Welcome to The Lake Effect Restaurant

at VITALIA® ACTive community at solon

A great dining experience is a core tenant of the experience at VITALIA® communities. Food not only nourishes the body but fosters friendship, encourages discourse, and binds family. Not only is our food delicious and nourishing, but we pride ourselves on the restaurant experience that we offer. Opening daily at 7 AM, servers are waiting to take your order from an expansive menu of 50+ always-available options. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

Featuring daily specials, breakfast all day, exciting seasonal options, and tried-and-true classics, our menu is designed to meet your preferences every day of the year. We want you to leave satisfied and excited for the next time you dine with us.

Meet Executive Chef Nicholas Gutendorf

With over 17 years of experience in professional kitchens, Chef Nicholas Gutendorf brings passion and pride to the table. Working alongside many great chefs through the years, Nick has always strived to satisfy the guest with every plate he puts in front of them. He found his desire for kitchens at a young age. At 15, Nick started washing dishes at a local pizzeria. He quickly moved on to cook, gaining knowledge and credit, and working his way to kitchen manager in fine dining for 8 years. After catering many large weddings and banquet events, Nick landed a job as culinary director at Vitalia Active Adult Community of Solon.

Residing in Aurora Shores with his family, living the lake life has always been his dream. Nick enjoys the outdoors, especially being on the water or riding his four-wheeler. He also reminisces his youth days as he coaches his son, Donovan, in baseball.

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A dining room that caters to all tastes.

We know that you’re not always in the mood for steak. Or seafood. Or a salad. That’s why we offer our entire, expansive menu all day. Decide what you’re in the mood for and odds are, we’ll have just the thing.

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All are welcome.

Our restaurant isn’t only for residents. We encourage family and friends to come and join you for a delicious meal! For a small fee, anyone can sit down and enjoy our fine selections.

Please, have a seat!

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Special Events

Just give me a reason.

Our chefs absolutely love any excuse to get creative and have a little fun! Birthdays, holidays, weekend parties and happy hours… we know that nothing takes a celebration to the next level like amazing food. And we are all about that next level.

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