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The Strand Waterfront Dining & Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, Lutsen, MN

The Strand Waterfront Dining & Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

4.5
4.5
330 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Lutsen Resort Management: with great sadness, The Lutsen Lodge and the Strand Restaurant were lost to a tragic and devastating fire on Feb 6th, 2024. No injuries or fatalities thankfully .

We recommend your patronage of our Silver Creek Chophouse in Two Harbors MN at the Superior Shores Resort

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2 people

11:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Thu 7:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Fri–Sun 7:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (800) 218-8589
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Neighborhood
    Tofte
  • Parking details
    Turn in at Lutsen Resort and park in front of the Historic Main Lodge. The Strand is located in the Main Lodge
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 330 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Best Ambiance

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Great for fine wines

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Romantic

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Great for scenic views

330 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend this restaurant Excellent service and amazing food!

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  2. ShanonA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning, authentic dinning room, with stunning views. The menu was exquisite, served by a sincere, informative waitstaff. Knowledgable on the wine list. We were on the off-time, which provided a very quiet dining and it was most appreciated! We stayed at the resort hotel and enjoyed breakfast and dinner. Highly recommend!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super impressive 5 course menu options. The walleye crab cakes, venison ravioli and smoked goose chowder were awesome. Overall best restaurant dining experience in MN!

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  4. MikeM

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Beautiful original woodwork from 1800s. Terrific lunch menu. Sadly no crowd. Hope they start getting patronage soon as it would be a shame to lose. Expensive.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is amazing, the food was delicious and has excellent service. The place is beautiful and have excellent cocktails and wine. We really enjoy our dinner. There was a five course dinner that was absolutely fabulous..

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  6. LauraG

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Considering the price of the fixed menu, we would’ve expected the courses to be much more refined. We have been to the Strand several times over the years and much more enjoyed the previous menu. We used to love the walleye cakes and all four people in our group ordered them, they were a complete disaster, basically a puddle on the plate, so for $125 a person, it was definitely not worth it.

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  7. JulieG

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a truly wonderful dining experience! The food was exquisite! I was able to try and enjoy things I would have otherwise been reluctant to! Presentation was beautiful. Our server, Rob was attentive and knowledgeable. He was kind, and funny! It was a lovely way to spend a cold winter evening!

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  8. DateNight

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took a few minutes to enjoy the updated dining area and entrance. We were greeted by a wonderful host. He was very welcoming and inviting. He shared that this is his first season and how much he enjoys it..even the cold! and shared. We were the first to be seated this night, and the tables were well prepared. The host graciously introduced us to Nicole , our server. She is very attentive and shared her backgroud. It is the personal touch by everyone in the wait staff that keeps us coming back. The new menu was fantastic, our sincere and kindest complements to the chef. We look forward to coming back very soon! Thank you.

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  9. Buddhafindsenlightenment

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our overall experience was amazing. The food quality was exquisite. Rob was very personal, attentive, and excellent at his craft. We really Loved the food and the experience. We would love to be able to do this again although it is expensive. Perhaps paring a drink option with the meal could offset some of the cost? Thank you for decadence!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time dining here and we will absolutely be coming back! Our server, Rob, was personable. The courses were well-timed and flavorful. While it is higher in price range, the quality of the food justifies the bill. Highly recommend and can’t wait to come back.

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  11. Mev1203

    Naples

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about the experience was excellent and this was our honeymoon. Food was fabulous. The atmosphere was fabulous. The service was great. My only comment is that this was a very expensive meal and the short ribs were not available even though the restaurant was not too busy. They offered us tenderloin instead which one of us had. There was no mention that there was an up charge and suddenly our bill was $45 more Because of this. It would’ve been nice to either be told ahead of time so we had a choice or they possibly could’ve comped this since they were out of one of the main courses that should’ve been offered with their prefix menu. We did not know until a couple days ahead that it was a prefixed menu, and although it was expensive, we decided to go ahead and do it. No regrets. They also offered us complementary champagne because it was our honeymoon as well as a small glass of port at the end of our meal. I would strongly recommend this beautiful restaurant.

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  12. Elena

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best fine dining on the North Shore, as usual! Thank you for the great Christmas meal!

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  13. EvaP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The dining room is charming but it was so hot that my family almost felt unwell while trying to dine. The food was hit and miss and I don’t think worth the price tag of 125$ per person for the Christmas Eve dinner. The soup and salad were very nice but the goose was overcooked and the vegetables were not great. The beef Wellington was nice but the dessert, a fig pudding, was pretty awful because it was way overcooked and super dry.

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  14. DrewH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, friendly and helpful staff, great ambiance.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner experience. Every course was delightful to our tastebuds and eyes.

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  16. Helen

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the Strand to celebrate my husband's birthday, and we had a wonderful time. The room is beautiful and comfortable, a classy blend of elegance and rustic elements, such as slightly uneven polished real wood tables, chandeliers made of polished metal shaped to look like sticks, and birchbark wallpaper. The surf of Lake Superior makes a sound background along with soft music. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The chef sent an amuse bouche that was a perfect gem, and gave my husband a dessert with a candle. He had braised short ribs and I had salmon, and both were perfectly cooked. The starter of wild mushroom creme brûlée with torched parmesan served with crostini was fantastic. We'll be back!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Maria was friendly and personable! We received excellent service and even better food. Will be back!!

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  18. BrandynB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our host Rob and chef Jennifer made our first anniversary one to remember. Rob provided excellent recommendations, prompt refills, helpful explanations, and friendly banter. He made us feel very welcome and was the picture of professionalism. Jennifer and the culinary team provided three courses of the finest dishes either my partner or I have had. The menu featured elegant and delicious meals centred around local ingredients. The portion sizes were perfect. It was delivered swiftly and with little snacks in between such that we never felt like we were “waiting”. The restaurant itself was warm, comfortable, and cozy, tables very clean and neatly arranged, and the atmosphere was refined and relaxed. While certainly not inexpensive, The Strand provides a dining experience few can match. Well worth the price and well worth the drive to Lutsen.

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  19. JRWilk

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very quiet Sunday evening solo dinner for me. Staff were very accommodating and helpful with good suggestions off the menu. Menu featured some interesting and somewhat unusual options but tempting! Once it arrived the food was absolutely delicious!! The pace of the meal was perfect. The prices are high, especially for this area, but justifiable given the quality of the meal. Extensive wine list also. The restaurant is comfortable and cosy.

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  20. JeniferS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and great atmosphere. Very good food, I highly recommend the walleye cakes!

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  21. JoeL

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Rob, took great care of us. Lots of extras during the course of the meal. We had Salmon on a ceder plank. It was very fresh and perfectly prepared.

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  22. MMCD

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice experience and great tasting food! We enjoyed the unique meal offerings and everything tasted very fresh and delicious.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had the whole restaurant to ourselves, our server was excellent. The food was outstanding.

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  24. Cris

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended!!!! This place is an outstanding rare gem! The food and the service were absolutely incredible! We had the walleye cakes, the smoked goose chowder and the short rib. The walleye cakes were amazing - better than the best crab cakes I've had. The smoked goose chowder was extremely tasty, a recipe exclusive of their recently acquired chef. I heard the chef was recruited from a top resort restaurant in Cancun. The short rib was one of those dishes that make you want slow down and savor every bite. We ended with a very nice maple creme brulee with fresh fruit. Truly outstanding meal! The after dinner house made chocolate was amazing! The service from the greeting to the end was exceptional. Our server picked a wine from my wife's description and nailed it the first time. We were given incredible attention. They totally spoiled us for our anniversary. The cost was a bit higher than we are used to, but absolutely worth every penny. We are looking forward to coming back everytime we are in the area. This place is a rare gem even if you travel a great distance to get here.

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  25. Elena

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing true fine dining experience; great for celebrations and special occasions; highly recommended, if you can afford the higher end prices.

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  26. GingerC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We anticipated a lovely dinner as we have been dining at this restaurant for over forty years. The restaurant was beautifully decorated but was empty of people. There were only three couples the whole time we were there. Unfortunately we found the menu prices to be too high. Entrees from $75-100, a little ridiculous. We could not even order entrees so had salad and appetizers. We were so so disappointed as having dined there so many times before to find a newly owned place which caters to a select few. We won’t be going back.

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  27. JasonB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and i celebrated her birthday on November 14th and we could not have asked for a better dining experience. The Strand Waterfront was cozy , classy and had a very warm feeling. Our server Nicole was fantastic and made us feel right at home. The whole staff went above and beyond to make this a special night. Highly recommended and will be back again! jason

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every aspect of our dinner was a culinary delight!!

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  29. Zach

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and atmosphere were great. The restaurant is trying to be fine dining and came up very short. I had chicken and waffles. The chicken was 3 tough chicken strips with 2 soggy waffles. The flavor was boring and barely noticeable. My wife had salmon that was more fishy tasting than anything else. The cocktails were mediocre and way over priced at 20 bucks. I have no issue spending 200 on a meal but I have high standards at that price. I paid resort prices for Chili’s quality.

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  30. glip

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fodd was very good, but, in our opinion, overpriced.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful evening. Rob, our sever, was very attentive and his timing with drinks and food was spot on. Food was outstanding. Perfect way to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was WAY overpriced and it was mediocre Great view though!

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  33. JenniferG

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good, service was really good and the place is beautiful. Would go back. Only complaint-kind of pricey.

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  34. PatriciaR

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rob was a delight. The food was excellent. So many surprises like the small soup before dinner. The walley cakes were excellent. The pallet cleanser of sorbet hit the spot. The porterhouse cooked to perfection. We were totally surprised by the Swedish cream with a candle for my birthday. Very nice evening 😊

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and excellent service ... I visited the restaurant in a quiet evening , I had a beautiful view by the window.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate breakfast and dinner at the Strand and the food was amazing. The mix of flavors was like a bouquet, it filled your pallet wonderfully. We have never had service that was better, they were friendly and knowledgable. We felt like family.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience dining here last evening. Our server, Diana, was amazing!!! The prices are quite high, and the menu is a bit limited, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars overall. But what we did have was delicious!!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place on the north shore! Wonderful in all seasons!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Beautiful resort and view of lake. It’s a little expensive but is worth it given the experience and location.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. I highly recommend starting with the Swedish meatballs appetizer

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Strand Waterfront Dining & Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior is rated 4.5 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Google Map for The Strand Waterfront Dining & Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

5700 W Highway 61, Lutsen, MN 55612-4430

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Tofte
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Thu 7:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Fri–Sun 7:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Turn in at Lutsen Resort and park in front of the Historic Main Lodge. The Strand is located in the Main Lodge
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (800) 218-8589
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