One of the best Sunday brunches in the Twin Cities! I love me some brunch and I love me some prime rib. Lake Elmo Inn has both, so I'd been really looking forward to Sunday brunch for weeks. This place totally delivered. They offer endless champagne, which was ssooo lovely! However, if you want to "upgrade" to a mimosa, they'll charge you for orange juice. It was just a couple bucks though. Sunday brunch was fantastic! One section of warm food, one section of cold food and a dessert area. Hot: I really wish they'd had more hot food. Had they had more options, they would have received 5 stars. The only egg option was eggs benedict and there weren't any potatoes. I love me some potatoes so I was sad about that. The real star of this classy joint was the salmon wellington. Holy balls, it was to die for. I never would have thought it was something I couldn't live without, but oh my lord. It is! My fave, prime rib, was freaking delicious. When I sweet talked the carver into cutting into the new freshly cooked chunk of meat instead of the tiny, older one, I may have professed my love for him. They had little ramekins to put au jus and horseradish sauce in. I love dips and sauces and really hate when they mix with everything on the plate. I swear, little ramekins can make or break a meal. Cold: Meh. If the lines are too long and you have to skip a section, this is the one to skip. The salads were ok, and the fruit was yummy. But it's fruit... nothing to write home about. The shrimp was stellar! I don't know why, it looked like just basic shrimp cocktail. I stole a prime rib ramekin for the cocktail sauce and dipped my tasty shrimp in it. Desserts: I loved the cookie I had. But I'm not a dessert person so that's pretty much all I tried. My friends loved nearly all of them and enjoyed the variety. Salt and Pepper shakers: Nearly all reviews mention the salt and pepper shakers and I was so excited to see them! There are 1,200 lining the walls. John, the owner, offered a free bar drink to people that brought in a set when they first opened (something like 30 years ago). His collection is 5,000 deep! He has 3,800 sets of salt and pepper shakers in storage! It was amazing. Ask your server for details on the story. It was charming to hear. Overall, eat here. You won't regret it!
We received a gift certificate about a year ago for Lake Elmo Inn and finally got around to having brunch. We went after Christmas, but they still had their decorations up, and it was very festive! My 2-year-old son especially liked all of the ornaments they have hanging from the ceiling in the bar. They have an extensive brunch buffet and I really appreciated the warm carmel rolls they bring to your table, and of course, the free champagne! On the day we went, they had a few Chinese dishes on the brunch menu (which I thought was a little strange but they were actually pretty good). They had egg rolls, fried rice and cream cheese wontons along with your traditional brunch fare. My favorite thing was probably the made-to-order omelet. I would go back, but this is more of a special occasion brunch place since it is a little spendy.
My sister and I took our father to Lake Elmo Inn in for Father's Day a couple of weeks ago. It was good! Nice buffet brunch with a lot of variety: waffles, roasted duck with blueberry sauce, pastries and other deserts to name a few. It was a beautiful Minnesota day so we enjoyed our brunch on the patio. The patio is great because it's outside but enclosed at the same time. Hard to explain. The wait staff was also very courteous. I definitely suggest Lake Elmo Inn for brunch!
We forgot to call early to book Easter Brunch at the main restaurant but were told that they still had room at the Event Center where they served the same brunch so we decided to give it a try. First, the food is certainly very good and there is a lot of it. Hot caramel rolls at the table. made to order omelettes and a long buffet through the middle of the room. Started off with cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, salads, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and chilled shrimp. Hot stuff included incredibly tasty raspberry french toast, pretty good eggs benedict, bacon and sausage, chicken, pasta, potatoes and a carving station with ham, roast beef and lamb. And then if you have any room left over, two huge tables full of desserts. The food was great. My complaints....1) Some of the servers were very inexperienced. For example - we got conflicting answers regarding the availability of drinks from the bar. Our main waitress told us only champagne until 1:30 (what kind of rule is that?). We flagged down a waiter who was bringing out wine to a different table and he said that they did indeed have a full bar. 2) My wife ordered a mimosa and the waitress brought her a glass of champagne and a glass of orange juice and told her she would have to mix it herself. I asked for orange and cranberry juice and she brought me a glass of each. I turns out that champagne is free but you pay for all other drinks - so for my table of 10 I had to pay and extra $25.00 for a glass of juice for everyone. Actually, I had to pay for an extra juice since she charged me for both of mine. 3) I understand the need to add the tip directly to the bill for large groups but I'll have to admit that I was surprised to see an 18% gratuity added for a BUFFET meal. Further, if you are going to stick me for 18% you should at least make sure your entire staff is well trained. I love the food and service at the Inn but I'll have to say that I'm not too impressed by the Easter Brunch, at least at the Event Center. The food was great but for the cost I expected more and at least one of my guests mentioned that the overall experience we had at the White Bear Country Inn last year was better than this. And for less money.
I was really disappointed for Easter Brunch! The cost was outrageous ($72 for 2)! They charged separately for coffee and tea. They charged an 18% gratuity for each check on a table of 8. They did not even earn the gratuity. I had to remove used plates from our table because there was no waiter to do this task. However, they were walking around looking for plates to remove from other tables. The chicken was dry with a cream sauce that was like cream of mushroom soup. The bacon was so dry, it cracked into small pieces and was all stuck together! The beef and ham was very dry! Their caramel rolls were made from putting upside down parker house rolls on top of caramel sauce with nuts. They were not true caramel rolls. Some desserts came out partially frozen, indicating they were bought from a vender. Champagne was served in ice cream glasses. I have had better Brunches on Holidays then the brunch at Lake Elmo. I will never attend again for any of their brunches.
We had them cater our wedding in 5/2011 and my friends and family are still raving about the food! They did an amazing job. We felt comfortable choosing them because we had attended their mother's day brunch several years in a row and knew they could handle the large crowds. Also, the fact that it is owned by a chef who really cares about the food was a very good sign. Of you're getting married don't look any further!
Interesting looking establishment. Tried it without checking reviews. Not a good choice. Chicken was 'burn your tongue' hot while green beans were cold on the same plate. Ground sirloin steak was a frozen hamburger patty cooked and plopped on the plate. Fruit was ok and house salad was fine. A bit overpriced in my opinion. As our "Aunt" would say, "it was warm." Wait staff was friendly and checked on us frequently.
This place is more about the atmosphere than the food. It has a country-kitsch feel and oldies playing on the speakers, and you can sit in a booth with a view of a farm field and/or Stillwater Boulevard. The food (I had steak and eggs) isn't amazing (the steak was about 1/4 gristle), but I'd say it's good enough for eating in the sunshine with a country view. The service was friendly and satisfactory, though not amazing. Worthwhile if you're in the area and need a meal, but nothing to go out of your way for. I enjoyed spending time here while waiting for my car to be serviced across the street.
Um- not worth a stop unless you are starving and want the basics badly done. the "last straw" for me was the whole wheat toast that was treated to "the brush"- big glob of margarine brushed on cold toast and sent out on the side of the scrambled eggs and bacon. the fried potatoes were real potatoes - but served on a cold plate.... not so great. Lipton tea. My companions' food was also just so-so to bad. One friend had 2 fried eggs brought to him on a cold plate and the waitress said - "Your biscuits and gravy will be right out".... 10 min later, when the biscuits arrived - the eggs were ice cold and he asked for new hot ones.. ...The folks in the kitchen may have gotten away with this in the 1970s - but not now. Now you gotta CARE a little anyway. Decor is kitchy kitch -- the bathroom was clean.