Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Minneapolis - St. Paul
  4. Duluth
  5. Duluth
Lake Effect Restaurant & Bar
7047 Rice Lake Rd. - Lake Effect Restaurant & Bar, Duluth, MN

Lake Effect Restaurant & Bar

4.6
4.6
42 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Lake Effect is inspired by a collective love for great cuisine, culture, fine wine, and cocktails in a cozy, casual setting in the Northwoods of Minnesota. We want people to come in and have the joy of relaxing with family and friends while deciding on the perfect pairing of food and drink.
Whether that relaxation comes in the form of watching the Sunday football game on our bar TV's, or enjoying a quiet dinner with a bottle of reserve wine will depend on the individual, but we would like to cater to both of these interests.
Our goal is to have something for everyone, adventurous palate and classic tastes alike.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (218) 576-7583
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Luke Anderson
  • Private party facilities
    We have a 30-person private dining room available for special occasions, meetings and events.Please call or email to schedule your next gathering!
  • Neighborhood
    Duluth
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 1/2 Price Wine Thursdays

    Multiple dates available
    Every Thursday we offer 1/2 price wine by the bottle with our normal menu - normal hours, lunch or dinnertime!
    1/2 Price Wine Thursdays Photo

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Enjoy Happy Hour discounts Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm: $1 off tap beers and wines $1 off rail drinks

    Happy Hour Photo

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

42 Reviews
  1. TerryN

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good experience. Our first time there and we will be back. Very good food and reasonable prices. Very friendly staff .

    Is this helpful?

  2. JennieB

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have eaten here more than a handful of times and have yet to order something that wasn’t delicious. Brunch is fantastic and so is the dinner menu. I love that the menu is always changing! Atmosphere is cozy and family friendly!

    Is this helpful?

  3. MattC

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible service. Very timely and considerate of anything we might need. The food was delicious. So good in fact I could barely wait for it to cool down to eat. The prices were very reasonable. A great experience overall!

    Is this helpful?

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only criticism that we have is our reservation was at 5:30 PM. When we were done eating the table next to us was being offered different menu options. The weight staff was very attentive, very good and explain things on the menu since it was our first time there.

    Is this helpful?

  5. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pad Thai was great except for a random chunk of some kind of spice that was very potent and intense. Pesto pizza was good but missing the balsamic glaze on top.

    Is this helpful?

  6. AnnK

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and creative beverages make this a unique dining experience.

    Is this helpful?

  7. 21830BELOW

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lake Effect is a breath of fresh air in the world of endless pub food here in Duluth. Yes, there’s burgers and cheese curds (very yummy ones!) on the menu but there’s something for everyone on their menu and everything is elevated with a tasty twist. There’s pride and real skill involved here! Also, the service is really great,..very upbeat and attentive. I was there one evening with some gal pals, we were gabbing endlessly but didn’t want to keep the staff so we made motions to leave until the guys said; “Stay as long as you like! We’re not going anywhere.” So, we stayed and ended up ordering more beverages and dessert! If you don’t want a burger, the daily fish is EXCELLENT. I’d recommend Lake Effect to anyone.

    Is this helpful?

  8. NewDiner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great new restaurant for the area. Everyone in our group really liked their food.

    Is this helpful?

  9. michaelAF

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time at Lake Effect and we really enjoyed ourselves. The physical space is really charming and relaxing—it would be a great venue to rent for a private party! The food is good quality. I would, however, like to see more vegetarian options. Lastly, the tap beer selection is fantastic. Thanks, Lake Effect.

    Is this helpful?

  10. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Server was friendly and helpful. Will definitely come again.

    Is this helpful?

  11. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was outstanding. The food was wonderful. We were not rushed at all. Great evening.

    Is this helpful?

  12. RussellW

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Huge fan. The menu changes and but that’s amazing thing.

    Is this helpful?

  13. NancyL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food- comfortable for small and larger groups. Perfect for the casual dinner who is interested in good food with great ingredients and a bit of innovation. Staff were super.

    Is this helpful?

  14. Adem

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great and I liked it. Mac and Cheese for the regular folk, more interesting faire for the rest.

    Is this helpful?

  15. BarbaraS

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our servers over the last few times at Lake Effects were Tammy and Rebecca. Superb, as was the food! They should be proud to offer such quality. Kudos to the chefs and kitchen staff!

    Is this helpful?

  16. LizS

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Service was great. A lot of mosquitoes inside the restaurant were annoying.

    Is this helpful?

  17. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought two new couples to Lake Effect for dinner. They loved the food and Rebecca our server was fantastic! Thank you LE!

    Is this helpful?

  18. Duluth

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always terrific and the drinks are fantastic. Lake Effect has quickly become our favorite restaurant in Duluth. It should be on everyone’s list.

    Is this helpful?

  19. 21830BELOW

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Arrived with girlfriends for our first visit to Lake Effect. We made reservations so we were seated promptly. The service was attentive and friendly. Our server recommended a glass of the house Rose for me. It was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. They were artfully prepared and presented. A friend ordered the pad Thai. She said; “It’s a bit different from the usual but I REALLY like it!” My fish over a bed of couscous was DELICIOUS. I asked if they had decaf, our server said “I can make you one!” He did a pour over just for me and it was great! Our chatty group sat and gabbed for a long time. We were worried about staying too late but the staff encouraged us to linger and enjoy. I highly recommend!

    Is this helpful?

  20. SueZ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good atmosphere, clean, good wait staff, very limited menu, prices are a bit high, but definitely worth a try.

    Is this helpful?

  21. ChristopherD

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place with outdoor dining options. The cocktail menu is creative and the food is fantastic!

    Is this helpful?

  22. Philr

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Place is very clean and fresh. Seems they are trying to cater to more of an upscale crowd but had the greeter had tee shirt and ball cap. wife ordered vodka soda but received a gin and tonic (drank it anyway) and asked for blue cheese for her side salad (which cost $7) but they gave her ranch. Need to pay attention to the details a little more. Food was good but pricy

    Is this helpful?

  23. Babs

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Lake Effect Cafe is amazing!! Really good good food. Wonderful ambience. Check out their menu!!

    Is this helpful?

  24. Ellie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary at Lake Effect. Our food was amazing and our server was attentive and delightful. We will definitely be back!

    Is this helpful?

  25. AngelaS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks & wine were great & food was delicious! Menu has perfect selections for all appetites.

    Is this helpful?

  26. 26pt2runner

    Minneapolis

    162 reviews

    4.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Recommended by a friend and became my post Grandmas Marathon meal. We were served by the bartender who did a good job despite being a bit overworked from what we could tell. Food was very good and nice wine list. We’ll definitely be back. Nice option for visits to Duluth if you’re willing to drive a bit.

    Is this helpful?

  27. SusanB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic. Soup delicious. The duck leg was very well done and rice dish with it was very very very spicy hot. Drinks were awesome.

    Is this helpful?

  28. AlayneH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my parents to lunch for mothers/fathers day. Great lunch— my mom loved her cocktail.

    Is this helpful?

  29. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as expected and excellent outdoor seating.

    Is this helpful?

  30. Laura

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were knowledgeable and fun. They all had a great sense of humor. The food was awesome! It was fresh and very flavorful! I’m definitely going back!

    Is this helpful?

  31. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New drink menu! We had the Tiki drink, the Skinny Dipping, the Boulder Daisy, and the Fallen Grapes wine. I’m not a wine drinker, so I hated the wine, but I also am not really a drinker and liked all three of the others! The duck was fantastic (we ordered it with half of the rice because we knew we wouldn’t eat it all) But the star was the Pork Belly Burnt ends with corn salsa and beets in Bibb lettuce. Whoever thought of this combination deserves a raise, and a medal. It was sooooo good!

    Is this helpful?

  32. JoyB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so delicious and the staff was so kind to us and our three rambunctious kids. We sat outside and really enjoyed the whole experience.

    Is this helpful?

  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stopped in here for brunch with my parents on Sunday. Our service with Alison was excellent! She was spot on with her suggestions! We tried the pork belly hash which was amazing and had wonderful flavor. The Bloody Mary’s and mimosas were also really good.

    Is this helpful?

  34. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I am a complete duck snob and was nervous to order the duck thigh confit, because I was going to be really disappointed if it wasn’t fantastic. I wasn’t disappointed. It was so delicious! And perfectly done! I almost want to go back tomorrow for another order!

    Is this helpful?

  35. MicheleH

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, indoor/outdoor seating options, excellent service. Menu was limited, and pricey but the food was excellent!

    Is this helpful?

  36. Alana

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were hoping to love this spot, given that we have always enjoyed Lake Avenue Cafe. Unfortunately, it is just lacking a bit of polishing especially in the service department. The menu was intriguing, but we were a bit disappointed that the fish specials were all imported from out of state. That point aside, their menu standard walleye sandwich was delicious and was the highlight of our meal. We hope to come back, the space is lovely and staff is friendly, there is just room for improvement.

    Is this helpful?

  37. SundayDiner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent brunch menu and the service was fantastic.

    Is this helpful?

  38. TerriM

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the Pork Belly Sandwich and Fries ... it was so yummy! Very friendly and helpful staff, too. I'll definitely be back!

    Is this helpful?

  39. KerryB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait staff knew their stuff. I like getting recommendations and was not disappointed. I had the jerk stroganoff and it was amazing. It was so filling that I have another meal. Bob had the fish of the day which was mahi mahi. He liked it but not as much as the stroganoff. Was not very busy when we went and was not noisy at all.

    Is this helpful?

  40. CarolS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I need gluten free food, and I was disappointed in the few GF choices…not even a GF bun for a burger. I asked for toast on the side and it didn’t come buttered. Burger was not hot. But, the service was great, lovely ambiance, good cocktails, my party had a nice time and they enjoyed their food.

    Is this helpful?

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lake Effect Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (218) 576-7583.

Lake Effect Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 42 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


Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Lake Effect Restaurant & Bar

7047 Rice Lake Rd, Duluth, MN 55803-9364

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Duluth
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Luke Anderson
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (218) 576-7583
  • Private party facilities
    We have a 30-person private dining room available for special occasions, meetings and events.Please call or email to schedule your next gathering!
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
Rentalcars Logo
OpenTable Logo