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Left Bank Cafe

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36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
+1 518-354-8166
Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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Saranac Lake, NY
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103 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have said this more than once here. Great food, not to be missed, enjoy. It s lovely sitting outside on the narrow terrace which overhangs the river. Really.

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Auburn, New York
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on a whim and glad we did. Walk in there are books on the shelf, a man playing The dulcimer, people discussing music and literature. I had the La Tartine Oceane and it was spot on good! The coffee had full flavor and clean tasting water. Bathroom was clean. Plenty of room and the staff was very nice.... More 

Thank Chris M
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had lunch here on the way home from Lake Placid. The cafe is right on the river with a very cool vibe. There was a live dulcimer player. There are books all around. I had the Tartine Indienne and it was delicious! I also had their coffee which was excellent! Staff was friendly, too. All around... More 

Thank Nikki S
1 review
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Delicious bistro food, somewhat slow service. I shared the cheeseboard and bread, with two other people, plus enjoyed a crock of French onion soup which was outstanding. And then some smoked salmon was shared as well. Somewhat chilly in the restaurant that day as the front door handle was being replaced.

Thank Cheryl K
Saranac Lake, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had soup and wine-very nice atmosphere. Soup and wine were excellent. Limited menu but very good.

Thank placiddad
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 January 2017 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.

Potsdam, New York
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

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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473 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 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 

Thank Dan P
1 review
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Brett K
Oswego, New York
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84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
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
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 and Apri 19th to April 26th

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