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Bites Grill & Bar | Pine River, MN: A Memorable Breakfast Experience | Brainerd Lakes Area

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Note: July 10,2023 | Bites has postponed serving breakfast and they have updated their business hours: Monday - Saturday Open at 11:00 AM and Closed Sunday Nestled in the charming town of Pine River, Minnesota, Bites Grill & Bar has become a go-to breakfast spot for us in the Nisswa & Brainerd Lakes Area. Initially drawn by the local recommendation for their mouthwatering Hungarian Mushroom Soup, we soon discovered that Bites Grill & Bar offers much more than just delectable lunches and dinners. In this review, we want to share our recent breakfast experience and highlight the exceptional qualities that make this place truly special.

Arriving on an early Friday morning, we were eager to try out their breakfast menu, given our delightful encounters with their lunch and dinner offerings. From the moment we took our seats at the bar, the owners greeted us warmly, instantly making us feel at home. Our hunger led us to order their famous pancakes, a breakfast burrito, and their signature walleye & eggs dish.

Let's start with their famous pancakes—recommended by the owners themselves. Each pancake was so generously sized that a single order could easily constitute a meal. As they were placed before us, covering the entire plate, we marveled at their impressive appearance. These pancakes, crafted from an old family recipe, delivered a delightful combination of sweetness and crispness that captivated our taste buds. After taking the first bite, we were in pancake heaven. Without a doubt, these were some of the best pancakes we had ever tasted, and we knew we'd be returning solely to indulge in these delectable delights.

Moving on to our main dishes, we were equally impressed. The breakfast burrito, a substantial creation brimming with scrambled eggs, sausage, peppers, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, cheddar & mozzarella cheese, and topped with their homemade black bean salsa, was a feast for the senses. This flavorful and satisfying meal came accompanied by a side of perfectly cooked hash browns. Trust us when we say that the breakfast burrito at Bites Grill & Bar could easily satisfy two hungry individuals.

Bites Grill and Bar | Pine River, MN | Walleye & Eggs

And then there was the walleye & eggs—after having enjoyed their walleye dinner on a previous visit, we couldn't resist trying this unique breakfast offering. The light, crispy breading on the walleye fillet, combined with the delightful flavors of eggs and hash browns, created a truly scrumptious breakfast experience that exemplified the culinary delights of Minnesota.

Yet, it's not just the exceptional food that makes Bites Grill & Bar stand out. The warm and welcoming staff and owners treat every customer like family, enhancing the overall dining experience. Whether you're stopping by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you'll find a sense of belonging that will keep you coming back for more. Bites Grill & Bar is truly a hidden gem in the Nisswa & Brainerd Lakes Area.

While you're in the vicinity, we highly recommend taking a short drive up the road to visit the Pine River Dam, another local gem that the owners suggested. Exploring the area, we were fascinated by the Rock Riffle installation, which began in 2021 and started running water over the ripples in February 2022. It's a captivating sight and a testament to the unique attractions you can discover in this charming town. For more information about the Pine River Dam and its history, you can visit their website.

In conclusion, Bites Grill & Bar in Pine River, MN, has left an indelible mark on us. From the unforgettable Hungarian Mushroom Soup that drew us in initially, to the remarkable breakfast experience we had, this place has earned a special place in our hearts. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Bites Grill & Bar during your time in the Nisswa & Brainerd Lakes Area—it's sure to become one of your favorite stops, just like it has for us.


Breakfast is served every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:30 am to 12:00 pm. Whether you're an early riser or prefer a leisurely weekend brunch, Bites Grill & Bar has got you covered.

While they warmly accommodate walk-ins, we recommend making a reservation if you're planning to dine with a group of five or more. Ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for larger parties, Bites Grill & Bar goes the extra mile to make sure everyone feels taken care of.


  • 2793 State 371 SW Pine River, MN 56474


  • Mon - Thurs: 11am - 8pm

  • Fri - Sat: 6:30am - 9pm

  • Sun: 6:30am - 8pm


  • (218) 587-2564

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