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The Northern Lake Tavern

Highway 8, Chisago City, MN
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good48%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“chicken wings” (5 reviews)
“tater tots” (6 reviews)
“sandwiches” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Highway 8, Chisago City, MN
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

I had been driving by this place for a while and finally decided to stop. Parking was a challenge as there are limited spaces and I was towing a boat - no real place to park a bigger rig. Overall though, we found the service...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank TwinCitiesFishinNutz
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

The northern is a community staple with great food, generally friendly staff, and a great view of the lake. The service here is generally very good. There are times when the servers are a bit less then friendly or a little slow but generally it’s...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Nate216145
Reviewed 9 September 2018

This place has a lot of atmosphere ! Lots of local folks eating really good burgers and fish tacos. We had to wait to sit at the bar on a vey busy Thursday, first day of NFL football. Enjoyed the coleslaw, the steak burgers, a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Tberry67
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Excellent burgers, sandwiches and craft beers, Really nice outdoor seating with great views! Always great service!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Ken D
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The food was good, and very generous portions. The bad part was that the only places left to sit were at the high tops. You can't get on the chair and move it up to or under the table, and then before the meal is...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank deedeeQ
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

We were just driving by when we stopped and had an really amazing meal at this charming diner. The smoked meats were incredible, the portions were large and the prices reasonable. Our waitress Maddie was friendly and attentive, the menu has lots to offer and...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank shoelu
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

I haven’t been to this restaurant for at least a couple of decades so we thought we’d try it out and we weren’t disappointed. The burger, fries, and sandwich were really good and to us the portions seemed very large, too much to eat for...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank stevesSNBMN
Reviewed 9 June 2018

This unassuming eatery has a large menu offering sandwiches, salads and main entrees that will please nearly anyone's palate. Our group enjoyed half-sandwich and salad specials. Just right for a leisurely afternoon. Too windy for us, there is a lovely outdoor deck.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank colleen C
Reviewed 24 May 2018

This is a great local tavern, sports bar, restaurant. Amazing selection of huge burgers. The salads are amazing; I'd suggest the flatbread pizza, artichoke with chicken, delicious! Servers are incredible, fun atmosphere and the chicken wings are the best I have ever had.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank cynschmidt124
Reviewed 19 May 2018

OMG! The homemade, smoked pastrami was incredible. I had the Hot Pastrami Dip (like a French dip), while my wife had a pastrami Reuben (not on menu, just ask). The chicken wings were large and very tasty. The only disappointment was the burgers were over...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Bryan D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Highway 8, Chisago City, MN
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Chisago City
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