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 restaurants in Minnesota.
Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge (Lake Minnetonka)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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