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"

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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

What 1239 People Are Saying
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LD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axel's has the best all you can eat crab in the cities. The service is always great and the food is amazing. The crab is always done perfectly. My only complaint is they give too many great side dishes! The soups and sides are so good that you have to know to save room for the crab. We love coming here, as it is always a great dinner and experience.

DE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience. Historic location. Quite enough to encourage conversation.

B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Just fantastic service
My family had a wonderful time

RA
Minneapolis
60 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are Axel’s regulars... we visit for special occasions with our family. Tonight we had a couple of hours with our son who lives in Sitges Spain. He had a layover and Axel’s is a perfect 8 minute drive to MSP airport. We had a great meal and visit with our son... and, his youngest sons name? Axel!!

V
Minneapolis
46 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friends and I like to eat here because we like the Dark wood ambiance and the old world feeling. The service is always good. The wait staff write their name on the white tablecloth. So good for us older folks who do not remember names ! Monica was a wonderful wait person!!!! She anticipated our needs, she was there whenever we needed something ! Our food was very good. Our service was exceptional. We will come again !!

RP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Greta is the best server. Offers personalized and friendly service.

BT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The prime rib was very tough and a little overcooked. At a pricier place, I tend to expect they know how to cook things really well so, that was a bit disappointing. All in all though, it’s a nice restaurant and has good ambiance.

TM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Prices were reasonable. Service was good, but not over the top great.

MH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We weren't able to go out on Valentines Day so we went on Saturday instead. Both my husband and I enjoyed our dinners. Twin lobsters and Prime Rib.All of our dinner was very delicious. Much as we wanted to we couldn't eat any dessert that night so we ordered the bread pudding to take home.We so enjoyed it.
The waitress we had was excellent.A true people person who knew everything there was to know about the menu and restaurant. She told us how to warm up the bread pudding and the order to put all the topping on. Id say she went above and beyond. the food was excellent but the service was fantastic thanks to our waitress

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Jordan was super friendly and relatable.

JL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Generally I love Axels but on VD we were put in an overflow area that was very tight and difficult for servers to reach without bumping into chairs. The Ribeye was horrible. Overcooked and way too fatty. Half of it was inedible because it was solid fat.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dined for Valentine’s Day so not going to be overly critical. Place was packed, reservation was at 8 and we showed early. We were sat right after talking with the hostess. Unfortunately our server took a bit to greet us, which is understandable. My old fashioned took a little longer then usual. The popover/bread service was fantastic, we both had Caesar salads which were light and not too fishy. We were pointed at the special menu but nothing was talked about so we barely glanced at it. We both had steaks and were cooked to perfection. Dessert was a real treat as well, vanilla bean cheesecake was to die for. Price was very affordable for a higher end atmosphere and culture.

AC
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host team of college students were delightful and most accommodating! We had the Elderflower Martini and it was amazing along with the filet mignon, done perfectly, and I loved their hand-dipped coconut shrimp entree- shrimp were large and the sides were so tasty- most delicious green beans I had ever had! They were the haricot vert type so longer and thinner served in a teriyaki glaze and with wild rice- so yummy! The only surprise was when we asked for a loaded baked potato it came plain with a side of sour cream that had the chives and bacon in it mixed together so no cheese, but it was still good. We loved the dark clubby charm of the atmosphere, pretty bar and antler chandeliers with red shades and dark wood paneled walls. There was a fireplace in the other dining room but we sat in a lovely open booth in the middle of the dining room- perfect for 2 people. Emma our server was great, attentive and cheeful. We have since recommended to our friends and will definitely be back- we loved it! Older crowd for the most part.

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner for Valentine’s Day! Had a lovely time. Always on point.

N
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Drove an hour there specifically to get ciopinno and they ran out. No discount on meal, no dessert nothing. Husband order two lobster tails and they were so small. Left hungry, Not a good value.

BM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Entrees were excellent. You cannot go wrong with their Walleye or the parmesan risotto. Crab cakes were good but a little dray. Service was ok but not exactly the best. Our waitress seemed a bit over whelmed and did not know the food when asked about a couple different items. Will go back eventually.

DM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our fist visit on Valentine's Day Anniversary. Loved the ambience with both open and intimate dining spaces. Our waitress Rachelle was friendly, energetic & efficient. Great variety of food choices. Every course was delicious. We will be back regularly!

RM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Susie and I celebrated Valentine's Day at Axel's. The food was great, the service was great, and the atmosphere was great. They had a violin player playing to the crowd. We really enjoyed our time at Axel's. We'll be back.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always great food & service. Unfortunately, we were in the side room surrounded by two large, very loud parties.

OT
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crabby Tuesday is a wonderful time. The price has gone up quite a bit over the years, but they never disappoint on the all you can eat crab and they’re always packed (make a reservation). As usual Greta is still my favorite server. She is so friendly and remembers a lot of her regulars! =)

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambiance and food; cocktails are good too.

TR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

My steak was average for a chophouse, nothing interesting on the plate, just average. My dates dinner was a complete mess. It was a Friday so we had the primary kitchen staff.

She had the risotto with shrimp and scallops - the "risotto" was long grain rice cooked normally with some type of sauce poured on it, moreover, there were clumps of undercooked (not al dente) rice with no sauce (not that risotto should have sauce). The shrimp were so overcooked they became rubber. The scallops were cooked properly.

Avoid this place, there are so many better places, especially in this price range. I am not sure how their rating is this high - I can't believe anyone would give this place anything more than a 3 star at best.

m
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had reservations for 3, checked in when we arrived and a large party arrived soon after. We were overlooked and were not seated for 20 minutes. When our meal came one person in our party ordered their filet steak well done and another ordered their sirloin rare. The steaks were swapped. Service was terribly slow; our reservations were at 6:30 and we did not leave the restaurant until 9:25. Witnessed other tables that were seated after ours that received their food and checks much faster than us. Unacceptable overall.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch between two old friends.

MK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Had a reservation and was seated 15 minutes after that was up. It wasn’t a major deal but the hostess staff was not at all concerned. The manager came up at one point and could tell we were waiting and sped things up. Everything just took awhile. My old fashioned was too sweet but other than that, our server was awesome, steak was cooked to rare, which doesn’t always happen a lot of places and their mushrooms were great. Just need some management in the busy times.

L
Minneapolis
71 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axel's never disappoints. It's our favorite Friday night go to! Our meals were scrumptious- I had the New York and my friend had the Cioppino. Both meals were outstanding. Our service was exceptional. The staff at Axel's always makes us feel SO welcomed and they take such great care of us. We LOVE it there!

LF
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great supper club atmosphere. Excellent service and quality food.

PK
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent meal

MB
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration! The crab legs were perfect. Our only "disappointment" was that we indicated in Open Table that we were celebrating a birthday, and our server never mentioned it or asked at all. We had been hoping for a birthday dessert to share, but it turns out we didn't need it, as we were stuffed after dinner!

KP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Invited a few friends out for my birthday. Nice atmosphere and awesome service. Will def be back. It was my first time there and I was not disappointed.

L
Minneapolis
71 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axel's is our favorite Friday night date! The food and the service are always outstanding.

n
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Order 3 glasses of Almos Malbec wine got 3 blasses and charged for the highest price malbec. Not alot of difference but still didn't get what was ordered and charge for more than I ordered. difference from 6 a glass to 10 a glass

J
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good but service was a bit slow.

DB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was terrific. The service is impeccable and timely. The food was delicious and their reputation for filet mignon and Canadian walleye is not hype.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our food was only slightly warm. It was like both plates were under a warming light way too long. We told the gentleman, who was not our server, and he took both plates back and said he put my wife’s steak and my scallops back on the grill a bit and brought them back out in less than three minutes. Still only warm and our vegetables now were actually cool and not warm. The server was outstanding and fun. She agreed that they should have simply started over and we were in no hurry. They did take two drinks off the total and the server gave us a chocolate dish for desert on the house. We will go back because this was unusual from our past experiences with Axel’s.

KP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a frequent haunt and never disappoints. Service is outstanding and the food is consistent.

LW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The servers and food were outstanding...I had the walleye and it was scrumptious. It was a little hard to hear my companions because of the energetic crowd and it was a little noisy...though not too noisy to keep me away.

DC
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always the food, service and ambiance was exceptional. Truly one of my favorite places to dine.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Pickup was supposed to be ready at 5:30 it wasn’t ready until 5:53

s
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem! Lovely for a night out or a special family dinner.