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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
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Stopped this afternoon after a day of shopping and sightseeing. Loved the Blue Crab Hot Dip with toasted pita bread. An Iven's margarita completes this afternoon stop.

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Crosslake
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84 reviews 84 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I had an opportunity to dine here twice within the past month and both were great. The Halibut Tostada was to die for on the appetizer menu. My second trip included the Cerviche, outstanding and the Sea Bass, it was very good, but not great, the bass was a little soft. Everything else including the Chocolate dessert was excellent! Our... More

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Hugo, Minnesota, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Excellent food, but the service leaves a bad taste in your mouth. We have been to Ivens a few times and the it seems like the waitresses are always new. They do not know the menu and just seem confused. Not sure if we will return.

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Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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

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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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 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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minnesota
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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Brainerd
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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