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Left Bank Cafe

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££ - £££
French, European, Wine Bar
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36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
+1 518-354-8166
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09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Wed - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do not miss a trip to the cafe. A stylish and welcoming venue, with terrific service, we had a delightful lunch. The trout salad was lovely, as were the tomato soup and the open-faced sandwiches. We'll definitely be back.

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Thank MMCFUN
Potsdam, New York
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was not our first visit to the Left Bank Cafe where we have sampled breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The ambience imitates elements I have seen in various cafes and bistros in France where I lived and worked for about a year spread over several years. Anne, the manager, spent a few years studying her craft in France and has... More 

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New Vernon, New Jersey
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428 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was doing window shopping on a Saturday in December in Saranac lake and came across this cafe. I did some TA research to read about the top rated restaurants in SL and this was on the list. We strolled down the Main Street and stopped at interesting shops and just happened to pass LBC and remembered the reviews. It was... More 

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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quaint little spot on the river...Quiet for NY Eve lunch. Great food and service! The La Fin Due Monde was excellent!

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Thank Brett K
Oswego, New York
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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I just visited the LBC. The service was excellent: courteous and prompt, not overly friendly, just like we appreciate it. We ordered the baguette and olive oil. The oil and balsamic reduction were truly excellent. My wife had the salmon, which was tasty and perfectly cooked. I had the chicken, which was excellent: it came with two... More 

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Thank nannerottolo
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This French-American Restaurant is awesome! We had a wonderful dining experience complete with solid recommendations from Anne, the server. The food was varied and very good, the atmosphere was quiet and conversation with your tablemate is easy. If we had stayed in the area another night we may have been back for a repeat!

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Thank Florence (Lori) K
Northern New York State
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We went to the Left Bank Cafe with a group of about 15 and it was wonderful. It is rustic, but warm and inviting. The service was great and the food was out of this world! The munchies at the bar were awesome and so were the desserts. This is wonderful place for all including families.

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Thank cjrs314
New York
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Four of us had breakfast and dinner here. Very quaint interior with of course, French accent and great French food. The breakfast crepes were fantastic. Porch overlooks Saranac River.

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Thank NewYorkHiflier
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Just great food. Very nice owner and chef. Loved it. French cuisine but flexible for kids. It is open daily and not as mentioned on TripAdvisor. Glad we called to check out if they're open otherwise we could have missed it.

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Thank Yael R
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had not been there in several years for no particular reason other than you get used to going to the same places. The owners of the camp we rent every year recommended we go. We took a couple visiting us with us. It is a large space on the river with some outdoor tables in the middle of Saranac... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, European, Wine Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 21:00
Thursday
09:00 - 21:00
Friday
09:00 - 21:00
Saturday
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Saranac Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 518-354-8166
Description
French Cafe/Bistro serving all day. Croissants & espresso, crepes & tartines, soups & salads, French Regional specialties, wine pairings, riverside dining in the summer.

Annual break from November 14th to November 30th

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?