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Left Bank Cafe

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36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-5730
+1 518-354-8166
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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

Thank placiddad
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 

Thank 136GeneK696
New Vernon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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 

Thank nannerottolo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

This French-American Restaurant is awesome! We had a wonderful dining experience complete with solid recommendations from Anne, the server. The food was varied and very good, the atmosphere was quiet and conversation with your tablemate is easy. If we had stayed in the area another night we may have been back for a repeat!

Thank Florence (Lori) K
Northern New York State
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We went to the Left Bank Cafe with a group of about 15 and it was wonderful. It is rustic, but warm and inviting. The service was great and the food was out of this world! The munchies at the bar were awesome and so were the desserts. This is wonderful place for all including families.

Thank cjrs314
New York
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Four of us had breakfast and dinner here. Very quaint interior with of course, French accent and great French food. The breakfast crepes were fantastic. Porch overlooks Saranac River.

Thank NewYorkHiflier

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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, Business meetings, 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

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