Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.5
1439 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steak
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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Offers

  • Happy Hour! (3 PM -6 PM)

    Multiple dates available

    Fri 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Enjoy $7 Appetizers and $2 off Cocktails, Wine, and Beer
  • Happy Hour! (3 PM - 6 PM)

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Thu 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Enjoy $7 Appetizers and $2 off Cocktails, Wine and Beer! (3 PM - 6 PM ONLY)
What 1439 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jarbob
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Axel's since pre-Covid and were a little disappointed. The prices were higher, portions were smaller and the menu was very limited compared to the past. I had the coconut shrimp which were very good. Wasn't too excited about the garlic mashed potatoes, they had a lot of garlic but overall lacked flavor. Green beans were great. My husband ordered the Walleye which has been a favorite. It was very fishy tasting and he sent it back. Service was great.
Overall, I know they are trying to come back from all the lockdowns, so I would try them again. I just hope they can regroup in the kitchen and do things right next time.

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gracious
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

really enjoyed ourselves,had a great meal,nice date night

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JakeJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we get to Minneapolis, we make it a point to get to Axel's for the walleye dinner. Best we have ever had

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent and service was great. Great night out. Highly recommend the bull bites and artichoke dip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy helpful waitress. I was glad to see the center row of tables removed for SD

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vipLola
Minneapolis
103 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a LOVELY Easter at Axel's! Our meals were scrumptious and the wine was perfect! The entire staff at Axel's is absolutely the BEST and we felt like we were being treated like royalty! We will definite;y make Axel's an Easter tradition!

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service
Never had a bad experience at Axels
I recommend it
Enjoy

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StaceyC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, setting and service! We loved our Easter Brunch!!!

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MTnorth
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food as always. Easter brunch special menu. Great value

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vipWinnieJ
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed everything

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Chris
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very disappointed in our Easter Brunch. The popovers, which we were really looking forward to were hard, dry and cold. Our beverages were typical bar grade with dried out relishes. The food was well below par for Axels. Hopefully this was just a reopening glitch. 3 from our party had never been to Axel’s- it was a poor 1st experience.

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LarryC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was above average but not excellent! Just a little more attention to detail and the entire experience would be as we know Axel's delivery of service would be excellent

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Realsouthside86
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bar area is very old school dark wood and mainly wiskey n scotch type drinks

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JeffreyL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready at time of reservation, excellent service and excellent food!

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Joan
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axles is one of my favorite restaurants to go to. The food is always great the wait staff very attentive and it’s quiet enough that you can have an actual conversation with the person that you’re eating with. This is my go to place for any type of celebration.

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Tommy
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tenth tenth anniversary of our first meeting at that restaurant.

KJ
KJN14
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Jordan is a great server! Supper h
Club feel is retro & comfortable.

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vipWinnieJ
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was anazing!!

JD
JohnD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and server was excellent. I find the food to be a great value there as well.

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MarioR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Axels for years. I enjoy the seafood chowder and hoping it will return soon. My family and I had dinner last Friday and had the fish fry and loved it. The food was delicious and more then enough to satisfy your appetite. Our waitress, Jill was a delight to meet and she made it a pleasant dining experience.

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JB18
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tracy was our server. She is amazing and made our evening absolutely perfect!

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vipLola
Minneapolis
103 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Axel's Friday night! Our cocktails and wine were wonderful! My companion had the Philly Style roast beef sandwich and he said it was scrumptious! I had the Sirloin, medium rare, and it was cooked to perfection! Our server was excellent and we had delightful conversations with several of the staff members. Axel's is our favorite Friday date night spot!

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Darl
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant! Good service! Loved the deviled eggs appetizer! Wine too expensive...$13.00 a glass for Pino Noir!

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salv
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was all delicious. Great location and menu options.

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vipCatherine330
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were celebrating birthdays. The food was amazing and the chance to be out very welcome. It got a bit crowded, so we left. A nice time and leftovers for another meal

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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PaulaB
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We dined early on Friday evening for the fish fry special. Our request for a table versus a booth was honored and, for awhile, we were the only people in the room. The waitstaff was very helpful; our waitress fell ill but made sure there was another person available to take care of us.
The fish fry was an excellent value and very good. It consisted of walleye, cod and shrimp along with the choice of soup or salad, french fries, green beans and popovers, all for $21.00.
One very minor complaint was that the popovers were just bit overdone.
We always enjoy our time at Axel's and highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wife’s birthday dinner

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Merck
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I love Axels. One of my favorite places!
However, went for the corned beef dinner for St Patrick’s Day and they were out.... this was 5:30! Got Spinach Dip, which is excellent, but the bread was hard as a rock. Then I had the standing Cobb salad. The chicken in it was dry and hard😩The walleye fingers were good. The mussels are great!

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RK54
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really glad to have Axel's back! Understand how difficult this has been and understand the challenges as they get up and running again.

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bhan
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very very good all around.

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Ihearyou
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish fry Friday!!! Thanks everyone. This is our go-to place!

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vipmommieschu
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service!

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vipSimonjw2
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We arrived at 5:45 PMfor our reservation. The booth setting for 4 people is some what tight and difficult with appetizers and other dishes. The food was very good. The one exception is the rib-eye. It was very thin and thus difficult to cook properly. The other steaks served to the others were very good. The waitress was outstanding. However, I was less than happy with the floor manager. We finished our meal at 7:45 PM. Normally we are in and out f a full service restaurant in less than 90 minutes. However, the wait time for the food was a bit long. Their fault not ours. We promptly paid our bill when given it and sat for approximately 3 minutes and getting ready to leave. The floor manager approached us at that time and said they were backed up and asked if we would mind leaving now. I understand the situation. However, given it was less than 3 minutes and the table next to us was there a fair amount of time prior to our arrival and had finished well before we had was not given the same request. To top it off, m son and I went to the men's room. As my son departed, one man remarked to another how unmannerly my son was for wearing shorts into a restaurant. His clothes were clean, pressed and perfectly presentable. I let the man know he was talking about my son and said he appeared to be a pompous and rude individual and the one that lacked manners. Nice night except for the last few minutes. So much for ambiance. I was just there the previous week with my daughter and her husband. It was the normal very good time. I have been a patron for many years and would recommend it to a friend. However, I may take my patronage elsewhere.

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vippsh2
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to be back at Axel’s for the first time in a year! Same lovely food, warm, friendly ambiance, great server (Traci) and all around good time!

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Catherine
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very good, Jordan. Food was hot and not overcooked.

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AVdiners
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Axel's is a bit overlooked but has a nice limited menu of good food options.

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vipLola
Minneapolis
103 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were outstanding! I had the Sirloin, cooked medium. It was very flavorful and cooked to perfection! My companion had the Cioppino and he LOVED it! Our server was EXCELLENT and the entire staff at Axel's are so friendly and professional. Between the food and the staff, you can't beat Axel's! And they are doing a wonderful job of social distancing and mask wearing- we feel very safe there.

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kapo
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always top notch.

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ChrisW
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as always. Wonderful staff and a cozy atmosphere.

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Axel's River Grille - Mendota is rated 4.5 stars by 1439 OpenTable diners.

Axel's River Grille - Mendota does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://axelsrestaurants.com/axels-gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.