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Jax Cafe

1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418-4397
+1 612-789-7297
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (54 reviews)
“prime rib” (38 reviews)
“trout” (26 reviews)
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11:00 - 23:00 Hours
American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418-4397
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

When i first moved to Minneapolis many years ago (before it became known as a town for foodies), Jax was one of the restaurants you went to for a special meal. However, I hadn't been there for many years when a relative invited me for...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ekstrom1962
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

We had a gift card for Jax Cafe, so took our kids for dinner. We made reservations, so our table was ready when we arrived. They have a full bar and decent beer & wine selection. Our waitress took our order and our food came...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank AndyB5542
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

We were at Jax last night to celebrate our 34th anniversary. I had forgotten the have a live pianist, which really helps make this place so special. Ambience is wonderful. Upscale without being stuffy. They had asked if our reservation would commemorate a special occasion,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

For our special birthday lunch we made reservations, which was smart for two reasons: first, it was homecoming weekend at the U of M, so fans were coming in before the game and it got very busy; but secondly, if you make reservations, the restaurant...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank patspajamas
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I took my daughters here for a birthday on a Friday night. The prime rib sandwich I ordered consisted of a little pile of meat and fat on a bun. I spent my dinner time trying to separate the two and still wound up spitting...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Dennis C
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Family Sunday brunch today. Wonderful place. Excellent variety. My custom omlett was served hot and perfect. The Roast Beef was perfect. Very nice array of salads and deserts. Reasonable, $30/person. We will be back.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Padraic M
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

This was just yummy. The amount of choices was very nice and the food was really good. By the time we got the the dessert table there was hardly anything there. But the pastries were so good along with everything else we ate.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Kristin Q
Reviewed 9 September 2018

This is the place for a nice evening out; dress up; make sure you do make a reservation. Jax has great service; Sat evening they have someone playing the piano in the indoor restaurant. If weather is nice, try to get a table in the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank wiminneapolis
Reviewed 19 August 2018

We attended a Saturday evening wedding and reception at Jax. The food was wonderful. Bride and groom choose to serve a breakfast themed buffet. The bacon and sausage were cooked perfectly and very tasty. There was also French toast, waffles, English muffins and several toppings...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank midwestcouple_12
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Disappointed in Sunday brunch. Eggs Benedict and waffles were cold. When I told the waitress, nothing was done. Wide variety of food, but average. "Famous" chicken salad was soaked with mayonnaise. The outdoor garden was lovely. Will not return for brunch.

Date of visit: July 2018
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I am Roger McCollough and my wife is Pat; we started our marriage in Minneapolis MN 60 YEARS AGO and now live in San Diego CA. We have eaten at your place many times when we live in Minneapolis and on returning. We again will be eating at your place on TUE, AUG 23 around 6:00PM (Need a reservation) with 3 other people that stood up for us at our wedding! In other words this is a very special occasion! FINALLY A QUESTION: I want one side of a Walleye Pike Fish AND a Small Steak 6 OZ. with masked potatoes and a very small green salad? Perhaps my guests will want the same! I can check with them. QUESTION: How much will that cost per plate? QUESTION: If that is not available what do you suggest be an alternative? We are Wine drinkers and prefer MERLOT Wine what do you have available by the bottle?
24 July 2016|
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Response from sadieh923 | Reviewed this property |
We just ate at Jax Friday night with friends. ( 56-63 Yr. olds) The food is so amazing! I know they will accommodate any request you have! We asked to sit by the window and did as it was a hot night. I would recommend... More
Sue W
22 November 2015|
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Response from Richard H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I have not eaten there at lunch.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418-4397
    (20th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-789-7297
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