Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.5
867 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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OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Celebrating birthdays

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

We love Axel’s, one of our favorite restaurants for a special occasion.

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

I am a long time patron of your restaurant with a diners card and have always enjoyed your menu.

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

Awesome neighborhood restaurant. Went for our anniversary perfect place. Quiet great food and not downtown!

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W
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate birthdays. I did tell them but they did nothing. Too bad.

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

Great place, always good food and excellent service!

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RE
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Popover good but needs to be hot when they come out. Next time.

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I have been to Axels many times and the food has been great and good service. But... our last visit was just ok. Popovers were hard and dry, cesear salad had hardly any dressing on it. I ordered the special for that night which was pretty good. They gave us a free piece of cake cuz it was my birthday but it was very dry. The booth they put us in in the corner was way too dark. Need some more lighting in that corner... I think. Server was good. I have been a restaurant manager and server for over 25 years, I am not upset... but just thought you should know of my disappointed last visit we had. I’m not one to complain to the server while we are dining, but just wanted you to know.

CL

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Have dined here on many special occasions for over 15 years and was very disappointed with the new menu on our last visit. Everything is ala carte and very expensive. The menu has been down sized and they don't even offer two sizes of prime rib. We decided to go with the supper club prime rib which was fatty, not seasoned, the loaded bake potato was a joke. A tiny container of sour cream with little or no bacon or butter and the asparagus was tasteless. We will not be back. I give this restaurant only a couple of years before it goes belly up. Very Sad!!!

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KD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in almost every way and Trish was, as usual, a fantastic waitperson. The only criticism is the lack of a handicapped parking spot (or a few spots would be good) near the door and access for someone using a wheelchair or walker. I'm also uncertain whether the restaurant is ADA compliant.

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LE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was GREAT and the restaurant noise level was very good as we were able to carry on a conversation easily.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jill was awesome!

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

The food is always delicious and over service was exceptional even though our server was responsible for training another server. Always a favorite place to visit.

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BN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Axels is a wonderful old-school supper club with a lot of character and flare. The food is phenomenal and the menu is straight and to-the-point. The seafood and steaks are some of the best I've had. We truly enjoy the supper club vibe with the homemade popovers and their mouth-watering french onion soup!

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D
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. We had a reservation on a busy night but only waited 10 minutes past.

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

Good restaurant, we went for New Year eve and we did not feel rushed or pushed out of the door even if it was really busy. The food was excellent as usual. A good restaurant for any occasion.

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BP
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

It was New Years Eve so everyone knows it’s busy. We thought the waitress was quite slow but she didn’t seem to care if we sat there waiting to get drinks, etc. so we weren’t concerned either. That we were taking up room waiting. We were disappointed that four out of the six meals were not close to hot but lukewarm. The other two people did not express any issue with the food so we assume their food was hot. The four of us all had the same thing (coconut shrimp) somaybe it was the cook. Two of us disliked the rice andtwo liked it. I had the flourless cake for dessert. The cake was fantastic but whatever the runny white stuff was on the plate, I disliked. Another person had that same dessert and he loved the white stuff on the plate. So many different palates and many different reviews. I will try the place again for dinner on a regular night. We’ve had several lunches at Axel’s and they have been fine so I’m assuming it was the holiday hustle overwhelmed their staff and cooks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate the beginning of 2019!!!

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c
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had new years eve reservations and the service was great food excellent. overall we had a wonderful time. we will be back

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

i had the beef wellington, it was mediocre at best. the puff pastry was undercooked and there was way too much mushroom duxelle. i pulled most of it out of the pastry and the amount on my plate was comparable to the size of the peice of meat. the puff pastry was not tightly rolled on the beef it was loose and falling apart.

the mash was ok could have use some more butter and cream, they were pretty dense.

Sheri our server was awesome, very attentive, made sure we always had drinks and offered suggestions on what to have.

tab was $100 without alcohol and for what we got...it was mediocre.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing!! We weren’t rushed through the meal and the courses were timed out perfectly. Food was amazing!!!

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KH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints! Service is always spot on and the food is wonderful! Popovers!! And the butter they serve with them!!

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r
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great mea and great service!

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Walleye had bones, baked potato was cold and old, brussels were overcooked as were the popovers, not the usual Axels. Seems like the food went downhill. This is the second time the walleye had bones, not acceptable.
Also my wife didn’t want chives in her sourcream for baked potato. She was told that’s not possible. There were chives in her sourcream. Funny thing, the sourcream I got for my potato didn’t have chives. Seems petty, but you would think such a request wouldn’t be a problem.
Very disappointed with the experience since the bill was $78 for the 2 of us. Not a good start for a rare date night. Service and food need improvement before we’ll return.
On a plus though, reservations were easy and we were seated where we requested - 5 stars for reservations and seating time.

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B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Given the fact that it was Christmas Eve - the service was very slow however food was great.

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited on Christmas Eve attends head excellent service and a delicious meal. The Popovers were right out of the oven. Yum!

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JG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Our waitress was very nice and friendly. The kids meals arrived about 10 minutes before the adults meals so that was different. Or I should say the hamburgers came first to the 3 peeps who ordered them. The server stated she only works nights so the day shift was different for her. In fact she stated it a couple of times this wasn't her normal shift. And my husband ordered the filet mignon but received the other cut. Overall it was a nice Christmas Eve dinner.

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PB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Poor wait staff, the bus gal helped more than our waitress. Primerib was cold and very very tough. I've had better primerib dinners at local bars for a heck of a lot less. Food prices are ridiculously high considering the quality of food and wait staff. I definitely won't be back.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Family Christmas

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience and some of the best service we have had in a long time.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Samantha was great! The food was outstanding!

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JB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall the experience was good and the food was good and conversation was good with background noise. My only complaint was we were right next to the door and our waitress was never around as the lunch traffic was not real busy

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LK
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great evening with friends at Axels. 6 of us had great food, service and conversation.

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SM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you, Mrs. Greta! EXCELLENT service as ALWAYS ~ Marry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Shane & Ann <

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S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The Rachel sandwich had no flavor and the bread was burn.. Daily Pasta Special was very bland. The steak was over cooked. The Popovers were great and the flatbread was very good. Won’t be going back anytime soon.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

After ordering and waiting for my food, the server came out and said they were out of salmon. We were a table of 10 so everyone was waiting for their entree (had already received salads/soup). Not impressed.

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F
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our food was really good! Our service was awesome!

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D
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Disapointed this time. Not up to the level compared to the past.

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KK
Minneapolis
98 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of friends have a tradition of meeting for lunch around the holidays and it's always at Axels because we get great food and service. Especially appreciated the hostess making accommodations for one in our group dealing with a walker and health issues.

We will be back!

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DD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place to enjoy fine food and conversation at a leisurely pace.

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