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Lost Lake Lodge
Lost Lake Lodge

Lost Lake Lodge Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lostlake.com
  • Phone: (218) 963-2681
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00am, Sunday: 8:00am - Noon
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, International, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Bob Stenerson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Vocalists and small chamber music ensembles perform for dinner guests on summer weekends. Call ahead to learn about up-coming entertainment.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Lost Lake Lodge offers private dining space for your special events. Call Lori to schedule a private party in one of our three available dining rooms.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Lost Lake Lodge
Lost Lake Lodge offers fresh, inventive cuisine in a charming up-north setting. Dock space is available to those who wish to arrive by boat. Overlooking the Gull Lake Narrows and our own, private Lost Lake, the dining rooms showcase beautiful views of woods, water and wildlife. Our dinner menu features four, five, or six-course options, as well as ala carte selections. Dinner guests enjoy our complimentary bread basket, which features four made-from-scratch breads that change daily. Our popular Wine Pairing option allows guests to sample a glass of wine with each course of their meal. With over 150 selections, our wine list focuses on highly-rated California producers as well as an eclectic mix of international value wines. Lost Lake Lodge offers a family-friendly dining area along with a three-course children's dinner menu. Our intimate Bistro dining room caters to couples and small adult parties. Guests may opt to dine al fresco on our lovely, shaded patio.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Took a very good female companion for a fantastic experience. A true gem of a property. The prices were pretty high, but we new that going in. Two people eating four course meals (one with wine) equaled $165 including tip."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Loved the place Great food and ambience Service was excellent"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service! A bit on the pricey side, but extremely enjoyable. We'll be back when we save enough to cover the cost of this exceptional experience."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Lost Lake is really quaint. It is a venue you would go on a romantic date for two. They simply can not handle large groups at all. Really nice people, but way out of their league in terms of service. The food is really good, but portions are extremely tiny and expensive for what you get. If you want to go on a nice date, grab a drink and have a small nice meal with great surroundings, this is your place. We went as a group of 12 for my birthday, and it was 40 minutes before we even got a cocktail. We were there 5 years ago and had a similar experience. Cool place, every 5 years, but go as a couple, not as a group."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was overcooked, the fish was burned on the bottom and had a mushy consistency, the service was inconsistent. very disappointing, we had the same experience last fall and we will not be coming back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Set back in the woods on a quiet lake, this is a nice place to visit in summer. Food was exceptionally good for this area, especially the entrees. The service was attentive and friendly. We would have rated it a 5 except for the "Heirloom" salad which had some ordinary greens and veggies dressed with an overpoweringly vinegary dressing."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We booked with Open table dinner for our anniversary, we had read a few negetive reviews, but decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the 6 course Chef's creation special. it is where you tell the server what you like and don't like or any known food allergy. Our meal was interesting and delicious."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Having travelled the world, we have found this to be one of the best places for delicious food and great service. The only complaint would be is that there are wooden chairs and they are not very comfortable for extended dining. However, the cuisine is highly creative, the ingredients are the freshest available, and the wait staff are extremely attentive. It is well worth the drive to seek out this hidden gem."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Lost Lake Lodge. This was our family's June birthday outing so we had our adult children and our grandchildren at the dinner. Given the wide range of ages I was concerned about the menu. The grandkid’s meals were healthy and well balanced. Our meals were very tasty and well proportioned. The server was very knowledgeable and the deserts were great. No one had any complaints."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service, and quaint setting. Among the best restaurants in the Brainerd lakes area!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Made reservations at this restaurant based on a recommendation and the reviews from previous dinners. Very disappointed as the food was only fair and portion sizes were small. I had the walleye and I'm pretty sure the bait used to catch it was almost as large my portion. Very nice place, fair service, but the food can use some improvement."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This restaurant has always been a favorite - until this year. Overpriced, small entrees. Salads came without the ingredients listed on the menu, and we were told that there would be a $5.00 "sharing" fee for the $10.00 already-too-small salad. The vegetarian option on the menu was apparently a secret, as we were told that "Chef" would decide after you ordered. This was true for the 6 course tasting option as well. Overall, the salads, entrees and desserts were disappointing. It seems that Lost Lake Lodge and it's Chef are a little too impressed with themselves this season, which is a shame for the loyal patrons who have been enjoying this restaurant for so long."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I am very unhappy with my experience tonight!!!! They called at 5:30 and said the ONLY open time was 6:30 and 8:30pm. We unfortunately Went at 6:30... But 6-8 tables were open from 6:30-8:30pm. The owner was EXTREMELY upset with my verbal comment of few words. The charging of corkage, the disappearance of our wine, the 2 oysters served in tasting menu ( the waitress said 6). The mr Meal was a disaster...we will not go back!!! Tim was a better owner byn a long shot!!! He was a much better liaison than you were."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the evening. I thought the food was amazing and unique. I will definitely come again and I will tell my friends who also visit the area to make your restaurant a priority to experience."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I thought the chefs tasting menu was lacking expression. The dinner menu items were more interesting. Wait staff needed to be more efficient, the space between courses was lengthy and I expected a bit more refinement in regards to table service."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I let our server know that I had some food allergies so she must have taken note on that but the entrée I order wasn't good with out the gravy that was suppose to go on it. If she would have let me know in the first place that what I had choose had cream in it I would have never ordered that dish. It really wasn't good at all."
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "Such a beautiful location, such awesome food, and great people! Only possible downside is the portions.... Too much awesome food!!!!! Smaller portions easily would suffice. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Food was superb! Nice menu selection, all enticing...all selected by our party of 4 was excellent. Wine pairings nice touch and well executed. Service was gracious, albeit a young "student" server."
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "This restaurant is over rated. Food overpriced for the quality, although the starters were really nice, couldn't say much about the main course. The Iowan pork served on refried beans and a little corn mixed in, very disapointing."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "The food is unforgettable! We always remember what we had the last time we were there! It's just a great place to get a fabulous meal. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "We dine here once to twice a year. The food, and restaurant, are just superb - we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "We went to the Lost Lake Lodge with friends visiting from Texas and they along with my husband and me were wowed. It's great to have this level of dinning in the "north woods". Great that they offer a gluten free menu too. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "It was our 40th wedding anniversary, it was a enjoyable evening to spend with each other at open table thank you"
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Our anniversary is in May and we always wait until Lost Lake Lodge is open for the summer to go out for dinner. We always bring our sons with us and make it a special family night. This year with busy schedules we weren't able to go out until August. As always it was a delightful night. The food was excellent and plentiful and the ambiance was wonderful! Thank you for annual wonderful anniversary dinner."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "First time to the restaurant. The food was awesome, different, interesting. I don't usually come to such nice places. I would recommend it."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "2nd visit and food was good but not fabulous for the price. Appetizer was best: had the Gravlax with smoked salmon roe. Lamb chops were thin and soufflé was dry. My chardonnay was $12 a glass and just ok - next time will bring a $10 bottle of J.Lohr Chardonnay with me and pay the corking charge. Desserts were very good - family had the chocolate cake. Requested and got a great table by the window and charming setting."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "This off the beaten path gem had wonderful up north feel with urban appeal food. The three and four course meal option simplified the menu choices. Wine pairings were an added bonus. All four of us had different combinations, and all we amazing. Loved it. Will return every year when we visit the area"
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Rainy Sunday sounded like a good day for brunch. Checked web sight and found it appealing. Ordered huevos rancheros. It was supposed to come with hash browns and juice and coffee. The hash browns did not come, the coffee and oj were never offered and the main course was luke warm. We ordered a bloody mary and it was tasteless. I've eaten dinner here in the past and enjoyed it very much, but can honestly not recommend breakfast. Waiter was nice."
    Dined on 7/14/2013
  • "While the lakeside dining room has a nice northwoods feel, overall service and food preparation was disappointing. Service staff were both poorly trained and understaffed to handle a full dining room. The four of us ordered their five-course dinner, with two ordering the chicken entrée and two the pan-fried walleye, with neither the presentation nor the quality being what one would expect from a relatively high-priced restaurant. The pacing was also very inconsistent, starting with how long it took to take and fill our drink order. We seemed to always be waiting for the next course...sometimes for 15-20 minutes. With such an interesting menu and wine list offered in a beautiful setting, we expected a much better dining experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "A lodge on a small lake with views everywhere. A good choice of 3, 4, 5 & 6 course meals with sorbet in the middle. You can order with or without the wine paring, which adds about $5 per course. The menu changes & this time they had steak, chicken, walleye, lamb chops, king salmon, pork, seafood, & tofu vegetarian meals. So far we have not experienced any lack of quality because of the number of choices over the 3 years we have been there. The courses are foodie quality, with flavorful & artistic presentations. There is quite a bit of inovation & use of local ingredients. It is a little pricey. We had the 3 & 5 course meals &, without tip, it was $151, but we feel it is worth it for something that is quite unique to the lake country area."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "Lost Lake Lodge consistently serves great food. The service is attentive. The view of the Gull LakeNarrows is beautiful."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "The food was outstanding as was the wine list and scenery. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "The restaurant had a very good and unique menu with things like Buffalo Ribs, Duck, Wild Boar as well as more traditional fair such as steak and fish. My wife and I went there for our anniversary and we both agreed the food was delicious. The only complaint I had was for the main course. I ordered my Filet Medium Rare and it came Medium Well. I don't tend to send food back unless it's truly unfit to eat, but I don't really enjoy steaks cooked that much. It was still good though. Other than that, all the other courses of the meal were delicious."
    Dined on 6/20/2013
  • "We were shocked at the quality, creativity and deliciousness! We were just in Napa Valley this spring and we found wines on Lost Lakes wines list that we thought we could only find in Napa! Lost Lake is truly a hidden gem. I almost hate to praise them too much or they will leave for New York to become famous! Needless to say, we left there VERY pleased we have such a wonderful restaurant here on Gull Lake!"
    Dined on 6/17/2013
  • "Good food but they were out of several items noted on the brunch menu - we didn't realize that we'd booked at the end of the brunch time (11:30 am was our reservation). The views are very nice and they offer outside dining as well."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "We had a great dinner! Boar was tasty, walleye is ALWAYS delicious, nice wine selection, coffee and dessert was great also. Love the homemade bread basket too!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "Very disappointing dinner! We have been to Lost Lake Lodge several times and it has always been excellent, but this time the food was very inconsistent. The lamb chops and scallops were good, but the shrimp, risotto, short ribs, crème brulee, chocolate cake, and s'mores pie were definitely not work about $70 per person. The service was so-so. Our waitperson was cordial, but not attentive and did not seem very knowledgeable (she had to go ask the chef if our vegetables were supposed to be cold). I want to know that I'll have excellent food and service when I'm visiting a high end restaurant so going forward I'll stick with Iven's, Cru, and Prairie Bay in the future--they've never disappointed and they're worth the money."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "The food at Lost Lake Lodge remains simply outstanding. However, it is no longer my favorite special occasion place since it retained the very high priced 3-6 course dinners but removed everything that made it special. Gone are the linen tableclothes, the nice silver. Now it looks like it should be hosting fish fries, with the fish on the carpet and the plastic placemats. They can't have it both ways. Either it is an extraordinary dining experience or it is casual less expensive dining. There are plenty of casual dining restaurants in the area, but now there are no special places serving memorable meals. That is surely why there were only three tables of people while we were there. The drinks were terribly weak also, which is something new."
    Dined on 5/30/2013
  • "We had an increible time. The service was fantastic and the food was excellent. We had heard about this place after eating at Cru at Grandview Lodge. A woman overheard our discussion on where to go to dinner in the Grandview Pub and said Lost Lake Lodge couldn't be beat. We were hesitant to leave that property, because there seemed to be good options and Cru had been good. When we couldn't get in until 8:30 pm we decided to head down the road to Lost Lake. I am so glad we did! The Minnesota Anti-pasta plate was delicious and unique and my shrimp and scallop pasta was to die for. My husband and I really enjoyed the wine pairing with the food. They were full glasses! Overall wonderful experience, want to go back already!"
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "The walleye was delicious that evening, service better than the other two nights we were there."
    Dined on 5/25/2013