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“Fine experience”

The Strand Waterfront Dining Room
Ranked #4 of 8 Restaurants in Lutsen
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Traveled here for dining.
While there is a lot of history and hard survival to this place, it certainly caught up with the times.
The great room has some warmth with the wood paneling and construction and it feels somewhat authentic. Quite different from fake places in the malls and shopping centers.
Service is great and attentive.
The food is contemporary international with a nice variety to everyone's taste(Canadian walleye, Swedish meatballs, tacos, risotto).
Servings are attractive and flavorful.

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

The meal was top notch. Great wine selection. Seasonal cocktails. Impeccable staff. White table clothes but no stuffy. Ambiance was the icing on the cake. Speaking of cake, don't forget to try the super yummy desserts. Grab a cocktail from the bar and relax in the charming and character filled lobby. You can also learn about the history of Lutsen by reading the informative yet brief history wall.
Note: If you go in the winter plan to arrive before sunset to take in the view!
Also appreciated the child and tween menus.

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank 3deltas
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Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Great meal with an excellent waiter that shared some history with us. The ambience for our celebration was great.

Date of visit: December 2016
Thank David M
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Lutsen Lodge Dining Room is located in the Lutsen Resort Lodge directly on the banks of Lake Superior. Lutsen is located about 250 miles north of Minneapolis on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It is also located about 90 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota.

I dined here with my wife on a Saturday evening in mid-August and liked the views from our window table but thought the food was average and overpriced. We were staying in Grand Marais but thought we would drive down to Lutsen and try a new restaurant. We did not have a reservation and the hostess made us feel stupid instead of just telling us what the wait time was. We ended up putting our name in and waited about an hour for a table. The wait time seemed long given the number of empty tables that were available. While being led to our table in the back of the restaurant I noticed several window tables that were open and again got attitude when asked if we could sit there. She finally said OK and led us to a much better table. Our server made a couple of recommendations that she guaranteed that we would love but they were just OK.

The interior décor is very nice and gives off a good vibe. The views from our window table were good but they are not great as there is a driveway right outside the window and you get the occasional car/truck driving by. The entire old resort lodge is cool looking and we walked around a bit before and after our meal.

Overall I was not that impressed by this restaurant and thought the food was average and expensive. I do not plan on going back.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Thank rockyjoe
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Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We weren't staying at Lutsen Resort, but heard the food was good and was a nice setting with white table clothes and good lake views. We were early for dinner, so grabbed a drink in the lounge bar and enjoyed it in the hotel lobby watching the bonfires being set up on the beach for hotel guests and talking with the guitar player setting up for entertaining in the fireplace lobby. We were very impressed with the lodge, the atmosphere, the customer service.

We were seated at a nice table with a view of the lake and the service was excellent. Most people were dressed casually, but the white tablecloths made for a classy setting and our food was excellent. We selected the potato crusted walleye dinner menu with came a nice dessert of Swedish creme with lingonberries.

We enjoyed it so much we decided to come back for breakfast, which was about a twenty minute drive for us. At breakfast I had pecan pancakes with sausage, again very good, and my wife had the eggs Benedict. We were glad we came back and would recommend the Lutsen Resort for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank NorthernExpat
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LutsenOnSuperior, Public Relations Manager at The Strand Waterfront Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

Thank you for your comments. We're happy that you enjoyed dining with us! The crusted walleye is a favorite among our guests.

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