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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 1996 Mike and Julie Charlebois purchased the Root River Outfitters from his brother who purchased this building in 1992.   3 years later, Mike and Julie 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.


Seafood Ceviche
Shrimp and Scallops marinated in lime and cilantro
Voga Sparkling Pinot Grigio—Italy

Grilled Caesar Salad
Baby Romaine with grilled avocado parmesan crisps and lemon Caesar dressing
2012 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand

Duck Consommé
with window pane herbed pasta
Mommessin Pinot Noir Bourgogne—France

Seared Lamb Loin
Mascarpone Polenta and Wild Mushroom Ragout
2004 Finca Vieja Reserva-Spain

Salted Caramel Ice Cream
In a Pecan Lace Cookie Cup Praline Bacon Bits
Dows Tawny Port—Portugal

Reservations Required (507) 467-3663
Sponsored by Chiggy Liquor