Lake Elmo Inn
Lake Elmo Inn

Lake Elmo Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lakeelmoinn.com/
  • Phone: 6517778495x
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked
Lake Elmo Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
251 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (201)neighborhood gem (119)romantic (115)great for brunch (104)fit for foodies (94)good for groups (82)great for lunch (78)notable wine list (64)great for outdoor dining (49)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (14)scenic view (7)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    roettger11
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The best food I have had. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The good, filet mignon, was delicious and cooked to perfection. The ambience was amazing to and fit for the season. The only complaint was that are waiter did not acknowledge that it was my fiancé' 30th bday, and the table next to us was, as well as being offered complimentary champagne.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    dabo
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Good food and drink. always treat us nice,it is one of our favorite places to eat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We are retired and live in Woodbury...........summer only. Lake Elmo Inn is without question the best restaurant within 15-20 miles from home we would consider driving at night. Great bar, excellent food, good ambiance and welcoming hospitality. Formerly from Wisconsin, we have been going to Lake Elmo Inn for a long time, and each time we go, we are reminded why we want to come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointedx2
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was my second visit. The first time I had to experience the manager yelling at an employee in the bar. Made me, and others seated in the bar, very uncomfortable. If the manager had an issue with his employee, that should have been handled behind closed doors. My last visit I had reservations for 7:30. We were informed that it would be a few minutes before we were seated. It was another 1/2 hour before that happened. It seemed very unorganized as the staff seemed to be flustered and trying to figure out what to do. As we waited for our server I could hear employees complaining. The food is excellent and hats off to the chef but I definitely think there is room for improvement in how management behaves and runs that restaraunt.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick to the Steaks
    Pasta
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have been here several times before,I wanted to take my boyfriend here for our 2nd Anniversary. We both ordered the Pasta dishes,(different ones) the price was very high for past and some seafood. The sauces one to over the top with cheese wiz taste,the other no taste hardly at all. I have been here several times,loved the Steak & chicken,that I've had before. But was not impressed nor was he,on the pasta dishes. I will return again,and we will have something different.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great diinner!
    rons
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We go there often but always for anniversaries! Love the atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We have been dining at LEI for years and it still is our favorite restaurant for many reasons...see above. The competition is high with constant restaurants coming onboard, but LEI remains our favorite. The buffet that holds desserts used to belong to my best friend's Dad many years ago. Each time I get to see it, I get a super warm cozy feeling just knowing that. Plus it is beautiful! Thanks you to the entire staff for their outstanding contributions to us diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Consistantly good food, knowledgeable wait staff, surprising specials worth trying. All in an atomosphere comfortable for casual dining or formal affairs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Enjoyed Sunday night dining this time - 8p seating - quiet and restful. Food is always superb in presentation and flavor. Favorite place of ours to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good!
    ThundrbltMN
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The brunch was excellent. Good service too. The smoked salmon was quite good. The roast beef - tender and flavorful
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    Grotmonster
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have gone to this restaurant for years for a special occasion brunch and have always thought it was a special but this time-my husband and I agreed the food was okay, but not as good as we had remembered in the past. The price of the brunch was high for what was offered.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MELODY
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Having experienced dining at Elmo Inn with the Jaguar Club years ago, we have since enjoyed two memorable brunches. The food and service are world class. Reg and Sharon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hockeydad39
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I have been patronizing this restaurant for a number of years. It has become our "place" to celebrate our wedding aniversary, last Saturday was no excepttion. We were seated in your " newly re-modeled" great room. I was amazed how quiet it was with the "hard surfaces". Last but not least, our server Suzie O was at the top of her game. I know she has waited on us before, she made our dinner spectacular, her service and the specail touches for our aniversary made it an extraordinary experience. We are so lucky to have such a place so close to home. I have yet to find a better dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Lunch
    Katie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We took my sister in law and her husband for lunch for her birthday. They treated us very well and wished her a happy birthday and celebrated with a glass of champagne. How fun! The food was wonderful. It was my first time there and I hope to go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining, untimely service
    catfisch
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration at the Lake Elmo Inn. However, waiting 1/2 an hour for our order to be taken, then 1/2 hr. for our salads and another 1/2 hour for our entrée made for a longer evening than was what we planned. However, our waitress was delightful. So what the problem was we could not tell. Would still recommend LEI.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimbo
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    outstanding food and service - I am sure anyone would really enjoy it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I've lost count of how many birthdays and anniversaries we have spent at the Inn. You never fail to deliver with excellent food and service. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    Newneez
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Made reservations, had daily specials. Prime rib was excellent, mahi mahi was wonderful. Great night altogether.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating our Anniversary
    Debi
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My Husband & I were Celebrating our 39th Wedding Anniversary at the Lake Elmo Inn, and had one of the best meals of our life.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AndyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As always, the Lake Elmo Inn was wonderful. It is a very special place to celebrate an anniversary, as well as non-special occasions. Their servers are excellent, always know when you need something.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Once a year my grandfather (who lives out of town) and I have a 'date for supper' and this year we chose Lake Elmo Inn. We were SO happy with the food, service and overall experience. We will definitely be returning customers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Hooked!
    frequentvisitorsVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Re-introduced a friend to LEI, she hadn't been there in a while. The Elmo's Sirloin was melt-in-my-mouth perfection. She loved her plate of Sunnies. Mini sorbet cones to cleanse the palate between courses and warm scented towels at meals end are perfect touches to what's become my favorite place to dine. I ordered the Smoked Salmon appetizer to go before we left - can't get enough of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good!
    DebDines
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We have visited Lake Elmo Inn on dozens of occasions--from anniversaries and birthdays to a quick lunch or weekend brunch. We have never been disappointed. The food is consistently good. The Tuesday lunch specials allow the chef to try some new dishes and experiment with flavors. Again, we have never been disappointed. This place remains our "go to" stop for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuesday Buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Not exactly up to fine dining standards. We came for the Schnitzel and were VERY disappointed. Prior visits during Oktoberfest we found to have excellent food. We won't be back.
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  • Always Excellent!
    Mimi
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The Tuesday lunch buffet is wonderful. So many items to choose from and the desserts are endless. The evening meals are very special and the food is always delicious. The service is always friendly and attentive. You will have a wonderful experience every time you dine at Lake Elmo Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    kmfq
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had a fabulous meal, our server recommended a great wine and we finished with "the sin of the inn" dessert. Our food was great, service was perfect; fun, knowledgable and efficient. This is why we keep coming back, never had a bad meal or service. Keep up the good work Lake Elmo Inn!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hooked On This Place!
    frequentvisitorsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience! Love the smoked salmon appetizer accompanied by a gin martini. The appetizer and a salad will probably be my dinner on our next visit. My husband pronounced his walleye perfect and I enjoyed the T-bone steak. This is our 4th visit to the Inn in as many weeks. We're hooked on this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Sam11
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place is very low key yet outstanding everything was great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great place for dining. Great food and great service. Good place for special occasions,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Susan
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Lake Elmo Inn is always a good choice especially for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A consistent and long-time favorite, the Lake Elmo Inn did not disappoint. I chose this particular restaurant because the food is excellent with specials that are sure to please. I was looking for a quiet place to talk with a friend I hadn't seen in a year. Our server was attentive without being invasive or pushy. This is the place to go when looking for an elegant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual experience at Lake Elmo Inn
    UnhappyinMaplewood
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have been there several times in the past year. The experience and food has always been terrific. Service has been exemplary. This was not true for this experience. We were celebrating a birthday and the service was bad, inattentive, slow, and required several reminders to get the basic service. Food came cool and not as fresh as their standard fare. The waitress told me the birthday person and table would get complimentary champagne and brthday dessert for the birthday person. We got neither! All around this was not anywhere near prior experience level. A big disappointment this time. I will be back but the shine was taken off the penny with this trip.
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  • Excellent Service and Food
    Nick
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We finally took time to visit the Inn for their Sunday Brunch. We had an excellent time and enjoyed the huge spread of brunch items. We look forward to our next visit. Highly Recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    deborahbifulk
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to Lake Elmo Inn to celebrate our "onemonthiversery". We had our wedding catered by Lake Elmo Inn and wanted to experience all the foods from our wedding again - it was just as good as we remembered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrate dining the Old School way
    Foodie94
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Upon arriving at 7:50pm for our 8:00pm reservation, we were greeted and immediately seated. Our server greeted us in a timely fashion and acknowledged our special occasion (anniversary) per the info on my reservation. Nice - complementary champagne, sorbet palette cleanser, hot towels at the end. The beet/goat cheese salad was spectacular, the Caesar salad was good, but overpriced at 9.95. Our entrees, the Tournedos and the Prairie Home Companion - were both prepared as requested and flavors were amazing, especially the mustard crusted Lamb Chop on the PHC platter. Service - slower than expected, and server was forgetful on several occasions. Overall - very satisfying experience, but a little less wow factor than expected for the price
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.