Steakhouse
1928 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 1928 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis Directions
Today 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Closed All Hours
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93% of 1951 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    "Cafe", "Steak", "Seafood", "American", "Traditional"
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon-Sat
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    "Cafe", "Steak", "Seafood", "American", "Traditional"
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Kids Menu
    Yes
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Tips

250
Verified
Report | 20 hours ago
Make a reservation for the patio :-)
Verified
Report | a day ago
Ask for the patio, during the summer, but away from the water pond. Too many flies and bugs! But don't let that stop you from having the most exceptional meal. A great place to have a small wedding and to celebrate your 5th wedding anniversary. We had a marvelous time.
Verified
Report | 3 days ago
At 8:35 I called Dan and told them we would like to eat there last night. (They close the kitchen at 9 PM>) . Dan called and told me that they will stay open and we could eat there at what ever time we arrived. We got there at about 9:05 and had a wonderful supper.
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
Awesome service and terrific food. Can't miss!!!
Verified
Report | 5 days ago
Great menu and wine selection. I would dine there again. Really enjoyed the patio table.
Verified
Report | 8 days ago
Great service and food was excellent
Verified
Report | 8 days ago
Nice dining for special occasions
Verified
Report | 8 days ago
Jax is always a great choice for that special night out together! Service is always top notch and the ambience is amazing.
Verified
Report | 8 days ago
Lovely - a piano softly playing during dinner.
Verified
Report | 8 days ago
Awesome service and excellent food! Would go back there.
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From Our Editors

Along with the end of Prohibition, 1933 brought sweeping changes across the country. It definitely changed the building at 1928 University Avenue NE in Minneapolis, which had been functioning as a hardware and furniture store for nearly a quarter-century. Proprietor Stanley Kozlak immediately went out and obtained a liquor license, transforming his retail shop into a bar and restaurant.

It would prove to be a smart decision—more than 80 years and two generations of Kozlaks later, Jax Cafe stands as a Minneapolis institution whose reputation has spread throughout the Midwest. This is thanks in part to singular touches such as reserved tables set with personalized matchbooks for expected guests and a stream on the lush covered patio from which diners can net their own rainbow trout for dinner. It’s no wonder Travel Channel foodie Andrew Zimmern has gushed that this restaurant is “dripping with character.”

Part of that character comes from a certain adherence to traditions. Jax is furnished with patterned carpet, white linens, a grand piano, and a phone booth—yes, a phone booth—and the menu has the classic supper-club meals to match. Fresh Maine lobsters are kept in a saltwater tank said to be the first of its kind in the state, and the selection of Certified Angus Beef includes an 8-ounce filet the restaurant calls “the steak that made Jax famous.” That’s not to say Jax is stuffy or old-fashioned—the menu also includes roasted chicken breast with risotto, kids' meals, and craft beers served fresh from the tap, or bottle.

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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