Wayzata ( wy-ZET-ə) is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. It is approximately 9 miles (14 kilometres) west of Minneapolis in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. Situated on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, the city is popular among boaters, shoppers, and restaurant goers. It is one of Minnesota's most affluent municipalities.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,688. In 2012, Newsweek ranked Wayzata High School, in Plymouth, one of the top 1,000 public high schools in the United States.
The name "Wayzata" comes from the Dakota word meaning “north” or “north shore.” The Mdewakanton, a subtribe of the Dakota nation, treasured Lake Minnetonka—the “Big Water”—as a place for hunting, fishing, and harvesting wild rice and maple sap. Spirit Knob, a peninsula in Wayzata Bay, was regarded as a particularly sacred place. The Dakota resided in this area of Minnesota until 1851, when the Treaty of Mendota was signed and land west of the Mississippi was opened for Euro-American settlement. Most Dakota were exiled from Minnesota after 1862.
Wayzata was originally platted by Oscar E. Garrison in 1854.