This is just our OPINION and a description. In some cases this is based on one visit. There is no opinion for places we have not visited.
Places for dinner (sorted by distance)
Mill Street Tavern
This is a nicely restored 1903 building with high exposed brick interior walls, a beautiful bar and a nice patio. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, pasta, steak/chops, burgers and a few other items as well as specials. They make some of their items from scratch, and most of the food is good with a creative touch here and there. Mill Street has a little more selection with tap beer than anywhere else in town, including some craft selections. If you are there later on a weekend night, you might encounter some sort of wedding or other event, by encounter I mean it will be there in the next room and the door is left open, so you will hear whatever they have, band, DJ, etc. The food falls somewhere in the C- to B+ category. I give the bar selection a B+. Atmosphere (for a bar) A-. Service is pretty good at The Tavern, I would say a B+. Overall, this is a B kind of place. The location, however, is an A.
401 Mill Street ~ Downtown Cannon Falls / 507-263-9429
Dudley’s Pizza and Sandwich Shop
Dudley’s has a bit of a cult following. Further, if there were more Dudley Pizza kind of owners in the world it would be a better place, and I don’t say that with any reference to the food, just the way the place is in the town and how they are overall. This isn’t really somewhere to hang out but they have a few tables and it is okay to eat there. Most people have their selections delivered or pick it up. And, mostly, that would be pizza, but they also have sandwiches, lasagna, soups, and salads. By pizza, they mean flat crust pizza with whatever it is you want on that flat crust – that is the choice. One great thing about Dudley’s, they are open consistently, a concept that seems a bit foreign to Cannon Falls independent restaurants.
320 West Mill Street~Downtown Cannon Falls / 507-263-4000
Sol de Mexico~Mexican Grill
This is one place with a different menu. This is not recycled Applebee’s food item names, or burgers. This is not, however, really all that authentic Mexican. But it’s still good, just more the Americanized Mexican we have come to love and hate. Tacos in a crispy shell with cheese and tomatoes. Enchiladas with the standard red enchilada sauce over a tortilla filled with beef or chicken, a few spices and covered in melted cheese. They do have a full bar, although oddly they use a pre-mix for Margaritas. It is inexpensive and very festive inside – a comfortable place to hang around for awhile. The former Hardees building still shines through, you just can’t get away from it, although it could be confused with an Arby’s or a Wendy’s. Which, probably doesn’t matter at all. If you ask nice, you can usually order items that are not on their menu and those are excellent. If they were to put those selections on the menu, they would get a better rating from me, or they might scare everyone away because it doesn’t resemble Taco Bell at all. I don’t know. What I do know, they are consistent, the place seems really clean, they have pretty good food and the service is very attentive.
31518 64th Avenue Path / 507-263-0007
Chuggers Bar & Grill
Here we have what appears to be a bar with pool tables. But Chugger’s is worth a 2nd look. True, not much creativity here either. True, it’s pretty much a bar with food. But you get to watch them make the food, not like one of those fancy Italian joints, but with an open grill – and the guy doing the cooking might pull you a beer. There isn’t much of a selection of beer or wine, but they do have some interesting choices on their liquor shelf and they know something about cocktails here. They also make their own spaghetti sauce, which is novel for a bar like this. A lot of the menu is standard burgers and deep fried appetizers, but they ask you about things like grilled onions and mushrooms, offer fried pickles and green beans and various potato things and Texas Toast abounds. They also come up with a special or two, all in the realm of bar food, and good. You can get your own fish fry about any time. The bar is big and has lots of seats where you can watch the staff make drinks and cook food. I give the bar a B-, the food a solid B and service a B+ as these folks pay attention to what they are doing. Overall, maybe a B. 104 South Fourth Street~Downtown Cannon Falls / (507) 263-0680
Brewster’s Bar & Grill
Brewster’s has a bar menu, and standard bar food and they don’t mess that up. There is little creativity here. Brewster’s has very good nightly specials including Thursday night tacos and taco salads, Friday fish fry, Saturday ribs and $1 burgers on one other night. All the specials are a great deal. The bartenders have a general sense of what they are doing, but don’t expect anything that is all the rage in Manhattan, craft beer, or a good Pinot recommendation. Service is competent. You can play pool or darts or a shoot-em-up game. You don’t refer to it as “billiards” here. You can feel comfortable. There is nothing stand-out on the food menu that I have found, that rates anything better than a C. It all seems to be standard distributed product. If you hang around into the evening on a weekend you will find yourself in a place filled with local 20 somethings and loud music – but later around 10pm or so. Overall rating = C
115 South Fourth Street~Downtown Cannon Falls / 507-263-5020
Places for dinner (sorted by distance)
Cannon Golf Club
This is currently the only place that can reasonably be considered “in” Cannon Falls, that might be construed as upscale. They built the clubhouse a couple years ago, and it offers good views of the golf course which is very pretty. The menu has several creative dishes, which are oddly not listed on the online menu, like the Champagne Chicken – these are what differentiate their menu from something like Applebee’s, TGIF or the like – and only moderately, so no clue why they don’t advertise them. They also talk about burgers and appetizers in their advertising a lot. Cannon Falls has no shortage of places to get a burger, so this marketing strategy completely escapes me. But, the good news is that if you order something with the same name as from those other generic places, when it gets to your table it is generally better and more creative than what you get at those places. They have a full service bar, depending on who is working the bar. The outdoor patio is nice. The dining room feels a bit cold in regard to ambiance, and far too open to the bar and the TV’s to give the feel of being in a nice dining room. This place has some bugs to work out with d?cor and atmosphere and service – but the food is good, very good in some cases. One time, on a Saturday, they were closed for dinner? One other time they served a completely frozen side dish to the table – nope, no one in the kitchen or the server noticed. But the comp’d both dinners… So, they are working hard. Some of the entr?es rate an A-, most of the menu rates a B or B+. Their beer and wine options are a B-. The atmosphere is probably better than anything in town despite the comments above – I would say the place rates an overall rating of B+.
8606 195th Street~Cannon Falls, MN 55009 /(507) 263-3126
River Flame Restaurant
This is mostly “supper-club” off the highway. They do have wood grilled steaks and seafood selections, and do a buffet that is fish oriented on Friday nights. This is a little on the nice/romantic side, but not a lot on it. They also have a strong Greek influence, so you can get a few Greek items. They have good service. The entrees we had were only B-/C+, but they were a bit more creative than anything in town outside of the golf club. The drink selections were standard, so the bar is a B-. Overall this place was decent, and there are some items on the menu worth trying.
7860 365th St. Way~Just off Hwy 52 6 miles south of Cannon Falls /507-263-4870
Wiederholt’s Supper Club
This is that supper club you remember from the 70’s, or the 60’s or the 50’s maybe? It was smoky back then. This is a third generation family owned restaurant located in Miesville-8 miles from downtown Cannon Falls. You go here for a slice of meat with some potatoes, not creativity unless you are talking about cocktails or pickled things. Chicken, steak, fish & seafood, pork – all cooked like it should be if you are at a supper club. This is not a quiet romantic place, especially on a weekend. This is a busy place where you might wait for an hour in the bar, 20 minutes if you had a reservation. There is nothing unique about the food, the service is good, and everything about the place is very supper club of yesteryear. Great cocktails, weak beer list, mediocre wine list. I give the bar a B-, mostly for the cocktails and efficiency of the staff. The food is an A, provided you know what to expect, because they really do know how to cook a steak. The atmosphere is exactly what you would expect, so a C there (at best). Overall, a B+.
14535 240th Street East~Miesville (8 miles from Cannon Falls) / 507-263-2263 or 651-437-3528
McArthur’s Wood Grill Restaurant and Pub
This is the nicest atmosphere in Cannon Falls. However, this is almost 15 minutes from Cannon Falls if you know where you are going. Once you get there, you will dine in a nice setting overlooking the golf course. The bar is separated from the restaurant. The events are downstairs, not across the hall. But be aware, the regular dinner menu is only served on Friday & Saturday, otherwise you are in a nice pub with somewhat upscale pub food. But, I am referring to dinner here. So, food wise, this place is pretty good. They have an authentic wood grill, so most items are cooked this way. This is not a place for vegetarians. The menu includes entrees, soups, sandwiches, appetizers. There is creativity on this menu, much more involved than a supper club. The wine list is severely lacking, and the beer menu is somewhat lacking, but the rest of the bar is stocked fairly well. I would give the bar selection a C-. The entree items are not numerous, but are all good, some very good. I give the food a B. Atmosphere is nice, vaulted ceiling, fireplace, nice d?cor, low walls separating the tables, candles, about as nice as it gets in Cannon Falls – A-. Service is good too, but can be a bit choppy on the knowledge side. Every time I have been to this place, I have asked a question of my server and the server had to go find out from someone else – not hard questions. But, if you are looking for a quieter, nice, somewhat romantic-ish place around here, this is the closest one.
26166 Nicolai Avenue (Located in the Gopher Hills Golf Clubhouse)
Cannon Falls — (507) 263-2507/ (888) 487-6634
Places for lunch, and other food options
The Old Market Deli
This place could make it in a city or more competitive town. The food is very good and consistent. Someone is choosing their food product well as they get quality meats, breads, ice cream, coffee, all of it. They take the time to make pastries, quiche, soup and more. They also offer beer & wine, and have several good selections. The atmosphere is very smart, old-fashioned but not at all run down, with a bit of modern design. The patio is nice too, and they do a great job of making the place inviting by taking care of plants and sweeping out the front. Service is generally good. Some of the ways that things are priced are a bit odd or confusing, especially around the ice cream, but overall this is an excellent restaurant. I would give some of the breakfast items and pastries an A, the soups can range from a C+ to an A, the sandwiches are all very good, probably B+. Atmosphere is an A (for a deli) and overall I would give this place an A-.
331 Mill Street West~downtown Cannon Falls / 507-263-8888
Cannon River Winery
You can get a variety of cheese, crackers, sometimes bread, hard salami / meats to go with your wine. This isn’t a restaurant, but they will give you the food and utensils and you can enjoy this at the winery. 421 Mill Street, Downtown Cannon Falls – (507) 263-7400
This is a complete grocery store, and they have a deli that is pretty decent with salads and fried chicken, and a few other hot & cold prepared sandwiches and other options if you are putting together a picnic or just want something light/quick to take along, etc. Located just off Hwy-19 on the other end of the baseball park behind the house, and just east of the Little Cannon River that runs along the east side of the baseball park.
Hi-Quality Bakery & Coffee Shop
This is just a bakery, they have a full line of fresh, from scratch, home-style bakery items – and some are very good. They will make / decorate a cake for you. There is indoor seating and they do have coffee, although it is old school coffee – more the church social type as opposed to the Starbucks variety. Super nice people and good service. Open Tuesday -Saturday
121 North Fourth Street, Downtown Cannon Falls / 507-263-2221
The Dairy Inn
This is kind of like a little Dairy Queen Brazier, but local. Good chicken. Fair to average on everything else. The service is okay, what you would expect. Located close to the river for the canoe and kayak crew. Not much else to say about it. Overall a C.
Trout Scream Caf? (Welch)
This is the only place to eat in Welch, the halfway point on the Cannon Valley Trail. They have ice cream, and some sandwiches plus a couple side items, beverages. Nothing fancy but good. Not open much except weekends during the season so call to see before you plan on going there. Overall a B. 14689 Welch Trail, Welch (651) 388-7494