Cuisine: American, Fish & Seafood, Steaks, Chops
Restaurant Features: Bar, Banquet Room, Hotel, On-Site Parking
Location: White Bear Lake, MN
Address: 4940 Hwy 61 N White Bear Lake, MN • 651.653.6718
Hours: Mon- Thurs 11am-1am *Fri-Sat 11-2am * Sun 9am- 12am * Kitchen open until 12am
Links: Rudy’s Redeye Website * Rudy’s on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: Located in the White Bear Country Inn & Suites just a few blocks from Downtown White Bear Lake, Rudy’s Red Eye Grill is a beautiful, elegant yet casual restaurant. The walls are painted a rich red, with a handful of abstract paintings adorning the walls and flower arrangements placed strategically. The seating is a mix of tables and deep, dark booths along the outer walls. The Bar Area is also a very popular spot, with several bistro tables as well as seating along the long, beautiful wooden bar.
Menu: Appetizers include Spinach Artichoke Dip, Jumbo Tabasco Onion Rings with Seasoned Sour Cream, Buffalo Wings with or without the Bone, Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters on the Half Shell, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, New Orleans Shrimp, Brueschetta, Calamari, Chicken Kabobs, Walleye Cakes, Bull Bites, Walleye Fingers, Coconut Shrimp, and Tuna Taki.
Soups and Salads offered at Rudy’s include French Onion Gratin, Homemade Chicken Noodle, Soup Du Jour, Chili, House Salad, Iceberg Wedge with Bacon and Blue Cheese, Garbage Salad, Caesar Salad, BLT Cheddar, Oriental Chicken, Bleu Bistro, Rudy’s Chopped Salad, Seared Black & Bleu Tuna, Salmon Goat Cheese with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Calamari Caesar, and Redeye Sirloin with Creamy Horseradish Dressing.
Sandwiches come with french fries, fruit, coleslaw, pasta salad, or cottage cheese. Rudy Burger or Chicken Sandwich with BBQ Sauce, Cheddar, and Hickory Smoked Bacon, Grilled Portabella, Bacon Bleu Burger, Chicken Caesar Wrap, and Beer Battered Walleye Sandwich.
Pasta dishes include Fettuccini Alfredo (chicken or shrimp), Spaghetti and Meatballs, Seafood Scampi with Shrimp and Scallops, Sun-Dried Tortellini Pesto with Shrimp, Cajun Chicken Fettuccini, Lobster Ravioli, Seafood Fra Diablo, Baked Five Cheese Penne
Rudy’s Entrees are served with choice of potato. Options include Angus Medallions, Prime Rib (limited availability), Ribeye: 20 oz. Served Bone-In, Redeye Marinated Sirloin, New York Strip: 16 oz. Served Bone-in, Cajun Combo: Two-4 oz. Blackened Medallions and 3 New Orleans Style Sauteed Shrimp, 8oz Filet Mignon, Blackened Pork Tenderloin topped with Bernaise, BBQ Pork Baby Back Ribs, Drunk n’ Dirty Pork Chop, Tomato Basil Grouper on Mashed Potatoes, Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast with Marinara, Rudy’s Pan Fried Walleye, Coconut Shrimp, Fish n’ Chips, Pistachio Encrusted Alaskan Halibut, Bruschetta Salmon, Seared Scallops, Blue Ribbon Meatloaf, Blackened Ahi Tuna, Steak & Lobster, and Cold Water Lobster Tails.
Price guide: Appetizers $7-12 Salads $5-13 Sandwiches $9-12 Entrees $15-34
- Everyday from 3 to 6 PM and 9 to 11 PM
- $4.25 Appetizers
- $2 off Tap Beer
- $4 House Wine
- Sunday Breakfast Menu 10am-1pm
- Pancakes, Breakfast Quesadilla, Pecan Encrusted French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Seafood Benedict, Breakfast Burrito, Steak & Eggs, Ham and Cheese Croissant, and Rudy’s Skillet (Diced ham, red pepper, green pepper, onion, potatoes, cheddar cheese, and scrambled eggs). Omelets include Ham & Cheese Omelet, Veggie Omelet and Rudy’s Omelet.
- Monday ~ 1/2 priced Bottles of Wine
- Tuesday ~ $5 Ruditinis all day
- Wednesday ~ $16 Walleye Entree
What we ordered: Several of my companions and I started with Rudy’s famous house drink, The Ruditini. This cocktail comes in a shaker filled with Stoli Razberi, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice. Comes with a shot of champagne to pour on top.
We were brought a big basket of Warm french rolls, served with a side of honey butter. Delicious!
A couple of my companions started with an order of the Artichoke Spinach Dip ($9). Served with toast and tortilla chips. I did not try this but I have had it before and it is very good.
Another companion ordered the Bruschetta ($9). The order came with six pieces of toast topped with fresh tomato, basil, olive oil, and melted parmigiano. The order was drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
For my entree I ordered the Beer-Battered Walleye Sandwich ($12). This sandwich came with a long, thick walleye fillet, heavily battered and deep fried with a side of steak fries. Although the breading seemed a little on the thick side, the fish was quality walleye.
One of my companions ordered the Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo ($18), a bowl full of fettuccine alfredo topped with slices of cajun-spiced chicken breast. This looked delicious, and as much as I think I might have liked it, it was very peppery and nearly too spicy for my companion to eat.
One companion ordered the Caesar Salad ($9), served with several whole leaves of romaine topped with homemade Caesar dressing, toasted croutons and freshly grated parmigiano.
One of my companions ordered the Mozzarella Chicken ($18), a large chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella cheese, then topped with marinara and more mozzarella cheese. It was served with angelhair pasta with red sauce, and green beans.
Another companion ordered the Oriental Chicken Salad ($10). This photo you see is actually the second salad served, as the first was below standard. The salad which was remade looked far more appetizing and was topped with several slices of grilled chicken, served cold. It was topped with a handful of wonton strips and served with a side of the Oriental dressing.
Another companion ordered the Pistachio Encrusted Halibut ($17). This dish was served with green beans and choice of potato (mashed). Looked great!
Service: On this particular visit, our party of eight had reservations for 6pm on a busy Saturday evening. The table was waiting for us when we got there and we were quickly seated. We took our time, first ordering appetizers and cocktails, then later our entrees. It was a very busy night and there were several other large parties at Rudy’s that night and it took an exceptionally long time (about an hour) for our entrees to be brought out to our table. Despite the long wait, our server was apologetic and otherwise very accommodating.
Overall Impression: I have been to Rudy’s many times since they first opened in 2003 and they consistently deliver excellent food. The food can often take longer than you would think necessary, so plan accordingly.