Best New Restaurant in Duluth MN - Northern Waters

Perfect New Restaurant: Northern Waters Restaurant

PDDPerfectNewRestaurant2016It’s no surprise Northern Waters Restaurant crushed Perfect Duluth Day’s best new restaurant poll. The eagerly anticipated eatery just opened in February, but has swiftly won the admiration and bellies of Twin Ports residents, as evidenced by garnering 67 percent of the vote.

Manager Greg Conley with staff at Northern Waters

Manager Greg Conley with staff at Northern Waters

Northern Waters Smokehaus in the DeWitt-Seitz Markerplace has been a longtime local favorite. The sandwich shop and deli won the Perfect Lunch Restaurant poll in 2013 and earned national media attention from the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Men’s Journal. Proprietor Eric Goerdt has expanded upon the shop’s acclaimed smoked and cured meat and fish offerings with his new restaurant in the Chester Park – UMD neighborhood. Northern Waters offers a swanky dining atmosphere as well as wine pairings and a rotating selection of craft beer.

Northern Waters

Sandwiches are still available for lunch, with new takes on old favorites from the Smokehaus (the Cajun Finn is now the Royal Finn with lemon-caper cream sauce and pickled peppers from Peru). Finger-licking appetizers like wings and ribs are available on the bar menu and dinner fare includes items like salmon satay and Nicoise Salad with Lake Superior trout. The restaurant recently started serving brunch on weekends too.


Also notable: Northern Waters is the first restaurant in the Twin Ports to institute a “no tipping” policy. Tax and tip are included in menu prices, which range from $10 for an appetizer to $25 for an upper-end entree.

Among the 16 nominees, honorable mentions go out to Lake Superior Bakehouse, which netted 13 percent of the vote, and also Beijing Restaurant and Sala Thai, which each took 10 percent of the vote among the final four.

Previous winners:
The Spirit Room (2014)
Pak’s Green Corner (2013)

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