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Lake Elmo Inn, Lake Elmo, MN

Lake Elmo Inn

4.8
4.8
5156 Reviews
$30 and under
Continental
**Any Special requests, please contact restaurant. Not all online reservation notes are seen until the day of the reservation.
**Bar or Veranda seating please call.
The Lake Elmo Inn offers award-winning American cuisine, and has been voted Best Restaurant, Best Service, Best Dessert, Best Brunch, and Twin Cities Institution locally by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine 'Reader's Choice Awards'. Zagat scores the Lake Elmo Inn at a 28 out of 30 for food, calling us a "hidden secret". We also received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for our extensive wine list for twelve years in a row.
The Lake Elmo Inn has been chosen as one of the top 100 Brunches in the nation by Open Table.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Continental, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (651) 777-8495

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Scott Waxberg

  • Catering

    Corporate events, weddings, picnics, etc. Please contact our Event Center staff for more details. We cater local and around the Twin Cities.651-779-5994

  • Private party facilities

    The Lake Elmo Inn has four dining rooms to offer private parties. Our Kohler room can accommodate groups up to 50 people. The Oak room holds up to 70 people and can be separated into a semi-private area for smaller group of 35 or less. Our event center holds 75-300 people, a wonderful place for a wedding, reunion, celebration of life, or corporate event. Please call Chris Schiltz 651.779.5994

  • Neighborhood

    Lake Elmo

  • Cross street

    County Road 14, Old Highway 5

  • Parking details

    Public lots also available in the area.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JV

    JosephV

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike was a fantastic waiter. Wonderful brunch.
  2. SA

    SteveA

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the Elmo Inn is the best place for a great filet mignon. Also, the drinks are done well and very good portions. The top restaurant in the Twin Cities. The Christmas decorations are worth the trip in itself.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wine. Excellent service.
  4. JS

    JoanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best experience and the prime rib special was the best! I would go again for all my anniversaries and I really loved all the extras they have and decorations for the holidays! 10plus plus!!!
  5. PG

    PatrickGonda

    Minneapolis

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The cod lunch was fantastic & the service very attentive. A very pleasant lunch.
  6. s

    stevens

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , wonderful ambiance and fantastic waitress!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! The bartender, the waitresses and the holiday decor. It’s a cherished annual event for our family to go to lake Elmo Inn!
  8. B

    Bob937

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Old world charm decor for an older crowd. Nicely decorated for Christmas. Miss the brunch buffet, most likely gone for good after COVID. 4 course brunch menu, good sized servings, took leftovers home for dinner. Wait staff good, maybe stretched a with little thin with help storage. Bottomless nice quality Champaign with brunch. Food excellent, relaxed time. No one push you to turn table. Recommend!
  9. BP

    BoPeep

    Minneapolis

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed with the food. Our waitress, Jean, is fabulous. Ask for her if you dine here. We celebrated my birthday and sat on the Veranda. It can be a bit noisy if there are large celebatory groups. You are smart to dress in layers as you can feel a bit of a breeze at times. Its warm when the heat is running and just a tad cool when it is off. This is one of our favorite places to eat.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    3 yr anniversary. Our waitress was wonderful.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lake Elmo Inn has top-notch wait staff! We made our reservation through Open Door app and were seated right on time. Our meal was great as was the atmosphere. We enjoyed looking at all the great holiday decorations too.
  12. RA

    ReedA

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always good place to go. We go for my wife's birthday every year she really enjoys it with the Christmas decorations up at this time of year.
  13. AB

    AndrewB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food and service were excellent. Particularly enjoyed being in the back room near the fireplace. Holiday decor was all around. Lake Elmo Inn has been our go to place for special occasions for many years.
  14. KT

    KimberlyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. It was a perfect business dinner!
  15. JQ

    JesikaQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super good! The bartender Curtis was awesome. Funny guy with lots of knowledge about the history of the place.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food outstanding! Such a wonderful place!
  17. m

    missy

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful, relaxing Sunday brunch. Food was excellent. Service was very good.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  19. K

    Kathyb

    Minneapolis

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and great service! Always a good choice for our get togethers
  20. JL

    JimL

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food were wonderful. The restauarant was busy but the noise level was quiet wich made conversation easy. I felt the value for our food was very reasonable. Highly recommend.
  21. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Inn has those little extras be that you don't get anywhere else. As returning customers, we knew we would not be disappointed. John S has trained his staff well.
  22. PV

    PaulV

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Price has gone up significantly; but food is up everywhere. I get it. But, when premium restaurants go up 20% that's a large net increase.
  23. DS

    DougS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Meals have always been excellent. Service is great and you don't feel rushed to get your order in. Highly recommend Lake Elmo Inn.
  24. CA

    CALLakeland

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience dining at the Lake Elmo Inn. First rate service and food with attentive and friendly staff. Highly recommended for any reason!
  25. BL

    BarbaraL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Good wine list. Knowledgeable staff
  26. R

    Renee

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like always every part of our business lunch was wonderful. We had a new server and she went above and beyond to make sure we were very well taken care of. EXCELLANT!
  27. m

    maryj

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Slow service at first but it was an exceptionally crowd d lunch .
  28. JC

    JerryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my wife’s and my birthday for dinner. Service, food, and atmosphere was great! High quality and quantity of food at a fair price. Always Love it here!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Filet was overdone as was my husband’s sirloin. Sirloin was tough. Taste of food was excellent.
  30. N

    Noname

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    The service was great, but the food was mediocre.
  31. MJ

    MJB07

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I believe that this is the best dining experience I have ever had in the Twin Cities. Can't wait to return............
  32. MJ

    MargaretJ

    Minneapolis

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our friends 50th wedding anniversary
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  34. SS

    SallyS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a perfect way to celebrate a birthday or any event, or just for dinner. So good!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 5th wedding anniversary. The service was excellent and food was great!!
  36. H

    Harper

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. We had the lobster ravioli and the sunnies. Service was terrific! It was our anniversary, and we were given complimentary glasses of champagne. Highly recommend The Lake Elmo Inn. It is always an upscale experience.
  37. S

    Shirl

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Scooter Pie and Burrata Crostini were excellent as was the rest of the food we had. Duane paced our courses perfectly so my husband and I had a lovely anniversary dinner. 43 years and we have been coming to The Lake Elmo Inn every year to celebrate. Wouldn't go anywhere else!
  38. G

    Grubes

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just celebrated our 32nd anniversary there last evening. We've been coming here for anniversaries, birthdays, other events for over 35 years. It's quiet to moderate noise levels vs other places where it's hard to hear each other over the din adds to the experience. I'm a bit boring in that over the 35 years, the vast majority of the time, I have ordered the Prawns & Pasta (happy to see that it's back). But, I'm never sorry I did!!! Just had the leftovers for lunch. My husband is a bit more adventurous trying other things but really likes the Cajun Porkchops. The staff is attentive and the little "extras" they give you (glass of champagne last night for anniversary, the tiny sorbet cone before your meal to cleanse your palate, the warm cloth after dinner to cleanse your hands and the chocolate dipped strawberry at the end) make this always so special. We will be back! The last 3 years have been so devastating to so many restaurants - tip your waitstaff!
  39. P

    Patty

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you're celebrating a special event or just want to be treated well, go to Lake Elmo Inn. Good food. Service was excellent. Hope to go back soon to see Christmas ornaments. Thank you.
  40. MG

    MichaelG

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from Sheila! Made our anniversary special. Great food as always, amazing desserts as well.

FAQs

Lake Elmo Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (651) 777-8495.

Lake Elmo Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 5156 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for Lake Elmo Inn

3442 Lake Elmo Avenue North, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Additional information

  • Cross street

    County Road 14, Old Highway 5

  • Neighborhood

    Lake Elmo

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Continental, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public lots also available in the area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott Waxberg

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (651) 777-8495

  • Catering

    Corporate events, weddings, picnics, etc. Please contact our Event Center staff for more details. We cater local and around the Twin Cities.651-779-5994

  • Private party facilities

    The Lake Elmo Inn has four dining rooms to offer private parties. Our Kohler room can accommodate groups up to 50 people. The Oak room holds up to 70 people and can be separated into a semi-private area for smaller group of 35 or less. Our event center holds 75-300 people, a wonderful place for a wedding, reunion, celebration of life, or corporate event. Please call Chris Schiltz 651.779.5994

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