Escape to the Lake – “Big Game” Dining Guide!

Posted on January 12th, 2018 under Talk of the Town.


It’s no secret that Minnesota is one of the best dining scenes in the country! An easy 13 minutes from the Twin Cities, Wayzata has some of the best dining hotspots, with a unique and broad range of taste, all on scenic Lake Minnetonka.

View the Minnesota Food Guide below to view some of Minnesota’s hottest food trends, tastes and must easts, and be sure to check out highlights of Wayzata’s signature spots!




6Smith is an artisan-inspired meat and seafood restaurant for the urban suburbanite. Tucked along the shore of Lake Minnetonka in downtown Wayzata, Minn., 6Smith is open for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on the weekends. It offers unbeatable year-round vistas of the lake, while inside the décor manages to blend an industrial vibe with warm hospitality.


Nestled on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge is a cozy neighborhood destination where savory food and lake life are not only celebrated, but cherished.

Since 1968 Lord Fletcher’s has been providing an exceptional dining experience for its guests. Come enjoy a burger and beer or one of our seasonally fresh signature entrees day or night. Our multi-venue, resort style setting offers something for everyone…and for every occasion!

Special Events:  Vikings Watch Party Sunday January 21st:

Birchs on the Lake

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Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supper Club is a one-stop shop for sensational experiences for guests of all kinds. From families looking to grab a bite to eat before a sporting event, to catered private parties for business professionals, the varied menu can satisfy all tastes. Diners can enjoy spectacular fare, ranging from Wisconsin-style supperclub favorites to upscale surf and turf.

Guests of the brewhouse can enjoy the experimental American-style craft beers while looking out over Long Lake. Birch’s on the Lake brings a new level of indulgence to any patron; delicious food, cold brews and spectacular views.

Special Events: Ice Bar, Every Friday & Saturday through the Super Bowl, 7-10 PM



Chef Zach Schugel created the menu to be a seafood lover’s dream – offering ceviche, poke, oysters, and heartier options like tuna steaks, blackened salmon, and diver caught scallops with chorizo and wild mushrooms.

Not a fish lover? Baja Haus has something delicious for you too: steak, Mexican street corn, even Pollo Loco “crazy chicken” with strawberry pico de gallo. And true to Baja Haus’ roots, and what Baja is famous for, is a full list of tacos from tempura fish to chicken tinga with tortillas made in-house, from scratch every day!

But possibly the best reason to visit Baja Haus is for its party-like atmosphere, large bar area, and a few of Wayzata’s most well-known drink masters, Josh Friedt, Troy Vasquez, and George Edellstein. The trio have crafted a cocktail program unlike any other.

With only the freshest ingredients, and an interior of oceanic blue and beachy surrounds (check out the surfboards and beach cruisers) you’ll swear you are on the Baja coast.


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Over the years, Gianni’s has earned a reputation for its juicy 22-ounce porterhouse, rib eye 12-ounce bone-in filet mignon topped with the smoothest, creamiest bearnaise sauce in town. Gianni’s is the perfect Twin Cities venue to share a romantic night out, celebrate a special occasion, host a private event or simply unwind with our happy hour.

Despite the expectation of red meat bliss–chops and fresh fish and are also on the menu for anyone who thinks he or she has been steered in the wrong direction. Gianni’s is upscale, but never uptight, with a welcoming neighborhood vibe and outstanding service that keeps locals coming back and visitors raving.

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Traditional American Cooking! ninetwentyfive, offers up new American plates.  Assimilating flavors from traditional American cooking techniques with high quality, fresh, regional meats, cheeses and produce.  We delicately integrate the innovative use of seasonings and sauces to create a fun, imaginative menu that includes a diverse array of appetizers, small plates and half portions.

Special Events: Special Live Music over the Super Bowl, extended hours until 3 AM Super Bowl Weekend



Benedict’s is Executive Chef Mike Rakun’s spin on the modern diner, a place where good family, friends, and food come together to make breakfast and lunch great again. It’s where the food and atmosphere are fun, simple, and approachable, a quintessential breakfast joint in a quintesential lakeside town. 



Located in downtown Wayzata along the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka, this original C?V location combines Midwest comfort and hospitality with the unmistakable allure and energy of Nantucket or the Hamptons. The coastal environment and water views transform the Minnesota lakeside into a unique East Coast getaway. The combination of high style and relaxation creates a charming atmosphere that few will want to leave.



When you open the oversized door and step inside, it feels as though you’ve entered a hip boutique hotel. The gleaming stainless steel and white subway tile framing the open kitchen gives the space a clean, streamlined look that is softened up by the reclaimed wood siding in the bar area, and a color palette in soothing tones of taupe and gray. Despite its 5,000-square-foot size, the restaurant feels comfortable and intimate instead of cavernous, thanks to partitions that divide the dining area into a series of inviting nooks. Like the combination of décor elements, the vibe manages to be relaxed, yet buzzing with energy at the same time!



High quality Italian Cuisine done simply and well.
Premium liquor, Craft cocktails & Beer.
Excellent customer service in a cozy, classy, casual setting.


We believe nourishing your healthy lifestyle goes beyond the kitchen. We are devoted to delivering an exceptionally crisp experience to our guests, not just with our chef-crafted & scratch-made menu, but also through our high standard of service, our belief in being 100% authentic, & our passionate commitment to our community.

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Tenderloin Sliders, Lobster Rolls, Butternut Squash Risotto, Fish & Chips, plus traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage are just a few of the items to tempt your tastebuds.
We proudly pour the best Guinness in town and feature several signature cocktails including an Irish Coffee


D’Amico & Sons offers flavorful and fresh Italian Pasta & Pizza in a casual neighborhood cafe setting complete with outdoor patio dining. Enjoy our variety of made-to-order pasta, pizza from the wood-burning oven, grill entrees, gourmet salads and antipasti, Italian sandwiches and bustas, seafood entrees, soup, dessert and our bottomless Vino D’Amici wine. Each month we’ll bring you a new features menu highlighting tasty seasonal dishes made from the freshest ingredients.


Sushi Fix offers unbelievably fresh fish and an even better environment. At Sushi Fix, the goal is to bring back Edo-mae style sushi, which is born on Streets of Tokyo, to Minnesota with modern flair.

We are a casual dining restaurant in Wayzata with a hard-working staff, a full menu and an open door.When you stop by, you’ll find more than just food and drinks. We’ll give you a feel for what our community is all about. Here at the Wayzata Bar & Grill, all are welcome. We want to get to know you!

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We are a cozy 55-seat restaurant in Hamel, Minnesota, on the western outskirts of the Twin Cities. We’re open 7 days a week, and offer phenomenal food, convenient catering and a decidedly down-home alternative to chain restaurants and fast food.


Over the years, Gina Maria’s has grown by making custom made pizzas, one at a time. We feature a simple menu with quality service and a special taste. Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or just appreciate good food, Gina Maria’s Pizza stands out from the rest.


Country Cupboard has not only the finest cakes and baked goods, soups and sandwiches, but a philosophy of love and kindness that every bride, party or special occasion needs.

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Casual American restaurant & bar known for its wood-fired chicken & steak entrees.

(Try the Wisconsin Cheese Curds!)


Outlet of a barbecue chain serving wood-smoked meats & sides in an American West-themed space.

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Wayzata Brew Works, offers guests a great view of Lake Minnetonka from inside the taproom and on the outdoor patio. Entering the 5,000 square-foot micro-production facility through the Boatworks building will get an up-close look at the tanks and equipment for brewing and distilling.


A Lake Minnetonka inspired microbrewery, right in the heart of Excelsior. The brewery is a full production brewery offering several unique brews. The brewery offers tours, growler sales and trucker caps. Stop by and let’s get to know each other.


Carver was a pioneer and frontiersman, a risk-taker and leader. He was inspired by the unknown. This spirit of discovery led him across unmapped lands and undiscovered territories. This same spirit that led pioneers like Jonathan Carver is found at the heart of our distillery. We are driven to succeed in an emerging and undefined industry. We are inspired by the rare opportunity before us; to master a craft that is as intriguing as it is challenging.