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

What 1160 People Are Saying
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N
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal and great service. The only negative was the noise level.

D
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Very nice warm atmosphere. The cioppino was excellent. The oven roasted chicken was mediocre; dry and over baked, the mashed potatoes were hardly warm and could have used the tasty gravy or sauce that was a skimpy drizzel under the chicken. It is a very nice place for a special occasion.

BO
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall very good. The green beans and baked potato on one plate were cold. Otherwise food quality was great

M
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axel’s atmosphere was beautiful. White lights sparkling. The appetizers and dinner were out of this world, delicious. The dessert fresh and scrumptious. What made everything grand was our waitress Sarah. She was friendly and efficient. We will definitely return.

m
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. The walleye is some of the best you will ever have and the cioppino is the best. I have had cioppino all over and this is the best I’ve had. It’s worth going just for this and the fresh popovers.

If you’re there, ask to sit in Terri’s section. You will be treated like family and have amazing service. Her service is truly wonderful.

B
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Axels is always a good bet if you are looking for friendly waitstaff and good food!

L
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axel's made our Thanksgiving very special! The turkey dinner was scrumptious and our waitress, Monica, was outstanding! Louise and Danny, the bartenders, and all of the servers treated us like royalty. We'd never been there for Thanksgiving before, but I'm sure it will be a tradition from now on! Thank you for the LOVELY Thanksgiving!

CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Thanksgiving turkey, just okay. We were seated in a booth, right next to rack where they pulled off paper to put on tables. Noisy and intrusive. Nice place, but don’t think I would go back for Thanksgiving dinner. Service was also nothing special. Had to ask twice for coffee refill.

BL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was expecting much more from Axel’s for a thanksgiving dinner...dried over cooked turkey with the traditional sides...30/person wasn’t bad if the meal was better...I will not recommend to anyone. . I know it was busy but service was just average would have been better off to have ordered the filet for 40 this would have been prepared when I ordered than have a turkey that was cooked several hours earlier.

JS
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an excellent dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Excellent food and efficient and friendly service. We dine here several times a year, and so it was nice to enjoy Axel's special Thanksgiving Day menu.

G
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 14th year from when my husband proposed to me at Axel’s. Great service, food and fun!

DS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 2 daughters and I enjoyed the all you can eat crab legs, this was our Thanksgiving Day dinner as we couldn't be together on Thanksgiving. The crab was delicious, Robyn, our server was excellent! Will be back!!

BW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Has been our long time go to place for a nice evening out where you can visit and relax during dinner.

N
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a classic old world, warm wood, fireplaces, leather booth, beautiful restaurant. The food is solid and excellent. Our server was as good as it gets. We loved everything about Axel’s, and it’s festive holiday, family homecoming ambience.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wasn’t as top notch as usual but I’ll definitely be back.

B
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service!! Very Pleasant!!
Very Nice!!
Waitress was very good.

JJ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thank you so much for your outstanding service. I was there for lunch for my sisters birthday. The waitress was friendly as well as the other staff. Great food too.

L
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both of our meals were delicious. I had the New York, and my date had the Walleye. We both loved our dinners. Our waitress, Mary, was outstanding! Very friendly and very professional! We REALLY liked her a LOT! Dan, as usual, stopped by often to make sure our evening was perfect!

p
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dinner at Axel’s!!

MK
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent. Our dinner arrived in a timely manner and was very tasty. The drinks were good too.

CW
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and Service were terrific. My only complaints are the lighting was dim and there was little space between the tables. Smaller menu but they do it well at the price you would expect for a fine dining establishment.

JC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We enjoy going there, outstanding service. We get there at least once or twice a month. Incidentally we’re going to be 90 years old in a couple of months.

LR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic place to hang out, good service and great food!

C
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wild rice was over seasoned.

K
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lately their steaks have varied in quality. I always order the Filet Mignon very rare and they always used to be among the best I have ever had. Lately, there is more variability. Sometimes they are somewhat tough and other times they are incredibly tender (cut with a fork). It is a great place with a great atmosphere, but I will not go there for filet's any more.

MP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an early dinner, had reservations (highly recommend), greeted promptly or cordially. Atmosphere delightful, server equally delightful and knowledgeable about the menu. Went for seafood entrees - their walleye (an Axel's signature dish) delicious, the scallops pan seared in basil oil was outstanding. The entrees were complete with salads, you choice of two sides, and not to forget - Popovers! Ours came straight out of the oven - scrumptious! We ended the evening with cheesecake and asked the server to put all three choice of toppings (caramel, chocolate, raspberry) on it. She did a wonderful job, a perfect trifecta of flavors!

KM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good but nothing too special. Service was great.

GD
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Axel's ambiance and food. My favorite is the ribeye or the prime rib. Both are equally delicious!

SS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always pleased with the level of service and food quality at Axel's River Grille. I love the popovers!! Where else serves these most delicious treats as the bread option for your meal. Never been disappointed!

MJ
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was overpriced. $28 for rice with three medium shrimp and two scallops was too pricey. Plus, the scallops were fishy tasting. The waitress was robotic. She even walked away two times when I wasn’t done talking to her. She placed the bill down on our table without asking if we wanted anything else. I wanted some coffee at the end of my meal and had to call her back to get it. My husband said that the salmon was very good. And the wine list was acceptable. As usual, the popovers are a fun treat that automatically come with the meal.

0
Minneapolis
53 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Axel’s! The food was outstanding and Tracy made our dining experience quite exceptional. I highly recommend Axel’s for lunch, dinner, or even a drink after work. Thanks again to Tracy and the whole staff at Axel’s!

BD
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Steak was good. Sides are consistently cold

NF
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Axel's ALWAYS has great service, food, and ambiance! (Not to mention all you can eat crab legs on Tuesdays!!

M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful building, full of character and ambiance. Fantastic serve! The food was good, my garlic mashed potatoes were cold when they were served other than that everything was perfect. Can’t wait to go back.

c
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite places for dinner. Always great food, cocktails and service. We had a wonderful waitress who couldn't have been more helpful, informative and attentive. I am a meeting/event planner and whenever asked where to make reservations for a small group or a large committee I always suggest Axel's first.

DS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Halibut was overcooked, but we were compted the meal.

L
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a LOVELY evening Friday night at Axel's. I had the New York Steak and t was scrumptious! Perfectly cooked. My date had the staked crab Cobb salad and he said it was absolutely delicious. Our server, Robyn, was exceptional. She was very attentive, but she didn't rush us at all. The staff there is outstanding- from the managers to the busboys. Axel's NEVER disappoints!

HL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful environment to crack some crab legs! The service was attentive and pleasant, and we will definitely be going back :)

GD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Great martinis and food. I love the cioppino and half price appetizers after going to a show.

m
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience all around. We'll be back!