Lake Elmo Inn

4.7
3797 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Worth the Drive
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm. Between 2:00pm-5:00pm
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Phone number
(651) 777-8495
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Schiltz
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Catering
Corporate events, weddings, picnics, etc. Please contact our Event Center staff for more details. We cater local and around the Twin Cities.651-779-5994
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highway 5
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Parking details
Public lots also available in the area.
-Valet Parking available most lunch and dinner services
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Celebrated our wedding anniversary with a special meal! We can always count on The Lake Elmo Inn to care about the details and fine food that make it part of the celebration!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Semi-formal atmosphere. Great food options and they do full course meals so bring your appetite. Huge wine list.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The Lake Elmo Inn restaurant was fantastic as it usually is. The wait service was superb and the desserts were mouth watering. I particularly liked the halibut which was the special on the menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special event and plan to come back as often as I can. The city of Lake Elmo should be proud of this fine establishment locating in their community.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We come to Lake Elmo Inn for special occasions such as my daughter's fiftieth birthday.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

I come here for special occasions and have always had excellent food. This time was Father's day, so they were extremely busy and we're out of 2 wines we wanted. Other than that it was very enjoyable and high quality.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was fantastic. Our server was less than attentive. She told us about how bad her day had been..blah blah blah. We were there to celebrate Father's Day. I am sorry I wasn't interested in her pitty party. The food was OUTSTANDING!!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Was seated immediately and served promptly even though they were clearly busy. The food was excellent, especially the grouper special which was quite delicious. The inclusion of a palate cleansing sorbet between salad and entree and the offering of heated towels at the end of the meal were unexpected extras. Great dining experience!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I am lucky to live close by. I got there 5 or 6 times a year. Consistently great! Love the atmosphere, food and service. Not very many places like this left in the world.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great service, variety, and ambiance. Can be a bit pricey if you get the special.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

30th Anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Always great, food was excellent wait staff was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great place to meet for lunch between Saint Paul and Stillwater. Varied menu. Terrific clam chowder on Fridays.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Excellent food in an extremely comfortable atmosphere. The menu is comprehensive and the service is very attentive. Family owned. Great cocktails and a good wine list. We live out of state and make sure we come here every visit.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Excellent cuisine ,always consistently good .Great service and just a fantastic restaurant I have never had a bad meal and eat there off oftenWonderful entrees,seasonal delights-latest halibut from Alaska And desserts are outstanding

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn is always a treat for us. This time however, our anniversary lunch was a bit under their standards only due to the perhaps inexperienced wait staff. Nothing really terrible, just not on top of the senior discount on Mondays and in a hurry to clear our table. I took some of my salad home and asked for a roll to go with it. She had already cleared the basket with a roll in it from our table before we were done eating. She came back to apologize that they were out of rolls. Haste makes waste. Again, not a huge complaint but I doubt The owner would have approved.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great birthday dinner on the veranda patio. Grouper and filet were excellent. Jody was a fantastic server. We will be back for dinner. We had only been to Lake Elmo Inn for Sunday brunch prior to this meal.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Outstanding meals for all of us . Shrimp, duck, walleye were all excellent. Great Proseco and other wines. Old world attentive service from mature, experienced servers.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

My husband and I had a fabulous dinner at the Lake Elmo Inn on Saturday evening! We enjoyed the two seafood specials that were offered that evening- the halibut and the grouper. Both were delicious! Our server was delightful! The Lake Elmo Inn is always our favorite restaurant for a special evening-it never disappoints!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Sin of the Inn dessert was very good as was the chocolate dipped strawberry. The shrimp and
barbecued ribs dinners were sub par. Shrimp was rubbery and the ribs were not fall off the bone good. Poor value for the money.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. We had a very nice time and were able to easily carry on a conversation with seven at the table.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Perfect setting for a business conversation. Great service in the bar area and quiet for 11:30am lunch appointment.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We had a wonderful time celebrating our 42nd anniversary. This has become a yearly tradition for us at this restaurant. Everything is so well done and well managed. They make you feel as if you are part of the family.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

My mother, brother, sister-in-law and I were at Lake Elmo Inn for my mother’s 92nd birthday and were served complimentary champagne for toasting. We had the Tuesday lunch buffet. I’m usually not a fan of buffets, because many I’ve been to have not been replenished frequently and the food is not fresh. However, the buffet at Lake Elmo Inn was extremely fresh, full and appetizing. The wild rice side was delicious and very Minnesota! The salads were unique and very tasty. I could have made a whole meal out of the salads, fresh fruit and rolls!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

This was our third visit to Lake Elmo Inn. Each time we have been treated like royalty. The food is excellent, the service is top notched and the ambiance very special. We felt like family coming home for a special occasion, in our case a birthday event. Come, enjoy, you can't go wrong.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very good food as usual but our table location wasn't the best for two toddlers and partial bench seating. We were disappointed in that and the service was just okay.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn has been a favorite of mine for years. The food is always is always great and the service is exceptional.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We went for our Anniversary, and had a wonderful meal. Their Calamari starter is excellent. We both enjoyed our meals and were too full for desert but took home The Sin of the Inn and shared it the following day, very good! Our service was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Graduation

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Our past experience over several years had been excellent, However this experience was quite different. Of the four entrees ordered only one was served that was acceptable. Two entrees were almost inedible as they were exceedingly dry. The forth order was for rack of lamb ordered medium rare. It was served in four pieces ranging from <1/2 inc to > 1 1/2 inches in width. And ranging from rare to well done. Potatoes were served cold/lukewarm. In general presentation of food was very poor almost like items were just thrown on the plate.

Service was also not up to par with requests for water ignored until additional request were given.

Discussions with the manager about the quality of food resulted in reduction of 10% off of the items in question. Waitress thought that was too little so deducted price of a desert from bill but at same time removed the 10% reduction When we saw the bill we questioned the loss of the 10% discount. Bills were given to the wrong parties. Following a second discussion with management the two worst dinners were taken off the bill. Bills were again rung up on the wrong credit card. We just decided to give up and deal with the reality.

Had this been our first visit to Lake Elmo Inn it would definitely have been our last. However, based on prior experience we hope this was just a super bad day for Inn and we will give it another change in the future,

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great food, great service, love this place!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Excellent service to get to a 7:00pm play in Minneapolis.

Food was fabulous too!!

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

I used to love the food at Lake Elmo, but somehow I feel they gave themselves over to buffet and left a la cart to ourselves

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

My twin sister and I were celebrating our birthday, and a friend recommended Lake Elmo Inn. The service was excellent. The staff were friendly, and the food was great!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful brunch. Always great choices. Service top notch. This day the greek salad and chocolate creme brulee were awesome. Nice job on the barbecued chicken. Best brunch menu in the area

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

One of my all time favorites for Sunday brunch. Extensive table of fruits, cheeses, shrimp, salmon, salads. Good basic meat, potatoes, veggies, and Eggs Benedict (omelets also available!). Not fancy food but good hometown cooking with fresh ingredients and well prepared. Worth the drive and the (relatively low) cost.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was good. The ambience was lovely. The bus boy was attentive. The server was nonexistent. She disappeared for long stretches at a time and we never got a single refill of our “ever-flowing glass of champagne”. We were going to mention something to the manager on our way out, but there weren’t any around.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Absolutely fabulous! I would recommend this place to everyone......and will.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We had a wonderful time, the food was great, the staff were so courteous, and the price of the Sunday brunch was reasonable for what we received. Thanks for the recommendation open table. Eric

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

My husband and I went out with another couple for a night out without the kids. We had made a 6:30 pm reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival on Saturday evening. We ordered drinks and asked about the specials. Our table ended up ordering two of the specials that evening; the cilantro lime butter Halibut and the house special prime rib. While placing our order another wait staff informed our server that the Halibut was out. So then our table placed an order for three prime rib and one Cajun pork chop meal. Our server returned minutes later to inform us that they were out of the prime rib. So the three of us with prime rib selection made choices off the menu. We were disappointed that they were out of the specials prior to 7:00 PM. But we all made new choices for dinner. I had the sirloin and it was cooked how I liked it and the accompaniments were also good. Our server was good at pacing dinner and allowing us to enjoy our conversation. Overall dinner was good and we had a great time; but if you are interested in the specials you'll need to make reservations prior to 6:30 pm to be able to enjoy one. *wink*

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

As always our meal and service were impeccable. Our go to place for all the important events in our lives.

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