We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Left Bank Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
+1 518-354-8166
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

184 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 181: English reviews
Level Contributor
31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank Yael R
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

Thank FloridaGold
Staten Island, New York
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We found this place by accident, and were we happy we did! What a great place for great food, a fine European atmosphere, reasonable prices, and attentive, but not overly attentive service. Wonderful pate, breads and spreads, desserts (they also own the patisserie next door, and entrees. Get the Bavette Bernaise!!! I couldn't recommend a steak more. It was fabulous.

Thank 54RonC25
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is NOT a place for foodies. This is not a French Cafe out of France. My impression is it is what happens when a well-intentioned American with no training, but a great idea attempts to simulate a French Cafe. It shows their lack of investment commitment to open a restaurant with a stove and a refrigerator you would find... More 

Thank Richard R
Parkland, Florida
Level Contributor
50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We went there for our anniversary dinner (45th) while on vacation at Lake Flower. The food was delicious and the atmosphere is very nice. Service was great. We would return if we were in the area. They also have a brunch but were closed the day we tried.

Thank cpajackmiller
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We were seated immediately outside on the deck on a lovely evening--so far, so good. The server took our drink order after suggesting a wine I asked about, brought water, and disappeared for a while. She returned and explained that they were training another server who might also be helping us. (He did not serve us but seemed to be... More 

Thank anywherewithyou48
Windsor, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We were passing through the Adirondacks and stopped here for lunch on a Saturday. We were early enough to get a table on the outside deck overlooking the water, which is an added bonus. We split a crepe and a tartine (an open faced toasted sandwich). Each came with a nice side of salad greens. The ingredients were fresh and... More 

Thank Deborah B
Level Contributor
70 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Was lucky enough to grab a dinner here mid-week without having reservations. Got to sit out on the patio overlooking the river, which was very nice. The food was spectacular! Had the slow roasted leg of duck, which I know can be a challenge to cook properly, but it was done to a tender and tasty perfection. Service was a... More 

Thank Pete F
Dunedin, Florida
Level Contributor
31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Once north of Albany/Syracuse, you have entered an alternate reality that must present all kinds of challenges to restaurant operators such as chefs, purveyors, weather, off season population. So here is some brave inspired individual with a true French restaurant far from Paris or Montreal or NYC! We enjoy ambiance, server and of course the food and wine.

Thank HL45
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My friends and I ate here and we all enjoyed our food. We sat on the patio over a river so our dog could sit with us. The staff were really sweet. Very accommodating and brought treats and water for the dog.

Thank Peepsy

Travellers who viewed Left Bank Cafe also viewed


Been to Left Bank Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, 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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Left Bank Cafe and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Left Bank Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?