Maynards - Excelsior

4.6
581 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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

Specials

THE Steak Special!

Join us for our Sirloin Dinner Special on Tuesday Nights! For just $10.95, you get a 10oz. Teriyaki Sirloin served with veggies and a baked potato.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 21, 2018

Ends: October 22, 2117

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-8:00PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We will be open all day! We offer a buffet brunch from 10:30am - 4:30pm which we will begin accepting reservations for by phone @ 952-470-1800 starting on 10/22. Dinner starts at 5pm with a limited menu, which features a Thanksgiving platter for $15. Book your reservations for dinner on Open Table.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 581 People Are Saying
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T
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We are here quite f requently and this was one of the few times we were let down. Waitress was very good and attentive but the steaks were cooked too long and were dry.

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DH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The food was over cooked, the server was excellent, his name was Matthew. It was so noisy we could not converse. After years of going to your restaurant, this was by far the worst experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends! Very patient and nice server

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5
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a nice table by the window with a great view. My steak was more well than medium well. Everyone else seem to enjoy their meals. Our service was very good and attentive. We were there to celebrate a birthday and got a sundae to celebrate. Our reservation was last minute, we arrived early and staff was very accommodating.

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j
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food! We went during a football game so it was loud but overall still incredibly fun. The waitress was incredible!

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WE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

MY ONLY NEGATIVE THING IS THAT ON LINE WHEN I MADE MY RESERVATION. IN SPECIAL REQUESTS, I REQUESTED A TABLE NOT A BOOTH AND NOT A H IGH TOP. WE GOT A BOOTH AND IT WAS NOT AS COMFORTABLE OF ALL OF US AS A TABLE WOULD HAVE BEEN.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Maynard’s is family. I have been going there since I was five years old and I am so lucky to have Maynard’s so close to home.

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Z
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tuesday night steak special is amazing. It was cooked perfectly, the baked potato was impressive, and the vegetables were delicious. Our waiter was attentive but not overly so. We had time to visit and have a leisurely supper. We’ll be back.

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T
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, food was very good and service was excellent.

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SH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere, but not so loud that you couldn't have a conversation. The food and service were great!

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch is best deal on Lake Minnetonka. Many choices-all of them good. The ribs were particularly good. Omelette bar was very good. Will definitely come back.

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CS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please bring back the onion rings! They are the best around

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JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a very enjoyable lunch and a quick walk on the dock.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Our family vista Maynard’s a lot, but this time around the food was not very good. Maybe just an off night since they were busy, but otherwise, as usual, service was amazing. This not so amazing experience wont keep me from coming back.

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k
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We frequent Maynard's often. However, what set this night apart from others was the server, John. He was beyond excellent!!!

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MG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Super loud, needed to almost shout across the table to be heard.

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SC
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Maynard’s a lot for there brunch buffet. We had reservations for 11, showed up at 10:30, and were told we would probably have to wait until 11, no big deal...except..a family of four came in about 5 minutes after us, were also told they had to wait 30-40 minutes because they didn’t have reservations, and then were seated before we were. What?! I spoke to the hostess immediately after, and were seated within minutes. Everything after that was amazing, like always. Great service, great food, great atmosphere.

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c
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice to have the "Brunch" back ! So many choices, lot's of favorites, smoked Salmon is on the top of my list. Pretty much finishes my eating for the day. "I shall return" !

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C
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited on a whim after our original reservation left us disappointed. We were pleasantly surprised! The dishes we ordered were fantastic and there were several others we would like to try! We will definitely be back!

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LS
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First of all, we were VERY late - I had called to explain that we would be late but it was significantly later than we had planned. The host was very gracious and seated us immediately. Our server was cheerful and helpful - and took our orders quickly. My Chipotle Bowl was outstanding - visually lovely and delicious. Colleagues were raving about their tacos and other dishes. We had a table by the window with a view of the lake - which even on a cold windy day - was beautiful. I can imagine it is fantastic in the summer. I had never been to Maynards as it is a good distance from my home but I plan on having one birthday meal there in December - so thank you!

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JB
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Menu a little disappointing. Used to be a more upscale restaurant; now it concentrates on burgers and sandwiches.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with great service. The one complaint is that it was very noisy. If we had had a wall or window table the noise might have been less.

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LG
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All a great go to place when you want lots of selections and quality food

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PM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great at Maynards!

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SL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

OurSaturday lunch experience was great! The service was the best! I wonder if the chairs that are stacked outside the window,could be stacked shorter or elsewhere to improve lake views from inside. That would be my only thought,

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cold night but beautiful view. Waitress really nice and friendly.

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PG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always tastes great (tho' sometimes steaks aren't done as requested to medium well. Hard to get that one right. Usually comes as cooked well all the way through. Staff is superb...always on top of things, knows their stuff.

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r
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the dining experience. Had a guest from out of town so she was impressed with the location. It would have been better if it had been a warmer night so we could have sat outside but it was still fine. A bit noisy but food and service was good.

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F
Minneapolis
64 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love Maynard's. The food and service are always top notch. Their soups are delish and they offer a great walleye sandwich! When in season the patio is great. A lovely view of Lake Minnetonka!! Oh, and you will love their Sunday brunch.

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N
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Fish Taco Wrap is the best! Friendly staff a great service.

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T
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a weekday meal which was very good as usual. Server was very friendly and efficient. Rarely have had a poor meal.. Good spot

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MF
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Excelsior, use it as the setting for my mystery novels. I've mentioned Maynard's in my books on occasion as an upper-end restaurant with a beautiful setting right on the very edge of Lake Minnetonka. The food is good, the service excellent, and the views out the windows - or, better, on the deck - spectacular. I like it that people in boats can dock right beside the deck.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food had great flavor. Loved their sour cream dip for the waffle fries.

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JH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for your great menu! I so enjoyed the hot walleye dinner with/pilaf rice & vegies. And, appreciate the option to change vegies. And, the 2 walleye dinner was selected by our friends, who shared it with a veggie & salad. Better pricing here than a well-known restaurant in the lake area. Thanks for cheerful server & hostess. We had an enjoyable evening on the patio.

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JM
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I had the pot roast French dip sandwich and I thought it was way too salty. It was probably the au jus, but way too salty for me.

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TR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice selection of entrees on menu. Great view of lake Mtka if you are by a window.

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LL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good ! Had the jambalaya and it was amazing 😊

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RK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff. Prompt seating with reservations. Ravioli delicious. Fish and chips - fish had bones but served nice and hot. Waffle fries were cold and chewy. Would not order again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a lively place with a great atmosphere and view of the lake.

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NS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go relax and enjoy dinner without breaking the bank. The only regret I have is it was a beautiful day and I should have made an outdoor reservation. Other than that very enjoyable.

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