Lakeside Restaurant & Lounge

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Lakeside’s rustic chic dining areas and garden overlooking the park provide an inviting ambiance for any occasion, from an intimate table for two to a family gathering, company event or wedding. Savor the European feel of the garden, softly illuminated in the evening with vintage string lights and candles, or Lakeside’s patio overlooking the lake.

Lakeside offers a fine casual dining experience with a predominance of locally-sourced, organic products, blending California food traditions with fit-friendly awareness.
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JS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have gone to Lakeside many times. We invited friends for their first experience to
Lakeside. They ordered dessert and after 4 requests to our waiter I hunted him down next to the kitchen. Although he apologized and compted the dessert our friends were really disappointed. Just thought you should know.

B
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Extremely overpriced for mediocre (at best) food. I will not be eating here again.

AK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

My husband and I met a group of friends for a birthday. We’ve been to your restaurant many times. The service this last time leaves room for much improvement.

The bartender acknowledged us only after 10 minutes of us sitting, and the bar was not busy. He did not listen to my request of “no salt” on my pear cactus margarita. This is the 2nd time we’ve had the same waiter and he lacks paying attention to customers and we had to wait for items check.

The temperature was very chilly on a cold fall evening and my husband has to ask for the busboy to request to change it. Our busboy was great//we know him from The Little Cafe.

It did not feel like excellent customer service the last couple of times and The Lakeside is known for a great dining experience. I felt like either you were understaffed or you’ve got to train the wait staff and bartender proper etiquette.

Please don’t let your service and experience of us he a great restaurant fall!

L
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my mom here for her birthday and it was a great choice. We sat outside right on the lake and it is beautiful and you can see all of the ducks even though they can get pretty loud at times. Their breakfast is really good I had the French toast and it was melting in my mouth! This place is a hidden gem as you wouldn’t expect to find such a cool place in Encino. I would definitely give it a try!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

New Years lunch. We couldn’t believe how slow the service was. We had to ask fir our drinks and bread and good about four times. Very surprised.

AK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I would normally give you a 4 or 5 star rating, however, the service was not last Friday evening. Our party felt the service was not timely at all. When the valet person was nor where to be found, we asked a bus person if he knew and he was rather short with us and said, “he’s busy”!

LM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lakeside has become my watering hole stop whenever I have to traverse meetings in the west SFV back to WLA/South Bay. Whatever time of day, the ambience is like getting away from the hectic city. The food and drinks are a perfect mix, providing choices for lighter options or heavier fare. They have a great happy hour too.
My favorite go-to is the Lobster Mango Salad; light, but filling, with crunchy texture from jicama, tartness from the mango, and sweet from the lobster.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience4

We were ignored upon arrival. It took awhile for us to be acknowledged.

TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Kitchen was slow and most of the food was cold. I have been here before and this was not my next experience. The restaurant was not even particularly busy.

JB
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed everything about our Thanksgiving dinner BUT the Turkey. Cut WAYYYY too thick! Not much flavor. Very dry. Sides were great as were the pumpkin and apple crumb cake. Friendly and attentive service. $48 per person too high. Will go again when we can eat outside and enjoy the view.

DS
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

You might hear or see "lakeside" and think, "oh this will be fancy." It's not. We went thinking the same thing and were sat in a dirt area (the ground was literally dirt) and there were kids running around screaming out of excitement and fear about the dozens and dozens of geese, ducks, and birds flying around hoping for food. It's hard to complain because after all, it says "lakeside." But I guess I was imagining something a bit nicer. The service (host and waiter) were efficient, though not overly attentive as you expect at finer restaurants. But the waiter knew a lot about the menu (he should of course) and the food was quite excellent. All but one thing which I've never experienced before: I ordered a burger with fries and the entire basket of fries were small little fry pieces of less than an inch. How strange! Literally I poured them all out on the plate to find a normal sized fry and it was as if I was served the very bottom of a bag of fries. And that's my point: these are probably not cut in a kitchen which tells you its a place that order pre-prepared food. Kinda of a bummer. The sangria and G/T were fantastic. The bartender on Saturdays seems to know what he is doing. Over all, I'd definitely be back but I'd have more realistic expectations. The homeless guy across the fence from the restaurant kept making dirty faces and staring down all of us eating. Not much you can complain about when it says "lakeside" right in the title. Can't blame anyone for that experience of birds, kids, home insecure people being attracted to be lake side. Now you know.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

I recommend this place to everyone. Place was amazing, very beautiful.. very relaxing.. view was beautiful! Food was great.. I give 4star only because of the service.. waiter was very bad customer service.. they had to be prompted what to do by the customer.

k
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had a very nice evening at Lakeside. The menu had lots of options for me as I'm picky about what I eat. Food tasted great and everyone seemed to enjoy their meal as much as I did. The only problem was trying to find the server when we needed him.

r
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

I love the setting, and have actually eaten here twice in one week. The food is healthy and tasty And there is a great deal of variety and vegetarian options, and choices for those who would like a salad, and for those who prefer breakfast being served anytime of the day.

D
Los Angeles
112 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This neighborhood spot is convenient and much more consistent that it was in the past.

BM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food takes a while to come out, but when it does, it's definitely well worth the wait. Just don't go starving.

d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food is overpriced for the quality. Very mediocre. The lake is nice and I guess that is the draw for
people.

CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was an amazing person very great Customer service and the food was spectacular. I will Recommend this place to all my friends.

JV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting next to a pond just off Ventura Blvd. Service was prompt and the waiter was attentive to our table. The lunch menu is varied and has something for everyone, from salads to fish tacos. Prices are reasonable and a good value for the quantity of food. The restaurant was busy and has a nice ambiance.

EH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had to send the water back 3 times because there was something either on the class or inside of the glasses. I brought a Client there that really liked the place at first but was annoyed by that along with the ducks doing something really loud for about 30 minutes (around 1145am) and then it was a bit of a language barrier with his potatoes vs hash browns. I come all the time and really enjoy it, as a publicist where I take Clients to is a BIG DEAL.

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect Sunday brunch. Nice atmosphere and good food.

d
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service sucks. Waiter was MIA mist of the lunch, we had to get up and get things for ourselves.

CZ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place! This was our first time here and we were truly impressed. The happy hour menu is amazing and the atmosphere is impressive. After a few drinks I ordered the lamb and my wife got the burger. Both were perfect in taste and presentation. We had the opportunity to meet the Executive Chef, Hugo, and he was one if the nicest people we ever met and he makes amazing dishes. Also impressive was the deserts, which are also made in house. We had the apple drizzle and it was outstanding.

Lakeside Restaurant is now one of our favorites and we will definitely be returning again! Thank you to Hugo and his staff for an awesome experience at the Lakeside Restaurant and Lounge.

DP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We asked for a quiet area of the restaurant to talk over lunch, but were placed next to a noisy group testing menu items.; The waiter was obnoxiously “chummy” and inappropriate.

MC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Never disappoints. Food is delicious. Servers are courteous. A lovely time had by all!

TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A little pricey! Dishes are too small for the cost.

P
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Very disappointed. Don’t think I will come back. Had to ask for table set up. Had to ask for water. Had to ask to have wine poured. Had to ask for bread. Au Gratin potatoes were stone cold. When they brought my plate back my chicken Marsala was cool and had no sauce and no mushrooms. Requested more sauce never got it. Not a pleasant dining experience. I noticed many empty tables. Maybe that is why!!!!

DL
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely environment and good food. A bit pricey. Will definitely return

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our friend’s birthday and everything was perfect. We love the setting looking out to the lake and the food was fantastic!

l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service wad terrible, our pasta was made wrong, had to redo the manager was very rude , I had to keep asking the busboy for things! I ask for a desert menu, never got, went to the manager and he said"do u want me get it"
never even came over to apologize
I will not b going back

LP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We were seated in the garden and it's in loose dirt. I was wearing sandals and my feet were filthy. I brought my black and white dog and he was brown when we left. He tracked it in my car. It was a pretty windy morning and the dust was flying everywhere and got in my eyes. I've been on the patio and it's wonderful. I was just surprised the ground in the garden was that way. This place is lovely, but I would not sit in the garden unless you want to feel like you are camping.

E
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

FAMILY restaurant. Many kids who run around unattended by their parents. They have a nice space outdoors under Oak Trees and on the bank of a duck/goose lake adjacent to Los Encinos Historic State Park. We were there at 4pm on a beautiful Saturday for an early dinner with out of town guests. Maybe if you go later the kids aren't there. Waiter was great, food took a long time but we enjoyed the drinks while we waited. I'm torn whether to return again.

TD
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service. Big portions, good value

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food could be better. But nice ambience. Good service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time there. We will return

A
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant next to a very pretty little lake. It's clear the owners really care for the restaurant. It's been there for quite some time, but is updated, clean and elegant. The food was terrific. We went for brunch and the weather was perfect sitting outside by the Lake watching the ducks. Recommend highly!

SP
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance and service. We would love to go again.

BN
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Mateo, was outstanding....best service ever! I had the Greek omelet which was delicious. Our only problems was that we couldn't carry on a conversation because of the lawnmowing going on in the park. We will be back but not on a Monday or Tuesday when the park is closed.

m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant in the Valley/Encino. Great for special events. The geese crackling while you eat is always a fun added-value to any dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was yummy, ambience and service were great! Would come back for a special occasion again.