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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 August 26th through Tuesday September 1st

The Vegetable Growing Season is here!
We are pleased to say that all vegetables are purchased from local growers in our area.

2 4-5 ounce Thai Barbecue pork loin $18
with house made Thai barbecue sauce
Served with vegetable of the day and potato

Grilled 10 ounce Waygu Ribeye with pink peppercorns $28
Served with mashed potatoes and pink peppercorn gravy and vegetable of the day

Stir Fry with fresh vegetables and noodles $28

Choice Salmon or Ruby Red Trout with strawberry and blueberry salsa
6-8 ounce fillet served on a bed of wild rice blend
and vegetable of the day. $26


BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs  (Thursday through Sunday)

In our Own House Barbecue Sauce Full Rack $19 Half Rack $14
Served with potato and  vegetable of the day.

Roasted Rosemary infused Prime Rib Friday and Saturday
Queen Cut $26 King Cut $32
Served with potato and vegetable of the day


Music line up for the Week Wednesday August 26th
Root River Jam 5p-9p
Friday August 28th Chatfield Brass Band Compo 8p-11p
Sunday August 30th 5p-9p Sweet Rhubarb
Wednesday August 19th 5p-9p Turkey Creek