Red Paddle Bistro and Justine’s Fine Dining
Our dining rooms are located inside the main Lodge, and feature a panoramic view of Gunflint Lake with some amazing sights and glorious sunsets. In the winter, deer gather at the feeder outside the dining room windows to graze on the food that we put out for them. We serve hearty Northwoods fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We make extensive use of native ingredients, including wild berries, maple syrup, wild rice, and mushrooms.
While most of our cabins include kitchens, there’s really little reason to cook when you can walk right over to a fine meal prepared to order and served at your table by the window – or beside a crackling fire in the native stone fireplace that adds warmth and charm to the dining room.
The dining room is open year around (except Christmas day when we give our staff the day off). Breakfasts range from $4.95 to $12.95, lunches from $8.95 to 14.95 and dinners from $14.95 to $29.95.
Our Happy Hour, with complimentary appetizers, is offered from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m daily from Jan 1 to early April.
When people talk about Gunflint, great food quickly becomes part of the conversation. We have been serving fine Northwood’s cuisine for 80+years.
Breakfasts range from homemade oatmeal (with raisins, brown sugar and nuts), to blueberry buttermilk pancakes, to custom made omelets, to waffles. There is also fresh fruit, juices, and 3 or 4 kinds of toasts/english muffins.
In the summer breakfasts are served from 7 a.m. to 11:30 until we transition over to our lunch/dinner menu which is available until 10 p.m. in the evening. In the winter the meal hours change a bit–starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m.
From 11:31 a.m. until closing, the Red Paddle Bistro has offerings ranging from our signature homemade walleye chowder, to a soup of the day, homemade chili, a variety of appetizers (all homemade), wraps, many different salads, hot and cold sandwiches, several walleye choices, and a variety of desserts.
Dinner entrees are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Justine’s Fine Dining. They include a steak, a chicken breast (offered a variety of ways), a pork loin or chop, two styles of walleye, and a pasta/vegetarian meal. We always offer our walleye specialty–beer batter deep fried, with a sweet/sour mango sauce.
A small bar area serves beers, wines and cocktails, including both a red and white Gunflint wine, grown and bottled in southern Minnesota.
In the summer the lodge patio is a place where you can sit and sip a drink before dinner, or come in on a hot afternoon for a refreshing beverage. It is also a place where you can enjoy a cordial while watching the sun set over Gunflint Lake.
On Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day a tasty BBQ cookout is offered for the evening meal. It includes dry rubbed ribs smoked over hickory for several hours, smoked chicken and smoked salmon. Then there is the fresh fruit, the homemade coldslaw, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, corn, fresh bread out of the wood fired bake oven, and all topped off with a nice homemade dessert.
During the week the wood fired oven is cranked up for homemade pizza and various breads.
There is always a childrens menu, offering mac and cheese, fish, hamburger, hot dog and more, so they can enjoy some of their favorite foods.