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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RM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for 30th anniversary dinner and had a wonderful experience. Food was very good.

D
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

L
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go for many celebrations and the food is outstanding?

B
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to brave the snow Friday night for an impromptu date night. We had brought friends that were visiting from Texas last summer for Sunday Brunch at Lake Elmo Inn. We loved it but had never visited for dinner. LEI is close to home and had reservations open on Open Table so we booked a table. I’m so glad we did!
From the moment we walked in the door, until we paid our check, the service was amazing. We were seated at a perfect “date night” booth that looked out onto the dining room. We ordered a bottle of wine and an appetizer to start. Crab stuffed mushrooms were amazing. We ended up ordering the Filet for dinner with the Au Gratin potatoes. Steak was cooked perfectly. Potatoes were ridiculously good. You can’t say no to dessert once they bring over the tray. Again, amazing. This restaurant has that old school fancy, formal feel with a comfortable atmosphere. Perfect for reconnecting after a hectic week. We can’t wait to go back!

CM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice friendly place. Great place for a special occasion.

SR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow, as there came a large group when we came. That’s can be hard to control. But the atmosphere is so great, and the servers so regal I felt special to them. I will be back, they can count on that. It’s truly a wonderful experience.

L
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Waitress inattentive seemed frustrated because we didn't order buffet
Steak not cooked to order. Celebrating a birthday unpleasant experience unusual for Lake Lake Inn

DB
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular lunch with a friend - everything was wonderful! Great service and outstanding food. We both tried the superfoods salad with the added salmon. OMG! It’s a masterpiece. Great fresh veggies, quinoa, fruits, nuts, and feta all in a lovely orange vinaigrette. And the salmon was cooked to perfection - tender and rich like butter. I can hardly wait to come back to order this again!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We typically drive to Eden Prairie for a meal like this (steaks and salads) and this was the best steaks we have ever had. The filet was melt-in-your-mouth tender, the ribeye had a perfect crusting, the salads were delicious with a fresh lemon finish to the Caesar, the bread and butter was warm to start. We will be back!!

TQ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing services and food. This is a great brunch. The place was still decorated for the holidays and it was beautiful!

MG
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Appetizers were good but the entrees and desserts disappointing

JH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was ok. We have had better meals in the past. Would still go again.

DE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monica was an excellent waitress-so personal, but not too much. A birthday celebration and she made it so much fun.
Food so good, but would leave the onions off the steak...mushrooms perfect.
Thanks Lake Elmo Inn for another wonderful evening.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service! Love everything about that place. We will definitely be back

DR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to go for a special occasion. Food/service was outstanding!

RD
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lake Elmo Inn is our families go to restaurant for great food and great service at a fair price. Specifically we love the Sunday Brunch and Dinner Menu. I have known the manager Erik going on 17 years now. He is an absolute asset to the Lake Elmo Inn.

BR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Cannot wait to go back! The Lobster Ravioli was fantastic!!!

SS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four entrees our group consumed were all excellent. Wild rice was especially flavorful as was the salmon. Service was prompt and courteous. Waitress had good knowledge of menu items. Portion size was just right and the food taste was wonderful. Interesting decor with great ambiance.

We certainly will be going back for more.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was considerate, our seating location was perfect, food great. It lacked nothing.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!

JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Half of our group (3) were there for the first time. We enjoyed it immensely. Therese is an excellent server.

G
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated the new year with another couple. Everything was lovely, staff attentive, food excellent. A great experience!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Day Brunch was incredible!!!! This will be our new family tradition. So nice to leave the cooking to someone else after the long holiday season. It was the perfect way to bring in the new year!

M
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great experience. Server was wonderful.

RH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed many amazing meals at Lake Elmo Inn. The service, atmosphere and of course the quality and presentation of the food is legendary! We love this place.

DH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family celebrates New Years Eve there. Our dinners were very good and the service was also very good. After dinner we brought in the new year in the lounge(bar) area. Always a great time.

LG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Christmas decor was very inviting and entertaining to look at. Seating was comfortable for two of us enjoying our Anniversary. The wine was affordable and the waitress was helpful and patient with the selection we choose. One of us had the prime rib meal and the other had salmon. We both were very pleased with the portions, taste and temperature of each dish served. The breads and side dishes were presently in timelyfashion with plenty of butter or sauces with each. We appreciated the timely and courteous check out and coat check. We certainly enjoyed a relaxed and fun evening out.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 52 Anniversary. They treated us so special.
Jody and Austin made the whole experience super special
I had the Roasted Duck and it was perfect. My wife had the scallops. She said they were delicious.
Hope to be there again for #53

BJ
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best visit ever! Good and service was great!

K
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was not disappointed with the area we were sat in or the food or the ambiance. Christmas everywhere! And I love the salt and pepper shakers near coat check. The only thing I didn’t agree with is paying for the terrible coffee I was served. I’d go back for the brunch for sure...but coffee should be complimentary. Especially when it tastes like the cheap stuff.

MF
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant holiday dinner with the family. The food, service, ambiance and hospitality were excellent, as always. We will dine at Lake Elmo Inn again.

L
Minneapolis
67 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We love to go to the Lake Elmo Inn during the holidays to enjoy the Christmas decorations. As always, they didn't disappoint. However, as soon as we arrived, we felt an attitude from the staff. The gentleman who seated us asked us curtly to step aside. Eventually he seated us but he was anything but friendly and was shouting people's names as he wanted then to step forward for seating. Once we sat down, our waitress kept coming up to our table and asking us if we wanted to order. We repeatedly told her we wanted to relax and enjoy our bottle of wine and our $16.00 specialty cocktails. She then announced to us that the "table was ours only until 7:00." (Our reservations were at 5:30.) We thought that was incredibly rude. Our food was absolutely delicious, but by then we were pretty put off. Also, in the fine print on the menu they said that they add on a 3% service charge on to every check in order to hire and keep non-tipped staff. They should increase their prices to pay their staff fairly- not guilt their customers! We agreed that is totally counterproductive, because we would tend to reduce our tip over that statement rather than increase it! We love the Lake Elmo Inn, especially during the holidays, but sadly we left there the other night thinking that we might never come back. Everywhere else we go to dine out, we feel welcomed and appreciated. We definitely did not get that vibe on our recent visit to the Lake Elmo Inn.

D
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went to the Lake Elmo Inn for the buffet on Christmas Eve and had a fabulous time. It was decorated beautifully for Christmas and our waitress was so friendly and made it a great experience as well. Santa made an appearance much to the delight of all the kids there. We were happily surprised by complimentary champagne to celebrate the holiday and the spread of food at the buffet blew us away. We had such a great time we've already decided to make it a tradition to come to the Lake Elmo Inn each year. We had an all around great time and I would highly recommend this to anyone.

PG
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

John, our waiter needs a lot of work to improve. He forgets things he is supposed to bring to the table and needs many reminders about what he should already know. He is a nice person but two (2) tables were complaining about his service that we were over hearing. I'm surprised he isn't getting some help while serving.

G
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One can never go wrong choosing Lake Elmo Inn for fine dining.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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LA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There isn’t any word descriptive enough that would do justice to the brunch experience at Lake Elmo Inn. It is magical and exceptional in all respects ....food.. . Service . Atmosphere ...everything!!
You have to experience it!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Lake Elmo Inn accommodated our two reservations and combined us into one at one table seamlessly. This was so nice to not have to sit at separate tables. Thank you!

L
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Got the last piece of the steak special and felt I should have selected something else for the price. Had a better meal last visit.
Also got last bottle of our original wine selection.