Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.4
1376 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.

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Special menus

  • Lobster Tail Special

    Nov 11, 2020 - Nov 11, 2021
    Reserve Your Tail! Limited offerings only on Saturdays! We offer a 12oz cold water lobster tail entrée served with salad and two sides for $56. Or add a tail on the side for $48. (once you have made your reservation, we may reach out to you to verify the number of lobster tails being reserved. You can also call the restaurant for more details!) PLEASE Make your reservation by 4 PM Saturday to ensure we have your Lobster Tail Reserved

Offers

Happy Hour! (3 PM - 6 PM)

Starting Jul 16, 2020 · Sun 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Mon - Thu 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Fri - Sat 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Enjoy $7 Appetizers and $2 off Cocktails, Wine and Beer! (3 PM - 6 PM ONLY)

Crabby Tuesday!

Starting Sep 15, 2020 · Tue 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM
All you can eat snow crab legs served with one of our famous pop overs & choice of soup, salad, potato, or vegatable. Available 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM while supplies last! Only on Tuesday!
What 1376 people are saying
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KellyC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love Axel’s!! The ambiance is so relaxing in an upscale way. The food is delicious and so are the drinks!! The staff is attentive and personable. I can’t wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great and the food delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melt-in-your-mouth popovers and steak cooked to perfection!

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vipCarrieP
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner the night before the spring 2020 COVID shutdown at Axels & we thought it was fitting to have dinner again the night before the Winter 2020 shutdown. We just love Axels. Great service & great food. Wish them nothing but the best during these crazy times!

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vipJeffreyR
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great place for a great meal with super service.

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JACKIEB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

everything was good up until we found hair in the middle of the walleye.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Roxanne was very friendly and personable. Got us our drinks quickly and brought our food out just as quick! Our new favorite place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Completely disappointed. Took my daughter there for her birthday. We order two beef filets medium rare. Had to send both back - both undercooked, one was nearly raw throughout the center. My replacement filet was butterflied which made it tough. The cut of meat was not good quality - sinewy. Not a good filet mignon. Not worth $42. Won’t be back.

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vipGrantP
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delightful evening out with my fiancé. The food tasted amazing, especially the butternut squash puree with the scallops. We were fortunate to have a trainee working with us and he was attentive and provided great service.

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AnitaB
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Patio table was crooked. Food was great. Service was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Prime rib was awful - took 2 bites and couldn’t chew it was so tough.

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RhondaW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday !

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vipLola
Minneapolis
89 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Sirloin and my husband had the Cioppino. Both of our meals were scrumptious! The service was outstanding, as always! Axel's NEVER disappoints! And we feel extremely safe there. They are doing an excellent job of social distancing and disinfecting! We look forward to going back!

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DonM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had to send baked potato back cause it was cold. Value could be better. I would expect AT LEAST meat and potatoes as an entree. Here to get a potato with your meat you need to pay extra or order the higher priced choice. Will probably go elsewhere next time I’m hungry for a good steak dinner. Actually wish there was a Longhorn Steakhouse here.

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BethB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated mother in-law 86 birthday. Wonderful place. Will definitely come back.

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NancyK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an awesome evening at Axels Wonderful food, great waitress and ambience! Look forward to returning soon!

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vipStrider
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This was the only reservation we could find on short notice. Now we know why. The biggest issue was the Saturday special lobster tail which you had to preorder. The preorder wasn't an issue. When this was delivered it was obviously under cooked. In addition to that, the sides ordered were incorrect. When the correct side, a baked potato, was delivered we asked for extra butter. The server's response was to use the butter another person had at the table.

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Ihearyou
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lobster special! Terrific, friendly service. Please bring back a rib special dinner too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going to Axel's. Great food and great people; staff and customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, delicious popovers before your meal & the Walleye was outstanding!!

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Deano
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. Samantha our server was very attentive and helpful with menu suggestions. We were never rushed and treated very well. Always a great go to for great food and service

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DanW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered the walleye which is highly renowned, but mine was served less than hot as well as the asparagus which was under-cooked that came with it. Should of sent it back, but that would of disturbed the special atmosphere of celebrating my wife's birthday.

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PatrickF
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Location was nice, but the food and service were not great. Food was overcooked and the server was not very attentive. Disappointing especially on a Saturday night.

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CurtisO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This used to be a staple for us. Not only did they limit their menu, the Prime Rib was dry and the steaks wasn’t the quality we were used to. Great service and atmosphere though.

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Michael
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall the food and service was fantastic. My only complaint there is the Alfredo Potatoes were over-cooked.

In my opinion, a 400% markup from what I would pay retail price for on a bottle of wine is little much.

If you order a Grasshopper after dinner ask for two straws because it is gigantic and easily serves two!

If social distancing is a concern for you they are doing a pretty good job. I would say mask compliance between guests and staff is 99%.

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Gutterninja
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. We went to try the Friday night fish special. It’s been a while since we have been to Axels. We were pleased with the evening out and enjoyed the pop overs that they serve. The special was only offered deep fried which was fine, but would have liked to be able to opt for different choices, but I get it because it was their special. Look forward to having another meal with Axels soon.

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vipNikiHunn
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was quite a great surprise! The ambiance was wonderful the food was delicious and even though there was a mishap with the preparation of my steak they were quick and happy to make it right!

We will definitely be back!!

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DAVIDW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axle’s never disappoints !! Love it there !!

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EricaH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall I'd say that the Axel's experience has gone more casual since the pandemic. Our dinner and cocktails were great, but lacked the usual upscale touches. The walleye and steak were high quality and well prepared. The menu seemed paired down (i.e. wild rice not given as a side dish option and the bacon on the wedge salad was not the thick cut kind). Also the popovers were not wrapped in linen napkins and delivered to our table lukewarm. I understand that restaurants are on survival mode and are doing what they need to do to make it, but it wasn't quite the same.

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JamesK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Had to be the poorest old fashion I ever had it was like drinking sugar water ,and manhattan was that great.

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vipwedgewoodnieghbor
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Scallops were very fishy tasting and smelling, filet was not only over cooked/dry but smelled and tasted like it was smoked. They did offer free dessert, but we expected way better food from an axels restaurant

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DACA
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had not been to Axels in several years. Wonderful service, wonderful food.
Nice to know some things don’t change!

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vipLola
Minneapolis
89 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful evening at Axel's! Our meals were scrumptious and Greta, our server, was excellent! Axel's never disappoints. We can't wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Classic.

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Designpolice
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow, but this seems to be the case everywhere we go these days.

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TomT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service. Love the online registration option.

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LauraG
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

In spite of my request for a quiet table in the rear dining room, we were originally seated in the bar just outside the restrooms—probably the worst table in the house. The second table was good, but why? Why did we have to go through the reseating, embarrassment & stress. At our second seating, the server was awesome and we enjoyed our evening. The drinks were good, the mussels, popovers, mushrooms, salads and steak were great. The walleye and lobster were fair, at best.

This restaurant has the possibility of being great, but rather consistently lacks quality food.

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Kristin
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience1

Unfortunately the quality of food has significantly declined. Our popovers were burnt and cold by the time we got them. The salads had lettuce that was brown and my potatoes came out still frozen in the middle. We were sat in the middle of a walkway so even though we were 6 feet from other tables everyone had to walk around our table to get into the room we were in. So unfortunate because we have been dining at Axels for years and loved celebrating our special occasions there.

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DinerH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. My only concern was the overall crowdedness during the COVID-19 era. Seemed like there was not enough distancing and that capacity was more than 50%. I won’t return during the pandemic.

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CharlesB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not what we remembered or expected. Service was great. Food was mediocre at best. Several of the onion rings were over cooked. The pop overs were slightly warm and over baked. Vegetables were over cooked and limp (asparagus and green beans). Sirloin steak was good but the accompanying garlic mashed potatoes were luke warm. Choppino was very good but over spiced, which we were not informed about. Walleye fingers and french fries were excellent.

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Axel's River Grille - Mendota is rated 4.4 stars by 1376 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.