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Lake Elmo Inn
Lake Elmo Inn

Lake Elmo Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lakeelmoinn.com
  • Phone: (651) 777-8495
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm. Between 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: John Schiltz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Catering: Corporate events, weddings, picnics, etc. Please contact our Event Center staff for more details. We cater local and around the Twin Cities.651-779-5994
  • Private Party Facilities: The Lake Elmo Inn has four dining rooms to offer private parties. Our Kohler room can accommodate groups up to 50 people. The Oak room holds up to 70 people and can be separated into a semi-private area for smaller group of 35 or less. Our event center holds 75-300 people, a wonderful place for a wedding, reunion, celebration of life, or corporate event. Please call Chris Schiltz 651.779.5994

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 5
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lots also available in the area.
A word from Lake Elmo Inn
The Lake Elmo Inn offers award-winning American cuisine, and has been voted Best Restaurant, Best Service, Best Dessert, Best Brunch, and Twin Cities Institution locally by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine 'Reader's Choice Awards'. Zagat scores the Lake Elmo Inn at a 28 out of 30 for food, calling us a "hidden secret". We also received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for our extensive wine list for twelve years in a row.
The Lake Elmo Inn has been chosen as one of the top 100 Brunches in the nation by Open Table. From shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, double smoked ham, and carved rounds of beef, to eggs Benedict, Belgium waffles, mouthwatering salads, and fresh seasonal fruit, the Lake Elmo Inn serves a Sunday Brunch that is artfully prepared and elegantly presented.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We brought our special cousin and spouse for Sunday brunch.....fabulous time with special family and super food and service!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "A small group of family members had Sunday brunch at Lake Elmo Inn to celebrate my husband's 65th birthday. The food was excellent. The staff was very accommodating regarding our 4-yr old grandson's requests and seating us where our 7-month old grand daughter could be accommodated. Our server was appropriately attentive and fulfilled special requests for the 4-yr old. We never felt rushed and were able to enjoy a nicely paced meal. We had not been to the Inn for awhile and now we know what we'd been missing. We will return soon! I felt the price versus the quality of food and service was right on."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed a few of the Lake Elmo Inn martinis. The kinky liquor martini was perfect for a warm summer evening. My wife loved her steak with the blue cheese and Parmesan crust over a bed of rice and mushrooms. I had the grouper that was the special for the night. Very good food and our server was very busy but attentive to our needs."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have NEVER been disappointed when we visit Lake Elmo Inn and our 45th anniversary meal was no exception. From the Sunnies cooked to perfection, the steak cooked exactly to order, the very best wild rice soup ever, the wine, and of course our desert. Our waitress Judy was attentive without being intrusive on our conversation and our water glasses were always filled by a polite young man who also removed plates quietly. Our hats off to John for his food excellence and the very professional staff he has. Thanks for a great evening. Linda and Chuck"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The Lake Elmo Inn has become my favorite place to dine. The atmosphere is so comfortable and the staff is so kind and patient! Of course, the food is fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Nothing special at this restaurant warranted the prices they charged. I recommend to those who drive a certain vehicle for prestige or as a status symbol. Half could have been given to the homeless and still be pricey. Next time that's what I'll do (and dine elsewhere). I'll feel much better on how I send my hard earned money."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We always have a great time here. The food is amazing!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Brought relatives from Houston to the restaurant for brunch because they were looking for someplace unique in the area. They loved it and we did too. Didn't know they had a Tuesday buffet - but do now and will visit again. It was a beautiful day outside (especially for August) and enjoyed the outdoor area."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "4 of us had lunch, 3 choosing the sunfish and 1 the cherry-glazed salmon. Delicious! The sides of wild rice pilaf and a colorful vegetable medley were yum-o, too. We had started with the beer-cheese soup which we all loved! The 'Inn is always so pleasant...'lovely ambience...'have gone there for decades, enjoying, brunch buffet, lunch, dinner."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Lake Elmo Inn was recommended by a friend as having the absolutely best brunch. She was right. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Our server Jolynn was spot on and engaging. The dinners were prepared properly and presentation was artful. The service timing was excellent. This with a good bottle of wine made for a wonderful evening"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Dining here is always wonderful. Everything on the menu is delicious. It is a special restaurant for celebrating. The wait staff is so friendly and helpful. Desserts are amazing."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food is excellent; wait staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive; and the atmosphere is excellent. Only downside is price; expect to spend around $100 for two meals, drinks (Soda, alcoholic costs more), and dessert."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. Over the years, we have dined here many times and have had excellent meals. This is the first time that we sat in the newly designed center area and did not like it. It went from an intimate quiet atmosphere with booths and tables to more of the atmosphere of Denny's. It was loud, and we had to lean in to talk about anything. My Tournados was ordered medium and came out nearly purple inside. We also told the server it was our anniversary (and also what we would like for our free toast beverage), but he never brought it out to us. Overall, I did not like the new resturant design and atmosphere and will look to find a new location for fine dinning and intimacy."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had excellent service from our server, I think her name was Judy. It was Sat. pm on the patio and we were celebrating our special friend's birthday. She couldn't have been more pleasant, helpful and speedy in her service to our table. All four of us love Lake Elmo Inn and return regularly to celebrate special occasions. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Portions were small - the chicken breast was about 3 bites -; the steak was tough. Lots of green beans and the French fries were OK. The bread and pot stickers were good but the bread basket was never refilled. With such small portions my son couldn't even fill up on bread. The desserts that we brought home were excellent. The Walleye was OK but just OK. Will probably go again but never for a Saturday lunch. Will try the buffet."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable birthday celebration to honor my mother's special birthday. I looked at a few special restaurants and after viewing the menu I decided to choose Lake Elmo Inn because they offered such a nice variety. Other restaurants had a limited Saturday lunch menu. Also, I have eaten at Lake Elmo Inn a couple times in the past and have always been treated extremely well. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was ok but not as good as I remembered it from other visits. The pricing was a lot higher than past experiences."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I guess I set my expectations too high and you know what happens when you do that."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We have been coming here for many years, and will continue to do so!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I have been a patron of Lake Elmo Inn for many years. The food and service are consistently very good."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Superb experience! The food and service were both wonderful"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "As fabulous and charming as ever. The best roasted duckling anywhere!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our MIssouri family members, including 3 children, ages 9-14, were unable to join the rest of our family members last Christmas to have dinner at Lk. Elmo Inn, due to a snow blizzard on their drive here to Minnesota. Hence, they were looking forward to dining at the Inn last Friday evening. The service was exceptional and they all liked what they ordered and want to return the next time they're here in Minnesota."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We try to go for the lobster lunch ever summer. This year 2 friends came with. It was a great meal and we will do it again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food is excellent. My wife had the lobster ravioli, and I had shrimp and pasta. Both were excellent. The only issue we had was the desert we ordered to take home was not what we wanted. So a few days later, when we got around to eating it, we didn't."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife and I had a terrific meal with great service which is pretty much all that I ask for in a good resturant. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great treat for our 35th wedding anniversary but I wish that fact could have at least been acknowledge."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Outstanding restaurant! My husband and I went for our 1 year anniversary and we felt like we recieved the "royal" treatment!!! We will definitely be back sooner rather than later."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The filet mignon here is as good as it gets, flavorful, tender and just scrumptious. You can pair it with great wine and don't forget the wonderful service."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Excellent food, service, atmosphere - the menu fits our expectations. This is our go-to place when guests come to town."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "As always the service was great. The good wasn't as good as I remembered. I ordered the Prawns and Pasta and ended up with a plate full of tomatoes. Would never order that dish again, it used to be one of my favorites."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Good experience, service was fine but felt a little more attention could have been give. Bread was messy and no crummer. Plates stacked up and after we bussed our table, this is when they where taken away. Portions seemed smaller than listed. All red meat was slightly under cooked from what was reauested. Overall experience was good, I enjoyed the night."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife thoroughly enjoyed her half roast duck with the cherry glaze (subbed from the salmon). Service was personable, attentive, and efficient. I thought my Caesar salad was a bit 'wet' and could have used a bit more anchovy. Secondly, the lobster raviolis was tasty but a bit overvalued/priced IMHO. The complimentary champagne was appreciated and overall experience was very good. We will return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is not our first visit. We go to Lake Elmo Inn for our special celebrations, it is our favorite."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Tucked away in sleepy Lake Elmo, Lake Elmo Inn is a great place to have high end food in a low stress atmosphere. The food is good and varied, lots of vegetarian options on the dinner menu. Portions are huge, be prepared to be very full upon leaving."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The service is always amazing, our server took time to chat with us, making our experience very pleasant. Our food was great, and the dipped berries a nice finish. We all took dessert home, to enjoy the next day with a pot of coffee and the porch. Thank you so much!!!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We chose the Lake Elmo Inn because we were celebrating our 51st anniversary. It's reputation proceeds it and we had not been there for years. It's been renovated and remodeled and the décor was lovely and inviting. The service was excellent. Our waitperson was friendly and informative but not intrusive. She brought us complimentary champagne for our special occasion. The food was exceptional and left no room for dessert so she served each of us a strawberry dipped in chocolate with a candle on top. Our anniversary dinner was AWESOME!!! We will definitely recommend the Lake Elmo Inn in the future."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The Lake Elmo Inn was the perfect place to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time. The prime rib was excellent and the ham had great taste. The salads choices were tasty and fresh. The side dishes served were delicious. The caramel rolls were yummy and all the desserts were divine. We always enjoy and have a wonderful time at the Lake Elmo Inn. We celebrate many holidays at the Lake Elmo Inn as well as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. My sister visits MN. from Napa Valley yearly and we enjoy a great meal at the Lake Elmo Inn. She will be in town in September. 5 sisters (including me) and my daughter will be at the Lake Elmo Inn on 9/30 enjoying the wonderful buffet. We look forward to our get together."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Only two servers in the seating area we were in. Service was excruciatingly slow. Parties that arrived after us were served before us. Salads and dinner were great. Deserts were only ok - don't appear to be homemade"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our 3M retirees lunch group all loved their selections. Sonja provided wonderful service each step of the way. Another waitress also heard us talking about one of retirees needing a bandaid and quickly provided not just one, but two band aids. The wait staff at Lake Elmo Inn is the very best."
    Dined on 7/9/2014