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Riverside on the Root is a full service restaurant overlooking the Root River and downtown Lanesboro’s old railroad trestle bridge. 

Located directly on the Root River State Trail, Riverside on the Root has indoor seating for fifty people and outdoor seating for one hundred, Riverside on the Root can accommodate almost any group. Our extensive menu along with our new alternative Entrée choices that will change weekly with new and creative dishes and many delicious signature items.  

  • Walleye, Seafood, Prime Rib, Pasta, Barbecue Baby back ribs.
  • 14 signature martinis
  • House infused Bloody Mary’s

as well as pizzas, beer, wine, martinis, and much more!

Riverside on the Root voted “Best Outdoor Dining in Southeast MN” – 2010


Our Story
Riverside on the Root has been Family Owned since 1992 at 109 South Parkway and was originally the Northern Iowa Oil Company in the 1930’s.

In the 50’s it became a city car garage and car wash.  Later to be purchased as the Johnson Fur Company. It was then purchased in the 80’s as a rental store for canoes.

In 1999 Mike and Julie Charlebois purchased Riverside on the Root and started their dream of owning and building the Riverside on the Root opening the restaurant in July of 2001.  As it is now 3 of the walls partially exist.  When they added on there was no sewer,  one outside water hydrant and three electrical outlets in the building. What a dream!  Because the marriage of the two businesses out grew each other, Root River Outfitters moved 2 locations North in 2010.

Riverside on the Root Entrée Choices for the Week of Wednesday July 22nd through Tuesday July 29th

10 Ounce Australian Wagyu Ribeye
Three Peppercorn rub topped with Portobello, Dried Cherries and Asiago Cheese.
Served with vegetable of day and potato. $28

Salmon with strawberry and blueberry salsa
8 ounce fillet served on a bed of wild rice blend
and vegetable of the day. $24

BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs
In our Own House Barbecue Sauce Full Rack $19 Half Rack $14
served with potato and vegetable of the day. 

BBQ Thai Pork Chop
Two 4-5 ounce Chops marinated in our House Thai Barbecue sauce
served with potato and vegetable of the day.  $18 

Chorizo and Black Bean Salsa with Tomato cream sauce
Over penne noodles $19


Oriental Duck Salad (Friday through Sunday)
Cold water cress salad served with 4-5 ounces Duck,
cherry tomatoes, Spring Onions, almonds and our House-made Asian Dressing. $19

Seared Sesame Seed Ahi Tuna (Friday Through Sunday) with Seaweed Salad
Garnished with Plum sauce and wasabi sauce and Ginger $19


Music line up for the Week
Wednesday July 22nd Turkey Creek
Friday July 24th Ravens Fire 8p-11p
Sunday July 26th Hubba 5p-9p
Wednesday July 29th Dave Williams 5p-9p