Cast & Cru
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-767-9700
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
7 oz walleye filet is pan fried with herb panko crust and served with wild rice pilaf, sautéed green beans, and a side of tartar sauce
Hash browns, creamed spinach and leeks, béarnaise sauce
Old Log Burger
8 oz ground beef patty with American cheese, red onion, heirloom tomato, lettuce, and pickles served with kettle chips. Sub mushroom patty - n/c
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.
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.
The food isn't particularly unique lacked flavor in their side dishes
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
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!
We will be back. Very good
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.
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.
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.
Blair was fantastic and as first timers on our anniversary, made an incredible experience!
Great food great service
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.
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!
Predictably great! Service and food!
Great bar seating for fun drinks and food
Food quality was poor and menu selection was very limited. Flat bread was very poor and walleye was ok.
So happy to be able to dine again
The night was perfect. Girfriends dinner with amazing food, great ambiance and incredible service. Could not have asked for more.
Absolutely charming location in the truly Old Log Theater. Several of my favorite wines at fair prices. Love this place.
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!
Best food in excelsior hands down
Great restaurant...small menu, but what is on it is great.
I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats!!!!!!!
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.
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.
Great service in a nice setting. Varied menus and reasonably priced wine list
Fabulous food, presentation and wine paring for Restaurant week. Loved the experience.
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.
Awesome outdoor covid setup. Thanks for a great night!
Great ambiance. Subdued lighting but big windows. And delicious mixed drinks!
Another fabulous evening at at Cast & Cru - highly recommend it!
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
Great service. Great food. COVID protocol great.
We once again had a wonderful dinner at Cast And Cru. The food was great, and the fall outside dining was beautiful!
The food and the service were excellent, and the restaurant had a fine cocktail and wine list from which to choose
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.
Outstanding food and service!
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.
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!
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.
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.