Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.5
946 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.

Axel's Restaurants "Where traditions and memories are made"
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KK
Minneapolis
101 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy coming to Axels for the good food and service. Atmosphere adds to our experience. Cobb salad is the best. Shrimp risotto was fair. Steak was very good.

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RO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed Shari as our server.. she was prompt and fun to chat with. Hopefully we will get her at our table again

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F
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our son’s birthday and our server made him feel very special!

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OT
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crabby Tuesday! This is the best spot for all you can eat Snow crab legs. Greta is the most amazing server and always has the best friendly attitude.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was fine- I felt it was too dark in the restaurant for a Monday at noon.

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JS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I were stuck in Minneapolis due to a snowstorm so asked the hotel for restaurants in the area they would recommend. We chose Axels because they serve lobster and we were celebrating an event. All the food was excellent, the service was wonderful, and we made it safely back to the hotel.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything especially waitress, Terri! Food service and ambiance.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roxanne took excellent care of us! The atmosphere is so amazing. I cannot wait to go back and try more items. We had the all you can eat crab which was delicious. Bloody mary was super good too... very spicy and great flavor : ) . The french onion soup was not very hot, but my husband enjoyed it anyways. All in all GREAT EXPERIENCE

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S
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience!

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Ok, so the draft in the corner table was atrocious. The food came and it was outstanding, the wine was perfect, which the waiter suggested. Then the gigantic bill of $270 came for three adult meals with a child's steak. yeah, tapping out Axel's River grille crazy for a Sunday early evening dinner. crazy over priced.

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BR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was just average, not as good as our last visit 9 months ago. The surroundings are still excellent however.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience at Axel's last Friday. My wife and I went with our two daughters. I like their "supper club" menu option on certain items like steaks which gives you two sides, plus salad, for a nominal upcharge. Or, you can order the steak al la carte. My wife and I both went with supper club option and girls did al la carte and we split our sides. The server was terrific and generous in splitting these items, and service overall was excellent.

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but service a bit slow. Nice place for a special occasion.

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LP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at Axel's River Grille, all of our seating requests were honored, our wait staff was very efficient & accommodating and the food was delicious!

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GD
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Axel's for a birthday celebration. It was a wonderful time and the all you can eat crab legs were perfect!

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MP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & food really liked the atmosphere. Looking forward to going back.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere in this place. The walleye was delicious, as was the filet. The bar pours a pretty good Old Fashioned. Have to come back on a Tuesday for the all you can eat Snow Crab legs.

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

My wife and I went to Axel’s for my birthday on Feb 25th. The food was mediocre at best and cold and flavorless at worst. The bartender couldn’t make an Old Fashion properly. I would not recommend this place for dinner.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every aspect!! Will definitely be back. Parking was a bit tricky. But, oh so worth it:-)

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CP
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Axel’s! The food was amazing & great service. A friend in my party has celiac and disappointed that they didn’t do more to accommodate her. Service was a bit slow but our server did give us a heads up that she had a big party she was helping in addition to us.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious prime rib. Get there early because it sells out quick!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friends bday

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PM
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Sam was the perfect combination of attentive and discreet. We both ordered the Supper Club versions of our meals (scallops and filet), and enjoyed them immensely.

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MD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is "Wow!". Once again, a delightful experience, wonderful food and service that can't be beaten. Our server, Kim, was great and very attentive, while giving us time to ourselves and to enjoy the food and dining experience. We had visited in the fall and also were lucky to have Kim serve us then. Will go back in a heartbeat.....wish there were more places like this without having to drive to one of the downtown areas. Axel's is a gem!! Thanks again for a wonderful meal and experience!!

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food were great!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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