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21 Lake Restaurant and Bar, Danbury, CT

21 Lake Restaurant and Bar

3.5
3.5
21 Reviews
$30 and under
American

21 Lake Restaurant and Bar, at the Ethan Allen Hotel, welcomes our new Lead Chef Jamar McCray with his take on an American Menu with the focus on fresh. A wide array of offerings that are prepared with regionally, sourced ingredients to truly bring exceptional to your plate.

DUE TO COVID-19 WE CURRENTLY WE ARE ENJOYING OUTDOOR DINING! WE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR TAKE HOME DINING! 203-744-1776 x 236




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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 744-1776 ext. 236

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jamar McCray

  • Neighborhood

    Danbury

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy DJ Music on select Friday & Saturday nights or catch your favorite sporting event on the three high-definition TVs.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

Starters

  • Soup of the Day$6.00

    • New England Clam Chowder$7.00

      bacon, potatoes

      • Hummus Flight$10.00

        tahini + chick peas, edamame + ginger, black beans + citrus

        • Curried Cauliflower Quesadilla$11.00

          brie, mango chutney, spicy tortilla

          • Wings$11.00

            21 lake spice rub, house hot, garlic parmesan, aloha

            • Calamari Fritti$12.00

              sea slat, cherry peppers, blue cheese, house marinara

              Salads

              add harrisa rubbed chicken $6, salt + pepper sirloin $10, soy glazed salmon $8

              • Caesar$11.00

                grilled romaine, shaved parmesan, roasted potatoes, brioche croutons, spicy caesar vinaigrette

                • Greens and Grains$14.00

                  arugula, kale, farro, chick peas, honey glazed carrots, raw walnuts, feta, harrisa vinaigrette

                  • Farmhouse$14.00

                    arugula, strawberries, asparagus, assorted radishes, oranges, toasted almonds, grapefruit + cumin vinaigrette

                    Hand-Helds

                    all hand-helds come with house seasoned chips, add green salad $4, shoe string fries $3

                    • 21 Lake Burger$14.00

                      c.a.b patty, caramelized onions, arethusa farms blue cheese, harissa mayo

                      • Crafted Crispy Chicken$14.00

                        new england brewing co. seahag ipa battered free range chicken, crispy onion straws, harissa mayo

                        • B. Y. O. B.$11.50

                          c.a.b patty, lettuce, tomato

                          • Fisherman Tacos$15.00

                            fried cod, fried shrimp, fried oysters

                            • Club$14.00

                              roasted turkey, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, garlic mayo, lettuce + tomato

                              • Black Bean Burger$14.00

                                house made vegetarian patty, smoked gouda, miso dressing

                                What 21 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                3.5
                                3.5 based on all time ratings
                                • 3.6Food
                                • 3.8Service
                                • 3.7Ambience
                                • 3.4Value

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                                1. AG

                                  AGBJr

                                  New York Area

                                  2 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on October 17, 2020

                                  overall4food5service5ambience3

                                  Excellent all around, highly recommend to anyone who enjoys good food prepared well and presented simply.

                                2. G

                                  Gail

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on July 16, 2020

                                  overall2food2service5ambience5

                                  Our server was very friendly, and I enjoyed sitting outside. The 21 dry rub wings were delicious. BUT None of the food seemed freshly made. All reheated. Considering the price it should be fresh. Chicken sandwich was inedible. Kettle chips were stale.

                                3. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  8 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on May 22, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We tried their takeout on Thursday night and it was so good we decided to dine in on Friday! New chef Jamar’s menu and specials were extraordinary. I had a special crispy cod over lentils with carrot mash and the presentation and taste were flawless. My kids had a burger and crispy chicken sandwich that my son described as crack. Burger was cooked perfectly chips were house made and addictive. We will definitely be back!

                                4. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 16, 2020

                                  overall1food1service1ambience2

                                  I will not be returning to this restaurant. The service was terrible. Once we were seated we waited at least 15 minutes before we had to find a server to take a drink order. She disappeared and came back more than 15 minutes later. We had to search again to give our food order this time to a different server. No one cleared our plates between courses or asked to refill our drinks. We had to find someone again. The food was mediocre at best. Overall a very poor experience.

                                5. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 15, 2020

                                  overall1food1service2ambience2

                                  The best thing was the champagne since I bought a bottle. They had butter already sitting out on the table with no cover before we got there.. which is already a bad thing! I ordered the calamari, which was decent. My bf ordered the teriyaki wings, they were too salty and came out cold! It was so bad. For entrees, my bf ordered the planked salmon which came out on a bed of old dried rice, with Lima beans that you can get from the freezer section, the salmon was too sweet, had no flavor and was super over cooked and dried, chewy, disgusting over all. I ordered the 21 mixed grill, everything on there was overcooked or left out for too long. The pork belly looked like it has been sitting for some time. The prawns were sooooo overcooked and dry the shells were stuck to it, the steak was terrible! It was overcooked, when I didn’t ask for it to be well done! I just can’t believe they serve people this food! We barely even touched our plates, we looked at it and can already tell how bad it was going to be. The manager tried to only give us half off of our entrees at first when the bill came, then I told him it’s unacceptable and the food on our plate were literally 99% still there! We could not eat it! Please save yourself the money and time and go somewhere else! We waited forever for our food to not even eat it for vday dinner. Our waitress was sweet but you could tell she didn’t know what she was doing, or how to speak to customers. I don’t know if she was nervous or it was her first day working. But overall I just could not enjoy it! I’m very big on hospitality and good service! I never ever feel the need to write these reviews but this was one of the worst.

                                6. S

                                  Sleepyhead

                                  New York Area

                                  10 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  10 reviews

                                  Dined on January 27, 2020

                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                  Just stopped by on a quiet Monday evening for dinner. It’s a restaurant located in the Ethan Allen Hotel that we were curious about. Food was very good. Had app and two salads. Would have preferred the grilled shrimp on one of the salads to have been shelled. It came with the shell on each end of the three pieces. Too much “work” :) Service was very good.

                                7. MH

                                  MeHome39

                                  New York Area

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on January 4, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  We ate in the bar and were greeted very cordially. The waitress was very pleasant and offered suggestions for our meal. The four of us shared the calamari appetizer. The best ever! We all got the hamburger which was delicious. Since we had an early dinner, the bar was very quiet. Enjoyed the evening!

                                8. RM

                                  RMMC

                                  New York Area

                                  2 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on December 19, 2019

                                  overall3food2service4ambience4

                                  It was really bar food, very limited menu, and doesn’t match the ”Ethan Allen ambiance”. I ordered a seafood platter and all of them were overcooked/over-fried. My husband ordered grilled salmon, salmon was ok but side beans were soggy and tasteless. Won't go back again, although the waitress was very pleasant.

                                9. MP

                                  MichaelP

                                  New York Area

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on September 15, 2019

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Went with close friends for Sunday brunch. Meals were very tasty, service was very good. Nice live jazz background music. Will go back!

                                10. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  3 reviews

                                  1.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on September 1, 2019

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  It was my birthday brunch celebration. From the start, the experience was a complete and utter disaster. The service was unbelievably slow to nonexistent. The staff was friendly but did not respond to requests. At all. We asked for music but got silence. We asked for the AC to be turned down and it was FREEZING. We asked for stronger beverages, and they were mostly juice. Then to top it all off, they charged each of us the ENTIRE tab by accident. Disaster! Never will go again!!!!!!

                                11. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New England

                                  2 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on August 30, 2019

                                  overall2food3service1ambience1

                                  Service was horrible. Waitress could not even describe dishes on menu. Ordered Asian chicken and rice dish. Pieces of chicken were smaller than chicken McNuggets and even lesser quality. Disgusting and sent back

                                12. DL

                                  DebraL

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on June 29, 2019

                                  overall1food3service1ambience2

                                  There was a long wait for service, food okay, room very cold.

                                13. DA

                                  DANAH

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on June 22, 2019

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Food was great! Service was awesome. Nice place for a Saturday date night!

                                14. RW

                                  RonW

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 24, 2019

                                  overall3food3service2ambience2

                                  Not so many occupants and our service was super slow. Food was 50-50 of 4 eaters. Ok

                                15. JW

                                  JulieW

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 18, 2019

                                  overall2food1service5ambience1

                                  The staff was lovely, the food was awful. I am deter never to eat in an Ethan Allen restaurant again.

                                16. RF

                                  RobF

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 15, 2019

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Décor and tables are excellent and comfy with nice table settings. Cool solarium. Bar area with occasional trivia/entertainment. Wonderful food!! Not cheap but probably average $$$, but the food and chef is excellent! Very good service from a great team: Aixa, Gina, and Marisa, THANK YOU!!! :) In a nice hotel and WORTH a visit for a NICE meal! DAILY SPECIALS!

                                17. CE

                                  CindraE

                                  New York Area

                                  35 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  35 reviews

                                  Dined on January 26, 2019

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The restaurant was very slow the evening we were there, but that didn't mean the food was any less special. All of our entrees were presented well and tasted delicious. Our waitress was very personable and offered suggestions. I often hesitate to order a hamburger because I like it medium well and don't want it overcooked or undercooked. It came just exactly as I like (and the waitress didn't scoff at my detailed description lol) Would definitely recommend both the Ethan Allen Hotel and the dining. Our lunches in the bar area that afternoon were also very good!

                                18. MG

                                  MariaG

                                  New York Area

                                  30 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  30 reviews

                                  Dined on September 23, 2018

                                  overall4food5service1ambience5

                                  Place was fabulous but the Service was lacking ~ we waited & waited & waited constantly throughout the entire meal. Took an hour before they brought out our order. I can only think it was the server was new or off that day. We will give it another chance as all else was superb! Would recommend!!

                                19. JB

                                  JoyceB

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 23, 2018

                                  overall4food4service2ambience5

                                  The resturant is very nice. Food was good. Service could have been better. I think waitress was nrw

                                20. FM

                                  FrancescaMiddie

                                  New York Area

                                  58 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  58 reviews

                                  Dined on August 12, 2018

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  Great breakfast selection for a great value. Everything was fresh and tasty!

                                21. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  22 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  22 reviews

                                  Dined on April 7, 2018

                                  overall3food3service2ambience4

                                  We were very disappointed with this restaurant. The menu was very limited and our waitress who had only 1 other table forgot about us. We won't go back

                                FAQs

                                21 Lake Restaurant and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 744-1776 ext. 236.

                                21 Lake Restaurant and Bar is rated 3.5 stars by 21 OpenTable diners.

                                Not available on OpenTable

                                Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                                If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


                                Is this your restaurant?
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                                Additional information

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Danbury

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  American

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Dining

                                • Dress code

                                  Casual Dress

                                • Parking details

                                  Private Lot

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive chef

                                  Jamar McCray

                                • Entertainment

                                  Enjoy DJ Music on select Friday & Saturday nights or catch your favorite sporting event on the three high-definition TVs.

                                • Additional

                                  Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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