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“Good food, good place!”

Papa Charlie's Tavern & Stage
Ranked #3 of 8 Restaurants in Lutsen
Price range: $9 - $29
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Serving lunch, dinner, and the region's best entertainment, Papa Charlie's has something for everyone! Whether you're looking for family dining with a view, gathering with friends at the bar, outdoor dining on the scenic deck, a spirited game of fusball, watching the game on the big screen or the region's best musical entertainment during the ski season, it's the place to be at Lutsen Mountains. So enjoy your favorite beverage, shoot pool, play games, relax and have fun.
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good food, good place!”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

I have been there several times during the ski season and I really liked this place. There are good food, good service and good music during the night!

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Roberto I
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LM_Customer_Service, Customer Service at Papa Charlie's Tavern & Stage, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
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Louisville, Colorado
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334 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Greatly exceeded expectations”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

We decided to go to PC's rather than drive into town because it is part of the adventure of staying on the mountain -- just walking from your condo to dinner. I was sure this was going to be just burgers, chicken fingers and bad pizza. And maybe that's why my review is so high -- but this place greatly exceeded my expectations. They had items on the menu that were pretty creative (a turkey panini, with brie cheese and grilled apple; a grilled romaine salad with a unique dressing; a veggie burger that sounded pretty interesting). And many of the items were with organic ingredients, which is something that is really refreshing given that this is basically the only game in town for this part of the mountain. We had the above mentioned turkey panini, salad and a veggie pasta dish that was pretty good. They also had a fair number of local beers on draft. So, yes, it was pricey (location, location, location), but the food could hold its own off the mountain. Oh, and our waitress was great.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Russell M
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LM_Customer_Service, Customer Service at Papa Charlie's Tavern & Stage, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and couldn't agree more about the Turkey Panini! We look forward to your next stay with us here.
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worst Experience on the North Shore”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

Wow is this place awful! I have never given 1 star, but this is well deserved. The service was terrible; we asked numerous times for extra sour cream, water, drinks, etc. and not one thing was accommodated. The food was overpriced and not well prepared or presented. I had to go to the bar to get the check (which was the only time I was directly acknowledged aside from placing my order). At that point, I was given a total bill. I requested an itemized bill and was given a dirty look for doing so. As I had anticipated, I was charged for several things that never arrived! We will never return to this establishment...there is nothing worth our time. Also, on a side note - the bathrooms were absolutely disgusting!

  • Visited March 2014
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4 Thank NKWarren
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Poor Management!”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

More like non-existent management. Stopped in for dinner and drinks, where we were quickly led to our table, and there we waited for 15+min just for a drink order. The one bartender was more interested in serving and talking to the locals at one corner of the bar than helping the other customers. Food was nothing spectacular and overpriced. Drinks were very weak and costly.

They clearly have this don't care attitude, thinking we are a captive audience. The ski area is great, but this is under different management. Save some cash and bring your own food and drinks when you come out to ski.

  • Visited March 2014
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4 Thank 14carrocks
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Exceptional!”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

We've been coming to Lutsen for years and have tried most of the places in the area. After reading the poor reviews of Papa Charlie's we almost didn't go there to eat, thinking that maybe it deteriorated in the past year or so. Not going to Papa Charlie's would have been a big mistake, and we are so glad we ate there. Papa Charlie's provided one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we've had in a long time. We were warmly greeted when we arrived and seated at a table by the window. Throughout the evening, our server went above and beyond the norm (and got a substantial tip). He gave great advice on appetizers, entrees, desserts and local on-tap brews. The food and drinks came at a good pace, not too fast and not slow. After having a bad experience the previous night at another local restaurant, we opted for simpler fare at Papa Charlie's, although they offer some nice entrees that we've enjoyed in the past. Regardless, we couldn't resist the smoked trout pate appetizer, which was truly exceptional. Our entrees, the walleye sandwich and wild rice veggie burger were great. Although we had spent the day skiing, each entree had so much food we could not finish them. Live music started in the bar next door while we were eating and added a wonderful ambience. We mentioned this to our server as we were considering dessert, and he suggested we take our beers to the bar and he would bring us our desserts (wonderful chocolate tortes). The musicians were incredibly talented, so an enjoyable evening continued. We got to enjoy a wonderful dinner, live music in a beautiful restaurant on the mountain. Have no doubt, the next time we are in Lutsen, we are going to Papa Charlie's.

Visited March 2014
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3 Thank Rich L
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LM_Customer_Service, Customer Services at Papa Charlie's Tavern & Stage, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to share your feedback with us! If you wouldn't mind emailing us the name of your server to customerservice@lutsen.com, we would love to share with them your review. We look forward to having you here with us again on your next visit.
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