Lake Elmo Inn

4.8
4947 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meal with great staff.

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ShelleyR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I very much appreciated that the holiday/Christmas decorations were put up ahead of time. 11/20/20
It made the evening 100% more enjoyable and festive.

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Jennifer
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Celebrated our 21st anniversary at Lake Elmo in and they went out of their way to make it special for us including free glasses of champagne.

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GregoryK
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’ve not been to Lake Elmo Inn, make it a point to do so once the restaurants can open up again. If you can’t wait, get the takeout. The food is excellent, as well as the service. In all the years I’ve dined at LEI, I’ve never had a bad experience.

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jewelrygal18
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was good. I didn’t expect the hot towel, strawberry etc. to not be complimentary. They don’t tell you it’s not until you get the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect service and food. Anniversary was one to remember thanks to the staff and experience

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was outstanding and food was delicious

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AlisonK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this quaint and special place. The decorations and food are already on point.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was everything we were hoping for and more!

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DustinS
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place never disappoints. At least once a year trip required.

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AnneS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a new server( Michael). He did a great job and the food was excellent as always.

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donutlady
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I felt they were very covid friendly. Spaced apart very well. Sunnies were great. Balsamic sauce on veggies not so good. Veggies don’t need that.

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vipSusieH
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The LEI is ALWAYS a lovely experience! The food is consistently delicious and the ambiance is always comforting.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice anniversary dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable, staff is friendly and professional, food has been exceptional.

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MaryL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my birthday with 2 friends. Our wait person was exceptional. We all felt very safe and cared for in this time of covid. Thank you!

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vipStephanieC
Minneapolis
76 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with a bottle of wine and

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Wonderful staff. Love this place.

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DebZ
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary at Lake Elmo Inn. Nancy, our server was friendly, informative about the entrees and provided wonderful service. We wished we could have the kitchen wouldn't have run out of the potato of the day, scalloped potatoes. We' wanted to try the desserts, they looked delicious but didn't have room left! We'll be back!

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skelbop
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was our anniversary dinner and I put in a note on OpenTable that it was for our anniversary. We were seated with complimentary champagne!

This place is a dinner club with great charm.

All of the food was delicious. Best calamari I can remember having. Wife got the scallops, they were amazing. I got the filet mignon cooked medium and it was cooked perfectly and had amazing flavor.

I would recommend this place to everyone and get that sin of the inn dessert at the end of your meal. Amazing.

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great social distancing practices. Food was beyond amazing. We felt very comfortable and at ease during these crazy times here

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vipJAVELINA8
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful ,prime rib the special on Saturday nights is delectable .And desserts are a world apart ,yummy .

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Ollie
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant for a special occasion. Been eating here occasionally for over 25 yrs.. We have never had a complaint this long!!

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margea
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. We had a steak, butteernut squash ravioli, duckling and the cod special. They were all beautifully presented and wonderful The service was great. The little touches like the chocolate strawberry, warm wash cloth and the sorbet cone are all special touches. I would highly recommend the Lake Elmo Inn. I have been going there for many years and have nevr been disappointed,

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food. Great atmosphere. The best professional wait staff. Truly a special experience.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!!
Perfect place for a special occasion!

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Steve
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was very good 👍🏻. Prices are kinda high. I would definitely recommend.

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David
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always.

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Kato
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was a delight! Food presentation was great. Nice variety, like the bottomless champagne! We'll be back!

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kristinl
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Thank you for being there during these crazy times.

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Lindsay
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was not all that great— service was great, the food just didn’t match up. The prawns were over cooked and duck was very dry.

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BarbS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great saturday brunch menu, awesome service, it was a birthday and got special treatment. love the caramel rolls

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DonS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Elmo burger was juicy and perfectly prepared
When the superfoods salad was served it was not what I expected but it is very excellent and if you like the ingredients you won’t be disappointed
Great flavors to savor and was more filling than I had thought it would be at first

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JRMR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to Lake Elmo Inn for over 30 years. Food, Service, and Atmosphere is always great. Never disappointed.

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Joec
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a fantastic experience. So glad you are still open!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place definitely going back

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CarolB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was not hot. Egg Benedict and hash browns like warm Also Halibut was delicious but also not hot.

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AlexF
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Had high expectations based on feedback from others and other reviewers online. We were highly disappointed, service was subpar and the food was mediocre at best (had a filet mignon and ribs).

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Carol
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Becky is an outstanding server. Walleye looked great. I had pecan crusted chicken salad. I wouldn’t have that again. It was just ok. Great coffee

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CMSmith
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was excellent and the Saturday brunch special was a great deal.

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 4947 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.