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“Unfortunate Inconsistency”

Lake House Restaurant
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Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Lake House Restaurant and Lodge was built in 1843 and rests on the shores of Canadarago. The lodge and restaurant are a secluded haven for those looking for a place to relax, fish, hunt, and simply get away from city life. Lake House Restaurant and Lodge is host to our ever popular sulfur baths, which is great for your skin and has even proven to heal skin disorders and help relieve arthritis. There is plenty to do out here Richfield Springs, including a short drive to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, or rent out a jet ski and explore Canadarago Lake. We also boast large out seating area, which is perfect for outdoor wedding or concerts. Hurry out to Lake House Restaurant and Lodge and stay awhile.
Reviewed 28 July 2014

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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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2015

Thanks for your comments and observations. They are appreciated. It is a great old building and we do like a mix of things and enjoy collecting lots of things. It is nice to own a big building and to be able to enjoy them. We appreciate your business. Thanks!

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

My family and I were in the area for a baseball tournament in Cooperstown. Our team wanted a place to get the boys together and also a place for parents to relax for one night without having to drive to another ball game. We chose the Lake House. The owners were easy to work with and It was so close to the park. Not true.

We were given barbecued burgers and dogs with minimal fixings and sliced watermelon. There was also tap beer and wine for the adults and soda for the kids. For the price, over $16 per person (kids paid full price too) it was way too much!

The Lake House Restaurant is on a lake. True. There is a big lawn in the back. True. There is a stage that seems like it was put to use a while back, but the awnings are a mess and old. There are chairs randomly stacked on it, but it was not in use when we were there. There are docks and boats that seem like they were abandoned years ago. The docks were so unsafe and unstable that we were all holding our breath watching our children. One of the boys went right through a board on the dock! Thankfully, he was not hurt! There were beer cans in the water and it just seemed like a lake that has been forgotten, like the Lake House. There was a boat for the kids to use but here were no oars for it, just kayak padals. Life jackets were thankfully available but literally tossed around the lawn. There were chairs placed in circles around little fireplaces that they light at night. We never stayed long enough for them to do that though.

It's unfortunate that a place with so much potential has been left unattended for so long. This is NOT near the Cooperstown Dreams park and you will drive over a half hour to get to it. There are places much closer that are much nicer and probably less expensive. A lot of restaurants will accomodate baseball teams, just ask around when you are there. You'd be surprised how many offer their facilities.

As for the Lake House, I'm thankful that I will never have to return there again. In a word, "gross"!

Happy travels!

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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2015

Thanks for your comments and observations. They are appreciated. It is a great old building and we do like a mix of things and enjoy collecting lots of things. It is nice to own a big building and to be able to enjoy them. We appreciate your business. Thanks!

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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

We were a party of 7 with 3 generations there for dinner on a Monday night. My parents live in town and heard the new chef was excellent so we tried it out. We later learned he was off duty and the food was still great.

Our waiter (Robbie I believe) was very friendly and efficient. He was attentive and served us perfectly. There were times when I knew he was very busy but he didn't show it.

The kid's food was amazing. Huge quesadilla and an enormous plate of spaghetti and meatballs on a kids menu? Yep. They loved it. My niece spilled her iced tea ( of course it was full) and he was immediately at the table. Very understanding and helpful.

We ordered the chicken francaise, chicken Marsala, prime rib and a cod. The chicken dishes were everyone's favorite. The food was very flavorful and there was plenty to eat. The entrees come with a salad, bread and starch and vegetable.

The view was nice. It rained over the lake while we ate and watched the sun go down. Another table got wet due to a leak on the patio and I noticed the staff moving the party and provided them with a round of drinks. Very good hospitality.

Is this a new facility? No. It's old. It's dark. It's historic. It is filled with odds and ends. Tiffany lamps. A tiny one stall restroom. It's UNIQUE. This place has flavor and character, cats, friendly folks and great food!

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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2015

We are honored by the review you posted about your experience with us. While we are constantly told face to face how much customers enjoy our service, it takes a very special person to proclaim to the online world that they should check us out. You are one of those individuals and we are proud that you do business with us.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

We ate at the Lakehouse and just want to say the food was awesome..had surf and turf and also had the salmon food was hot and presented beautifully. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive to all our needs. Beautiful scenery. ..nice atmosphere. Our experience was delightful and delicious. The Chef Michael and the owners came to the table and talked and really cared. We would definitely go again. Thank you for a wonderful meal and nice friendly and beautiful atmosphere.

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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2015

We are honored by the review you posted about your experience with us. While we are constantly told face to face how much customers enjoy our service, it takes a very special person to proclaim to the online world that they should check us out. You are one of those individuals and we are proud that you do business with us, Christine Corrigan, owner.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Our group visits local restaurants for dinner once a month or so. We choose the Lake House because it is summer and it is on the lake. We had a great meal, the location was beautiful, the sunset so pretty and the new chef Michael came out to our table to talk to us. It was a great night out. Although there were tourists there, I saw some friends from Herkimer there, too. I think it is important for locals to support local business and not the chains.

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Christine C, Owner at Lake House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2015

We are honored by the review you posted about your experience with us. While we are constantly told face to face how much customers enjoy our service, it takes a very special person to proclaim to the online world that they should check us out. You are one of those individuals and we are proud that you do business with us.

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