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Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.4
630 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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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"
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Easter Brunch 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(651) 686-4840
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ashlee Casillas
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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.
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Private party contact
Melissa Frenzel: (888) 331-5842
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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.
Please call 651-237-9439 or email events@axelsbonfire.com to get more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
D Street
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Parking details
Axel's - Mendota offers parking in our private lot and street side parking as well.
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Special events & promotions
All You Can Eat Snow Crab Legs every Tuesday night.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom this year with Axel's. Axel's Brunch Buffet featuring Signature Dishes and Traditional Breakfast items will create lasting memories this year. Buffet Available from 10am-3pm. Regular Dinner Menu available from 4pm-9pm

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 630 People Are Saying
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always good food and waitresses

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Had a great table in the back room for our group of 7! Lovely bday dinner! Steak done to perfection!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

As always, Axel's NEVER lets us down. The food was scrumptious, and perfectly prepared. And the service, from Michelle, was outstanding! Axel's is our favorite!!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I love Axel's. It's my favorite restaurant. I love the food and it's so cozy, I want to live inside the restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Fond memories of Linda....I know she's still pleased with the legacy she left there....

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Server Michelle provided a wonderful dining experience.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I've never had a bad meal at this location. Wonderful staff and food is always done just right. The only disappointment on this visit was their signature pop-overs. I always remembered them as being fresh and perfect. On this visit, they were microwaved and soggy...no thanks. Still, that would not keep me from returning. The appetizers are especially great.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always a great meal. Good for a nice catch up with friends and family... summer time great spot for patio seating.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I am never disappointed at the Mendota Axel's. Service was great, both at the bar and at the table. Attentive but not intrusive staff. The menu offers great options. Steaks are done as ordered, vegetables are never soggy. One my favorite places for lunch, dinner, brunch or happy hour.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The waitress was the best, the walleye was fantastic. Went for our anniversary and had a good time. Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was as well. We were seated immediately. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions. The food came out quickly, was hot, and presented well on the plate. We will be going back soon.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My party and I attended the Easter brunch. Although I love going to dinner at Axels, we'll never go back for the Easter brunch. Not enough to choose from for the $34 apiece. Could've thrown in a complimentary beverage (coke, coffee, tea, juice) with that price. Need more dinner entrees for folks going later in the day, including a bigger selection of salads and some hot vegetables. Too many egg dishes and french toast sticks. Some fresh made waffles would be nice for the breakfast crowd.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were there for the Easter buffet. My husband understands that it is difficult to get good seafood in MN, however your assortment was embarrassing. The prime rib was impossible to enjoy due to the knives provided with the table setting. We could not cut through the meat. Some of the fruit was very good while other pieces weren’t ripe. The salads were soggy due to too much salad dressing. The ribs, eggs and potatoes were good.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Amazing food and genuinely friendly service!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We went for Crab night and it was awesome. Our server Michelle was superb and really made our night. One of Mendota’s fun spots for great food.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent food & service every time.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

First time having brunch here. Nice booths in the bar area. Food was good as well as service. Really like having the choice of a popover or pecan roll to start brunch.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Michelle wonderful server

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Birthday lunch for me and my cousin

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Second time around. First time was a fantastic happy hour. This time a midday Sunday meal -a mixed bag. Friend’s steak and eggs were fantastic. My chicken, with sauce was disappointing. Very heavy with garlic in the white sauce. Menu indicated mushrooms with sauce and didn’t see a one. Replaced with halved grapes. Chicken on the dry side. Kale coleslaw had good flavor but was soggy. Caesar salad was decent and dressing was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food with Great service. The atmosphere was nice but next time I’ll ask for a booth since the table were a bit crowded.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food was absolutely scrumptious! Both of our meals were delicious and cooked to perfection. Our server, Sam, was outstanding. She was extremely attentive, professional and very friendly- great personality. The entire staff at Axel's, from Louise, the Manager, to the people at the front, to our favorite servers- Michelle, Sam, Maria, Theresa and Greta, are all OUTSTANDING!!! Everyone there makes you feel so welcome and special. We love Axel's- the food, the service, the ambiance and the value. You can't beat it!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Service was great food was good

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The place is charming from the manager greeting on through dinner. It's a little old school in its approach with low lighting and mill work interior, but it all adds up to a great little spot for quiet conversation and good food.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Service, food and ambience were great as usual. No complaints!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

3 steaks and all three were under-cooked. 2 sent back. 1 was not hot, luke warm....should have sent that one back too. Popovers were doughy, baked potato looked terrible...skin had odd color. Green beans were excellent.

We had a reservation for 4. They put us at a table for 6. So noisy, it made it very difficult to hear across the table. Will not go back.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very nice all around! Very nice all around! Very nice all around! Very nice all around! Very nice all around! Very nice all around! Very nice all around! Very nice all around!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Five of us met for a birthday dinner at 5 p.m. on a Friday. We had a great table and a great waitress, Michelle. We never felt rushed. The drinks were good, the food was good, and the service was excellent. Can't think of a thing to complain about.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I enjoyed the filet and lobster tail. The salad and french onion soup was great. The Brussel sprouts were not cooked long enough and had a weird tang to them. I did not enjoy them nor did I like the risotto side dish. Overall I enjoyed my meal. Service was great!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Fantastic service, and great food for the price. They were super attentive, and the whole staff helped each other's tables.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The shrimp Risotto was way overboard on fishy taste, the risotto was thick and pasty.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Love Axels...love the old Supper Club feel to it. Michelle was our Server -she rocked it!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had another great time at Axel's. Nice ambiance, good drinks, great food, and awesome service.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Always a treat to dine at this Twin Cities icon, particularly on a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Really enjoyed the dinner. It wasn't special but it was good all around. It was truly enhanced by our server Terri who was attentive and friendly.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Greta was our server and she was fantastic. We had reservations at 6:00 and were seated on time.
We were there for the all the crab legs you wanted to eat, and we did just that! Great green beans too!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Our table had walleye,coconut shrimp and salmon. All was excellent. Wait staff are excellent. Parking is easy. Great happy hour menu

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Our go to restaurant for all special events. The service is usually top notch and most of the menu items are as well. Avoid the Tues crab leg special. They are over priced and not very good.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Lunch with a business contact/mentor was great. The food was very good, especially the popovers. Our server, Sydney was fabulous.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The steaks were average at best but all other food was good. Service is always friendly!

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