Disclosure: I was invited out to do this review and our meals were provided by Mystic Lake. All opinions are my own.
Cuisine: Fish & Seafood, Steaks, Ribs, Chops, Desserts
Restaurant Features: Casino, Hotel, Lobster Tank
Location: Prior Lake, MN
Address: 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN, 55372 1-800-264-2821
Hours: Sun, Wed & Thurs 5-10pm * Fri-Sat 5-11pm
Links: Mystic Steakhouse Website * Google Map
Atmosphere: The space that is now home to Mystic Steakhouse was remodeled in 2010 when it became the (then ) home to Il Premio Italian Steakhouse. Fast forward to December 2011 when the space transitioned to become Mystic Steakhouse with an all-new menu featuring steaks, chops and seafood. Gone are the fancy white table clothes to reveal a much more casual, comfortable space with a contemporary feel.
There is a live Lobster Tank near the kitchen that you can see when you enter the dining room.
Menu: Appetizers at the Mystic Steakhouse include Seared Tuna, Broiled Jumbo Shrimp, Battered Walleye Strips, Fried Calamari, Maryland Crab Cakes, Hearth-Baked Pizza, and Bull Bites.
Salads offered are dinner-size and include House or Caesar or you can order a full Cobb Salad. Soups offered include Wild Rice or French Onion.
House Favorites offered at Mystic Steakhouse include Homemade Lasagna, Spaghetti with Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana and Steak House Burger.
Mystic’s Seafood Selections include Fried Jumbo Shrimp, Broiled Shrimp, King Crab Legs, Shore Lunch Battered Walleye, Broiled Walleye, Grilled Norwegian Salmon, and Jumbo Sea Scallops.
Steakhouse Entrees include 6 or 8oz Filet Mignon, 10oz Ribeye, 10oz New York Strip, 16 Oz T-Bone, Brick Oven Chicken, Roasted Lamb Chops, Hickory Smoked Barbeque Ribs, Bone-In Pork Chop. You can also order the Filet, Ribeye or New York Strip as a combo with any of the following added: Walleye Fillet, King Crab Legs Fried Shrimp, Broiled Shrimp, 5 oz Lobster Tail or Scallops.
Accompaniments include Caramelized Onions, Sauteed Mushrooms, Demi Glace Sauce, Bearnaise Sauce, or Melted Bleu Cheese.
Desserts offered at Mystic Steakhouse include Almond Cheesecake, Apple Streusel Pie, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, Chocolate Cake,
Price guide: Appetizers $10-13 Fish/Seafood $19-35 Steakhouse Entrees $15-24
What we ordered: My companion and I started with a couple of non-alcoholic beverages, since the Mystic Steakhouse adheres to the alcohol-free policy of the Mystic Lake Casino and Mdewakanton Sioux Community. I tried the Pina Colada which was sweet and every bit as tasty as its counterpart with rum.
My companion ordered the Ginger Beer by Cock N Bull. The undertones of this drink were similar to a Ginger Ale, but the ginger was much more pronounced and quite spicy. Excellent choice if you enjoy ginger!
We started with the basket of bread, which included two varieties that were both delicious. The Italian loaf was soft inside and crusty on the outside but the real star in this bread basket was the Pumpernickel with raisins. So good, especially with the salted sweet cream butter.
We then ordered a couple of appetizers. The Walleye Strips were one of our first choices for appetizer and I am so glad we got these! There were four pieces of fish in the order, each of which was battered with Shore Lunch then fried to a crispy golden brown. The texture of the breading paired with the light, flaky walleye was a winning combo. It was served with Mystic sauce, a spicy aioli, and lemon wedges. These were great and rank up there, I highly recommend.
We also tried the Maryland Crab Cakes. These were delicious; a mixture of succulent crab pieces mixed with mayo, mustard, worcestershire, herbs and breadcrumbs and then fried to a crispy golden. Each of the three crab cakes were served atop a very thin slice of lemon, plated with little dollops of a spicy Cajun Remoulade (mayo, lemon, cayenne, mustard, ketchup, worcestershire, garlic, celery salt).
Our entrees came with side salad, my companion and I both chose the Caesar. The lettuce was cold and crisp and the Caesar dressing was fresh and homemade, the croutons crunchy and flavorful.
For my entree I ordered the ribeye, which I was sold on after looking at the menu for about two minutes. I was delighted with my ribeye in every way, yet I wish I had paid closer attention to the fact that there was a tank full of Live Maine Lobsters that I somehow overlooked on the way to be seated at our table. I love lobster and any of of those big beauties would have made me a fine meal, but I was just as satisfied with the tender, juicy, flavorful ribeye steak that I chose. The steak itself was only 10 oz so I paired it with the Broiled Shrimp, which came recommended (along with the fried shrimp) by the server. Each of the three shrimp were butterflied with the shell still on, then lightly seasoned and broiled. The meal came with sauteed carrots and choice of potato. I chose the sea-salt crusted baked potato which is how I think I shall make baked potatoes at home from here on out. The salt made the skin really soft and no further seasoning was necessary even after I added butter and sour cream.
My companion ordered the Bleu Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail combination dinner. The filet was a ten oz cut of very tender beef, and my companion opted to add the warm bleu cheese which was not a sauce but rather bleu cheese that had been baked into a fluffy golden pillow. Awesome! The steak was paired with a 5 oz Lobster Tail and a sea salt-crusted baked potato.
We companion and I ordered a variety of accompaniments for our steaks, including Demi Glace, Bearnaise, Caramelized Onions and Sauteed Button Mushrooms. Everything was wonderful, just depends on what flavors and textures you like ot enhance your steak with.
I saved a tiny bit of room for dessert, starting with the Apple Streusel Pie. Filled with a heaping pile of tart, firm apples mixed with cinnamon and sugar. The crumbly streusel topping was good but let the apples take center stage.
We both love Creme Brulee and the version at Mystic Lake is one of the biggest serving sizes I’ve seen to date. An entire bowl is filled with the creamy custard and then a layer of sugar is crystallized on top, then topped with whipped cream, tea cakes and a slice of strawberry.
Service: The folks at Mystic Steakhouse knew we were coming, as they had invited us down to try to the new menu and set up a reservation in my name. We were greeted by the smiling hostess and shown through the partially seated dining room to one of the nice semi-circle booths along the wall. Our server greeted us just a few minutes later and talked up the non-alcoholic drinks selection. Our server also had some good suggestions for appetizers and although I wish he had made it a point to talk up the live lobsters, it is my own fault that I overlooked them after not reviewing the menu more carefully. The food was prepared in the appropriate amount of with the courses being staggered. Drinks were filled and plates cleared often. The manager was friendly as usual, and stopped by to check on us a couple of times.
Overall Impression: Mystic Steakhouse has a nice selection of steaks and seafood at very reasonable prices and is a great sanctuary away from all the stimulation of the casino. Mystic Steakhouse is a great destination restaurant, so whether you plan to spend time at the casino or not, consider a trip down to Mystic Lake soon.