18 Best American Restaurants in Brainerd

Wings Airport Cafe American • $
16384 Airport Rd #7, Brainerd

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Hash Browns or American Fries
Wild Rice Blueberry Pancakes
The Cowboy Burger and Fries
Breakfast Americana
Biscuits and Gravy
Everything Omelet
Cheese Omelette
Caramel Roll
Cinnamon Roll
Veggie Omelet

“The food was amazing! The cookies are to die for(oatmeal blueberry). The staff was very nice and attentive. I can't wait to come back!

Vegetarian options: I am vegetarian and had a veg omlet with wild rice with homemade bread and fresh fruit.“

4.6 Superb62 Reviews
Sage on Laurel American • $
606 Laurel St, Brainerd

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Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Sweet Potato Fries
Red Curry Bowl
Grilled Cheese
Bruschetta blt
Spring Roll

“Delicious food, great staff, amazing owners!! A must stop in the Brainerd Lakes Area!“

4.4 Superb80 Reviews
Maid-Rite American • $
711 Washington St, Brainerd

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Chicken Fried Steak
Maid-Rite Burger
Biscuits & Gravy
Maid-Rite Meat
Onion Rings
One Pancake
Apple Pie

“Outstanding pie, onion rings, and maid rite burgers“

4.5 Superb44 Reviews
The Local 218 American • $$
723 Mill Ave, Brainerd

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Local Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Walleye Sandwich
New York Reuben
Fried Calamari
Fish Sandwich
Fish and Chips
Chicken Wings
Clam Chowder
Local Burger
Wedge Salad

“Great food, great space, amazing people.“

4.3 Superb77 Reviews
Blue Oyster American • $
612 Front St, Brainerd

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Jalapeno Cheem Cheese Burger
Walleye Sandwich
Reuben Sandwich
Beef Stroganoff
Burnt Pork Ends
Chicken Strips
Cowboy Burger
Chicken Wings
Cheese Curds

“Great Monday night special. Good food.“

4.1 Good44 Reviews
The Barn Diner • $
711 Washington St, Brainerd

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Maid-Rites with Onion Rings and Cottage Fries
Maid Rite Sundae and Maid Rite Salad
Dutch Apple Raspberry Pie
Meatballs Mashed Potatoes
Three Buttermilk Pancakes
Maid Rite with Soup & Pie
Sour Cream Raisin Pie
Country Fried Steak
Lemon Meringue Pie
Bacon Cheeseburger

“Outstanding pie, onion rings, and maid rite burgers“

4.6 Superb63 Reviews
Madden's On Gull Lake American • $$$
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

“12 of us take an annual trip to golf and have fun. The customer service is amazing and I can't recommend the resort enough. The Classic is such a great course and the staff goes above an beyond. We are excited to come back year after year!“

4.5 Superb104 Reviews
Paradise Resort Bar & Grill Bar & Grill • $
10067 Leisure Ln, Brainerd

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Paradise Burger with Tator Tots
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Broccoli Bites

“This gem has become our favorite place to escape to when we're at the cabin. The staff is not just friendly but also incredibly accommodating, making us feel right at home from the moment we arrive.The food is nothing short of amazing, with a menu that caters to all tastes. This has become our favorite "up north" spot, and we can't wait to return time and time again.“

4.7 Superb35 Reviews
Yesterday's Gone Bar & Grill Bar & Grill • $
219 S 9th St, Brainerd

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Basket of Onion Rings
Garlic Cheese Curds
Jalapeno Fritters
Mushroom Fritters
Blue Cheeseburger
Mushroom Swiss
Egg Burger

“Awesome bloody Mary's and great food!! staff is AWESOME aswell!!“

4.6 Superb44 Reviews
The Classic Grill at Madden's Family • $$
11672 Co Hwy 18 SW, Brainerd

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Walleye Filet

“We had an anniversary dinner there recently. Wonderful food, reasonable prices for a high class place. Great view overlooking the golf course and fabulous waitstaff. They also have MANY gluten free options on the main menu and both the staff and the chef understand GF issues and are there to help.“

4.6 Superb28 Reviews
Last Turn Saloon Bar • $
214 S 8th St, Brainerd

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Monte Croissant Sandwich
Beer Cheese Every Day
Philly Cheese Steak
French Dip Sandwich
Bacon Cheeseburger
Beer and Popcorn
Grilled Cheese
Cheese Curds
Ninja Burger
Bronco Burger

“Is this place handicap accessible. Our group has a couple non-ambulatory people“

4.4 Superb59 Reviews
The Side Track Bar and Restaurant Bar & Grill • $
18071 MN-371, Brainerd

Customers` Favorites

Eggs Hashbrowns and Toast
The Sidetrack Burger
Country Fried Steak
Bacon Cheeseburger
Chicken Sandwich
Walleye Fingers
Chicken Strips
Eggs Benedict
Fish and Chips
French Onion

“Great food and service. Tried the jalapeño cheese curds, beef stroganoff, and walleye sandwich. My kid also loved the grilled cheese. We’re from out of state visiting for Lakes Jam and she said “this town has good food!” LOL. Thanks for a great lunch!“

4.3 Superb70 Reviews

Notch 8

Notch 8 Pizza • $
1551 Northern Pacific Rd, Brainerd

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Personal Sized Pizza
Onion Rings
BBQ Burger

“Amazing!!! Pizza was so good and never had wings like these before. An added plus was the service - happy and on top of everything.“

4.2 Good76 Reviews
Front Street Cafe Family • $
616 Front St, Brainerd

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Biscuit and Sausage Gravy
Carmel or Cinnamon Roll
Chicken Drummie Basket
Toast and Hashbrowns
Chicken Strip Basket
Chicken Dumpling
Hamburger Steak
Two Egg

“"Upon stepping foot into this luxurious abode, I was immediately transported into a realm of pure opulence and elegance. The grand entrance welcomed me with its breathtaking architecture, a symphony of exquisite design that seamlessly blended modern aesthetics with timeless charm.The rooms were nothing short of lavish retreats, adorned with plush furnishings, high-quality linens, and indulgent amenities that catered to my every need. The attention to detail was apparent in every aspect, from the thoughtfully curated artwork on the walls to the soothing color palette that fostered a sense of tranquility and relaxation.The attentive and courteous staff further elevated the experience, going above and beyond to ensure my stay was nothing less than extraordinary. Whether it was arranging personalized services, offering insightful recommendations for local attractions, or fulfilling any request with efficiency and warmth, their impeccable service left a lasting impression.The property's facilities were equally impressive, featuring a well-equipped fitness center to maintain an active lifestyle, a serene spa that offered a blissful escape, and a mesmerizing rooftop terrace that provided breathtaking views of the city skyline. The variety of amenities catered to every interest, making it an ideal destination for both leisure and business travelers alike.Furthermore, the location of this elegant haven couldn't be more perfect. Situated in the heart of the city, it provided convenient access to a myriad of attractions, shopping districts, and cultural landmarks. With its proximity to public transportation, exploring the vibrant surroundings was effortless and enjoyable.In conclusion, this opulent sanctuary surpassed all expectations, offering an unparalleled experience that epitomizes the pinnacle of hospitality. Whether you seek a romantic getaway, a sophisticated business trip, or simply an indulgent escape, this place is the epitome of luxury, where every moment is enriched with refined elegance and personalized attention. Without hesitation, I wholeheartedly recommend this divine retreat for an unforgettable stay that will leave you enchanted and rejuvenated."And here's a detailed review for a fictional place to eat:"Embarking on a culinary journey at this extraordinary establishment was a revelation of gastronomic delights that left me mesmerized and utterly satiated. From the very first glimpse of its inviting facade, I knew I was in for a treat, and I was not disappointed.Upon entering, I was immediately captivated by the charming ambiance that exuded a perfect blend of rustic charm and contemporary allure. The warm lighting and tasteful decor created an inviting atmosphere, setting the stage for a memorable dining experience.The menu was a masterpiece in itself, boasting an eclectic selection of dishes that showcased the chef's culinary expertise and passion for gastronomy. Each dish was a symphony of flavors, meticulously crafted with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that celebrated the region's diverse culinary heritage.The staff, with their infectious enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the menu, guided me through the dining experience, recommending delightful pairings and ensuring that each course was perfectly timed. Their attentiveness and warmth added a personal touch that elevated the entire experience.Now, let's talk about the food! The appetizers were a delightful prelude to the feast that followed, tantalizing the palate with an array of textures and flavors. The main courses were nothing short of extraordinary, each plate a work of art that blended innovative presentations with mouthwatering tastes. Whether it was a succulent steak cooked to perfection, a vibrant vegetarian delight, or a seafood masterpiece that transported me to the coast, every bite was a revelation of culinary excellence.And let's not forget the dessert! The sweet creations that graced the menu were pure indulgence, each dessert an enchanting finale that left me craving for more. The tho“

4.2 Good32 Reviews
The Woods Bar • $$
19624 Co Rd 3, Brainerd

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“Awesome place with the best food!“

4 Good41 Reviews
Dunmire's Bar & Grill Pubs • $
12110 MN-210, Brainerd

Customers` Favorites

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac
Pot Roast Sandwich
Sweet Potato Fries
Prime Rib Marsala
Chicken Carbonara
BBQ Pulled Pork
Lobster Bisque
French Fries
Cheese Curds

“Love, love, love Dunmire's! Went last night and was surprised by the new menu. Same great food, much higher prices tho. Careful guys, this is still Brainerd.“

4 Good64 Reviews
Mission Point at Madden's American • $$
RD, 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

“The restaurant was one of the options of the meal plan at Madden’s and it far exceeded expectations. Meal was 3 course and food was outstanding. The service from Helena from Brainerd and Paul from Jamaica was superb. They both were knowledgeable, attentive, and extremely friendly. They both made the experiences wonderful. Only rated a four star as they are not open on Monday and some of the nights the service was very slow. Also if you are planning on getting the upgraded options such as the ribeye, they will run out if you eat later.“

3.9 Good13 Reviews
Shirley's Classic Grille Bar • $
300 MN-25, Brainerd
3.7 Good7 Reviews