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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 includes many delicious signature items such as

  • Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms
  • Grilled Canadian Walleye
  • Raspberry Chipotle Pork
  • Charbroiled Black and  Bleu Steak Salad with house-made Green Chilli-Ranch dressing
  • Brownie Supreme
  • 14 signature martinis
  • New This year.  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.

Coming soon to the Riverside on the Root.

Our Home Craft Beer
Native Brown Oatmeal Stout

Twisted Treble Pale Ale

2 Rivers Final 8-6-14