Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Axel's River Grille - Mendota
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Axel's River Grille - Mendota

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.axelsrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 6516864840
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Corey Syring
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: It is our passion and way of life to provide exceptional service to our guests. In order to provide the superior service we expect for our guests, we begin by creating a warm, and respectful environment in which our team members can thrive. Service is not a one-time effort. It is a way of lif
  • Private Party Contact: Ken Wilson 8883315842

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Come enjoy FREE Valet service every Friday and Saturday night
A word from Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Axel's River Grille is a casual fine dining establishment offering grilled steaks, chops, & seafood. As well as pastas, salads, and fresh in house made soups and desserts! Axel's offer THE best Walleye in town. This is the place where people come by choice, not chance. Axel's also offers a large selection of fine wines, including a reserve list. Also offering a scotch and whiskey selection like no other. Come out and indulge in a drink list that features the most unique and flavorful libations around. Axel's feature a made to order brunch every Sunday from 10:00am - 2:00pm featuring $.99 glasses of champagne and mimosas. And every Sunday starting at 4:00 pm treat yourself to 1/2 price bottles of wine (20% off our reserve list!). Join Axel's Monday through Friday from 3:00pm - 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($2.00 off all drinks as well as a fantastic food menu). Axel's River Grille is the place where everybody knows your name!!
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Axel's River Grille - Mendota reviews from OpenTable diners
  • As usual, we received excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    As usual, we received excellent service and the food was outstanding - quality and quantity. A great value. Axel's in Mendota continues to be one our favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. We would recommend it to anyone regardless of occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Every dining experience we've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Every dining experience we've had at Axel's has been a good one and this was no exception. From the popovers to the cocktails and the entrees everything was delicious. The service was topnotch and all our requests were handled graciously. We can't wait to go back to Axel's! As an added plus, we used our $50.00 Open Table Dining Check!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We chose this restaurant for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    We chose this restaurant for a work outing that would allow us to talk as well as eat in a relaxed setting. Great food and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Highly recommend!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    One of many trips made to Axel's and this is one of our favorite locations. Food is always superb!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • This is our favorite spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    This is our favorite spot to take visitors for special dinners. We've never had anything from the menu we didn't like. Fish, steak, it's all delish! The ambiance is wonerful for couples as well as groups large and small. The waitstaff are caring and dependable. Highly recommend Axel's to anyone who asks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent service, large portion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    Excellent service, large portion sizes. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorite splurge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    One of our favorite splurge places. The food - Delmonte steak & signature Walleye - was excellent & the service is very professional. And a complimentary Creme Brule for our anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • I have been going to Axels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    I have been going to Axels for several years and always enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not as great as it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Axel's is still good, but not as great as I remember it. They melted the brie on our warm cheese platter and had to bring a second. Then they failed to rest my boyfriend's steak before serving it and all the juice ran out when he cut in. My scallops and risotto were ok, but the risotto was not cooked completely. However, we had many other tasty things to eat. My friends enjoyed their prime rib, wallet and pop-overs. The drinks were good and the waiter was fun. The manager paid close attention to the temp of the gas fireplace behind our table and turned it down when it got too hot. The crowd is primarily older - 40 and up. A fair amount seem over 60. But it still makes a good place for a group gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant does a great job
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Restaurant does a great job in handling larger groups. This is the second time there have been eight or more in our party and the food came up together; the checks were on the mark, and the tabled was nicely serviced. Popovers are wonderful; bakery and buns leave much to be desired. Appetizers were nicely plated, soups and salads were good, and entrees were also "on the money". Portions were nicely sized.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration hot shot
    GrandMarnier
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Great ambiance and great food. Not the cheapest restaurant, but good value for the money,
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You can't miss!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Excellent, as always. There are other great restaurants in the Twin Cities, but Axel's is always my 'go to'. I live in Mendota Heights, and it is so comforting to have a quality restaurant with a neighborhood feel. I dine here often.
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  • We enjoyed the dinner for
    PabloeatsVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    We enjoyed the dinner for 2 special, food was good and so was the service! We will be back.
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  • We were there for almost 5
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    We were there for almost 5 hours while we visited and dined. Some of the time was spent at the bar and the rest at our actual table. The food was excellent and atmosphere was just perfect for our group of sisters.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for gluten-free diners.
    lynna10e
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    Great for gluten-free diners. We usually bring in bread or crackers for my GF husband. Not all restaurants will let you do that so we appreciate it.
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  • Beautiful setting and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Beautiful setting and very upscale but comfortable enough to be casual. Service was exceptional and a saving grace for a night when the food was subpar. I am a huge fan of the location the "classy yet casual" nature of the restaurant and will give it another try to see if the chef was just off that night. The reservation made online was a great service and the staff at Axel's Mendota appears to have pride in their restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great dinner! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    We had a great dinner! The Popovers are delicious and out waitress was very attentive and super friendly! We'll be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit back after 10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    First visit back after 10 years living elsewhere. We had a wonderful night. Looking forward to future visits. Love the Steak Oscar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Initial Service Excellent
    victuals4life
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    Service was excellent at the beginning: friendly and very prompt (with drinks and appetizers); but we had to wait a half an hour for our entree. Otherwise good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • We always have a great meal,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    We always have a great meal, great service, and a fun time. We have been coming for years and are never disapppointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual .We dont know
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Great as usual .We dont know what to say anymore ,because we go so often! I I keep forgetting,my wife ALWAYS TAKES carrot cake to go!!!!1 She loves it.For 9.00 you get half a cake!!!!It takes her 4 dinners to eat the big thing.:)
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  • always excellent in service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    always excellent in service and food. reasonably priced. can't miss for any ocassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • We had a party of 7, including
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    We had a party of 7, including a 3 year old. We were celebrating 2 birthdays. The waitress couldn't have been nicer or more efficient, the food was wonderful and the atmosphere is so special! A very pleasant experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Axels sets a very fine standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    Service can't be beat, attentive without pestering. Food was good but could have been better. French onion soup was delicious but the cheese had already cooled making it harder to eat -- so good though. Plenty of food, regardless of price, something always is taken home. Restaurant has three distinct experiences: outdoors, brighter open setting and an old fashioned cosy area with booths.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, nice relaxed atomsphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Great food, nice relaxed atomsphere, second time we have enjoyed this restaurant and we will be back again
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  • Some in our group had great
    Libs
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Some in our group had great dinners. Two of us had the shrimp, and it was a bit overdone.
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  • The Delmonico steak was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    The Delmonico steak was excellent. I just ate at a Gordon Ramsay steakhouse last week and I like the food here much better!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • An off night, but made it right.
    Phil
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    Axle's is typically very good and always a special place to go, but apparently they had an off night. Sweet potato fries, steak, shrimp and green beans were cold, althoug ribs & baked potato were fine. After sending the steak & shrimp back to get warmed up, they returned still cool to the touch. The GM was very apologetic and made things right so overall they did OK. Unfortunate evening, but things like this are bound to happen once in a while. We will return without hesitation.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Three women friends and I
    caseat
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    Three women friends and I had a lovely lunch at Axel's. I was surprised at the size of the servings! The included popovers were very nice and the largest I have ever seen! We all enjoyed the Trifecta option of choosing a soup, salad, and appetizer. Again, the servings were large: a full bowl of soup and my coconut shrimp plate had FOUR shrimp! Our server was excellent and as attentive even though it was quite busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food, service and location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    The food, service and location were great! However, the pricing was more of what I usually pay for a special occasion dinner - not a weeknight fare. I will visit again for my next important celebration!
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    special occasion
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  • There were 5 of us & we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    There were 5 of us & we were celebrating a 75th birthday. Our waitress, Tracy, was the best... She was cheerful, attentive but not overbearing. She took care of our every need/request w/a caring nature. The food was excellent... & OH those popovers!!! We had a great experience & will surely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We love boom there ,as it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    We love boom there ,as it is close to home and know the menu by heart. Always (wife) bring carrot cake to go!
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  • Axel's gives exceptional service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    Axel's gives exceptional service. There was a misunderstanding among the others who were to join me and Axel's was "really" concerned about me! I felt very special. The "host" was awesome in taking care of me. We all had such a great and relaxed time once we all got together! As always, you just can't beat the food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The ambiance was quite pleasing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    The ambiance was quite pleasing. The service was outstanding with just the right amount of attention. I really like being able to pay attention to my girlfriend without interruptions every two minutes. The food was absolutely wonderful with the buffalo tips cooked to perfection. The food was also brought out with enough time to actually finish the previous course. We had Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken. The noodles were cooked perfectly, the sauce was really creamy and the chicken was very moist and spiced just right. Overall I was very impressed with the restaurant and will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2012
    Axel's is one of our favorite restaurants; we return frequently. The servers are among the most professional I've encountered anywhere. Our server this visit was always there when we needed her, but never interrupted us. Of course, the food is exceptional as well, and I usually cannot resist ordering the walleye.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had the dinner for two
    PabloeatsVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    We had the dinner for two special. It was excellent
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  • Not what we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    I am a recent rewards member and this was the first time where we left feeling unsatisfied. Our reservation was for 6:15pm, we were late in arriving,(6:45) but the hostess was forgiving. Our server seemed new because she made several mistakes, even writing down the wrong type of salad my friend ordered. She might of just been having a tough(busy)night. What bothered me most was that she was overly talkative. It was more than friendly small talk, one of my friends thought it was borderline pretentious chatter. Her service to us left us exhausted, and not refreshing or relaxing as in times before. It seemed to take a long, long time to get our food and when the four of us were done eating, it was 9:30pm! We didn't even have any
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were disappointed in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    We were disappointed in the front ende service and attention that we recieved. Wiated far to long - over 30 minutes for a not so great table!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been enjoying Axel's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    I have been enjoying Axel's for years and it never disappoints. Most recent visit was with a friend from New England and he rated the Cioppino better than back home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • This continues to be one of
    laughsoutloud
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    This continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. Great service and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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