Aura - Nita Lake Lodge

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Regional American (Northwest)
Combining traditional French cooking techniques with a love of west coast ingredients, Executive Chef James Olberg creates approachable local flavours with a modern, innovative twist. Paired with our open concept kitchen, fresh décor, unique design features and stunning lake view, we are sure you are going to love Aura.


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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Great place, good food, good wine. Service was slow but overall it was good.

SB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was meh. Service pretty good. Nice environment

EC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent, from scallop starter (best I’ve ever had) to braised short ribs....yum! Would definitely eat here again.

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Responded 4 days ago

Dear Elizabeth, We were thrilled to have you join us and are so pleased you found everything to be so excellent! We truly look forward to welcoming you back in the future, and thank you for choosing Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge. Sincerely, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, great service

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Responded 6 days ago

Dear Guest, Thank you for your 5 star review of Aura Restaurant & we are so pleased you encountered such excellent food and great service! It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the crostini, the scallops, and the gnocchi.

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Responded 6 days ago

Hi LoraleeL, We are thrilled you had a great experience with us and were truly able to enjoy our crostini, scallops and gnocchi! We will pass your appreciation onto the Chef and we hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager

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G
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration We had the oso buco lamb and the short ribs. Excellent tomato soup and a complimentary dessert. Also has a very nice wine list

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Responded 6 days ago

Hi Garlictrtaveler, We are grateful for your review and are so pleased you enjoyed the lamb oso buco and the amazing tomato soup; I will be sure to share your feedback with our wider team and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

The food was excellent (osso bucco and shortribs hightly recommendable, the lobster bisque was delicious). Service was pleasant and attentive enough. The lighting is harsh, decor not great, tables very cafeteria like. Overall, very pleasant evening.

KJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a great dinner, main meal was awesome and dessert was even so yummy! Service was great, I would recommend this restaurant.

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Responded on February 9, 2020

Hi KimJ, Thank you for your 5 star review of Aura Restaurant and we are very pleased that you enjoyed such excellent service and meal quality! We would love to welcome you back again soon. Samantha. Guest Relations Manager

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KK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. The service, food and ambiance was perfect.

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Responded on February 5, 2020

Hi KathyK! Thank you for your 5 star review of Aura Restaurant; we are so pleased you enjoyed the excellent food and service provided by the team. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the future and please stay tuned on our Social Media pages for our weekly and daily specials! With Thanks, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager

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SS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous meal and great service! With an old lodge feel in an updated dining space, great care is taken in meal planning and preparation. I particularly liked the gnocchi in the delicious sauce.

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Responded on February 3, 2020

Hi ShelleyS! Thank you for your 5 star review of Aura Restaurant! We are so pleased you had such a fabulous meal with great service and I will be sure to share your feedback on with our Chef and Team! We hope to see you again. With Thanks, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We’re on a ski trip with friends. The restaurant was nice, our server was excellent but the food was not at the level of the price points. I had the lamb Osso buco which was overcooked and tepid. Having chosen the restaurant I didn’t want to voice my disappointment to the group.

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Responded on February 2, 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your review and I would certainly love to hear more about experience and I encourage you connect with me at the Lodge directly. Best Wishes, Samantha Royle. Guest Relations Manager.

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L
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was fabulous with great council and perfect service and the food was unique and delicious.

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Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi Lovetoeat! Thank you for your 5 star review of Aura Restaurant; we are so pleased you found such great service and unique food options on your recent experience and we hope to see you again. With Thanks, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Over rated

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Arrived on a Monday, AND they have a complete Meatless Monday menu that is quite honestly superb.

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Responded on January 22, 2020

Hi Morehabanero, We are so pleased that you enjoyed out Meatless Monday Menu! We pride ourselves on offering diverse and fresh flavors for any allergy or preference and it's great to see you had such a superb experience! Samantha Royle. Guest Relations Manager.

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F
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was very good - sea bass marinate was excellent - mushroom risotto was prepared perfectly - all kids meals are made fresh. Service was slow - good waiter, but wasn't seen after the initial hello four about 15 minutes - a second waitress brought over drinks. Lots of time in-between courses.

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Responded on January 4, 2020

Dear Falmito, Thank you for choosing Aura Restaurant! I will be sure to share your feedback regarding the food quality with our Chef and the Culinary Team, and its great to hear you enjoyed the mushroom risotto so well. We are sorry to hear however, about the delay in service and we will ensure that the quality of service provided by the team is reviewed - thank you for sharing this on. Warm Wishes, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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CH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were visiting from Colorado on New Year's Eve. Everything about the Nita Lake Lodge was excellent. My husband had the Beef Tenderloin and I had a delicious Squash Risotto. Service and ambiance were perfect.

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Responded on January 3, 2020

Dear ConstanceH, Thank you for choosing the Aura Restaurant for your New Years celebrations and we are so pleased you enjoyed such an excellent meal! We too loved the Squash Risotto and the Beef Tenderloin that was available, and I will be sure to share your feedback on with our wider team. We hope to welcome you again soon & Happy New Year! Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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j
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Aura is an excellent example of delicious food that is healthy too. There are lots of gluten free & vegan options. The only thing misding on the menu was a vegetarian gluten-free main course. Staff was very creative to design an option.

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Responded on December 31, 2019

Dear jannekev, Thank you for your detailed review, and we are so pleased to see you enjoyed your dinner in Aura! We will be sure to pass along your feedback regarding a vegetarian, gluten-free main course to our Chef and Culinary Team. We hope to see you again & Happy Holidays! Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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BW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

This review is.fornthe brunch, not dinner. It was $36/ adult. The hot food was not impressive. Then old food looked good but we didn't eat it.

k
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice setting for dinner. Enjoyed my squash risotto. Hubbie had the duck gnocchi (a bit heavy for him). Salads were fresh and delish

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Responded on December 18, 2019

Dear karenc, We were pleased to welcome you to Aura for dinner and we are pleased to see you enjoyed the squash risotto and duck gnocchi, as well as our fresh salads! We hope to welcome you back again soon. Best Wishes, Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food drink. Super friendly professional courteous staff. Really personal touch. Cullain was our server and one of the nicest people we’ve met. Had a lovely chat with dinner. He was there when you needed but never hovered. Super nice receptionist too. Very courteous.

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Responded on December 5, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your review and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience in Aura with Cullain as your server! We truly hope to welcome you back in the future. With Thanks, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager.

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EJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We only experienced the lounge and restaurant -- the food was outstanding and service was great.

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Responded on December 1, 2019

Dear EileenJ, We are grateful that you enjoyed such a wonderful time with us in both Cure Lounge and Aura Restaurant! We are thrilled that both the food and service was so memorable and we truly hope to welcome you back again. With Thanks, Samantha. Guest Relations Manager.

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l
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

We were lucky to be able to sample the last day of the preset 3 course menu for only $39 per person. The choices were varied and enticing, and between my wife and I, we ordered 4 different meals (2 starters and 2 main) and all 4 were delicious. Service was a bit slow and our server seemed to be easily distracted. Great evening though. Would recommend without question.

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Responded on November 28, 2019

Dear Louiss, We are grateful to receive your review and than k you for sharing. It is fantastic to see that you enjoyed many different options with the fall, 3-course pre fixe menu and I will share your feedback with our Chef and Culinary Team. I am sorry however, to hear of the slow and distracted service and I will also be sharing this on with our Food and Beverage Manager for their review. Best Wishes, Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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R
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is absolutely one if the best restaurants my boyfriend and I have been to. Food was delicious. Great cocktails. Love the open kitchen. We really enjoyed our time here and would return again any time.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear Rockette, Thank you very much for your review! We are thrilled that you had such a great dining experience with us and were able to indulge in some of our wonderful cocktails! We hope to see you again soon. Best Wishes, Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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LJ
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I found the restaurant too bright as the tables we were seated at line up along the open kitchen and hallway, very brightly lit.
Portions were generous, lab shank delicious. Dessert was only fair We had 4 course deal which was certainly reasonable offering.

GC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This place was great for recovering after too much food/wine at the 'Cornucopia' event the night before. Everything was spot on and at a $1.32 exchange rate, a cheap date, eh?

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear Gary, We are so pleased that a great dining experience with us at Aura - Congratulations on a fantastic exchange rate! We hope to see you again soon. Best Wishes, Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first visit to the restaurant. It’s was a excellent experience. The wait staff was pleasant, helpful and attentive. The food was delicious, well presented and a good temperature. I had the lamb shanks. The dish was not too salty and the quantity was perfect. The mashed potato was very good and the carrots/turnips cooked to perfection. The crèche brûlée was excellent. Just a great dinner from start to finish. I was also appreciative of the fact that it was relatively quiet, no intrusive music.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear Christopher, Thank you for your review of your Aura dining experience! We are thrilled the team provided such pleasant and helpful service while you enjoyed such delicious, well presented dishes! We truly hope to see you again soon, and thank you again for your review. Best Wishes, Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Host needs to be more informed of events. She was unable to communicate with customers, us and a previous group

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your Aura experience. We are sorry to hear that the host was not able to provide the details required for an enjoyable experience with us. Thank you for this feedback, and I will be sharing this on with our Food and Beverage Manager for their follow up. Please accept my apologies on behalf of the team for the impression this left on your dining experience with us. Best Wishes, Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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J
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

We had dinner with another couple. All of us are professionals and well traveled. Only my husband ate his entree, the salads were not even restaurant worthy. My friend and I ordered the linguine dish with mushrooms and braised beef-we didn't even save the leftovers and only had a few bites at the table. We are unlikely to return for a dinner meal.We have a mountain home within walking distance and we were hoping to be regulars. Restaurant was noisy and the round table was small for 4. The waiter removed our bread basket to allow room for our meals. Such a great location but terrible food.

SD
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic all around!!

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear SDFoodie, Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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N
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

My second visit, came back because of the great service and food. Although the food was still great, the service wasn’t exceptional which I always expect in a higher end restaurant. An error was made with our salad , which did cause an inconvenience and the server that we interacted with about it (not our main server) was not really apologetic about it.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear Nummus, Thank you for your review highlighting your compared experiences in Aura Restaurant. We really appreciate you sharing this with us, and it is clear there is a real opportunity for reviewing our guest services in this regard. We conduct regular training and quality assurance but this will be an area we pay closer attention too. Please accept my apologies for the impression this left on your experience with us, and thank you for sharing. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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BG
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came for the Savour the Sun wine dinner with Kismet Winery! The wine, food, and atmosphere were great! We especially enjoyed the short rib and pheasant dish.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear BuckeyeGal, We are so pleased you enjoyed the 'Savor the Sun' wine makers dinner with the Kismet Winery! I will be sure to share your feedback on with our Chef and Culinary Team! We hope to see you again. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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R
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance. Little slow with the service but all else was excellent.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear RobinV, We are grateful for your feedback regarding your time at Aura Restaurant. We are pleased you enjoyed the delicious menu selections, but are sorry to see that the service was a little bit slow. We will be conducting a review of the speed of our service with the Food and Beverage Leadership Team, and thank you again for sharing this with us. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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H
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an awesome dinner looking out on the lake in beautiful Whistler. Hunter was an exceptional server and the food was exquisite!

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear Happy, Thank you for your review and we are so pleased to see you had an excellent lake-side dining experience, with excellent service provided by Hunter! We hope to see you again. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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SC
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is excellent as was the service. The view out to the lake from our table was magical.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear SCM1, We are grateful for your review and are pleased to see you enjoyed such an excelling dining experience with us on our magical lake facing patio! Thank you again for your feedback. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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SE
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Lovely evening. We ate outside. Service was a bit slow but since we weren’t in a rush, it didn’t matter. Food was excellent & it was lovely eating outside.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear SEH3, Thank you for your review and we are pleased to see you enjoyed a lovely outdoor dining experience with us. We are sorry to see that you encountered slower service than we strive to provide and please be assured I will be passing this along to our Food and Beverage Manager for their review. Thank you again for your feedback. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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GS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went in not expecting more than a good meal. Were we supprised! The food was Tops! the waiter Alexi engaging. Most definately will be returning. Kudos to the Chef and Staff!

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear GerardS, We are grateful for your review and are pleased to see you enjoyed such an excelling dining experience with us, and that Alexi really provided such engaging service! Thank you again for your feedback. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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L
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Very over-priced for the amount of food served. Very small portions and everything a la carte.
Definitely not worth it. Service was very slow as well.

TG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to the BC winemakers dinner. Incredible!! Food was unbelievable, we actually were served a lot of great wines (my wife ended getting drunk), the view was awesome, and we even had a visit from Yogi Bear who tried to join the dinner party.
A night we will remember forever.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear TroyG, We are so pleased you (and especially your wife!) enjoyed the 'Savor the Sun' wine makers dinner with us! I will be sure to share your feedback on with our Chef and Culinary Team, and we'll be sure to thank Yogi Bear for making a surprise appearance ensuring a true night to remember for you both! We hope to see you again. Samantha R. Guest Relations Manager.

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GC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

We went to Aura expecting a really amazing experience based on many reviews and knowing its beautiful setting. We got a great first impression because of its beautiful viewa and decor. Nontheless that was our only good experience of the night. We ordered the ceasar salad with bacon which was good and also a beet salad which was really good, and also the rissotto which was really sweet and had a bad texture as well as the lobster pasta that was mediocre at best. The real pain was with the service ehich was absolutely terrible. Our server Bobby, was allways trying to rush us, taking our plates away before we were finished, trying to rush us to pay and just being very rude all around. There was only another group while we were dining but we made a reservation and it wasnt even the last one. The prices were also steep for a mediocre dinner. Much rather go to araxi or rim rock for a true fine dining experience.

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Responded on August 15, 2019

Dear Guillermo, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We value your honest opinion and I apologize that the dining experience fell short of the service we strive to provide. We truly appreciate all opportunities for development and we will be addressing this feedback as a Management Team. If you would like to discuss your visit in more depth, I will be happy to assist and please connect with me directly at the Lodge. Best wishes, Samantha Guest Relations Manager

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M
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dined with a larger group, 7 total. We took our time which didn't seem to bother the staff, all of whom provided attentive and friendly service. Both vegetarians and meat-eaters in our party and everyone found something to enjoy on the menu. The lake setting is really beautiful.

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