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Axel's River Grille - Mendota, Mendota, MN

Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.2
4.2
2373 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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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steak, Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:00 am–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (651) 686-4840
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Catering
    AXELS Mendota has two private dining spaces. The Sun Room can accommodate up to 50 guests and the Mendota Room can accommodate up to 75 guests.<br />Please call 651-237-9439 or email events@axelsbonfire.com to get more information.
  • Private party facilities
    It is our passion and way of life to provide exceptional service to our guests. In order to provide the superior service we expect for our guests, we begin by creating a warm, and respectful environment in which our team members can thrive. Service is not a one-time effort. It is a way of life.
  • Private party contact
    Melissa Frenzel: (888) 331-5842
  • Neighborhood
    Saint Paul
  • Cross street
    D Street
  • Parking details
    Axel's - Mendota offers parking in our private lot and street side parking as well.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Happy Hour! (3 PM - 6 PM)

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Tue - 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Enjoy $7 Appetizers and $2 off Cocktails, Wine and Beer! (3 PM - 6 PM ONLY)

  • Happy Hour! (3 PM -6 PM)

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - Fri - 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Enjoy $7 Appetizers and $2 off Cocktails, Wine, and Beer

What 2,373 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Overall

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Food

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Service

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Ambiance

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Best Value

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Good for groups

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Neighborhood gem

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Good for special occasions

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Lively

  • Twin Cities / St. Paul

    Most Booked

2,373 Reviews
  1. JWK1

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate a birthday. Our server was attentive and energetic. Our food was tasty. We always enjoy coming here.

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  2. PaulaB

    Minneapolis

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    seating and service was excellent. We had the fish fry dinner which is very good for $25.00. You get soup or salad, popovers and the entree is two pieces of cod, two jumbo shrimp and a piece of walleye along with green beans and shoestring fries. I had a glass of wine at happy price. They were totally out of N/A beer, however. Always enjoy Axel's!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Nice booth to sit and visit in. And a great server who was kind enough to let us visit. Thank you all!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Roxy was the best! She had personality, authenticity and a great sense of humor. Wonderful people who are passionate about what they do!!! Total pleasure meeting her. Oh the food was delicious too!!! we love this place.

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  5. PatrickR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time at Axel’s though my wife had been once before. What a refreshing change from most restaurants to not feel rushed. We took our time eating with an Appetizer course, then rolls were brought out, then salad, then entree. We enjoyed our drinks and had a little time courses. I loved it. We shared the Crabcakes for an appetizer and they were big could almost share with four people. We both had the sirloin with salad and two sides. Food was all quite good and we are already making plans to return.

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  6. CNMarshall

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely worth the price! Friendly staff and great food, it’s the perfect place for any occasion you have to splurge! Can’t recommend enough!

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  7. BanuP

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and Service esas great, but the dining area was very dark.. and the music was very silent

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  8. KarenM

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered walleye and it had many small bones which I had to pick out of my mouth continuously. I will never order the walleye again. Our waitress was wonderful! I did not tell her about the fish. She probably saw the fish left on my plate. I had been to Axels the previous week and told my friend how wonderful it was. He ordered the shrimp and said it was not that great. I love the environment. Very comfortable, relaxing. We enjoyed each other’s company but dinner was very so so.

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  9. Honeybee

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great variety of food. You can go with either the supper club experience or something else. Extensive drink menu. Top notch servers.

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  10. Tess

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great clubby atmosphere. Food is delish. Wait staff are excellent, especially Greta.

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  11. JenniferM

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very lovely valentines day dinner. It was quite busy but everything was great.

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  12. StacyD

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience tonight for Valentines Day! Greta was our waitress and she was outstanding. She made our dinner memorable with her sparkling personality! We would go back to see Greta!! Thanks Greta for making us smile!!!

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  13. MelMel

    Minneapolis

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent, as usual. The French onion soup, bull bites, coconut shrimp and popovers did not disappoint! I was pretty full by the time my entree arrived but I still had to have a few bites of my Parmesan crusted walleye, asparagus, and risotto before boxing it to take home. Service was on point, especially on such a busy night. It was Valentine’s Day and there were a lot of people waiting in the foyer. The hostess seemed a bit frazzled and was a little short with a few people. But no one seemed too bothered. Would absolutely go back for another special occasion or on a regular night.

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  14. Deb3

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While it was worth it, we had to wait 45 minutes past our reservation time. The restaurant was slammed and people were not leaving. But the food and service were great as always. The noise level in the vaulted room made it almost impossible to talk at our table. Won’t sit there again. But still a good time overall.

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  15. jfatlegs

    Minneapolis

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always loved our visits to Axel’s, It is a classic! Great food, drinks, and service! Roxanne was wonderful and made sure we were welll tended to.

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  16. ConnieH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our ladies lunch. Great food and service! We had a chance to sit and catch up with each other.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch with delicious food and d great service!

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  18. TomR

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classic menu and ambience with great service. NOT a noisy, serve yourself fast-food style place.

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  19. Cathr

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very grateful to the wait staff !Lunch special was a good value!

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  20. LizD

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Two of us had the Halibut and one had the Walleye - all the fish was fishy and did not have much flavor at all. And, for the third time in a row I've been there, for some reason, they could not produce popovers, we had a bread basket instead - a main attraction yet again missed. I love Axel's but this was a disappointing night.

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  21. DavidB

    Omaha

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Seemed as though there weren’t enough servers for the amount of customers. We didn’t get our popovers that we typically are greeted with and had to ask for them. My baked potato had a large black center and had to be sent back for a refresh. They used to have paper table covers on the table, now bare tables. Not the same standard as a few years ago. However, once all the food was in place it was very good.

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  22. WendyM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed that popovers were not available. The main reason we went there! French onion soup excellent. Prime rib and walleye also superb. Service was slow. No paper towels in women's room. Not up to the usual standard of service.

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  23. BrandB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Waited over 45 minutes for our food after ordering and when it finally arrived it was obvious it had been sitting for a while. Sides were cold and steaks were barely room temp.

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  24. Tracy

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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  25. TimJ

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks. Some parts of the early items prior to our dinner were delayed or long between each part. Food was great and we love the food and drinks. Carrot cake is amazing.

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  26. KarenT

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Busy evening. Service was good but slow from kitchen.

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  27. DonnaR

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was awesome. The food was delicious - and very reasonably priced for the lunch menu. Axel’s is one of my favorite restaurants!

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  28. BrandonB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Just went for an anniversary dinner which we mentioned in our online reservation but no one ever said anything about (which is fine). They sat us in the bar area but instead of offering a booth they tried sitting us in the middle tables with open booths all around us which was quite annoying. The service was fine but nothing special. As far as food, the appetizers were the best part (Bull Bites very good). For dinner we had the salmon which was cooked perfect but it was unseasoned not even with salt or pepper. The same could be said for the asparagus. The filet we ordered was better but still nothing special and you could easily replicate at home. I used to love going to Axels over the years but it’s definitely dropped off and I don’t plan on going back anytime soon.

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  29. JanP

    Alabama

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great service. I wasn’t sure which wine I wanted. Our server helped me pick a couple and then she brought me samples to help decide. I had halibut. It was great. The others each had steaks. All loved it. And they raved about desserts too. I was too full.

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  30. Deano

    Minneapolis

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 4 had a great time! Being just us women we were able to take our time and chat Our server gave us plenty of time and she was very pleasant My only complaint would be your website showed seafood risotto but it was not in the menu! I was very disappointed as I was looking forward to having that! But all our dishes were excellent! Still one of my favorite places to dine

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Such a disappointment. The service took forever-our reservation was for 7pm and we sat at the bar for 30 minutes until our table was ready. Got seated at 7:30, but didn’t have food until 8:30. They ran out of 3 different menu items that we ordered and then by the time our food arrived it was bland and our orders were incorrect. Such a disappointing dining experience-will not be back.

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  32. RebeccaP

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our reservation was at 7. Checked in at 6:50. Seated after 7:30. Hostess never said a word to us during our wait. Ordered the prime rib. Over an hour after ordering they told us they were out of prime rib. Food was underseasoned and luke warm and brought to the table at 9pm with no apps ordered. Waitress was overwhelmed but nice and apologetic. Our bill was comped except the drinks which was a nice gesture. Not sure I would go back and try again. Overrated.

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  33. JimM

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was nice. Great service and the food was good. Prices were pretty reasonable.

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  34. Sbwright

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great waitress most attentive. Fish and steak dishes were good yet the prime rib sandwich was a miss. It gets a bit loud yet not to the point you can’t hear your table. Little pricey yet I am a you get what you pay for person.

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  35. joanmg

    Minneapolis

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best walleye in town served with wonderful sides and great and friendly service

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  36. ShariH

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants! Very cozy on a winter day for meeting a friend for lunch . Options from the dessert tray to celebrate a birthday are a true extravagance .

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the popovers and old school classic ambiance and menu items!

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  38. DukePat

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Tables close together, nice deco art. Server couldn't hear well. Asked for strawberry lemonade and they said lemonade? Asked for fresh cracked pepper for beet salad and didn't bring it. Then asked for cracked pepper for risotto and got it. Risotto was underseasoned. Asparagus was difficult to cut, undercooked.

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  39. Tess

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, quiet and clubby atmosphere. Service is stellar. Go to place for a quick drink and app or a peaceful dinner.

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  40. SMSMAS

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Waited at least 10 minutes for the hostess to come out of the kitchen. Got seated in a booth with tape on the leather bench as it was ripped. Food was "OK", however for the price you pay, it should be phenomenal. Wait staff was pleasant, but can't get past the wait staff picking up dirty dishes from other tables then bringing out your food with those same hands. We used to love this place, but the charm has simply gone by the wayside.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings

FAQs

Axel's River Grille - Mendota is rated 4.2 stars by 2373 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Axel's River Grille - Mendota

1318 Highway 13, Mendota, MN 55150

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    D Street
  • Neighborhood
    Saint Paul
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:00 am–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steak, Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Axel's - Mendota offers parking in our private lot and street side parking as well.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (651) 686-4840
  • Catering
    AXELS Mendota has two private dining spaces. The Sun Room can accommodate up to 50 guests and the Mendota Room can accommodate up to 75 guests.<br />Please call 651-237-9439 or email events@axelsbonfire.com to get more information.
  • Private party facilities
    It is our passion and way of life to provide exceptional service to our guests. In order to provide the superior service we expect for our guests, we begin by creating a warm, and respectful environment in which our team members can thrive. Service is not a one-time effort. It is a way of life.
  • Private party contact
    Melissa Frenzel: (888) 331-5842
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