Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake

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$30 and under
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Steak
Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake is located at the Northern end of Canandaigua Lake, we proudly offer a menu that features Certified Angus Beef, Seafood and Pasta. Drink selections include Finger Lakes wines, locally brewed beer and locally roasted coffee. Enjoy dining on fine food in a relaxed atmosphere at an affordable price. Canandaigua’s Choice For Steak and Seafood
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've gone to Nolan's a few times. Tonight I got the lamb and it was outstanding!! Still thinking about it!

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

3 people in our party and all meals were great! I had blackened salmon on a Caesar salad and I will definitely be back for more!

Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake
Responded on 13 January 2020

Thank you for dining with us; so glad you enjoyed! We look forward to having you back soon!

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K
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A bit expensive for the casual atmosphere-food excellent-very loud which took away from a relaxing evening

E
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is the 💎 gem of Canandaigua Lake. Wonderful ambiance, incredible food, staff is outstanding and owner is exceptional! Walks around and greets everyone like your family. He is genuine and wants to make certain that you come back. Love this place!

P
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Our first time at Nolan’s and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent—our waitress was right on top of everything. The food was delicious—my wife had chicken Marsala and I had the veal Florentineand we were both very happy. Our table was near the front door so there was always a lot of commotion but overal it did not take away from our experience. We would highly recommend Nolan’s to anyone in the Canandaigua area , but you will need reservations because it is very popular. We now know why!!

Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake
Responded on 13 January 2020

Thank you for dining with us! When you make reservations next time feel free to request a specific area of the restaurant and we will certainly accommodate you :) We are so glad you enjoyed and look forward to having you back again!

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HO
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious meal with great service all while watching the Football game!! Loved it!!

Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake
Responded on 8 January 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and look forward to seeing you again!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience1

This fine dining restaurant turns out to have a sports bar. There were two women screaming almost all night, even after multiple tables complained and the manager had a word with the women. The lamb had to be sent back because it was overcooked. The manager did comp our meal, which we did not expect.

Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake
Responded on 8 January 2020

We are very sorry about your experience on Saturday. We have talked about this circumstance at length with our management team. Unfortunately, this particular night a few customers got carried away with excitement b/c the Buffalo Bills were playing their first play off game; honestly, we are not used to having this happen as we are not a sports bar. In review, we regret having the volume of the game on and we sincerely apologize to all guests dining that were disturbed.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

For many years we enjoyed Nolan's restaurant. Since the new restaurant opened the food has been disappointing. I always thought their French sauce was among the best I have had...unfortunately, not anymore. I have tried it twice now and it seems they have changed the recipe. It was very disappointing--heavy and without a lot of flavor. The veal was not tender at all.

Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake
Responded on 8 January 2020

Hi Meg, Thank you for joining us on NYE. We apologize that you did not enjoy your veal french. Our French sauce is something we are proud of and have been recognized for in several publications. I am embarrassed to say, you are correct; we did change the recipe the week of NYE; we used a different brand of sherry b/c our preferred brand was out of stock. Moving forward this will not be a problem! Thank you for letting us know that you noticed and really hope you visit again for another chance!

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K
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely one of the best we have had! From appetizer to dessert.... highly recommend! Portions are large and cooked very fresh! Best New Years meal ever. Many times on New Years meals are not great.

Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake
Responded on 8 January 2020

Thank you for joining us on NYE!! Happy New Year!

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BG
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve loved in Canandaigua my whole life and after the previous fire, Nolan’s is better than ever! Greatest experience I’ve ever had here!

Nolan's on Canandaigua Lake
Responded on 8 January 2020

Thank you Brian! We hope you and your girlfriend make Nolans your choice for date- night again :)

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CB
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, very good food and excellent service. My brother and his wife joined me and they were very impressed.

AM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We eat at Nolans often Bartenders are amazing as well as waitresses we have eaten at the old, And the new restaurant And the lakeshore location and golf course location over many years and are very fortunate to
Have Nick and his staff serving this community with such quality and commitment and thank you for being back the original beer batter fish recipe.

TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food in Canandaigua!! Service is always excellent. Prices are a little expensive but in line with similar restaurants..

PF
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I felt bad for our server. She obviously had other tables not near us. We hardly saw her. I spent almost the whole meal with nothing to drink as I had finished my 1 cup of coffee before dinner arrived. Food was delicious as always. I love Nolan’s, but it wasn’t our best experience there.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food! Lovely venue. Be sure to make reservations... always so busy because it’s THAT good!

CB
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I live in the area and have always found Nolan’s to be a great “go to” place. The staff are always friendly, the food is very consistent, and the price is very reasonable for the area and for the type of food they prepare.

I brought a long time friend to Nolan’s during my most recent visit, and he complimented the restaurant selection as well as the quality of the food. I will absolutely continue to frequent Nolan’s.

LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, great ambiance, never disappoints!!

EA
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very good time, with good food and good company. There was a great football game on, and we enjoyed every minute.

BC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was top knotch! We will be coming back for sure

FZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Table was available when we arrived, service was good, food was delicious... Great holiday experience ... Thank you

i
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always was met with a smile by staff and quickly seated. As my coat was coming off bartender was inquiring about what I’d like to drink with just as prompt service when it came down to ordering lunch. Will return often for both business and pleasure!

j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time to Nolan's.... Food was fantastic. We will be back real soon.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambiance is great but what keeps me going back is the quality and deliciousness of the food. Wait staff are pleasant and attentive

TD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good. Ate there 2 nights in a row to celebrate my moms birthday. Did not disappoint. Has turned into my go to place when I’m in town.

i
Key West
7 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and great service as always. We were seated in upper level in bar area so it was very noise as one would expect in the bar area. However, given the service and great meal would sacrifice ambiance over that anytime. Will return again soon and see what seating in main dinning room brings.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, the wait staff was excellent . We all enjoyed our meals and the experience.

L
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Kind of hit or miss lately. Love their menu. Service was a bit off. Had to ask for bread halfway through the meal. Food was very good.

CB
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. Very good food and service

RH
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitress and wait staff were friendly. Menu had numerous interesting selections. I had the grilled pork chop and my wife had the filet mignon. My chop was delicious and came with 2 large fried onion rings and as my optional selection, I chose the seasonal vegetable which was spaghetti squash, also delicious. Only suggestion is that because the chop was served on top of the onion rings, the onion rings were soft instead of being crunchy, which is preferred. We are from Penfield but intend to make the drive again in the future.

JK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This was our first visit since it was rebuilt and what a pleasant surprise. The new building is very nice and layed out well. We had a nice large booth that easily and comfortably seated 6. First surprise were the cocktails. A true mixologist on duty here. Manhattans and Old Fashions with proper proportions and garnishes and with one large ice cube. Good portions too. Dinner was excellent with good preparation and nice presentation. Our server seemed maybe new but very pleasant. This is definitely going on our return often list.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great dining adventure at Nolan’s! We wanted to go on Monday, 11/11, to celebrate the 37th anniversary of our first date; but couldn’t make it. Our Sunday visit was just as special as could be. Out waiter, Ryan, was the perfect professional. He didn’t even stumble over the ingredients in the specials! Our prime rib selections were perfectly prepared, nicely presented, and tasty. Overall, this visit rates a NINE out of five!

r
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

We arrived right on time for our reservation at Nolan's, and we were told that there was no reservation. I had made the reservation on 31 October 2019. After showing them the confirmation from Open Table, they seated us. The hostess was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food was very good and reasonably priced. The waitress and other servers were very good very good. It did seem a little chillier of service after I sent my French Onion Soup back because it was cold, I was able to pick it up by the bowl when it was delivered. Steaks were very good.

The next morning, upon checking my e-mail, I found an e-mail from Open Table telling me that the restaurant had cancelled my reservations, without rhyme or reason. I imagine this just caused the experience to be not-as-good as it should have been. Other than that, I would recommend Nolan's.

DH
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was absolutely wonderful as was the meal. The prime rib just melted in my mouth. The stuffed mushroom appetizer was excellent. We will definitely be returning!

MG
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Aside from showing up for our 8 o’clock reservation and still waiting 20 minutes to be seated, and my boyfriend being unable to get prime rib, the experience was amazing. The waitress was somewhat slower and didn’t come by our table much, but we were there on a Saturday which I’m sure is busy, and she was pleasant every time she did check on us. When she did inform us that they were out of prime rib for the night she was able to give a prompt suggestion of a substitute which thankfully my boyfriend was very happy with. Overall the food was amazing, the service was as good as could be expected for the night of the week, and the bill wasn’t as high as I expected for such a fancy place. We will absolutely return in the future and would definitely recommend Nolan’s to friends.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous! Food was great and we were seated promptly.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The prime rib was delicious. It was crowded so we waited at the bar for our table. We did have a reservation. The bar area is small and as we and others stood there, servers were challenged to deliver meals having to navigate around the bar crowd and dinners sitting right off the bar were intruded on. We asked for a quieter dinner area and we were accommodated. Definately very good food.

JK
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The restaurant was very nice. Food was very good. The server was very friendly and efficient, however, never once returned to our table to ask how our meal was, or to see if we needed anything. Also, even when she came to collect our plates after we were finished, she never asked how we enjoyed our meal? It seems like an upscale restaurant, but doesn't have upscale service.

DA
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we loved the food and the service it's not our first time there and there will not be our last time we definitely would recommend this place to anyone

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food.

JS
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great restaurant. We are so happy to have Nolan’s back in operation. It’s a bit of a drive, from Auburn and from Rochester, but very much worth it