In May of 2014 we took a guest to this restaurant for a special birthday meal. The drive out on Route 20 from the Cazenovia area was lovely and on arrival we were ushered to a cozy dining area adjacent to the bar, where we ordered the special, which was roast chicken. The food was incredible--flavorful chicken, tender and moist, with wonderful sides. All at the table praised the dishes, and when I casually mentioned to the waiter that we had a birthday person present, he surprised us with a wonderful impromptu birthday dessert, complete with candle, and the wait staff actually came out and sang. It was a magical evening and we were delighted.
Thus it was with great sadness that we returned just months later to find everything flipped on its head. On a warm July afternoon we were seated on the back deck, which overlooks what was once a lovely lakeside lawn but which now is cluttered with a concert stage blocking the view of the lake. Making things worse was the loud, bass-heavy music coming from the huge concert speakers, something which became increasingly irritating when we found our food too unengaging to distract us. Clearly, the chef behind our wonderful spring meal was gone; in his place someone is slinging hash with no interest whatsoever in impressing anyone. The food was utterly pedestrian and the atmosphere irritating.
Our impression: this place banks on business from inebriated music fans rather than serious diners. I would not want to be anywhere near the Lake House during one of their shows--it must be Hell for those camping lakeside that hope for peace and quiet. We will give this place a very wide berth in the future, and leave it to the folks who are more interested in tunes and booze.
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