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Iven's on the Bay

19090 Hwy 371 North, Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 829-9872
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Ranked #2 of 60 restaurants in Brainerd
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Brainerd
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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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364 reviews 364 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

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
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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
3 helpful votes 3 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

Minnesota
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123 reviews 123 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Ivan's has a great "happy hour" on Friday nights from 4PM-6PM. Many drinks are half price. There is a special menu for the happy hour. We ordered everything from that menu and was delicious. The atmosphere is very nice. The location is easy to find as it is on Highway 371 between Brainerd and Nisswa. This is a very "tourisy"... More

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Iven's on the Bay is by far my favorite place to go for happy hour. The food is excellent and the drinks are very reasonable. You can sit indoors or outdoors. The view is great. You can have a couple drinks and share a couple hor d'oevres

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

Iven's is now open for the 2014 season. We went to dinner on opening night and had the Almond Crusted Walleye dinner. Once again the food was superb and it was cooked to perfection. Iven's has the best walleye dinner by far and we have been to every restaurant in the Gull and Cross Lake area.

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St. Michael, MN
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have enjoyed Iven's over 30 times in the last few years. Love to sit either out on the patio or in the bar area. We have always had great service and the food is spectacular. Some of the food items can be on the higher end however you can't beat their "happy hour" drink and appetizer specials. I do... More

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Pillager,MN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We prefer the deck in the summer and the bar in the spring/fall...they are closed for the winter :( Good food, a little over priced but nicely presented. Last time there we waited forever to see our server...we'd waited for a table in the bar so grabbed our drinks and sat when it became available...for a long time. But we... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is my favorite local restaurant! It is ultra-modern with a great view of the lake. The appetizers and drink specials are the best in town. It is about 5 miles out of town from Baxter/Brainerd, but this area begins the beauty of the lakes anyway. It can be reasonably priced or expensive depending on your choice, but no matter... More

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