Lake Elmo Inn

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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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KW
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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EK
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our visits to the Lake Elmo Inn.
The food is good and the desserts are the best we have ever had,

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R
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual the food was fantastic. My friend had never been there and was very impressed.
Our waitress Sonya was so very nice but we hid have to wait quite a bit.

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TM
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch. The roast beef was especially outstanding! Good service too!

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HB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Food was delicious and the service was great.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything and it is our favorite restaurant attentive servers (Nancy)delicious perfectly prepared food my husband is very hard of hearing and my requests for quiet corner are always honored this make the experience top notch as he can participate in the conversation
Thanks Again

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NH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great desert! Well done!!!

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N
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most amazing food in the twin cities metro. I truly mean that! My favorite dish is the roast duckling and my husband loves the T-bone. If you manage to save room the Tres Leches cake is to die for!!! We were seated next to a large group on this most recent trip and they were quite loud but we didn’t really mind that much, it was my first complaint after many many trips to this restaurant so it will not sway my opinion.

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d
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best servers. everyone was on top of their game !!!!

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OT
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved the food and ambiance, and the service was good. The drinks were tasty and the soup was delicious.

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M
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistency in food quality and preparation along with great service are the hallmarks of the Lake Elmo Inn. General Manager Erik keeps a watchful eye to insure you have a memorable experience. Ambiance is the way the inn has been for years. Comfortable and homey, not pretentious or contemporary. A bit pricey, but some of the dishes are simply perfect. Two sleepers are the sunnies and the Cajun pork chops. Great place for special occasions.

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a great 90th Birthday party

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group of 10 very talkative women for my birthday lunchein.
The Tuesday buffet was wonderful, waitress outstanding and table the best for our group.
Very delightful birthday celebration.

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GH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. Enjoyed a complementary glass of champagne as it was our wedding anniversary. Plan to return soon for another special event

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Took two hours to get our meal.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Previous visits were always wonderful, but this time the food was not hot when delivered to the table.

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PB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, the food was great and the service good. We got seated at our table right away even though the restaurant was very busy. We will be back there again soon.

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Perfect place for a grandparents dinner. Old school restaurant. (We weren’t with grandparents..)

Enjoyable enough experience. Our table was beside the bus staff section and very bright, so lots of traffic and little ambiance. Table was also a bit cramped. Would have had a issue fitting in the booth if heavily overweight.

Food was ok. Sides with non traditional flavors seemed a little off for the food ordered. (Steak). Flavors didn’t quite gel together.

Service was good.

Likely go back, but with grandparents.

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ML
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the server were (as usual) outstanding. The free glass of birthday champagne is always a nice touch. Our food was excellent and the desert tray was wonderful! A good experience all around.

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GK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was beyond excellent. The food was excellent as it always is. My wife and I swapped sandwiches halfway through because they both tasted so good. We always enjoy dining at the Lake Elmo Inn as we’ve never had a bad meal or unfavorable experience there.

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and service. Will definitely be back again.

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DS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The service and food are always top notch! Not only does the food taste delicious they also present it very artistically. The desserts are hard to pass up even if you feel full.
Make sure you leave a little room or share a dessert for sure!

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C
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ran out of prime rib, the special for the night by 6:45. It did seem to be quite busy for a Thursday night. Consequently service was a bit slow. Otherwise , good food, good service.

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AG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy our dinners at Lake Elmo restaurant. Because it was my birthday, everyone at the table was given a glass of complimentary champagne with which to toast me. Took advantage of the daily special offered and it was very good.

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Classic supper club environment. Overall great experience with service, ambiance and food. One area of improvement is on the calamari and lobster bisque. The calamari we were served was mostly battered peppers and the lobster bisque had zero lobster meat. Not sure if that is what they were aiming for but it was disappointing. We did call attention to the waitress and she immediately took care of us and brought it to the attention of the kitchen staff. Have been going for years, so only slight adjustments recommended. They do great displays for holidays, so it was fun to see the Easter decorations beginning to be put out! If you can, save room for dessert and order the Sin of Inn. So GOOD!!!

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Montana
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good experience. I didn’t really like the wild rice. (Only because of me. Was NOT cooked badly or anything) They substituted a baked potato for me in almost an instant.

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RW
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A bit difficult to find parking. The pecan crusted chicken in my salad was very dry, I should have sent it back.

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ML
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A bit disappointed in the Wild RIce soup. rather thin, not much wild rice in the bowl and would have preferred it to be warmer. (maybe the soup bowl was not warm.

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OB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

enjoyed the young man at the host/hostess desk. He was full of energy and fun from the minute we walked in the door. Our waitress was wonderful - kind, courteous, helpful and fun as well! The entire experience was terrific.

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DB
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a fine meal at the Lake Elmo Inn. The service is very personable and friendly. It seems we live too close to go there frequently, but when we do it is always a good experience.

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to eat at their Sunday brunch. The food selection was amazing,the service was fantastic ....I would highly recommend it!!

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PD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual everything was excellent. One notation to our waitress that the carved beef though done to a perfect medium rare was extremely tough. Our table did return it to kitchen without eating it.

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SL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server was not on point. She never mentioned the dinner special before we ordered, and she forgot my salad, just brought my dinner. I’ve dined here many times, for I live in Lake Elmo. I’ve never had a “bad meal”, but always walk away feeling like I’ve been gouged. Drinks/wine are expensive. Overall value sub par.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dinner! The short ribs where amazing!

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Very consistant. Always good food and service.

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WJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I ordered the Duck special on risotta. The duck did not taste good, at all and was very tough to chew. I wonder why someone in the kitchen did not catch this. The server offered me a prime rib dinner, which I accepted. The prime rib was just ok. I am glad the server asked about the duck. It was as if she knew the duck may not be good. Not a good value.

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JK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant!! Always totally satisfied!!

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed in the Friday Fish Special. Batter and Fish were both dry and over cooked. Waffle fries were over limp and over done. Food was barely warm. Coleslaw was good. Strange experience because Lake Elmo Inn is usually good. We didn't complain because we were too Minnesota nice.

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W
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding, everyone was so sweet to my daughter who was dining with me. We had a great time and enjoyed the restaurant. Our server was very helpful and friendly. However, I could clearly hear the bar staff being quite rude to our server about a disagreement over wines. I felt he was great but that seemed quite unprofessional of the bar staff to be so over-the-top upset that I could hear it in the next room over.

Would still return as I said the overall experience was great!!

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SO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Lake Elmo Inn. We always have. The service was spot on. I had the pecan chicken salad. It was fabulous. If you are looking for a place that is relaxing and enjoyable for all, I highly suggest the Lake Elmo Inn.

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