Lake Elmo Inn

4.8
5090 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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Efam
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and fabulous food!

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vipGabby
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Superb service, spectacular environment, tasty meals, and special cocktails are only a few of many reasons for visiting the the Lake Elmo Inn.

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BobR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the twin cities. I've been to Manny's downtown and The inn has them beat hands down.

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vipSunny01
Minneapolis
57 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful greeting by Suzette (the hostess) and fabulous service by Mike! My mother and I have become "lunch regulars" and we're so please to have pleasant hostess's and servers! The food is alway exceptional....we've had BLT's, Scooter Pie (check out the description), Wild Rice Soup, Eggs Benedict, etc. And of course Dessert :). When you have good service this is the place to go!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, fun evening.

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Kathy
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have good service and great food. Always excited to eat here.

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RickP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food as usual! The sunfish and the Scallops were excellent!

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RyanFromMN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the shrimp cocktail and the Irish truffles, which were quite good. I had the Tournedoes Bearnaise, which was excellent. My wife had the sunnies which were good, but mostly breading. Hard to be anything else though since sunnie filets are so thin. The veggies and potatoes were excellent and the dessert was superb!

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vipSunny01
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hostess Kathy is warm and welcoming- checked on us often to make sure we were enjoying our lunch. Mike our server couldn’t have been better - gracious, smiling, efficient. The food is always excellent and Kathy and Mike made our visit the best!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic Twjn Cities restaurant. Always superb.

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vipJulie
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was AMAZING! Lake Elmo is a classic, comfortable and delicious go to restaurant this side of town. New menu items we tried were whipped Brie and Olive Tapanade. Tapanade to di for good but whipped brie could have used some savory seasoning - if you wanted to eat it alone it was rather bland. I mixed it with olives.

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MartyB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Sunday Brunch yesterday at the Lake Elmo Inn. Our server, Curtis, was the BEST!

We will be back!

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vipPatrickGonda
Minneapolis
49 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We thought the french toast way too sweet and decadent. It was good but way too much sweet.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My beautiful wife’s 40th Birthday celebration was a great and delicious place to dine.

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cannot wait to return. Elegant yet casual. Delicious food!! Beautiful setting. Wonderful service. The themed box dinners for take home are superior

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent; the service was good and the prices, while not cheap, were reasonable. I would recommend this restaurant without a doubt.

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pennye
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lake Elmo Inn was a perfect place to celebrate 2 family birthdays- excellent food, complimentary champagne for the birthday guests, lighted candles upon with to make a wish and wonderful service by Jody!

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CatherineH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious entrés (filet for my husband, pan seared scallops for me), al dente seasonal vegetables, au grantin potatoles and linguine. Friendly, efficient service. Great drinks.

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vipRhonda
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Great service, great food choices. All 6 of us raved about the food and the desserts were to die for. Highly recommend.

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ColleenS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food but a bit spendy for the portion size. Salad could have been included for the price of the meal.

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vipmaryj
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service

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ThereseK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, service was amazing, staff was courteous. Definitely returning again.

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Nick
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The eggs benedict was delicious. Great hollandaise sauce. Great coffee, too.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was perfect! Thank you!

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Sewsuesew
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster was fantastic, as usual. I love the gal that waited on us, although I don't know her name. She knew us right away and she knew what we would order. I was very pleased to discover that the AC was not cranked up. I didn't even have to put my jacket on, and this never happens. Thank you!

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Ruth
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Price was high but it was our 15th anniversary. The fillet mignon was the best I've every had. The ribeye was super good too. Loved how dessert was displayed so you you choose. Carrot cake was delicious! I don't feel I should have been charged a corking fee for 1 glass of wine.

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Dick
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, and the service was good. However, it seems that they have cut back on things like rolls. The prices have always been on the high side, but now they have the high prices and seemed to have made some small cuts to reduce the value. Our guess is that this may have been caused by covid. We still enjoyed our meal, but just noticed some minor changes.

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vipPatrickGonda
Minneapolis
49 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two couples were celebrating wedding anniversaries & we received a glass of champagne which was a nice touch. Service, as usual, was excellent. A nice evening was had by all.

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james
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and food have been a customer for over 20 years and cant
say I ever had a bad meal

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vipnortwolf
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Sunday brunch. Outstanding!!!!! I loved the 4 course services as opposed to a buffet. Irish truffles were fantastic. Some of the best eggs Benedict ever. Our server was attentive and friendly.

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sheilaR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious!! The service impeccable, the ambiance is always charming. The only thing i can say is the prices are a little too high in my opinion. But we still go to Lake Elmo Inn because of all the reasons listed above. Best food anywhere by far. I have a request... Can you please put the 7 oz. Sliced Tenderloin on the menu permanently? It is delicious! I mean absolutely fabulous!!! I love love love it! We go there every month sometimes twice a month. It's the best! I 100 million percent recommend it to everyone!

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vipLindaW
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service from Sheila!! Great food. Relaxing atmosphere. Celebrators a birthday. Will come back for another soon!!

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vipSunny01
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience. In the past the service was ok - today we had Mike who did a fabulous job! His timing was perfect, he was polite, laughed with us and was ok with half our desserts being "to go"!!! The food is always exceptional and we hope they keep good servers like Mike to make the experience ALWAYS great!

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CJWA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Eggs Benedict, it was cooked perfectly, as was the bacon, which was crispy.

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DAVIDC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a great dinner and great cocktails. The staff is excellent.

The room was a little cold.

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vipluv2eat
Minneapolis
102 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for a 90th Birthday lunch with a group and had a very nice time. Our waitress took very good care of us - we were a group of 9 and all our drinks and food were handled/served very well. The Walleye and Sunnies were a big hit, and the Johnny Burgers were also.

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BriM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and attentive staff. We had a wonderful lunch!

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bruceb
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Great brunch on Sunday's

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ElaineK
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a first for us. We did the Sunday brunch in a new format. We had more then enough choices and food to eat. Even brought home home.

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KarenS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Wait staff was incredible. They do everything right.

FAQs

Lake Elmo Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (651) 777-8495.

Lake Elmo Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 5090 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.