Lake Elmo Inn

4.7
3828 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, American
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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
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Phone number
(651) 777-8495
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Schiltz
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highway 5
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Parking details
Public lots also available in the area.
-Valet Parking available most lunch and dinner services
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We make this place for every Anniversary! We are so fortunate to have a great place so close by.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Lake Elmo Inn is always great! Food is very good, service too.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This our go to place for special celebrations. Always friendly and courteous wait staff.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our Anniversary was perfect here! Great ambiance, wonderful cuisine ( I had the Salmon)! Everything was elegantly prepared, complete with sorbet for palate cleansing, and cinnamon scented towels to cleanse hands at a the meals end. Our waiter(Bob) was great, and made the meal that much more special. We will definitely return:)

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

My husband and I both had steak filets- very tender. We had fresh "farm to table" green and wax beans- also excellent! Their desserts are beautiful to look at and very tasty! Our server, Vicky, was great! We will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Always good. Will keep going back for our special occasions, even if we make one up!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Best special occasion restaurant in the twin cities!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I took a friend there for a birthday. I have been here several times but he has not. We went to the buffet and everything was good. Wait staff and bus staff exceptional. Thank you.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Disappointing. Very expensive for the quality of service. Poor service until manager was told. We were comped one meal after complaining but I will not go back. Was there for Sunday brunch.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Haven't had Sunday brunch here for over 10 years. But this time (7/15/2018) come for the Sunday brunch with friends, every one feels disappointed about the food! We feel foods are not as good as what we had 10+ years ago. Deserts are way too sweet! But the service is still nice!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I have a friend from California that loves your restaurant. We try to enjoy when she is in town!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Our food arrived not hot! My husband sent back his ribs because they were cold and the butter would not even melt on his baked potato. I had shrimp, they were tepid as well as my potato. The only meal that was hot was the prime rib my brother-in-law ordered. His wife’s Halibut (which was the special) was lukewarm.

We did inform the manager when he stopped by our table. He thanked us for the information and would check with the kitchen.

It is unfortunate that the quality of their food is not in line with the prices.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

My wife and I were celebrating our 44th Wedding Anniversary. We had a 5:30 p.m. reservation on a Friday evening and we were seated immediately. Mo, our waitress, was very helpful with our food and drink selections. Our appetizer, Stuffed Mushrooms, was excellent. The Filet Mignon was superb! Over the years, Lake Elmo Inn has become one of our favorite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Our wAtress was the best, she was very attentive and coming over a lot to see how we were doing, very friendly

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The food is always good, as I have been there on several occasions, but the prices are rather high.
I had the Jambalaya with the Wild Rice Soup which were both tasty, but overpriced.
Perhaps you can bring down your prices by eliminating unnecessary items such as the sorbet cone which is unneeded to clean my palate after having an appetizer and the post meal hot towel.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Service was excellent and non-intrusive. All three of us enjoyed our entrees. They made my sister’s birthday special.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

My husband and I had dinner with our children to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Our server, "Mo", upon hearing this delivered complimentary glasses of champagne for all of us. The food was delicious, our server was friendly and knowledgeable, and the dessert "Sin of the Inn" (I think that was it's name) was amazing! We took our complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries home with us as we couldn't eat another bite. It was a very special evening!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We have met at Lake Elmo Inn for years to share special time with dear friends. Tuesday's buffet is a favorite with us, and we always go then. Our severs are always courteous and efficient and caring. We did feel that there seemed to be fewer choices on the buffet tables this year.....could be mistaken.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Have heard great things about this restaurant and was not disappointed. Friendly staff and great service. Was there for a get together with family and we all enjoyed the time spent there. Great menu selections and a great selection of desserts (all very tempting).

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Very enjoyable and appropriate for the occasion that I was celebrating. The food was amazing as it usually is.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Could not have had a better time. Perfect place to celebrate my dad's birthday and to get together with family. Fantastic food. Loved our waitress!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This is the second time we have eaten brunch at Lake Elmo Inn and both times it has been fabulous! The food is fantastic and the wait staff is exceptional. Love the champagne too :)

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent service. Loved the mushroom apps and chocolate covered strawberries. Good gluten free knowledge.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Once again the Lake Elmo Inn exceeded expectations, this time for the special occasion of meeting siblings for the first time. Having asked for a quiet table we were seated in a corner booth away from others. Our server (who also was the bartender) was attentive but not intrusive. Perfect for the situation where we were getting to know one another. The food was outstanding. It was a sure bet to pick the LE Inn for this first get together. Thank you to the staff, especially Curtis our server and to John Schiltz who runs one of the best restaurants in Minnesota if not the Midwest. We are regulars and this was great.

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1.0Dined on June 29, 2018

As always, the restaurant is very cold. The room we sat in, north side dining room, was so loud we could not hear across the table. The waitress took over 30 minutes to take our food order. Our dessert order of “cheesecake with just fresh strawberries not in a sauce” confused her and she brought a big bowl of just strawberries. This is the second visit in a row where we left without feeling like we had a great meal and great service. Last time 3 people ordered steak and they were so undercooked we had to send them all back.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn is always great! The food, the cocktails, and the service!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Excellent as always we love your place.We love your Tuesday lunch because we love to try all of the different salads and deserts

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Always great food and service. Brunch is amazing! Sat in the porch area on a beautiful Sunday with the windows open. Very nice.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn is always excellent! Never have I had a reason to complain!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Celebrated our wedding anniversary with a special meal! We can always count on The Lake Elmo Inn to care about the details and fine food that make it part of the celebration!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

We thought the waitress was very friendly & even went above the expectations! Not to forget the front door greeter! We choose the Walleye meal & I had Barbecue Ribs! Delicious as I consider myself a Rib specialist! The desserts were excellent for presentation as we had to pass up. We were treated with each a small Chocolate Strawberry as it complemented our fully delicious meals on a very hot summer day!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Celebrating our Anniversary with family we were treated like loyalty. We were given free champagne and chocolate covered strawberries 🍓.

The food was outstanding and the service fabulous!

Thank you so much for a memorable night!

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Semi-formal atmosphere. Great food options and they do full course meals so bring your appetite. Huge wine list.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The Lake Elmo Inn restaurant was fantastic as it usually is. The wait service was superb and the desserts were mouth watering. I particularly liked the halibut which was the special on the menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special event and plan to come back as often as I can. The city of Lake Elmo should be proud of this fine establishment locating in their community.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I come here for special occasions and have always had excellent food. This time was Father's day, so they were extremely busy and we're out of 2 wines we wanted. Other than that it was very enjoyable and high quality.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We come to Lake Elmo Inn for special occasions such as my daughter's fiftieth birthday.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food was fantastic. Our server was less than attentive. She told us about how bad her day had been..blah blah blah. We were there to celebrate Father's Day. I am sorry I wasn't interested in her pitty party. The food was OUTSTANDING!!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Was seated immediately and served promptly even though they were clearly busy. The food was excellent, especially the grouper special which was quite delicious. The inclusion of a palate cleansing sorbet between salad and entree and the offering of heated towels at the end of the meal were unexpected extras. Great dining experience!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I am lucky to live close by. I got there 5 or 6 times a year. Consistently great! Love the atmosphere, food and service. Not very many places like this left in the world.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great service, variety, and ambiance. Can be a bit pricey if you get the special.

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