Lake Elmo Inn

4.8
5039 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. 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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Darngoof
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff did a great job and the food was incredible - thanks again

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JulieM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoyed the food at Lake Elmo. The service was good.

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Travis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a great place to go for a special occasion. Highly recommend!

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Steve
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We took my mom there for an early Mother’s Day dinner. The food and service wasn’t the same as we had in the past. Normally, we receive top notch service when we go there but tonight we felt rushed and were put in a noisy area. I was disappointed with the dinning experience. I am not sure if a return visit will be in the future.

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MichelleS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. The service, the ambience and the food… All five star. Thank you.

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DeniseM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, super friendly staff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was so wonderful she wasn’t too busy to offer help to a handicap guest & then another male employee jumped in to assist on the way back to the table. Every bit of our experience was wonderful. Thank you for a memorable visit.

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colady
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So nice that Lake Elmo Inn is open again! We were there for a birthday and the staff was so nice to let us sit at the table undisturbed for a while so we could visit.

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CindyV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Scallops and Pasta were exception. Had to knock off one star for one group members Halibut Cheeks were lacking in taste. The other four in our group loved their entrees.
As always, service and atmosphere were impeccable.
We enjoyed ourselves quite nicely.
Lake Elmo Inn is a special place for any occasion!

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MikeK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is fantastic and the service is some of the best. My only problem is I ordered mojito and it was served in a surly beer glass. Should have been served in a different glass other than a beer glass.

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River
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

rib eye was a little thin for my liking. seemed to be a bit over priced compared to before. I did put down we were celebrating a retirement but no one mentioned anything about that.

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DonnaB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We have always loved Lake Elmo Inn and we will go back. Unfortunately the chef was not up to par on our visit. My husband had the special dinner of halibut, when his dinner arrived the plate looked like a pile of garbage. I use that descprition as my mother worked in food service her whole career and that would have been her reply. Sorry there was no eye appeal. Their prices have gone up more than I expected. Hopefully this represents their staff being paid $15.00 an hour. We will be back. We would not judge Lake Elmo Inn because of one unfortunate experience.

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Golfer20
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The four course brunch is awesome. Plenty of choices, great tasting and served in a timely manner. Can’t say enough good about the whole experience, enjoyed more than the serve yourself buffet.

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CessnaM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Lake Elmo Inn. Wonderful food and dining.

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Jane
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking forward to celebrating our daughter's Birthday at the Lake Elmo Inn and the quality and the presentation of the food and the wait service exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend Lake Elmo Inn for any special occasion.

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DawnC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & delicious food! I highly recommend the Sunday brunch

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LizSue
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It would have been perfect if 2 of our party hadn’t been served nuts repeatedly even after telling staff of their nut allergies.

However disregarding the nut issue, it was fantastic!

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Kristy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was top notch. Food was amazing, as usual!

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CWeb
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lake Elmo Inn is consistently a wonderful dining experience. Food, service, and ambiance are all among best the Twin Cities has to offer.

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apahl
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Sorbet palette cleanser and warm hand towels. Beautiful desserts to dream about and fresh, delicious entrees. Classic dishes and on-trend dishes. Something for everyone!

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CherylM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We view Lake Elmo Inn as the best restaurant in MN. Always excellent food, service, atmoshere.

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MMMM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It's fairly expensive for the food you get - the food is good but I'd expect those prices at a better restaurant in Mpls or St. Paul. Waitress was okay except for after we got our food - came by once - then we said we wanted dessert and it took a while to get the tray brought to choose off of - then waited a bit for the check. I'd still recommend with the caveat that they will pay a high price for what they get.

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ShelleyR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tornado medallions were perfectly prepared along with a beautiful vegetable medley. The bone-in rib eye was also excellent. Staff was super nice and everyone did a great job even with COVID restrictions.

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Liink
Minneapolis
64 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were disappointed in how we were rushed through our allotted time which was evidently one hour. Our reservation was at 5:15 and we were OUT at 6:15. This has not happened before and has not occurred to me at lunch. Vegetables of the day had no flavor and could have been cooked a bit longer.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent as was the ambience. However it seems there was not enough staff the end of our meal we had to wait quite some time plus waited for our bill but it was because the waitress was very busy and it was obvious she had too many tables. We are always happy with the Lake Elmo Inn.

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vipFourpals
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Beth, was outstanding. She seamlessly made the evening flow. Want her at our table next time we dine.

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benny
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING WE EXPERIENCED AT THE ELMO INN WAS FIRST CLASS. THE FOOD WAS GREAT, THE SERVICE WAS GREAT AND THEY HAVE LITTLE TOUCHES THAT MAKE A DINING EXPERIENCE MORE ENJOYABLE.

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vipJeniene
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully crafted cocktails, all the appetizers & entrees were delicious (as always)! We are repeat customers!

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JamesM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always enjoyable when we go to Lake Elmo Inn! We’ve been going there since before we were married 36 years ago. The food selections, service and ambiance are always top-notch.

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RickS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning to the Inn after several months absence was a great experience, just as we remembered from before. It was our anniversary and we could not have enjoyed it more than we did. Food. service and the careful attention to details made for a wonderful evening. Thanks very much!

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GreggA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and food as always from before Covid 19.

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JanK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great dining experience at The Lake Elmo Inn! So happy to have them open for business once again.

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Majted
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Staff-Excellent, as always. Especially Erik.
Cajun pork chops have been under seasoned and not as moist the last two times.
Prior 10 times, became my favorite meal. Impeccably seasoned, super moist.
Now, such a disappointment, won’t order again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time back in a restaurant since March 2020. What a nice way to start living our lives again.

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vipSueH
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent salmon!

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RichardR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our all time favorite special occasion destination for over 30 years!! Great atmosphere, service and quality food always.

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roettger11
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! Great service and wine was delicious as well.

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JimL
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

The shrimp on the steaks were dry. Steaks good. Service good. Didn’t appreciate baby at table next to us. Loves babies but not out our for dinner.

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BethE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Great experience. Made a special occasion very special! Thanks.

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DawnK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch! Bottomless champagne, wide selection of food to chose from generous portions and all delicious. Service was fantastic. Put this place on your brunch list!

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 5039 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.