Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.4
1672 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 1672 people are saying
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vipJIMs
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family fantastic!!!

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vipTgal
Denver
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Stopped in for dinner on a weekday. Place seems to have a regular crowd. The interior is very dark and dated. Needs a bit of a facelift. Was excited to try their famous walleye. Did the “supper club” offering. Caesar salad had brown lettuce, baked potato was not hot and walleye had a lot of bones in it. Very disappointing!

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AnneMarieD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss this hidden gem! Classic dishes excellently prepared without fanfare or unexpected ingredients. Outstanding!

KJ
KellyJ
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love Axels as one of the best supper clubs in the Twin Cities. Usually have a great dining experience, but last night our server seemed completely disinterested. Drinks came late or not at all and just overall, we felt a bit neglected. That is usually NOT the case at Axels, so it stood out to us. Otherwise, food was great.

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toms
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

I ordered the Friday fish special. There were no substitutes allowed. The shrimp cod and walleye were good bit veryheabily breaded. I think there should be a grilled option. My partner was very very happy with the fillet

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BobJ
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our cocktails were a bit weak and risotto wasn't correct temperature and lacked flavor. Steak was very good but the horseradish tater tot seemed to be missing the horseradish, just a regular tater tot.

Waiter was excellent, attentive and we didn't feel rushed. Love the interior ambience and noice level was excellence.

Disappointed in the food for this visit.

JI
vipJIMs
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the old world feel at Axels, great food and service!!

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Deano
Minneapolis
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Axel's is our go to place. This time was not as good as usual. Service was slow but staffing is probably short. The onion rings were not very good still hard. The rest of our food was as usual outstanding. But we had 5 people and our food did not come out all together. Our server was friendly and absolutely doing her best. The menu is still very small since the pandemic. Hopefully the menu will expand soon. This was an unusual experience and hopefully a one time fluke. We will still go back as one mediocre dinner does not replace all the excellent ones we have had at Axel's

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vipSunnyJenny
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I requested a booth, the host had to ask another host if I could have a booth. The restaurant was not very busy. The first server I had was rude and ignored me often. I requested a different server. Second server was much better. The Roseville location had better service and the food was better over there vs the Mendota location. The soup I had was chicken dumpling soup which could have been called celery soup instead. More celery in the soup than any other ingredients, two pieces of small chicken and two dumplings. I wouldn’t order that again. The best food item I had was the popovers! The stroganoff entree was ok.

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None
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Horrible service last night. Wait staff was extremely slow.

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Brad
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always solid menu that doesn't change much

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Mimi
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never had a less than stellar experience at Axel’s.

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vipLola
Minneapolis
117 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were excellent! The Old Fashions were perfect and the wine was great. Our server, Cheri, was OUTSTANDING!!!

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LoriK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience when dining at Axel’s on Friday night. The drinks were great and the dinner was awesome! Our server Melissa was so helpful in her suggestions. It was a nice night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Terrible. What has happened to Axels?
All around food, service, value, terrible. Even the hostess/seating process terrible. So disappointing.

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Sassafrass
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meals tremendously. The wine selections were nice. Our server was knowledgeable and professional.
We found the atmosphere okay, too noisy.

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Bell
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Initial greeting was friendly and prompt but it took an hour to get a chicken sandwich and a burger. Popovers are excellent!

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MikeY
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our first time to axels Mendota. Everything was great her server was personable and she was training and she was doing a very good job. Food was good everything was hot well season. Only complaint was it was cold and there was a draft the wind blowing on us full-time I had to keep my jacket on.

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BillS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This used to be a reliable place but maybe have some staff issues. Last two times I have been there has not been good. Food took almost an hour to arrive. Popovers were cold. Veggies and mashed potatoes were cold. We were outside and by the time we got our food it was so dark we couldn’t even see it. Ended up taking it all to go home. Price of meals was high and nothing remarkable. I really used to live this place but sadly don’t think I will be back.

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance and menu. Almost perfect service. The only issue was the ribs, which the server sold hard. Very tough. No way to eat with a fork (which I was told you could) and the lousy butter knife. Wanted a steak knife but the server never stopped back. I managed to get two bites off, then gave up.

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NickiH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, Excellent atmosphere & Excellent food. Great place for any celebration.

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JimG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was the best cut of meat I have had in some time and that includes some higher end restaurants, also south of the river.

And, a real key to our night was fortunately being seated again in Jordan's area. He had four tables, including one for ten, but kept his great attitude and efficiency.

I was disappointed when the white table cloths went away, but the food is still exceptional.

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress, Karla, was wonderful. The food was great as always. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! Old school supper club atmosphere with a menu that does not disappoint! The cioppino with walleye is amazing! Ask for Jackie as your server!

JM
vipJulieM
Minneapolis
70 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their martinis and coconut shrimp with the marmalade!

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Mauiartist
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mussels need a better sauce not enough butter and wine. You should want to dunk your bread in it. Steak was excellent, risotto and shrimp was excellent. Service was outstanding, Roxy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, beautiful atmosphere, and outstanding customer service!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Everything was well prepared, fresh, and service was top notch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The waitress was amazing! Next time someone should order more filets and carrot cake.

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RayL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seating and service was slow. We had a reservation but had to 10 minutes for a table even though there were many open tables. The bartender was slow and unfriendly.

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VirginiaC
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The servings were generous, the service was friendly and helpful, and the noise level was perfect for a table of four to carry on a conversation.

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vipBeentheredonethat
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Unfortunately Axel's has really slipped since I was last here pre-Covid. Service was very poor despite our servers best efforts. 15 mins to get acknowledged or a glass of water after sitting down. 20+ mins to have our bottle of wine to the table once ordered. Dirty salad dishes sitting in front of us for 20+ minutes. It seemed that they had too many tables per server with no one bussing any tables. Also restaurant appeared a bit dirty and the men's room was a mess. Axel's needs to raise their game quickly or they will find themselves on top of the dust bin of once good and unique venues.

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KMsss
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While visiting mnpls. We love to eat at Axels in Mendota! It is our number 1 favorite place to eat and enjoy while we visit the twin cities! Best restaurant in mnpls. Area!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Date night!

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vipLola
Minneapolis
118 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were three people n our party. Two of us had the sirloin and they were both cooked to perfection. Our other friend had the cioppino and she said it was scrumptious. Roxanne, our server, was outstanding! The Manager and the Assistant Manager stopped by to talk to us and made us feel very welcomed and appreciated. GREAT evening at Axel's!

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DAVIDW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was wonderful as always !! Thanks for the great food and service.

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Jonathan
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the muscles appetizer is a favorite. All the wait staff are great, but our favorite is Jill!

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pouchpoet
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great traditional "supper club" menu and they do it right! Great service, Good bar and the back room is relatively quiet...no problem keeping a conversation going here! 1/2 price bottles of wine are a good value.

DB
DavidB
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steak filet and the walleye were prepared perfectly, highly recommended. Service is very good, friendly and courteous staff members.

FAQs

Axel's River Grille - Mendota is rated 4.4 stars by 1672 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.