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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.

Specials

All You Can Eat Crab Legs

Tuesdays from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Happy Hour

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Specials

All You Can Eat Crab Legs

Tuesdays from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

Enjoy all you can eat snow crab legs every Tuesday night from 4pm-9pm for $36.95. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Aug 15, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017 on Tuesdays from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Happy Hour

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Details

Get $2 off all cocktails, wine and beer. Appetizer specials. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Aug 15, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

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Axel's River Grille - Mendota Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Good for Birthdays (42)
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Good for a Date (41)
Business Meals (33)
Cozy (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Comfort Food (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Romantic (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Fun (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Casual (17)
Authentic (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Seasonal (3)
Healthy (2)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service, wonderful food! The server was very professional and kind

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

We have dined at axcels for many years mostly for sunday brunch which we found to be great.
we went for sunday dinner with two others and must say one meal was lacking (the prime rib)
some what tuff. the soup two French onion and one chicken dumpling was much to salty, we
couldn't finish it. The wallie and lobster was wonderful .

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

The best part of our meal was the chocolate Bailey’s cake. It was amazing. Steaks, salads, green beans, and popovers were good. Garlic mashed potatoes were dry and cold.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Our friends from Ireland enjoy Axel's fine dining. Great value.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

This is our favorite go to place for our anniversary. In the past we have gotten a nice complimentary dessert but that didn’t happen this time. It still deserves a 5 star review because the food is fabulous! My favorite is the wedge salad which is a meal in itself. My husband had the filet, which was done exactly as he ordered it, and he was able to cut it with his fork. Would highly recommend Axel’s. I know we will definitely be going back!

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Nice good food

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We went to dinner with family to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We always enjoy our meals at Axel's, and this was no exception. Our food was delicious, as usual.
I have to say that our server, Jen, was one of the very best we have ever had at Axel's . She made our evening special. Thanks Jen!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always great however I thought the sea bass was bland but everything else was superb

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Drinks great! Service great!
Food good. Don’t get me wrong it was really good but veggies were al dente and popovers were doughy. Wedge salad out of this world:)
And: Steaks were perfect!!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always a favorite among the people I introduce to this gem. Crabby Tuesday is where it is at. Always sit with Greta she is wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fun, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was great, service attentive but not intrusive, popovers were terrific too. Had walleye tasted great and sides done perfect. Just watch for fish bones as filets had some. Not restaurants fault, purveyor or processor maybe? Most of Walleyes (whole table had) was edible and delicious. Our neighborhood favorite still....

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I both got a little sick from undercooked poached eggs. That sounds terrible, but it's not uncommon. Not many places know how to poach an egg correctly. Ours were way under done but everything else was great. Service was wonderful very friendly. The rest of our food was really really good

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We arrived a bit early for our reservation so we had a drink in the cozy corner beside the bar area. My husband had delicious coconut shrimp and I enjoyed my meaty barbecued ribs. It was a good value.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My only disappointment for this visit was that I made a reservation for 715 and we didn’t get seated until after 8pm. That was disappointing, and the host did no give us updates on the wait time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Haven’t been there for a long time as it’s quite a ride for us but we will try to go more often as food, service and ambiance are great. Went there as a kid with my parents when it was the Parker House. It’s been updated, of course, but general atmosphere remains the same — great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was amazing as was our wait staff. Everything from the appetizers to dessert was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about all the dishes and very helpful in helping us pick out a different type of beverage.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner with my husband and daughter; we all enjoyed our entrees - filet mignon, surf and turf, and crabcakes. The food and service were very good

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Axel’s does a lot of things well. The waitstaff is always good, and the food is pretty dependable. But, our drinks were quite watery and there are just too many tables jammed into their space.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

You are my favorite restaurant. your food your service are all top shelf

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Hash browns dry. Eggs OK. Carmel roll and coffee delicious! Waiter fabulous: (Jordan).

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Made a last minute reservation and was delighted to receive a table, and a choice of table at that. Very nice. Always super to be greeted by Danny who is very welcoming. Service was good. A couple of us were disappointed by the walleye, especially since it's a 'signature' entrée. Too many sliced almonds dumped on top. Also, disappointed that not everyone at our table received a popover with their order. The popovers are such a fun item that they should be for everyone no matter what they order; it would then be most definitely be remembered and talked about (would be super on-going marketing...and cheap!).

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Axel's Mendota has been one of our favorite "go to's" for many years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I took my significant other out for his birthday, I really wanted to wine and dine him and he wanted all you can eat crab legs. I requested a good seat in my reservation and we got a great corner booth, were able to talk and hear each other easily and in addition to really enjoying the overall environment, our server was amazing and we never had to look for her once, the food was well done and at the end our server brought him a piece of complimentary cake for his birthday (which was to die for!). I was very happy with the overall experience and will gladly go back for special occasions as I can trust the service to be where I want it when I take someone out for a treat. I am also excited to try their new monthly chef's tasting menu night with a wine flight and any other excuse I can find to get back to this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place for Sunday Brunch. Excellent menu and reasonable prices

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent atmosphere along with excellent food and service. Truly enjoy the dining experience

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Casual supper club with delicious food, and big portions that guarantee a couple of meals from one order! Love this place, the wonderful servers and staff, and the great food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was wonderful, our server Sheri (spelling?) was terrific and a reasonable value. Only complaint is that the tables were too close, and every time the server went by they bumped our chair.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a really wonderful time! The service was superb (thank you, Dana)!. The food was really really good! Everything was just perfect!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Our book group goes to Axel’s once s month and we are always happy with the friendly service, excellent food and the freedom we have to spend as much time as we need to finish our discussion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Axel's has always been a go-to spot for us because of it's consistency and super waitstaff. Also really enjoy the traditional ambiance. Food has always been good, it's hard to beat for steak, and I think it's gotten better, especially the fish. I take my daughter and son-in-law (in their thirties) to Axel's, and they love it too.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I do like Axels very much. It is "old time" going out to dinner. Food was good, mussels delish! Our waitress was kind of gone more than on, only complaint was service was slow.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Had the surf and turf with a ribeye and lobster tail. Meal was very well flavored and cooked to perfection. My service from Nicole was spot on and I pleased with every aspect of my meal.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Just "ok". I always want to like this place more than I actually do. Brunch was fair - had scrambled eggs and cheesy hash browns which were returned as they were almost completely cold. They came back out too greasy to eat. Yuck. The popover and bloody mary were a highlight. Service was good.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We arrived early to get a drink in the bar but were able to be seated immediately which may have "thrown the staff off". IE Open table asked if we were celebrating anything, and we were but no one ever mentioned it? No staff asked if we were or mentioned it so that was a bit of a let down. Other than that, dinner was fantastic! The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable and courteous. We absolutely love dining here!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We have dined here often, for full menu and for Happy Hour. The sea bass was fantastic and the waitstaff just perfect. My only disappointment this time was a pomagranite martini that fell far , FAR short of others I've had there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

I normally love Axel's, but this visit wasn't up to normal standards. Our server was (apparently) also working the bar, so we weren't checked on very often and our food was congealed when it arrived at our table. Looked like it had been sitting for a while. We also had to wait a really long time for our check and ended up having to take it to the bar to submit payment. If this had been a social lunch, it wouldn't have been as big a deal, but it was a business lunch and we were on a timetable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This traditional "supper club" tyoe restaurant serves consistently good food with excellent service! I enjoy the ambiance, "crabby Tuesdays" (all you can eat) and the wonderful walleye! We patronize this establishment because it's locally-owned and always a good time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

It was a bit of a let down. Food was cold on arrival... items ordered were forgotten... seemingly the only item propmptly delivered to the table was the bill.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food. Good service. Great atmosphere. Great walleye and steak bites

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had a lovely dinner for 7 people to celebrate a special occasion. The food was outstanding! I had the shrimp and scallop risotto, which I thought was to-die-for. Absolutely delicious!! Plus the popovers are fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or for when you just want a good, satisfying meal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Comfort Food
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