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Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar, Duluth, MN

Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar

4.7
4.7
65 Reviews
$31 to $50
Global, International
Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar in Duluth, Minnesota has been around since 1991, back when Canal Park was better known as an industrial harbor rather than a tourist location. The interior at Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar has a cozy feel to it, thanks in large part to the reclaimed lumber used for the tables, booths and bar as well as thriving plants. When the weather is nice, you can take your meal out to the deck, furnished with Loll patio furniture made locally.
We are a small restaurant, limited to 15 tables and 70 seats indoors. Because of this we are not able to accommodate groups larger than 8 people. If your party is larger than 8 people, please understand that your group may be split at separate tables, potentially not near each other. Please call us to discuss accommodating your large group events.
Due to the invariability of Duluth weather, our deck is non-reservable and subject to be closed without much notice. We seat the patio on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (218) 722-2355

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Duluth

  • Cross street

    1st floor of the Dewitt Seitz Building, corner of S Lake Ave & Buchanan

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

Offers

  • Wine Wednesday

    Feb 2, 2022 - Jan 4, 2023
    Wed - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Bottles & glasses of wine are half price - all day!

What 65 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • Duluth

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  1. DR

    DaveR

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent but overpriced. I would recommend for the creativity of the food, but paying over $60 for Pad Thai, an appetizer and one beer, that’s too expensive.
  2. A

    Always3

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative, delicious food & drinks, friendly service, comfortable. Lake Ave is our favorite restaurant in the state!
  3. WA

    WelshAde

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food, and the service was great. I highly recommend the bulgogi wagyu skirt steak, and my wife thought the lamb tikka masala was great.
  4. a

    ajbell

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as usual!
  5. J

    Jeff

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food, breakfast, was excellent. Unique, healthy and tasty! Service very good as well. I can’t wait to go back!
  6. BT

    BethanyT

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was outstanding. We found the menu online and thought it looked eclectic and good but it exceeded our expectations. We got appetizers, salad, main, and dessert and there was not a weak link. It was amazing from start to finish.
  7. DM

    DavidM

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three words: great dining destination. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and our time could not have been better. For non-drinkers, the Nadarita was the perfect alternative to a margarita. Mussels as a starter in coconut milk were fragrant, sweet and juicy. My market catch of the day, silver salmon over a tostada was well constructed and perfectly balanced. We will be back
  8. s

    susan

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Last night my husband and I had dinner at Lake Avenue. He had the fish and chips special, served with battered monkfish, crispy fries and first rate coleslaw. I had the fish tostada, made with king salmon, crisp tortillas and delicious beans and vegetables. Wednesday was half-price wine night which we appreciated. The food exceptionally good. So positive was our experience that we went back there today for lunch. My husband had pozole and I the mushroom kimchi dumplings and a cup of the soup of the day. All three dishes were delicious. The menu at Lake Avenue is imaginative, beautifully prepared, genius. Service was excellent at both meals, too, professional and gracious.
  9. BK

    BenjaminK

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Celebrated our anniversary at Lake Avenue at 6pm on a Monday and it wasn’t super packed, we were able to get seated immediately. It’s a fairly smaller menu but of those the Lamb Tikki Masala sounded amazing and we went to order it. Unfortunately, they were recently out of stock of it when it’s 6pm on a Monday.. We both ordered sandwiches instead and I ordered the sausage sandwich. The food came 15 minutes later and was very delicious, however the table next to us went to order the Sausage sandwich and the server said they just ran out of that as well… and it’s only 6:30pm on a Monday. Service was great!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner for two
  11. KK

    KennethK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food choices. Service was good and food came in a timely fashion. We are glad we found this restaurant.
  12. SM

    SheilaM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    The lamb dish was bad! Lamb was so overcooked it was like mush. The rice was under cooked and was so hard to the point where I couldn’t eat it. Flavor was ok but for the $26 it should of been much better. I hid the lamb meat under the pita bread so my husband wouldn’t get mad for spending so much on dinner. The best part of the dinner was our appetizer. Our bill was so ver $120 for the two of us. We were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary. They were out of several items, and the item’s shown of the website were not on the menu. Disappointed.
  13. L

    ellieL

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    I do love spice but the pad Thai was way way way too hot the night I got it. The burger was average. Cocktails nice and the Bao buns delish.
  14. c

    ckccbrown

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fabulous, and so wad the food. Sean was so friendly!
  15. DK

    DebbieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. The food was great and so was our server
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu - best dining experience I’ve had in a really long time!! Can’t wait for my next visit here!
  17. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Had lunch with my date. I had the Pad Thai, received a bowl with lots of noodles and some veggies, and paid $25 for it. My date had the Market Fish Tostada. It came with 2 shrimp and two small Tostadas. They were hard to eat and there was not much on the plate. Paid $21. Two for lunch with water only, with tip came to almost $70. Are you kidding me. Throw in the $7 parking. So, a bowl of noodles and 2 shrimp and no drinks came to almost $80. Really.
  18. AV

    ArtVandeley

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Appetizers and drinks were good. Waitress was awesome. Steak (Special) was not very good but I should have known not to order a steak at a restaurant that doen't specialize in steak.
  19. SL

    SuzanneL

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were great! Had the mushroom steam buns and the rocket pesto pizza and both were extremely good. Service was very attentive but the wait staff was confused over who was serving our table. It didn't affect the quality at all. The wine I selected was far from a generous pour and I didn't care much for it, but that's a personal preference, not a reflection on the restaurant. Would for sure go back.
  20. ST

    SpencerT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting, well executed food and drinks. The mock tails where a nice touch. Everything was next level.
  21. BH

    BruceH

    Portland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Compact but very innovative and interesting menu. Full bar with well crafted classic and unique cocktails. Also wines by the glass. We had vegetarian and non-vegetarian mains plus plus an amazing wild mushroom small plate. Service was excellent.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the menu and the specials. Service is awesome as always
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was incredibly loud by the bar. I understand people want to have a good time but we couldn’t hear each other talk. I wish there was some kind of courtesy sign for guests at the bar to keep their conversations at a level where other guests’ experiences aren’t ruined. My brother was visiting and we raved about this bar, he and I both went home with splitting headaches. Otherwise, the food was exceptional and this remains one of our favorite places to eat!
  24. DL

    DennisL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The online reservation system is great. Food was good and service couldn’t have been better.
  25. LC

    LeslieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always
  26. SL

    ShannonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, very unique, good vegan options but expensive alcohol
  27. A

    Anonymous

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Pizzas and salads portion sizes ridiculously small!
  28. DS

    DawnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were delicious, service superb, food is creative and tasty.
  29. SS

    SabrinaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the service to the food, every aspect of our experience was exceptional. We will definitely become regulars!
  30. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A little pricey for the amount of food, but the food was delicious!
  31. PK

    PrestonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rio was an amazing server, 10/10 recommend this place
  32. TJ

    TadJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good atmosphere, service and location. Food and drinks were all excellent
  33. E

    Enjoydining

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous fish and the pasta was excellent!!!
  34. AM

    AmandaM

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous & so was the service. Highly recommend!
  35. MP

    MaddieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely birthday dinner here. Really fresh ingredients and yummy flavors.
  36. AK

    AmyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy atmosphere, excellent service and divine food. We were a bit intimidated by the menu as it isn't our usual fare, but we took a leap of faith and were not disappointed. Highly recommend!
  37. R

    Remy

    Naples

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    They have changed the menu since we were here previously and have added some interesting options. There are more vegetarian options and a slight Asian influence.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is a must-go restaurant in Duluth. Amazing beer with delicious food! Like it very much!
  39. D

    Dinnertopsthenight

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu was unique and fresh. It had selections for every type of diner, with a special "spin" on even the ordinary. The atmosphere was bright, pleasant, and welcoming. The service was outstanding.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was outstanding! Service was wonderful, our server was attentive and friendly. We’ve only had good experiences here!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings

FAQs

Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 65 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar

394 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802-2325

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st floor of the Dewitt Seitz Building, corner of S Lake Ave & Buchanan

  • Neighborhood

    Duluth

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

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