Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.5
917 reviews
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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.

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AK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and service was excellent. Level of noise and being able to hear next table's conversation was annoying.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food were great!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Crowded and hard to find a parking spot. Too many tables so that you felt you were dining with your neighbor. Food was good, but over priced for the ambiance and experience you receive.

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SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually we have excellent service at Axels. However, on this occasion service was extremely slow. It took nearly 3 hours. Also, our bill was incorrect. They charged for a drink that my father - in - law did not order. Unfortunately he is elderly and did not notice this mistake on his bill until the next day but the waitress should have caught that.

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k
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. Service and ambiance are old school elegant.. Walleye is best in the area....

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JG
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All around decent. Food was good, service was pretty good, ambience was good. Nothing to complain about, typical Axel’s experience.

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CF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little spendy but absolutely delicious. Took my hubby out for his birthday and they even brought a complimentary dessert. All around great place to go for good food and great service. We plan to come back for my birthday!!

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PJ
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Never seen Axel’s so busy. Service was still friendly and efficient. Popovers were cold and a bit dry. Steak was wonderful.

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GD
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a business meeting. Good service and good food!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

They were completely overbooked. At least 45 minutes after our reservations. Food completely overpriced for the quality. It is sad to see.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 7:45 reservations on Valentine's Day. We showed up at 7:25 expecting it to be busy, which it was. We weren't seated until 8:20. That being said, Tiffany was a great waitress. Even with how busy it was, she had a calm demeanor and provided great service. The food was excellent. I had the lobster tails and my wife had the steak. We both enjoyed our meals and even though we had to wait, we had a nice evening.

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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A little backed up on Valentine's despite reservation. Got a drink at the bar and waited for the table. No complaints.

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CS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines menu had great selections, the food was excellent and Terry’s service was outstanding.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maria was a great server, very attentive and entertaining. As a bonus we were seated next to a very fun group who invited us to join them next year. #Valentines2020

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TL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had 7:00 pm reservation, got there 6:45 and got our table at 7:20. Everything was EXCELLENT! Thank you!

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BR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Atmosphere is great and we have generally loved coming here. My wife’s steak was cooked medium, looked correct but was incredibly dry. The salmon was nice but lacked flavor.

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s
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience- wonderful food and service!!

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JA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The violinist playing / walking among tables was terrific ... made a special environment

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KM
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Tracy was great and attentive all night! We were treated like we were the only ones in the restaurant. Thanks

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LF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Wait staff inexperienced, lighting way to dark....I actually counted 8 different tables using cell phones to read the menu.
My guest had dined here on several occasions was also disappointed with the flavor of the food, I certainly have had my first and last dining experience at Axel's.

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AS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

LOVED THE POPOVERS!!!! Really nice large shrimp on the shrimp cocktail appetizer. Didn’t understand the gravy on the filet. Orzo too heavy handed on the garlic. Scallops were good. Could t taste the Bailey’s i. The chocolate cake. EXCELLENT service and atmosphere. Nice wine selection. Think we’lll try the all you can eat crab legs next time.

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ES
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did miss our reservation time due to the unexpected weather and traffic. But was able to attend and still be seated accordingly. Thank you Axels team for a great dinner that me and my girlfriend enjoyed for Valentine’s Day!

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S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, perfect for valentine's day! the wait staff, trina, was attentive and humorous.

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JB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered my steak medium because when I go to new restaurants I always play it safe on what I order. Normally if it’s a restaurant I know I’ll get medium rare but thank goodness I didn’t. The char on the steak was great but it was RARE. It was no where close to being medium.

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M
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Ordered French onion soup but it was more like water with onions in it. The chicken was way over done. This was at 5:30. I was looking forward to the augratin potatoes with cheese but came with sour cream. Waitress was fantastic, atmosphere the best. Just wasn’t good food.

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BB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great great service! Lovely restaurant to spend an evening in! Such a romantic play for Valentines!

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GA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greta was or should I say is a great server. Other staff, Tracy, stopped by to say hello. All in all it was a great Valentines Day Luncheon. Thanks!

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EH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a perfect time. Thank you to Robin and the chefs!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

With reservations it took 30 minutes to be seated. Ordered food and took 45 minutes for it to come out. The server was awesome though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Hostess extremely i accommodating

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Terri was incredible.

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LS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful food is always tasty. My food was served warm; not hot. Where other in our party seemed to be served hot. Next time I'll know better than to sit closest to the kitchen. Not the most relaxing seat in the house when the entire dining room was empty when we were seated.

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MR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Arrived 10 minutes early and without our whole group of 6 present but were still able to be seated and served beverages while waiting for the remainder of our group which was really nice.

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JJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As for the food it never disappoints. My wife and I have eaten in there or just even gone to the bar many times in the last 7 years, but the main guy never remembers us. Wait staff is always is great.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They know how to make a date night with your spouse special

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K
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Ashley was an outstanding server.

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BW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A classic steakhouse done right. Axel's manages to stick to the classics without feeling anachronistic in 2019. Great steaks, fantastic walleye, generous pours, low lights, dark wood, soft big band music and fantastic service. Not for the soy-latte and gluten free avocado toast crowd (thank god).

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CE
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very dark and a bit chilly, but great food and exceptional service.

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MS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful resturant! Excellent service. Excellent food.

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