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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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food!!

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C
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely champagne lunch to celebrate 50 years of friendship. Everything was delicious, but the dessert was scrumptious !

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JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in all ways. Excellent food brings us back time after time. Service, atmosphere is frosting on the cake...

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l
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual; I always look forward to eating here! For me, the bonus is that they always have several gluten free options--both with the main course/salads/etc, but especially the dessert!

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CJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional dining experience! Everything watch top notch.

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PO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience is always the best. We love the sunfish plus the ambience & service are wonderful - well worth the long drive.

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g
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch (one week late)

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g
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a belated Mother's day celebration due to working Mom's. We had a great time. The house smoked salmon was fantastic as were the poached shrimp. The salads were delicious. It was a great touch to put a plate of bacon for the table. My grandson could eat his weight in bacon. The strip roast had great flavor but was a little tough. I loved that you had gluten free desserts. I rarely eat desserts at restaurants do to the gluten factor. Our only issue was being in a horseshoe shaped booth. Initially,a booth sounded great, but practically, it was difficult to get in and out, and disturbing to those on the ends. All in all it was a great experience and we will be back!!

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GM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very impressed by the service, the food choices and the ambiance.
We look forward to remodeling of the half circled couches, it was too hard to get in and out.
Overall we had a nice family outing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for both of us. Great food and outstanding, friendly service. The hour drive was worth it.

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s
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Outstanding service, food was good but didnt justify high price. Overall nice place for special occasions but definitely expensive.

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TO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best place to go for any occasion Sunday Brunch exceptional

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LP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family loves going to the Lake Elmo Inn to celebrate special occasions. The food is great, the desserts are some of the best I've ever had, and the service is excellent!

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WB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food both in quality and quantity was excellent, service good, and pretty good value for money. We’ll be back.

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VM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a less than absolutely great meal. All of the food is done right. This is our go-to place for special occasions.

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JG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there with friend, and had good food, excellent service and wonderful time. This can be a review for all the times that we have been there.

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were there for lunch on a Tues and decided to opt for the buffet. I was disappointed and found the main course warm food choices to be flavorless and less than gourmet considering the gourmet price.

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D
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We came to Lake Elmo Inn to celebrate Mother's Day early. The Elmo's sirloin steak was fabulous. Our twin granddaughters enjoy coming for the fine dining experience. It is an excellent place to practice good manners.

Being members of the Lake Elmo Inn Insider's has been a great value for us. It helps us visit this awesome restaurant often.

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lake Elmo Inn is a great place to celebrate special occasions. The food was superior!

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Wife had the sunny's, which were prepared perfectly. Steak was cooked as ordered and tasty. Duck was delicious.

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MN
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We traveled up to Lake Elmo to try the Sunday Buffet Brunch. It was ranked 2nd out of 100 best sunday brunches in the United States. It is a traditional American food buffet. It was fine. In my experience I don't think it should be ranked number 2. It was worth it to try once. The one item we all truly enjoyed was the carved beef. It was very good. However, the salads and breakfast items were average. It is pleasant and the service is good. I do highly recommend reservations if you would like to go.

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LL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The 4 of us celebrating 45th Wedding Anniversary, server was great but seems only option was the brunch where hot food small and a line.

Beautiful booth and linens...!

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HS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ask for bacon and buns if they dont bring them. Everytime we go here the food is FANTASTIC!

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SA
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual! Quality staff, beautiful food and lovely service. Pricy for everyday but justifiable for special occasions.

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there with friends, we go as a couple. Celebrate anniversaries as we celebrated 54 on Wed.

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DB
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the Lake Elmo Inn and our past experiences have always been outstanding across the board but on this particular night there were a couple of missteps. My wife ordered the half rack of ribs and they were not fully cooked to the fall off the bone stage. I had the bone-in tenderloin which was prepared to perfection but I did think the price was a tad excessive.
Our server, Monica, was excellent and went out of her way to correct for the under-cooked ribs. We had complimentary champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries as a recovery strategy.
Make no mistake we will return. One hiccup is not a trend.

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J
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were there at the beginning of the Tuesday lunch buffet. The food seemed fairly basic. The two entrees were steak medallions, which were tender but dry and the shrimp scampi, the shrimp being chewy and a strong fishy flavor. The mini desserts were quite good and we were served champagne for birthday celebration. I used to love Lake Elmo Inn but the food today was less than I’d expect from a place with such a good reputation.

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JD
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

I couldn’t get over the dirty tables that hadn't been cleared. Not just one .... meant, at least five. This was not the first time that’s happened here. They add a 99c service fee we were told was to keep the help in the kitchen. Why? Just add 10c to each plate and they’d have more than enough. Or, cut back on profits maybe? Not a destination anymore.

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PB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, the food was very good and so was the service.

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MM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We made a reservation and were seated at a table in the busiest area of the room, even though there were open booths. Our waittress was pleasant but overwhelmed by the amount of tables she had. We spent two hours there and lost interest in the dessert menu because it took so long. We went to celebrate two anniversaries, spent a large sum of money and don't feel very happy about our experience.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It took fifteen minutes or longer for our server to get our order. It also took awhile to get our bill. Service was very slow and it wasn't packed.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food good, service good, price way to expensive. I was very disappointed in the price increase. Probably will not go back. I love the place but it is just too expensive.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite go-to restaurant for any meal occasion or just a social drink in the bar. The staff holds to their high standards that make the experience pleasant. With new outdoor seating, I am looking forward to some warm weather dining enjoying the sunshine. The Sunday brunch is phenomenal....I suggest reservations.

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N
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we have a special event we go to the Lake Elmo Inn. We have never been disappointed. Our experience this week was the same, a truly enjoyable dinner experience.

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EH
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious as usual. A little slow getting to the table, but there were a couple large groups at the same time.

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AL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fish sandwich was missing salt; waitress was a little too chatty. The 3% charge for "non-tip" employees is just plain annoying.

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S
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

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TG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was outstanding except where we were seated. We were next to a table of loud, obnoxious drunks! Not conducive to our conversation. Place was crowded, so didn't ask to be moved!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience as well as the food were excellent during our Saturday evening. A regular dinner feels like a reason to celebrate when eating at the Lake Elmo Inn.

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