chef eric.jpg

Our Story

Chef and owner Eric Ernst worked in distinguished restaurants across the Twin Cities until opening his first restaurant — Ernie’s Eatery — two years ago. Last summer, he added an Ice Cream Parlor to the mix. Now he’s opened his third creation, and taken things up to another level with Third Gear Restaurant & Bar.

Third Gear is committed to providing its customers with the best experience. From craft cocktails and beer — such as our exclusive partnership with Clutch Brewing — to food made only with the highest quality of ingredients, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Located on the north shore of Forest Lake, Third Gear has one of the top patios north of Minneapolis, perfect for enjoying the best of summer as Minnesotans do — lakeside!


“We have been there 4 times now. The food is superb! Most recently, Mother’s Day buffet. The quality of each item is incredible! You can tell the owner takes pride in every selection. The prime rib is the best I have had in years anywhere.” - Colleen E.

“We had the prime rib and it was wonderful! Sat at the bar and was greeted by wonderful staff at the front door and very friendly bartenders. We will for sure be back and bring friends with us next time! Highly recommend 3rd Gear.” - Maggie F.

“We had a great visit. The Sicilian Pizza was delicious and the Pulled Pork Sandwich was on point. We were dining with our 1 year old, definitely family friendly. Our Server Josh was very attentive. We will be back.” - Amanda H.