Maynards - Excelsior

4.5
535 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am
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Phone number
(952) 470-1800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Off Hwy 7 on Excelsior Blvd
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Parking details
We have overflow parking available across the street as well!
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 535 People Are Saying
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4.6
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was amazing! People from all walks of life. Great place to have a very nice meal or just hang out in bathing suits and have drinks and apps.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always a favorite! Wonderful wait person - again! A suggestion - I love your Poke - how about making chopsticks available...I brought my own, which got some laughs from other wait people and nearby diners! Also brought my own Ponzu sauce. Do you have a good brand of soy sauce yet?

Dinner is always fun and delicious at Maynard's. Love your variety of choices!

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Never disappoints. Love the atmosphere, the price, the service, the location, and the food !

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

My wife and I had the Chipotle Salad. It was fine if a little bland. The salsa was very good, but we had to ask for and pay extra for chips which seemed weird given it was a Mexican dish. So the things they could have done to elevate this dish to 4 stars is grill fresh corn. We got frozen, but summer time here screams for fresh. Also a crema to dress the salad would be nice. The grilled chicken was good if a bit skimpy. Loved the roasted pepitas. We wanted to see the little town of Excelsior and now that we have I doubt we'll be back. But if you want to dine overlooking Lake Minnetonka, this is a good spot.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Our table server was absolutely outstanding, but we did not get his name. He was gracious to my 92 year-old mother and made marvelous recommendations on the menu. My mother has eaten there often, but my wife and I enjoyed our first visit immensely.
Thanks to the entire staff for the amazing meal, obvious coordination between kitchen and front of the house personnel and the overall pleasant, family feel.
We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

First time visit--Love it!!! We will make a point of returning.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Packed and super, super-noisy; ample parking; excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Maynard's and were not disappointed. The food was really good! It was a bit louder in the restaurant than I would have expected. We were fine with it though and were thrilled to find a spot post-dinner to have a drink on the outdoor patio. That was a nice treat.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

It was my Birthday at first it was so noisy I wasn't sure I could enjoy my food. We stayed our waitress was Great! Food is always good. We will go back again I wish it was cozier? Hard to enjoy a conversation couldnt hear each other?

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2018

We came to celebrate a friend's birthday. Many things were not up to par for this restaurant. The bread was under baked and cold. We got another order and it was no better. Told the server. My fish was good - not sure if it was the Halibut that I ordered. The waffle fries were not warm. One of my friends had the Coconut Chicken and she did not think it was cooked well. My other friend had the baked Walleye. Very small piece. She was told that the fish is weighed and that's what she got. We also ordered the free Hot Fudge Sundae for the birthday person. The server acknowledged we would get Hot Fudge. Guess what - no hot fudge - we got chocolate sauce. The place was packed so not sure if they can't accommodate everyone and live up to their reputation for an upscale restaurant.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Casey gave excellent service. Great attention to detail and very friendly and welcoming. Food was good. I felt my fish fry tasted too greasy and I wanted to taste the $19.95 haddock and not the grease.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We arrived early in order to get a table on the patio. Very few tables were occupied when we arrived so it was disappointing to be shown to the very worst table which was in the sun and behind something that blocked our view of the lake. My dining companions remarked on it but decided not to ask for a different table.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

All good BUT the Tonic used...yuck! Where did this come from

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Food was good and service was great. We had an enjoyable evening for our anniversary!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

go there often alway like it xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I love the food and the ambiance being right on the lake. Maynards is a year-round favorite!!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Dinner prior to the play at Old Log. Food and Service were good

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Our booth was ready and waiting for on time! Food and service was outstanding! Good value for what you get. We will go again when we come back, we’re from Chicago.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Had hoped to catch a spot outside and take advantage of the lake ambiance. (Fortunately) we had a reservation before a production at the Old Log Theatre, and couldn't wait the hour predicted for a patio table.
I say, "Good for Maynards!" to have such a crowd on a nice summer night. I don't know if I've ever been to a restaurant that could handle so many people. We were seated at our reserved time, had great service, and the food was fitting for a casual, summer meal.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

One of our favorite places to go.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The shrimp pasta was delicious! My wife really enjoyed the low carb portabella mushroom burger. Great food, service, and atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

My friend and I both ordered the chicken stir fry. We both thought it was tasteless! We added a little soy sauce to help it along. The portion size was generous!!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We celebrated my friend’s birthday and were pleased that we were given plenty of time to visit and eat slowly, really enjoying the time together (since we are both very busy with our families, we only get time together 1 - 3 times a year). Thank you for the gift of time and space to enjoy the day!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Service was excellent. Waitstaff was friendly, courteous, and professional. Food was excellent.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The parking there is just awful. I dropped my wife off at the door and it took me 20 minutes just to leave the parking lot to find on street parking nearby. The lot was so congested you could not get out of the lot. The nearest spot to park I could find was seven blocks away.. When I got to our table my wife thought I may have been in a accident because I was gone so long. Makes me second guess me coming back any time soon. The food is good but maybe not that good for the hassle.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Steak bites for app and ahi tuna poke bowl for meal.
DELICIOUS
Maynard's never disappoints!!!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We had reservations for an early dinner after a show. We were seated quickly and everyone was cheerful and very accommodating. Good beer selections and great variety on the menu! We all chose something different and everyone was pleased with their choice. I will definitely have the firecracker shrimp tacos again on our next visit!

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great place to eat once in a while. A great place for a date night, or just a friends get together.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

We frequent Maynard's often. They have great outdoor seating and the food is consistently very good. We love the walleye sandwich and Franny's salad.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I have not thought about this until this summer when I broke my foot. Maynard's is very accommodating to those of us in wheel chairs and even has a ramp for the wheel chair to go down to the tables. The food is always excellent, especially the walleye. The wait staff is always pleasant and helpful and makes the dining experience pleasant. Also, the view of the lake is very nice.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Always enjoy Maynard's. Service was great- our server was very attentive.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We frequently go to Maynards, and typically have great servers. This one was nice, but not very attentive and didn’t really listen to how things were ordered. One meal had to be sent back, and the other was missing a key ingredient. The other two meals were great. The only other thing was this night was exceptionally loud and I do have it in my Open Table profile that my husband is partially deaf and requires a quieter area, but this was right next to the bar. Not exactly a good place for us.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Good food and great service. Very busy at 6pm but large efficient staff gave us great service.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

As always...pretty darn good

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The lake is the main attraction here. Food is overpriced, due to the location, I imagine.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Large group (15 people) age 7yrs to 78yrs. All well accommodated , excellent service and good food, as always!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Excellent service and food!

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Saturday night super busy and haven't been there for awhile. Came for the walleye dinner, used to come with a salad, good size fillet and loaded baked potato. now comes with rice and a few veggies, sadly disapointed in the quality of food. fish was deep fried, thin and over cooked. no flavor at all. the tarter sauce was the only flavorful part of the meal. I would not order this again, but may come back sometime and try something else.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Everything was great. Fabulous summer day to have lunch and a walk around the town. We ate inside instead of the busy patio but regardless, it was still nice with a view.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Good food. Efficient service. Water views. Very large inside and out.

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