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Lola's on the Lake

101 Osthoff Ave.
Elkhart Lake  Wisconsin  53020
United States
(920) 876-5840
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Melanie Radzicki McManus
The Osthoff's fine-dining restaurant dishes up pretty plated food that tastes great, but it doesn't feel like destination dining.

Lola's is The Osthoff Resort's fine-dining restaurant, set in an attractive corner facing the lake. Outdoor patio dining and Sunday brunch are available seasonally. The elegant, airy restaurant is done in soothing cream, brown and gold tones, and, naturally, features large windows to take advantage of the lake outside. Service is friendly and efficient. The lunch and dinner menus, which boast regional cuisine, are reasonably priced ($7-$17 for lunch entrees; $17-$28 for dinner) and feature items like caramelized five-onion soup, herb grilled chicken panini, peppercorn-crusted filet mignon, toasted chestnut gnocchi and free-range Berkshire pork. The wine list is also fairly deep. During our visit, we tried the Lyonnaise (a frisee salad topped with a poached egg and smoked bacon and drizzled with a red wine vinaigrette) and the pear salad (arugula topped with pears, toasted hazelnuts, Cambozola cheese and roasted garlic herb vinaigrette). For entrees, we tried the seared Atlantic salmon (citrus herb marinated with spring pea risotto, garlic sauteed baby spinach and tomatoes finished with basil vinaigrette) and the grilled pork tenderloin (marinated with garlic and thyme and served with Parmesan roasted potatoes, shallots and a shiitake Madeira wine sauce). Both dishes tasted good, though the risotto was a disappointment -- more like a flavored rice laced with spring peas. It was tasty, but it was not risotto. Overall, the meal was good and reasonably priced, and the service is good, but we didn't come away feeling that was destination dining.

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