From the more than 10,000 lakes and their breathtaking sunsets to thick, endless forests to incredible waterfalls, Minnesotans certainly know beauty. Another thing Minnesotans know is good food. There are restaurants all across Minnesota with gorgeous views and amazing decor – not to mention excellent food. Combining good lucks, incredible surroundings, and mouthwatering tastes, they are some of the most beautiful restaurants in Minnesota.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Pickwick Restaurant & Pub - Duluth
The Pickwick Restaurant & Pub is a historical restaurant located on the shores of Lake Superior. Since 1914, this Duluth landmark has served a variety of food and drinks, and is known for its delicious homemade soups. The Pickwick interior boasts European-style woodwork and furniture, giving it an old-world feel. The menu is full of delicious options, like the signature Manhattan clam chowder soup. Yum
Address: 508 East Superior Street, Duluth.
2. Justine's at the Gunflint Lodge - Grand Marais
Beauty surrounds this lakeside restaurant! Enjoy panoramic views of beautiful Gunflint Lake while sipping your favorite beverage. In the winter, deer gather at the feeder outside of the dining room to graze on the meal provided to them. Sit back and watch the glorious sunset over the lake in the summer, either from the outdoorsy dining room or the patio. No matter the season, Justine’s is sure to cook up some great food in a beautiful environment.
Address: 143 South Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais.
3. The Classic Grill at Madden's - Brainerd
Offering a locally inspired menu, a full lounge, and the friendliest service you’ll find, the Classic Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in the Brainerd area. The interior of the dining room is elegant with a hint of North Woods. If you prefer, dine in the patio, overlooking a wonderfully kept golf course, the Classic Grill serves up freshly made food with local ingredients. This restaurant is a prime dining option for its beautiful views and excellent food!
Address: 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd.
4. JJ Astor Restaurant & Lounge - Duluth
With 360-degree views of Duluth and Lake Superior, there is no wonder JJ Astor made this list! Gorgeous views, good company, and fine dining can all be enjoyed here. The food is some of the best in the city, and the scenery just can't be beat.
Address: 505 West Superior Street, Duluth.
5. Anton's Restaurant - Waite Park
Located just outside of St. Cloud is the beautiful Anton’s Restaurant. This unique log cabin restaurant nestled in the trees near the Sauk River looks like something out of a storybook. Upon entering, the beautiful dining room confirms that log cabin feel. The tables are beautifully set and the decor is delightful. At Anton’s, you’ll find quality food served in a beautiful location. Be sure to try the giant popovers, made fresh daily and served with delicious honey butter!
Address: 2001 Frontage Road North, Waite Park.
6. Acqua Restaurant - Forest Lake
On the northern shore of Forest Lake sits Acqua Restaurant. Here you will find breathtaking views of Forest Lake while enjoying fine dining in a beautiful setting. You’ll experience a warm, inviting atmosphere with friendly waitstaff. Voted in the Top 100 Most Scenic Restaurants, one visit here and you will see why. The menu is full of fresh options, all of which are best enjoyed while watching the sun set over the lake. Sounds magical!
Address: 8241 North Shore Trail, Forest Lake.
7. Bar Harbor Supper Club - Nisswa
The service isn’t the only spectacular thing at Bar Harbor Supper Club! From incredible views of the lake to the amazing dining experience, Bar Harbor will not disappoint. Serving up excellent meals, and paired with a drink from the full service bar, there is something to satisfy every craving at this beautiful northern supper club.
Address: 8164 Interlachen Road, Nisswa.
8. Murray's - Minneapolis
Home of the silver butter knife steak, Murray’s is a Twin Cities staple for fine dining. But this isn’t your average steakhouse. Here, you’ll find upscale elegance with a casual feel. The dining room is absolutely beautiful, and the exterior has a distinctive look that you won't find anywhere else. Many have described Murray's steaks as the best in the Twin Cities! Stop in soon for great, friendly service and amazing food.
Address: 26 South 6th Street, Minneapolis.
9. Terza - Rochester
This upscale eatery boasts traditional Italian cuisine in an elegant environment. With modern, tasteful decor, Terza is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Rochester. Plus, the food here is divine! All recipes are made in house with only the finest ingredients. Every option on the menu is a good choice -
especially when eaten in this gorgeous restaurant.
Address: 30 3rd Street Southeast, Rochester.
Bluefin Grille - Tofte
Overlooking the beautiful shoreline of Lake Superior, Bluefin Grill is a must-see restaurant on the North Shore. The ambiance is second-to-none, but the food is almost unbelievable. The menu is made up of classics as well as new favorites. Enjoy your next meal while the waves of Lake Superior gently lap against the shore.
Address: 7192 West Highway 61, Tofte.
Would you add any other beautiful restaurants to the list? Let us know down below!