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About Axel's River Grille - Mendota

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"

1318 Highway 13
Mendota, MN 55150
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, American

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

Cross Street:
D Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 686-4840

Website:
http://www.axelsrestaurants.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Axel's - Mendota offers parking in our private lot and street side parking as well.

Executive Chef:
Ashlee Casillas

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

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
All You Can Eat Snow Crab Legs every Tuesday night.

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Axel's River Grille - Mendota Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (71)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Good for Birthdays (51)
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Good for a Date (47)
Cozy (43)
Romantic (40)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Business Meals (37)
Good for Groups (35)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Worth the Drive (35)
Authentic (30)
Comfort Food (28)
Great for Lunch (24)
Casual (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Fun (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Great for Brunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
People Watching (6)
Seasonal (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Sports (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent meal as usually, the staff and service is always exceptional. worth the money for a great consistent meal...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined 5 days ago

We come a lot on Saturdays for lunch and Sunday brunch we like everything about this restaurant food...service....

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Our evening was excellent . We frequently go to Alex’s and are never disappointed!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

I meet with two gal pals for lunch here every few months. We love the service and the great food. We always stay way too long talking but the wait staff is always polite and does not bug us. The food selections are very good and cooked to perfection. Prices are excellent. I highly recommend. I had an Axel's burger with melted brie, smoked bacon and grilled onions, with tons of delicious vinegar seasoned (?) french fries. ($15.00 - worth it!) . SO good. When my friend accidentally took my doggie bag home with half my burger, I shed a tear.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

We've been coming to Axel's in Mendota for 20+ years, mostly for early evening and weekend get-togethers with friends. We usually dine on appetizers and maybe a soup or salad. Axel's is top in these categories. The wait staff is friendly and competent and the noise level encourages conversation.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We meet here once a month as a book club. We enjoy the food, the ambience and the absolutely wonderful service!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had Sunday lunch. I had the Omelet and my godchild had Eggs Oscar. We both enjoyed the food and of course the Popover. I had never been to this Axel,s although I have gone by it many times on the bike trail. It is fun driving to Mendoza because my parents brought me down there often when I was a child. Thank you for a lovely linch

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Unfortunately, we waited 45 minutes to be seated with a 7:15 reservation. The small entrance was packed with people and all were seated far after their "reserved" time. It seems the management would prefer to extend their dinner rush and pack in more customers than to honor punctuality and customers evening plans.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

While the meal and the service was excellent, we were seated 35 minutes after our reservation time. We were going to dinner for my dad’s 77th birthday and ended up having to stand nearly the entire time waiting for a table which is a long time time to require some people to stand. Also, I had specifically requested a table (not a booth) on my reservation, and when they finally went to seat us, we were led to a booth. This then led to another 10 minute wait while we waited for an actual table to open up. I understand this is a popular restaurant for many reasons and often for special occasions. While we will most likely return, we won’t go on a weekend night or for a special occasion again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a reservation for 6:15 and wasn’t seated until 7:20. There was no sincere apology or any comps.

This will be my last trip for dinner

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

It seemed like they were understaffed for a busy Friday night. We were seated on time with our reservation but the rest of the service was so slow. The coconut shrimp and the accompanying rice was overcooked and not as good as usual. Prime rib was sub par. The back room corner was so dark, even young 20/20 eyes needed to use a phone flashlight to read the menus! Overall, just not as good as it has been in the past.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Have been enjoying Axels for many years. Tonight's visit was a less than exceptional experience. Food had to be replaced as original selection was not edible and the flow of the dining experience was ruined. The service was not timely either. Hope this was a one time event for what i consider the standard bearer for supper club dining experience.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food and reliably good service. Somewhat old fashioned, but always an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our second time going to Axels. Our server, Nicole, was on the spot with our drinks and order. Our food was exactly to specification (we each requested one thing about our meals), and was very tasty! The coconut shrimp was huge and perfectly cooked. Everything was great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Seven of us met for lunch. We worked together decades ago. We were there for two and a half hours and never felt pressured to leave. Great place to have a nice lunch gathering.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

As usual Axel's did not disappoint. Very good food, quiet ambiance and excellent service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fun date night for Christmas Eve.
Steak was too rare. Sent back & still quite rare.
Worth another try.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Lovely quiet Christmas Eve dinner just the two of us. Everything about the evening was wonderful. Thank you, Axel's.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very warm & cost atmosphere. Great food. Little disappointed that they didn’t offer their dinner menu on Christmas Eve. We did have a good menu not just what we went there for I should have asked as we would have gone somewhere else that served a full menu. Love their steaks & lobster & Sea Bass. Next time.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fabulous food with great atmosphere. Step up booths line the wall, lots of mirrors and mood lighting. Dinner at Axels in Mendota Heights is always such a treat! Yummy popovers start your meal and many signature dishes were enjoyed at our table. From the Wedge salad to Axel’s Famous Walleye. Their Holiday Peppermint cheesecake was delicious!! Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Axel’s food never disappoints. Atmosphere is lovely. Service is consistently great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Had a wonderful time. Arrived early after a game but were seated right away. Good food and service

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Authentic, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Springfield)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always enjoy the service, food, ambience. Busy, Holiday crowd, yet still an enjoyable experience.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I have dined at this restaurant three or four times in the last year for business dinners. I have always had very good service and quality entrees. The menu is decent with the usual assortment of steaks, fish and other foods. Steaks have always been the perfect temperature, and the French Onion soup is some of the best I have had. Overall, this is a safe, predictable restaurant where I know my party will have a good experience. The staff is always accommodating, and the ambiance and decor is very nice. When full, the restaurant can be a bit loud, but so can any place a person goes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had a great server. It was quite loud, but the restaurant was busy with people celebrating the holidays. They make a great Bloody Mary, but the food is always hit or miss. The hit this time was the salmon...it was cooked perfectly. The miss was the roasted veggies which were cold, hard and tasteless.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Was good food, but not any better than I could do at home.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Lovely experience, good food, generous portion of protein (salmon, seafood). The dining room was decorated beautifully, a great place to celebrate the holiday and catch up with friends!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A favorite spot to eat whether it is brunch, lunch, or dinner. We had brunch today. The food flavors were good but I thought the food temp was luke warm. I know they would have heated it if I asked. I was just surprised since we were early and it wasn't crowded. Service is always excellent, all staff friendly, and the atmosphere is warm.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our server, Jen, was outstanding. She was knowledgeable about all aspects of the food and drink menu, maintained a positive professional demeanor and attended to the timing of all aspects of the evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food and service, wonderful staff. My wine was excellent and we recommend the walley app that is fantastic!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great ambience, food and service. One of our favorites.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Love this resultant. Never had an issue in the past and this our go to for business lunches however this time my Crab cakes were cold.

They were really busy at the time so I didn't send it back

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We had great service and were warmly welcomed. We felt the portions were ridiculously huge...we felt it was a bit of a 50's place. For example, the rib eye steak was enough for 2 or more people...and the pot roast was a bit salty. We do not plan to return regrettably.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were at Axel's for a cousins dinner. The food was wonderful and the wait staff was terrific. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great location, great food, great service, i would eat there again.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Sweet 16 Dinner

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We always enjoy coming for our anniversary , a special place to go. We enjoy the special of the crab legs on Tuesday.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great holiday ambiance, the food was excellent. We loved the popovers, soup and entrees. We appreciated the healthy sides, vegetables and quinoa wild rice, too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We go to Axel's frequently and were delighted that they had added a few new things to their menu. We both had the "new" pork chop and it was absolutely out f this world! SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Our service was also truly outstanding! It was the perfect "holiday date night!"

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Probably one of the best meals in the Twin Cities. Have been going to this place for about 25 years. Seldom disappointed.

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