The Lakehouse

4.7
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1526 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Since 2006, The LakeHouse restaurant has been the jewel of Bay Shore, NY. This past summer, owners Eileen & Matthew Connors and Jay Gut have upgraded from a cozy yet elegant charmer to a brand new dockside treasure. With stunning views, comfortable seating for 100+ guests, two lounge areas, and deck overlooking the Great South Bay, and a garden fire pit, The Lakehouse is touted by many as “one of the best restaurants on Long Island.” At night, the deck is illuminated, as is the waterfront lounge area where guests can congregate for after-dinner cocktails. This New American fine dining experience is not to be missed. The Lakehouse can now be reached by boat as well, as guest dockage is available at the new gorgeous bayside locale.
*Please note that we not take reservations for particular tables & we cannot promise a particular area or table.
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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lakehouse is always outstanding in every area. It is truly a high caliber restaurant in every way. We went for a Valentine's Day late lunch and were seated in the room with the fireplace. The service was impeccable. We had the clam chowder (that's its name, but it is so far above that), then three of us had the duck confit, and I had the Nova salmon. All of the dishes were beautifully presented and incredibly tasty. Then for dessert---the incomparable Black Magic cake. One hallmark of a fine dining restaurant is that they do not remove your dishes until everyone is finished, and indeed, they did not. I recommend it highly

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for a last minute Valentine's day lunch. Found this place on open table and decided to give it a try. I was surprised to see so many people there for lunch, even on a holiday. Then I found out why. Not only was the food excellent but the staff was awesome as well. The place was beautiful with a nice atmosphere. Then to top it all off I was expecting to be price gouged on Valentine's because that is what seems to happen everywhere else but was shocked to find a pre fixe that was great and only $20. I don't need a special occasion to go out at that rate.

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and top rate food. Thank you to the sous chef Pat! Great recommendation. Best venison I have ever had!!

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing. It was super cozy and beautiful! Definitely will be coming back <3

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch as always! The $20 prix fix is a very good value!

MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The service was underwhelming - surprising given the cost and reputation

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Lake house is consistently deliscious.

KS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. Our waiter knew just the right amount of time to give us initially and then was attentive throughout without being pushy. Our meals were delicious and the presentation matched. The wine suggested by our waiter was perfect and he didn’t try to sell us the priciest bottle. It was such an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, dining room is lovely, but a but noisy. Try requesting a table by the fireplace, it’s a bit more tucked away and not in the middle of the main dining room. Despite the noise, we will definitely go back.

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok overall. Nothing to rave about. Unlikely to return.

P
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I dined with two other couples during restaurant week. Our waiter gave us price fixed menus that were two courses for $20,not the restaurant menu of three courses for $29.95. The food and the wine special at $30 a bottle were excellent. The desserts were a bit pricey. Service and ambiance were excellent. I had the Harvest soup and the duck. Both were enjoyable. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We split three desserts Bergen us. The entire bill was a bit more than I expected during Restaurant week.

p
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting wonderful staff extensive menu there is even a special lunch menu Tables are not on top of each other and also a nice bar

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience at The Lakehouse. Wonderful service and fabulous food and ambiance . Great for couple. I will definitely be back again

CL
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional I just find $15 for a glass of Pinot Grigio to be a bit indulgent.

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal at the LakeHouse for restaurant week! We started with the harvest soup accompanied with grilled cheese sticks which was delicious! For the entree we had filet mignon tips on skewers with carrots, onions and mushrooms which was cooked to perfection on top of mashed potato and a red wine reduction. Dessert was excellent with chocolate pot de creme, sticky toffee pudding with gelato, or cranberry linzer tart. It would be hard to top this meal!

HR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Restaurant Week. Having been there a number of times I knew the food would be great. However, we were all disappointed that the Restaurant Week offerings were only 3 per category with any additional items at a surcharge of $7-12 per items. Other restaurants have a much larger offering on their menus.

K
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited The Lakehouse during restaurant week and was not disappointed. The food and service were fine. One recommendation is to include a shellfish choice on the menu.

MI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with a wonderful wine list & menu! The staff is very professional and kind, even when dining with children. We had a fantastic evening and highly recommend The Lakehouse!

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about The Lake House. The food is delicious and very elegantly presented.

LI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu for restaurant week was limited. My husband and I chose entrees without an extra $12 dollars. So disappointing in that it was mediocre that evening. The Lakehouse is always our go to for creative dishes for the palate. They should not participate in restaurant week if they charge extra for the better choices.

MO
New York Area
366 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We took advantage of the $20 price fixed lunch. We had a good lunch at a fair price. The clam chowder, which is usually outstanding, was definitely not made by the chef on Tuesday, January 28. Whoever made the chowder dumped in a pound of salt, and I really like salt. Hint: taste the finished product.
Waiter and us boy were excellent.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent, we love coming for special occasions!

LT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food! Great for a date night! We went for the prixe fix menu and wished we could have gotten the carrot cake ice cream sandwich that was previewed online. :( but overall great experience!

GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We went during Restaurant Week as I had been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile. The place is lovely and classy. I am sure in the summertime the view would be amazing. The food was very good, delicious and nicely presented. The service on the other hand was less than I would have thought given everything else. We asked for lemon for our water, a second roll when dinner came and as we went with another couple, separate checks, none of which were provided. In addition, Our waiter never asked if we wanted any coffee, tea or after dinner drinks with our desserts.

PM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was very good, service was good though we felt forgotten about when we finished eating second course for a while. Beautiful view fir the most part but we were sat by a parking lot view. Still recommend. It is a bit pricey bit great for special occasions.

R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch with friends on a pretty winter afternoon. They have a great menu with many choices and the service was excellent.

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food and the view was worth going to this establishment.

The service and ambiance was not.

Our party of 4 went for brunch this past Sunday. Service was inconsistent and inattentive.
-3 of 4 water glasses would be filled.
-we had to ask to put in our food order
-we had to ask for coffee refills repeatedly
-one busser who clearly heard me call 3 times for attention as he walked by continued to walk away (perhaps a not my job attitude)
-servers gathered around the computer terminal to chat and hang out for long period instead of care for the patrons

As far as brunch is concerned the "fine dining" label does not apply to this restaurant. There was no acknowledgement of the birthday at the table nor acknowledgement of the "a table by the window" request that was made available at the time I made the reservation.

Brunch is more of a money grab. Perhaps dinner is different.

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was ok...service was unbelievably SLOW. Waiter was asked for things and never brought them. Had to go find him to get the check

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

30th birthday

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

beautiful views, great service, nice ambiance. great for brunch, lunch, dinner

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Lake house TOTALLY dropped the ball on acknowledging my advanced Open Table reservation for our 2 twin kids 30th BIRTHDAY dinner. Not a mention, not a candle not even an acknowledgement. Great food but service disappoints. Even with a quiet dining room. Maybe Salt and Barrel next time guys. Step it up - you’re getting too big of an ego based on the prices charged = 4 people @ $350. Not impressed with attention to detail.

L
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always so Good! Service is very attentive and accommodating as well.... Can't beat the lovely water view too....

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there last Saturday. We had a super cozy romantic table near the fireplace. Ambience was perfect and we were able to talk and hear each other even though there was light music playing in the background. Service was excellent, and the food was excellent. Definitely a go to place for a special occasion or date night.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I knew going in that it would be a good experience, let me tell you I was blown away. I don’t even know where to begin. The food was superb & the service was on another level. Jaime P was our server and she really hit the nail on the head. Her professionalisms and friendliness was un-parallel. She was friendly, pleasant and tending to our needs without over stepping and without towering over us. Which in that field is hard to master. My compliments to both the chef and Jaime our server. Well done. Definitely be back.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and view on Long Island! We’ve been going there for years, since their previous location. Same great food and service but larger space with even better views!

JO
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GOOD FOOD, GOOD VALUE, GREAT SERVICE WILL DEFINITLEY RETURN

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service were very good. Although the view was very nice the interior is very dated. They need to update the dinning rooms.

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

have been going there since the old days the food is always perfect and the staff attentive my only complaint is the wine prices our out of control way to high the multiplier is between four and six even in a liquor store they only mark it up 35 % not 500% sorry to say because of that we will have to go less often and we go out to eat three nights a week thanks

A
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We each ordered different appetizers and entrees and the food was outstanding. We look forward to getting to know the restaurant better and enjoying more delicious preparations.

JN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I want to thank you - we were four people all celebrating January birthdays. Our evening surpassed my already lofty expectations in every way. Each dish, both appetizers and entrees, was prepared and presented expertly. The service was timely and we were waited on with a smile. There is a 1000% chance that I will return to enjoy another meal.

Joe Natoli