Looking to tour Lake Minnetonka by boat or by car? Regardless of your mode of transport, you will be able to visit the same bars and restaurants. Below we highlight some of the most popular spots around the lake, including some lesser-known gems.
The ultimate party bar stop. Here, you will find everyone from Harley-Davidson bikers to BMW drivers to fishing boats at the dock coupled with yachts next door. It’s that widespread, and so is the menu that it serves both in terms of food and drink. During the summer, it is almost too crowded on any given night and if you go on the weekend, you better have a reservation or the patience to wait since it might be a while before getting a table. Make sure to check out the Bloody Marys.
The ultimate brewery on Lake Minnetonka. Not only does this brewery have a wide range of stout, lager, IPA, and non-alcoholic drinks available, it also has a revolving door of food trucks appear at its location, including BBQ, Vietnamese food, and tacos. This location has a great view of Lake Minnetonka and is nearby a well-known drive-in restaurant.
Speaking of drive-in restaurants, the Minnetonka Drive In is one of the more unique locations around Lake Minnetonka. Not only is it one of the few drive-in restaurants in the Twin Cities, you will also commonly see classic cars lined up in the parking lot. This restaurant is just down the road from Backchannel and tastes particularly well after a few beers.
Want something high end on Lake Minnetonka that also happens to be one of the top restaurants in the Twin Cities? Look no further than Vann. Featuring Japanese Wahyu steak, trout, scallops, and all other sorts of artisan dishes, this is not for the casual dining experience. Make sure to make a reservation, as spots fill up very quickly.
Treat yourself with a great tasting ice cream cone or malt from one of the most sought out after ice cream parlors in the Twin Cities, located conveniently about 2 minutes from the docks in Excelsior. From fudge brownie to cotton candy flavored ice cream, you cannot go wrong with this parlor.
The COV is a chic, modern restaurant that can be affordable or expensive as you want. From reasonably priced hamburgers to expensive entrees, this restaurant boasts it all. Located in downtown Wayzata with views directly of Lake Minnetonka, most people who frequent Lake Minnetonka should eventually visit here.