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Trail Center Lodge

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American, Bar, Pub
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7611 Gunflint Trl, Grand Marais, MN 55604-2048
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Pittsburg, Kansas
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere and food! My favorite is the walleye sandwich. My husband's is the chocolate malt. We both love the Friday night "All you can eat fish fry." Don't miss it!

Thank Shirley D
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent this past weekend on the Gunflint Trail and there weren't many choices to choose from for food. We ended up going to the Trail Center for dinner Sunday night - we weren't disappointed. There is a store inside with basic necessities and various dried stews/chili/soups for camping. Behind the store is the restaurant. Plenty of seating, average food... More 

Thank ExitNo9
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to Trail Center on the suggestion of our lodge owner. Busy place, but the wait is well worth it. Best food I've had in a long time. The hard working staff gets two thumbs up.

Thank Scott B
Arlington Heights, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I recently had dinner at the Trail Center after our trip into BWCA. It was a Friday evening so we were able to enjoy the all you can eat Fish Fry. It was fantastic. The huge pieces of Alaskan white fish were perfectly battered, golden and delicious. Some of my friends had burgers and they really liked... More 

Thank cmskid
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Only visited one restaurant on this trip and it was wonderful. Trail Center has a welcoming ambiance, great waitress (sorry I didn't get her name), large portions, fair prices and a terrific chef.

Thank James S
Duluth, Minnesota
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This business is located about 20 miles from Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail. It is an older building, decorated with old license plates, stuffed animals, old animal traps and an old antique gasoline pump. Service was good, staff is friendly, Food was excellent, but the order of one pancake is huge, Most people can't finish it. Usually is cut... More 

Thank Ronmh
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the BBQ ribs and the meal was great! There were large portions as well. The gift shop was fun too

Thank Becky P
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for dinner our 1st night during recent visit to Gunflint Trail. Absolute best rib eye steak I've had in years! Beer cheese soup was also excellent. Highly recommended for a food stop.

Thank Eric K
Scandia, Minnesota, United States
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With pancakes bigger than your head and stout coffee, this is a must stop for breakfast before or after your BW trip! The ambiance and service are fabulous and food was cooked perfectly!

Thank Carrie W
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped for lunch on our day trip of the Gunflint trail. Great place with a store/bar/restaurant. Food was excellent and the staff/ service were very friendly. Try the chocolate malts- they were delicious!

Thank Jen D

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?