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Lake Elmo Inn

4.7
3647 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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
What 3647 People Are Saying
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BobR 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We went to the Lake Elmo Inn for our 25th Anniversary Dinner with our children. We were seated immediately at a nice table and the waitress new that it was our anniversary with a big smile. We all loved our meals (Steaks) and everything was perfect. We will be coming back more often and recommend this place to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Lake Elmo is my favorite restaurant. The wait staff is very friendly and very good at what they do. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Lisa 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We have been going to the Lake Elmo Inn for a number of years. Chef John and the entire LEI family NEVER disappoint. Consistently excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The fool was amazing. We had wonderful service.

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foodcriticwannabe (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food is always excellent and we always enjoy the atmosphere.

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ClSchmidt (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The smoked salmon spinach kale salad was excellent! A complimentary glass of champagne for birthday girls (and boys)! One of our best "go to" restaurants when we want to be sure the meal will be good and service excellent.

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ThomD (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Lake Elmo Inn is always a sure bet for a wonderful dinner. The atmosphere is old-fashioned, sophisticated but not pretentious, and very relaxed. We did not check out the wine list but chose instead a relaxing mixed drink before dinner. The food is always good, including many familiar comfort foods (we both had prime ribs of beef), but the menu is varied, and there's something for everyone. I especially appreciate that vegetables are prepared not simply as a second-thought add-on, but are slightly al dente, beautifully seasoned, and fresh tasting. Desserts are also varied from humble bread puddings to carrot cake to creative and decadent combinations of ingredients (check out the Sin of the Inn.) Overall, we had a lovely time, and one of the main reasons we chose the Lake Elmo Inn was because we knew beforehand that we would not be disappointed.

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vipDiningfun (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was great, service was wonderful and there were little touches throughout the meal

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn is a requirement for any of our special occasions. We will go nowhere else. Fabulous food. Have never been disappointed.

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SaraB (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The manager was outstanding and the man who escorted my physically disabled husband to our car was kind and thoughtful. It was personal and special.

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vipfoodie55 (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food. Top notch service. Worth the drive.

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LOLO (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Valentine’s Day dinner! Nancy was a terrific server and took good care of us! Lake Elmo Inn never disappoints on any occasion.....

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vipSheila (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn is one of our favorite restaurants to dine at.
the staff is always friendly and the food is exceptional
Like the specialty cocktails too!

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kmfq (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day dinner with my husband and it was great. Great food, service and a fabulous dessert selection. Lake Elmo Inn never fails to offer consistently goodfood and outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It’s our go to spot for all of our special occasions. Like always, wonderful experience!

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vipPatrickGonda (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was very good but the service was a bit spotty and there large gaps in delivery of food. It was a quite busy but the pace of service was a bit disappointing.

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MaryL (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

A wonderful atmosphere . The food is always beautifully presented and outstanding in quality. To make our visit additionally special, the wait service was knowledgeable and efficient. The Lake Elmo Inn is a delightful and unique restaurant and a favorite of our family and friends!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

As usual, we had a wonderful time! The Sunday buffet provided MANY food choices and the "have some more" champagne was fun!

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Jeniene (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Celebrated our Anniversary at Elmo...and had an absolutely wonderful evening! Cocktails were exceptional & Food was just perfect. It was pretty noisy - Sat in the Bar area (our preferred seating) - and the Bar Areawas hopping!!!
Thank you Lisa & Curtis - what a super evening!

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PatS (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Always good. Portions are large so could share. Desserts are amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Brought our friends there, it was their first time. They lived it as much as we do! This is one of our go to favorite restaurants!

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JasonG (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

As always, fantastic! I had the seafood extravaganza and my wife did not so they made her food super quick. The server is a pro’s Pro! And the little extras keep us coming back.

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OpenTable Diner (Hamburg Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We love Lake Elmo Inn. They take great care of you, food is awesome and wine list always has something new and interesting. Best service ever!

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Frank (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful food and great service. I had the prime rib which was great and my wife thoroughly enjoyed the duck.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Always great food, beautifully presented with fun and friendly service. Extra special details are such a treat!

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Kurt (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Lake Elmo Inn is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. I'm a vegetarian, and while the menu is heavy on the steaks and seafood, their vegetarian platter is amazing and may be the best vegetarian meal in the region. The wine list is excellent and the service is superb.

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KathyJo (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner with cocktails and dessert. Lobster ravioli, crab cakes, steak, peanut butter chocolate pie...all delicious!

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Naomi (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We so enjoyed the Tuesday lunch buffet. This is a cut above any other buffet.

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Babs (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

We had a leisurely meal, lingering over dessert and cocktails and did not feel rushed at all. Service was excellent and the food exceptional as always.

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JeanJ (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Our group was there on a Monday, which is Seniors day. Very, very busy. The service was a bit slow, but given that pretty everyone there were seniors and there for the senior discount, none of my group minded. As usual, the food was excellent, waitress (Maureen) was very good and very pleasant. Highly recommend Lake Elmo Inn.

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