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Insula Restaurant

145 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731-1214
+1 218-365-4855
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
145 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731-1214
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pork wonton tacos and chicken and waffles ordered by our group were excellent. Other items were tasty and well seasoned. We were unhappy because one of our party ordered the French onion grilled cheese and after two of us tasted it and another smelled...More

Thank kanders21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here on our way in and out of the BWCA. They were very accommodating of our party of 9. Excellent food, good service, and a great beer selection, too!

Thank sound_guy330
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had dinner at Insula on a Saturday evening during a recent trip to Ely. We were seated without much wait, though the restaurant was very busy, but we waited for about 15 minutes for someone to take our order. The menu...More

Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For a restaurant in a small northern town, Insula offers distinctive and creative cuisine in a warm environment. I had the bison burger which was perfectly cooked (actually medium rare, not overdone), which was the first time in a while. My wife had a very...More

Thank Eric K
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This is my favorite restaurant in Ely. I have loved everything I have ordered. The braised beef is popular

Thank ckarolew
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We went during the day with the kids and it was an appropriate atmosphere for the family. Food was delicious and the menu had a great variety of very normal to a little unusual. Prices were about what you would expect in a small tourist...More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Fun place to eat. We stopped at lunch and enjoyed deciding which sandwiches to try. I chose the Bunh Mi as we had visited Vietnam a few months ago. Their version was served on a nice bun with a super amount of pork that was...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 9 October 2017

I LOVE this place and it's always delicious and reliable. Had the BEST biscuits ever on Saturday - excellent flavor and crispy crunchy brown on the outside where the gravy didn't hit it. I might ask for my gravy on the side next time, as...More

Thank bonnie c
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I don't recall Insula being here the last time we were in Ely! So happy to find it! We loved the atmosphere, service, variety of entrees, quality of the food and drink! Sorry we didn't have time to eat there more than once!

Thank Kay M
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This was my first experience eating Walleye fish and the local wile rice of MN. The food was excellent, and the craft beers were a good pairing.

Thank Marcie556
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$7 - US$42
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731-1214
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: +1 218-365-4855
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Insula Restaurant opened June 2015 in the old Vertin's cafe located in Ely, MN. Our goal is to responsibly serve the community and invest in local products- while providing service excellence in an inviting atmosphere.
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