Port of Excelsior

Excelsior, MN

Located on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, the 1 square mile neighborhood of Excelsior, MN is a historic and tightly knit community. The 2,397 residents of Excelsior can be seen visiting antique shops, boating on Lake Minnetonka, or going to see a movie at the old Dock Cinema. You’ll see more than residents though; people from all over the Twin Cities come to Excelsior for its many attractions.


Students living in Excelsior can attend Minnetonka Public Schools. The Excelsior neighborhood is home to Excelsior Elementary which is part of the Minnetonka School District. This is a fantastic elementary, offering the state’s premier Language Emersion Program with Chinese, English and Spanish options. From there, Minnetonka middle and high schools offer Immersion continuation in Spanish and Chinese so students can develop their language skills into adulthood. Additionally, there are multiple private schools and preschools to choose from. See a full list of schools at the end of this post!

The Excelsior neighborhood has a lot to offer families. In addition to great schools, the city has a large community center, a life-guarded beach, community gardens, a streetcar museum, and more!

The community center has daily events and workshops for youth, adults, and seniors. Activities include quilting, zumba, book clubs, and more!


Hungry? Head to Excelsior. Like music? Head to Excelsior. Want to stay fit? Head to Excelsior. Restaurants, bike races, farmers markets, concerts, this neighborhood truly has it all! Most notably, in the summer every Thursday from 5-9pm is Girl’s Night Out hosted by the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce.

Looking for something to do? Check out this full list of events in Excelsior.



This neighborhood is full of popular eateries, old and new. Most of the restaurants have outdoor seating for those lovely Minnesota summer days.

The Patisserie Margo is a bakery with two locations, one in Excelsior and one in Edina. Their bakery items really taste as wonderfully scrumptious as they look. Enjoy a muffin or danish on their outdoor patio. See their full menu here.


Lago Tacos has two locations that are both in Minnesota – one here in Excelsior, and one in Uptown. Keep in mind there is a whole lot more than just tacos on their menu. Check it out here.



The Suburban, owned by a mother and her two daughters, opened in 2014. You will find pizza, burgers, hot dogs and beer on their menu. Be sure to get there in time for happy hour!

For a complete list of local restaurants in Excelsior, check out the links at the end of this post!

Thinking about moving to Excelsior? The neighborhood is eye-catching and beautiful. There are many lakefront homes and apartments to choose from.


Quick Facts!


As you can see, more than half of the residents of Excelsior rent their home rather than own it. This could be due to the fact that the average house in Excelsior sells for $650k! The solution for people who are not able to afford those luxury homes, but still want to live in Excelsior, is to rent!

Excelsior is a great neighborhood with many walkable amenities. You will never run out of things to do, or places to be.

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Neighborhood Resources

Excelsior Schools

Faith Communities

Excelsior Elementary

Excelsior United Methodist Church

St. John the Baptist School

Excelsior Covenant Church

Minnetonka Montessori

Congregational Church of Excelsior

Minnetonka West Middle School

Westwood Community Church

Minnewashta Elementary

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church

Excelsior KinderCare

Lake Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

Clear Springs Elementary

Faith Lutheran Church

Minnetonka Preschool & ECFE

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

Our Savior Lutheran Church & School

Trinity Episcopal Church

Minnewashta Church

Christ Community Church

Public Parks

Local Restaurants

Excelsior Commons

Jake O’Connor’s Public House

Badger Park

Joey Nova’s

Excelsior Parklands

Olive’s Fresh Excelsior

Freeman Park

B Grizzly’s Pizza

Cathcart Park

Happy Garden II

Herman Field Park

Hazellewood Grill & Tap Room

Pleasant Hill Park

Patisserie Margo

Caribbean Marina

Victor’s on Water

The Suburban

Coalition Restaurant

Bayside Grille

Yumi’s Sushi Bar