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Grand River Center

Dubuque , IA
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LOCATION

500 Bell St.
Dubuque, IA 52001 US (map)

PHONE

563-690-4500

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ABOUT US

MAKE YOUR MEMORIES IN A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER FORGET...

Imagine celebrating your wedding at the majestic Grand River Center nestled on the banks of the Mississippi overlooking... Read more
MAKE YOUR MEMORIES IN A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER FORGET...

Imagine celebrating your wedding at the majestic Grand River Center nestled on the banks of the Mississippi overlooking the scenic bluffs of historic Dubuque.

The 30 foot walls of windows magnify the spleandor of every season, providing a picturesque setting for your wedding photography. Elegance surrounds you from the blue lit ceiling clouds to the lavish floral landscaping of our natural stone patio and river walkway.

Our certified wedding specialists make you their priority, orchestrating your plans as well as being present on your wedding day. Allow our highly skilled staff to lavish you with attention as you dine on our award winning cuisine in one of our spacious formal ballrooms.

The Grand River Center is the premier Midwest wedding reception venue, centrally located between Des Moines, Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee & Chicago.

MEET THE DIRECTOR...

Congratulations on your Engagement! At the Grand River Center, weddings are the heart of our business. Our goal is to create an intimate atmosphere and serve the finest cuisine while your guests enjoy the scenic Mississippi River. Whether you’re enjoying cocktails on the patio or dancing in our spacious ballroom, the beauty is inescapable.

Our careful selection of prime ingredients is the most important decision we make when preparing your menu. No detail is ever too small. Our award winning chefs are dedicated to providing you and your guests with a meal to remember. Whether it is a casual reception or an elegant dinner, your menu will be designed with flair and prepared with skill. We have several menu options to choose from, or we can create a special menu to meet your specific taste.

From myself, to our chefs, to our servers, we share one common goal: Anticipate your every need and do everything necessary to ensure a successful event. We invite you to experience the beauty, charm and elegance of the Grand River Center.

I would love to meet with you at your convenience and give you a tour of the Grand River Center. Feel free to call with any questions. I look forward to speaking with you!

Most sincerely,
- JoAnn Read less
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Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
It was AMAZING working with the Grand River Center. They were extremely responsive, helpful and flexible in scheduling times to speak with us. They went through a few different wedding coordinators over the year we had them booked, but it honestly didn't make a difference. They were still helpful and organized. The venue itself is also beautiful and many of our guests commented on how much they liked the venue. The food was also excellent! The only thing I didn't like was their tasting. They schedule everyone who is having a wedding within a certain month span to come to their tasting, so around 300-400 people. Everything was just served buffet style and lines were long. It was all you can eat though, which was nice. They also had the wedding coordinator and her assistant answer questions after the tasting, which was helpful, but a bit overwhelming with so many people. Overall, it was a great venue and I was never stressed out when it came to anything regarding the venue. I highly recommend them!
It was AMAZING working with the Grand River Center. They were extremely responsive, helpful and flexible in scheduling Read more...
It was AMAZING working with the Grand River Center. They were extremely responsive, helpful and flexible in scheduling times to speak with us. They went through a few different wedding coordinators over the year we had them booked, but it honestly didn't make a difference. They were still helpful and organized. The venue itself is also beautiful and many of our guests commented on how much they liked the venue. The food was also excellent! The only thing I didn't like was their tasting. They schedule everyone who is having a wedding within a certain month span to come to their tasting, so around 300-400 people. Everything was just served buffet style and lines were long. It was all you can eat though, which was nice. They also had the wedding coordinator and her assistant answer questions after the tasting, which was helpful, but a bit overwhelming with so many people. Overall, it was a great venue and I was never stressed out when it came to anything regarding the venue. I highly recommend them! Read less
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Jodi
Wedding:
6/21/2014
1.7/5.0
When I saw this venue space, I fell in love. I knew that there was probably going to be a catch and there was. The food and service were absolutely awful. It was actually in edible. Many of my guests did not eat, as their steak was GRAY and cold. It was a complete embarrassment and I feel completely taken advantage of. My chicken was chewy and tasted like airplane food, actually I feel airplane meals are better. I brought this to Katie's attention and she was very nice and asked if I wanted something else. Well, steak was not an option, as my husband was eating gray, fatty steak that looked as if it came from a casino. And what about the other guests who were also served this disgusting food? No one seemed to care or try to do anything about that. The vegetables were straight from a can and the potatoes were instant with some nacho cheese sauce. I will say that our expectations are probably much higher than many, as we live in Chicago and are surrounded by fabulous restaurants. However, I grew up in Iowa and my family still resides in Bellevue and parts of Dubuque, so I have frequented many restaurants in the area. Even the small town, ma and pa restaurants in the area have better quality food. The Grand River Center should be ashamed of themselves for serving this quality of food. I am shocked that none of our guests got sick, probably because they didn't eat. They are clearly taking advantage of their clients because of the atmosphere that they offer.
When I saw this venue space, I fell in love. I knew that there was probably going to be a catch and there was. The food Read more...
When I saw this venue space, I fell in love. I knew that there was probably going to be a catch and there was. The food and service were absolutely awful. It was actually in edible. Many of my guests did not eat, as their steak was GRAY and cold. It was a complete embarrassment and I feel completely taken advantage of. My chicken was chewy and tasted like airplane food, actually I feel airplane meals are better. I brought this to Katie's attention and she was very nice and asked if I wanted something else. Well, steak was not an option, as my husband was eating gray, fatty steak that looked as if it came from a casino. And what about the other guests who were also served this disgusting food? No one seemed to care or try to do anything about that. The vegetables were straight from a can and the potatoes were instant with some nacho cheese sauce. I will say that our expectations are probably much higher than many, as we live in Chicago and are surrounded by fabulous restaurants. However, I grew up in Iowa and my family still resides in Bellevue and parts of Dubuque, so I have frequented many restaurants in the area. Even the small town, ma and pa restaurants in the area have better quality food. The Grand River Center should be ashamed of themselves for serving this quality of food. I am shocked that none of our guests got sick, probably because they didn't eat. They are clearly taking advantage of their clients because of the atmosphere that they offer. Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
5/31/2014
4.5/5.0
Katie was very good to work with. It's not the cheapest place in town but the view and the location along with the cleanliness and beauty of the building made it worth the cost. As well of the service Katie provided us. The wait staff that night was very nice also.
Katie was very good to work with. It's not the cheapest place in town but the view and the location along with the Read more...
Katie was very good to work with. It's not the cheapest place in town but the view and the location along with the cleanliness and beauty of the building made it worth the cost. As well of the service Katie provided us. The wait staff that night was very nice also. Read less
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Jalesa
Wedding:
5/23/2014
5.0/5.0
The Grand River is beautiful! Our wedding was so gorgeous! The staff is friendly and helpful!
The Grand River is beautiful! Our wedding was so gorgeous! The staff is friendly and helpful!
The Grand River is beautiful! Our wedding was so gorgeous! The staff is friendly and helpful! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.7/5.0
Nice place but too much going on to make your day about you, there's just too many people coming and going.very nice place just want for me, only had ceremony there but still very pricy!
Nice place but too much going on to make your day about you, there's just too many people coming and going.very nice place Read more...
Nice place but too much going on to make your day about you, there's just too many people coming and going.very nice place just want for me, only had ceremony there but still very pricy! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
Great experience with this venue. Everyone was accommodating and very helpful with putting together details.
Great experience with this venue. Everyone was accommodating and very helpful with putting together details.
Great experience with this venue. Everyone was accommodating and very helpful with putting together details. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
7/13/2012
5.0/5.0
The GRC is awesome to work with. They are so experienced, professional, and accommodating. I would highly recommend JoAnn and the staff at the GRC.
The GRC is awesome to work with. They are so experienced, professional, and accommodating. I would highly recommend JoAnn Read more...
The GRC is awesome to work with. They are so experienced, professional, and accommodating. I would highly recommend JoAnn and the staff at the GRC. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.3/5.0
I loved the location of our wedding! It was absolutely beautiful and we had many compliments! Most the people you work with there are great! Although there were a couple things that changed last minute – they rearranged the layout of the room last minute without my approval which was a little weird, but it all turned out okay! Also, I wasn’t sure what to expect for the quality of the food but it was actually really good!
I loved the location of our wedding! It was absolutely beautiful and we had many compliments! Most the people you work Read more...
I loved the location of our wedding! It was absolutely beautiful and we had many compliments! Most the people you work with there are great! Although there were a couple things that changed last minute – they rearranged the layout of the room last minute without my approval which was a little weird, but it all turned out okay! Also, I wasn’t sure what to expect for the quality of the food but it was actually really good! Read less
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JLELLESTAD
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
You can't go wrong with a wedding at the Grand River Center. Brandon was AMAZING to work with. I'll be honest that I was a bit nervous how everything would work out with so many weddings at one place but some how they pull it all off without a hitch. Food was great! Our guests still tell us so. They are VERY organized and make sure every detail is not forgot. Couldn't be happier!
You can't go wrong with a wedding at the Grand River Center. Brandon was AMAZING to work with. I'll be honest that I was a Read more...
You can't go wrong with a wedding at the Grand River Center. Brandon was AMAZING to work with. I'll be honest that I was a bit nervous how everything would work out with so many weddings at one place but some how they pull it all off without a hitch. Food was great! Our guests still tell us so. They are VERY organized and make sure every detail is not forgot. Couldn't be happier! Read less
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Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Loved it!!!
Loved it!!!
Loved it!!! Read less
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