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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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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LE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lake Elmo Inn is our ‘go to’ place for special events in our family, and an extra special treat with visitors. We appreciated finding out about the senior discount given on Mondays and will try to visit more often.

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KK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful lunch. We enjoyed every minute of it. Wait staff were friendly and attentive and made everyone feel very special. The food was delicious!

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

Great service and food! The entire staff is very friendly.

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LH
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect! The food was wonderful. We were early but were seated right away. The waitstaff were friendly and accommodating. Couldn't have been better.

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D
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to the Lake Elmo Inn to celebrate my twin granddaughters birthday. As usual it was a fabulous outing. The experience was awesome with the practicing good table etiquette!

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DB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your Chef did a great job accommodating my son's food allergy.
Our server was very attentive.

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MW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy your brunch. Have always had the best service. No complaints ever!!

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HJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing staff! Whether you make a reservation for their Sunday Brunch or dine at the bar, zero compkaints!

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MK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is great, staff is so friendly and professional, food is good
It just I asked for s quiet place to celebrate my wife’s birth and we actually had a weird table in a weird corner spot and lots of tables were around us

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PG
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was very good even though we were placed in a busy area. I would imagine that was because we had an odd number of people, five (5). Kind of tight and the restaurant wasn't that busy.

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T
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday & retirement lunch.

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lunch options were mediocre for the price. The service was good. I would return to try the Sunday brunch, but not the regular menu.

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JH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, casual but elegant. Food was delicious and the homemade desserts were wonderful. I would definitely recommend this for a nice evening out!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for our anniversary. We had our wedding reception here and everything is absolutely amazing

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a very lovely way to celebrate my mom's 89th birthday. The flute of champagne was such a nice surprise. Thank you!

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TD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely. Outstanding food, value, and service. Such a little gem to have in our area.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were very disappointed in taste and quality of food.

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TH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moms birthday

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FC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch ever!!

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JC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Lake Elmo Inn to celebrate two birthdays--my husband's and my son's. The food was wonderful--we have never been disappointed when we dine at Lake Elmo Inn. Our waitress was friendly and welcoming. She took care to see that none of my husband's food had onions in it--he has an onion allergy. We had a very nice evening.

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

Lovely spot!!

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FF
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! I’d go again and again! I’d recommend this place to everyone!!!

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F
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great variety. Service was very good, prompt and courteous. Love the brunch there.

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

Great food. Great service. Lake Elmo Inn always aims to please.

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W
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our food was excellent, however our server seamed to be confused. Wanted our order the minute we sat down, only asked half of the group if they wanted anything to drink. She was never available for us to make requests. Apparently we where the only table she had in the room as we never saw her to make requests. It was our 50th Anniversary, we where a table of 7, I requested a quiet table, which it wasn’t. Very disappointed.

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J
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bar area is louder than the Dining Rooms - we always sit in the Bar. Curtis Jean was our Server, we had a few appetizers (Sunnys, Stuffed Mushrooms, Pot Stickers) -we actually filled up on the apps, therefore had a bowl of their exveprional Chowder for our Entree. The Guys decided on the Chicken (special) -and it was beautifully seasoned we enjoyed craft cocktails all evenind.
Such a wonderful time. Thank you Lake Elmo Inn!!!

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PH
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service were excellent. We love the Lake Elmo Inn!!

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TG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, but waitress was outstanding!! Food was prepared exactly as ordered!

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EK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Becky made the day very special. What an asset to the Lake Elmo Inn. A very nice place to have a special occasion celebrated.

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought a friend for her birthday. She loved it! I've never seen her eat that much. As always, I loved it as well. Such a variety and a lot of it healthy as well! Thank you so much!

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LL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While a bit pricey, the food is excellent as is the service. Nice place for a special dinner. But the casual atmosphere is great.

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PL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The table shared the Lobster Ravioli, Tbone steak and the Scallop special....all were fantastic; and a great combination to share. Service was great. Love the ambiance of the bar and restaurant.
Will be coming back for more.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, such a vast array of foods, everything I tried was delicious, sirloin and salmon melts in your mouth. All the staff were extremely friendly and professional they truly understand the meaning of service. Thanks for making our 29th anniversary meal so pleasant.

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B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lake Elmo in is our favorite date night spot!! Excellent food and service! Can't wait until our next visit!

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PD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible. I took my elderly parents for lunch at noon on a Friday. Our server was awful. It wasn’t that busy but it looked like she was the only server for about 5 tables. We weren’t even acknowledged for 15minutes. At this point we wanted to order our food and drinks. She told us she would get only drink order first. This took at least 10 minute to receive our drinks. I asked for a substitution on my salad and she seemed confused by this and had to look at my menu. She told us she would bring bread before meal. After another 10-15 minutes I asked where was the bread. Thanks for reminding me she said. We waited a long time to receive our food which was mediocre. My moms open faced prime rib sandwich being the best. My dad said his lobster was tough. My wedge salad was not very good. She NEVER came back after she plopped our food down! Wow. We sat with our finished plates at least 15 minutes. I had to ask someone else to get our check after I had my credit card sitting on table for a long time. She never noticed that as she painstakingly stacked dirty plates from adjoining table. I am astonished at how bad the service was at this lauded old establishment. Way overrated and prices to high. I will never return.

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ND
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good but skip the burgers. They are okay but over priced. Go for something you can't get other places. Cranberry wild rice rolls are great and you and you can buy some to take home.

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit after hearing great things for years. It lived up to the recommendations of others. Great service, great food. A perfect place to gonfornthat special date night.

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JJ
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent time to catch up with friends.

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