BLU at the Lakehouse

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
"Casual Glam" decor, warm and inviting all seasons. Raw Bar offers fresh Oysters, Little & Top Necks, Lobster, Crab, Shrimp and more. Menu features lots of Seafood, a Steak and a Vegan Option. Something for everyone. Outdoor seating in the Spring/Summer seasons is a real treat in addition to the menu, the view is breath taking. Warm interior invites you back all year long, as does the warmth of the welcome from the "Neighborhood" staff.
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4.3
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JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating at BLU at the Lakehouse and I really enjoyed it. The brunch prix fixe menu was very reasonable and the three courses were filling. I will return in the summer to enjoy the outdoors.

FG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my boo boo went for Restaurant Week! And it was great. Relaxed, cozy, warm atmosphere. Beautiful November day where we caught the greatest harvest sunset right on the lake. Very tasty 3 course meal for only $35! Very much highly recommend the Tiramisu for dessert!

PP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive wait staff, marinara sauce with mussels was delicious. Relaxing lunch, not rushed.

RM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place for a birthday dinner with family

MR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch, awesome ambiance, great service !

AM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A couple of friends have tried it and I took my friends with me to try restaurant week.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to BLU during restaurant week for lunch. We enjoy discovering new venues.
Location has nice ambiance and is located next to the lake affording a nice view. Our server was excellent and our meals were delicious. We will definitely visit again.

BM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried this restaurant during restaurant week, though we did not order form the special restaurant week menu. It was a weeknight evenings dn the restaurant was virtually empty at 6pm. We sat in front of the fireplace, and the ambiance was very nice. Service was impeccable - water cups were filled, bus boy and waiter were incredibly nice and attentive, etc.
The food was beyond compare. We were so very pleasantly surprised. The mussels appetizer in white wine and garlic was terrific - I could have dipped three loaves of bread in the left over sauce! But then I wouldn't have had room for my seafood over squid ink pasta. The seafood was right off the boat fresh, and the pasta was delicious. However, my wife claims that her halibut special was actually better than my dinner. I tasted hers - she has a valid point, but I liked mine better. All is all - a terrific find and a place we will return to frequently!

m
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spacious, beautiful lake view, love it.

S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited this restaurant for the first time on 11/3. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised.

Nice variety on the menu. I ordered the crab cake for an appetizer and it was huge. Entree portions were smaller, but delicious none the less. I ordered the scallops and asked for them to be cooked on the well done side. They came out brown but not overcooked. My husband had the chicken dish and it had a lot of flavor. Tasted like it was cooked with mustard. For dessert we had the bananas fisher which was cooked table side and was delicious.

Only complaint was that we didn’t like the glasses of wine we ordered. My husband ordered the Chardonnay and it was undrinkable. Tasted like the cork fell in the bottle. He had to send it back. I ordered the Pinot Grigio and it was drinkable but not great quality.

Restaurant is by a marina and has a nice outside patio for alfresco dining in the warmer weather.

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal
And great service lovely place

TN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely awesome. I had the Filet Mignon that really blew me away at how 1good it was. It came with asparagus and Mashed potatoes which was also great. My wife had the Lobster which she said was great. We had King Crab legs as an appetizer, which is the first time I ever seen that before, they were awesome. Would definitely recommend for a great dinner.

BP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great price point. We will definitely be back

G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area, and it’s starts with ownership and atmosphere. The owners are hard working and caring, and go out the way to make your visit enjoyable. The ambience is incredible. Lakefront, nicely decorated, always clean and makes you feel at home. As for the food, when it changed from its previous restaurant name, I was skeptical of the food choices, but I trust their menu, love their specials, and cannot say enough about drink and wine menu. All around perfect.
I feel like I miss something if I don’t get to Blu each week.

KH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and attention to the guests! Overall the restaurant was a fantastic experience, the outdoor eating section has a great view of the water.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter

RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very classy romantic atmosphere with professional service can’t wait to go again

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I ordered a plain hamburger well done that was served burnt to a crisp i.e. hockey puck...i asked for another and it was slightly better and i was told that the grill was very hot because of all the steaks they were cooking...so it was hard for them to cook the burger...i have never heard this excuse before. most restaurants can cook a burger and a steak just fine. so my wife orders a cappachino and its cold...the server admits he used some milk that was already prepared and took a chance...really? this was our 5 year anniversary btw! he didnt charge for the cappachino or the chocolate cake which was fine but overall it just wasnt a great experience

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside it was a bit breezy, but that did not take away from the ambiance of dining outside. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Will definitely return. Service was excellent. All the staff was very attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Been here many times but will NEVER return after today. Reservations at 10 am for six people. Picked from pre-fixe brunch menu. Served drinks right away. After waiting 20 min. Was told there was no almond butter and could I switch to the crostini with the honey. I said okay. Another 30 minutes go by and still no food. Our waiter is no where so asked the other waiter can he please check on our food because we have now been here an hour with no food (some ordered just fruit to start). Waiter never comes back. Ten minutes later ask another person that works there to please check, never returns. The. asked the hostess as she was passing by to find out what was going on. She never came back. After waiting over an hour and receiving NO food and no one communicating we got up and left. The hostess than chased us in the parking lot and said they were sorry. The one waiter just left on them. We said not our problem. We asked three people to check on order and no one communicated with us. I will never return again. By the time we left it was 11:30 and we had no food. Very disappointed and unacceptable.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Issue with service chef absent? Honey bread made with butter instead of ricotta -was replaced. Food was good. They forgot to serve us cannoli last course in pre fixed brunch menu.

MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

There was a wedding going on at the same time, place is small to begin with, the wedding took over the entire restaurant except for outside deck closest to the parking lot. All dining customers were squeezed onto the outside deck which isn't very big. The kitchen is small so between having to prepare the food for the wedding and regular dining customers, we had to wait 15-20 mins for our appetizer and an additional 25-30 mins for our dinner. Chicken dish and pork dish were dry and the rest was very bland tasting. Our waiter was very good and worked very hard but he was only one of about 3 wait staff working. If they booked a wedding, they should've closed the regular restaurant for the evening. My wife chose this place for her birthday dinner and we were very disappointed

JG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Hostess took a long time to seat us and we had reservations, (obviously) but it appeared that they needed to coordinate better. Food was good and once the waiter came to the table he was pretty good. Oh, and the forgot to out our dessert

G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I am never disappointed with the quality and ambience at BLU! Its starts with Victor, and then Jessica and staff at the bar, and to the wait staff for dining. Always pleasant and accommodating. The views are spectacular, and the food is always cooked to perfection. Aside from the occasional guest that has an issue with something minor, I always feel the mood to be relaxed and fun. Slight changeover from Wait staff is the only unfortunate downside, but I'm a fan of staff that wants to work there and does a good job.
Keep up the great work BLU!

OU
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people and food. The place is worth a few trips !!

AB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Something not going right...waited 1 hour for appetizers. Branzino was a bit overcooked.
Such a great location...

j
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when dining here.

CL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. Delicious drinks! Yummy food! Beautiful views!

P
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not my first time here. Interesting, tasty apps. And entrees. Service always efficient. View of lake special.

DC
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

If the service had been better, the rating would have been higher. We were seated quickly, but then there was along wait before our waiter came to ask if we wanted drinks. In fact, a waiter from another section came over because he had observed that no one had come to our table. I ordered the veggie burger and asked for it without the English muffin. The waiter somehow thought this was an odd request and questioned me if I was sure. Then, when the burger arrived, not only was the English muffin missing, but so was everything else that was supposed to come with the burger (cheese, pickle, etc.). This meant that I had to send my order back and wait while my brunch partner ate his meal. The food itself was good as were the cocktails. The setting for Blu on the lake is lovely. Our table was just a foot or so away from the boat slips. The quality of the food and the setting are why I say I would recommend Blu, but the service made the experience less than what it should have been.

BG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience, beautiful views, friendly service, good food and good friends made for a sunny Sunday brunch... will be going back again.

LU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing Sunset dinner!

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The location was beautiful. We sat outside. There was only two of us but we ordered multiple drinks, appetizers, and dinner. Would have kept going but the service was lacking. Two waiters bounced back and forth with us. One was awesome and the other we had more often. One appetizer was never brought. He said he would take it off our bill but there it was, on the bottom of the bill like it was just added.
Also, he tried to memorize our order and I got a lovely, expensive steak medium rare and not medium well.
Just frustrating that we drove all the way out there for that.
Also, one of your mixed drinks tasted like I was chewing on a Christmas tree. Glad I tried it but would order that again.

K
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The food was mostly outstanding, as it should be given the prices. However, I was extremely disappointed with one of the specials. A 22-ounce ribeye was offered, and I ordered it medium rare. It was delivered quite tender and flavorful but medium well. Two-levels off from my requested doneness was a bit much though, and I could imagine how wonderfully tender the meat would be if it were cooked as asked, so I requested a replacement steak prepared medium rare, as I initially ordered. It wasn't a big deal, overcooking happens, and the server appropriately honored my request. But the replacement steak was awful!!! The preparation was clearly rushed - it was blackened charred and tasted of nothing but carbon. It was unseasoned. It was a way less tender cut. At least it was medium rare, which was all the server focused on. He seemed disgusted that I was not totally happy with my replacement steak, and he quickly ran away from the table. For $42, I think the steak should be tender and flavorful and prepared as requested. Clearly the kitchen screwed up, but the waiter screwed up, also

WJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Blu. Cannot wait to go back.

c
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Had a reservation. They sat us in the back of the porch at a un-set table. Hostess did not give us menus. Told us they are hard to find. Right next to our table was a loud industrial floor fan. Could not hear each other talk. Waiter did his best. They definitely where understaffed. Food was ok but over priced.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible. Waited 45 minutes for our table to finally be seated and then wait another 20 minutes for a waiter. We finally got fed up and walked out. Absolutely ridiculous... this isn’t our first time here and there is always an excuse.... computers are down, short staffed etc. Today was the last straw. Save your money and time.

KB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food and service was great! Can’t beat eating at the outside tables by the lake. The salmon was perfectly cooke - the short rib Bolognese was a little light on the meat but otherwise good. Will definitely go again!

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was served warm at best, ordered strip steak medium was cooked VERY welldone.
overall food fair at best. Waiter was very professional and friendly.

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening having dinner by the lake. Perfect weather, beautiful sunset and relaxing music. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Service was outstanding. Highly recommend.