Axel's River Grille - Mendota

4.5
1019 reviews
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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"
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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greta was a great server.

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SM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my dad's 100th birthday. Our waitress couldn't have been better. Food was great. We all had a great evening. Thanks for making it a special night for my family.

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SM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT as ALWAYS - Thank YOU, Mrs. Greta AND Louise! Shane, Ann & Justin

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AY
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always. Our server was Ashley and she did an outstanding job! A great place to go for any occasion.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place, good food, and we got excellent service from Lori and with our table location for an extended family visit. Thank you!

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DD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for a quiet, unhurried spot in a charming traditional atmosphere with excellent food at a good value? Look no further.

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MG
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks and wonderful atmosphere. Excellent wait staff and wine list.

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DJ
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We've been customers for years. Always a very good meal, friendly service, prices aligned with the food.

Tonight was different, friendly service was followed by cold loaded undercooked baked potatoes (both of us) and cold green beans. Not even a hint of warmth. Even the popovers were room temp.

Onion rings were not fried throughout, doughy, gummy but hot! Even our French Onion soup lacked finesse. Overfilled cups and literally spilled all over the plate. One was topped nicely, the other the cheese was in the bottom of the cup.

Our filets were the only saving grace. Prepared properly and served warm.

Our server was pleasant, but had marginal support and no one ever brought around a water refill.

Our server saved the evening with a birthday dessert which we took home.

Maybe warmed up leftovers will be better. Might be time for the kitchen staff to look at Quality Control and hire a knowledgeable Expeditor.

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F
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All-you-can-eat crab was not a good value at $38+. My dinner mates did, however, like their meals of salmon and mussels. The waitress, who was very nice, but was hard pressed to pay much attention to us. It was extremely difficult to get her attention when we were ready to order etc. Not sure I would try Axel's again.

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K
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server Roxanne was fabulous. Booth was not very comfortable. Was u shaped booth.

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KL
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Always enjoy Axels. Great food and popovers are amazing! This week service was a bit off. Pleasant server but sometimes slow. Drinks took forever. It was overall very good just not as good as I’ve experienced previously. Will always be one of my favorites

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KK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Extremely slow service. We were there for 50 minutes before receiving food. My guest asked for tuna medium and it was clearly rare. We had to get back to work and were very disappointed in how long everything took. Been there a number of times, this was the first time I have been so disappointed

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always terrific as is the ambiance. We have eaten at Axel's River Grill many times and will return again and again. This time the service was slow, though we have found this to be unusual.

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TD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The trend now is to blanch vegetables, leaving them almost raw. We were provided with only butter knives which were barely suited for that purpose, making the veggies difficult to cut. The restaurant is in business to make money, but after feeding 600 people for the brunch, they could have reduced the number of tables so that the patrons could get through the dining area without needing acrobatic skills during supper.

Still like the old "Parker House" and will return, only during a time when it's not so busy.

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AH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This experience was much less positive than any other experience we have had here--usually it is fantastic. The popovers, which are usually wonderful, were stale and inedible. The rest of the meal and drinks were great--the main issue was the length of time we waited as it took an hour between our starters and getting our meal. The waiter checked in to say food would be coming a couple of times but did not ask us if we would like more drinks until the food was there and we would have ordered more while waiting. It was odd because when we got there, there appeared to be many open tables and it was not until after we ordered that is seemed busy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day 2019

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L
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We booked Mother's Day brunch here based on some solid reviews and a couple of praises from friends. However, it wasn't as good as it was hyped up to be. The buffet line was crammed in between the bar and bar-side booths which couldn't be used. Space was tight, so you had to enter the line at the beginning and patiently wait until you walked by something you wanted. None of the brunch buffet items were hot, so by the time you got back to your table you had either lukewarm or not warm food - though it still tasted great. The desserts were okay but everything was chocolate...could have had a lot more variety there. The service was a bit slow but that was likely due to our server only being there a month. I'll still recommend Axel's for dinner at night, just not the special occasion brunch.

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KT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Mother’S Day buffet!!! The only complaint I have is they pack you in so tight very hard to get up and move around.

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We usually really like this place, so I'm not sure what was happening on Saturday. This was our Mother's Day dinner with my parents and I wish we would have gone elsewhere. It took forever for anything to happen. We sat and waited quite awhile before someone took our drink order. We were planning to order an appetizer, but then it took so long to get the waitress back to order our food, we just ordered food. We waited and waited and waited for our food. Some of my entree was cold, but I never had the chance to tell the server because we didn't see her again for some time. We never got a second drink. Maybe it was an off night, but it was a disappointing experience.

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J
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thouroughly enjoyed our evening out with friends at Axels River Grill. Our waitress was friendly and helpful, and attentive. All enjoyed our main courses, the guys had the filet mignon and the gals had walleye. Our only complaint was the popovers were cold. Our waitress offered to replace them, but we refused. The side dishes (I had the wild rice and green beans) were delicious.

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RB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were in the side room with two long tables full of people. There were four of us, two for the first time. It was somewhat loud with that many people right by your table.

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2
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic supper club with great food and wonderful service. Great wine selections as well.

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DH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were wonderful. We asked a couple to dine with us and everything was wonderful until we went to pay the bill and our gift card had expired very embarrassing for all and axles did not make any attempt to make it right. That was unsatisfactory service however we will return

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the service was great, she was energetic and very attentive. food was fabulous, I had the lobster and it was delicious and done perfectly. others had steak and they said it was great. took leftovers home as there was a lot to eat. really enjoyed everything about the evening and so did my friends from out of town. the crabcakes were excellent and that was from the Maryland visitor.... I would go back in a heartbeat. thank you for the experience.

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JU
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place for really good service, food and atmosphere. We had ample time to enjoy our meal and visit. Our service was 5 star!

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at Axels. The only thing I think could be improved was our service was a little slower than I thought. Our server was great, however, really busy.

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b
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I FORGOT HER NAME BUT SHE JUST CAME FROM FORPAUGHS AND SHE WAS FANTASTIC. KEEP HER AND GIVE HER A RAISE. GRETA WAS THERE TOO AND, AS ALWAYS, TERRIFIC
BERNADETTE NEWTON, CSJ

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ZA
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

We went for our anniversary Very slow service waitress forgot about us numerous occasions ever get a refill of drinks to this 45 minutes just to place an order and I really wasn’t even that busy Definitely would not go back for the money I spent my chicken was ice cold in the middle just all around a bad experience

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S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Have been here many times but this was the first time I had bad service

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RO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

We were sat in the back end which isn’t as nice of ambiance as the main dining room that we usually sit in. We were sat by a family with a screaming child so that was a bit frustrating while we ate and tried to have conversation.

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RP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from Greta

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DN
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for the Tuesday All You Can Crab. We had a great time, from when we sat down to when we left. Our server could not have been better, she had a good sense of humor and also the perception to check in with us when it looked like we needed something and/or just to make sure we didn't need anything. The crab was extremely good, even when not dipping it into the hot drawn butter. All of ate too much we'll have to pace ourselves.

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GD
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have always enjoyed the food at Axel's but the service has become an issue. Up until two months ago, the service has always been good. The last two times, the service has just been slow and the restaurant was not even that busy.

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very courteous staff and festive holiday decor. Ample Parking was available. Traffic flow to and from buffet was a bit tight. Overall, a positive experience.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Easter brunch wasdelicious and happily we were able to sit outside so we avoided the huge crush inside. The only complaint was that the line for food was all the way at the front and you had to walk between crowded tables and disturb diners to get there and back, only service from one side and long lines with people bunching up near entry. Other than that it was very enjoyable and the food was plentiful, hot food hot and plenty of variety-- very good.

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S
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Had a reservation at 12:15 and waited till 12:40. While many people walked in and got seated right away. When we got seated, there were at least 15 empty tables. There was no excuse to wait that long. when that many vacant tables. Do they seat people, who are regular customers over non regular customers? The food was not worth what they charged. There was not a large variety and food was not hot. Will go back to Manny’s , better quality and variety of food. Even though it is more expensive.

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Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants! On the upper end for cost but food is great. The servers are always nice, especially Roxanne. Love the ambiance! Special occasions like Easter and Thanksgiving are wonderful.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Large portions. Server was friendly and outgoing. Listened when we mentioned foods w couldn't have and advised us of things that were in what we ordered, great attention to detail.

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LD
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinning experience, very friendly staff, they had very good recommendations on food, we were very pleased with the service.

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s
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met with friends to celebrate a birthday. Service was excellent! Food is top notch. Ribs are smoked and firm - none of that pressure cooked stuff. All in all, an outstanding experience.

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