Cast & Cru

4.6
1072 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Cast and Cru serves homemade American cuisine. We features seasonal ingredients grown in our on-site gardens. The food is fun and approachable.

Our bar serves meticulously selected wines from the top distributors and producers from around the world, as well as fine scotches, whiskey, and craft beer.

Located in the historic Old Log Theatre on 11 1/2 acres, we host theatre patrons, destination diners, and our neighbors in the Lake Minnetonka area.

Due to State of Minnesota mandate, we are open for indoor dining at 50% capacity and also have Take-out dining. With our restaurant and banquet space we have plenty of socially distanced dining. We also had a complete remodel in 2014/15 and our HVAC system is efficient with excellent filtration.

We also have private dining available in our 125+ year old cabin as well as in our Private Dining Room. Information and reservations for private dining at info@castandcru.com or 952-767-9700

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1072 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SusanM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I find that the food here is very consistent (good) and the ambience is nice. Sad to see that they are less busy when shows aren't running although it turned into an advantage since all of the other restaurants were full with the COVID restrictions. Support this establishment! My daughters and I had a lovely evening (one of our first out since COVID started) at Cast and Cru.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this dining experience. The hanger steak over hash browns with creamed spinach is amazing. We go too ok date nights for four course meal and wine pairings on Wednesday eve and have never been disappointed. They have excellent wine and cocktails. Lots of distance for these times and excellent service. I think this is the best restaurant in Excelsior.

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Hanna
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food isn't particularly unique lacked flavor in their side dishes

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our group of 6 was delighted by the food and service. Bartender was friendly and professional. Can highly recommend his martinis. Fix prix menu was great value. Salad was a pleasant surprise. Lamb done to perfection and scallops got raves from a pretty tough crowd. Desert was sweet. Wait staff was attentive and efficient. Have already said we'd be back this spring. Perhaps the theater will return later this year.... We all hope so.
Obviously, COVID distancing detracted from the ambience, but this too shall pass. Thanks to everyone in the kitchen and the chef for a terrific meal

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KelseyS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was a helpful and personable server. The restaurant was out of walleye at the time which eliminated two dinner entree possibilities, but there was still tons to choose from. The drinks and desserts were tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back. Very good

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went to C&C early Friday evening and enjoyed the restaurant week special. Dave, our server, was pleasant, knowledgeable and conversational. We were seated at a comfortable distance from other patrons. The manager thanked us for visiting and welcomed us back. All the things you'd want in a relaxing dining night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Cast and Cru. We were celebrating birthday during restaurant week. The food and the service was fantastic. My only recommendation would
be that they filter the tap water.. the rusty taste didn’t go with the meal! I am sure there were other water options available, but we didn’t check. We would definitely go back.

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vipChristinaD
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We like to go to Cast & Cru and we were excited to try the restaurant week menu since lamb is one of my spouse's favorites. When he received the lamb is gave off a strong, very unpleasant odor. My spouse took one bite and had to spit it out due to it tasting so terrible. It was brought back to the chef who indicated he thought it was just fine. My meal was fine but his experience was horrible. No offer to take off his meal either. Normally I will recommend this restaurant but thankfully this wasn't our first time there because it would have been our last.

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ShadH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Blair was fantastic and as first timers on our anniversary, made an incredible experience!

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vipTomS
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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vipRegD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the skirt steak and my wife ordered the walleye; both were prepared well and presented beautifully. We've eaten there a half dozen times and have never been disappointed.

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jRoy
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the fixed price Valentine dinner with wine pairing. All four of us enjoyed every aspect of our meal. Cast & Cru continues to be one of our favorite spots!

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vipJeffM
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Predictably great! Service and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great bar seating for fun drinks and food

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KristineS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food quality was poor and menu selection was very limited. Flat bread was very poor and walleye was ok.

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Group6
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful experience
So happy to be able to dine again

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RahFish
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night was perfect. Girfriends dinner with amazing food, great ambiance and incredible service. Could not have asked for more.

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vipToddP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely charming location in the truly Old Log Theater. Several of my favorite wines at fair prices. Love this place.

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jRoy
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safely operated as they reopen in alignment with pandemic guidelines. Cast & Cru continues to be a fun, social and engaged environment for our small group of four. The dining area is spacious so if you want to have a intimate, quiet dining experience, they can accommodate you. The wine room offers additional private space and of course the Log Cabin looks like the ultimate private group dining experience.
The menu blends many of our favorites with new entrees and apps. The duck poppers are a tradition for us and we tried the sprouts in a delicious maple syrup......both were excellent! The specials were great as was the hanger steak. We will be back again soon!

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vipLindaLou
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in excelsior hands down

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vipKennyD
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant...small menu, but what is on it is great.

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MichaelY
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats!!!!!!!

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MargaretA
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We loved the outdoor ambiance however were underwhelmed with the food. The portions were very small for price and the blood orange salad lacked flavor.

The burgers were a hit, however added up with fries, truffle, etc.

We really wanted to love our meals, but even the flatbread was a meh.

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vipDavidB
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely and outstanding evening dinner. There were two couples involved in every one of our meals was exceptional. We look forward to coming back very soon. I’d give them more than five stars but that’s the most you can give in this opinion poll.

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Mac100
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service in a nice setting. Varied menus and reasonably priced wine list

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DonnaL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, presentation and wine paring for Restaurant week. Loved the experience.

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vipGretchenS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Cast and Cru several times as well as held private events there. Each time we have been very pleased with the quality of the food and service. Every staff member has been attentive without rushing us. I LOVED the salad I ordered and inquired about the dressing. The chef took the time to come to our table and share the recipe with me.
If you are dining at Cast and Cru and the short ribs are on the menu, order them. They are delicious! That said, we have enjoyed every dish we have ordered.
The next time we dine there we are going to request the wine room for a small group of friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome outdoor covid setup. Thanks for a great night!

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icanfathom
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Subdued lighting but big windows. And delicious mixed drinks!

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Carol
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous evening at at Cast & Cru - highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The menu on Open Table is not the menu they have at all check heir website for an updated menu. That is the only disappointment we ran inyo

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. COVID protocol great.

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JillH
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We once again had a wonderful dinner at Cast And Cru. The food was great, and the fall outside dining was beautiful!

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Birthday
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were excellent, and the restaurant had a fine cocktail and wine list from which to choose

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First “indoor dining” since March. Felt very safe and comfortable with spaced seating near open screened windows. Food and service was excellent and ambiance very relaxing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, don’t waste your money on desserts! $10 cupcake for carrot cake. Wasn’t good! I have never complained at a restaurant. Told the staff, the manager said we don’t set the prices. Not the normal desserts they have had in the past.

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jRoy
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jared the Head Chef and David the Waiter made for a very enjoyable and fun dining experience as we celebrated my wife’s birthday. Highly recommend Cast & Cru!

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Bill
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Owner parked his car in front of our table so that we could not enjoy the beautiful view. Otherwise, a wonderful outdoor place to enjoy very good food.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cast & Cru using the Order Online button. Cast & Cru also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (952) 767-9700.

Cast & Cru is rated 4.6 stars by 1072 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.