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Lost Lake Lodge

4.7
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118 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
We are proud to offer a new chef inspired menu and patio dining on Gull Lake. Our bar features new spins on classic cocktails, a wonderful wine list, and local beers on tap. Our mission is to offer a quality, contemporary dining experience while continuing to honor the tradition and collective memories of the last 70 years. We draw inspiration from seasonality, “shrinking-world” global flavors, our hard working local food providers and we strive to produce quality with a playful spirit.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 118 people are saying
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vipFoodie
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We tried to order Miller Lite, Rose wine, Jack Daniels and they didn’t have any of these. The food was really salty and the service was not very good. The pecan dessert was delicious though.

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viploves2eat
Minneapolis
120 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at lost lake lodge! Delicious food, beautiful lakeside setting. Don’t miss when you are in the nisswa area!

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vipLoriroc
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding. We both had the walleye. Mac and cheese was also yummy. All servers were wearing masks so we felt very safe and comfortable!

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Janetinminneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoor seating. Very beautiful. Excellent scallops, delicate and flavorful.

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Kate
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The walleye is outstanding, and their menu very unique. I highly recommend Lost Lake Lodge in the Gull Lake region.

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JayEmbee
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED this place and will go back. Outstanding experience. Interesting menu. Excellent service. Steak was excellent.

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VanMichael
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Lost Lake Lodge for dinning to celebrate our daughter’s birthday. We were a party of four and had (per their requirement of reservations only during the COVID-19 environment) an early evening dinner reservation.

Our choice was of outdoor dining. There is an upper deck patio and a lower deck patio that offers shade and a breeze as one overlooks the Narrows of Upper Gull Lake. It was a most peaceful, quiet, and relaxing environment.

The drink menu had Lost Lake’s craft cocktails; each of us ordering different beverages with each of us liking the preparation.

We shared two appetizers:
Creole steak bites that had very tender beef with Cajun seasoning served with grilled bread and creole mustard sauce, and
Fried green tomatoes battered in cornmeal with a pickled corn relish, greens, and a creamy balsamic sauce.

For the entrée I had the walleye, pan seared and crusted with a parmesan citrus, sweet potato hash, creamy southern slaw, and lemon caper aioli.
Two ordered the seared jumbo scallops with wild rice, smoked tomato jam, pickled relish, and watercress chimichurri.
Our daughter ordered the off menu special shrimp with spicy grits, as she had done her Air Force basic training in Texas and had eaten the dish there.

My wife and I eat out regularly (Pre-COVID) in both Minnesota and Florida at well rated restaurants, we all agreed the fare at Lost Lake was exceptionally good, and we most definitely will come again this summer.

Our server, Michael, was knowledgeable of the appetizer, entrée, and dessert offerings. We never felt hurried throughout the entire hour and forty-five-minute meal, our server being attentive to replenishing beverages and water when needed. All in all, a good time for all of us.

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RussS
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Took our 10 & 14 year old kids. Great time.

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ClaudiaP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Best Walleye in the Brainerd Lakes Area!!
New GM Jacob has made some great enhancements to the restaurant - new bar in the large dining room. Great resort casual and relaxing atmosphere!

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vipHappyInMN
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varied and excellent menu with good price points.

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ChrisK
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Last year was a big disappointment, so we were a little apprehensive this year. Wow, what a difference. The food and service was astounding.

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JannV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The glasses of wine were pretty meager. We were supposed to get 15 percent off. Had a coupon but were still only given 10 percent. Food and atmosphere were very good. Recommend the walleye!

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DAwnm
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lost the great menu options. Very basic food. Service was a little slow.

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vipJimbo
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great value, had the filet which is from a Minnesota beef company was awesome . The Caesar salad was also excellent. But the margaritas are a must.

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SamuelA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Ribeye and Tenderloin were both cooked to perfection and very tender. I seldom order steaks in restaurants because I'm often disappointed but I was not this time. We had been here earlier this summer and ordered the Walleye which was good but not fantastic. After that meal the chef came out and told us about the Herford beef he uses for his steaks so we had to return and give them a try. Our friends both really enjoyed the Salmon. My wife loves Crème Brulee and she told me the hint of cinnamon made this the best she has ever had and it was a generous serving. I was impressed with the new menu and that they have included some great moderately priced items like hamburgers to suite every palate. Definitely a place to try again if it has been a few years. Gone are the dainty, tiny, overpriced menu items of the past. It was a quite noisy for a while as a large group in our small section of the dining room had a few drinks in them but eventually they left and the atmosphere improved greatly.

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pduf
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to LLL for dinner this summer and did not disappoint!
Wonderful menu, creative and presentation was beautiful....
Pot pie out of control delicious!
Southern fried chicken also a huge family hit!
Just GO!!

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vipHappyInMN
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lost Lake Lodge has really upped their game since coming under new ownership. All of our food was exceedingly good...fresh and properly prepared. Our waiter was also the bartender, so he knew a lot about the different cocktails on the menu. My wife had the mac and cheese. The is NOT your children's mac and cheese! It was phenomenal. But unless you plan to share, you will definitely be taking some home. Ditto with the beignets we had for dessert; plan to share! I had the fried chicken. The crust was light and flaky and the pepper-cream gravy delicious. The mashed potatoes were a bit on the bland side. I could have used some more gravy for them. Overall, though...this is a must-eat-at restaurant when visiting the Brainerd Lakes area.

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vipterryr
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Perfect portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Dock your boat, walk up the steps, and enjoy the finest food on the lake!

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Bill
Puerto Vallarta
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were very presently surprised by the quality and preparation of our dinners. The chef is very creative, pleasant and knowledgeable . I am anxious to return

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vipJenniferO
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is tucked away in the woods with beautiful views. My husband thought his scallops were delicious and my son and I loved our lobster. The view of the water was really nice. Service was outstanding. We will definitely go back the next time we are in the area.

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lynnm
Puerto Vallarta
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience1

didnt acknowledge our reservation so had no table, ended up eating in the bar. made us seem like we were being a bother for watnign to eat there when they will full with reservations.
( ummm we were one of them) bartender neglected us. another waitress stepped up to get us stuff- would have loved to tip her not him. ordered steak with mushrooms - came with no mushrooms. just lots of little things didnt go correctly.

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vipdavidh
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Not even recognized by them for our anniversary. Service was terrible. Had a reservation made on open table and when we arrived they said we could sit at bar or outside area as all was reserved. Only 3 tables filled the entire time we were there. Server was worst ever. No tableware until we asked after food arrived. All tables outside received glass water glasses filled and fresh bread, other waitress. We received plastic glasses after asking. Also asked for bread. Never told of specials. Won't go back. Better train your help or you won't be around long. Too bad as always good to have several options in lake to go to.☹️

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vipJudy
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had the walleye which was done well as were the garlic mashed potatoes.

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vipTonyG
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We go to Lost Lake Lodge once or twice a year. They are under new management. While we've always had a good experience there, the cocktails and the food have been stepped up a notch. Everything was very good! Would definitely recommend.

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Brocko
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We participated in the season close event and it was a great evening. Lot's of fun and delicious food. The bottomless wine glass was a great offering as well. We will definately do that again!

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vipbrady
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful, quiet setting on Gull Lake. Excellent, attentive service. Ambitious local-source menu. Starters, soup and salad were excellent. Entrees were limited. A full house on Saturday evening but the kitchen behind - main entree of venison was served at room temperature; walleye was over cooked and dry.

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TerrieC
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, our dinner at Lost Lake Lodge was one of the best we've ever eaten anywhere. The 4-course dinner was a delight, especially the Starters. The entrees seemed to be individually and lovingly prepared - absolutely delicious. If only the lodge were a little nearer our summer cabin.

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Amys
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a surprising gem in the north woods! The food was amazing, really good wine list and the appetizer list was nothing short of fabulous!

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DrTom
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a party of 4 for dinner on a Sunday night and everyone enjoyed the meal. My wife and I had the local mushroom pasta and the others had a steak and salmon entree. The view over the water is great and you can see the sunset. I give this meal an A.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We decided to try this restaurant from the recommendations of friends. We have recently moved back into the area from a larger metro area and had some experience with high-end restaurants. We were not disappointed. There was a slight delay in getting served after we were seated, but they were at near capacity with a weekend crowd. Once things started rolling however, the rest of the evening went very smooth. Our server was pleasant, knowlegable with a nice sense of humor. The food was wonderful, adequate portions without overloading the plate. The wine parings were spot on and we even received complimentary flutes of champagne once the chef was aware it was an anniversary dinner. Absolutely worth a return trip.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good but could have used more seasoning both on the walleye and in the sauce

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Disappointed
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2014
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We were very disappointed in the changes that have occured with the change of the chef. The cheese plate was pathetic, my sister's steak was under cooked- sent it back & then came out burnt, not to mention it was then served with cold sides. The rest of our food 4 out of 5 plates were nothing wowing. 3 dishes had missing ingredients, that were then brougjt out after the dishes were eaten.. Unreal! We could tell our waitress did not want to wait on our table. Why? Probably because we were having a hard time deciding what we wanted and asked her to come back twice as we didnt want to be rushed. We have been gone to Lost Lake Lodge for 4 years, had awesome food, service & experience. This year it all fell flat. we won't be returning.

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kimkay
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. We had a nice bottle of wine from their well rounded wine list. It was a very enjoyable experience.

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vipSChu
Minneapolis
66 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great walleye, and dessert of berry tart was wonderful. Our second time at Lost Lake Lodge.

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Diningoutmuch
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My husband and I took our 2 college aged kids and our 14 yr old here for a nice dinner before everyone went back to school. We have a lake place in the area but had never tried this restaurant. A little awkward at first. We were the only table at first (6:00 on Sunday night...understandable). Very old school cabin feeling but also very quaint. We had a gorgeous lake view (tiny lake). The food was simply amazing and they were very accommodating with a few special requests. I had the salmon over risotto (special request on risotto). DELICIOUS. My husband had the pork chop (super snobby eater...sorry hun) LOVED IT. We had a pastry-type appetizer that was melt in mouth...yum. Recommend highly.

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Dannyobrien3
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall1food2service1ambience1

My wife and I ordered the same thing: Steak, medium. My steak was rare (red & bleeding) and my wife's was well done (no pink). Our server also took my wife's dinner plate that was over half full of food without asking if she was finished. Seemed like they were trying to rush us out of the restaurant. Very unpleasant experience.

The service was stuffy. The good was not worth the money and the over all ambience was that of an Old Country Buffet.

I would not recommend Lost Lake Lodge to anyone, ever.

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vipJohnW
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We've been here a few times before, and food is always good. Service has been a touch slow in the past, but we'd heard that it had gotten worse. Not that the staff aren't good or friendly, they are, it just seems that they can't keep up. I asked our server, and got the vibe that they were very backed up after we got apps, so we decided to leave, it was our anniversary after all. Didn't want to have a very frustrating evening, and I could see the frustrated looks on many of the other people that had been there longer than us. They may need to hire more staff, and if you go now, I'd suggest being early before the backlog begins.

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Twoofthreestooges
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had a nice lunch, but it would have been better if there were more options than just sandwiches. We loved the Rose wine we had and the cheese and charcuterie starter.

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Lost Lake Lodge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (218) 963-2681.

Lost Lake Lodge is rated 4.7 stars by 118 OpenTable diners.

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