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Left Bank Cafe

36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
+1 518-354-8166
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (15 reviews)
“crepes” (35 reviews)
“tartines” (7 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been coming here for years. Never disappointed. Had escargot with fine glass of Cotes du Rhône. New recipe. Always great. Tried paella. Best I ever had. Sis got rack of lamb... cooked to perfection. Oh my was our meal excellent! Topped it off with orange...More

Thank Harry N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, sat outside along the river, trout special with pea shoots and asparagus was awesome, husband had spicy shrimp and mussels dish and was very satisfied followed by chocolate mousse mmm perfect!

Thank AJ P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are anywhere near Saranac Lake this restaurant is well worth the visit. The appetizers, entrees, and desserts were surprising and so good!!! Lovely and comfortable decor, and prompt and friendly service. My husband and I don’t write reviews frequently but felt compelled to...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Almost warm enough to sit outside but ok inside by the river. Great food reasonable prices friendly service. Just driving by and stopped in. Good and different! Gotta try the crepes next time

Thank JohnS1026
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant sits directly on the Saranac River, with outdoor riverside dining available during the warm months. The owner is a Parisian so it really is French. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass or bottle and bottled craft beer, no tap...More

Thank dafoxx
Reviewed 19 April 2018

I had Salman and my wife had scallops. Both dishes we're really well prepared and very tasty. We both also had desert that was a perfect ending to a wonderful dinner. The only negative was we couldn't start diner with a Manhattan because they only...More

Thank F D
Reviewed 9 April 2018

Nice, accommodating people own this place. Charming on the river. Have some sort of hard cider in bottles that's delicious. I was there in the summer so review is late, but my very short stay there while taking the Riverwalk was very enjoyable. An older...More

Thank 1HotCherry
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Sweet artsy, tasty and original food and attentive/fun wait staff. My sister and I wanted so much to find a place ON the water in Saranac Lake last summer ...landed here where they have a wonderful, but narrow, deck along the river over a dam!...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 1 March 2018

The Left Bank Cafe is a great little restaurant/cafe on the banks of the Saranac River. In the Summer there are tables on a porch directly over the water. Good food!

Thank MarcWanner
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Interesting and well prepared food. Wine and food pairings are well thought out. Casual and comfortable setting. There are lots of regular customers who enjoy the special atmosphere of the cafe.

Thank rack0flamb
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Jim M
12 August 2017|
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Response from Joel N | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a bar where you can eat. I am also sure they will let you sit at a table on your own.
13 September 2016|
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Response from Anne S | Property representative |
Merci! for your inquiry about the fall schedule at the Left Bank Cafe. Wednesday Thursday 5pm-9pm (Great Music 9/14 & 9/15) Friday Saturday 9am-9pm Sunday (Brunch all day) 9am-3pm
25 March 2015|
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Response from Anne S | Property representative |
Thank you for your questoin
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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