Making the most of a summer getaway starts with setting your sights on scenic Gull Lake, Minnesota. While this destination is filled with fun activities to try out, it’s also a place that’s packed with savory stops to enjoy. The following are just a few of the many Gull Lake restaurants for the best summer outdoor dining experience to make the most of your delicious adventure.

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Dock 77

When you’re fortunate enough to find yourself in the Gull Lake area of Minnesota this summer and you’re craving a fantastic meal with a fresh-air view, heading over to Dock 77 is sure to inspire! Situated at 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW in Nisswa, Dock 77 is a weekend hangout that’s open Fridays from noon until 9:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Whether you drop by with family or friends, those who enjoy Dock 77 for a summer meal under the sun will be in for a treat. Guests are free to settle into a seat at a patio table or at one of the many bright red picnic tables that adorn the lawn. Each table is topped with a sprawling umbrella to make your outdoor meal as comfortable as possible and service at Dock 77 is notoriously friendly. Much as the name indicates, this outdoor eatery is popular amongst those who arrive by land as well as those who are looking to dock and dine. Begin your outdoor dining journey at Dock 77 by perusing the starter options which include everything from spicy ahi-tuna tartare and Walleyedan’s walleye cakes to chowder, salad, and house-made herb and mozzarella sticks just to name a few. While burgers and sandwich options are always a delight at Dock 77 when it comes to main course selections, it’s hard to go wrong with a mushroom and beef linguini, or a pan-seared halibut while you’re here. If you happen to be dropping by for an alfresco brunch, be sure to try the smoked salmon eggs benedict or go for a sweet treat when you opt for the cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit combo.


A summer getaway to Gull Lake often revolves around having a plethora of options when it comes to fun and entertainment. The same could be said for the outdoor dining scene, especially when you set your culinary sights on Zorbaz! Located at 8105 Lost Lake Road in Lake Shore, Zorbaz is open to the dining public daily between 11:00 am and 2:00 am. Zorbaz offers up a unique take on options that range from homestyle pizza to Mexican traditional dishes. This means that whether you’re in the mood for pepperoni or savory tacos, you can find exactly what you’re looking for and more here! This lakeside restaurant is a family-friendly stop that’s also known and loved for its tap beer selection and house margaritas that are best enjoyed out on the spacious patio. Service is friendly and outdoor seating options are cozy and comfortable, making it easy to linger here longer than you ever planned. At Zorbaz, it’s easy to pair your lake view with menu options like veggie-stuffed quesadillas and queso as well as a large taco salad bowl. While the spaghetti options at Zorbaz are sure to inspire, it’s hard to go wrong when you order a Thai pizza for the table. No matter what you select at Zorbaz, you’ll have a view to match and your tastebuds will thank you for the experience.

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Ernie’s on Gull

Perhaps one of the most iconic outdoor dining stops in all of the Gull Lake region is Ernie’s on Gull! When you’re the type of traveler that’s looking to add as many alfresco meal experiences as possible to your vacation, make sure this locale makes the list. Found at 10424 Squaw Point Road in Brainerd, Ernie’s on Gull offers guests stunning views to enjoy in a space that’s welcoming and comfortable. The restaurant is open daily from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm and serves up everything from cast iron baked brie and cheese curds to soft pretzels and mussels to get things started on a savory note. Main course options to enjoy from the outdoor patio at Ernie’s on Gull include burgers and salad selections as well as tacos and pasta. While you’re here, be sure to pair your plate with a beer on tap or one of the restaurant’s many delicious, handcrafted cocktails. Ernie’s on Gull has been a landmark in the area since 1917 and today, continues to be a top outdoor dining destination that travelers will want to make sure to enjoy while they’re in town!

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