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Trail Center Lodge

7611 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN 55604
218 388 2214
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Ranked #3 of 30 restaurants in Grand Marais
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Rochester, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Great menu selection, many specials, great atmosphere, great service. They know how to do it! We have usually gone in the winter, so have not had to wait. But still the same great food and service. Don't drive past more than once (you'll have to go by on the way out).

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Half way up, or down, the Gunflint Trail on Poplar Lake is Trail Center Lodge. Whether you are hungry or just need a stop, this is worth a stop.

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Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We travel the Grand Marais Nd the Gunflint Trail area every year and have for over 20 years. Trail Center is one if our favorite places to eat. The charming up north decor in a log building is fun to look at while you are waiting for your food. The food is amazing and service is always friendly. We have... More

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We stopped here after hiking the Caribou Rock Trail this fall. The service was great and the food was very good and reasonably priced. We will stop here again to eat when we are on the Gunflint.

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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The food is great and the milkshakes are even better. We had chocolate and mint. The kids wanted to go back the next day.

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Mitchellville, Ia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

After two different locals recommended this one, we just had to try it. This was worth the 20 mile drive up the Gunflint Trail. Our waitress was friendly and fun. She obviously loved her job and every customer could tell! The food was great and prices were very reasonable. The crowd appeared to be locals and tourists visiting the area.

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Savage, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We were up here on our honeymoon! The service and food was EXCELLENT! We were looking for somewhere good to eat on an evening out and asked around. We got a couple of suggestions and the place most people up on the trail suggested is the Trail Center! We tried it and ended up going there on both night outs.... More

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Eagan, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We visited for lunch on a rainy Monday, and had excellent service! Yummy cheese curds with their own bbq sauce, an open faced chili cheeseburger & fries, and some nachos. Nice selection of food items on the menu - it was hard to choose. Their own homemade chili would have been awesome with some bread, after having it on my... More

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Not sure that there ARE malts elsewhere on the trail but why look when you can get them at Trail Center. Lunch was excellent too: great portion size, lots of options, plenty for the kids to like too. The grocery store even had a boxed cobbler-making kit to help us use up all the wild blueberries we picked further up... More

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Gunnison, Colorado
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175 reviews 175 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We stayed on Gunflint Trail & ate dinner twice at Trail Center. Both times the waitresses were friendly & the food appeared very quickly! The dinner salads with our meals were huge & the salad dressings were excellent. I had the 1/2 rack of BBQ ribs in their special sauce (meat soo tender, it fell off the bones) & broiled... More

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