Lake & Irving

4.7
674 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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!
Additional
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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What 674 People Are Saying
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f
Minneapolis
125 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best neighborhood-meets-comfort-food restaurant in town.

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OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome night! Awesome weather on the patio, great food, great service!

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NK
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was amazing! Great variety of options and my entire group was super satisfied with their food. I highly recommend their chicken and waffles!! Or anything to be honest, they also offer their DELICIOUS buttermilk chicken sandwich for brunch, so make sure to dive into that bad boy (yummm!)

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s
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

What a surprise this was. Food was great, wine was reasonable and the service was very good.
Casual setting with gourmet food.

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S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was the star of this show - very nice flavor profiles that were well executed. The atmosphere was a little loud and not as cozy as some other Minneapolis gems but I would not let that prevent me from going Lake & Irving again.

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C
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Listed as a foodie favorite by open table wasn’t quite accurate. Food was average and service ok. We’ve been underwhelmed here for breakfast too.

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f
Minneapolis
125 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best casual dining in Uptown. And the burger is the best in town. Amazing place.

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h
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Monday night for our Anniversary so it wasn't crowded but everything about the restaurant was excellent. I would definitely go again and would highly recommend it!

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JR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A solid place with good food and prompt service. Exciting drink menu.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great neighborhood

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B
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and excellent server! So enjoyable-

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RW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to Lake & Irving many times. It is a terrific go-to neighborhood restaurant and bar - even though we live 45 minutes from the neighborhood. Excellent food, if a somewhat limited menu; terrific bar; and outstanding service. Very good and always dependable.

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ES
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy place to have some good food. Walking distance to Uptown.

Fried chicken sandwich was amazing and the fresh pasta is highly recommended.
Stop here. It’s worth it.

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OT
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and services as usual!

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PD
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around for celebrating a birthday dinner with family

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L
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lake & Irving. The food is always reliably delicious with attentive service (just the right amount of attention). We brought good friends and sat outside on the patio. Great place-we will be back. It's a neighborhood favorite!

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MS
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, tasty drinks and a great place to meet out of town friends. Each time we go we live the food and service. See you next time!

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f
Minneapolis
125 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best comfort food in town. The burger is amazing.

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J
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lake & Irving has a great every day menu, but if they have a special the night you are there you owe it to yourself to order it!

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J
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lake & Irving is a neighborhood favorite. It’s a place to go to see friendly faces and enjoy consistently great food.

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CC
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed my quiche, although I was hoping it'd be a bit bigger. Everyone in our party of 7 enjoyed their meal. I'd love to go back!

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RN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific experience, good food and excellent service. We really liked our server, Josh!

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OT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner with teenaged daughters. Both KFC and brussel sprouts were hits. Salmon, hanger steak, cheeseburger and caprese sandwich were all great.

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MT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always yummy with very good service-a wonderful combination

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CM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner here with another couple for Restaurant Week. We all had the hoisin-glazed salmon with stick rice, so not much variety for feedback here. The salmon was great -- not overcooked which is my pet peeve with most foods, including fish. The sauce was tasty and complemented the salmon well and the sticky rice proved a nice complement. The lettuce cup appetizer was also very tasty and the raspberry creme brulee for dessert was just amazing.

The atmosphere is fun and energetic, if not a bit on the loud side. Our waiter was helpful and did a very nice job on a busy Thursday evening. We would like to get back again and try some other items on the menu.

One last thing, parking is available behind the restaurant but it is limited.

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JG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best meal I had during Restaurant Week. The wine pairing included a white and a pinot, which I've never had any luck with. But they worked out perfectly. The pressed watermelon salad was nicely dressed -- not too heavy, and with a subtle flavor. (We couldn't tell that the watermelon was pressed. We joked that maybe it just got a gently hug.) The sauce with the pork chop was delicious, I wish there 'd been some bread to mop it up. The chop was a bit too chewy for me. My friend had the beef, and pronounced it the best steak he'd had since our trip to Italy. All in all, a memorable meal.

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DB
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went tonight for Reataurant Week. Wonderful dinner with wine pairing. Service was good if a bit impersonal. Hoisin glazed salmon was particularly good.

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f
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week and had a fantastic experience. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines we asked about. The food was presented very nicely and was great.

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W
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed the FLAVORS of my food. It was served cold and the pork chop was kind of chewy. The timing of the food was a little off. We ate 1/2 our salads when the entree was delivered. I enjoyed the KFC and watermelon salad so I’d come back and try it one more time. The Server was great and apologetic about the mistiming of the food. We ultimately had received a discounted check, which was also nice. All in all, again, I’d go for a second try.

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JL
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Server very fun and attentive. The wine list includes some affordable bottles. I am one of those few people who is not a watermelon fan. The watermelon salad was over the moon!

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LM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

This review is specifically for the restaurant week menu of July 2018. Our first experience with Lake and Irving was the fall/winter restaurant week which was outstanding! We have been back several times and it's always good. this season's restaurant week was not my favorite, but the food was good, just not as interesting.

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SH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We went for restaurant week because their menu said there was going to be raspberry creme brulee. What we got was an undercooked creme brulee with raspberries on top (it should not be soupy). It was also half the size of the regular menu creme brulee. Those in our party who ordered off the restaurant week menu were extremely disappointed because the meal was over priced, we didnt even get a full size dessert. Yes, it was a tasty pork chop but the broccoli was cold and bland while the potatoe puree wasn't anything special. Others got the fried chicken sandwich and seemed to like it well enough. My parents each got the fried chicken sandwich and split a creme brulee and their bill was the same as my single restaurant week meal. The service was also pretty slow and the seating very uncomfortable. It's unlikely we will return.

UPDATE: Even though a representative asked me to reach out and I did reach out a subsequent follow up was never completed. It appears to have been an empty gesture aimed at looking good for anyone reading the reviews.

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s
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Waitress was excellent and was never rushed or ruffled

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LI
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu is excellent, with something with everyone, and deserves its designation as a gastropub. Service was par excellence. Lake and Irving is unique - pub feel, excellent service with a superb blend of Asian/American cuisine. I highly recommend this restaurant. Great patio too, very close to Uptown and the Lakes.

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food and patio. Menu is not big, but everything is really good.

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JI
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are members of a group of ex-coworkers who meet monthly for meals. L&I is the only venue where all members show up. We’ll be back later in the month for lunch with another group of friends. Excellent servers!

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h
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff are all very warm and friendly, and the food was delicious (Sunday brunch). We sat outside on the patio on a lovely, summer, Sunday morning.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We were seated in the way back of the restaurant where it was dark and away from the liveliness of the restaurant.

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JA
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor dining with dogs allowed. Need I say more, awesome!

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LM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you like good food, great cocktails, and a great ambiance, this is the place for you. The price is very reasonable for the quality of food you get. Bree was our server and she was excellent. I'd recommend this place with no hesitation.

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