Ernie's On Gull

Located near Historic Squaw Point on Gull Lake, Ernie’s on Gull is a premier lakeside dining destination in northern Minnesota.

Enjoy our delicious lunch and dinner options and finish with your favorite beer, wine or hand-crafted cocktail. In the summer months, we offer patio seating for a true lakeside restaurant experience!

Ernie's on Gull - Menu
Fresh Menu

Our menu offers a variety of flavors from starters to entrees. Authentic mouth-watering flavors that are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Ernie's on Gull - Beer Selection
Bottoms Up

We offer a wide variety of seasonal beers. IPA, Pilsner, Wheat, Lager, Porter, Stout and more. We have something for everyone!

Wine & Cocktails

We feature an extensive list of wine and hand-crafted cocktails. Try one of our famous - Greenies - They are sure to put a smile on your face.

Ernie's on Gull - Marina
Ernie's Marina

Pull up in style and dock your boat in our extensive marina. Docking just steps from our outoor patio makes life easy on family and friends.

There's nothing better than a Summer night at Ernie's! Great food and drinks by the lake and live music on the patio on the weekend!

Kevin S.

Whenever we take the boat out on Gull Lake, Ernie's is our favorite dinner spot! The patio is the place to be!

Seth D.

Ernie's on Gull is our favorite spot on Gull Lake! There's nothing better than food and drinks by the lake for girls weekend!

Laura R.
Ernies Story

Ernie's Story

When carpenter Ernie Ritari and his family moved to Squaw Point from Brainerd in 1917, they made their way through jack pine and hazel bush to get here. Back then the East side of Gull Lake was just a gravel road — a half day’s ride by horseback from Brainerd. Ernie, an immigrant from Finland in the 1800s, started a camping and fishing resort where his wife Edna tended bar and cleaned cabins while their dog Toby enjoyed ice cream before every guests drink. Ernie rented 10 boats and usually had five families, mainly from Minneapolis and Iowa, join him during the summer months. Ernie, Edna and Toby were among the few who stayed year round in East Gull Lake. The Ritari’s were famous for their community pig roasts and later built two guest cabins, but did not allow Vodka on the resort due to Ernie’s bitterness against the Russians — kind of ironic considering our signature drink today, the Greenie! Today, Ernie’s on Gull Lake is owned and operated by brothers Chris and Mike Foy. Chris and Mike both graduated from Brainerd High School and spent their childhoods around East Gull Lake, frequently visiting Ernie’s back when it was known as Ron’s Steak House, Ron’s on Squaw Point and the Butcher Block. Today, Ernie’s is a family-friendly establishment that strives to provide a fun, personalized dining experience. We differentiate ourselves by getting to know our customers, and always extending a friendly hello and a sincere thank you. From all of us at Ernie’s we hope you enjoy your experience with us!


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