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Iven's on the Bay

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19090 Hwy 371 North, Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 829-9872
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Family Dinner

We brought a large group here for a special dinner. Service and food were very good. Mixed drinks were dicey, so I would stick to beer and wine. They have options from burgers to high-end seafood and our large, diverse family had a great time. Thanks, Ivens!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

All four of use tried the Prime Rib and it was disappointing. It was not tender and almost tasteless. One order was for the end which usually had more flavor, but it was tasteless as well. Since we only ordered Prime Rib, I can't vouch for any of the other menu items. I had the Sazerac for a mixed drink... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We brought a large group here for a special dinner. Service and food were very good. Mixed drinks were dicey, so I would stick to beer and wine. They have options from burgers to high-end seafood and our large, diverse family had a great time. Thanks, Ivens!

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Brainerd
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

In my opinion this is the best place to eat in the Brainerd Lakes Area. There food is world class and the service compares to none.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We've been dining at Ivens for 30 years. Never had a bad experience. Always great food , service and views. Unfortunately a waitress named Jodi who seemingly wished she was elsewhere and also that there were no customers, stained this impeccable record for us. She was listless , slow to recheck our table and only became somewhat animated as the... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

An excellent dinner. Great clam chowder and salad. Outstanding cocktail, wine and beer list. Nice view of the lake, great service.

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Naples, Florida, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What would a trip to MN's Lakes region be without a dinner at Iven's. On a weekend night things can get very busy so inconsistencies can sometimes exist, but overall you can always count on some delicious items coming from the kitchen. I wish they would bring back the raspberry chocolate strudel, but there are still some tasting creations with... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great Place,Great Service, but lacking in consistency of operating days & hours. We organized a group of 6 for lunch and found they were not open. This was disappointing to our group and we have not been back since.

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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

From start to finish we had a wonderful experience. We enjoyed a drink in the bar before dinner - very good wine. Our table was ready and waiting, and the waitress was so helpful with all our questions. Before our dinner we shared soup (asparagus), salad, and bread - delicious, and this was just the starters. The main course arrived... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Where to start? OK, how did they get a Wine Spectator rating when at least half the wines by the glass we requested were unavailable, no wines were served anywhere near the correct temperature and the wine glasses had little to do with the wines being served? The walleye I had was overbreaded, overcooked and, yes, overpriced. But what really... More 

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East Gull Lake, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Fabulous food and excellent service in a classy comfortable ambience overlooking the lake. I ordered sirloin tips medium rare with lobster hash and green beans. So delicious that I ate everything on my plate. I recommend this place to anyone that likes fine food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19090 Hwy 371 North, Brainerd, MN 56401
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Brainerd
  • Phone Number: (218) 829-9872
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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