Looking for the best places to eat on the North Shore in Minnesota? Before or after a day of skiing at Lutsen Mountains or hiking at the nearby MN state parks, enjoy fine dining in a casual atmosphere at Moguls Grille & Tap Room at Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen, MN. Moguls Grille & Tap Room is the best restaurant in Lutsen, MN to enjoy while on your North Shore Minnesota vacation or staycation. While Caribou Highlands Lodge and Odyssey Resorts hosted our stay at their fine resort and delicious meal at Moguls Grille & Tap Room, my opinions are always my own.
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Best restaurants in Lutsen, Minnesota: Moguls Grille & Tap Room
Moguls Grille & Tap Room is the best place to eat on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Conveniently located at Caribou Highlands Lodge, this Lutsen, MN restaurant is less than one-half mile from the Lutsen Mountains ski lifts, alpine slide and the Summit Express Gondola.
Additionally, Moguls Grille & Tap Room is ~10 miles from two of Minnesota’s most beautiful state parks on the North Shore: Cascade River State Park to the north and Temperance River State Park to the south – and several others within a short scenic drive. Learn more about these and other parks in my Minnesota State Park Challenge post.
Open in all seasons, Mogus Grille & Tap Room is a ski-in-ski-out restaurant in the winter and is perfect for solo travelers, couples or families to dine-in or takeout even if you’re not a guest of Caribou Highlands Lodge. Travel tip: You should be a guest. Choose Caribou Highlands Lodge as it is the best North Shore MN resort and the best place for family vacations in Minnesota. See my full review about our incredible stay at Caribou Highlands Lodge – perfect for solo travelers, couples and families.
You’ll find something delicious for everyone at Moguls Grille & Tap Room. Their lunch and dinner menu features appetizer classics like wings and cheese curds to tasty soups, salads and sandwiches to pizza to comfort food like surf and turf with garlic mashed potatoes and Swedish meatballs. Note that some entrees are only offered at dinner.
My favorite menu item at Moguls Grille & Tap Room, however, is the quintessential North Shore entree: Parmesan-crusted walleye with wild rice and grilled asparagus. We also ordered a side of the garlic and cheese mashed potatoes. And while their portions are generous, leave room for dessert. I highly recommend Moguls Grille & Tap Room’s strawberry-rhubarb pie. We earned it after hiking two MN state parks that day.
Moguls Grille & Tap Room also serves hearty breakfasts on the weekend as well as casual lunch fare and features a full bar with beer, wine and soft drinks. Additionally, the Tap Room offers walk-up outdoor service during normal operating hours.
Covid-19 precautions at Moguls Grille & Tap Room
To ensure a healthy and safe dining experience for all guests, Moguls Grille & Tap Room at Caribou Highlands Lodge follows all Covid-19 CDC recommendations and Minnesota’s executive order. Outlined below are the resort’s and restaurant’s health and safety protocols as of this publication date (see their website for the latest information).
- Reduced-capacity dining room with six-person max.
- Reservations are required by calling 218.663.3020 or booking online or via the Open Table app.
- Pick-up, curbside or lodge-room delivery available.
- You can place your order online or call 218.663.3020.
- If you’re staying in Caribou Highlands’ main lodge, they offer room service. If you’re staying in other lodging on their Lutsen property, you can pick up your order curbside or in the restaurant (which is right downstairs from the main lobby).
- All Caribou Highlands Lodge and Moguls Grille & Tap employees and guests are required to wear face masks inside all public buildings (except when eating).
- You’ll find many hand-sanitizer stations throughout Caribou Highlands Lodge.
- Public health signage posted throughout the Caribou Highlands Lodge property.
- Keep 6 feet apart at all times.
- Avoid touching and crowds.
- Wash your hands constantly.
- Wear your mask so our business can stay open.
Best takeout restaurants in Lutsen, MN: Moguls Grille & Tap Room
Our Caribou Highlands Lodge townhome was a perfect place to dine-in with our take-out dinner from Moguls Grille & Tap Room as it featured a full dining table as well as counter-bar seating. And a refrigerator for those leftovers of generous portions. Except the pie…there were no leftovers!
During nicer weather, you can enjoy al fresco dining on the balcony with a beautiful view. There was a ski run right outside the balcony so it was cool to watch the skiers fly by through our balcony door.
Bonus: Anyone who knows me knows I’ve got a Styrofoam phobia. So was elated when our takeout from Moguls Grille & Tap Room arrived in environmentally friendly take-out containers.
When is Moguls Grille & Tap Room open?
Check the Moguls Grille & Tap Room’s website for the most up-to-date information, their menu and operating hours.
Where is Moguls Grille & Tap Room located?
Moguls Grille & Tap Room is located in the best North Shore, MN resort – Caribou Highlands Lodge; 371 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612. And this best restaurant on the North Shore is near the Lutsen Mountains ski resort (less than a half-mile away). To reach Moguls Grille & Tap Room, go through the front lobby door at Caribou Highlands Lodge and then down the stairs. Reservations are required for dining inside Moguls Grille & Tap Room.
What are moguls?
Moguls are bumps in a ski slope (in a good way). But no bumps in the great service at the best restaurant in Lutsen, MN and on the North Shore: Moguls Grille & Tap Room. Make sure you dine in or take out from Moguls Grille & Tap Room at Caribou Highlands Lodge when you’re looking for the best restaurants near Lutsen, MN.
What’s the best Lutsen, MN lodging for Minnesota family vacations?
Check out my full review of my sponsored stay with Caribou Highlands Lodge and Odyssey Resorts (which owns several more of the best North Shore cabins and Minnesota resorts). All opinions are my own, and I highly recommend staying at Caribou Highlands Lodge and eating at Moguls Grille & Tap Room for a safe and enjoyable family vacation / staycation on the North Shore near Lake Superior.