Axel's River Grille - Mendota

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978 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"

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for our annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 9am-3pm featuring Axels Signature Items, Traditional Breakfast Dishes, Hand-Carved Prime Rib and Ham, plus so much more. Oh, the Easter Bunny will be here as well.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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M
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite US restaurants. The Walleye with wild rice is exceptional! Excellent service from Patty.

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

The waitress (Sherry) was outstanding and it was the best "All you can eat crab legs" I've ever had and we had a group of seven that all enjoyed Axel's.

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MK
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised that it was All you can eat Crab night! Molly was a great waitress and kept our plates full! Was loud w a table of 15 next to us.

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NH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sherrie our server was great. She was always there before we needed her and with a wonderful atitude the whole evening even though she was very busy! Had a wonderful meal which was perfect (all you can eat crab on Tuesday)!

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AV
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasant dining experience.
Food and service are always consistent.
Excellent value. Would suggest adding garlic green beans to the menu....we order them and they are outstanding!

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MK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. A classic. We will be back. Highly recommended.

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D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations for our entire family for my son's birthday. Our reservations were at 6pm. We arrived to find the restaurant closed. You had my email address-you did not inform me of the closing via email. You had my phone number-you did not inform me of the closing via phone. Your establishment ruined my son's birthday. There we were in the parking lot and the restaurant was closed. This is totally unacceptable. An apology is expected - but that will not help the total disappointment my family experienced.

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in the service was fantastic. Terry, our server went above and beyond to make my mom's 70th birthday dinner unforgettable. The food was perfectly prepared. We will definitely be back!

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorites places to go. I love their environment and the food is remarkable!!!

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c
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This past Saturday evening we chose Axel's to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary and they did not disappoint! I am an Event/Meeting planner and have suggested Axel's many times over the years to our Executive Director to bring Trustees, or guests to your restaurant. We come as often as possible.... It is always good....very nice staff and wonderful martini's. We have a ladies night out once a month and I just chose Axels this month to meet for dinner and we all loved it. Thanks Axel's!!

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MB
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. So nice inside and the food is great. They really treat you special. Highly recommended!

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GC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have celebrated many occasions at Axel's River Grille and have not ever been disappointed.
They have an excellent menu, great service and the food is always top notch.

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TS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time...Great service! We will be back soon.

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TS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated on time, server arrived immediately,very efficient and friendly. Popovers are a must have withMaple butter

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AT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been a few years but great to be back! Great bar & dining areas. Food, service and drinks as good or better than I remember!!

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L
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was very, very crowded, and thus, quite loud, but that was to be expected on a Friday evening. The service was exceptional, given any circumstances, much less in that crowd. The food was excellent and there was a lot of it, enough for a second meal for each of us on Saturday. We have been there often and are never disappointed.

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LW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch and the low noise level, and NO TV'S allowed us to have a delightfully social lunch with our Aunt, who we do not see that often

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Axel's knocked it out of the park. I've visited Axel's somewhat infrequently for at least 15 years, but I always get quality food, service and ambiance. A staple if there ever was one.

We entertained a customer from New Jersey who had never had walleye or knew what a popover was. He kept saying how good the food was and that "we really know how to do it up" in Minnesota.

Can't recommend Axel's enough.

Ron

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LO
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was greeted in a friendly manner, server Becka was attentive, omelet tasted good but was overdone and why are the popovers soggy? They used to have a crispy exterior. Tasted like they were warmed in the microwave -sad.

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AK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The worst brunch ever. Dry poached eggs, crab cake that was all bread and horrible tasting hollandaise sauce. Such a waste of money.

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RK
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food as usual. BUT, I wish that there was a designated area for families with children. If I'd known we were going to seated in a space with kids, I would have opted for a different table. When we pay premium prices for a nice meal out, we do NOT want it spoiled by loud, screaming kids!

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HW
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We usually really like Axel's, but this visit was disappointing. Everything was great until it was time for our main entree to arrive at our table. It took about 45 minutes after our salad to arrive! By the time our food came, no one at our table of 4 was very hungry. We all took home 1/2 of our meals. Axel's then gave us free dessert. We just wish our food came out in a timely manner so we could have all enjoyed the meals we ordered. We were at the restaurant (yes, we had a reservation) for over 2 hours! Way too long...

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PM
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always reliable. Very busy but other staff stepped in to help our server.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The only negative is the popovers are a little over cooked.

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GD
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I recommended Axel's for Crab Night to my work group. I have been there a few times before and always had good service and good food. The food was good but the service was slow. It was disappointing.

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J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food but large groups around us and they were loud. Would have preferred to sit inside the restaurant

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l
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A group of us went here for lunch on a Monday. The Lunch Trio was a hit as all of us had that. You get your choice of a salad, a cup or soup and a smaller dinner entree for only $15. We will be back.

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DN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All our selections were very good; serving temp just right & our waitress took very good care of us, making sure we had everything we needed or wanted. Especially liked the willingness to offer my
wife wine samples so she could best select the one that went best with her entree. Looking forward to going back when the weather is warmer and we can enjoy the outdoor patio.

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A few bones in the walleye but overall very enjoyable. We will return.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Axels was great as always even though it was super busy everything came out perfect and very timely and our server was very attentive even with how busy it was

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night!

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KK
Minneapolis
101 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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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RA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for Jill, you will not be disappointed. Had the steak, came out perfect!! Will be back.

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RO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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 on March 12, 2019
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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