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Trail Center Lodge

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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7611 Gunflint Trl, Grand Marais, MN 55604-2048
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is very friendly. The restaurant is decorated with historic relics and signs. There is a small store in the front for some gifts and a few staples

Thank Carol C
Burnsville, Minnesota
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been visiting Trail Center for several years. Usually hit the boundary waters at least once a year and a meal here is a necessity!!! Staff are always more than friendly and the food is always good. You can't go wrong by stopping in at Trail Center. It can be a little pricey...but so are most things on the trail. I... More 

Thank TravelinBob76
Marion, Iowa
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just spent 6 nights at Gunflint Lodge and ate here twice. Trail Center is awesome. The entire atmosphere - it is years of antiques and junk - the good kind LOl. Such a funky fun place - right down to the eclectic music playing and Sue the happiest, spunkiest and fastest waitress on Gunflint Trail. Sue is THE best.... More 

Thank mom2sassypants
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group of 12 enjoyed 2 tables in the cozy and rustic lodge. Ribs were awesome. Kids liked the burger and malt option. Our service was kind and genuine. We waited a good 40 minutes for tables, but when on vacation, all you have is time. Our gluten-free person was able to order an Udis bun for her burger...much appreciated.

Thank koestlerk
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this place - always have to eat burgers here every July on our vacation to Bearskin Lodge. The staff is amazing, the decor is a collection of many things - wow. Great malts, great servers, just great.

Thank Lori B
Des Moines, United States
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visit yearly, this year we stayed for a week...wonderful Staff, Fabulous food, clean comfortable Cabin. We will be visiting again next year.

Thank Charles H
Duluth, Minnesota
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100 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best BBQ ribs in the world as well as the broiled shrimp and malts!! YUM! When and if possible - ask for Sue to be you server!! She is also the best in the world!!

Thank BobandMunda
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Long wait to sit. Even longer wait for the food! Waitress was very inattentive, did not even offer drinks. The food was average to below average. One of us ordered a ribeye special and the whole piece of meat was inedible due to grisel.

Thank Harts4
Trailwood, Owner at Trail Center Lodge, responded to this review

I am sorry you had a poor experience at our little restaurant. We hate it when people are unsatisfied, truly, we care. We have had one crazy busy evening this July so far so (hence the long wait) I am pretty sure what night you dined with us. We have 10 tables in our restaurant with 168 people on the... More 

Oakdale, Minnesota
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch while driving the Gunflint trail and it was a great choice. We were a little disappointed that we couldn't eat outside- too many bear concerns lately. Inside was cozy and had a very "up-north" feel to it. There were lots of options on the menu and we enjoyed our choices. Also, they had tasty malts... More 

Thank Jordan R
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located quite remotely, Trail Center is a quaint little general store/bar-restaurant that you won't want to pass by. We always stop in here after hiking or snow shoeing on one of the local trails, and it ALWAYS hits the spot! In fact, sometimes I think I actually plan hikes in the area just so that I can stop in afterwards.

Thank wonderfulworld123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7611 Gunflint Trl, Grand Marais, MN 55604-2048
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Grand Marais
  • Phone Number: +1.2183882214

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?