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9 Places to Try Igloo Dining in Minnesota

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Grand View Lodge in Nisswa 
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9 Places to Try Igloo Dining in Minnesota

By Sara Lynch

Minnesotans know how to embrace winter, so it’s no surprise that some local restaurants have gotten in on the fun by creating igloo dining experiences. I have now visited several igloos, most recently one of the three at Duke’s on 7, so read on to learn what you can expect from the experience. In short, it can be a great way to celebrate winter in Minnesota with a partner, friends or family.

Duke’s on 7 offers a variety of American fare, and when I booked our reservation, I was able to preorder food and drinks from a special igloo menu. I chose a colorful crudité board with watermelon radishes, peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers and a dessert board, which included Key lime bars, almond blondies, pretzels, strawberries, chocolates and other sweet treats. Warm options, such as fondue and crock pot pulled pork, are also available to preorder, while while the regular menu – including burgers, sandwiches, walleye fish and chips and noodle bowls – is available to order from during the meal. 

On the night of our reservation, we were ushered to the backyard patio to our very own igloo under sparkling string lights. Inside the igloo, which can hold up to six people, our preordered items were waiting on the table in the middle of the welcoming seats. The temperature outside on the January night when we visited was in the single digits, but the igloo had a heater, fireplace and cozy blankets to keep us warm, but we still kept our coats and hats on. 

It was a magical two-hour experience that quickly flew by, but we captured memories by taking photos not only on our phones, but also on a Polaroid camera provided by Duke’s (for an extra charge). Another fun idea would be to bring cards or a game to enjoy.

MORE IGLOOS

For more fun igloo dining options, check out these eight additional igloo locations around Minnesota. Note that most igloo dining options have a minimum food and beverage requirement and/or a rental fee (confirm when booking) and require an advance reservation with a deposit. For locations with minimum spend requirements, you might expect to see $150 to $200 with some locations up to $425+.

  1. Crave
    Author holding a glass of wine at a beautifully set table in an igloo

    Crave has added igloos in multiple locations.

    Crave

    Crave offers igloo dining in at its St. Louis Park location, with 90-minute reservations available for up to six people.

  2. Grand View Lodge
    The author stands in front of a clear geodesic dome with a wooden door on a snowy night.

    The igloos at Grand View Lodge seat up to six people.

    Grand View Lodge

    Grand View Lodge in Nisswa offers igloo dining in front of its iconic Northwoods Pub. Two-hour reservations are available for up to six people.

  3. Ninetwentyfive
    Ninetwentyfive

    Ninetwentyfive in Wayzata at Hotel Landing has four themed igloos, each of which holds up to four people.

  4. Broken Clock Brewery
    Broken Clock Brewery

    Broken Clock Brewery in Minneapolis has three themed igloos in which you can enjoy drinks. Food can either be brought in or ordered to the taproom. Reserve for either one or two hours. 

  5. Twin Spirits Distillery
    Twin Spirits Distillery

    Twin Spirits Distillery in Minneapolis has greenhouses on the patio that accommodate up to six people. 

  6. Mineral Springs Brewery
    Mineral Springs Brewery

    Mineral Springs Brewery in Owatonna takes reservations for 90 minutes in igloos that seat up to eight people.

  7. Next Chapter Winery
    Next Chapter Winery

    Next Chapter Winery in New Prague offers wine globe experience packages for up to six people.  Food can also be brought in or ordered for delivery to the winery from a local restaurant.

  8. Lock and Dam Eatery
    Lock and Dam Eatery

    Lock and Dam Eatery in downtown Hastings offers igloo dining for up to eight people. The experience lasts an hour and 45 minutes. 

Sara Lynch

Sara Lynch is a Minneapolis based corporate professional and travel content creator. She spends her free time exploring all over Minnesota by biking, paddling, hiking, skiing, attending local events and trying new cideries and restaurants. After traveling the world and living abroad, she knows there’s no place like Minnesota. Read her blog at www.PlanetwithSara.com for more adventure ideas.