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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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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 44
    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
Very cozy and unique restaurant!

My husband and I stopped in here on a weekday visit to the north shore, and we were pleasantly surprised by the food and atmosphere. My husband had a burger and fries, but I opted for the sampler platter. Very good and unique! Lived being able to check out all the unique items for sale and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
Natalie J
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Had a fantastic Scandanavian meal! Homemade! Will be back this summer for herring here! Nothing fancy. Food quality is more important to me than decor! Red cabbage was the best! Lefse was so-so (nothing to brag about). Meatballs were super!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We drove up to try this place out and am I glad we did. A nice cozy place with a lake superior motiff. The food was SUPER. We had the prime rib and it was perfection itself, along with the Yukon gold potatoes and a wonderful mango craison side dish we left very full. The meal came with the salad... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in here on a weekday visit to the north shore, and we were pleasantly surprised by the food and atmosphere. My husband had a burger and fries, but I opted for the sampler platter. Very good and unique! Lived being able to check out all the unique items for sale and beautiful scenery!

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Rosemount, Minnesota
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
27 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 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
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
34 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?