 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great evening for outdoor dining. Excellent service by Igor. We started with grilled shrimp with mango corn relish. Dinners were rib and chicken rollantini . Both portions were very generous.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, and the food and drinks were delicious. That evening, they had a band playing, which was great, however, the acoustics made it a bit difficult for more quiet conversations. I think this just had to do with the actual band that was playing. I would definitely go back!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Food had little favor. Service was slow. Seats were torn

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Was advertised on Open Table as "hot" and was far from it. The audience was mostly 60 and over. A cover band came on and was so loud could not have a conversation. Food was ok but nothing as was advertised. Very disappointed.

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GW
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Lago never fails to deliver on quality, value given reasonable prices and cooperative staff to insure a positive experience. Sitting outside on Farrington Lake makes all the trials and tribulations fade away. Even if you do not have time for a meal stop by and have a drink a hightop outside the bar. A terrific location and dining experience in North Brunswick!

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n
New York Area
677 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Magical evening to eat outside and watch the ducks in the peaceful lake. Food is quite good. This evening we had a seafood risotto and the Chinese spare ribs with lo mein.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a beautiful night by the lake. The food was good, service was good and all was right with the world. Thanks Lago.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was unremarkable- not bad, not great.
We went to hear and dance to live band which was fantastic. Our waitress was sweet , personable, and attentive. The location makes u feel like you are a vacation dining outdoors by the lake. If u are not fussy about the food I would say this is a fun night out. But then it also depends on the music and band.

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RO
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was ok. Drinks ok but pricey. Truffle fries were good. Ambience needs help, as does the interior furniture. I am not sure what the place is supposed to be, a bar, a lounge, a restaurant. Hopping scene if you’re 70 and up.

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High school graduation celebration

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RG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Appetizers were good. Drinks were horrible and prices were higher than they should be. The band was great.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I had a wonderful experience at Lago! We picked Lago because of the stunning view, but fell in love with the food. The dishes are creative, yummy, and very filling. I highly recommend Lago!

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n
New York Area
677 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening to sit outside and enjoy the spectacular view. Great service by Igor! We started with the grilled shrimp appetizer that cane with mango salsa..yummy. We both chose a special of almond & coconut crust cod. The portion was quite large and included rice pilaf and brussel sprouts.

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KS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

There was nothing exceptional about the menu—this is your basic nice restaurant in NJ with good selections of seafood, meat, and some standard vegetarian options. The pre-dinner rolls were meh. The food and service were fine. No complaints but no real creativity or risks. There was nothing memorable, just a standard nice meal. Safe bet for a family. Good view of the lake when the weather’s nice.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to meet up with friends or for a party. Good food, good service, good happy hour specials, beautiful lake view and outdoor seating. They have a band later in the evening on weekends.

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KB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!!!! No complaints. Good service and food.

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OT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Outdoor dining was very nice. I suggest those big propane heaters for cooler nights. Waitstaff seemed confused but very nice. Loud inside with band but I like that, everyone was dancing. Outside much quieter nice table overlooking water. Food was ok had the Chinese ribs and lo mein. Flatbread was more like a personal size pizza. Expected a rectangular flatbread. Drinks were weak but that was fine with us as we were driving 😉. Will probably get wine next time... we will go back and try something else.

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ML
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We finally found a restaurant that we can go to on a Friday night and be able to hear each other in conversation. Have not eaten there is 10 years, and the food was far better than I remember.
A little pricey, but we will try to share meals so we can come regularly (with drinks, $150 for two)

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was a little lacking. More attention being paid to party going on in the next room. Had to wait 15 minutes for Host to even acknowledge we were there. Food was good. Really enjoyed the music. Danced a little too. I would return but not for the food. This seemed like a lively place for an evening.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server Valerie was very attentive. Food was very good and quicker than expected. There was a band playing as others have noted, but if that's not something you'd enjoy call ahead to see about timing or type of band, as the hostess and host were also very pleasant.

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KB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time! Igor was our waiter and he is a gem! Can get noisy when there is a live band but most of the time wonderful for good food, drinks and conversation. A local favorite.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great. We ate for Valentine's day and there was a live band. Great ambience!

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Nice menu with good selection. Service excellent. Entertainment was good but a little loud for my taste. Overall we had a very nice time and enjoyed the experience. Want to come back when weather is warmer and dine outside overlooking Farrington lake. This was for Valentines Day and my wife enjoyed it very much.

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Z
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was our first time at the restaurant. The restaurant is nice however, the bar and the staging area for live music is also in the main dining area so this makes for a loud diner. Wait staff was great. Our waiters name was Igor. Appetizers were good. The meal however was not. Including myself, there were four of us. Two orders of short ribs, a steak and a stuffed flounder all came to the table cold. When I say cold, I mean cold to the touch. There was no warmth coming from the food, not even the plate was hot. When we spoke with the manager, all plates were removed and we were all provided with new diners. The food was so cold that even when the plate was removed, the table top was cold. Usually the area just under the plate is at least warm. The staff was very apologetic and offered soup or salad as we waited. Once the food came out, it was delicious. After our meal, we did not have desert but we did have coffee. Two regular and two espressos. None of which was piping hot. Some call me strange but I myself like my espresso hot. After all was said and done, the management made good on everything including the bill and because the the actions of the manager and waiter we will give Lago a second chance

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r
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent grilled octopus. Great quick service. Lovely warm woodsy ambiance. Would return.

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n
New York Area
677 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nit very busy so we were able to chose a table with a lake view. Nothing compares to eating outdoors here in warm weather but New Jersey in the winter....arg! We started with a special of Chinese spring rolls. There were 6 generous pieces with 3 different sauces. Dinners were Chinese spare ribs over lo mein and a special of cavatelli with roasted butternut squash and leek. Food was very good and portions were large.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter ( Igor) he was on point with everything all night long.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. We were a party of 7. Short rib, mushroom and host cheese flat bread, bourbon pork chop, etc... Everyone loved their meals... The service was great. There was a band, so it was a little loud, but it was a lot of fun.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We dined at Lago for my moms 82nd birthday on weds evening, which I thought it would be quiet. However although we were the only customers by table areas, the whole restaurant was quite noisy because there were some drunkards by bar.
Otherwise the food and service were excellent!

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n
New York Area
677 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Outdoor dining on the lake when you know the warm nights are soon over....perfect and so close to home! We shared an apple and pecan salad, which was split in the kitchen... an important box for us to check! Dinners were crab cakes and a special of salmon with an almond pesto. Both dinners came with wild rice pilaf and vegetables. Serving sizeswere more then adequate. Tasty meals fir both of us.

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MC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our first time here.... arrived for an early dinner on Saturday -- the restaurant was not (yet?) crowded, and we opted to dine outdoors: it was a beautiful evening, it overlooked a lake, and, most importantly, it was quiet. (By the time we left, the restaurant still remained empty, although the outdoor dining area had several patrons.) The menu was varied with creative cuisine options at different price points. The food was "good-to-very-good". Service was decent up until our dinner plates were cleared. Bread basket/butter was left on the table, even when offered coffee (and remained throughout). Coffee, espresso, and cappuccino (<-- undrinkable) after dinner was a huge disappointment. Cannot comment on dessert, as it was never offered. Still, I will give it another try since the food and ambience was above average. Will just skip the coffee after.

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AD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor seating space, good ambience, the food was very well done and the cocktails were nice too

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Clean and nice place. We had good time, delicious food and good service.
Very pleasant and calm water front restaurant.
I will decently recommended this place to my friends. Thanks

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This could be a beautiful restaurant. The restaurant is on a beautiful lake. The indoors isime a VFW hall- large, cheap and rather ugly. The outdoors is pretty, but the dining table are uncomfortable and cheap. If you put carpeting in the indoor restaurant and osed off the bar area adding floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake the would be a classy place. Such a waste of location.Food was good and service was good.

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