Fine dining was originally the province of royalty, who ate their appetizers with 10-foot forks manipulated by teams of beleaguered bellhops. Lose the man-sized flatware with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of fine-dining fare at Kozlak's Royal Oak Restaurant in Shoreview.
The menus strut their seafood and regal ingredients to anyone dining in Kozlak's elegant cabin of comestibles. Chefs sauté platefuls of sea scallops alongside lemon and asparagus, crowning the brow of its basmati rice with the gilded morsels ($25), and slabs of boneless roast prime rib ($29/regular cut, $39/king cut). Kozlak's can eschew gluten in an array of its dishes, including the half of a roast duckling, which conceals itself from predatory utensils beneath a signature plum sauce ($26). Sundays bear witness to the New Orleans Jazz Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., unveiling a luscious buffet brimming with freshly baked pecan-caramel rolls and made-to-order omelets ($18.95 for adults).
Kozlak's dining atmosphere features pure-white table linens, excellent views in the wood-accented dining rooms, and the airy scenery of the garden patio. The restaurant's windows also pair with the silhouette of a dinner patron holding a glass of wine from Kozlak's extensive wine list ($6+/glass).
Kozlak's Royal Oak Restaurant
Restaurant establishment is a Kozlak family tradition. Back in 1943, Joseph and Gertrude Kozlak purchased what would eventually become the well-known Jax Café. In 1977, their son Jax Kozlak and family embarked on a massive restoration project to beautify and expand a new large space that would become Kozlak's Royal Oak Restaurant, which has since been voted Best Ambiance, Best Service, and Neighborhood Gem by OpenTable diners.
Well known for its steaks, Kozlak's serves top-shelf cuts such as bone-in tenderloin, roasted prime rib, and tenderloin filet crowned with add-ons of rich blue cheese, Cajun spices, or fresh sauteed mushrooms. Single tails of steamed African lobster recline on plates with drawn butter, and Australian sea bass receives a stuffing of spinach and crab before being topped with a butter-tarragon sauce. Kozlak's Royal Oak Restaurant boasts a screened-in patio with a canopy.
Arden Hills - Shoreview
4785 Hodgson Rd.
Shoreview, Minnesota 55126