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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Fabulous service, great atmosphere, always enjoy Lake Elmo Inn. The only thing that wasn't fabulous was the ribeye steak special of the day. The meat was smothered, difficult to cut, and very thin - not what we expected (2 of us ordered the special), so it wasn't just one complaint. So sorry - we did not complain because we don't do that. We love coming to the Inn."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Good selection of salads, entrees and desserts...always an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "As always the food and the staff at the Lake Elmo Inn were fantastic!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • " This is our go to place for special occasions. My bride and I were there for her birthday. As always everything was perfect, never a disappointment here. The food, service and atmosphere could not have been better."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had a great meal. The food was excellent. The service was great including the "pace" of the courses. It was our first time but we will definetly go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was great and she did a great job on making my mom feel special on her birthday."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our waitress had too many tables, so the service was a little slow, but we weren't in any hurry."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The Lake Elmo Inn is one of those classy places where it is nice to go for a special dinner. We were happy to find out that everyone in our group could get a complimentary glass of champagne (or a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage for children or those who do not wish to have alcohol) because we were celebrating a birthday! The food was very good, but the service a bit slow in spite of the place not being crowded at all on a Monday night. Go with good friends to have good conversation, and you will not really notice the wait."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We have been coming here for years. The food is always great."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We have been to Lake Elmo Inn several times for Brunch and never been disappointed. It's always great!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Wonderful sunday brunch. Everything fresh and refilled. Service was efficient and pleasant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "While most times you struggle to find properly cooked crab legs in the Midwest, the Lake Elmo Inn prepared them perfectly. The shells cracked cleanly and the meat slid out easily."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in the metro area. Always outstanding. all four meals very, very, very, good. I'm always impressed with friendliness of staff, quality of food, presentation, and value"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Always a quality meal. I like that there is a nice variety to choose from and with a good price range in those choices. Dessert is always a must even those who don't usually eat dessert."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We waited for over an hour to get our main dishes and this was after they forgot our appetizer. They comped most of our beverages for their error and gave us each a small glass of champagne because we were celebrating our anniversary. My pasta dish was completely bland and the sauce seemed like thinned out Velveta cheese. Very disappointed and with the long wait and forgotten appetizer we will not be back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • " I always enjoy the Lake Elmo Inn; this time I was a bit disappointed. My Festival Salad was delicious, but I was very disappointed that it said Gorgonzola Cheese; there was one tiny piece of cheese that was about 1 oz. only. I was quite surprised at that!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great food: good variety, fresh hot... Service was good and friendly."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is where my wife and I celebrate our anniversary. Been doing it for many years and have never been disappointed. Very traditional fine dining setting, great wait staff and excellent food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We came here to celebrate my son's high school graduation- a table of 8. Since I only get limited space here, I'll just get right to it. The food is HORRIBLE, the chef obviously does not know how to pull ideas together. My dad's duck breast was not rendered at all w/1/4 inch of duck fat still present, my son's salmon w/ cherry glaze was nothing more than an artificial cherry syrup that overpowered and tasted like you were eating perfume. My Scallops were raw and my Penne pasta was about 10 minutes past Al Dente. My husband's lamb chops were smeared with mustard, which overpowered the lamb. It was the most disappointing might and waste of money ever, service? 3 HOURS!! We will never return, even if invited."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time I have been to Lake Elmo Inn, we took my dad for an early Father's Day lunch, and it never disappoints. The food was great, the service was great, it was fairly quiet for lunch (that is not the case when I have been there for dinner), it was a nice time. It is way on the other side of town from where we live, but it is worth the drive for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Looking for a great experience off the beaten path, and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This gem will be a great find and wonderful experience! Feast for every pallet, and if your extra special chocolate cover strawberries!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Had the steak and wild mushroom risotto. While it was delicious we thought the tiny steak for the price was not a great value. The wild mushrooms were also few and far between. Overall a nice experience --just surprised at how small my dinner was for the price."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Lake Elmo Inn was a recommendation from a work colleague. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal. Great food and décor, and a relaxed dining experience. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who like good food."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I suggested the Lake Elmo Inn to my coworkers and VP/GM who was visiting our Woodbury office from Tampa, Florida -- as I knew the food and service would be exceptional! We scheduled dinner for six as a celebration of a very important project completion. Our dining experience was wonderful -- from beginning to end! We appreciated being welcomed when we arrived and Sue (our server) was very attentive and friendly. The food is delicious and the desserts are exceptional! We all felt pampered -- and we will definitely be back! A special thank you to Sue!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Everything was perfect! Thank you! It was a perfect evening with family and friends."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Lake Elmo Inn Tuesday lunch buffets are amazing. The variety on the buffet is unbelievable. They start by having six different salads on the salad bar. They have six different fresh fruits, homemade soup of the day, two wonderful entrees, a vegetable, a potato or rice dish and rolls/bread. Finally, the array of desserts is unbelievable. They are mini size so you are able to try as many as you have room for. Their dishes are of the highest quality and delicious. I have been eating here for many years and I can honestly say, I have never had a meal I didn't enjoy. You won't be disappointed. Wonderful outdoor patio too."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Food was very good. Wish the menu would have had a soup, salad or soup or salad and a 1/2 sandwich. Prices were reasonable. It is a good place to take friends to lunch and get caught up on friends activities. We were able to chat a long time without being bothered. Thanks you for an enjoyable lunch."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Awesome 30th wedding anniversary dinner!!! Friendly staff and awesome food and service !!!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "No complaints about the food. However, when you go to a restaurant like the Lake Elmo Inn, you hope the server does not describe everything as "super good". She took our drink glasses and came back 3 times without them refilled. Just a taste of our experience. Hope next time is better."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had another evening of great service and great food."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants. In all the years we have been going there we have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 5/31/2014