Jax Café

4.4
1017 Reviews
$30 and under
Steak

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Jax Café has been serving steaks and seafood since 1933, shortly after they received the cities second liquor license after prohibition. This Minneapolis landmark has been serving Minnesotans and visitors alike for over three generations. Prime Rib, Bone in Steer Tenderloin and New York Strip steaks are menu staples. If fresh fish and seafood are your fancy you can order live Maine Lobster from their saltwater tank or net your own Rainbow Trout from their Olde World Garden stream (April-October). Be sure to ask to have your name (or guests name) imprinted on the complimentary matchbook. The dining room service is second to none.
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Stanrh
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Reviewed on September 18, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great long standing restaurant with very good food. The atmosphere is nice, not loud. They have a trout brook running thru the out door patio.

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vipPatti
Minneapolis
111 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to celebrate a special 35th birthday for my twins. My two young grandsons were there also, and we ALL had a great time. The meal felt special and I always love the added touch of personalized match books for the event. Thanks Jax for a wonderful dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2011
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We love going to Jax to celebrate special occasions and know that we will be treated well and have a delicious meal. Our visit on October 1st didn't disappoint! Looking forward to returning again soon as our anniversary is right around the corner.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing. Catching your own trout out of the stream, what an experiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2011
Overall5food4service5ambience4

An excellent time at a classic restaurant. Classic seafood and steak menu. You expect Sanotra or Bogart to walk through the door. While smoking is out the matches with your name on them is a nice personal touch. Service was 1st rate and friendly. Was there for brunch. The deserts were to kill for. Great wine list!! Fantastic Food!!! Piano music was good. Over all 5 stars at a reasonable price for the value!! I'll be back!

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StPaulDiner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were wonderful. I've been to JAX for lunch, dinner and brunch and have never found anything to complain about.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2011
Overall4food5service3ambience5

When the hostess asked if we wanted to be seated indoors or out, I'm so glad I said "out". They have a beautiful dining patio. Our table was near the fireplace and the bubbling brook that runs throughout the whole patio. The ambiance was perfect for a romantic evening and the food was, of course, excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the name printed on the matches. Did not like the table we sat at, it was closest to the patio door so there was an extreme high amount of traffic. Did notice there were managers in all sections and it was nice they were right there for you.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, we were extremely pleased with the service and food at Jax Cafe. I had catch of the day and my wife had a pork chop.
Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2011
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Very over priced very plain would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a leisurely lunch on a beautiful day. After a drink, my friend had a salad and a shrimp entree and vegetable that was amazing. I had the catch of the day with mashed potatoes. The fish was seasoned with a chili lime crust and cooked perfectly. The potatoes were average. We couldn't resist desert so I ordered the banana bread pudding and she had an ice cream grasshopper. We were both delighted with our choices and she made plans to bring her out of town guests there the next week.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was there for Thanksgiving Dinner and it was horrible!! I decided to try it for my sister's birthday on Sept 4th and the Walleye was so fresh!!!! wonderful dinner!!! I enjoyed every bit of it.

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vicster
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining is a must at Jax. The staff are friendly,personable, and professional. Shrimp cocktail delicious...scallops....GREAT!

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Rick
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu selection was great.We enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant..Piano player added to the ambience of the restaurant.Service was impeccable

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated on the outdoor patio, which was a little chilly, but thankfully their heaters were on which kept us very warm. The patio garden/scene is very pretty. The brunch was awesome! We will definitely keep this on our Sunday brunch list. =)

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A classic dining experience that evokes old world charm. Traditional menu - good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were celebrating a milestone birthday and Jax allowed for the event to be very special. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly. Claire was wonderful.

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SaS22
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, classic decor and vibe. Beautiful bar, great live piano. The steals are the best. The prime rib, delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great outdoor seating, classic American menu, wine list that has what you need and then some.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends recommended Jax to us for our anniversary dinner. The restaurant was fanatastic. Plenty of parking, great bar, formal restaurant yet with a casual feel. It was very busy on a Wednesday night which speaks to the friendliness, excellent service, and great food.

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Fantastic
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the absolute perfect place to propose to my girlfriend! Everything I asked them to do was done right on que, their attention to detail was superb! Jax will be a part of date night everytime we are in Minneapolis!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2011
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It's a supper club. It's somewhat overpriced for what's offered on the menu. Note the cocktails and appetizers. Jax seems to get away with it, because it's practically an institution. I would like to see more competititve pricing. Eg lobster cocktail at the meritage is 18 and 4 decent size shrimp cocktail at jax is 15.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great environment, and great service. Cant beat that. The outdoor dining area is secluded and has a very cool ambiance. A wonderful place to relax for a great meal and enjoy some time with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful, except I wish we could have eaten outdoors. There should be a way to sign up for that.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have enjoyed dining at Jax since the 70's. Have never been disappointed. Atmosphere, food and service match up with any other restaurant locally and nationally, and their prices are reasonable for fine dining. Whenever entertaining out-of-town guests or my wife & I have a special event to celebrate, Jax is my number one choice.

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Tmbillig
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful evening of great food, service and ambiance! Jax has not yet failed us in all our visits. We had a perfect evening in the outside patio- one of the best in town. It can be pricey, but well worth it!! Kinda wished we would have seen someone going for one of the live trout in the pond for their meal -- oh well, maybe next time!

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GloS
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2011
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waitress brought me the wrong salad, have NEVER ordered French dressing; I don't like it. She mentioned Parmesan, but I thought it was because I ordered the special why it came that way. Asked for the manager & he corrected it right away. Meal was good but not outstanding. Wish they would offer a choice of vegetable or potato. Steaks were cooked properly, a big plus! I liked the dinner rolls they used to serve, not crazy about the roll assortment. All in all, I thought it was a bit overpriced and the atmosphere a bit stuffy.

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SamKaye
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always a classic! Hope its around for many more years to come!

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GmaCC
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As always Jax came through with a lovely dinner. The food was very good, service fine. We had a fun birthay celebration evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food, atmosphere and service.

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LarryS
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jax has always been and continues to be outstanding, food, service, and attention to detail!

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mjn1
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venerable old establishment that has remained in the top tier over the decades. Great food preparation with long list of choices. Linen covered tables but a very friendly atmosphere. Great choice for lunch, dinner, or special large occasion in their upstairs.

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JAMESE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience on the outdoor patio was everything we had hoped for. The trout stream is unique and adds ambience to the occasion.

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ReginaB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had heard nothing but good things about this place for years. I made a reservation for myself and 3 friends for the Sunday brunch. We all loved everything we had. There was a nice assortment of food. They have the best bacon I have ever had! The patio is fabulous!! I can't think of a single thing that they should change. I will be making plans to go here soon for lunch and dinner. Oh, and the matchbooks...LOVED IT!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were there for the Sunday brunch and it was great. The selections were tasty and the dessert table was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Jax for several years, but decided to celebrate our 45th anniversary there and we were not disappointed. The food and service were very good. We were seated outside by the trout stream and on a beautful evening everything felt special. A great place to celebrate. We won't wait so long to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was ridiculously perfect. From the trademark personalized matchbooks (it was our first anniversary) to the service to the gorgeous patio seating, I can't recommend Jax Cafe highly enough. And oh yeah, the food!! My wife isn't a steak fan by any stretch of the imagination, but after I offered her a bite of mine, she asked for three more. We've gone to Jax Cafe twice now for special occasions, but I think we're going to have to start making special occasions just to come back more often!

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vipMimi
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our first visit to Jax. The service was excellent...my husband and I shared an entree and the server was very accommodating including having the meal divided in the kitchen and served as two separate entrees would have been. Other quality restaurants have not been as gracious. Food was great, although prices are a bit high for most of their beef/steak items. Wine prices by the bottle very reasonable. Patio is gorgeous.

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MelanieT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived and there were personalized matchbooks at our table--very classy. We had waitstaff gave excellent recommendations and highlighted specialties on the menu. Our favorite part of the meal was the dessert--layered chocolate cake with Bailey's.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2011
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The beef tenderloins were great and the patio was gorgeous. I will definitely be coming here again!

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Jax Café offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 789-7297.

Jax Café is rated 4.4 stars by 1017 OpenTable diners.

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