Maynards - Excelsior

4.5
802 reviews
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Maynard’s is locally owned and operated, and prides itself in giving back to the communities it serves. Known for the best views of Lake Minnetonka and the best waterfront dining in the state, Maynard’s is a place everyone can enjoy. Our American Casual menu is sure to suit even the most specific appetite, and our bar area is a great place to gather for the big game and enjoy our award winning happy hour.

Maynard’s is a place the locals can call home while still serving as a main tourist attraction of the Twin Cities Metro. We pride ourselves in a quality product at a fair price, but believe our consistent service and attention to detail (even amongst the big summertime crowds) sets us apart.
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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!!

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DK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It doesn't get any better than this! Delicious walleye with great service.

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JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant restaurant on the lake. Good food great service.

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VL
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Seafood Salad!!! Great service from Missy!!!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

They closed the wharf after it rained for only 20 minutes. Didn’t want our business is the general mood we got from all the staff and we needed to get food and tables for 10 people for my niece’s birthday the sun was out and shining but no servers and food we kept getting no’s instead of suggestions. We did get a kind helpful server inside at our table and she was able to get our food to go. I think
A little more customer friendly trying to understand that a party of 10 for an 18 birthday day might be tired out and hungry after all the run around and there’s not a lot of options close by for us to change the party to.....plus I would think they would want our business. I am a very frequent customer and live in the area and I’ve never experienced anything like it....hope it doesn’t happen again

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C
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nacho’s were good.

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LR
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I brought my parents to Maynard’s for dinner and it was great! The view of the water and the warm weather made our dinning experience one to remember. My dad and I ordered the chillian sea bass and my Mom ordered the special, Parmesan crusted halibut and my hubby had the granny salad. All our meals were very delicious. We finished our meal with key lime pie, it was perfect and big! I would recommend dinning at Maynard’s.

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CP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Were able to eat outside with the indoor menu... best of both worlds. New waitress was excellent as well. Food great as always

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JS
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend I'd not seen for a year for lunch. Maynards never disappoints! Great, attentive service that let us catch up with each other without feeling rushed. Great food! My new favorite is the Ahi tuna poke bowl; perfect blend of flavors!

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

My only complaint is the last 3 times I’ve been there I’ve ordered the Sea Bass. (We are at Maynard’s every 4-6 weeks). Maynard’s has never had it. The server offers to grill another fish. The other fish is really dry. It would be nice if the server would have suggested to order grilled chicken, instead of the ‘other’ fish. Also, if you don’t have sea bass, take it off the menu.

Everything else was great! From the dock crew, server, reservation was timely, hostess was fun & kind. Everyone else loved their food. Good job with an incredibly busy weekend!

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A
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maynard's never disappoints on a summer night. although we were inside and it was CRAZY busy we were seated within 20 min. The Hostess staff was very professional and in good humor and plowed thru a lot of diners, not all were polite that just showed up. Food and drink as great!

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E
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends, sat indoors by a window. It was nice we had reservations because it was packed inside & out! There was over an hour wait & we were seated right away! I had the orange salmon, it was excellent! My husband said his Walleye was average, but that the 1st time we’ve had something just ok. Our friends had the salmon/asparagus salad & teriyaki steak & said their meals were good as well. After dinner we went outside by the corn hole games, had a drink & played with some random friendly chaps we met. It was a beautiful evening, laughed a lot, will be back! Only downside-if you call it that is that the lines at the bar & bathrooms were crazy busy!!

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RG
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Mayfor some food and drinks with some friends

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very fun venue!
Can’t beat food and drink at the lake 😊

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p
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good as always. Nice place to eat with a choice of eating inside or outside weather permitting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my husband to Minnesota for the first time and wanted to find a traditional “Minnesotan” meal. Had the broiled Walleye with wild rice pilaf and it hit the spot! So delicious and of course great views and great service. Loved it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for the Fourth of July - food was great, atmosphere was fun, but the drinks were VERY weak. That could have been because of the holiday, but that was our only complaint.

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l
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Came out for Fourth of July. Really fun but very frustrating that we got charged for specialty cups that we didn’t ask for. 1.50 per drink isn’t a ton, but it’s extra than normal. Two people over six hours racks up a decent chunk of change for a novelty thing we ultimately didn’t care about. Waitress laughed it off when we asked about it. Otherwise great food and fun patio.

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PM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our neighborhood restaurant that we love!

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BM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. The music was too loud and after asking our server to either move us or turn down the music, she had the volume decreased and it was much better. She tended to our needs very well. The fish wrap had very little flavor, was bland. Atmosphere was pleasant.

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SL
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as usual

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MN
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pretty loud inside

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CP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding... Food and ambiance is excellent, Server may have been new, however she took great pride in taking care of us. Always a favorite.

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FF
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but portions are too big. I’d never been there before so didn’t know we should have split the meal. Hated the coleslaw.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I have frequented Maynard’s many times over the years. It’s usually very, very busy, so I hadn’t been there recently. My favorite sandwich was your chicken salad and now it’s not on the menu anymore. I can’t speak to the value because I didn’t pay the bill. You have a perfect spot on the lake. When the weather is nice, your outside seating offers many choices.

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PT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a phenomenal time! The staff and ambiance were perfect! And the FOOD.... Fabulous!

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JJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, lovely setting especially if you can sit on the patio

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PM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Maynards! Consistently great!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly server and great dinner on back deck.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect night to sit on the patio and enjoy dinner. The service was good and the food was delicious. I enjoyed the Mr Jimmy hamburger. It was awesome. The best part was the key lime pie. That is my absolute favorite thing on there menu. We will definitely be back.

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j
Des Moines
22 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Maynard’s. Anna was our server and she was outstanding! Answered all our questions, made great suggestions, was prompt and attentive. All of us commented on how great she was at her job and representing Maynard’s.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was stellar! Staff was very attentive to my two young children, in addition to the adults. Good food, good atmosphere.

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KJ
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What an amazing experience for a couple of California gals!! This place is huge and one big party! The patio is enormous and the waterfront view is spectacular. Super friendly and attentive service especially from Amanda! Food and beverages were unique and delicious!! Seasoned sour cream is interesting...a Midwest must try!!

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KT
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We like Maynards a lot. Food prices are super reasonable, quality is consistent and good (if not epicurean). Staff is always prompt, friendly and good with the table service. We will keep coming back. The patio (when you can find a table) makes the experience all the more pleasurable.

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A
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday lunch! We were there at 11:30, had a corner window table with a view of harbor and the lake.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service, as usual!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Server was very attentive maybe too much we both felt like we should order and leave instead of the leisure lunch and catching up we wanted to do.

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R
Minneapolis
77 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Too loud and difficult for private conversation. Service and food was great. I’ll come back, but not for a business meeting.

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SQ
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food for everyone was very good. I had the special soup (cold shrimp) and was told it wasn’t spicey when I asked but it was loaded with red onion that I had handpicked out.
So I wished I had ordered something else. Waitress saw the pile of onion and never asked me about it.

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SK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Reservations are absolutely required and then be prepared to wait anyway. Very busy both weekend days we've been there...not nearly enough room and people stay all evening. Love the patio but couldn't even see the lake from the restaurant due to so many people on the patio all evening. Disappointing as we couldn't even carry on a conversation at dinner.

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