Permanently Closed - Lakeside Restaurant & Lounge

4.2
1031 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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alexd
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In addition to the beautiful setting, the food was delicious and the service outstanding.

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vipBobR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always a great setting, but can be noises and service is almost always slow, even when it is not busy, which it wasn’t.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food came out a little late but it was very delicious!

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brrr
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely environment. Conversation was in direct competition with the ducks and geese.

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PennyR
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner

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goodfoodluvr
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambience! It was wonderful as always. The service was a bit slow, but the servers did their best to accommodate us.

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viplindaO
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old friends reuniting

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JuliaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem on Ventura Blvd
Location: terrace overlooking the lake
Service: very friendly
Food: AMAZING. I tried beet salad and sea bass. The salad was enough to share. The fish was served with asparagus and some greens. Oh, and they bring bread that melts in your mouth. A glass of bartenura rose wine, and a tiramisu for dessert. Everything was delicious!!!
Value: great!
Will definitely be back!

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Manga
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Lakeside is consistent in one way -- always slow service. We walked into an empty restaurant and 45 minutes later we were still waiting for our lunch. Prices are high which may reflect the premium setting -- under old oaks, at the edge of a duck/goose pond. But $18 for three small soft (soggy) tacos? Our friends had better luck and choose the $22 specials. Lakeside needs to rethink it's pricing -- which may be why it was empty on a beautifully warm weekday.

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Criticx
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Not a fan. Won't be going back. Food was overpriced and mediocre at best.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food - both fish dishes were prepared nicely an were delicious. One was Sea Bass, the other a Branzino. It’s late February and we dined on the patio bordered by the lake.
We also enjoyed the wine selection, especially the Donkma Cutrer Chardonnay.
Our wItress was knowledgeable and attentive.

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ChuckC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with the wife to celebrate our anniversary.

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JohnV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business lunch. Wide selection of foods and the service is quick. Noise level is fine unless the birds in the pond are being feed by other customers.

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vipSapphire
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Awful food, very bad service.

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KatieC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place. I've come for a number of different reasons from catching up with friends over lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner to dates. The bottomless mimosa or sangria for brunch is a great value (more so the sangria!). I've never had a bad meal, always enjoyed the service staff (Leo is awesome!) and have even made new friends while catching up with old ones.

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NanC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice to sit by the water on a beautiful day and listen to the ducks.

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Great
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. The geese were a little loud, lol, but they're fun to watch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had late brunch/ early lunch there with a friend. The ambiance on the patio is so lovely overlooking the lake. The salad I ordered was delicious. I would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Romantic meal

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DanD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our time at Lakeside. Great food and atmosphere.

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vips2artr
Los Angeles
349 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice birthday celebration for lunch on the patio. Food and service were excellent. The 2-course Power Lunch was an excellent value and had a nice choice of entrees. The Filet of Sole was really delicious as was the salmon. We look forward to a return visit.

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IleneA
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The restaurant setting is very pleasant. Our group of four sat outside for a Saturday lunch, and we had a view of the lake and the park. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful; however, the food service was on the slow side. The food is good quality, and each of us enjoyed our selections. One lady said her Kobe hamburger was delicious...very good quality meat. They accommodated another lady by wrapping her Kobe hamburger in lettuce (she's gluten-free). I really liked their roasted potatoes.
Note that you have to turn on the side street just east of the front of the restaurant to get to the valet parking and the entrance, which is in the back of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I had one of my worst experiences here. It was sooooooo loud, we couldn’t have conversation bcoz of that. Tables are set up so compact and close to each other 😐
I asked one of the staff to change our table, she refused and didn’t try at least to find another available table. The food is delicious, and the view of the lake is so nice, however I will not go again, since the atmosphere is so important for me.

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JohnV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here several times and it never disappoints. Food is good and prices reasonable. I always have terrific service and an enjoyable meal.

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vipgbs12345
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was great. It was a quiet night at the restaurant and they sat us outside. All good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We’ve eaten here many times and always happy. This time we were Disappointed with the service. Had to ask the waiter and bus boy to level our table several times. Two of us shared a salad as an appetizer and they only brought out the salad. Had to ask twice for an extra plate. Service was slow.

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DianeP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great idea! Lunch by a lake filled with beautiful, often very loud, swans and ducks. The setting was wonderful, hidden from loud, noisy Ventura Blvd. The lunch special was a great bargain and the food was delicious. So glad I went.

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vipSCVDiner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent as always. The patio is comfortable and pleasant. The only noise was from the ducks and geese, the customers were quiet and well behaved.

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vipSherri
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Server was inattentive. Had to ask for everything, coffee refill etc. basically we were ignored

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vipJacS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
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.

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vipBeth
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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

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vipAngelicaK
Los Angeles
13 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!

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Leci09
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipAngelicaK
Los Angeles
13 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”!

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vipLornaM
Los Angeles
17 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience4

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

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Bizzibnbz
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place when weather is nice
Lake & swans are a beautiful backdrop while dining

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TraciM
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.

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Permanently Closed - Lakeside Restaurant & Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 616-2430.

Permanently Closed - Lakeside Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.2 stars by 1031 OpenTable diners.