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Lakes Tavern: Where Culinary Magic Meets Lakeside Charm in Pequot Lakes, MN

Updated: May 9

Nestled in Pequot Lakes, MN, the former Timberjack Smokehouse & Saloon has transformed into the charming Lakes Tavern, a haven for food enthusiasts seeking a delightful culinary experience. This recently established restaurant, strategically positioned off HWY 371, has swiftly become a local favorite since its grand opening in the middle of June this year. Notably, the establishment has undergone a complete makeover, both inside and out, boasting a modern ambiance that perfectly complements the vibrant charm of the lakeside surroundings, particularly enchanting during the balmy summer months.

A Warm Welcome and Culinary Delights

Having visited Lakes Tavern several times for both lunch and dinner, it's safe to say that each experience has been consistently delightful, thanks to the welcoming and friendly staff & management. The menu is a delightful mix of culinary dishes, ranging from freshly prepared appetizers and sandwiches to hearty main courses. Plus, the restaurant always has amazing lunch and dinner specials that even the pickiest eaters will love.

(Kindly note that while some of these items were seasonal or special offerings, it is advisable to refer to their current menu for the latest offerings. Also, stay updated with their social media accounts for weekly specials and updates.)

Highlights from the Menu

Now, let's take a deeper dive into some of the standout appetizers and meals we've tried during our visits:


  • Scotch Eggs (Trust us, you'll love these!)

  • Sticky Thai Chili Wings (Lunch Special)

  • Lake Superior Smoked Whitefish

  • Crab Quesadilla (Another must-try)

Soups & Salads:

  • House Baked French Onion Soup (Highly Recommend)

  • Additionally, their rotating selection of daily soups has consistently impressed us.

  • Fresh Blue Cheese Wedge Salad (Summer Special)

  • Strawberry Champagne Salad (Highly Recommend)

Entrees & Pastas:

  • Roasted Chicken (Summer Lunch Special)

  • Kung Pao Chicken (Current Lunch Special) (Highly Recommend)

  • Chicken Linguini Alfredo (Served After 5 PM)

  • Thai Green Curry - Chicken (Served After 5 PM) (Seriously, try it!)

  • Chicken Peanut’s Noodles (Served After 5 PM)

Every single dish we've tried has left a lasting impression, and we can't wait to go back for more.

Notable Highlights:

  • They've got a fantastic outdoor patio that's perfect for those lovely summer evenings, with room for up to 60 guests.

  • Keep an eye out for their weekly specials.

  • Full Bar & Drink Menu

  • You can test your luck with pull tabs.

  • Happy Hour Deals

  • Catch occasional live music performances, especially during the summer months on their lively patio.

  • The atmosphere is welcoming and lively, making your dining experience even more enjoyable.

  • It's just a short 5-minute drive north of Nisswa, MN, so it's easy to find for locals and tourists alike.

  • Perfect spot to unwind after a round of golf at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge

  • They have Lakes Tavern merchandise for purchase.

Latest News: Lakes Tavern now serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. We can't wait to give it a try!

Current Operating Hours (Updated 5/9/2024) :

  • Lunch Specials (11 AM - 3 PM)

  • Monday - Friday: 11 AM - 9 PM

  • Saturday & Sunday: 9 AM - 9 PM

Stay Connected

Keep up with Lakes Tavern on their social media for all the latest updates, special events, and more delicious offerings:

So, why not embark on a delicious adventure at Lakes Tavern? With each dish made with passion, it promises an unforgettable dining experience that'll leave your taste buds dancing and your heart content. If you've visited the Lakes Tavern, we'd love to hear about your experience and any standout dishes that left a lasting impression. Share your thoughts and favorite menu items with us!

Phone: 218-568-4688

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