Lake Elmo Inn
Lake Elmo Inn

Lake Elmo Inn

  • 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
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Lake Elmo Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
282 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (223)neighborhood gem (134)great for brunch (117)romantic (115)fit for foodies (108)good for groups (92)great for lunch (92)notable wine list (66)great for outdoor dining (33)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Lake Elmo Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Lake Elmo inn has been a favorite of ours for years. Always good food . They have the best ribs around. Love to sit at the bar on a weeknight and eat right there. The bars staff is great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We prefer Lake Elmo Inn for lunch or dinner rather than the brunch. The atmosphere for brunch is loud and a lot of people going back and forth to the buffet. The food was good not spectacular typical buffet type. The endless champagne was very generous. The price is very reasonable. However not the right dinning experience for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Lake Elmo Inn
    Lindylou
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We just moved to the area and this was recommended to us. We took friends, and we all enjoyed the ambiance and the quiet surroundings. Service was well-timed and and friendly. I had the steak with wild mushroom risotto - delicious. My friend had the lamb chops and said she chewed on the bones to get every morsel off. Our husbands equally enjoyed their food. Though we were too stuffed to indulge in dessert, they looked amazing. To our surprise they brought us chocolate dipped strawberries. It was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictably superb.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Really a fun time with terrific food and a good selection of wines. Service is attentive and appropriately engaging. Wonderful spot for an anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Erick
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The salads were varied and attractive and tasty. The service was great. The chicken, sea food "hot dish" was delectable. Enjoyed looking at the salt and pepper collection as I used to collect them when I was young.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    Shirl
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Three girlfriends and I met at the Lake Elmo Inn for lunch on a Monday which is Seniors day unbeknownst to us. While the place was packed, in spite of that the food and service were excellent. Our waiter, Bob, was attentive and had a great sense of humor. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 1/2 hour lunch. My husband and I have celebrated our wedding anniversary here for over thirty years and we have always had wonderful food and outstanding service. The Lake Elmo Inn is our favorite place for dining out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PATRICIA
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The 3 of us that had lunch on Monday ALWAYS enjoy eating at the Lake Elmo Inn. For us, it is a special place to have a special lunch. (Usually birthdays) Making a reservation is easy & it also assures us a good place to sit. The food is always wonderful & all of your waitresses (in our case a waiter) are wonderful to us! We'll be back! Pat
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lake Elmo always 1st choice!
    We4LuvElmo
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We have dined at "Elmo" for decades---always our favorite! David was our excellent server this last time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was my first time to this restaurant, I've heard about it for years...outstanding service, even better food, and a cozy atmosphere. One of a kind place that offers a memorable evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attire!
    Doug
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everything was great! My wife really enjoyed celebrating her birthday at your establishment. Only thing we wished is that people would dress for the occasion! Our society has become too casual. Going to the Guthrie, Orchestra Hall or restaurants such as the Lake Elmo Inn. Too many wear jeans, tennis shoes and sweat shirts!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience everytime we visit.
    rover
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was delicious. The atmosphere great. Our waitress was top-notch. And the temperature was perfect. I am always cold, and find most restaurants keep the thermostat low. Thank you for that.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Lunch This Year
    Aleph
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I love the Lake Elmo -- and have for years. We took some relatives who, quite literally, have traveled across the globe, eating at best places along the way. Their remark that the Mushroom Risotto was the "best that they have ever had" is high praise indeed. My "Frutti de Mare" pasta was succulent and perfectly balanced. Just fabulous. You should go. Really.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good buffet lunch
    RepeatCustomer
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Had the buffet lunch and salads/fruits/little desserts/veggies were all good with the chicken forestier not one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Lake Elmo Inn
    Mike
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've been going to the Lake Elmo Inn for 40 years. The food is better than ever and the setting is as classy as one could want for a special event. My filet was butter-knife perfect There is not a better restaurant in Minnesota for my money. Thank you for a great night to remember!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • k9fz
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have been coming to this restaraunt for many years, I never have had a bad experience, the food is fabulous , the staff is great, and when you have a reservation you will be seated on time. The menu varies so it is never boring. Dinners for special occasions is great and the sunday brunches are the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nelad
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service was disappointing. waitress was too busy to take drink order or food order so another stepped in. ordered a 2nd round of drinks which never arrived, but was billed for. when we pointed this out she immediately removed the charge and then brought us the drinks which had been waiting for someone to deliver from the bar. took at least 15 minutes to get the bill with credit card picked-up, even though she was within 2 steps of it on more than 1 occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    sull3176
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Wonderful steak & halibut..mo was our waitress..tell her hello from one Irish man to a half-Irishman!!! She is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful time
    eagereaters
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My party totally enjoyed the food. It was delicious,served promptly and each of us enjoyed our entrees even though we ordered very different items (salad,vegetarian plate,walleye} We sat and talked for 3 hours! We never felt rushed. Thank you for a wonderful time. This was a special lunch to celebrate and thank a very special friend and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lake Elmo Inn is In!
    Lambeau
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I recently dined at the Lake Elm Inn to celebrate my nephew's birthday. We were both extremely pleased with the food, from the bread basket to dessert. Our server was extremely friendly and helpful, making the experience 100% enjoyable. I was there for Sunday brunch a very long time ago, and again for lunch about 10 years ago, but never for dinner. You can be sure I will make plans to go back again and will not wait so long. I urge you to try them out, if you haven't already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best all around restaurant
    DonForestLake
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Best all around restaurant in Metro Area, period! Keep up great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not writing a review at this time
    notdoingthis
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I don't intend to write a review here either. Furthermore, you can't make me write one. If this bothers you, then just don't send me any more requests. OK?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great!!!,
    Brunchtasters2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The Lake Elmo Inn was Great. We have been there many many time before and it just gets better, though we were put in the patio room which I didn't care for at all... They had two large groups in there with kids and it was VERY LOUD and the kids were running around which I don't think they should allow..our was waitress was very busy but she tried to keep up. But the food was good as always... We will be back in JAN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    rosegrows
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    four of us met for dinner on Saturday night. All of us ordered different items from the menu and we enjoyed everything. My only disappointment is that we were seated at a table in the middle of a dining room. No windows and the noise level made it difficult to hold a conversation. I would go back, however. Next time I will ask for a different seat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on my 70th birthday
    gene
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife and I both had the roast duck, they were overcooked. My guest had the prime rib, flavorless. At the end of our meal, I asked the waitress if I get a treat for my birthday, she said I could have a glass of champagne, but too late. She should have said that at the beginning. She should have known of my birthday since it was included on my open table reservation. Service was so slow, it took over 2 hours. The place is elegant and in the past things were good, but not this time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Caligurlinwoodbury
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    You cant go wrong. Great food and service. Beautiful restaurant. Not very far off the 94.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A classic
    Pete
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    A restaurant you want to come back to. Good food, atmosphere, service. You feel special when you are there
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    davidb
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    An extraordinary dining experience. The food was delicious and well presented. Our waitress was a most delightful young lady and made us feel at home. Also, a wonderful place to meet friends and share news.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swede
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was our daughter's 50th birthday. We always "save" LE Inn for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't do brunch again
    Nobrunch
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was just okay. Some was cold when it should have been hot, it was also just so so in flavor and creativity. The kitchen staff that brought the food out looked very crabby. Our waitress was more interested in visiting than waiting her tables. I've been there for lunch and dinner and ordering off the menu is much nicer and the food is wonderful. Don't recommend Brunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food and service were good. A little pricey though
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lake Elmo Inn
    bigfan2go
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have been to the Lake Elmo Inn many, many, times and I have never been disappointed with the food or the service; probably why it is one of my favorites and I keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Expectations - Service a let down
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was very good but service needed alot of help! The resturanct was not that busy and our waitress could not even refill our beverages or make sure our order was correct. Then we had to wait an wait and wait for our check. We did not see her for about 15- 20 minutes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent as always at the Lake Elmo Inn. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frequently Fantastic
    kbecerra
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have been dining at Lake Elmo Inn off and on for years. It is a fantastic restaurant with delicious food and great service. Don't skip the dessert tray. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    luvtoeatout
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent place for friends to meet for lunch. Great food, quiet, great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely go there again
    Jar59
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had a special occasion and had a wonderful time. Food and service were exceptional. Looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Jkid
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great food, great service. The wait staff was very friendly and went the extra mile to make our evening great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Walleye
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Always good service and GREAT food! Wonderful ambiance and champagne for birthdays is an added touch. The menus offers everything from sun fish to fillet. My "go to" restaurant when I want something really special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Anniversary Dinner
    MarynTerry
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is our favorite place for special occasions. We always have a great experience and the best food. The wild rice duck soup was fabulous. Our steak was heavenly and I loved the potato croquettes they were wonderful We always have the French Silk pie and Sin at the Inn both were especially good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    Passionflower
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Sunday brunch is something to behold - presentation is beautiful and the service was over-the-top excellent. I would recommend Lake Elmo Inn any time. The food preparation/presentation surpasses most top-notch restaurants. We have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate