Lake Elmo Inn

4.7
3864 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 2 days ago

Always have excellent meals and service. Have never been disappointed.. Thanks

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Service was wonderful. Had a reservation for 11:00, and left around 3:30. They didn't care if we hung out and talked. Wonderful selection of food at the Sunday buffet.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved it. Yummy food, great dessert buffet. Nice service. Will definitely go back again

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was a wonderful place with my family and another for my son's blind dating. The atmosphere made a good connection. The food was wonderful and the service was great . We all enjoy so much for a quiet and sweet lunch. I will be back more for events with friends and relatives.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Tonight we celebrated our parent’s 50th wedding anniversary and son’s birthday. Food was fantastic, service was exceptional, and the dessert “Sin at the Inn” was mind blowing!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This was a return visit for some of our party and a first for others. I can safely say we would all return. Service, food, and ambiance are top notch.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I had the filet mignon & my husband had the ribeye. Both were excellent!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

From the minute we hit the door, we had a wonderful experience! It was my Grandson's 10th Birthday, his Golden Birthday, so this was a special day with Grandma! They made him feel so special!! Best part was the Sunfish on the Buffet for lunch!!! Thank you, Lake Elmo Inn!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance!!! Whenever we eat at the Lake Elmo Inn, we are never disappointed and are always amazed at the wonderful food choices at their buffet. The chefs are masters of food preparation and taste!!!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Great, as usual. Always worth everything you may need.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

It was honestly, just okay. The desserts were PHENOMENAL! I was not a fan of the buffet and how it was set up. The options were limited. The best buffet item was probably the carving station. I was a fan of the omelet and caramel rolls. Our waitress did not come by our table for at least 10 minutes after being seated. We also didn't get the caramel rolls right away, she said she forgot.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Food and service were good, but the air conditioning was colder than normal, very uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Am a returning patron - we hit Elmo Inn, at minimum, on a monthly basis. John & Curtis run an excellent Bar, food is simply delicious - creative dishes; have never had a bad meal - have never been disappointed. And, of course - we'll be returning! Thanks so much Elmo Inn!!!!

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Very nice restaurant that we visit on special occasions. This visit we felt the food fell a little short of expectations. We felt the walleye and ribs we ordered lacked flavor and needed some seasoning. The ambiance and service was very nice and while we enjoyed our visit the food failed to meet expectations. Hopefully this is a one off and things get back to normal the next time we dine at the Lake Elmo Inn.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We had prime rib,brown potatoes,corn. It was good but warm. We didn’t want to send it back because it was inconvenient. The service was good!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Another excellent meal at Lake Elmo Inn! My best friend and I have been dining there for years to celebrate our birthdays. The free champagne is great, along with amazing food and service!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Excellent dinng experience whenever you go! Owner is a trrific man.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We shared the crab stuffed mushroom caps; then we enjoyed wild rice soup/lobster bisque; moved to entrees of both tournedos; and I had the salmon; and closed with the-sin-of-the-inn and me with the lemon sorbet. It was a wonderful and tasty dinner! We'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn Sunday brunch is the best! Complimentary champagne and amazing coffee! Food is also always delicious.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

My filet was excellent. My husband's fish was dry and maybe even old. We tired of Kenny G music. We will return however as we've never experienced any problems in the past.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn is the most amazing restaurant for good service and the best food!

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Poor service. Waitress slow to take order, slow to serve and didn't bring requested item.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We had a wonderful time and Great food! We had David as our server at a table in the bar. He was extremely friendly, professional and accommodating!!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We had an excellent meal at Lake Elmo Inn, our service was timely. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We felt honored as we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Waitress was efficient, friendly and congratulatory. Good place for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The Friday lunch lobster special well worth the price. We enjoyed excellent service from the moment we can in the door! Thank you so much 😊!!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

First time visit and we will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We were there for our son's birthday and had a great meal, dessert & drinks.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

As always, completely delightful. A friend from Philadelphia was visiting. She ordered the sunfish ("Sunnies" on the menu), saying that there's virtually no place else you could find them. The side dishes are wonderful, too -- particularly the wild rice and the grilled tomato. Lake Elmo Inn is famous for its wild rice soup, but should be equally famous for their French onion soup -- my favorite.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Delicious food! Cannot wait to go back for more of those beef ribs!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Very nice family dinner at Lake Elmo Inn. Great food, service and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We love the Lake Elmo Inn and go there at least five or six times a year. All of our relatives love it as well. This is the best food in the Twin Cities.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The food and service were really good but we were placed in a booth very near to a family birthday party. It was hard to have a conversation because all we could hear was their conversation.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We make this place for every Anniversary! We are so fortunate to have a great place so close by.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn is always great! Food is very good, service too.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

My husband and I would highly recommend this restaurant; great friendly service, tons of extra little surprises that show the customer they want us to have an unforgettable experience!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

This our go to place for special celebrations. Always friendly and courteous wait staff.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Our Anniversary was perfect here! Great ambiance, wonderful cuisine ( I had the Salmon)! Everything was elegantly prepared, complete with sorbet for palate cleansing, and cinnamon scented towels to cleanse hands at a the meals end. Our waiter(Bob) was great, and made the meal that much more special. We will definitely return:)

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Always good. Will keep going back for our special occasions, even if we make one up!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

My husband and I both had steak filets- very tender. We had fresh "farm to table" green and wax beans- also excellent! Their desserts are beautiful to look at and very tasty! Our server, Vicky, was great! We will definitely go back!

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