Justine’s at Gunflint Lodge

#1 – Most Romantic Restaurants Worth a Short Drive

Star Tribune, February 10, 2017

Restaurant Hours

Breakfast: 7 am – 11 am

Bistro: 11:30 am – 10 pm

Dinner Entree’s are served 5 to 9 (full Bistro menu is available during dinner hours)
Dinner Reservations Required

When people talk about Gunflint Lodge, great food quickly becomes part of the conversation. We have been serving fine Northwoods cuisine for more than 80 years. The dining rooms are located inside the main Lodge with a lakeside patio, and feature a panoramic view of Gunflint Lake with some amazing sights and glorious sunsets. Named by the Star Tribune as one of the 10 Most Romantic Restaurants Within a Short Drive from the Twin Cities, Justine’s serves hearty Northwoods fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We make extensive use of native ingredients, including walleye, 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. Make Justine’s your dining choice – whether for a romantic dinner for two or a family meal at the lake.

Cabin Delivery is available for a $10 Delivery Fee and 20% gratuity.

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 several choices of toast and English muffins.

From 11:30 a.m. until closing, the Bistro menu offers choices 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 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Justine’s dining room. They include a variety of nightly specials, We always offer our walleye specialty–beer batter deep fried, with a sweet/sour mango sauce.

A full-service bar serves beers, including a selection of locally brewed and handcrafted beers, an extensive wine list including domestic and imported selections, and a variety of signature cocktails, many using Minnesota ingredients and spirits.

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 coleslaw, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, corn, fresh bread out of the wood fired bake oven, and all topped off with a nice homemade dessert.

There is always a children’s menu, offering mac and cheese, fish, hamburger, hot dog and more, so they can enjoy some of their favorite foods.

We send our compliments especially to the entire kitchen staff, whose attention to both the basics and details of a Thanksgiving f?te were laudable! Suggested title for a guest activity (if it is not already a thing?): The art of smoking foods? – led by your very knowledgable cooks.
Veronica & Frank W., 2017