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About 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 offers 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.

Come and relax in our classy yet casual dining room or our bar area, where you will be met and served by our professional, knowledgeable and fun staff.

Axel's Restaurants "Where traditions and memories are made"

1318 Highway 13
Mendota, MN 55150
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, American

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

Cross Street:
D Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 686-4840

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

Catering:
AXELS Mendota has two private dining spaces. The Sun Room can accommodate up to 50 guests and the Mendota Room can accommodate up to 75 guests.
Please call 651-237-9439 or email events@axelsbonfire.com to get more information.

Parking Details:
Axel's - Mendota offers parking in our private lot and street side parking as well.

Executive Chef:
Ashlee Casillas

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: (888) 331-5842

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

Special Events & Promotions:
All You Can Eat Snow Crab Legs every Tuesday night.

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Axel's River Grille - Mendota Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (59)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Good for Birthdays (47)
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Good for a Date (40)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Cozy (35)
Business Meals (32)
Good for Groups (31)
Romantic (31)
Worth the Drive (31)
Comfort Food (31)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Authentic (23)
Great for Lunch (20)
Casual (19)
Fun (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Great Beer (5)
People Watching (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

We had great service and were warmly welcomed. We felt the portions were ridiculously huge...we felt it was a bit of a 50's place. For example, the rib eye steak was enough for 2 or more people...and the pot roast was a bit salty. We do not plan to return regrettably.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined 5 days ago

We were at Axel's for a cousins dinner. The food was wonderful and the wait staff was terrific. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great location, great food, great service, i would eat there again.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Groups
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·Dined 6 days ago

Sweet 16 Dinner

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·Dined 6 days ago

We always enjoy coming for our anniversary , a special place to go. We enjoy the special of the crab legs on Tuesday.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Great holiday ambiance, the food was excellent. We loved the popovers, soup and entrees. We appreciated the healthy sides, vegetables and quinoa wild rice, too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

We go to Axel's frequently and were delighted that they had added a few new things to their menu. We both had the "new" pork chop and it was absolutely out f this world! SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Our service was also truly outstanding! It was the perfect "holiday date night!"

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Probably one of the best meals in the Twin Cities. Have been going to this place for about 25 years. Seldom disappointed.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Jordan treated us well...great service and food. The 3 item option is a good idea—lots of variety on the menu

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Axel's in Mendota never disappoints. Worth it just for the popovers, the menu has a lot of different options and the food is always great. Two of us had the Cobb salad with lump crab meat and we're happy with the quality of the salad, the size of the serving and the attractive presentation. Our colleague ordered the walleye sandwich, which turned out to be two sandwiches, each with its own filet. Conveniently located just across the Mendota Bridge from the airport, Axel's has become my favorite lunch spot when meeting friends or clients in the South Metro.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Came in for a business lunch. Hostess was very accomidating in finding us a table that we would be away from most of the rest of the patrons. Server was very polite, knowledgeable about the food selection and took very good care of us. Food was very good as usual for an Axels. I have been to several others but first time at this location. Was an overall good experience for all in my party.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I've been here a number of times over the years for anniversaries, dinner with friends, or business meals. Every time here meets and exceeds my expectations. From great appetizers to well prepared entrees with a number of meat and seafood options to choose from. My favorite continues to be the Signature Walleye.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We took a couple out for a special anniversary celebration. The food was excellent and our server was wonderful. This is a nice place for for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We are a diffficult group to feed with 4 of the 6 of us with significant life threatening food allergies. I gave Axels advance notice of the specifics when I made reservations. Our server was aware and worked really hard to check with the kitchen on all our questions and keep us safe. In short- great food, caring people. Well done!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

One of our fav places. Good food and service. Love the walleye dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

A little slow starting off for Thanksgiving but the server then took very good care of us and manager bought appitizers for inconvenience. Nice job and would recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were here for the Thanksgiving meal and it was fantastic. The staff was friendly and our entire group felt welcome. The service was perfect and the food was delicious and plentiful! This was our first time celebrating Thanksgiving at a restaurant and I would like to thank Axel's River Grille for making it a wonderful experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been going to Axel's for family occasions for years. I love this place and this year we went out for Thanksgiving. Only complaint would be that we could have used more cranberry sauce. Overall the food is always good, standard fare. It has never been earth shaking, but I like the coziness of the dining room with the fireplace. All the folks that work there are all very nice and service is usually good, but a little slow. I'm sure I will go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for thanksgiving dinner. Food was very good, service was pretty good too, considering how busy the place was. Axels is a little on the pricey side, (80.00 for two, no alcohol, including tip) but still a great place for dinner, has the old style supper club atmosphere that you don’t see much anymore.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our second Thanksgiving there. We're happy to have found a "Home".

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great service, wonderful food! The server was very professional and kind

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We have dined at axcels for many years mostly for sunday brunch which we found to be great.
we went for sunday dinner with two others and must say one meal was lacking (the prime rib)
some what tuff. the soup two French onion and one chicken dumpling was much to salty, we
couldn't finish it. The wallie and lobster was wonderful .

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The best part of our meal was the chocolate Bailey’s cake. It was amazing. Steaks, salads, green beans, and popovers were good. Garlic mashed potatoes were dry and cold.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our friends from Ireland enjoy Axel's fine dining. Great value.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is our favorite go to place for our anniversary. In the past we have gotten a nice complimentary dessert but that didn’t happen this time. It still deserves a 5 star review because the food is fabulous! My favorite is the wedge salad which is a meal in itself. My husband had the filet, which was done exactly as he ordered it, and he was able to cut it with his fork. Would highly recommend Axel’s. I know we will definitely be going back!

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Nice good food

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We went to dinner with family to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We always enjoy our meals at Axel's, and this was no exception. Our food was delicious, as usual.
I have to say that our server, Jen, was one of the very best we have ever had at Axel's . She made our evening special. Thanks Jen!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always great however I thought the sea bass was bland but everything else was superb

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Drinks great! Service great!
Food good. Don’t get me wrong it was really good but veggies were al dente and popovers were doughy. Wedge salad out of this world:)
And: Steaks were perfect!!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always a favorite among the people I introduce to this gem. Crabby Tuesday is where it is at. Always sit with Greta she is wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fun, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was great, service attentive but not intrusive, popovers were terrific too. Had walleye tasted great and sides done perfect. Just watch for fish bones as filets had some. Not restaurants fault, purveyor or processor maybe? Most of Walleyes (whole table had) was edible and delicious. Our neighborhood favorite still....

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I both got a little sick from undercooked poached eggs. That sounds terrible, but it's not uncommon. Not many places know how to poach an egg correctly. Ours were way under done but everything else was great. Service was wonderful very friendly. The rest of our food was really really good

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We arrived a bit early for our reservation so we had a drink in the cozy corner beside the bar area. My husband had delicious coconut shrimp and I enjoyed my meaty barbecued ribs. It was a good value.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My only disappointment for this visit was that I made a reservation for 715 and we didn’t get seated until after 8pm. That was disappointing, and the host did no give us updates on the wait time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Haven’t been there for a long time as it’s quite a ride for us but we will try to go more often as food, service and ambiance are great. Went there as a kid with my parents when it was the Parker House. It’s been updated, of course, but general atmosphere remains the same — great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was amazing as was our wait staff. Everything from the appetizers to dessert was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about all the dishes and very helpful in helping us pick out a different type of beverage.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner with my husband and daughter; we all enjoyed our entrees - filet mignon, surf and turf, and crabcakes. The food and service were very good

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Axel’s does a lot of things well. The waitstaff is always good, and the food is pretty dependable. But, our drinks were quite watery and there are just too many tables jammed into their space.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

You are my favorite restaurant. your food your service are all top shelf

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Hash browns dry. Eggs OK. Carmel roll and coffee delicious! Waiter fabulous: (Jordan).

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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