Minnesota has some pretty well known restaurants. Two that I think of right off the top of my head include Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, home of the original Juicy Lucy, and Mickey's Diner in St. Paul.

But what about the most beautiful restaurants in Minnesota?

What makes them the most beautiful? According to Only in Your State, the amazing surroundings, the gorgeous interior, and delicious food are the three items taken into account. One of the 10 is actually close by in Rochester!

Let's start off the list with...

Pickwick Restaurant and Pub - Duluth

This landmark has been around since 1914! They are known for their homemade soups and award-winning, char-grilled steaks. The Pickwick technically opened in 1888 but operated as the Old Saloon under Fitger's Brewery and then started independent operation in 1914. The restaurant has tons of European-style woodwork and furniture as a hat tip to Duluth's immigrants. Check out their website here.

Pickwick Restaurant

The Classic Grill at Madden's - Brainerd

Situated on Gull Lake, this restaurant has a beautiful view! Their menu is locally-inspired and features a full lounge area. The Classic Grill is a part of a restort called Madden's on Gull Lake. You can stay at their resort, check out the spa, and play a game of gold while you're there! Check out The Classic Grill website here. The restaurant is actually currently closed but is re-opening on April 6th!

The Classic Grill at Madden's on Gull Lake







Anton's Restaurant - Waite Park

A family owned restaurant along the Sauk River. This restaurant is an authentic log cabin and the menu features steaks, seafood, ribs, and popovers. Anton's started back in the 1920's as Bricky's, which was a speakeasy during prohibition and this history and it's interesting stories is what gives Anton's it's atmosphere today! Check out their website here and read more about the interesting history.

Anton's Restaurant

Terza - Rochester

A beautiful restaurant near us in Southern Minnesota, in Rochester! Terza focuses on the bountiful flavors of Italy and "was created in the spirit of Dell' Anima which means 'soul of the pasta.'"  All of the recipes are created in house and they are "committed to Organic Glen plum tomatoes, sustainable Norwegian salmon, fresh fish and wild caught calamari." Check out their website here.

Terza Restaurant







Justine's at the Gunflint Lodge - Grand Marais

Justine's is also a part of a resort, a destination for families, honeymooners, and fishers alike. Up in Northern Minnesota and nestled on Gunflint Lake the scenery is beautiful! If while checking out the restaurant you want to stay the night they offer cabins for people to stay. Check out the restaurant and the lodge here.

Justine's at Gunflint Lodge







JJ Astor Restaurant & Lounge - Duluth

This restaurant is on the 16th floor of the Raddison hotel in Duluth and it ROTATES. You get an amazing full 360 degree view of downtown Duluth and Lake Superior while dining in comfy armchairs. Their menu features fresh seafood and produce from local fisherman and farmers. Check out their website here.

Murray's - Minneapolis

A steakhouse that has been around since 1946, this restaurant is a classic. You can stop by for a classic cocktail crafted with local spirits or order one of their nationally renowned steaks. They brought home their first award, the prestigious Silver Butter Knife Award, back in 1951 and have continued to serve great meat since. Learn more about Murray's and that award at their website.

Bar Harbor Supper Club - Nisswa

Bar Harbor actually started back in 1937 and most of their revenue was originally made through liquor and gambling. The gambling came to an end around 1948 and the owner, Erv Anderson, finally added a kitchen and expanded the dance floor. Years later there was a huge fire which required the entire restaurant to be restructured. Today, Bar Harbor focuses on high quality foods and service on beautiful Gull Lake.

Bluefin Grille - Tofte

Yet another restaurant on this list that is a part of a resort along the North Shore of Lake Superior! This restaurant took full advantage of the beautiful area they are located and they have large windows so you can look our at Lake Superior while you eat. Their menu is inspired by local cuisine, fresh, seasonal, and local. Check out the restaurant and resort here.

Acqua Restaurant - Forest Lake

Another Italian inspired restaurant, Acqua is located on the north side of Forest Lake. Their menu features the highest quality local ingredients. If you go during warmer times of the year, you can enjoy their outdoor seating right on Forest Lake with an amazing view! Check out more information about Acqua here.


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