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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"
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499 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
(499 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 499 reviews
5 stars
(285)
4 stars
(155)
3 stars
(38)
2 stars
(17)
1 star
(4)
Food 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Service 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Noise Level
1.7 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • special occasion(309)
  • neighborhood gem(220)
  • good for groups(191)
  • romantic(171)
  • fit for foodies(131)
  • great for lunch(113)
Axel's River Grille - Mendota Reviews List
Review 1 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/28/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/28/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/28/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 2 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Axel's Birthday and Crab Legs

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Happy Birthday Kevin! A lovely greeting by those welcoming us; they remembered. :) Although we had 6:30 reservations for dinner the table wasn't available until closer to 7; fortunately there was room for us to squeeze in at the bar for a cocktail. A very packed house for the all you can eat crab legs. We did hear one of the cocktail waitresses say how long it took for an answer from the bar staff...but probably they don't need to discuss frustrations among the customers? Staff were overall highly professional and experienced which is refreshing. They kept the delicious crab legs coming until we said stop; the baked potato and side salad weren't noteworthy. We always love the popovers; just as tasty as the Dayton's popovers always were in the River Room.
Axel's is always a very enjoyable, adult, supper-club like feel sans the membership pricing. Thank you!
"
Dined on 4/26/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2016
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 4 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2004
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Review 5 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/23/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/23/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 7 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/26/2016
 2007
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Review 8 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/22/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 9 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

we love axels!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Went to Axels for lunch specifically for the Bull Bites. ALWAYS the best!! Service from Julia made our lunch even better. Keep up the great work! :o)"
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 10 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/20/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 12 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Love, love, love Axel's.

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Dined on 4/17/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Axel's River Grill is the place to go when you want to feel special. The staff is casual and friendly and the service is always good - that nice balance between hovering and neglect. The patio is small, but pleasant, with the exception of the bees who obviously were there first and don't want to move away. The main dining room is dark and cozy. The popovers are wonderful and don't miss the walleye fingers."
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 13 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/18/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 14 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2007
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Review 15 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/17/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 16 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great value...old school charm and vibe!

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"I had been here for lunch and thought it was a classy venue. The popovers are outstanding! We did the lobster tails and they were fabulous. Recommend the lemoncellotini as well :-D
Didn't realize they also have an unpublicized "All you can eat Snow crab leg dinner" on Tuesday evenings as well. We will be going!!!
Our waitress Tracy was knowledgeable and personable. She really added to the enjoyment of the evening."
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 18 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 19 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good Food, Good night.

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Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"My ratings would've been higher but, the wild rice tasted like someone spilled a salt shaker into it! I was still glad I went to it for my special occasion and the waiter was funny."
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2011
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Review 21 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 22 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/15/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Love this place. Food and staff are great"
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2012
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Review 23 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/15/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2015
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Review 24 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2012
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Review 25 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/14/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2010
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Review 26 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/13/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/12/2016
 2011
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Review 28 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Will be back!

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Dined on 4/12/2016
 2014
Dined on 4/12/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We had a 6:45 reservation but still had to wait an hour. I think it was out of their control bc it was all you can eat crab night, and people lingered . They were great about it though, and gave us a free dessert of our choice. Carrot cake was amazing! Server was excellent. Great service. And the popovers ... Omg :-)"
Dined on 4/12/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Crab leg's night out.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"I try and make it once a month for the Crab leg's, Not sure if they thought I had more than I should have but it took over 25 minutes to get ONE cluster of legs. I was not happy with this, Even my date was questioning why they were not coming back. The food was great, just wish I could have had a couple more. :("
Dined on 4/12/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find
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Review 30 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2010
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Review 31 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 33 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 34 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2011
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Review 35 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

As always the food was over the top delicious!!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We were dining with another couple and arrived 15 minutes early expecting to sit at the bar and have a cocktail but we were seated immediately. We were seated in the back room where it's a little more quiet so we were able to carry on a conversation in a normal tone of voice. Our waitress was excellent..always checking on our drink status, telling us our food was slow in coming because they had a large party before us, and once our food arrived she kept checking to see if everything was okay and if we needed anything. Owner/manager also checked to see how our food was. Axel's is more of an upscale restaurant but it is still casual. We love this place and will definitely be going back!"
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 36 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2013
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Review 37 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/08/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem
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Review 38 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Their prices are ridiculous, never going back!!

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2012
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Review 39 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/07/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 40 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2013
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Review 41 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/06/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion
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Review 42 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great spot on a Sunday evening.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Pleasant in the backroom and could hear each other. We enjoyed the fabulous onion rings and popovers. I can see why the walleye is a signature dish. Excellent."
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 43 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 44 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2012
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Review 45 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 46 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2006
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 47 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

BRAVO

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Axel's "knocked it out of the park" to make our Bday gathering a hit with everyone in our party. The ambiance, service and food were top notch. We enjoyed the mussels, steaks, lobster, crab, pasta and complimentary Bday dessert. Everything was prepared and presented to perfection and we could not have been so pleasantly surprised on a busy Saturday night. Our server Nick S. was one of the best I have ever seen and a credit to the profession. We are planning to return soon and make this a top choice forTwin Cities dining."
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 48 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/31/2016
 2011
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 49 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/31/2016
 2010
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/31/2016
 2010
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 50 for Axel's River Grille - Mendota
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

overdone steak

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Would have rated food a bit higher but sirloin ordered medium was very well done. Also, the leathery popovers are a dud in my book. Ask for the little loaf of French bread instead and I also ask for a pat of real butter,not whipped or honeyed."
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2015
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