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Top Minnetonka Restaurants + Other Notable Mentions

Updated August 10, 2020
Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

Lake Minnetonka restaurants

The best part about Lake Minnetonka is all of the fantastic restaurants that surround it. Wayzata restaurants, Minnetonka restaurants, Excelsior, Plymouth, and even restaurants that you can drive your boat right up to.

Today we’re going to give you several examples of great restaurants that you should check out! Who doesn’t love a day by the lake and a great restaurant?

Minnetonka Restaurants

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Minnetonka is a great city to visit if you love historic lake towns. Lake Minnetonka is what makes the area famous, but surprisingly, the majority of the city isn’t located on the lake. Here are some of the best places to get food in Minnetonka.

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

BLVD is an American bistro that consistently adds an unexpected twist to traditional kitchen and bar fare. They offer great signature flatbreads, burgers, and inspired entrees. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and makes you feel perfectly at home with reclaimed wood floors and brick walls.

Top menu items: BLVD Royal with Cheese, Rigatoni Bolognese, Lobster Mac & Cheese

Bacio

A local favorite, Bacio sets high-standards for the fresh foods that it produces. Their menu balances customer favorites, seasonal items, and surprises. All recipes are made from scratch from locally sourced food. Bacio is an authentic and approachable place to learn more about food and enjoying a wonderful meal.

Top menu items: Mediterranean Grilled Ahi Tuna, Walley Milanese, Linguine ith Lamb, Housemade Sweet Corn Ravioli

Ike’s Minnetonka

The winner of Open Tables Diner’s Choice Award in 2018 is Ike’s Minnetonka. Their menu features a steak inspiration for some outstanding casual fine dining. Their burgers are gourmet, and they offer fantastic seafood and drinks. The cocktails and bloody marys are particularly famous.

To take a look at some of the classic steakhouse dishes they serve, check out the menu here.

If you’re for looking for more information about Minnetonka and things to do, check out our Minnetonka guide.

Wayzata Restaurants

Burger and fries at a Wayzata Restaurant

The city of Wayzata, MN, falls right along Lake Minnetonka on Wayzata Bay. The extensive amount of lakeshore allows for some beautiful views from lakefront homes and restaurants that are built right on the water.

COV Wayzata

COV was founded on the idea of bringing the east coast spice to Minnesota. You’ll be able to as soon as you step into their dining room or drive by. It’s easy to tell that this restaurant is inspired by cities and restaurants on the east coast. Their menu includes east coast favorites and has tons of delicious seafood on it.

Top menu items: COV Jumbo Crab Cake, Lobster Roll, Chicken Piccata

Bukhara Indian Bistro

For incredible and authentic Indian cuisine, visit Bukhara Indian Bistro. The cooking traditions incorporated in this restaurant date back hundreds to thousands of years. You can view some of the popular items on their menu here. There isn’t a lot more to say about this restaurant except. WOW!

Are you looking for more to do in Wayzata? Check out our Wayzata guide for all the information you need on the neighborhoods here.

Plymouth Restaurants

Plymouth is just a little bit away from Lake Minnetonka and has a much more secluded feel to it. Because Plymouth has been a longstanding Minnesota city, there are a number of great restaurants to visit.

Latuff’s Pizzeria

It would be a complete list of restaurants without sharing a great spot to grab a pizza with the fam. Latuff’s Pizzeria is just that. Their menu includes so much more than just hand made pizzas. They offer a full menu with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, fried chicken, and jumbo deep-fried shrimp. There’s nothing like a restaurant that brings out the best of pizza and some other classics as well.

Thai Table

Authentic and fresh Thai cuisine in a relaxed and Thai inspired environment what’s better than that? Thai Table also offers a menu that is over 40% gluten-free. Whether you’re looking for a fried rice dish, curry, or another similar authentic dish, you’ll find everything that Thailand is known for here.

Excelsior Restaurants

Excelsior is that beautiful little lakefront town that you’d imagine only exists in a movie. Excelsior, MN, is a real place, and is full of tasty foods and extraordinary shopping experiences. Here are some of the best restaurants.

Lago Tacos

Known for their creative taco mashups, house-made sauces, and delicious margaritas, Lago Tacos is serving up greatness. They often host live music and have important sports games streaming so that you can enjoy a great meal with some entertainment. You can find their menu here to check out what kind of goodies they serve. Not in Excelsior? No worries, they have two locations in Minneapolis as well.

Coalition

From their website, “Coalition is about the combined efforts of chefs, cooks, servers, farmers, vineyards, and brewers and I see that partnership extending to our guests by providing the highest quality food and service in a warm and welcoming environment.” Serving up some fancy new American cuisine with fresh takes on classics, there’s surely something here for everyone.

Minnesota Boatable Restaurants

Minnesota is home to some 10,000 lakes. Minnesota is also home to some fantastic restaurants. When these two elements come together, you get a great combination: boatable restaurants.

There are few things better than a day out on the lake, followed by grabbing a bite to eat and a favorite beer while taking in the sunset.

To help you start planning for your summer lake days, here are some of the top boatable Lake Minnetonka Restaurants, as well as other amazing lake options!

Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge (Lake Minnetonka)

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Courtesy of Lord Fletchers

Lord Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka is a staple of Minnesota lake dining. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. In the early 70s, Lord Fletcher’s popularity grew and became a hotspot for such events as the ‘The Marching of the Ducks,’ corncob eating contests, garbage bag races, and more. The best day to go if you’re looking for entertainment is on Friday nights, where they have live music from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Overall, this is a historic restaurant that you should put on your list if you haven’t dined here yet.

Can’t-miss food: The lobster tacos, bison burger, and coconut chicken wrap

Maynards (Lake Minnetonka)

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Courtesy of Maynards

On a historic piece of property that was once occupied by the Excelsior Amusement Park, Maynards is the latest restaurant that now inhabits this location. Unlike its predecessors, Maynards is here to stay. Locals and tourists alike flock to Maynards in the summer, and you can expect some large crowds June through August. However, that is part of the charm of Maynards. It’s a great atmosphere for watching a big game or for enjoying a beautiful day out on the lake. Another spot you should hit up sooner rather than later.

Can’t-miss food: The buffalo chicken wrap, walleye fingers, and fish and chips

6Smith – Wayzata (Lake Minnetonka)

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Courtesy of 6Smith

Mpls St Paul Magazine named 6Smith one of the top 40 bars in Minnesota, and it’s no secret why. With a large ensemble of craft cocktails, beer, and wines, 6Smith is the perfect spot to grab a few drinks mid-day or to relax at the end of the night. While they are recognized for their bar drinks, the food here is equally as impressive. At 6Smith, they are also committed to sourcing their ingredients sustainably.

Can’t-miss food: The loaded mac & cheese, chicken salad sandwich, and pan seared organic Atlantic salmon

Charlie’s On Prior (Prior Lake)

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Courtesy of Charlie’s on Prior

Open year-round, but primed for the summer days on Prior Lake, Charlie’s On Prior is a favorite for locals and lake-seekers from around the state. The waterfront bar, The Landing, and their large outdoor patio are the perfect places to seat yourself after tying up the boat to grab a bite and a beverage. In addition to tasty food, Charlie’s also serves seasonal hard scoop ice cream that is nearly impossible to resist and is perfect for those hot days where the sun is in full form.

Can’t-miss food: the fried avocados, buffalo shrimp, and the cajun chicken alfredo

Ernie’s on Gull Lake (Gull Lake)

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Courtesy of Ernie’s

Located in Brainerd, Ernie’s on Gull Lake’s history dates all the way back to 1917, when carpenter Enrie Ritari moved to the location and started a camping and fishing resort with his wife Edna and accompanied by their dog Toby. They built two cabins and were famous for their epic community pig roasts, with the only stipulation being that no vodka was allowed — due to Ernie’s bitterness towards the Russians. Today, Ernie’s is a family-friendly establishment that offers fun, personalized dining experiences for all who come.

Can’t-miss food: The PBJJ burger, sunfish sliders, and duck wings

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Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

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