1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541845.008429 -93.263295
Neighborhoods: Holland, Northeast
Let's face it, picking your own fish to cook up is still cool – Been there a few times and given the popularity, I'm always surprised more restaurants don't have their own fish ponds. That unique feature plus the ambience and the service is what keeps me coming back when I'm in town. It's true that the menu could be updated and that the owners might be making a mistake by sticking to the basic things the "old regulars" like.
Jax Cafe – My daugher and son inlaw had a great reception there. A night to remember. The staff was very nice. However as I have talked to many family and friends they told me there steaks were to raw to eat. At $50.00 a plate this was very sad to hear. We had almost 200 people so you can imagine the cost. We did request medium.
Cornerstone to Minneapolis Dining – My wife and I have been coming to Jax for 6 years. I rate my dining experiences based on food, service and ambience. The food here is traditional. Jax has stuck with what works best and it has stood the test of time. If you have a chance to go to brunch it is the best in town (and I have been to every well known brunch establishment). Service is excellent. I have yet to not be seated by a member of the Kozlak family. The ambience brings me back to when I was a kid in the 70's and 80's. The chairs and tables are comfortable unlike some of the more trendy places that feel as though you are sitting at a fast food restaurant. Jax is truly a cornerstone to Minneapolis dining.
Mixed Emotions – Jax Gives me mixed emotions. Nothing at all excitting about the food or menu............. classic/traditional steak and basic ingredients with simple flavor/menu combinations with baked potatoes and overcooked vegetables. If you want simple food and simple plate presentation you may love Jax. Old school servers and attire and classic victorian decor. Yet there is a wonderful charm about the place and you can just tell that the ownership and management really care about their customers and staff. The outside deck is fabulous and the pond outside has fresh trout and is really a neat touch. Their is a lot of pride put into this 100 some year old establishment and they are offering high quality protein but in a boring fashion. I will come back and hope to see some possitive changes.
Very good food. Great service! Pick your own trout from the pond in back!!! – Very good restaurant. Business casual to dressy attire. Older building in an area that is showing it's age. Not a huge concern though. Once you get inside it's a unique experience where you feel like a part of history. The trout pond in back is cool where you can personally pick out your fish to become your meal. The pond is surrounded by lush gardens and a patio that is heated if needed. The meals were all tasty. The prices are a bit high but not out of category.
Minneapolis Institution!!! – Jax is fantastic. Whether we go for an exquisite brunch, a romatic dinner, or drinks beforehand this place is wonderful. The food is always spectacular & prepared to your specifications. The wait staff & attendants are always spot on, available and friendly. My wife & I have had dinner or brunch there at least 6 times per year for the past 5 years & have never been disappointed.
This neighborhood institution has been offering a popular brunch, remarkable steaks and a romantic patio since 1933. – In Short
In winter, you'll want to be near the fireplace in the dark Roundtable Room; in summer, request a seat on the patio. Both seating options allow the best chances to enjoy the famous steaks and seafood while not being surrounded by the large groups that Jax hosts so flawlessly. Then there's the popular Sunday brunch of fresh-baked pastries and waffles, chicken salad, egg strata and fruit, when locals clamor for any seat they can get.
From someone who has eaten in most major cities – This is a great place! Ambiance, class, friendliness, and great food usually. Maybe a bit pricy for what you get but always worth it because of everything else. Try the petite fillet! The Martini menu could use some updating but this just adds to the old world charm. The wine list is nice. The service is great. The outside dinning experience during the spring and summer is special and has a charm all its own.
One of my favorite resturants anywhere!! I spend 90% of my time on the road so that is saying something.
Good for Sunday brunch! – Good brunch with great service. Personalized match books for special occasions a nice touch! Reasonable price for Sunday brunch.
old school – What an amazing patio, by far the best in the twin cities. the bbq ribs and the prime Rib are a must, and don't forget the ar gratins
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