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About Axel's Chanhassen

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.”

560 West 78th Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Easter Brunch: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Laredo

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(952) 934-9340

Website:
http://www.axelsrestaurants.com/

Catering:
The Chanhassen Room is a private dining space that can accommodate up to 25 guests and is the perfect place to hose corporate events and small rehearsal and reception dinners.

Parking Details:
Parking available both in front and back of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Franco AMbrosio

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 life.

Private Party Contact:
Melissa Frenzel: (877) 625-6042

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tuesday: All you can eat snow crab legs from 4:00pm-9:00pm $34.95
Wednesday: Get our Famous Axel's Pan-fried walleye for only $19.95

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Axel's Chanhassen Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for a Date (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (10)
Casual (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a fantastic meal at Axels!!
We not only enjoy the food but the ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

A busy, noisy, early Saturday dinner. Server was friendly but seemed rushed and easily distracted. Pork chop and walleye dinners were very good. Generous portions, but
over-priced, in our opinion.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Too bad, loved the Parker House, loved the Riviera, this place has gone downhill. Pretty evident when it's only 1/3 filled on a Friday nite.Told server Bull Bites were unedible, she said sorry. My Sea Bass took a knife to cut. Made a special point to seek out manager, all he did was say he was glad I told him.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

The popovers are delicious! Loved the Parmesan walleye! I like that they allowed is to change the sides - other than the sides that came with the dish! The service was efficient! We were not interested in a long drawn out meal just out to get something to eat - they accommodated that very well!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Had a wonderful meal and great service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our server, Janet was outstanding. My wife and I had my 13 year old daughter with us. We were ordering ala carte. She quickly saw that it would be better to order one full meal and the other items separately which would save us some money. She also saw we were trying to order more healthy options and made some recommendations. Service was speedy and impeccable. Of course, I left a large tip.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve - they were not well equipped. It was -10 degrees outside and heat had gone out several days prior. Instead of letting customers know, placed a few space heaters around which people were literally fighting over (many people were actually being very rude about it). Everyone was huddled over their tables in coats and scarves. On top of that, wait staff did not seem to be in a festive mood in the least (granted the situation they were working with was also difficult I'm sure). Managers did their best to try to accommodate, however everything fell very short. We have been here many times and had decent experiences however this has been the second time we've attempted to come on an "occasion" and were extremely disappointed.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

make sure you specify that you want to sit in the dinning room when making a reservation, we made reservations 5 days ahead of time and they gave us a table in the corner of the noisy bar.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Axels in Chanhassen is always a favorite of ours. It is one of the few places in SW suburbs where you can go to the bar for a drink before dinner and name any drink from the 40's to current and they actually know how to make it. The bartenders are professionals here which doesn't seem to be the case in many other restaurants. The food is always good and the ambiance is cozy. We come here for dinner often but also stop in for a drink and an appetizer at the bar just as often.
Our usual choice at the bar is mussels and french onion soup!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Apparently the heat hasn’t been working in 4 Days (outside temp is -15 degrees). It was maybe 58 degrees where we were sitting (thermostat was set to 80) and waitress said it doesn’t go any higher and the furnace wasn’t working. We FROZE!!
Server didn’t bring out popovers until we asked for them. Food was average, we had to eat so fast because our feet were frozen. When your waitstaff are told to wear sweaters and the hostess is wearing a jacket while at work there is something wrong. We should have been notified or the place should have closed.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food, and our server was good, however, there didn't seem to be any heat in the place. -10 below outside and we were seated by the door ( New Year's Eve) so it was a bit chilly in the place. I saw a few people complain about their location and got moved. Management maybe should have said something when we arrived and/or offered a hot specialty drink due to the situation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We arrived and revealed that we had a reservation - to a hoard of teenage girls with very glittery eyes, the leader of whom told us that “...like Open Table just kept allowing people to reserve tables...and people aren’t leaving...so like, you can either have a high top or wait for a while...” I thought that the whole point of a reservation was that you didn’t have to wait. Luckily people did leave and we got a table relatively quickly. Our rather SEASONED waitress was not particularly attentive. I got the feeling she is used to getting her 20% without much effort. It took 10 minutes after being seated to be greeted and get water, and then after about 10 minutes MORE she introduced herself a second time and took our drink order. She never once noticed that drinks were empty or ever asked if we wanted a refill.

The food was very good. The service was subpar. Despite the fireplace, it was cold enough that I felt like I needed my coat most of the time we sat there. Just okay and not great for a special occasion.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was excellent, and the feel of a supper club. Able to have a conversation, lovely evening

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

An overall nice place to have a good meal. The night we were there the restaurant was cool and a bit drafty, but it was in the minus-teens outside.

Our waiter Bob was excellent and added tot he enjoyable experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Trying to be a supper club but doesn't pull it off with average food and slow service.

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 (South Dakota)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Unfortunately we didn't have dinner at Axels. We had an appetizer and a waitress who never came back to our table. After sitting for 20 min. as she visited with the wait staff we asked a waiter to get our bill. The manager came out,apologized, and didn't charge us for our drink and food. May try again as the menu looked quite good

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Horrible service. Took forever to get our food. No apology....nothing. Food was marginal.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wow, I'm not a happy camper. They had no heat in the building, did not tell us this until we were seated in a back booth, We asked to be moved closer to the fireplace, which they did. We were fairly warm except for my feet. Cherry in the drink that was ordered was flat and weird
looking like it was very old. Bacon wrapped scallops-the bacon was raw. No one from management came around to see if the guests were OK. I get a better feeling that they appreciate the business from my local Perkins. This is the 2nd time I have been there, and I feel
they need to up their game a little- especially in the making people feel welcome department.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had the bacon wrapped scallops and walleye. Both were excellent.

The service was friendly, efficient and professional. We will be back often.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good service

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We were a bit disappointed that nothing special happened for my husbands 40th birthday dinner, as we noted it in the reservation as well as to the hostess. No candle, no song, no cake. You only turn 40 once! It was a busy night and our server was hustling and the food was good. We'd go back again but have to admit it was a little letdown.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Axel’s may have rested on its good name for too long. Service was slow (though friendly) and the food was mediocre. The location was the reason for my choice of this restaurant and would be the only reason I return. The Twin Cities have better options.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always reliable, wonderful food, great value and service timely

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

excellent atmosphere, and cozy for a great conversation

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Axels .... always good food and great service . Never been disappointed.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Pro: Arrived earlier than our reservation but were seated immediately. Appetizer was excellent. Food arrived hot and in a timely fashion. When waiter found out we were celebrating a birthday, he brought a piece of dessert to the table. Waiter was attentive to our needs the entire evening.

Con: Drinks were a little watered down.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great food but a bit pricy. The prime rib was fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great Experience!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was amazing! Great food. Super nice and efficient server. I will definitely return!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Cozy, People Watching
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was my first time at Axels after hearing good things about it. I got the New York strip and ordered it medium. The steak was cooked correctly but the steak did not taste fresh, like it had been frozen or in the fridge for a week. My girlfriend got the pork. It was dry and over cooked. The sides of potatoes and green beans were ok. At $32 for the steak and $28 for the pork it felt overpriced. Could pay less for the same thing at Outback.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

great food and service-we enjoyed our meal before heading to the Chan dinner theatre

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were disappointed by the "change in menu" that we experienced. We went to your website and pulled what we thought was your Thanksgiving menu only to find out when we got there that it was for another Axel's in Roseville? Dramatic difference in menu and not a buffet as we were looking forward to. Why such a dramatic difference in menus? The Chanhassen menu was certainly lackluster when you are comparing it to the Roseville menu! Are the Chanhassen customers not worth as much?(I am kidding here, just a bit) The food was very good as usual, not the menu we were looking forward to. Waitress was good, service was good. We were in the small dining room but no table décor, nothing to mark the holiday. I was embarrassed a bit since I had planned this outing based on the wrong menu! Again, I am still puzzled as to why you have different Holiday menus at each restaurant. That was a disappointing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving and had a good meal. Have been there before and will go back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fabulous food and service on Thanksgiving. Would definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Took my wife there for date night and the food was incredible. Steaks were prepared perfectly and everything was delicious!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Axels is always a great experience. Great food ,service and atmosphere. I would recommend Axels to anyone looking for a good meal and great service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were pleased to see the table was set and ready for us even though we arrived about 15 minutes early. The server was very attentive throughout the evening with filling our water and checking on us in the back room. She did totally forgot to bring out the salads and soup until the meal was served but was very apologetic and it wasn't that big a deal to us. The salmon was excellent. The ribs were dry and overcooked - we should have sent them back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was tasty, but it took forever to get.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Worst breakfast ever. Potatoes tasted like fish. English muffins were "toasted" on the grill.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Paul was fantastic! Food was fantastic! Atmosphere was cozy and popovers were to die for. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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