Meet Your Best of Lake Minnetonka 2024 Finalists

by | Mar 2024

Over the course of January, we invited readers to vote for the very best the Lake Minnetonka area has to offer. The reader poll is closed and the votes are tallied. Now, it’s time to meet the finalists (listed in alphabetical order) for Best of Lake Minnetonka 2024. 

Stay tuned for our Best of Lake Minnetonka 2024 issue this July, when the winners will be revealed.


Best Bakery

  • Red Bench Bakery
  • Wuollet Bakery
  • YoYo Donuts

Best Bar, Brewery or Distillery

  • Back Channel Brewing Co.
  • Excelsior Brewery Company
  • Unmapped Brewing Co.

Best Breakfast or Brunch

  • Benedict’s
  • Hazelwood Food + Drink
  • The Original Pancake House

Best Burger

  • Maynards
  • Red Cow
  • Snuffy’s Malt Shop

Best Desserts or Ice Cream

  • Adele’s Frozen Custard
  • Licks Unlimited
  • Lost Lake Creamery

Best International Cuisine

  • Kai’s Sushi & Grill
  • Macanda
  • Yumi’s Sushi Bar

Best Outdoor Dining Space

  • CōV
  • Gianni’s Steakhouse & Seafood
  • Maynards

Best Pizza

  • Joey Nova’s Pizzeria Delicatessen
  • Olive’s Fresh Pizza Bar 
  • Punch 

Best Plant-Based or Vegan Menu

  • Crisp & Green
  • Peoples Organic
  • The Grocer’s Table

Best Restaurant

  • 6Smith
  • CōV
  • Gianni’s Steakhouse & Seafood

Best Carpet and Flooring Store

  • Carpet Resources
  • Excelsior Paint & Design Carpet One
  • Innovative Flooring Design

Best Custom Home Builder

  • Boyer Building Corporation
  • Hendel Homes
  • John Kraemer & Sons Inc. 

Best Remodeler

  • Boyer Building Corporation
  • John Kraemer & Sons Inc.
  • MDS Remodeling

Best Home Decor or Furniture Store

  • Chazin Interiors
  • General Store of Minnetonka
  • Grace Hill 
  • The Sitting Room

Best Interior Design Firm

  • Embellishments Design Studio
  • Marceau Interiors
  • Martha O’Hara Interiors

Best Landscape Design Service

  • Outdoor Excapes
  • Pleasant View Gardens
  • Southview Design

Best Garden Center

  • Bachman’s
  • Otten Bros.
  • Tonkadale Greenhouse

Best Senior Living Residence

  • Deephaven Woods
  • Lake Minnetonka Shores
  • The Waters Senior Living 

Best Barbershop

  • 18|8 Wayzata 
  • Barbers Inn
  • Flint the Barber
  • Skipper Barber Shop
  • Tony’s Barber Shop

Best Boutique Fitness or Yoga Studio

  • Gypset Midwest Yoga
  • Spirit of the Lake Yoga
  • Tigerfit 

Best Hair Salon

  • Juut Salonspa
  • Mérite House of Beauty
  • Twiggs Salon

Best Manicure and Pedicure 

  • Excelsior Nails and Day Spa
  • Lakeside Nails & Spa
  • Luna Nails 
  • Twiggs Salon

Best Massage 

  • Fusion LifeSpa
  • Läka Spa
  • The Brost Clinic

Best Med Spa (must have licensed physician on site)  

  • InnerBeauty Med Spa & Laser
  • LivSkin Medspa Laser
  • Skingevity Med Spa

Best Spa (for skin care and body and beauty treatments)

  • Fusion LifeSpa
  • Haven Beauty Collective
  • LivSkin Medspa Laser

Best Chiropractic Practice

  • Knewtson Health Group
  • The Brost Clinic
  • Vaida Wellness Center

Best Cosmetic Surgery Practice

  • Kayan Plastic Surgery
  • Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center
  • Omni Cosmetic 

Best Dental Practice

  • Lake Minnetonka Dental
  • Orono Dental Care
  • West Lakes Dentistry

Best Dermatology Practice

  • Lakes Dermatology
  • Pinnacle Dermatology–Excelsior
  • Zel Skin & Laser Specialists

Best Eye Care Practice

  • Art of Optiks
  • Northwest Eye
  • Southwest Eye Care

Best Family Medicine Practice

  • HealthPartners Park Nicollet
  • Northwest Family Physicians
  • Ridgeview

Best Holistic Wellness Practice

  • Skingevity Med Spa
  • The Brost Clinic
  • Vaida Wellness Center

Best OB-GYN Practice

  • Oakdale ObGyn
  • OBGYN West
  • Western OBGYN

Best Orthodontic Practice

  • Anchored Orthodontics
  • Kottemann Orthodontics 
  • Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics
  • Ovation Orthodontics 

Best Pediatric Practice

  • Southdale Pediatrics
  • South Lake Pediatrics
  • Wayzata Children’s Clinic

Best Dance Studio

  • Creo Arts & Dance Conservatory
  • Dance Esteem
  • Just for Kix–Minnetonka

Best Language Immersion Program or School

  • Clear Springs Elementary Immersion 
  • Deephaven Elementary
  • Excelsior Elementary 
  • Groveland Elementary
  • Minnewashta Elementary 

Best Learning or Tutoring Center

  • Bartel Tutoring & College Advising
  • Journey to Learning Tutoring
  • Kay Tutoring

Best Preschool Program

  • Mount Calvary Preschool
  • St. Therese Catholic School
  • The Goddard School–Minnetonka 

Best Swim School or Lessons

  • Foss Swim School
  • Goldfish Swim School–Minnetonka 
  • Life Time
Pet Care

Best Dog-Friendly Business (Dining or Retail Venue) 

  • Back Channel Brewery
  • Chuck and Dons
  • Duke’s on 7

Best Dog Park

  • Lake Minnewashta Regional Park
  • Purgatory Park
  • Susan E. Lurton Park

Best Pet Boarding or Daycare Service

  • Fusion Pet Retreat
  • Top Dog Country Club
  • Woofington

Best Pet Grooming Service

  • Amber Paws Pet Grooming
  • Shampooch Grooming Salon
  • Woofington

Best Veterinarian Practice

  • Long Lake Veterinary Clinic
  • Village Animal Hospital
  • Westonka Animal Hospital

Best Apparel Boutique

  • Evereve
  • General Store of Minnetonka
  • Ooh La La Boutique

Best Florist

  • Bayside Just Because … Floral and Gifts
  • Candlelight Florist, Gifts & Flower Delivery
  • Lilia Flower Boutique

Best Gift Shop

  • Five Swans
  • Fleurish 
  • General Store of Minnetonka
  • Ooh La La Boutique 

Best Jewelry Store

  • Graham Jewelers
  • Gunderson’s Jewelers 
  • Wayzata Jewelers

Best Specialty Food or Kitchen Store

  • General Store of Minnetonka
  • The Abundant Kitchen
  • The Grocer’s Table

Best Beach, Open Space or Park

  • Deephaven Beach
  • Excelsior Beach/ Commons
  • Wayzata Beach

Best Date Night Spot

  • 6Smith
  •  CōV
  • Gianni’s Steakhouse & Seafood

Best Outdoor Spot for Graduation Photos 

  • Excelsior Commons
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Noerenburg Memorial Gardens

Best Place for Family Activities

  • Excelsior Commons
  • Lake Minnetonka
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Best Venue to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Al & Alma’s
  • Excelsior Commons
  • Lafayette Club
Best of the West Metro

Best Alpine Hill or Nordic Ski Trail

  • Baker Park Reserve
  • Buck Hill
  • Hyland Hills Ski Area

Best Biking or Hiking Trail

  • Dakota Rail Regional Trail
  • Luce Line State Trail
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Best Bridal or Formal Wear Store 

  • Annika Bridal Boutique

Best Family Photographer

  • Jana Noonan Photography
  • Memories in Time Photography
  • Shari Fleming Photography

Best Financial Services (financial planners, wealth management, estate planning, etc.) 

  • Alerus
  • Edward Jones-Mound 
  • RBC
  • UBS

Best Golf Course

  • Baker National Golf Course
  • Deer Run Golf Club
  • Lafayette Club
  • Pioneer Creek Golf Course 

Best Law Practice

  • AND Law Offices PLLC
  • Faegre Drinker 
  • Morrison Sund PLLC

Best Music School 

  • MacPhail Center for Music
  • School of Rock 

Best Outdoor Skating Rink

  • Klapprich Park and Field
  • Shirley Hills 
  • Thorpe Park

Best Private School

  • Benilde-St. Margaret’s
  • Breck School
  • Providence Academy

Best Professional Theatre 

  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Guthrie Theater
  • Ordway

Best Staycation Hotel 

  • Hotel Excelsior
  • The Guest House
  • The Hotel Landing

Best Summer Camp

  • Camp Christmas Tree 
  • Lake Minnetonka Sailing School
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Trout Lake Camps

Best Wedding Photographer or Videographer

  • Memories in Time Photography
  • Russell Heeter

Best Wedding Venue

  • Al and Alma’s
  • Lafayette Club
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Best Winery

  • Parley Lake Winery
  • Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery
  • Sovereign Estate

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