Lake Elmo Inn

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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.
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B
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful service from Host Stand to Server, Jean. Our request for a table in the bar was acknowledged and we were even given the corner table! Very knowledgeable and effective service, as always. The Prime Rib Thurmond special was very tasty. The pan seared scallops are still exquisite. We recognized others at t=he bar who dined there the last time we were at the Inn. So regulars are welcomed!

L
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We were not pleased with Sara our server. She was rushed, served the food with the warming covers on the plates, forgot to bring the celebratory champagne, and made no effort to make us feel welcome. This is the first time we ever were moved to complain, but be assured that we will request a different table if we are presented with her as a server.

We truly do love that food and try to enjoy the Lake Elmo Inn at least once a month.

LC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice place for a group lunch. Be sure to ask for the senior discount on Mondays. It was not offered to us, as we may have looked younger than 60, but three of us were retired and well past 60. It made the outing very affordable. We will be back!

v
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I thought my steak was OK, not full of flavor. I would not recommend the wild rice.

R
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food as always. One of our chive spots for a special occasion or just for a nicer dinner out.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Elmo Sirloin and the New York Strip. Fantastic!!! Service with full descriptions of entrees and specials and a smile. A great date night!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience. The food was absolutely wonderful. It was Valentine’s Day so they were quite busy but with that the waitresses were still on point and very attentive to everyone in the restaurant. The service was great.

TN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Baked Potato was small and dry, steak and lobster tail were very good.

A
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Went for Valentines day. Took a good 30 minutes to be seated even with a reservation. We had the prime rib, lobster, and shrimp meal. Lobster and shrimp were both severly overcooked. Luckily we arent seafood people and in a way were ok with them and still had ok flavor when dipped in sauces. The waitress and table help were very good though and water glasses stayed full the whole meal. Overall nice meal but may not recommend to anyone on a holiday occasion.

J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Aside from the long wait, even with a reservation, it was a good experience

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was a wonderful evening of celebrating our 33rd anniversary and Valentine’s Day!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine’s Day so we chose our local favorite!!! It was a full house (because who doesn’t like Lake Elmo Inn) but they still got us seated and served quickly. We had steak and walleye and both were fantastic! Our server (Mo) was friendly and spot on!!! Another great experience!!!

p
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

the last few times I've been it was with a very large group.
This time I choose it for my birthday (which happens to be on valentines).
I never got my birthday champagne and had to ask twice.
The food was cold and the lobster and shrimp portion was a joke (I really count believe, for the price, that was the portion).
It was just so disappointing. I wish so badly we would have ordered off the regular menu.
Going out to a nicer dinner is a big deal to us. It left a bad taste in our mouth.

H
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service, food and ambiance. Also the sin of the inn was TO DIE FOR!

JB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our Valentines dinner for 2 ❤️ We loved the relaxed feel of this place and will definitely would return to try more dishes.

DS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sixth visit to this amazing restaurant. Al aye a delightful and memorable time. I look forward to next time.

M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is usually a great place but I had some complaints tonight.

SO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The meal was superb. Our only problem is that the waitress would disappear for many minutes. I asked for another glass of wine and received it after my meal was finished. She was very friendly when we first arrived, but she would be absent for long periods of time. However, this did not affect our overall experience as the food was outstanding.

D
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lake Elmo Inn is our "go to" place. Love the atmosphere, service, and staff is so friendly and courteous. They always go above and beyond to make sure everything is excellent for the customer. Excellent place to dine.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Four separate clientele acknowledged our anniversary. Food and service was wonderful. First time visitors

CR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I would highly recommend this restrurant especially for special occasions.

HK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was subpar. The steak was dry. Not many breakfast options. The waffles were cold.

CD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the cod and bass. Both fabulous. Busy place but quiet noise level. Quick and attentive service. Great night.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Thank you for a great Valentines dinner.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately Lake Elmo Inn has slipped a little over the years. I’m sentimental about this place from years of going here because it was a cut above most other restaurants. The service was slower than it should have been. The food was luke warm and my wife’s steak was undercooked. And while the manager took her entree off of our bill, it was really too late to save the evening. We will be back, but this would have never happened 10 years ago.

JP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I like how the entree actually comes with potato and vegetable and not a la cart.

SL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

3 of us ordered the lobster roll. The meat was cold and had a very strong citrus flavor. It just wasnt that good.

JG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food preparation. Professional service
Great experience altogether.

AF
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Atmosphere was perfect.

H
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maureen is a great server. The food is always top notch. Yes, We will be back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff

D
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lake Elmo Inn is the place for me! The Tuesday buffet is a super deal that includes the fabulous Lake Elmo Desserts!

MS
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My sisters and nieces always celebrate our birthdays at your restaurant. The food has always been great, however this time we were disappointed. The chicken was pink in the center, and the meatloaf was blah. However the salads were as good as always, and the dessert were great. That’s mostly what I ate, the salads and desserts.
Hoping next time we celebrate a birthday every thing is delicious.

S
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We have wanted to go here for years. Finally went on Saturday 2/1/20 for our first time with a 7:30 reservation. Arrived approximately 5 minutes early and got checked In. Was told it would be a few minutes (no big deal) but It was roughly 20 minutes past our reservation when we were seated. Our waitress was pretty condescending towards us, my wife and I felt treated like we didn’t belong in this establishment. We ordered a drink and didn’t receive it for what seemed like forever. Ordered wine to go with dinner and our waitress spoke loudly saying that we can order more drinks when dinner arrives. Sorry Ma’am but the the reason I’m ordering now is because I want my drink with dinner, not after I finish eating. The food was good. But for $175 tab for a two person dinner I don’t want to be treated like I don’t belong there.

NY
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food is excellent, but the service is not even close to restaurants at the same price point...or even Perkins. I hope the servers realize they’re in the service industry and learn to crack a smile and build some rapport with their customers.

JC
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, both dinner and desserts! They have a nice selection for drinks as well. I would recommend it for a date night or family gathering. Cost is on the higher side.

SM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent.

My wife and I have not been there in about 20 years. Our son and daughter and the spouses wanted to have an adult night out. Not sure what brought this restaurant to our minds but we are very happy that it did. Our compliments to the kitchen and wait staff. We could not have asked for it to be better.


Thank you

BN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This is the 2nd time in a row I have had a less than stellar service experience at Lake Elmo Inn, so not sure I will go there again any time soon. If I am going to drive and hour to go there and spend that much on a meal, it should be special and we should not have to wait over a half hour to get a refill on an iced tea. They have the teenager filling water glasses who is constantly at the table, I would suggest a process change to have that person also do tea and soft drink refills as well. Both times the service started out good, but as soon as it started to get busy it was like they were overwhelmed. This time we asked for an iced tea refill 3 times (starting before the food arrived) and finally got it after our dinner had been cleared and the server seemed surprised that we didn't want it at that point and just asked that our bill be credited instead.

J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Every dish was high quality ingredients, cooked fantastically.

R
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been there for lunch until now. The food was amazing and we will be back very soon!