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“Eating On the Lake!”
Review of Maynard's

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Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in Excelsior
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Richmond, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Eating On the Lake!”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

My biggest grip about this eatery is that it is virtually impossible to find a parking place close bye at almost anytime. We ended up parking about three streets away and walking to the place for dinner. This restaurant is large, but has a lot of outdoor seating on or near the water - a very popular place so would recommend making reservations early. The food was good, had the Walleye fillet which this area is known for, but they use Canadian walleye not those locally caught. Fairly expensive for the food, but the atmosphere makes up for that. A place to visit if in the area for nothing more than to say you were there!

  • Visited July 2014
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Chaska, Minnesota, United States
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“You'd better plan on making a reservation”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

Excelsior is so fortunate with it's restaurants. Maynard's is especially valuable with its varied menu, pub-like bar section, and ample restaurant area, including outdoor seating by the lake in the summer.

The menu is varied, from sandwiches to meals to satisfy everyone.

But count on crowds. Fortunately they do take reservations, but don't plan to make them at the last minute. They may be able to seat you anyway, but you should probably count on having a drink or two in the bar area before you get a table.

Oh yes, their Sunday brunch is great with a really wide variety of food. I mean really varied. I get my fill of salmon and pickled herring, for example. Just a couple of the many things available. Plan to be hungry when you go there, because you'll want to eat a lot.

With all that activity, the noise level is quite tolerable -- never reaching the level of din one suffers in some restaurants. You can carry on a comfortable conversation.

Visited July 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Seating on the wharf area”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had lunch at Maynard's on the Fourth of July. We were expecting a long wait for a table outside so when the hostess offered us the open seating "on the wharf" (didn't know Minnesota has wharfs) we decided to take it. The table was right by the water, which was nice. The menu is very very short and the food is all served in plastic baskets with plastic silverware. I would suggest waiting for a regular table on the patio.

  • Visited July 2014
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Key West, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful location, food, and service”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Maynard's has a wonderful location on Lake Minnetonka and you can eat inside with a view of the lake or outside on the patio. Eleven of us including kids had lunch at Maynard's. The food was great including the walleye. The service was friendly, helpful, attentive and patient since our group didn't all arrive at the same time. Two servers made sure everyone was served promptly and continually checked to see if we had everything we wanted. We really appreciated their making our family gathering a happy occasion.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Joan W
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“A hoppin' place on a summer Saturday evening”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is the place to be for eating outside on Lake Minnetonka. The parking lot was jammed--fortunately they have complimentary valet parking. There were twelve parties ahead of us when we checked in; no reservations taken for eating on the patio or deck. If you arrive by boat there are boat slips, but this year the water is so high that the dock was under a couple of inches of water. The crowd was a variety of ages, some older couples, some families and plenty of twenty-somethings. We found a table at the bar and were pleasantly surprised when the wait was only about 20 minutes. Our table was on the patio (no smoking there) and the umbrella over our table didn't really shade the setting sun. There is a good selection of sandwiches, burgers and salads and six or eight entrees. One of us had the szechwuan beef tips over rice--tender and spicy, one had the salmon special--no complaints, but no raves either, and the other person in our party had a burger and fries. It looked good. The service was attentive and friendly. It was fun to watch the crowd. All and all, a great place for an outdoor summer meal.

  • Visited June 2014
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