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1040 Main St, Beaver Bay, MN 55601
218-226-3012
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
So-so Scandy food, the real gem is a mile north up the road

I believe the name has changed to Northern Lights Roadhouse. On our ski trip to Lutsen, we stopped in here for a quick bite for lunch. The place has a cozy feel to it, with a small gift shop, sit down restaurant and tiny bar area. We chose the bar area because of the cougar behind the bar….um... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Jake B
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Rosemount, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rosemount, Minnesota
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I believe the name has changed to Northern Lights Roadhouse. On our ski trip to Lutsen, we stopped in here for a quick bite for lunch. The place has a cozy feel to it, with a small gift shop, sit down restaurant and tiny bar area. We chose the bar area because of the cougar behind the bar….um, I mean... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Of all the restaurants in the Northshore area that I've been to this one would be my favorite. While their regular burgers leave alot to be desired their "hometown" specialties are mouth wateringly wonderful. The best thing on the whole menu is the cheesy wildrice mushrooms. The ooey-gooey heaven in a bowl that begins the meal could be a whole... More 

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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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89 reviews 89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Love, love, love the elk shepherd's pie - fruit pies are pretty good, too! Nice view of The Lake, patio seating if the weather permits.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Northern Lights Cafe is keeping it oh-so-real on the North Shore. The decor is kitschy cool and funky and the view of the lake is fantastic. The food is Scandinavian, hearty, and yummy. That's right, I said yummy. We had the gravlax, which I wish would have been sliced a little thinner, but it came with the perfect accompaniments.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Had a traditional Swedish meatball dinner and it was spot on perfect! Can't beat the views of the ever changing mood of Lake Superior either. Always stop here when we vacation on the shore.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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92 reviews 92 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We were here on a Thursday evening in September. The restaurant filled up fast and the service was really slow because there was only one server, then another arrived. Good food a reasonable price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This was not my favorite place to eat. The salad bar was not well stocked like missing lettuce. The service was just ok and the server never did not check back with us to see how our food was. Too many customers for the number of dervers. I ordered salad bar instead of French fries. The fries came anyway and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lovely lake view and garden but food is awful! Their idea of mango salsa is canned fruit with maraschino cherries. Basic seasoning for fish is unpalatable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I enjoyed the Northwoods Sampler lunch plate, which was mostly wonderful -- tasty soup with delicious warm breadsticks, small piece of Pan-fried walleye, and greens with the house made mango salsa. The only thing I didn't care for was the slice of quiche - the pastry was a bit soggy and greasy and I wondered if it was leftover from... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Definitely get the north shore sampler. Everything on it tastes great. It was 12.99 at lunch price. Wife ordered the walleye sandwhich Which was good, but we both agreed the sampler was better.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1040 Main St, Beaver Bay, MN 55601
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Beaver Bay
  • Phone Number: 218-226-3012

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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