You don’t have to leave the Lakeville, MN area to find delicious food and great service. Whether you’re craving a juicy burger, a gourmet steak dinner or a delish cupcake, Lakeville has what you’re looking for!
Taste your way through these 14 restaurants in the Lakeville area and let us know which specialty is your favorite!
Nacho Typical Rueben
Since Lakeville Brewing Co. opened its doors in downtown Lakeville, MN in June 2016, the Reuben Nachos have been a crowd favorite. This twist on the classic Rueben sandwich features crispy fried Danish bread topped high with tender corned beef, tangy kraut and melted cheese, served with a side of Thousand Island sauce for dipping. Paired with the brewery’s very own Irish Ale, you’ll be saying, “Sláinte!” (That’s “cheers” for you non-Irish speaking folks).
A Prime Dining Experience
If you’re looking for a steakhouse that is truly a cut above the rest, look no further than Porterhouse Steaks & Seafood in Lakeville, MN. True to its name, steak is the star at this classic dinner house. From the thick and juicy top sirloin to the signature filet mignon, each cut of aged Angus beef is served with a choice of salad and side dishes – a rare find in a market dominated by a la carte menus. If you’re looking to add a little surf to your turf, you’ll have trouble choosing between the Nova Scotia twin lobster tails or Alaskan whole king crab legs, to name just two of the many delectable seafood options.
Crowd-Pleasing Comfort Food
Some dishes are so popular that they have a permanent position on a restaurant’s menu. Such is the case with the Original Bull Bites at Rudy’s Redeye Grill in Lakeville, MN. These Cajun spiced steak tips are grilled to perfection and served with béarnaise and horseradish sauce for dipping, and frizzled onions. If veggies are more your style, you’ll love Rudy’s Bull Bites & Vegetables salad with asparagus, red pepper, baby portabella, red onion, bleu cheese crumbles and balsamic blue cheese dressing.
Your Hunt for the Best Burger Ends Here
Located in the Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club in Prior Lake, MN, Triggers Saloon & Supper Club is a hidden gem, frequented by locals, visitors and hunters alike. The restaurant’s namesake entree, the Trigger Burger, may very well be the best burger in town. A half-pound of mouthwatering beef is topped with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese and bacon, and served on a grilled bun. If unique eats are your style, set your sights on the elk nachos, duck fingers or pheasant quesadilla.
Baldy’s BBQ tagline is, “Best BBQ in town” and they’re not lying. Whether you’re dining in, carrying out or catering your next event, this Lakeville, MN, BBQ joint delivers the flavor you’re looking for. Ribs, brisket, pork, chicken, turkey and sausage are smoked to perfection. Whether seasoned with dry rub or tossed with Baldy’s original BBQ sauce, you’ll love every juicy bite. Choose from home-style side dishes like cheesy corn bake, mashed potatoes, creamy coleslaw, BBQ beans and French fries for a finger-licking good meal.
A cheese board is a great way to try a variety of new flavors. At Barley + Vine Kitchen and Bar in Lakeville, MN, you’ll find interesting local cheeses, from Amablu in Faribault, MN, and Red Rock Roelli in Shullsburg, WI, to Stickney Hills Goat in Kimball, MN. Sample cheeses from across the pond, including Brie from France, Juusto from Finland, and Frizzoni Parmesan from Italy. Your customized cheese board is served with palate-cleansing dried fruit, mixed nuts, and a house baguette.
Satisfy Your “Meat Tooth”
Bourbon Butcher Kitchen + Bar is a southern-style eatery in Farmington, MN, offering brisket, chicken, sausage, steaks and baby back ribs – all smoked in-house – plus the biggest selection of whisky south of the river. If you’re looking to try everything the butcher offers, the Butcher’s Plate will not disappoint. The full bar serves up more than 150 whiskies and a variety of unique handcrafted cocktails to whet your whistle. Bring your quarters for the Throwback Arcade, which has games from the 1980s such as Ms. Pacman, Mario Bros, Asteroids and more.
A Rockin’ Good Meal
What started as an 80s themed food truck, is now a brick and mortar restaurant in downtown Lakeville, MN. From the décor down to the names of its entrees, Heavy Metal Grill takes its hard rock theme seriously. Whether you order the Iron Maiden – their version of the juicy Lucy; the Meatallica – a single burger topped with sliced ham, bacon, grilled hotdog and American cheese; or the Almost Famous Funky Philly – shaved ribeye topped with grilled onions, Cheez Whiz, prov-mozz and Motley sauce – you’ll understand why the restaurant’s motto is, “Food that Rocks.”
Brunch with a View
Since 1968, Ruppert’s Chart House Restaurant & Event Center has been serving up award-winning cuisine on the scenic shores of Lake Kingsley in Lakeville, MN. On Sundays, you don’t want to miss Chart House’s legendary brunch, which features all-you-can-drink champagne and juices, a carving station with prime rib, made-to-order omelets and waffles, and a stunning assortment of breakfast, entrée, salad and dessert options. Coupled with a beautiful view, it’s the perfect way to start your Sunday.
Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too
Sweet Treasures is Lakeville, MN’s premier dessert destination for unique cakes and cupcakes made with real, organic ingredients. There are flavors to suit every whim, from Caramel Macchiato and Peanut Butter Crunch to Strawberry Lemonade, French Toast and Holy Cannoli, many which come in gluten-free varieties. This bakery’s cakes are so amazing that its owner Ann Alaboud appeared on Food Network’s show, “Cake Wars” in 2016. Ann won the challenge, bringing home $10,000 to invest in her business and scoring her recipe a spot on the Food Network website.
A Gluten-Free Pizza That’s Full of Flavor
A local pizzeria has perfected the gluten-free pie: Ole Piper Restaurant & Sports Bar in Rosemount, MN. This family-run sports bar has been a neighborhood mainstay for more than 30 years.
Scratch Made American Fare
Amongst their American dishes, Harry’s Café of Lakeville, MN, features a made from scratch coconut ice cream on their dessert menu deemed “the best dairy-free desert in town!”
Sustaining the Legacy of Local Farms
“Farm to Table” is more than just a name – it’s a philosophy embodied in every item on Morgan’s Farm to Table menu. This Burnsville, MN, restaurant works with local farmers to offer mouthwatering entrees like its top-selling Grass-fed Filet Mignon from Wisconsin-based Strauss Farms.
Lakeville’s Original Diner
For more than 40 years, hearty portions of old-fashioned comfort food, like their down-home skillets and legendary pancakes, have been served in this rustic retro Lakeville, MN diner, The Buckboard Family Restaurant.