Jan 192011

Cuisine: Fish & Seafood, Steak, Dessert
Restaurant Features: Banquet, Bar, Catering, On-Site Parking, Sunday Brunch
Location: Shoreview, MN
Address: 4785 Hodgson Road  Shoreview, MN 55126   651-484-8484
Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm   Sunday Brunch 10:30-1:30p   Dinner Daily at 4pm
Links: Kozlak’s Royal Oak Website * Kozlak’s Facebook Page *  Google Map

Atmosphere: Kozlak’s is located in a large, stand-alone building on Hodgson Road, about a half mile north of Hwy 96 in Shoreview.  One thing you will notice when you arrive is the drive-up entrance at the front of the building, meant for picking up/dropping off guests. The parking lot is in the back in the building, a long walk around the building in the cold winter!

There is a small reception area when you first walk in that sits between the bar area (to the left) and the main dining room (to the right).  Festively decorated over the Holidays!

Both the main dining room and the dining room adjacent to the bar area have tables, all of which are covered with white tablecloths.  I did not have the pleasure of dining in this room so I just got a glance, same as you see below.  It was festively decorated with balloons on New Year’s Eve.

This is the smaller, more intimate dining room with tables that seem to be spaced further apart than in the main dining room.

Menu: Appetizer’s at Kozlak’s include Coconut Shrimp, Asparagus with Bearnaise, Scallops Parmesan, Cajun Beef Bites, Clam Chowder, Bruschetta, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Chili-Rubbed Ribs, Broiled Lobster Tail, Escargots, Sesame Wings, Wild Mushroom Crustini, Onion Rings and Artichoke Parmesan Dip.  The Featured Appetizers are Szechuan Beef Tips and Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup.

Salad options at Kozlak’s are the Pecan Crusted Chicken, Bruschetta, Salmon Spinach, and Marie’s Salad (with bleu cheese, olives and dried cranberries).

Sandwiches that are offered are the Baked Reuben and the Hashbrown-Crusted Walleye.

Entrees come with potato du jour, bread, salad and vegetable.  Options include Twin Tenderloins with Portabellas, Sauteed Calves’ Liver, Pasta Vermouth, Parmesan Chicken, Medallions of Beef, Chicken Supreme, Roasted Plump Duckling, Blackened Pork Porter House, and Barbeque Ribs.  Featured Entrees are the Beef Wellington and the Roasted Vegetable Pasta.

Kozlak’s is well known for their steaks, with cuts such as Bone-in Tenderloin, New York Strip, Tenderloin Filet, and Roasted Prime Rib.  All steaks come with soup or salad, baked potato and bread.  Add-ons for steak include Melted Bleu Cheese, Butter Taragon Sauce, Peppercorn Crusted, Sauteed Mushroom, Sauteed Onions, Garlic Portabella Mushrooms, Hash Browns, French Fries, and Asparagus.

Fish and Seafood Selections include Broiled Salmon, Salmon Royal Oak, Pecan Walleye, Sea Scallops, Walleye, Steamed African Lobster, Tenderloin and Lobster combo, Pasta and Shrimp, Garlic Broiled Shrimp and Alaskan Crab Legs.

Save room for dessert! In addition to Ice Cream, Gelato, and Sorbet there have homemade cheesecake, chocolate cake, and others.

Price guide: Appetizers $7-13  Salads $6-14  Entrees $18-25 Seafood $23-27 (+ market price lobster) Steaks $28-50

Sunday Brunch

  • $18.95/Adults     $10.95/ Kids 6-12   $6.95/ Kids 5 and Under
  • 10:30am-1:30pm
  • Live New Orleans Jazz
  • Full Salad Bar, Scrambled Eggs Carbonara , Fresh Baked Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, Featured Chicken item, Cajun Ribs, Pecan-Breaded Catfish Fingers, Jambalaya with sausage & chicken, Classic Eggs Benedict, Kozlak’s home made French Toast with Pecan Maple Syrup, Breakfast Bacon, Sausage, Chef’s Fresh Vegetable, Gumbo Soup, Potatoes Pontalba with Béarnaise Sauce, Made-to-order Omelettes, Dessert & Sundae Bar

What we ordered: We started with the complimentary loaf of French Bread that was brought to our table shortly after we ordered.  The bread was crusty on the outside, soft and still slightly warm on the inside.  The loaf had about four slices which went fast, another loaf soon followed!

Each entree comes with a house salad or for a $3 upgrade you can take a trip through the Salad Bar. I chose the House Salad, which was Caesar.  The homemade dressing that Kozlak’s is very good, a tad sweeter than the traditional Caesar.

Typically I order ribeye at steak houses however Kozlak’s doesn’t offer that cut as an option, so instead I ordered the delectable Queen Cut Prime Rib.  Each bite was incredibly tender and delicious!  I ordered a side of the customary freshly grated horseradish and it also was served with au jus on the side.  Even though this was just the Queen cut (compared to the larger King cut), it was still huge and I had to bring half my steak home.  I ordered a baked potato with my steak and also a side of sauteed mushrooms, which I shared with my companions.

One of my companions ordered the 8oz Tenderloin Filet, a handsome, thick and extremely tender cut of beef.  It was topped with Kozlak’s signature garlic butter, which adds a splash of melted buttery heaven as it melts over the steak.  Butter on steak? You just have to try this! The flavor of the meat itself had a slightly aged flavor and just a glorious hint of char from the grill.  Cooked a perfect medium.

Another companion ordered the King Cut Prime Rib, the larger version of my steak.  This cut was indeed extra large, standing at least 2″ tall!

Another companion ordered the Steak & Lobster meal.  The steak was the Kozlak’s filet which was very good but the real star of this combo was the African Lobster Tail.  This giant lobster tail was cooked as perfect as you can cook a lobster.  When my companioned offered me a bite I couldn’t resist the sweet, succulent, buttery treat.  The lobster was so fresh that I suspected it had been alive just minutes before it was served, but such was not the case.

For dessert one of my companions and I shared a Pink Squirrel ice cream drink.  Have you had one of these before? They are yummy! Vanilla ice cream blended with Creme de Noyaux, an almond liqueur,  Creme de Cacao, light cream, then topped with whipped cream.  So creamy and smooth!

Service: We had great service at Kozlak’s.  Our party had a reservation on New Year’s Eve and we were brought to our table shortly after we arrived.  Our server greeted us shortly after we sat down to take our drink order.  It was a very busy night and Kozlak’s had a full house, but cocktails were brought out in under ten minutes, other drinks were refilled as needed.  The menu on New Year’s Eve was somewhat limited but the server made good suggestions and answered any questions we had, brought us everything we needed as soon as possible.  Food was prepared in less than thirty minutes, while we munched on our bread and salads.

Overall Impression: Great service! The lobster I tried at Kozlak’s was some of the best I have had and the steaks were also excellent.  The prices are standard for a nice steak house, but won’t break the bank if you only visit on occasion.   I would love to try the New Orleans Brunch Buffet sometime soon!

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  6 Responses to “Kozlak’s Royal Oak ~ Shoreview, MN”

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  2. A friend and I went to brunch here yesterday morning. WOW! The food was Fabulouuuuuuus. My favorite was probably the eggs benedict and the french toast with pecan maple syrup. I didn’t get a chance to visit the salad bar or dessert bar, but everything looked great. Just an FYI, the buffet is now $20, but the unlimited drink bar (I call it drink bar instead of Blood Mary bar because there is a list of about 10 different drinks you can get) is still just an extra $5! :-D We WILL be back soon.

  3. […] Kozlak’s Royal Oak ~ 4785 Hodgson Road Shoreview, MN 55126 (651)-484-8484 […]

  4. Good pics – I can’t eat at restaurants that serve their sour cream and au jous in little black plastic cups though, – are you sure you weren’t at Sizzler?

    • A little too high on your own stench if you can’t eat a a place with little black plastic cups. Have you even gone groceries shopping buy yourself?

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