Lake Elmo Inn

4.6
3940 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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.
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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c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

service was good,even though restaurant was very crowded. Food was very good,could be served a little warmer. Not really hot

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

Terrific service and tastefully and beautifully prepared and presented food.

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

We celebrated birthdays in coming to Lake Elmo Inn! Our waitress, Vicki, was absolutely wonderful and made our time there so much fun!! The food was fabulous and the birthday cake that I ordered was the BEST!! Highly recommend for special occasions!

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

We always enjoy eating here. This time we both had lobster ravioli. It is served with a 4 oz. lobster tail and is very, very delicious.

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

As usual most of the food was outstanding. Only issue was the roast beef which was somewhat stringy and tough. Used to be my favorite thing on the buffet but the last half year it has unfortunately been sub-par. Think our waiter was new and not super attentive but perhaps we are spoiled by the many ladies who have been there for years and give stellar service. Overall it is a beautiful layout. Just sorry to see them cut corners with one of the main entrees.

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P
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Sunday brunch ok not a lot of options For the money

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AL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Lake Elmo Inn on a recommendation from a friend and it lived up to the expectation. We wanted a great Sunday Brunch to celebrate a birthday with friends and we got exactly what we wanted - great food, comfortable atmosphere and attentive and friendly services.

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

Sunday brunch. Good food selection and all of it was excellent.

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JH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed an excellent meal and evening at Lake Elmo Inn. The service was excellent, ambiance very pleasant and comfortable, and the food was very good - excellent. I had the butternut squash ravioli, which was very good. My dinner mates had the halibut special and the walleye. All were rated excellent. The french onion, lobster bisque and clam chowder soups were all hot and tasty. The Caesar salads were very good. Our waitress and bus boy were attentive and accommodating. Will certainly go again.

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

Excellent in all aspects of the evening. It is still a traditional fine dining experience with the ambience that you expect. The staff is well trained and the food is exceptional. We were not pushed to order and had plenty of time to enjoy our wine and the little cream cones to cleanse our pallat.
The chocolate covered strawberries at the end of the meal were a added touch to the meal also. Very much appreciated.

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TE
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service; friendly; old school but really great.

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GG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there together. The food was very good and the servce was just as great. A little pricey,but you could cut the steak with a fork. Will definitely be making a trip back.

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Wonderful place to celebrate a birthday. Champagne and dessert was also fabulous !

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CZ
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So thankful for the excellent, patient staff who waited for us to work through a family crisis and then seated us half an hour after our reservation. I love this restaurant! Never have had a bad experience. Food is always outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food and service. Great place to visit on special occasions.

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AN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Attentive server and delicious food. I would highly recommend for special occasions.

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J
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening! Started w/excellant crafted cocktails, appetizers of Stuffed Mushrooms & Sunnys (both delicious!), and all 4 of us opted for the Chef's Tasting Menu -a wonderful German meal. We love Elmo Inn, usually go every 3 weeks or so! You won't be disappointed!

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SL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a nice restaurant. Cozy, great service, the food very well prepared, the restaurant is always clean and in great shape. At Christmas it's even more cozy with it's decorations.

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DT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I think our server may have forgotten about us, twice. We were in on a Thursday night for dinner so the restaurant was not packed but server was very slow in getting our drinks and bringing the soup after we ordered.

None the less our meals certainly made up for it as they were delicious! I had the chicken montamore with a baked potato and asparagus and my husband enjoyed the Whole Hog for multiple days. His came with a baked potato and green beans. The French onion soup and wild rice soup were both delicious as well. Plenty of food, nicely presented with great flavor. We’d highly recommend and do look forward to going back.

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EE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time we have returned to Lake Elmo Inn. The ambiance, food, wine, service and presentation of food is lovely. We find the palate cleanser and scented towels wonderful! We will definitely return!!!

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S
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice wine selection, friendly servers and quiet atmosphere, but menu is uninspired and entrees overpriced.

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BS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great as usual! Buffet was tasty w selections for salad and dessert.

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K
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lake Elmo Inn and often visit for special occasions. The food and service are second to none in the Twin Cities.

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MC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very expensive for what you get. Menu is also limiting.

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SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I have been here before and it was good. But this time was bad. 8 resveration. Didn’t sit till 8:15 didn’t get or meal until 9:15 and mine was cold, hers was full of salt and really bad. Left hungry and disappointed. Manger comped our meals but still had to pay for some of it. Not Happy about that. Not sure if I will be back. Lots of others choices around.

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BW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food. Haven't had anything bad.
It doesn't matter if they're slow or busy, service is always painfully slow.

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LH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lake Elmo Inn is our favorite 'best food' restaurant and we always go for our wedding anniversary and birthday plus many, many Tuesday buffets. Service is great, food is DELICIOUS & we recommend Lake
Elmo Inn to many friends !!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lake Elmo Inn is superb! We are lucky to live nearby. Food and service was wonderful.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been here many times before and never disappointed. We had an inexperienced and unprofessional waitress compared to the veterans we have had before. Also, the green beans were not cooked long enough and I like beans al dente. The broiled shrimp was tasty but it had an oily sheen. We were also originally seated in the new north room but with a direct eye shot to the kitchen door. They were accommodating in our request to move. We will try again because this is the first time we have been disappointed after many visits.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely atmosphere! Great spot for celebrations!

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TM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!! Even ordered items that weren't on the menu. Great service, wonderful food!
Highly recommend!!

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BS
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fixed three-course menu was excellent in addition to their Prime Rib. Desserts are always a highlight here!

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PI
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Steak was good. Duck was too dry and the sauce was mediocre.

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VH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding! The food was fabulous and the service could not have been better!

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R
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceptional food choices and beautifully presented on our plates. The food is out of this world. John and his staff do a fabulous job.

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K
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister, husband and I had a very nice time at the Tuesday buffet. The food was delicous. Fruit was fresh and tasty, desserts were devine and the two main entrees were very good. Potatoes, gravy and green
beans were also very good. My sister will be in town from Napa Valley so the other sisters and I will be there for the buffet on October 30th. We all know we will have a great time and enjoy the delicious food. Thank you.

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m
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to go to the Elmo Inn. The Tuesday buffet was oh so good - German food which I adore. The desserts are to die for too as well as the salads. Impossible to leave hungry!

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b
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites on the east side of St. Paul. The food and decor are top notch.

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m
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We met some friends and requested a quiet area in the restaurant, which we had. The food and service from our waitress was very good. Our only complaint was that the busboy was so intent in clearing our table that he barely waited for us to finish the food on our plates before swooping in and grabbing them. In fact at one point one of us was still eating and the busboy was reaching over him to grab an empty plate. We felt as if we were being rushed out of the restaurant.

I'm willing to go back and give them another try, but if that occurs again, I would never go back as it is incredibly rude to make customers feel as if they cannot relax and enjoy a fine meal.

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MG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in town, love the downtown Lake Elmo setting! The quality of the food is unbelievable, this is so superior to Jax Cafe on University in Mpls.

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