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Mendakota Country Club

Mendota Heights , MN

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Mendota Heights, MN US

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Wedding:
9/6/2014
2.0/5.0
Let me start by saying Mendakota CC is beautiful, and my wedding turned out beautifully. With that being said, the level of service at Mendakota might be the worst I have ever encountered. The event planner Perry is hard to get into contact with and when you do email him, he is short. It really makes you feel like you are bothering him when asking questions. When we asked to meet with him, it was like pulling teeth to get him to meet with you. Also, if it is not his way it is "tacky" or you just shouldn't do it. I had to be really persistent with him to get my vision to become reality for our wedding. After working with Perry to plan the wedding for over a year, turns out he wouldn't be there for our wedding. We had his "assistant" for the day of the wedding, who was pretty much the same as he is. Cold and not very friendly.

We had 2 bartenders, one (Allen) was awesome. Very nice and attentive. The second bartender was older and I didn't get his name, probably because he wasn't very friendly. He was rude to our guests. I had multiple guests tell me this.

Finally, when we got our final bill we had over $1000 of unwarranted charges on our bill. We were charged $620 for chairs, which wasn't discussed with us and then they put 20% gratuity on room rental, dance floor, projection screens, 2 bar fees, and the ceremony tents, totaling around and additional $400. The 20% gratuity was to be added to only food and beverage, not rental fees. We mentioned both of these to Perry, who took them off but not even a sorry was mentioned. Makes me believe they just add fees on there to see if they will get caught and if not make an additional $1000 per wedding.

The venue is beautiful, but not worth dealing with them.
Let me start by saying Mendakota CC is beautiful, and my wedding turned out beautifully. With that being said, the level Read more...
Let me start by saying Mendakota CC is beautiful, and my wedding turned out beautifully. With that being said, the level of service at Mendakota might be the worst I have ever encountered. The event planner Perry is hard to get into contact with and when you do email him, he is short. It really makes you feel like you are bothering him when asking questions. When we asked to meet with him, it was like pulling teeth to get him to meet with you. Also, if it is not his way it is "tacky" or you just shouldn't do it. I had to be really persistent with him to get my vision to become reality for our wedding. After working with Perry to plan the wedding for over a year, turns out he wouldn't be there for our wedding. We had his "assistant" for the day of the wedding, who was pretty much the same as he is. Cold and not very friendly.

We had 2 bartenders, one (Allen) was awesome. Very nice and attentive. The second bartender was older and I didn't get his name, probably because he wasn't very friendly. He was rude to our guests. I had multiple guests tell me this.

Finally, when we got our final bill we had over $1000 of unwarranted charges on our bill. We were charged $620 for chairs, which wasn't discussed with us and then they put 20% gratuity on room rental, dance floor, projection screens, 2 bar fees, and the ceremony tents, totaling around and additional $400. The 20% gratuity was to be added to only food and beverage, not rental fees. We mentioned both of these to Perry, who took them off but not even a sorry was mentioned. Makes me believe they just add fees on there to see if they will get caught and if not make an additional $1000 per wedding.

The venue is beautiful, but not worth dealing with them. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.3/5.0
Mendakota was a beautiful place to have our reception. The location, scenery, room, etc. were all gorgeous. The food was also delicious. The staff was also very helpful. Unfortunately we did not find the main event planner there very helpful nor courteous or prompt. If someone else were to be hired I'd give Mendakota a higher score!
Mendakota was a beautiful place to have our reception. The location, scenery, room, etc. were all gorgeous. The food was Read more...
Mendakota was a beautiful place to have our reception. The location, scenery, room, etc. were all gorgeous. The food was also delicious. The staff was also very helpful. Unfortunately we did not find the main event planner there very helpful nor courteous or prompt. If someone else were to be hired I'd give Mendakota a higher score! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
The staff on the day of the wedding was fantastic!! Everything went extremely smooth and the venue was beautiful! The food they served was delicious and we got a lot of compliments on how good the meal was. The event planner at Mendakota can be difficult to get a hold of at times and you have to call or email multiple times for a response. Other than that though it was a great venue and I would definitely use them again!
The staff on the day of the wedding was fantastic!! Everything went extremely smooth and the venue was beautiful! The food Read more...
The staff on the day of the wedding was fantastic!! Everything went extremely smooth and the venue was beautiful! The food they served was delicious and we got a lot of compliments on how good the meal was. The event planner at Mendakota can be difficult to get a hold of at times and you have to call or email multiple times for a response. Other than that though it was a great venue and I would definitely use them again! Read less
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Syndal
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Such a gorgeous, gorgeous venue with a lot of space and natural light. Perry was our main contact and he was incredibly helpful (although his emails are a little short-he's more communicative in person) and Nikki actually helped us clean up at the end of the night. I also appreciated Nikki checking in with me frequently during our reception to make sure I was happy with everything, and to be sure everything was exactly what I wanted. We loved having our reception there.
Such a gorgeous, gorgeous venue with a lot of space and natural light. Perry was our main contact and he was incredibly Read more...
Such a gorgeous, gorgeous venue with a lot of space and natural light. Perry was our main contact and he was incredibly helpful (although his emails are a little short-he's more communicative in person) and Nikki actually helped us clean up at the end of the night. I also appreciated Nikki checking in with me frequently during our reception to make sure I was happy with everything, and to be sure everything was exactly what I wanted. We loved having our reception there. Read less
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Elise
Wedding:
6/2/2012
4.7/5.0
Most of the staff at Mendakota were very professional. The 2 coordinators, Perry and Nicki were awesome! They made sure everything was taken care of and set-up the venue perfectly for our big day!! I really appreciate all the hard work they put in to making sure my wedding day was one to remember and I did not have to stress about anything! The food was also wonderful, we had so many compliments!! The only complaint I have was that one of the bar tenders was overly chatty and the line at the bar ended up getting really long! She also was talking away while she filled a pitcher with beer and I looked over and half of our keg was on the ground because it over flowed! Other than that everyone was wonderful!
Most of the staff at Mendakota were very professional. The 2 coordinators, Perry and Nicki were awesome! They made sure Read more...
Most of the staff at Mendakota were very professional. The 2 coordinators, Perry and Nicki were awesome! They made sure everything was taken care of and set-up the venue perfectly for our big day!! I really appreciate all the hard work they put in to making sure my wedding day was one to remember and I did not have to stress about anything! The food was also wonderful, we had so many compliments!! The only complaint I have was that one of the bar tenders was overly chatty and the line at the bar ended up getting really long! She also was talking away while she filled a pitcher with beer and I looked over and half of our keg was on the ground because it over flowed! Other than that everyone was wonderful! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Nicki and Perry at Mendakota were great to work with! They know exactly what they are doing and how to execute. They were very responsive to any and all requests I had and offered advice when we weren’t sure exactly what we wanted.

The day of the wedding the staff basically "set" the reception space with center pieces table numbers etc exactly the way we requested. It was awesome not having to worry about ANYTHING with Mendakota all day!

Our food was hot and delicious, the bartenders were attentive, and the wait staff did an amazing job!
Nicki and Perry at Mendakota were great to work with! They know exactly what they are doing and how to execute. They were Read more...
Nicki and Perry at Mendakota were great to work with! They know exactly what they are doing and how to execute. They were very responsive to any and all requests I had and offered advice when we weren’t sure exactly what we wanted.

The day of the wedding the staff basically "set" the reception space with center pieces table numbers etc exactly the way we requested. It was awesome not having to worry about ANYTHING with Mendakota all day!

Our food was hot and delicious, the bartenders were attentive, and the wait staff did an amazing job! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.5/5.0
My wedding reception was here. They were so wonderful to work with PRIOR to my wedding....the arrangements made were great. It is a beautiful place and it was what I imagined until the person who arranged it all went on vacation the day of my wedding and handed my wedding over to the other gal there who NEVER met us or worked with us. That is where it all went downhill.

What was important to us was FREE drinks for our guests prior to dinner, no tip jars present and just a nice elegant wedding at a beautiful and professional place. The day of the wedding, guests were charged drinks and we've been double-billed for the same ones. We did ask that guests who asked for premium liquor to be charged and we are also charged on our bill too. They still haven't resolved it. In addition, for non-premium drinks guests were charged. We are embarrassed such a great place can't hire honest bartenders.

Mendakota is still looking into this problem for 2 months now.... Plus, Mendakota had tip jars and when asked to be removed the gal commented, no. I guess we pay a tip and then make our guests tip- TACKY. What is most disappointing is that Perry handed us to another lady who couldn't execute our wedding according to the details we asked for.

We paid a lot of money for 180 some guests. I would tell others not to go here unless you are promised that the event organizer not go on vacation and leave you with someone who can't run bartenders. It was a beautiful wedding there but to have service like this is not acceptable. By the way, one of our guests had to show a bartender how to tap the beer. Sad. Sad how many guests were charged for drinks and we were double-billed....go to another country club.
My wedding reception was here. They were so wonderful to work with PRIOR to my wedding....the arrangements made were Read more...
My wedding reception was here. They were so wonderful to work with PRIOR to my wedding....the arrangements made were great. It is a beautiful place and it was what I imagined until the person who arranged it all went on vacation the day of my wedding and handed my wedding over to the other gal there who NEVER met us or worked with us. That is where it all went downhill.

What was important to us was FREE drinks for our guests prior to dinner, no tip jars present and just a nice elegant wedding at a beautiful and professional place. The day of the wedding, guests were charged drinks and we've been double-billed for the same ones. We did ask that guests who asked for premium liquor to be charged and we are also charged on our bill too. They still haven't resolved it. In addition, for non-premium drinks guests were charged. We are embarrassed such a great place can't hire honest bartenders.

Mendakota is still looking into this problem for 2 months now.... Plus, Mendakota had tip jars and when asked to be removed the gal commented, no. I guess we pay a tip and then make our guests tip- TACKY. What is most disappointing is that Perry handed us to another lady who couldn't execute our wedding according to the details we asked for.

We paid a lot of money for 180 some guests. I would tell others not to go here unless you are promised that the event organizer not go on vacation and leave you with someone who can't run bartenders. It was a beautiful wedding there but to have service like this is not acceptable. By the way, one of our guests had to show a bartender how to tap the beer. Sad. Sad how many guests were charged for drinks and we were double-billed....go to another country club. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/17/2010
4.5/5.0
We had our wedding reception at Mendakota CC. It is a beautiful setting for any event with lush flowers, beautiful views of the golf course, and a large banquet room lined with windows. The service was good and the staff did a nice job of keeping everyone happy! The food was delicious as was the service. The only exception was that the person we were working with throughout the planning wasn't there the day of the event. Some of the conditions of our contract weren't followed but they made up for it after the event and did not charge us! Their customer service was great! We were definitely recommend them to anyone who wants a classy and beautiful venue that does a great job with food and service. We were pleased!
We had our wedding reception at Mendakota CC. It is a beautiful setting for any event with lush flowers, beautiful views Read more...
We had our wedding reception at Mendakota CC. It is a beautiful setting for any event with lush flowers, beautiful views of the golf course, and a large banquet room lined with windows. The service was good and the staff did a nice job of keeping everyone happy! The food was delicious as was the service. The only exception was that the person we were working with throughout the planning wasn't there the day of the event. Some of the conditions of our contract weren't followed but they made up for it after the event and did not charge us! Their customer service was great! We were definitely recommend them to anyone who wants a classy and beautiful venue that does a great job with food and service. We were pleased! Read less
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Novemberwedding
Wedding:
11/29/2008
5.0/5.0
Beautiful place for a reception. The staff is attentive and flexible. The prices were really reasonable given the high quality of the space. And we had tons of positive comments about how delicious the food was--a rarity at a wedding.
Beautiful place for a reception. The staff is attentive and flexible. The prices were really reasonable given the high Read more...
Beautiful place for a reception. The staff is attentive and flexible. The prices were really reasonable given the high quality of the space. And we had tons of positive comments about how delicious the food was--a rarity at a wedding. Read less
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akd829
Wedding:
8/29/2008
4.8/5.0
Mendakota CC is a beautiful golf course setting just south of St. Paul in Mendota Heights. We had a reception for about 250 guests and the service we received could not have been better. All of the staff are very professional, courteous and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the asiago chicken and several passed hors d'oeuvres (bacon wrapped scallops, spinach quiche and beef brochettes). The cost seemed to be right in line with other reception locations if not a little bit lower. I would highly recommend this locaiton!
Mendakota CC is a beautiful golf course setting just south of St. Paul in Mendota Heights. We had a reception for about Read more...
Mendakota CC is a beautiful golf course setting just south of St. Paul in Mendota Heights. We had a reception for about 250 guests and the service we received could not have been better. All of the staff are very professional, courteous and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the asiago chicken and several passed hors d'oeuvres (bacon wrapped scallops, spinach quiche and beef brochettes). The cost seemed to be right in line with other reception locations if not a little bit lower. I would highly recommend this locaiton! Read less
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kkraning
Wedding:
3/31/2007
4.4/5.0
The facility was great, even for the time of year...and it was raining!
The facility was great, even for the time of year...and it was raining!
The facility was great, even for the time of year...and it was raining! Read less
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