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About 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.

230 Washington Place
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Italian

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

Cross Street:
RT 130

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 297-3803

Website:
http://lagonj.com/

Executive Chef:
Chris Schofield

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

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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.

Lago Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

3.8

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (4)
Waterfront (4)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
People Watching (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We really enjoyed sitting on the patio overlooking the lake. We lingered over a late lunch with family and enjoyed our meals. Thank you Lagos!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

We had a large group and they only had one server. The food was amazing but service was beyond slow. After waiting for over 30 minutes for Waitress, we asked the manager to come out and take our orders.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Incredible Flatbreads, luscious Salads, great cocktails. Sit on the Patio with gorgeous view. Igor is the best server

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We sat on the patio and the view was great. My son and a few other kids made friends while waiting for dinner and played without disturbing the other diners. The atmosphere was very casual. The food was okay. The wings for appetizers were great. We ordered crab cakes, pasta and cheeseburger for our
son. It was a huge burger and he was only able to eat half.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Disappointing. Food was average at best. Nothing stood out. Not good value.
pork chops and chicken were overcooked and tough. party in room next door too loud to really talk. Band setting up in the room where we were dining took away from the ambience. If you happen to go on a nice day and can sit by the lake for drinks it would be nice. Won't be returning.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Perfect night to eat outside! Food was very good.. shrimp and grits and a classic cheese burger. Lake view makes it great!

Tags: Happy Hour, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Took my mom here for Mother's Day Brunch! It was delicious and it was set up lovely. I just expected the outside (where the lake area/outdoor eating is) to be more cleaned up/aesthetically pleasing. Redoing the back patio and front walkway could add a lot of value to the place by having it feel more inviting/romantic.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Mother's Day dinner

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food, drinks, service and decor were not good, especially for the cost. However, once dinner was over, the party started. I don't know if this is the case every weekend, but a 50's band was playing, and the dance floor was soon packed. My wife and I had a fun time dancing.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Overall good experience at this restaurant. We sat outside on a day where they were not very crowded, so it was unusually quiet. Service was attentive and the food was ok, but there was nothing about our experience here that really stood out. Good restaurant for a date night where you are rushed to find plans.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Good food, large portions, reasonable prices and a nice view of the lake. Very few patrons on a cold Thursday!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Igor was our server. Very enthusiastic and kind. Bread was excellent, light and fluffy in addition to being quite warm. We got the crab an artichoke dip for an app, it was delicious. The fried pita chips were great along with the dip. Next were our entrees. I got the Chinese spare ribs with spicy garlic vegetable lo-mein. The pasta tasted like it was made from scratch and the vegetables were crisp and juicy. Sauce on the noodles was excellent as well as the BBQ ribs. My fiancée got the gnocchi dish. She prefers the gnocchi to be light and pillowy and that's just how the pasta was (I had to sample some). Sauce was good, I can't really gauge how good it was because I am not one for cheese sauces but she really liked it. We boxed most of our meal because we wanted to have desert. The menu was recently consolidated so there were six options and we chose the pecan tart. Really great presentation. Caramel drizzle across the plate, plenty of nuts on the tart and extra sticky on the inside. It was to die for. We ordered coffee after and asked for decaf, even that was amazing. I'd love to know what kind of coffee they use. Overall experience I give them 5 stars out of 5. Only one thing could have been improved upon. Igor, you did a really awesome job and you were without a doubt the best waiter I have ever had, but offer coffee along with desert! Otherwise A+!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2017

Quiet evening. We both had the crab cakes. Cane with rice pilaf and vegetables. Very good service by Igor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

LOVELY LOCATION, NICE SEATING, GOOD FOOD! THE ALCOHOLIC DRINKS WERE NOT AT ALL TASTY, MIXED POORLY. WHILE I ENJOYED THE BAND, IT WAS A TAD LOUD AND TOO CLOSE TO THOSE EATING. I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE SPACE FOR THE BAND LOCATED BY THE BAR BUT PERHAPS THE SPEAKERS/SOUND COULD BE ADJUSTED TO AVOID ANNOYANCE.

I GIVE A 3 OUTTA 5, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2016

We had a wonderful time. It was a very quite night and we had our waiter (Igor) to ourselves. He was a lot of fun. Food was excellent and plentiful. Love dining here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Disabled Access, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The music was poor and too loud! Could not hear my date talking!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Service was slow for a restaurant that was not busy. Sat out on the patio for a good 20 mins before seeing the waiter. Drinks came out after appetizers. Party going on it the main dining room very loud with kids out of control.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 14, 2016

My brother and I went on a Sunday night to celebrate my birthday. The only other patrons, about 4 of them, were at the bar. Once they left, we were the only diners in the restaurant. It was definitely a unique experience. The food was delicious and the waiter was awesome. I'll definitely return.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2016

We are outside. There was a party going on in their private room so the noise level was higher than preferred. Food was just average. More like your local everyday family restaurant. For a dinner out while away from home this was not the place to go. Not a date night location

Waitress never checked on us. Was worried they were going to start the lawn mower during the dinner hour.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2016

Nice view FarringtonLake, plenty of outdoorseating.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2016

Perfect night to sit outside and gaze at the lake...serene setting. Dinner ps were shrimp scampi with zucchini and the salmon. All very good and good service by Mariah.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Lago always has excellent food. This week I had their crab cakes which were delicious with mostly crabmeat and not fillers. My boyfriend had the pork osso buco which is one the best I have ever tasted and a very generous portion.
We love to dine outdoors overlooking the lake. I highly recommend Lago.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2016

This was our first visit in many years. We had an outside table on a perfect evening. Very good service by Mariah. We had a 2 year old and everyone was very supportive of a child. One chose 2 appetizers, crab cake and mozzarella salad. There was a hamburger, crab came dinner and the salmon. All the food was good. We enjoyed the hot rolls and plenty of butter. They were out of our wine choice but substituted a better bottle for the same price ... Makes an excellent impression!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2016

The view of Farrington Lake was fabulous. The evening weather was perfect for dining out. Our drinks arrived in a timely manner. We started with a salad that was large enough to share before our dinner. I ordered the pork osso bucco which was cooked and served perfectly and nicely presented. The same can be said for my date's shortribs. Lago would have scored perfectly if the wait staff was better trained in professionalism. My server needed to listen more carefully and I overheard another server barging into the couple's conversation at the table next to us. The couple did not know her and she was asking personal questions. Hmmm!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 23, 2016

Thorougly enjoyed a delicious prime rib dinner after few fun frozen cocktails. Highly recommend the Guinness Mudslide!

Beautiful setting overlooking the lake. Food and service was fantastic!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 15, 2016

Waiter was horrible waited for drinks and refills. Wasn't impressed with tiny desserts and one carving .

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We were there for the mother's day brunch. They had a buffet. that included an omelet station, a waffle station, a prime rib and turkey carving stations and many more items.The food was very good, the service was great. They were offering a complementary Sangria . There was a great variety of dishes that even my little one who's extremely picky found something that he enjoyed. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Too many private events not enough servers for regular customers

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Seems as tho it caters more to events and group occasions. We were in a large room with a large group and it was weird. Overpriced for food quality. Website states "casual elegance" for dress code and we were overdressed. Other diners were dressed for fast food places! Website wasn't updated to reflect menu or drink changes. Maybe would return once or twice a year.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2016

This was our 2nd visit to this establishment. We had dinner there a few months back and we were not impressed. The dinner had the quality/taste of the food you would find at a lame wedding reception. We decided to give it a second chance for Sunday Brunch as they have a nice outdoor seating area looking out over a lake and the weather was fine. The food was not. It seems like all of the staff's focus was on 3 large groups (one in a private room). The website mentioned lox, but there was none. The cocktail shrimp were put out hot (nothing else was). Few good notes - the bacon was good and crispy, the fruit tart was homemade and fresh and the omelet was made to order (but we had to wait 10 minutes for a staff member to show up at the Omelet Station). I would not recommend

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2016

Love the live music on the weekends. Great cocktails.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2016

food was ok. Went to buffet, pasta, chicken dishes, fish dishes. Nothing great, food was good but nothing special. Waiters were very nice. Great views. They had a carving station, turkey breast and lamb - again nothing over the top. They had shrimp.. would have loved clams or oysters. Shrimp seemed very fresh.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Savannah)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We has a fixed-price buffet brunch ($30), which had a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items. Certainly no complaint about the selection, which included carving and omelette stations. The food was good but nothing special.

Lago has a very pleasant setting overlooking a narrow lake. The dining rooms are comfortable but somewhat plain.

This restaurant spoiled the day by assessing an 18% gratuity on our check ... even though the buffet meal was entirely self-service (other than delivering one beverage) and even though our party had only four people. When I complained, a manager advised that they still had people working that day. No kidding ... every restaurant has employees, and their wages are factored into the menu pricing. Servers are additionally tipped for serving; however, there were no servers at brunch.

The manager advised me that the tipping policy was stated on their website and Facebook page ... but it was nowhere in the restaurant. Unconscionable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

We really enjoyed our dinner at Lago. I recommend this restaurant. There were two large parties in the neighboring space but we still enjoyed our meal and conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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