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Intentionally Small...Decidedly Quiet...Definitely Delicious!
The Dining Room at Blue Heron
Lakeside on the BWCAW
Ely, MN 

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings

seating 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Private parties on other days by arrangement.

A thoughtful approach to fine food, service and wine

Listed by MidWest Living 2011 as one of their 'Best Places' to Visit

"...Blue Heron's dining room is a must if you visit Ely!"
Minnesota Monthly 

"...it's (the dining room) worth the visit!"
Jerremy Iggers, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Advance Reservations & Entrée choice necessary
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Children under 7 - $15@  8 thru 12 - $25@

Our chef will gladly accommodate special diets.
Low Fat, Vegetarian, Gluten & Lactose Free meals available.

Intimate dining with a beautiful view of the lake.

Private parties on other days by arrangement.

Main course Entrées offered

 Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

See below for additional daily featured entrees and vegetarian options

Your 5-course prix fixe dinner includes:
Appetizer, fresh-baked bread or popovers, homemade soup, palate cleanser, entree, starch and vegetable, coffee or tea and your choice of dessert.

Beef Fillet Tenderloin - Incredibly tender cooked to order. Paired with Blackberry Sauce Reduction and Truffle flavored mashed potatoes.  You'll regret the last bite!      Your 5 course meal this entrée - $46

Wild Caught Canadian Fillet of Walleye - Perfectly baked in butter and garlic then seasoned with a dusting of Parmigiano Reggiano.  So heavenly! Served with fruited wild rice.  Your 5 course meal with this entrée - $46

 Faux Walleye- (Vegetarian)  Crispy and golden tofu, baked in butter and garlic then seasoned with a dusting of Parmigiano Reggiano.  Served with fruited wild rice. Vegetarians rave about this.  Your 5 course meal this entrée - $46
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Wild Mushroom Risotto - (vegetarian)  The earthy flavors of 3 kinds of mushrooms and creamy Arborio rice in a vegetarian broth. --Non-vegetarians rave about this!    Your 5 course meal with this entrée - $46      


Thursday : Lamb Kabobs tender chunks of grass-fed lamb on a skewer with onion, red & green peppers.  Simply unmatched.  Served with basmati rice.
Your 5 course meal this 
entrée - $50

Friday: Beef Wellington,  Chef Ted's long time specialty.  Tenderloin surrounded by mushrooms and wrapped in pastry.  Served with truffle flavored mashed potatoes.  Your 5 course meal with this entrée - $50 

Saturday: Boneless Duck Breast- Dark and tender served with a sweet/tart reduction of currants.  Accompanied by fruited wild rice.   A break from the ordinary.     Your 5 course meal with this entrée - $50

Sweet Endings – included with your meal

Lemon cheese cake- Rich and creamy, memorably lemon, topped with more lemon sauce and raspberry puree

Chocolate Lava Cake - A tiny jewel of chocolate that opens to reveal: molten chocolate.

.Burbon- Chocolate Pecan Pie Filling  - The pecan splurge you've always wanted.  Maker's Mark sweet and toasty flavor partners with dark chocolate and rich pecans.  

Your coffee or tea is included in the price of your 5 course meal
Prices are subject to market variations

* gratuity of 18% added for parties of 8 and more

Wine List 


            Malbec, - 2009 Diseno, Argentina - $24 - by the glass $7.50
            Classic; big upfront fruit, very smooth, light tannins, bright acidity. 
            Nice spicy finish; pairs with rich and hearty foods.

Pinot Noir -2007- Mark West, California - $28  by the glass $8.50
Red & Black cherry with note of spice.  Easy drinking, fruity.  Pairs with game or beef. 

Organic, Natural Red, -2006- Frey, CA
- $20
Contains no sulfites, a smooth bodied red table wine.  Pairs almost universally.
Organic Cabernet Sauvignon, -2007- Bonterra,  CA - $33

Elegant, well balanced.  Distinctive berry plum flavor, hints of pepper, cedar and Vanilla.  A lush fruit centered wine with a rich, full mouth.  Award winning.  

Organic, Mendocino Red Vine Series 2005 – Bonterra, CA - $44
Award winning blend of Cabernet (75%), Petite Sauvignon (12%) & Syrah (13%).  Limited release.  All the best of the three grapes.


 Savuignon Blanc, Kenwood, California – $16 by the glass $5.50
Bold, assertive and smooth. Pairs well with any of our poultry or pasta dishes. 

Riesling – 2006 – Hogue, Washington
- $16 by the glass $5.50
This delightfully fruity and sweet wine accompanies light meals and desserts alike.

Chardonnay – 2008 Banrock Station, Australia
-$16.50  by the glass $5.50 Peach, citrus and oaky flavors.  Not too dry, buttery.  Partners well with fish or poultry

Organic Zinfandel – 2005 Frey Mendocino, CA –$20

A tasty, dry Zin.  Blushed with the flavors of peaches and raspberries.  Pairs universally.  No sulfites!

Organic Natural White – Frey, CA –$20

A great everyday blended wine joining Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Medium-bodied with melon and pear flavors.   Pairs almost universally.  No sulfites!
Prosecco – Astoria - Italian - $29
A sparkling wine, aromas of bright citrus fruit with a silky-smooth texture
Pairs well with light foods.   Marvelous alone.  Italian version of champagne.

Pinot Grigio – 2006Canaletto, Italy - $19    
Wonderfully crisp white.  Excellent with pasta sauces or fish.

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The Dining Room at Blue Heron offers classic fine food served with warm hospitality in our lakeside wilderness setting.  We are open for dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Please call/email us with your entree selection at least 24 hrs in advance.  We have only 5 tables, so space fills up fast.  Blue Heron's menu changes seasonally.    All meals are five courses and include appetizer, bread, soup or salad, main with sides, beverages and dessert.  Wine is available by the glass or by the bottle. Chef Ted L'allier will work with you to accommodate special diets; he regularly prepares meals that are low fat, Vegetarian,  gluten free and lactose free.
The Dining Room at Blue Heron, cozier than any restaurant. 
Intentionally Small, Decidedly Quiet, Definitely Delicious.
 Call us at 218-365-4720 or e mail to info@blueheronbnb.com

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