Photo by Matt Hinshaw.
Those looking to take in the scenery of Yavapai County and the Prescott area while also looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat may want to head out to Lynx Lake, home of the Lynx Lake Café and Marina. Owned by Mikolaj Bijan and Zita Brink, the café specializes in German cuisines.
The two of them have owned the café for about 12 years, going on 13, Bijan said. They moved from Alaska to the Valley in 1995 and found it to be too hot, so they decided to look for some business somewhere north, he said. The place came up for sale and they’ve been operating the café ever since.
Bijan loves being by Lynx Lake.
“I would say there’s only one restaurant by the lake and pine trees in Arizona,” he said.
Lynx Lake café not only gets a lot of regulars coming in to eat, but also sees its fair share of tourists and campers as well, Bijan said. The café has a good reputation and on average, they serve between 400 to 450 customers on a Saturday or Sunday, he said.
It’s not hard to see why the café gets so many people as it has an average of four out of five stars from sites such as yelp.com (36 reviews), tripadvisor.com (84 reviews) and zomato.com (46 votes).
“Great traditional German food – tasty and authentic … Returned for lunch next day. Great relaxed location.”
“Having breakfast with the view of Lynx Lake is unbeatable.”
“The service was exceptional and the food was delicious and hot … We’ll definitely eat here again on future trips to Prescott.”
“I love this place … Service is always great, the food is always good and the views are fantastic.”
“Wonderful fresh good food, great beer, made me feel like I was in Germany for 45 minutes. I will definitely come back.”
Lynx Lake Café and Marina is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and until 5 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed Monday through Wednesday as well as during December and January.
The reputation and its specializing in German food is what keeps bringing people back, Bijan said. There are also the specials: prime rib on Thursdays, all-you-can eat fish fry on Fridays, and German specials on Saturdays.
“You have a lot of Chinese restaurants, Mexican restaurants, Italian restaurants, no German restaurants,” he said of the Prescott area. “That brings us a lot of customers.”
Plus, people who have worked in Germany or who were stationed there in the Army, they know the food and they tell their friends about Lynx Lake Café, Bijan said, adding that people even come up from Phoenix and Tucson for lunch.
As for the marina, boats are available for rent on Saturday and Sundays and that will expand to Fridays soon, followed by Thursdays after the kids get out of school, Bijan said.
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