Lake Elmo Inn

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$30 and under
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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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TCCCC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, best service, best ambiance in all of Twin City Restaurants.

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RodgerS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread rolls were exceptional. The Ribs were very tasty and very tender, would have liked more sauce. The marinated veggies was great, never had that before. Great part of this brunch is the wide variety you had to choice from.

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JulieS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good but cold sent it back. Bread came with meal instead of before. I think the waitress was having an off night! That said they did offer discount on food and a free desert but that wasn’t the point It ruined our Birthday evening!

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vipSteve
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!

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BobM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent, Service great! We have never had any issues at Lake Elmo Inn.

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william
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of the many nice things I was amazed was when the bill came it included a 3% surcharge. It was for the non tipped employees which are just as important as the tipped employees. It was to help keep and retain good help. I was happy to pay it and wondered why all restaurants didn't consider there employees this way!!!

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JanH
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service. Menu with daily specials makes it a pleasure to dine there.

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vipDolly
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lake Elmo Inn is the BEST!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious lunch with friends...and still ordered dessert!

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vipPatrickGonda
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the first time in three (3) years that the broiled cod was prepared properly. The fish was tasty, flaky and buttery which was far superior to the dry and tasteless cod we've experienced in the past. Our hats off to a change in the preparation. They did run out of broiled fish which was a disappointment.

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ross
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always had wonderful dining experiences at Lake Elmo Inn, but this visit exceeded our expectations. The food was just wonderful and delicious. And plentiful. Service is always excellent and was so again. We strongly recommend Lake Elmo Inn for any meal.

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vipDavidC
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar staff!

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Marie
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter decorations have begun. The room we were seated in had a 40 pound white chocolate decorated Easter egg flanked by chocolate bunnies. Main dining had a 100 pound egg! Festive atmosphere and superb food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely table, great waiter!

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vipSunny01
Minneapolis
51 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of better experiences - we were there a couple of weeks ago for lunch and last night for dinner. Both experiences were made so lovely because of the hostess. Both women were very friendly and accommodating - first impressions make such a difference!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great place for nice quiet dinner!

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Golfer20
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The selection and the taste of everything I tried, couldn’t try it all, was superb. The employees are friendly, happy to be working there, do a great job at keeping all the items on the buffet full, neat and clean. The waitresses are very attentive, keeping beverages full, dishes removed as needed and accommodating to any wishes. Have been there many times over the years and never disappointed.

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vipDinerDave
Louisville
57 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best.

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Bob937
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good a always. Went for Sunday brunch. Priced $5 more than last year, still OK but not great value.

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JoanW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can not go wrong with the Lake Elmo Inn!! They have the most fabulous Sunday brunch. The food is always outstanding and the service is beyond superb....We have gone there for years and are always pleased with the selection and variety on the buffet. Make it a special occasion, but make sure you get there. You won't regret the decision.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

First time at Lake Elmo inn. Had very high expectations, did not meet them

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my significant other

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KennH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Lake Elmo Inn since our wedding rehearsal dinner was held there on September 16, 1988 and have never had anything but top notch service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch celebrating a 27 year old’s birthday attended by his Grandmother. Buffet and two Walleye lunches. Server was very attentive.

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ShannonO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lake Elmo Inn is my favorite restaurant to eat at!

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GerryG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, presentation was great, champagne flowed, plates cleared, definitely tasted a quality unmatched in the surrounding area

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DeniseT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food2service2ambience2

The prices were for gourmet food which this was not. My duck was deep fried (yuck) and the candied carrots were under cooked. We had ordered champagne for my husband's birthday which were didn't get, but were charged. However it was corrected when paying the bill. Wouldn't go back.

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TomP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A bit pricey for the average bear like me, but worth every penny for an anniversary or special event. Food is always at the top!

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Baytown
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
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!

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Linda
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
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.

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
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!

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valentine
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.

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vipRegal38
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipTonyN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

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Adam
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.

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Julie
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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