About the Lake Elmo Inn
Lake Elmo Inn: a tradition of excellence based on a passion for great food.
At the Lake Elmo Inn, we understand that a successful restaurant begins with a passion for the food and atmosphere you create. Our talented team of chefs take great care to select and pair only the finest ingredients to create tempting and memorable culinary experiences. Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff works tirelessly to provide outstanding service.
Together, they’re the recipe for a perfect dining experience. Come visit us at the restaurant or have a celebration at the Event Center: you’ll be delighted.
Lake Elmo Inn Restaurant
At The Lake Elmo Inn restaurant, we believe food tastes best when it’s kept simple. We use the freshest ingredients and prepare them in a way that enhances their natural flavors and delights your taste buds. Our food has earned awards from noted establishments like Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and the Minnesota Restaurant Association. However, the greatest compliments are raves and repeated reservations from patrons like you.
Mpls./St. Paul Magazine Awards:
First Place: Top 10 Twin Cities Restaurant, Service, Special Occasion, Wine List, Brunch
Second Place: Dessert
Third Place: Romantic Setting, Comfort Food
Fifth Place: Twin Cities Institutions, Salads
Lake Elmo Inn Event Center
In 2006, John and Christine Schiltz remodeled and opened the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center, with the vision of helping clients celebrate life’s big moments with the renowned food and service from the Lake Elmo Inn restaurant. John and Christine have over 40 years combined experience catering weddings, corporate events, private parties, and fundraising drives. They use this knowledge to help clients plan and create events they’ll never forget.
Chef John Schiltz
John Schiltz is an award-winning Chef with humble beginnings. He started his restaurant career at the age of 16 as a dishwasher at the Lake Elmo Inn. Then, of course, the restaurant was under different ownership, but John dreamed that one day he would own the Inn, providing world class dining experiences to the community he loved. John honed his culinary skills by spending time at some of the finest restaurants in the country, including the Hyatt in Des Moines, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. In 1983, he heard that his former boss at the Lake Elmo Inn had put the restaurant up for sale: immediately, John bought it. Since then, John has built excellent relationships with customers, employees, and the community. In 2006, John was awarded the top honor as Restaurateur of the year. He continues to provide world-class dining experiences close to home.