Axel's Chanhassen

4.4
823 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
This upscale, fine dining restaurant is located just across the avenue from the famed Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in a site which was once the well-known Riviera Restaurant. The menu is classic American and offers a variety of choices which will meet the selective tastes of all diners. Come enjoy fine dining in a fine classic atmosphere. Axel’s, “where traditions and memories are made.”

Offers

  • Happy Hour! (3 PM - 6 PM)

    Multiple dates available

    Fri 3:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    Enjoy $7 Appetizers and $2 off Cocktails, Wine and Beer! (3 PM - 6 PM ONLY)
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kristij
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fabulous and it was half price bottle of wine night!!!

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MelissaK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were fantastic! We had the quiet Prince booth, which was perfect for our birthday celebration!

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ANNB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

4 of us, waitress was wonderful & attentive. 3 out of 4 dinners were excellent. Apologize - I cannot remember her name but our waitress handled 4th dinner that was apparently not good in a great manner. Drinks were very good,, reisling wine was excellent.

JM
vipJacobM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the walleye! Not too many people late in the day. But it would be better if the staff wore masks. I am reluctant to dine in places where they don't

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LovingMNSummers
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner at Axel’s! The food, service, and holiday decor were all top-notch! Cheers!!

JC
JenChanhassen
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good and the ambiance was relaxing. I would recommend it for a night out.

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KarenS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent customer service. Close to home!

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BonnieW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent….greeters and staff were very friendly…great atmosphere… food came promptly and was well presented.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool ambiance, the food is great.

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vipBuck
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very busy night. Kitchen seemed to have been very busy.

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KarenT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about Axels. Walleye was the best I’ve had in years. Love the atmosphere and our waitress was so attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Janet was our server and she was the best even though she was extremely busy. She always had a big smile, friendly comments and overall fantastic!

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MichaelF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, fantastic service, excellent food. The “Prince” corner table is an absolute “must try” for a very intimate, romantic experience for a special occasion.

JA
JoAnn
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Christmas with family

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RichardM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Difficult to locate at night due to very poor lighting of the restaurant name on the building. Terrible parking lot size. Unfriendly server, offering no information or suggestions, she just wanted to get our order and be done. Ordered the walleye and extremely disappointed with the dish. Regretted the experience from start to finish. We will avoid this place from now on. Extremely overpriced for the quality of food.

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STS1
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Unfortunately I don't remember our waitress' name, but she was great. She made the evening enjoyable by being friendly, knowledgeable and fun. All very important to making the dining pleasurable. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When the band plays at Theater across the street we reserve a table for 12
Mellissa was extremely attentive and kind - patient with sone kids that joined their parents at table brought their food first and that was wonderful!
We love AXELS in Chanhassen and fly in from Washington for the Christmas shows and AXELS -
Thank you so much for another round of memories-
See you next year!

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JimS
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were an early reservation on a Saturday. The staff and service were excellent. I had the signature walleye with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. The walleye was excellent as usual. The potatoes were luke warm and lacked their usual flavor. The green beans were over drenched with a very salty teriyaki sauce that overwhelmed the beans. The popovers were the highlight of the meal

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vipHUGEFAN
Minneapolis
60 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the warm welcome when we walked into the restaurant to the cozy, festive ambiance along with the attentive helpful wait staff I knew we were in for a treat !- I’d dined at the Mendota Hgts and Roseville locations but this was my first time in Chanhassen- They did not disappoint - Charming decor - friendly staff - The food was delicious and consistent with my past experiences with Axels - and fairly priced for the level of service and quality fare- we were able to unwind and not feel rushed - a perfect dining option for anyone going to show at the theatre across the street

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vipEPDiner
Minneapolis
127 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had the Friday Fish Fry. A lot of food so a good value. A little too much batter for my preference. However, excellent flavor and the sauces were very good.

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vipHalB
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was the worst I’ve ever had.

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vipEPDiner
Minneapolis
127 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We planned on ordering the Tuesday rib special. We arrived before 5:00. They only had a half rack of ribs left. This is the second time we went for ribs on Tuesday - last time they were completely sold out. Amazing that they make so few racks of ribs that they sell out so early. As it turned out, the ribs were not that good - perhaps it was the rack I got - lots of cartilage I had to spit out. The French fries were excellent as was the Caesar salad. Not sure if I will order ribs again - if they have any left.

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Anonymous
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Entree was good, atmosphere is nice. Garlic mashed side left a little to be desired. Not too crowded for a Monday night, but still fairly lively.

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jeffreys
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great and the ambience very nice. Definitely recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite spot for date night! Wonderful memories of eating there on a regular basis with family and friends over the years!!

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BP29
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Service was a little slow to start, but ended great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lively crowd last night. We had asked for a booth and they were all occupied so we sat at the bar and when one opened up they seated us right away. Prime rib was great. We split a meal and we had leftovers. Service was attentive and efficient. Great evening out with my hubby!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner and conversation at Axels!

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DavidT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Waitress was good and diligent despite being short handed. Ambience was fine. But value and food for cost underwhelming. Will not do Thanksgiving there again. Expected better. But again the waitress was good .

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KarenR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was great and the service was great for a busy Thanksgiving afternoon.

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Lokik
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

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MikeP
Fargo
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; exceptional value on a bottle of wine. It was a nice experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific evening and great food and service.

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RenC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to go!! The food, drinks and service was unmatched!!

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KathleenH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Axels is a classic. We love your restaurant in Mendoza, this was our first visit to the Chanhassen location. It was a nice evening.

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vipEPDiner
Minneapolis
127 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had 6:30 reservations. I understand that Axels has a bbq rib special on Tuesdays. I was looking forward to ribs but they were sold out when we arrived. We had walleye which was very good. Our server DJ was very good. We hope to try again on a Tuesday, but earlier, and hope they are not out of ribs.

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GreatExpectations
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Haven't done at Axels for a few years due to sub-par food. Very pleased with the mussels and coconut shrimp as appetizers. The fillet steaks were tender and flavorful. The accompanying vegies we chose were b sass led potato, mashed horseradish potatoes, green beans and mushrooms. They were all good, with the brand being crispy and not overcooked. The mushrooms were a little sweet for our tastes. Cocktails and wine were good, and our waitress went beyond to en sdcc ire our meal was a pleasant experience. A great improvement on our previous visits.

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vipZippy
Minneapolis
53 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Thank you!

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vipWalleye
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I was looking forward to the walleye dinner. My food was not hot when it arrived. The garlic mashed potatoes needed more garlic. The place was packed. We ordered carrot cake for desert. I’d recommend contacting The Hilltop restaurant in Edina to obtain their recipe.

When considering the price of our dinner, it was definitely over priced!

All in all, I don’t think we will be returning.

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JulieN
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My husband’s meal, scallops, was outstanding. I ordered a house specialty, the stroganoff. My first bite was totally fat; not prime rib. It spoiled my appetite. We will go back, but my meal was unpleasant.

FAQs

Axel's Chanhassen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (952) 934-9340.

Axel's Chanhassen is rated 4.4 stars by 823 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.