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Lake Elmo Inn, Lake Elmo, MN

Lake Elmo Inn

4.8
4.8
5173 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 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Continental, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Dinner Tue–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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What 5,173 people are saying

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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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    Good for special occasions

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun lunch with my daughter. The restaurant was decorated in every nook and cranny - and the ceiling - with Holliday ornaments, which created a fun and festive atmosphere. The service was great, as was the food. Everyone we talked to was kind and pleasant.
  2. D

    Dorene

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both food and atmosphere are wonderful -- fancy but still comfortable.
  3. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food and service was exceptional. It is especially nice this time of year as it is decorated for the holidays.
  4. TF

    ThomasF

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had no problem with the food and service. That was fantastic as always. The issue I have is being required to make my reservation online and then still having to call and confirm it with the staff at the restaurant. It's not that I have issues with online reservations but then having to speak with someone at the restaurant makes no sense to me to.
  5. LW

    LauraW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place and wonderful experience once again.
  6. MS

    MrsScrooge

    Minneapolis

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! We think we prefer this style of brunch to the buffet.
  7. JP

    JulieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and amazing food and staff. A great place for a special occasion!
  8. r

    rpmman

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good ambiance the food was very good service was friendly and prompt i'll be going back
  9. GA

    GreggA

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very good except waitress screwed up the bills.
  10. JL

    JenniferL

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed it all - appetizers, entree, dessert and drinks. Each dish was beautifully presented and delicious!
  11. DH

    DianeH

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    While the food was good, there was not much potato crust on sunnies. One side looked like it wasn't cooked very well. Our table was celebrating 2 birthdays'. To make it special they offered champagne or a non-alcoholic version. Non-alcoholic not good. Why couldn't you offer small/mini dessert? I made reservations and let them know there were going to be birthdays. Prices seemed high also.
  12. RS

    RandyS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Had an enjoyable evening with very good food. The only down side was that we were seated next to an extremely loud group of eight. Not sure why that was seeing that the section we were in was mostly empty.
  13. MI

    MatriarchInTraining

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been going to the Lake Elmo Inn forever (but not often enough). We have never had a bad meal there, and the service is always great. Highly recommended. Try the sunnies, and the sin of the inn for dessert.
  14. KJ

    KathyJo

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place for birthday celebrations! Be sure to save room for dessert!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was very good. My only comment was about our waitress. She did not seem quite as attentive as the other one in that section of the dining room. Our basic needs were met, however, and the decorating was amazing. I ordered the shrimp and if I order that again, next time I will ask for the shells to be removed from the plate before it served to me.
  16. s

    suzisout

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive service. Only thing lacking was a knife for a member of our party and it took a while to receive. Other than that, A+ service. Food was very good and extremely generous. Bring your appetite
  17. JV

    JosephV

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

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

    SteveA

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    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.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wine. Excellent service.
  21. z

    ziggyjack

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service here was great. From the bus boy to the waitress and the bartender, along with the manager; everyone stopped by the table and was very friendly and had knowledgeable recommendations. Our waitress produced thoughtful notes for helping us with a wine pairing and didn't just suggest the most expensive bottle. Now the food was even better. I had the U-10 Scallops and I couldn't have been happier. My wife had the Butternut Squash ravioli and was also very happy with her meal. We shared an app and she also had the french onion soup and I had the clam chowder, with both being great. Awesome food, ambiance, and service. Highly recommended.
  22. JS

    JoanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    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!!!
  23. PG

    PatrickGonda

    Minneapolis

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

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

    stevens

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    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!
  26. 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!
  27. 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.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    3 yr anniversary. Our waitress was wonderful.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. KT

    KimberlyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. It was a perfect business dinner!
  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 5173 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 29 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 Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Dinner Tue–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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