Lakeside Restaurant and Bar

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If you like steak, burgers, ribs, seafood and Italian cuisine, Lakeside Restaurant and Bar has your name on it. Located at the heart of Packanack Lake in Wayne, New Jersey, you’ll find a warm atmosphere and no-frills ambiance at Lakeside Restaurant and Bar.



That being said, the menu is serious business. The restaurant serves fried calamari, an “eggplant tower” that is piled high with feta cheese, top neck clams, bacon macaroni and cheese and much more. There are weekly specials that include $13 Pasta Tuesdays and $18 Chicken and Ribs Thursdays. On weekends the chef creates a special menu with a choice of appetizers, salads and entrees in addition to the already extensive menu. There is also a kids' menu and a dessert menu that features a flourless brownie and chocolate lava cake. Best of all, Lakeside Restaurant and Bar has a warm and friendly staff willing to go the extra distance to satisfy..

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b
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

first time guests. party of 4, everyone enjoyed the food, and service. good sized menu, something for everyones taste. if in the area again, we would go back.

KS
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I found the food to be excellent but the service not so much. I can't even blame the waiter as the place was not staffed very well. 2 bartenders and 1 waiter for 2 rooms is not acceptable. I waited at least a half hour for someone to come over and take my drink order. At least I had bread and water. Then we waited another 20 min or more for someone to take our food order. I was not even given a menu when I sat down. We lost the waiter during the night and had to go to the bar to get our drinks . The bar was pretty packed though. I would have been really upset but the waiter had said the other server had called in sick. I thought maybe the person working the door would have been helping him but he disappeard around 9:00 pm. He was sitting in the back room when I walked past. I would give this place another shot just for the fact that the food was good and the waiter was very nice to us. They just need to learn to staff better

BC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and service were exceptional. Real Baltimore crab cakes!!!

E
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Enjoyed our meal....food quality excellent...portion size adequate but nothing to write home about...service very good...entertainment wonderful...Four Man Trio!

DV
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and the price was outstanding. My family was impressed by the food and we all had a great time.

LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My friend and I attended last week, there was live music was great. The staff was attentive and friendly. Food was ok but we only had pizza. Drinks are strong and that is a good thing!

JP
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating, super helpful, polite.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1. Food had good value and our dishes were very good (million $ sandwich and veggie burger).
2. Staff was attentive and nice (but it was not crowded due to a late dinner)
3. We sat close to the bar and were not disturbed by noise.
4. Good setup for live bands.

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We will be back. We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and the entertainment. A little disappointed with the fried calamari because it was a bit undercooked but otherwise we enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

MF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We looked up outdoor seating, surprise they dont have any...

LM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around experience. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and would return in a heart beat. Thank you for an awesome experience.

KL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place, always come here and service and food is always amazing

NC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great local place. Pasta Tuesday wonderful value with lots of choices.

BJ
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This is a neighborhood establishment with a regular dining and bar crowd, a lot of familiarity, so that was nice. Food was excellent, menu has great options. I had short ribs and my partner had the pork chop, absolutely wonderful. Service was friendly and attentive, and menu is reasonably priced. I will be going back.

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of seven with 5 picky eaters loved the food and would return for another experience. I personally do not like eggplant or mango but I have to tell you the eggplant tower appetizer was delicious after a taste and the mango pepper salsa on my chicken Milanese was perfect. Cudos to the chef and supporting staff. This was our first experience and we will return as I spread the word to our friends and neighbors.

KC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Food and service were excellent !! We will defiantly be back !

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! It was our first time there, and we will definitely go back!

NL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious - prompt, courteous service as well! Will be returning!

KL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obsessed with this place, the service and the food is always amazing. Also a positive and excellent experience.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Would have loved some lake views! Only at the bar. Disappointing. Probably won’t go back.

C
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lakeside was really special this trip. Sal took real good care of our table. It wasn't as crowded as in the past. The food took quite a while to come out but it was worth the wait.

k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first visit to Lakeside Restaurant and plan to visit again soon. The service, decor, and food were delicious.

DG
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

They sat us by the band at our request. Service was excellent and our waiter even brought me water after the bill was paid. The steak sandwich was a little light on the steak but my husband loved the burger. Will definitely return.

PA
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable evening and look forward to going again. I had two issues that were not as great as the overall experience. 1. The online reservation process seems to not be working correctly. We came to Lakeside, our first trip there, to see the performers. The online reservation app gave me a selection, which I will paraphrase as I do not recall exactly what my options were described as: main dining room or entertainment area. I pressed "entertainment area". The host told me when I arrived I was not reserved for the entertainment area, but he found a free table for us. He told me I should've added a note saying where I wanted to be seated, specifically. There was no place to do that, I thought selecting "entertainment area" was sufficient. This is an easy fix. 2. Two of us ordered burgers, I asked for "as rare as is legally possible", the other individual asked for "medium well". Both burgers were the same. Again, an easy fix. Otherwise, an enjoyable experience.

DL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great!
Food was good and prepared exactly as requested!
Good value reasonably priced.

C
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a very special evening at Lakeside. David and Salvatore went out of their way to make sure we had a great evening. The food, especially the scallop appetizer, was much better than what we had in past. They were short handed, and while it took a while to be served, it really didn't matter. We will certainly return.

JT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lakeside is a great local place. The service is always friendly and you’ll always have a good meal! I highly recommend the burger - they make a great one!!

b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Very nice. Thought there was a view of the lake, but didn’t meet my expectations. Food was exceptional. I’d go back

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was our first time here - many of the patrons are regulars. We first sat in the bar area but it was so noisy and the music so loud we couldn't hear so we moved into the dining room area. No one was there at first but later it got more crowded. Waiter was great, food was very good. Very friendly and nice ambiance after first feeling a little strange being the only customers but I think it was too early. All in all a good experience.

DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Went here to see the band but we ate dinner also. We just had fried calamari and salads but all was very good. Service was excellent. It was loud with the band playing but that is what we came for. For those seeking a quieter dinner there is a separate dining room. Nice beer selection and good wines. We went after dark and in winter so couldn't enjoy the lake view but will go back in summer.

PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a great time, everyone was very happy with their Italian choices, service was great. There was live music in the next room which we enjoyed after the dinner. Kootz were really fun to listen to.

Only negative - the dining room should be shielded somewhat from the band as they started making noise mid dinner and it was impossible to have a conversation.

That said, I would go again in a minute.

RP
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, Good Service, Nice atmosphere, Party of 11 that ended up being 8 but Sal took good care of us

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I didn't get to eat here so the 1 star ratings for food are just because the app makes you give stars before you can continue. Don't bother using opentable for this place. We got there, owner says "oh my computer isn't working" guess the app on his phone wasn't either. Blamed me for not calling as a backup. What's the point of the app if you have to call anyway Charlie? Offered no help trying to accommodate us. We left. Good luck trying to then find s decent spot in Wayne at 730 on a Saturday without a reservation. Eventually did but pretty much ruined our evening.

ZC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant had a good ambiance. The servers were courteous and assisted in anything i needed since I was celebrating my moms birthday. The only issue i would have would be the manager/ owner afterwards because we had a group of at least 20 was very rude and wasn't as courteous as his staff with paying the check. The servers instead worked with us since most had cash and 5 had only cards.

But overall the restaurant was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and atmosphere. The location on the lake makes you feel like it’s a vacation spot. Service is always friendly and live music creates a fun vibe.

DV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, great band on Friday. Food was delicious and prices so reasonable.

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to the "The Kootz" and were not disappointed. The food was great and the service was outstanding. We were wishing the dance floor was bigger. But so enjoyed the night!

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Wish they would not have switched my waiter. Our first one was more personable

S
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Lake view only from bar, not dining room. Small portions and overpriced, too bad since most of us enjoyed the food. Perhaps the regular menu is better, very limited choices especially for people who have fish allergies. Average service, unfriendly wait staff, and slow responses considering it was almost empty on Mother's Day. The meal was ruined when I asked the owner a question about the meal and he was condescending and made snide comments. We left as soon as the meal was over and went somewhere else for dessert and drinks where we were treated with respect and our patronage was appreciated. Not a Happy Mother's Day at this restaurant.

CC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and location! Will definitely return and sta for the music.