Charlie's on Prior

4.7
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568 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located lakeside in the town of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Charlie's on Prior is a neighborhood restaurant and marina, open year round.

Charlie's on Prior is split between two levels, each with it's own atmosphere and menu. Our upstairs is a wide open space with a visible kitchen line, 20 bar seats and a patio that seats an additional 50 people, offering brunch on the weekends and full lunch and dinner everyday. The Landing, downstairs includes our 12 seat bar and small/ large group seating, the Waterfront , out over the water, includes high-tops, VIP, 8-12 people picnic tables, and dog-friendly seating options, offering a quick-serve menu for those boating in for a quick bite. Don't forget to visit our Ice Cream window too! Come join us, to celebrate lake life, at Charlie's on Prior.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.8
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4.4
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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food is great, service is always friendly, but the TV was very loud and annoying.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were great! Jenn was professional and had a great sense of humor.

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AnSt
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was able to get right in and service was great. Both of our meals were fantastic too! I’m very glad this is where we chose to go for my birthday dinner!

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TinaB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Local gem for Prior Lake. Great atmosphere and location. A bit pricy for the quality food served. Great at socially distancing tables and staff wearing masks. Food is decent, nothing to write home about, serves the purpose.

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BJoP
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service. Masks worn and social distancing. Good food.

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JeffD
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Great place. Excellent beverages. The Gouda hashbrowns are a little too heavy for us, so next time we'll see if we can get something else. We will be back!

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TravisV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink menu...quick too! Physical distancing protocols were in place (and spaced out more than 6').

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TiffaneyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Charlie’s on Prior. They have great food & drinks, service is stellar & the view is beautiful from any part. The fried chicken & the Red Duck drink are amazing.

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Annedelite
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch at Charlies on Prior was delicious. All the food we have had there has been wonderful, but we also like to add a side of freshly made doughnuts and hot apple cider to our order. They are the best! I can't think of another restaurant that offers this type of food.

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KimA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Food was alright. Inside eating is kind of blah but service was alright

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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nancyg
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast food and bloody was great! Our waitstaff was great!

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vipKelleyM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Table was not wiped off before seating and we had to ask twice to get it wiped off, during CoVid this is unacceptable. Then my Lobster MAC and Cheese was actually fake crab which I guess is fine but change it in the menus.

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EMCR91
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We made a reservation for the outdoor patio and instead were sat in their “half inside/half outside” area. There were open tables on the patio so I’m not sure why we weren’t deemed “worthy” enough to eat on the patio even though we had a reservation. Our server wasn’t friendly at all and acted like we were bothering her by ordering the bare minimum (drinks and dinner). The firecracker shrimp bowl came with tiny salad shrimp, not large shrimp that you’re used to seeing at a nice restaurant. Towards the end of the meal we were not given an itemized receipt, and instead our cards were swiped into a handheld machine and the server told us to sign it, without mentioning that 20% gratuity had already been selected. That seems like a dishonest way to automatically get a large tip. Instead she could’ve mentioned that we have the option to select a tip percentage at the top. This was a night I was really looking forward to with friends/family, and it just didn’t seem like Charlie’s was very hospitable which was disappointing. I’m sure we’ll be back and hopefully will have better luck next time.

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vipGusty
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The tuna poke was served hot and it should’ve been served cold including the tuna.The tuna was cold as it supposed to be but the rest of it tasted lousy because it was cooked and tuna poke is all supposed to be cold what is going on with your chef?

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Rudy
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a beautiful fall day by the water. Barbecue pork sandwich great

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Goooodfood
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, our server was so friendly and attentive. The host/seating person was a little rude, I made outside seating reservation and he tried to place us inside the semi-enclosed porch. We waited for extra 10 minutes for a truly outdoor seating with view of the lake. Gorgeous

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff, great food & drink!

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KristineS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Charlie's in years, and I was not disappointed. Was awesome! Sat out on the patio on a beautiful Friday (a Bald Eagle even flew over) and enjoyed a fantastic lunch.
The food and service were very, very good! Will definitely return.

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MichelleJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Charlie's is a great spot to eat on the water! We had a beautiful sunset as we were eating our delicious food! We love going to Charlie's!

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vipFood4fun
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and look at the lake! Nice ambience, very nice staff, excellent food!

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CraigA
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Charlie’s offers good food, but pricing is a bit high. I had a walleye sandwich with side of fries. Sandwich was okay, not great. A bit on the bland side. Fries were served only warm, not hot. We have had this happen before at Charlie’s. Staff was very good about replacing fries with fresh and hot fries. Staff is friendly, prompt and responsive.
Overall we have had good experiences at Charlie’s.

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Nort
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Probably pandemic influenced, but not as good as previous visits. Visited with friends and will go back when things calm down. Niko was a great server, food was ok, out of 2 or 3 wines we recommended to them, very high bar noise level.

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SarahL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice out on the main deck, would recommend. A little pricey for a family of 4.

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Annedelite
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect and yummy. Our servers were very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic bang bang shrimp bowl and chips guacamole, salsa and Queso dip!! Family favorite to eat, always pleasantly surprised by my meal. ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service!

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JaniceO
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Wanted to try this restaurant out because it is right on the Lake, hoping for a beautiful view while we ate. Slightly disappointed because we were unable to get a table at the windows and it was too cold to eat outside. Food was good,service was good. Very casual and the football game was playing way too loud.

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ShellieB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Charlie’s! One of our favorite places to go!

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amads103
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had never had breakfast at Charlie's yet... it was PHENOMENAL!

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AmyV
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, great food and great service! A great place to grab food on a fall afternoon.

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KathyN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great view of the lake with great menu. Fun to see that the Fall colors have started.

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MichaelO
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience1

We had a reservation and were told that it would take a while. The whole point of having a reservation is being able to go to your table on time. So we sat inside instead of the patio. We had plans later on in the night so we weren’t able to wait not knowing how long it take. I wouldn’t be as upset but it was our anniversary and my wife asked to go to a good patio.

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vipJeanH
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service-all the tacos are excellent. Will be going back

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Charlie
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our wonderful time on the lake at Charlie's.
I love the walleye sandwich.
Our sandwich was on the cool side and the bread was slightly soaked with grease from the walleye.
I only mention this because I love Charlie's and one can always improve to be better.
Thank you for your great service.

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TerryS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really great spot to be overlooking Prior Lake, Charlie's marina and people watching. We were there for lunch so it is a Pretty good value as most menu items are less than $15. Surprised with getting a "fried pickle" with our Bloody Caesars/Marys.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Charlie's. Great food, service and ambience on the landing. Ice cold beer.

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BillW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved seating outside. Our service was friendly, and professional. Enjoyed Charley’s on the Lake very much.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience having lunch on the deck. Great food, service and cleanliness. Definitely the place to go on a beautiful fall day!

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JeanZ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great seating on the patio; a beautiful day with good food.

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Charlie's on Prior is rated 4.7 stars by 568 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.