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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 
Wednesday August 12th through Tuesday August 19th

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

Two 4-5 ounce Mongolian pork loin $18
with black beans and salsa.
Served with vegetable of the day and potato

Grilled 10 ounce Delmonico Waygu Ribeye  $28
Served with vegetable of the day and potato

Shrimp broiled or battered $26
Served with vegetable of the day and potato

Lobster ravioli with chardonnay cream sauce $28

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


BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs
(Thursday through Sunday)
In our Own House Barbecue Sauce Full Rack $19 Half Rack $14
Served with potato and Corn on the Cob vegetable of the day.


(Friday through Sunday )
Seared Ahi Tuna
served with Sesame Seaweed Salad
pickled ginger, wasabi and a plum sauce. $18


Appetizer Special: Tomato Caprese Salad $8
Fresh Organic Heirloom and Golden Tomatoes


Music line up for the Week
Wednesday August 12th Mike Munson 5p-9p
Friday August 14th Ravens Fire 8p-11p
Sunday August 16th 5p-9p Jake Manders Duo
Wednesday August 19th 5p-9p Hubba