Axel's River Grille - Mendota

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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

Late Night Happy Hour

Enjoy $2 off all cocktails, wine and beer along with $7 shareable plates

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 18, 2019

Ends: June 19, 2118

Availability: Sat 9:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour

Enjoy $2 off all cocktails, wine and beer along with $7 shareable plates

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 18, 2019

Ends: June 19, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us this Thanksgiving for our Thanksgiving Feast. Slow-roasted turkey or prime rib with all the traditional fixings or choose from our select signature entrees.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

What 1112 People Are Saying
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P
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Setting was nice as always. Service was slow and food was not consistent, with some dishes very good and others just OK.

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

Our second time getting to go. Such a great spot! Classic supper club atmosphere, like stepping back in time but with modern fare and stellar service. Ask for Ashely, she’s awesome!

p
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The popover was dry and crusty. I make them at home and these were not good. The honey butter had very little flavor. I especially wanted to taste the wonderful walleye and it was tender but again very little flavor. The service was good and attentive. We ate outside and the weather was great but I had to look at the shelves with a dirty cleanup rag and a few dishes in my direct sight, so it was not the best. I would recommend Axel's to a friend with certain reservations.

O
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch for 3 of us was nice because we were seated in the fireplace room on a cold day and it was lovely. Service was not bad. My friends enjoyed their lunches. Mine should have been easy, but wasn't very good. The club sandwich had way undercooked bacon, a pet peeve of mine, as well as burned toast. Caesar salad was overdressed so I couldn't eat more than half, but they duplicated the salad and that one was better. Next time, I'll order the dressing on the side, or ask them to thin it a little. In fairness, Axel's is always willing to correct mistakes, which is why I feel I can recommend them. The popovers were a treat, done perfectly.

L
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Axel's NEVER disappoints! The food was scrumptious, the ambiance was lovely and our server, Maria, was outstanding! We got the booth we requested and EVERYONE was SO nice to us!!!

PW
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ashley was great, though she needed help to bring fresh drinks to the table, more maple butter, silverware. We were a party of 9. Food was excellent

W
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Meat was tough. Drinks were good. Popovers were horrible maybe reheated? Waitress was very nice.

BC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in for a birthday celebration and it was wonderful. Even though it was packed, our server Roxanne made us feel as if we were the only table. The food was excellent and came out fast. The drinks were perfect. The manager stopped by to see if everything was okay- nice touch for as crowded as it was.

DA
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We acknowledge that Axel's River Grille is not for everyone, but we think it is an excellent dining establishment. Food, service and ambiance is what we want.

DC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Waitress Tracy was delightful, adding to the ambience.

O
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We all opted for a simple lunch, which was very nice. The service was welcoming and made us feel very comfortable. It is a lovely place to have a good lunch.

C
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely ladies lunch. Good food and good service and though it was crowded, a nice atmosphere

M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Always have a great time. Greta is my favorite waitress!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

B
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!

JM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been to Axels many times. This time the service was very slow. Our wait person was excellent. Getting the food out if the kitchen was not!

JW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and outstanding service in a classic "special occasion" restaurant.

JD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

There were long lapses between seeing our waiter. It was busy. I ordered Beef Blackened Bites they were very good. I also ordered a Wedge Salad. I don’t know how that was because I never got it. My friend ordered a house salad and French Onion Soup. Both were excellent . They bring popovers to the table with honey butter. They were excellent. No alcoholic beverages for lunch. I had ice tea and my friend just had water. After we were all done I realized they forgot my salad because I kept thinking they were bringing it as my entree.

RM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Axel's Mendota food quality has dropped from previous dinners. One member of the party had an excellent filet. Two ordered the walleye which was somewhat disappointing to them. My seafood risotto was poor. The shrimp were way overcooked and rubbery, the sea scallops were also overcooked and slightly tough which was very disappointing given the size of the scallops and prawns. The popovers were great and the service was outstanding but it wasn't a good value for the money. I would not recommend anyone to go there who was not going to order steak.

L
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Axel's NEVER disappoints! Their food is excellent and their service is outstanding!

JC
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance. All great. Could not finish our carrot cakes. Will do so over the weekend.

M
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Server Trish is Excellent.

ES
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you're of a certain age and would enjoy reliving that supper club experience from the '60s and '70s, this is great place to do just that. Quiet. Candlelit. Muffled conversations. Sinatra and Blossom Dearie on the soundtrack. Hot popovers at every table.
I had to order an Old Fashioned at this kind of a place - and it was the classic. But I didn't opt for steak or prime rib. If you're foodie, Axel's passes the test, too. At least my roasted beet salad and seafood risotto got high marks from me.
I didn't sample desserts. Those popovers are filling!

RP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Greta was a great attentive server with personalized service. Potato was cold was the issue with food being marked average.

PS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the popovers!! The lunch was great as always.

F
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well prepared and presented food. Really Great service.

LI
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came just for crab night. It was delicious!
Our server was outstanding and very happy to bring us plenty of crab. We’ll be back soon!

SR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never seems to disappoint. Crabby Tuesday's was delicious and a lot of fun! Great food, great service!

PB
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday and it couldn't have gone better. We were seated in the sun room at a table as requested; the service was great. Our server was younger but fully attentive and fulfilled all our requests.
The food, as always, was up to par; an all-around enjoyable time!

L
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was excellent and the service was exceptional! Axel's never disappoints. We love the food, the atmosphere, the service and all of their employees!

SS
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there to celebrate our friend’s birthday and our server, Becca, helped make it a very happy occasion!

SM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening for our company dinner. Food and service were outstanding. No complaints from anyone and we will come back again.

B
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was happy with their food. Service was excellent. It was a very pleasant experience.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick, friendly host. We were seated right away. Wait staff was excellent, knew the menu and how to make sure our food was ordered to our liking. Overall it was a smooth, comfortable experience.

JC
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been dining at Axel's for more than 20 years. The food is very good and so is service.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were disappointed with the walleye this time. It was dry and tasteless. The asparagus was too old and woody.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great night

RG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly quiet spot to lunch with a friend. Professional service, from arrival to departure and lovely food quality. Would highly recommend!

JR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Although the crab was great and what we came for, I did not care for the french onion soup and my husband did not like his asparagus. It was pretty noisy and very busy, so the service was occasionally slow.

E
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This Axel's location is convenient and had adequate parking. The atmosphere is very comfortable. However, the food we had tonight was rather mediocre. Specifically the breaded walleye was bland with flat flavors - much as if it had been frozen for a long time. The risotto was sticky and very heavy. Beyond that, 40 minutes between courses is far to long and since this leisurely service was noticed in other visits to Axel's we must assume it is a regular feature. Try to do better.

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