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One of the most popular stops around the lake, Lord Fletcher’s
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Where to Eat Around Lake Minnetonka

The best spots to take a break from the lake

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One of the most popular stops around the lake, Lord Fletcher’s
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Scenic views, refreshing breezes, and miles of coastline to explore: a day on Lake Minnetonka is the quintessential Minnesota summer experience. But don’t let the festivities end on the water. From casual bites to special occasion splurges, the vibrant dining scene near the metro area’s largest lake offers something for everyone.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Minnetonka Drive In

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9716, 9716, 4658, Shoreline Dr
Spring Park, MN 55384
(952) 471-9383
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With a menu of classic favorites like burgers, chili dogs, and fried chicken, the seasonal Minnetonka Drive-In has been serving hungry diners since 1961.  Service is speedy, but the food is prepared without cutting any corners: chicken is brought in fresh and brined for hours before being fried, onion rings are cut and breaded by hand, and root beer is made on-site with a retro recipe.

Old school charm
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2. Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge

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3746 Sunset Dr
Spring Park, MN 55384
(952) 471-8513
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Located right on the shore of Lake Minnetonka (there are over 100 boat slips for guest arriving by water), Lord Fletcher’s has both casual and upscale dining options.  The Oar House is an indoor sports bar, while the Wharf has outdoor dining and live music. Both serve a casual menu of appetizers, salads, burgers, and sandwiches—the Wally-Wally sandwich, with walleye, lettuce, almonds, and tartar sauce, is a house specialty.  For fine dining, there’s the Main Dining Room, which offers steak, pasta, and seafood.

Boat parking lot for maximum lake enjoyment
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3. Coalition

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227 Water St
Excelsior, MN 55331
(952) 283-1952
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Located in an historic building in downtown Excelsior, Coalition serves globally inspired American fare in elegant surroundings.  Appetizers range from a classic cheese board to Korean tacos; entrees include options like seared scallops served with soba noodles and a grilled ribeye flavored with smoked paprika aioli.  The cocktail program features several Midwestern craft spirits.

Delicious food in downtown Excelsior
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4. Maynards

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1934, 685 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN 55331
(952) 470-1800
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With a prime lakeside location and patio seating for nearly 500, Maynards is a reliable standby for a meal with a view.  The crowd-pleasing menu includes sandwiches, burgers, salads, and entrees like grilled salmon and barbecued pork.

Plenty of boat parking
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5. Cast & Cru

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5185 Meadville St
Greenwood, MN 55331
(952) 767-9700
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Located in the historic Old Log Theatre, Cast & Cru is a dining destination for more than just theatergoers.  The seasonal menu focuses on American cuisine, with steak, lamb, seafood, and game. Inventive desserts include ingredients like homemade miso caramel ice cream, seafoam candy, and mousse made with local honey.   

Delightfully rustic
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6. 6 Smith Ave

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6 Smith Ave
Wayzata, MN 55391

6Smith boasts both lakeside dining and a rooftop patio, with an expansive menu that includes seafood, steak, salads, burgers, and a decent range of vegan options (ask for the vegan-specific menu).  Lobster plays a starring role—it shows up in guacamole, gnocchi, and mac ‘n cheese, as well as on a classic lobster roll. Other recommended dishes include the tuna poke, chicken wings, and the gouda-stuffed venison and Kobe riff on a Juicy Lucy.

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Boat up and enjoy the gorgeous rooftop patio
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7. Adele's Frozen Custard

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800 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN 55331
(952) 470-0035
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Adele’s frozen custard is even better than ice cream—the delightfully rich texture comes from egg yolks and the fact that air is whipped out (rather than added) during the custard-making process.  Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and a couple of rotating selections from a catalog of over 80 flavors. In addition to custard, there’s a menu of deli sandwiches, hot dogs, and BBQ pork.

The coolest
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8. Birch's on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub

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1310 Wayzata Blvd
Long Lake, MN 55356
(952) 473-7373
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With an expansive deck and a wall of windows overlooking Long Lake, Birch’s features a casual brewhouse downstairs and a luxe Wisconsin-style supper club upstairs.  Try one of the brewhouse’s inventive beers (the Golden Coffee Chocolate Ale hits the spot after a long day in the sun) or opt for a refreshing pomegranate mojito. Food options range from beer-battered Lake Superior whitefish and burgers to pork belly tacos and grilled artichokes.

A beautiful room and deck
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9. Gianni's Steakhouse

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635 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 404-1100
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Gianni’s is a classic steakhouse with a sidewalk patio boasting lake views.  Steaks are cut in-house and grilled to perfection; other specialties include spun salads prepared tableside, walleye sourced from the Red Lake Nation, and potatoes papallete, hash brown-style potatoes laced with sour cream, cheddar, and onions.  Don’t want to get off the boat? Gianni’s offers dockside delivery.

The exterior of Gianni’s with a pergola over a sidewalk patio
Grab a seat on the patio, take a break from the sun inside or order lakeside delivery
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10. COV Wayzata

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700 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 473-5253
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With a bright, airy dining room that evokes Nantucket and a menu to match, CoV feels like a vacation to the East Coast.  Start with the crab cake, dense with lumps of of crab meat, or a bowl of New England clam chowder. For the main course, there’s an excellent selection of sustainable seafood as well as steaks, burgers, and sandwiches.

Beachy and airy vibes
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11. Bellecour

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739 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 444-5200
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Bellecour is a French bistro helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Gavin Kaysen.  The menu focuses on exquisitely rendered classics like duck l’orange, escargot, and steak frites.  Popular brunch entrees include a croque madame and burger topped with Gruyere and black truffle sauce.  In the mood for something more casual? The adjacent bakery sells sandwiches to go, as well as pastries, macarons, and crepe cake by the slice.

One of the best restaurants in Minnesota is steps away from the lake
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12. The Dough Room

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300 Superior Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 473-6500
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The dining room feels formal enough for a date night, but there’s a casual thread that runs through this restaurant with pizzas and pastas. Stop by the bar for a burger and a top shelf cocktail before or after a day on the lake.

A double stacked cheeseburger topped with shredded lettuce on a brioche bun
Double decker happiness
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13. Baja Haus

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830 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 476-0816
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Baja Haus focuses on the seafood-heavy cuisine of Mexico’s Baja coast, with ceviche, tacos, and fish and meats brightly flavored with citrus.  Specialties include mussels cooked with chorizo and tomatillos, the sauteed whole squid, and the Hang Ten Burger topped with tempura shrimp and grilled pineapple.  There’s even a nod to “American favorites” in the form of enchiladas, chimichangas, and burritos—go for the burrito stuffed with shrimp.

A dining room with an ocean mural, two surfboards in the back and a ceiling with strings of lights
Take a break from the sun, but keep the beach feeling
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

14. Benedict's

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845 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 923-1903
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Benedict’s Morning Heroes serves diner-style breakfast favorites with a twist: a Cuban-inspired eggs benedict with carnitas and black beans, tater tot hash, and Elvis pancakes loaded with bacon and peanut butter.  There’s also a day drinks menu with beer, wine, and cocktails like mimosas, peach bellinis, and breakfast sangria.

Killer breakfast before the beach
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15. Sushi Fix

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862 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391
(612) 217-0330
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Although Minnesota is blessed with lakes, it’s a long way from the ocean —which is what makes Sushi Fix’s incredibly fresh fish so remarkable.  In addition to sashimi, sushi, and specialty rolls, the menu features rare Japanese Wagyu beef, teriyaki stir fries, and udon noodle soups. For drinks, choose from the extensive collection of Japanese whiskey.

Lined up sushi rolls
Fresh sushi in Wayzata
Wayzata Chamber of Commerce

1. Minnetonka Drive In

9716, 9716, 4658, Shoreline Dr, Spring Park, MN 55384
Old school charm
Minnetonka Drive In/Facebook

With a menu of classic favorites like burgers, chili dogs, and fried chicken, the seasonal Minnetonka Drive-In has been serving hungry diners since 1961.  Service is speedy, but the food is prepared without cutting any corners: chicken is brought in fresh and brined for hours before being fried, onion rings are cut and breaded by hand, and root beer is made on-site with a retro recipe.

9716, 9716, 4658, Shoreline Dr
Spring Park, MN 55384

2. Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge

3746 Sunset Dr, Spring Park, MN 55384
Boat parking lot for maximum lake enjoyment
Lord Fletcher’s/Facebook

Located right on the shore of Lake Minnetonka (there are over 100 boat slips for guest arriving by water), Lord Fletcher’s has both casual and upscale dining options.  The Oar House is an indoor sports bar, while the Wharf has outdoor dining and live music. Both serve a casual menu of appetizers, salads, burgers, and sandwiches—the Wally-Wally sandwich, with walleye, lettuce, almonds, and tartar sauce, is a house specialty.  For fine dining, there’s the Main Dining Room, which offers steak, pasta, and seafood.

3746 Sunset Dr
Spring Park, MN 55384

3. Coalition

227 Water St, Excelsior, MN 55331
Delicious food in downtown Excelsior
Coalition/Facebook

Located in an historic building in downtown Excelsior, Coalition serves globally inspired American fare in elegant surroundings.  Appetizers range from a classic cheese board to Korean tacos; entrees include options like seared scallops served with soba noodles and a grilled ribeye flavored with smoked paprika aioli.  The cocktail program features several Midwestern craft spirits.

227 Water St
Excelsior, MN 55331

4. Maynards

1934, 685 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN 55331
Plenty of boat parking
Maynard’s/Facebook

With a prime lakeside location and patio seating for nearly 500, Maynards is a reliable standby for a meal with a view.  The crowd-pleasing menu includes sandwiches, burgers, salads, and entrees like grilled salmon and barbecued pork.

1934, 685 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN 55331

5. Cast & Cru

5185 Meadville St, Greenwood, MN 55331
Delightfully rustic
Cast & Cru/Facebook

Located in the historic Old Log Theatre, Cast & Cru is a dining destination for more than just theatergoers.  The seasonal menu focuses on American cuisine, with steak, lamb, seafood, and game. Inventive desserts include ingredients like homemade miso caramel ice cream, seafoam candy, and mousse made with local honey.   

5185 Meadville St
Greenwood, MN 55331

6. 6 Smith Ave

6 Smith Ave, Wayzata, MN 55391
Photo courtesy 6 Smith Facebook Page
Boat up and enjoy the gorgeous rooftop patio
6 Smith/Facebook

6Smith boasts both lakeside dining and a rooftop patio, with an expansive menu that includes seafood, steak, salads, burgers, and a decent range of vegan options (ask for the vegan-specific menu).  Lobster plays a starring role—it shows up in guacamole, gnocchi, and mac ‘n cheese, as well as on a classic lobster roll. Other recommended dishes include the tuna poke, chicken wings, and the gouda-stuffed venison and Kobe riff on a Juicy Lucy.

6 Smith Ave
Wayzata, MN 55391

7. Adele's Frozen Custard

800 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN 55331
The coolest
Adele’s/Facebook

Adele’s frozen custard is even better than ice cream—the delightfully rich texture comes from egg yolks and the fact that air is whipped out (rather than added) during the custard-making process.  Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and a couple of rotating selections from a catalog of over 80 flavors. In addition to custard, there’s a menu of deli sandwiches, hot dogs, and BBQ pork.

800 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN 55331

8. Birch's on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub

1310 Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN 55356
A beautiful room and deck
Birch’s on the Lake/Facebook

With an expansive deck and a wall of windows overlooking Long Lake, Birch’s features a casual brewhouse downstairs and a luxe Wisconsin-style supper club upstairs.  Try one of the brewhouse’s inventive beers (the Golden Coffee Chocolate Ale hits the spot after a long day in the sun) or opt for a refreshing pomegranate mojito. Food options range from beer-battered Lake Superior whitefish and burgers to pork belly tacos and grilled artichokes.

1310 Wayzata Blvd
Long Lake, MN 55356

9. Gianni's Steakhouse

635 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
The exterior of Gianni’s with a pergola over a sidewalk patio
Grab a seat on the patio, take a break from the sun inside or order lakeside delivery
Gianni’s Steakhouse/Facebook

Gianni’s is a classic steakhouse with a sidewalk patio boasting lake views.  Steaks are cut in-house and grilled to perfection; other specialties include spun salads prepared tableside, walleye sourced from the Red Lake Nation, and potatoes papallete, hash brown-style potatoes laced with sour cream, cheddar, and onions.  Don’t want to get off the boat? Gianni’s offers dockside delivery.

635 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391

10. COV Wayzata

700 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Beachy and airy vibes
Cov/Facebook

With a bright, airy dining room that evokes Nantucket and a menu to match, CoV feels like a vacation to the East Coast.  Start with the crab cake, dense with lumps of of crab meat, or a bowl of New England clam chowder. For the main course, there’s an excellent selection of sustainable seafood as well as steaks, burgers, and sandwiches.

700 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391

11. Bellecour

739 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
One of the best restaurants in Minnesota is steps away from the lake
Bellecour/ Facebook

Bellecour is a French bistro helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Gavin Kaysen.  The menu focuses on exquisitely rendered classics like duck l’orange, escargot, and steak frites.  Popular brunch entrees include a croque madame and burger topped with Gruyere and black truffle sauce.  In the mood for something more casual? The adjacent bakery sells sandwiches to go, as well as pastries, macarons, and crepe cake by the slice.

739 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391

12. The Dough Room

300 Superior Blvd, Wayzata, MN 55391
A double stacked cheeseburger topped with shredded lettuce on a brioche bun
Double decker happiness
The Dough Room [Official]

The dining room feels formal enough for a date night, but there’s a casual thread that runs through this restaurant with pizzas and pastas. Stop by the bar for a burger and a top shelf cocktail before or after a day on the lake.

300 Superior Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

13. Baja Haus

830 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
A dining room with an ocean mural, two surfboards in the back and a ceiling with strings of lights
Take a break from the sun, but keep the beach feeling
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Baja Haus focuses on the seafood-heavy cuisine of Mexico’s Baja coast, with ceviche, tacos, and fish and meats brightly flavored with citrus.  Specialties include mussels cooked with chorizo and tomatillos, the sauteed whole squid, and the Hang Ten Burger topped with tempura shrimp and grilled pineapple.  There’s even a nod to “American favorites” in the form of enchiladas, chimichangas, and burritos—go for the burrito stuffed with shrimp.

830 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391

14. Benedict's

845 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Killer breakfast before the beach
Benedict’s/Facebook

Benedict’s Morning Heroes serves diner-style breakfast favorites with a twist: a Cuban-inspired eggs benedict with carnitas and black beans, tater tot hash, and Elvis pancakes loaded with bacon and peanut butter.  There’s also a day drinks menu with beer, wine, and cocktails like mimosas, peach bellinis, and breakfast sangria.

845 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391

15. Sushi Fix

862 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Lined up sushi rolls
Fresh sushi in Wayzata
Wayzata Chamber of Commerce

Although Minnesota is blessed with lakes, it’s a long way from the ocean —which is what makes Sushi Fix’s incredibly fresh fish so remarkable.  In addition to sashimi, sushi, and specialty rolls, the menu features rare Japanese Wagyu beef, teriyaki stir fries, and udon noodle soups. For drinks, choose from the extensive collection of Japanese whiskey.

862 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391

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