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Iven's on the Bay

19090 Hwy 371 North, Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 829-9872
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Ranked #3 of 59 restaurants in Brainerd
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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82% Recommend
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We go to Iven's every year with friends. Skimpy salad of bitter greens, fancy names for foods on the menu to disguise real foods, and high prices do not a high rating make, in my opinion. Food is usually pretty good, but highly overrated.

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Northfield, MN
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The food was awesome, from the warm bread with herb infused butter to the awesome house mixed greens spring salad to the entrée! All the flavor swerve exquisite & worked well together! A party for the taste buds!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Our server was horrible put our order in wrong, didn't check back on our food and my guest had to use my fork because ours was cleared and not replaced. She was a drive by server and said have a good night with her back to us while walking away. Now granted we were sitting on the patio and it... More

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Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The best walleye dinner in northern Minnesota has changed and not in a good way. We had dinner there a few weeks ago and we ordered our favorite Almond Crusted Walleye dinner. We have it all the time and used to love it. We would tell our friends how great the walleye is, but no more. Someone changed the recipe,... More

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Baxter, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This place is always a treat. We have always had great service, and amazing food. If you watch the specials, you can get some great deals also.

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2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, my husband and I stopped on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. We were extremely glad we did! The Sunday special was a Minnesota walleye dinner. The fish tasted like it was fresh caught in the lake right outside and it was prepared perfectly. The salad was very good and the wild rice was... More

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1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We stopped in by boat for the prime rib special a couple of Fridays ago and sat on the deck. The food was awesome... Best prime rib I've had in a long time. We thought it was a bit expensive for a special but the cut was huge and it did come with soup. Our server Ondrea was very attentive... More

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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378 reviews 378 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Two of us ate here for lunch on a lovely July Saturday. Service was extremely pleasant. One of us had the Black and Blu salad (black angus)) and blu (cheese) Very nice. The other had a house speciality burger. Also very nice. Dining room is unusually pleasant and patio overlooking the bay is very nice. Very sorry Jennifer and her... More

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Brainerd, Minnesota
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Iven's is great for any kind of meal you are looking for! I have enjoyed meals in both the dining room and the bar and I have had wonderful experiences in both! The food is always good (I love their green beans and burgers) and the staff is always friendly and there to help! I once dropped my knife on... More

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Brainerd, Minnesota
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Ivan's on the Bay refused service to my family with my father's service dog. They forced us to stand and wait 15 minutes in the middle of the restaurant, while the manager "couldn't be found." It was one of the most humiliating things I have ever been through, and I don't think we'll ever convince my father, whose PTSD and... More

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Jean O, Owner at Iven's on the Bay, responded to this review

This party of eight was not refused service at Iven's on the Bay. They were handled as any other group without a reservation on a busy Friday night. Walk ins are welcome to sit in the Bar or Deck area and staff was preparing a table on our lakeside deck, as that was the only option available for a group... More

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