It may not overlook the Atlantic, but this Nantucket-inspired establishment enjoys proximity to our local version, otherwise known as Lake Minnetonka. Snare a patio table and enjoy first-rate crabcakes (which play delicious double duty in the weekend brunch’s Benedict), smoky prime rib and other all-American classics. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily, brunch weekends.
700 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-473-5253, covwayzata.com
The dockside patio at this lovely lakeside retreat boasts picture-perfect Minnesota water-and-boat views, and the uncomplicated, midpriced cooking offers something for everyone. Save some dough (and soak up some afternoon sun) by dropping in for happy hour, available 3 to 6 p.m. daily. Lunch weekdays, dinner daily, weekend breakfast.
318 E. Lake St., Waconia, 952-442-4954, lolaslakehouse.com
This sprawling restaurant has an equally gigantic outdoor presence, a well-appointed fresh-air venue for the kitchen’s go-big-or-go-home Sunday buffet-style brunch ($24 adults, $8 ages 12 and under). Lunch served Monday through Saturday, dinner daily, Sunday brunch.
15435 Founders Lane, Apple Valley, 952-891-8808, vivomn.com