Lake & Irving

4.7
706 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

PLEASE NOTE: We have switched to Resy for all of our online reservations, and are no longer on the OpenTable network.

You can make reservations via Resy right now on our website, www.lakeandirving.com,
and you can always call the restaurant during business hours or stop by in person, as well. All existing reservations made through OpenTable will be transferred and honored with no action on your part. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience during the transition!
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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Kacey Taylor or Brian Elder: (866) 364-0356
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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
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great place. Always love the food. This tune however we were not as impressed with the menu. The Lux Burger amazing as always but the other entrees of the sirloin special, & loco moco not as yummy. Biggest thing the loco moco is 2 beef patties on rice and menu doesn’t reflect that.

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KW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu selection; great value; great service. Easy dining.

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous and Surly Darkness too !! Server quite good. We like your restaurant!

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f
Minneapolis
132 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love L etc) but overall this place is awesome. Wonderful, casual dining in uptown.

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KW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant in Uptown! Lively, but quiet enough for a good conversation. Our food was fantastic, but the service was a little slow, especially in the beginning with drink orders.

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JP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideal neighborhood bistro, creative menu and cocktails, warm and friendly, relaxed.

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MF
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our second time here but our first for brunch. A previous dinner was excellent. Brunch offerings were numerous and varied, as well as creative, though I wish there were more breakfast options for non-egg eaters. Waffles were about it. There were four of us this too, versus just the two of us the first time around. Their first time here. Everyone liked their food as far as taste was concerned, and aside from the chicken and waffles for $13 being just two wedges (half of a round waffle) and a single chicken breast, we were quite satisfied. Two diners had a spicy bowl concoction of some sort and while they both thought it was really tasty, both felt quite definitively that it was too spicy. This coming from two people who love spicy food, so for what it's worth, watch out! Definitely a nice restaurant with unique food and a good vibe. We will be back.

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I
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and we thought it was a good value. Liked that we could have a booth so we could hear each other talk which doesn't happen in a lot of restaurants on a Saturday night. Waitress totally missed that I booked the reservation to celebrate my husband's birthday. She never mentioned nor did anything to help us celebrate. Is that her fault or mine? Either way, we would return.

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SE
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal. Both the food and the service were excellent.

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CE
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved all the combinations Chef Chris created. Amazing really!

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f
Minneapolis
132 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May be the best restaurant in Uptown. Warm atmosphere. Incredible food (truly the best burger in msp) and great drinks. We were there today for brunch and were blown away again by just what a great spot this is.

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MD
Minneapolis
94 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I live in the neighborhood and we are at Lake and Irving frequently. Had some out of town guests and took them here for dinner. This is the best place in Uptown, and the food is superb. No matter what time of day you come here, brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner. The menu is creative and everything is consistently good. Very friendly and attentive staff. A great neighborhood hangout!

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant week menu as well as regular featured items. Wonderful meal!

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KE
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, interesting food is the main attraction. Friendly service. Lively atmosphere. I think the lighting particularly in the back room could be softer and thus cozier.

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LP
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is a local gem. The food is always top notch plus they have a great draft beer selection. Wait staff are always helpful and friendly.

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GM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

This was our second time visiting the restaurant. We were excited to be there during restaurant week and celebrating a birthday but our visit was kind of disappointing. It really boiled down to service. Our server was less than attentive to our group of 6. It was a Tuesday night, so it wasn't exactly busy. She seemed more interested in watching the Wild game that they were playing over the bar. While she did note at the last minute that we were celebrating a birthday and brought out a mochi dessert, we were never offered a dessert menu(which would have been great because most of us weren't interested in the mochi).

It was also disappointing to see that they drastically reduced the menu due to restaurant week. Basically it felt like we were either to order from the restaurant week menu or have a burger. I get that during a special week like that restaurants sometimes limit their menus, but it was surprising to find such limited options especially because I had looked online prior to booking and saw the full menu listed.

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m
Minneapolis
84 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood gem! Great food, ambiance and service ( thank you Evan!). Cocktails are also excellent.

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s
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for restaurant week for some girlfriends- we had a great time, most of the food was delicious, particularly the pork hash dumplings, pork tenderloin, Ahi entree, and apple/pear tartlet for dessert. The watercress salad was billed as a highlight, but it was just your average salad. We also shared a wonderful bottle of pinot noir... good for a special dinner!

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very interesting and creative menu. Had a group of 6, each of us ordered something different. All of us enjoyed our meals and cocktails. Nice touch was the mochi ice cream dessert for my birthday.

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UW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lake & Irving continues to be one of my favorite spots in Uptown. Somewhat upscale (and delicious) food, yet decently priced in a laid back atmosphere. Great beer selection, great service, and great for both dinner and weekend brunch. I have not yet been there for lunch.
My most recent trip there, I was a little dismayed to learn that the menu had been turned over (I am going to miss the green beans and the St. Louis style ribs app), but the new menu did not disappoint!

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j
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very dependable food, and friendly staff. a favorite spot.

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D
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining in Lake and Irving. Warm welcome, very helpful to help choosing drink and meal. Excellent meal.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely @ wonderful place with girlfriends! Rose sparkling wine was tasty!

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always.... this place knocks it out of the park. Thank you for the great food, bartender/server, managers, and consistency.

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NG
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all enjoyed our food and creative cocktails. We definitely will go back again. The scallops were amazing.The KFC cauliflower was sooo good. The ginger scallion Opakapaka is something I will come back for!

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KG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great appys and Kevin was a fabulous server. Main dishes marginal.

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G
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Used to be my favorite restaurant. The last two times there it was good but not as good. Changed their menu and some of our faves are off the menu or changed.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed a great meal on a chilly rainy October evening. Great atmosphere!

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BL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for the chicken sandwich and cheeseburger. Both were great. Will be back again for sure.

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F
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the cauliflower appetizer and the fried chicken sandwich with a side salad for my entree. The appetizer was very tasty with just enough spice.
Chicken sandwich was delicious, I had some left to take home and it was just as good the next day

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch food with yummy aioli options. We noted “need 2 booster seats” on our reservation and there were crayons ready to go at the table upon arrival. Love the vibe and appreciated how cool everyone was with our toddler chaos.

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f
Minneapolis
132 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
8 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
14 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
43 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
16 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
132 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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