2021 Brainerd Lakes Area Dining Guide

Reviews from over 30 of the Brainerd Lakes Area's best eating and entertaining establishments.

At the b•merri gastropub (in The Woods complex, Brainerd) the steaks are chef selected and cut.


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• Dunmire’s Bar & Grill, Slice on Oak & Prairie Bay Restaurant

• Ernie’s on Gull, Main Street Ale House & Dough Brothers Pizzeria

• Bar Harbor Supper Club, Crow Wing Food Co-Op & B•Merri Gastropub

• Sage on Laurel, Madden’s Classic Grill & Cragun’s Legacy Bar & Grille

• Six Twelve Station

• Black Bear Lodge & KC’s Saloon

• Mission Tavern

• Pequot Lakes Supervalu, Rafferty’s Pizza, Nisswa & Shiners


• Commander Restaurant & Bar, Pequot Lakes American Legion & Lost Lake Lodge

• The Pickled Loon Saloon, The Bourbon Room & Andy’s Bar & Grill

• Pine Peaks Restaurant & the Wharf

• Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant, The Cedar Chest & Trailside Tavern & Patio

• Manhattan Beach Lodge & Block North

• Maucieri’s Italian Bistro, Breezy Point Resort, Antlers & Rocky Bottom Bar and Grille


At the b•merri gastropub (in The Woods complex, Brainerd) the steaks are chef selected and cut. Certified Angus Beef is aged 28 days and charbroiled at 1700°F. The newly remodeled restaurant, patios, and Gather On 3 Event Center all offer extensive catering, cooking classes, in home dinners, seasonal entertainment, and the Retro Drive-In “foodie” movie theater. Cuisine ranges from house-smoked barbecue, unique salads, and fresh rolled sushi, coursed pairings from the self-tap craft beer wall, jet-fresh fish features enhanced with on site herb gardens and everything from elevated comfort food to multi-course wine and cocktail dinners.


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The Lakes Area Dining Guide is an annual publication produced by the Brainerd Dispatch and Echo Publishing.

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