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Lake & Irving

4.6
594 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
A local, family-owned restaurant in Uptown. Food-focused, with creative and classic cocktails, craft beer, and eclectic wines by the glass and bottle. Driven by two Chef brothers and a team of dedicated & experienced employees, we would love to serve you. Join us for lunch, brunch, or dinner!
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm ,br> Dinner: Everyday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(612) 354-2453
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Ikeda
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Irving Ave.
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Parking details
We have a parking lot behind our restaurant. Please enter off of Irving Avenue South.
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Entertainment
We occasionally host live music and every Thursday we host Trivia Mafia at 9pm. Join us!
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Lake & Irving Restaurant & Bar can provide multiple styles of dining experiences for private events. We offer both exclusive and semi-private rooms with the opportunity to customize your menu to suit the style of your event.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Mother's Day brunch! We will be serving a three-course family-style brunch from 9am-3pm. Please note that we will NOT be serving our normal a la carte menu. Details and pricing are yet-to-be-determined, please check back!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 594 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

AMAZING every time!!!!! Service, drinks, food! Yum!!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We love this neighborhood hangout. The food is consistently top rate and the staff is quite responsive to your every need.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Snow day in Minneapolis so very little people out on the road. Great spot in uptown for a drink, brunch and good company with excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Best burger and buttermilk chicken sandwich ever ! And the margarita is AMAZING !

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Cozy spot for a casual dinner with friends on a snowy night. Cauliflower app was wonderful, as were burgers.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Breakfast/Brunch was great!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Herschel was our waiter, he did a great job and was friendly and fun. He made a couple great recommendations and we were all pleased. I should also include that Lake & Irving is priced very reasonably.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

L&I doesn't disappoint. While the menu seems small, it had something for everyone, and one of the best burgers I've ever had. Not to mention the Whiskey and Fig, and Gimle cocktails! Delish!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Awesome dinner! Everything was great, especially the Ahi shot appetizer!
Great free parking in the back was a huge bonus.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We really enjoyed our lunch and were please that unlike many brunch spots in the area, it wasn't totally overrun at noon on a Saturday!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The brisket hash was out of this world! And the fact that have parking? In Uptown? 'Nuf said.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great small plates, fantastic service. Perfect place for creative light fare. We especially enjoyed the Korean Fried Cauliflower and the roasted beets. And the service staff were excellent and friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lake & Irving has been our favorite restaurant and we continue to find it to be a source of comfort and relaxation. We find ourselves going at least once or twice a week and sometimes more. I would strongly put lake & Irving at the top of your list for an awesome dining experience

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch. Excellent! The selections were great, service was great. Had a very nice meal. Would do it again!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter this year happened to fall on my Mother's birthday. We don't celebrate easter, however, so it was just us there for her birthday. I checked the website before making the reservation, and it mentioned that there would be a special easter brunch menu, but I didn't see anywhere saying that they weren't going to be serving anything off of their already very small regular menu.

So we were somewhat forced into the easter brunch menu by circumstance. It was expensive. $26 per person. The options seemed good, so we consigned ourselves to it.

I'm just going to get it out of the way that our server seemed irritated/irritable and hasty throughout our service. She wasn't one for chit chat or happiness, but it was a family holiday she couldn't attend herself, so I'm giving her a pass.

My complaints were the food.
- The salmon on toast with creme fraiche etc. was the size of my thumbnail. We got one each.
- The fruit plate was composed of cheap produce fruits. The orange slices weren't even peeled, and we didn't even get a whole section of an orange between us. There was far too much cantaloupe.
- I don't eat scrambled eggs, so those were a waste. We got two slices of bacon, nothing special about it. The hashbrowns were actually excellent. One of the few really good things about this meal.
- The biscuits and gravy were good, but nothing that knocked our socks off. One per person.
- The nutella french toast was a little lackluster, neither of us finished it. The bananas foster waffle was excellent.

All in all, it was excessively heavy on cheap carbohydrates, and almost no protein in the meal. I needed a 3 hour nap afterwards because of the carbo coma.

The only thing that we loved, were the drinks.... which weren't included in the price of this tiny buffet.

I think it was a nice idea, but they were definitely working to churn a heavy profit. I would've been so much happier if we could've just ordered a simple lunch instead.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Absolutely loved the service and the food! We had the Easter brunch and it was the best! Moderate portion siZes and amazing food!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter brunch and loved it. I liked that the food was served family style and not a buffet - the quality was much better than a buffet would have been. Everything was delicious and the portions were just right. The vibe was casual but classy and our server was cheerful and attentive without being annoying. Loved that we were in Uptown but didn't have the too-cool-for-you hipster feel. Outdoor seating wasn't open yet, but we imagined ourselves enjoying food and drinks on the patio on a warm day. We'll definitely come back for a regular meal!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful meal. Great neighborhood restaurant. The burger is one of the best in town; the chicken appetizer is really really good; and the salmon entree was delicious. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

L&I over the past few years has become one of my favorite restaurants! I’ve always had great service and yummy food. Most recently, Herschel, took care of us and he was outstanding! Fun, informative and professional.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Only disappointment was the large ice cube in my handcrafted gin drink. I had this last time and I think the pour was very slim this time. The ice cube was quite large and the liquids barely covered the cube. Four a 10 drink I understand you get a shot of gin but the mix could had been more generous.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We loved it, and should have come here a long time ago. We will definitely be back. Excellent, creative food, ample portions (though another scallop or two would have made for a better review), the opakapaka was superb, and the sauces with both entrees were mouth-watering. Lots of energy in the place (Saturday night), great atmosphere (loved the lighting), creative cocktails, plenty of wines by the glass (average pours at best), and the casual/local neighborhood feel was great. I only wish we could walk here! Excellent service from Dina, and the staff works extremely well as a team. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food delicious and service great , a great neighborhood location , reasonable prices. Not too loud. I love this place. Ellen McInnis

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I love this place. It’s not cheap but the food is amazing even for someone who can’t eat dairy. I’ve sent my parents here, caught up with past colleagues, met with my book club. It has a warm cozy intimate feel but it’s also a bit noisy. Which can be good for smaller conversations but a bit harder for groups bigger than 6. Great service, too.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I was here three times this past week, once for Sunday brunch, once for a Birthday celebration and enjoyed Happy Hour with our regular group. Service was always attentive and helpful.
The food was really good on all 3 occasions.
Will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Well as always we enjoyed an incredible meal and good conversation. The staff and the food are #1

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Lake & Irving is one of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. I like that they take reservations and are not booked weeks out. We've also had good luck visiting without reservations, especially if we're willing to sit at the bar. Great beer list, great cocktails, and the food is excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This is one of our favorite places to eat. Their buttermilk chicken sandwich is to die for!!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The cocktails and short ribs are first rate! We have never been disappointed in our meals or our service at this relaxed venue. You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I still believe this place serves the best cheeseburger in the city. Best waitstaff as well.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This is a beautiful place with well sourced ingredients for delicious food. The drinks are created with great imagination and taste! We were blown away and can't wait to return. Especially in summer for their outdoor dining.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

When Lucia's closed, we need a place to go on the occasions when we did not feel like cooking, or when we had a little something to celebrate. This is now our regular stomping ground.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious, and the cocktails were great too! I loved the Korean cauliflower and the crusted fish dish (I can't remember the exact name.) Really impressive service too -- I'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is a restaurant that consistently delivers delicious food, and has great service. Thank you again Lake & Irving! You’re our favorite!!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I love this place! Amazing food. I’d go so far to say it was the best piece of fish I have ever had...ever.

Holy yum!!!!!
Go!
Easy!
Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We lived every bite of the restaurant week menu. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My husband and I are huge fans of Lake & Irving. We have found we can always rely on their tried and true menu offerings to be well executed and delicious. By chance we came the last night their Restaurant Week menu was offered. My husband stuck with one of his favorites, the Ahi tuna salad, and I ordered from the special menu; starting with lettuce wrap cups filled with short rib- soooooo good! The scallops were my main course and they were prepared to perfection. My meal included a dessert and I chose the apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream. On the drive home, all we could talk about was how great everything tasted. The service here is attentive and friendly. We love Lake & Irving!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a great time celebrating my son's engagement there on a Friday night. It was restaurant week and most of us had the specials and wine pairing. I loved the vibe and the scallops were delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The restaurant week option was fabulous! Regular menu items are also very good

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We visited during Restaurant Week and we will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Restaurant Week lunch menu was great. Broccoli cheese soup was fantastic and the Furakake chicken was exceptional. Wine pairing went great with the foods. Cuban sandwich (not on regular menu) was very good. Service was great as well.

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