Lake Elmo Inn

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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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PB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had the lobster bisque which was very salty. Over the past 5-10 years, most restaurants we visit have decreased the salt in their dishes, for health reasons. I was surprised that his soup was so salty. The roast duckling was overcooked in my opinion. Everything else was wonderful. My husband's meal was also very good.

d
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very friendly as always! Very consistent food....great!

m
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was great. We were there to listen to Prairie Anthem play on the patio as well as for dinner. The music was great, not too loud, and just right for the room.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! The lobster and steak were way above my expectations. We went for our anniversary and were greeted with well wishes and champagne. Thank you Lake Elmo Inn for making our dinner memorable.

GR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent and the food outstanding! We are there almost weekly.

KM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic! Great morning date experience. Delicious and great service.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for anniversary. Free champagne toast, great food and Nancy, Thanks for the great service!

M
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent!

FM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

55th Wedding Anniversary of our friends’!! Delicious food, great atmosphere, over the top service!!!! We will be back!

O
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Lake Elmo Inn to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. There were four of us. We had a delightful time. Sara Joy served us beautifully. I always get the Sunnies and my brother did too. My husband had the prime rib and my sister-in-law, the salmon salad. We all loved our food and were encouraged to stay and visit as long as we liked.

I love the Lake Elmo Inn.

MA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as always. Service was a little slow, probably due to an unexpectedly large crowd.

SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lake Elmo Inn's Tuesday lunch buffet was great, delicious food choices and a great atmosphere!

K
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch ever. Consistently great food and everything was delicious. Many choices from cold to hot from breakfast to dinner items and desserts galore! Make a reservation and enjoy the best food anywhere served with champagne!

LJ
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Long wait = barely warm $40 steak. Didn’t want to wait any longer, so I opted not to send it back. I may not go back either. Very sad because we went for a birthday celebration.

P
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Lake Elmo Inn did not disappoint. The food and service were excellent and the attention to every detail of the dining experience was exceptional. The fish is excellent as was the mashed sweet potatoes. A shout out to Maureen (Mo) for her attentiveness and genuineness. We will definitely go back in the near future. One of the best dining experiences in recent years. The only downside of the dining experience was a family with young children that included the father and child playing a video game on a cell phone with sound that was too loud. This type of activity doesn’t belong at a fine dining experience since it disturbs other patrons.

t
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I found it to be overpriced. The service was spotty- asked 20 times for water refills, but thought we’d need to wrestle someone to get our coveted basket of dinner rolls. They also need to start refreshing decor.

j
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, service excellent!

SB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Judy was a fine experienced professional yet warm and accomodating--you are lucky to have her. The food was perfect as always: very tender roast duck for my wife, rare prime rib for me even though it was the end of the Thursdsy hours! Her help in selecting the wine (at my request) was quite useful. We appreciated the manager (he didn't say but I assume that is who it was) checking with us to be sure we enjoyed our time there. Everyone's taste differs--I thought the Paso Robles Petit Sirah was just right; my wife thought it too fruity and almost-sweet for the beef. We also both thought her peppercorn sauce was too bland--little evidence of pepper in the white sauce--but substituting the cherry sauce worked well.
I also suspect the beef gets a dry rub of a very salty mixture such that the crust is too salty (but then I am a crotchety 71 year-old former cook and food columnist) but then the au jus was just fine and helped cancel that. We'll be back---so glad you still have sunnies on the menu but on Thursday I couldn't resist the prime rib. Thanks, Scott Bartell 612-669-3264

RM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent...service was great too! It takes a little while to get your food, but it was worth it when it came. Server was attentive and came to our table several times before our food came. Very nice and quiet. Great Ambience.

D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary again there year at Lake Elmo !nn and it was so nice as usual. The wait staff are so friendly and we were given a complimentary glass of champagne and learned of the many specials all week long.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The halibut was a little dry and the side of augratin potatoes was warm not hot.
A large family gathering with a baby and 4 children 5 and under made the noise and activity level higher than one would expect there.
Our waiter, Bob, was superb. The NA cocktail was wonderful.

B
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our 56th anniversary there ,as we have done for about 40 years. We were going there when it was Bens grill. We will continue going there as long as we can.
What a great place for special occasions.

Terry and Connie

I
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service here is always excellent. They go above and beyond to try and meet your needs.

The only reason I didn’t give the food five stars is that I always order the butternut squash ravioli and it’s drenched in too much butter and I believe, parsley or some other herb on top. It doesn’t look appetizing and is a tad greasy.

Other than that, I always enjoy my time here.

R
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

33rd wedding anniversary! Wonderful food and service!

d
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Refined, yet very cozy and welcoming. Nice touches with cleansing towels prior & sorbet to cleanse your palate.

Will definitely visit again to try the Happy Hour at the classy little bar.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great anniversary dinner!

NL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Lake Elmo Inn. The food was wonderful. The service was excellent. That's why it's our favorite place.

DW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary. Were surprised to discover it was also 25% off seniors day.

v
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

if we had gotten our usual great service, I'd say yes. Tonight, no. Service was horrible. In June, we celebrated our anniversary. The hostess greeted us with a congratulation and we received a glass of champaign. Tonight , we celebrated my wife's birthday. No mention of the birthday, no champaign. We were seated at a small table in a back room. We had to ask for water twice. We moved excess glassware, didn't have wine, to another table to clear space. Empty dishes piled up so when entree arrived no room. WE have been customers for years, celebrating special occasions. Maybe time to find a new go to spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing variety. Everything in this brunch was brought out in small batches to keep it fresh and delicious.

KB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very enjoyable experience overall
No waiting for reservation
Very friendly staff and great food

J
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated an Engagement...wonderful evening! Thank you Lisa & Curtis!

F
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as usual

F
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took some friends (from FL) to the Lake Elmo Inn and everything was outstanding!

D
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and we got a complimentary glass of champagne to toast it. Food excellent and staff fantastic.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. My wife had the Sunniest and I had the chicken Pesto. So amazing, nothing was left to take home.

DR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a special treat for us to dine at the Lake Elmo Inn. The food is fantastic, the service superior, and the ambiance lovely.

JJ
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great. My husband and I especially like the wild rice soup and the walleye is always good. There is a huge dessert selection and we generally choose one to share.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a social occasion. Would recommend. Pork chop was melt in your mouth. Sunnies were fantastic.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had the scallop special and only received 3 somewhat small scallops for $33 - way overpriced.

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