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Lakeside Kitchen, Raleigh, NC

Lakeside Kitchen

5.0
5
26 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A new flavor in a beloved location!
Discover a stunning menu of classic favorites with a southern fusion flare. Chef James Eason's seasonal menu is made completely from scratch and uses a variety of ingredients from local farms, the NC State Farmer’s Market, and the chef’s garden, located on our outdoor patio.
Located in the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center on NCSU Centennial Campus, Lakeside Kitchen is a delicious new entry into the Raleigh restaurant scene.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 515-0557
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    James Eason
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    Main Campus Dr. & Alumni Dr.
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 26 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

26 Reviews
  1. HelenM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lakeside Kitchen is a very nice restaurant with a romantic feel about it. The food was really good and the service was just good. My only issue was finding it‼️ it is so tucked away. There is a beautiful view of the lake and lots of lovely spots to take photos if you like. Great outdoor seating for spring and summer. I look forward to going back‼️

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  2. jamesa

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent environment to have a leisurely lunch for business or pleasure

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  3. DavidC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great late afternoon lunch and a great place. Comfortable, inviting, conversational, relaxed. Food is outstanding and service on cue. Kudos Lakeside staff!!

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  4. HowardD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Up and coming Raleigh Restaurant on North Carolina State University, Centennial campus. Food is great. Services is outstanding. Pitt alumni class of 1963. Go PITT ! ! ! Howard Dapper The only Dapper guy in Raleigh I

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  5. DineMaven

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely friendly staff and great food. They were out of a few choices, but everything we ordered was first class.

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  6. RachelR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and the staff is most dedicated to their guests! Highly recommend the tostada pescado app. Will return!

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  7. zeusraj

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem indeed! What a nice place for an evening cocktail and meal. Really nice ambiance. Good menu with dishes that were distinctively modern with a southern twist. Presentation, taste and freshness in all the dishes - tostada pescado, fried catfish and Brussels sprouts. Goat cheese beignets were a hit. Well done off the beaten path!!

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  8. FredaB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lakeside was the perfect setting for a casual lunch minus the hubbub experienced from other popular lunch hot spots. The menu was not extensive, but offered a gratifying selection for vegetarian and other choices to please all. The food was excellent, especially the butternut squash bisque. It was so good, that we ordered another bowl. Aside from the otherwise excellent service, the 2nd bowl of soup took way too long to appear. An explanation was given that this was the chef's experiment of the day, so perhaps they ran out (which was not a reason given) and the chef graciously whipped up another batch on the spot. Regardless, it was delicious and due to the ambiance and privacy of the dining experience, I will return again.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic first experience at Lakeside Kitchen. Our server, Lisa, was so kind and responsive. We loved her menu suggestions. The butternut squash soup was amazing, and my husband loved the burger. The atmosphere is relaxed and lovely. We’ll definitely be back!

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  10. Rusya

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent tasting food and desserts and a full bar. Quiet, cozy, and elegant atmosphere

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  11. Jimmy

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall experience was terrific. Food was outstanding!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited menu but everything we tried was excellent. The bartender/server Joshua was knowledgeable and very engaging. The cocktails were very good.

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  13. Emma

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, even better service! Definitely a hidden gem.

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  14. Guest

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time here and we will be back! Beautiful setting, delicious food and being on NC State centennial campus is a plus! Two thumbs up!

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  15. WandaM

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice venue, excellent service...I will definitely return.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was amazing. Had visitors from Japan and the entrance to the center blew them away. Phenomenal portrayal of NC State as a great institution. I was disappointed that it was not very busy for a Friday afternoon, so I may send a note to my departmental colleagues telling them of the new Lakeside ‘Kitchen’ (though the “Kitchen” seems out of place for the venue). I also miss the free chocolate chip cookies (to die for).

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  17. SherryB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere and the food and service are impeccable. Had the chicken sandwich which was cooked to perfection and the fries are some of the absolute best. My friend had the hamburger and salad which were delicious too. Love this place, it's proximity to downtown, easy parking and to get to.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Generous tapas portions. Great atmosphere for an anniversary

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  19. KCLJARM

    Raleigh

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time to the Lakeside Kitchen. It's nice little restaurant and because the weather was so nice we chose to sit outside. The tables were all in the shade and the lake was in view of our table. I actually chose the restaurant because they had a skillet choc chip cookie w/ice cream that looked good. It was smaller than expected (actually just the right size), but he/we weren't disappointed with its taste! (And no, we didn't do dessert first LOL) When we got there we were seated right away and drink order were taken. Caution, they serve soda in can, not fountain drinks. After looking at the menu we both decided to get Caesar salad and what was impressive was that they used crouton crumbles which made it crunchy in every bite, instead of breaking your teeth on the huge burnt/dry bread pieces! For entrées my wife chose the Angus burger, which she really enjoyed, it was cooked perfectly, with non-burnt bacon and shoe-string fries lightly salted and with parsley flakes. I chose the shrimp tacos (got 2, could only eat 1) also with fries, which I also enjoyed. We were hoping to walk down by the lake (Lakeside Kitchen is their name), but sadly there was no path to take us there, so we looked at the statues on our way back to the car. Even though the menu was small we really enjoyed our meal here. Try it out!!

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  20. SamL

    Raleigh

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and very tasty! Service was attentive but not rushed. The ambiance was relaxed and allowed us to talk and enjoy time with each other as we ate.

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  21. DavidC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    as the owner of Lakeside Kitchen and someone that has been in the industry for 40 plus years, I must say I was totally taken by surprise by the recent lunch I experienced at Lakeside. I took a colleague to lunch who happened to be in town last Friday. On a whim after trying to decide where to go, I said let's go to my company's new place over on NC State Centennial Campus. I know my group does good work. No, they do Excellent work! I can't say enough to tell you what a great experience this was. From the quality of the food served to the level of service that came our way to the overall ambience of the restaurant itself, I knew things would be good but this exceeded my expectations. I'm sure you might think I'm a bit jaded when it comes to my own company but my staff will tell you I'm most likely their worst critic. I really can't say enough good things about it. Come and experience the hospitality of Chef James Eason and FOH/Bar Manager Joshua. You will not be disappointed.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food with impeccable service! Beautiful space and gardens.

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  23. CarolC

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It was not a good experience for us. It was terribly understaffed, I assume due to a large gathering and buffet in the ballroom. Our server was really trying, but it was too much. We left 30 minutes after ordering our dessert, without it. We’ll try again because we want it to succeed, but next time needs to be better.

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  24. LindaL

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place to dine. Food was excellent. Ambiance is beautiful. Lakeside dining is rare in Raleigh. Our server, David, was attentive without hovering.

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  25. Jimmy

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent! Service was outstanding! Located on the beautiful grounds of NCSU Centennial Campus with perfect lake views! Loved our lunch!

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  26. Oakleaves72

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of eight had such a wonderful experience that we decided to make plans to return to Lakeside Kitchen next month! The food was exceptional as was the service and setting. Most of our restaurant experiences have left us frustrated because of background noise but not so here. It is a great place for quiet conversations, both business and social.

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Lakeside Kitchen is rated 5 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Lakeside Kitchen

2450 Alumni Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606-3116

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Campus Dr. & Alumni Dr.
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    James Eason
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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