Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar
Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar

Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maximilliansgrill.com/
  • Phone: 9194652455
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schuffer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Maximillians offers a variety of catering options based on your individual needs, from business to social we will assure your event to be a success.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our spacious upstairs loft overlooks the entire restaurant with seating for up to 24 people, and standing cocktail parties for up to 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Gayle Schiffer 9194652455

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Academy Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer a private parking lot for our guests.
A word from Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar
Arriving in Cary in 1991, proprietors Michael & Gayle Schiffer opened Maximillians Grill. Using only the freshest seafood, beef and produce the area has to offer, Maximillians remains one of the elite eateries in the Triangle. Chef Schiffer's signature style of intense, free-form, fusion cooking has defined Maximillians for decades and will continue to do so.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (34)special occasion (33)romantic (18)good for groups (10)notable wine list (6)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Nice find, thoroughly enjoyable.
    RayCVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first time to Maximillian's Grille. Most everything about the meal was thoroughly enjoyable. The service was knowledgable, attentive and high spirited. Our waiter really seemed to enjoy what he was doing. His guidance on selections was dead on. He was extremely knowledgable of menu items and specials. We started with a special, a Thai slaw, sounds so simple, but was really good. Our entrees were 'Biryani Chicken' and 'Apricot-Chipotle Pork Porterhouse Chop'. Both were an exotic assortment of flavors, a little hot spice, sweet fruit, nuts and herbs. My wife and I shared both. One of the best dinners out we've had in a while. It is on the high end of cost for a dinner. For an occasional splurge, I would highly recommend trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You've got to be kidding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Would never send anyone or return there. It was a catastrophe! Service was abominable and amateur. The bartender went MIA and couldn't get a glass of wine until the waitress went behind the bar. Nothing came out together . The Mussels were mushy.scary! Sat at our table for a ridiculous ammount if time before being acknowledged... Waitperson was harried to the point if confusion... The tables were full on arrival but as it cleared out and hardly anyone remained the service was exactly the same!! It had nothing to do with the customers.. Food was not acceptable and expensive... AMATEUR HOUR!!! AWFUL!!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    kbenj
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We try to get to Maximillians at least a couple of times a year as it's right around the corner from us and we love the food. They use such an interesting combination of flavors and we always have a great meal there. That said, I only gave this 4 stars today because we found the food not up to its usual standard: the lettuce (grilled caesar salad - one of my favorites!) was gritty, the stuffed filet wasn't really stuffed, the tuna roll appetizer had way too much rice (much more than I remembered it ever having), and the burnt sugar on the creme brulee had too many pure sugar crystals. We will absolutely try again; I hope our last meal was just a fluke.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Creative, interesting, delicious. Variety, flavor and freshness all contribute to extremely enjoyable dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dr. O
    DoctorO55
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Used to be one of our favorite places to dine. New management since we last visited. Dining area smelled of disinfectant cleaner and interior looked worn and unkempt. On the other hand, the food was nicely prepared, tasty and well presented. The food overall was not outstanding but had potential to be so, it was nevertheless quite good. Probably will not take the trek to this location again given the outstanding options that now exist in the Triangle area. Sad to see this memory lost.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and excellent food!
    foodenthusiast
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our server, Evan, was attentive and very pleasant. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The only minor hiccup was the kitchen was slower on delivery of one of our entrees. Otherwise everything was perfect. We'll definitely return to Maximillian's Grille!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brown
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was excellent, as usual. Service was unusually slow. Wait staff appeared to be under-manned and over-whelmed and were hurried to the point of almost being rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remembered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    When I lived here it was my favorite restaurant. Took sebveral people there while in town. Not bad, but not the superior food of the past. The grilled ceasar, a huge favorite, was mediocre
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • diningout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    our reservation time was honored. we were a party of 4. three of us got served and the 4th, who ordered soup and salad did not. we had to call the hostess over to get his meal. we weren't checked on by the waitress and I had to hunt someone down to get a refill on my coffee and to get water. my fish was on the well side and my husband dinner was not good. it was a very disappointing evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistenlt very good
    diner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Whenever I take a date to Maximillian's they are impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Disappointment
    myronfeinstein
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went to Maximillian's for the first time; took another couple with us. The best things about the restaurant was their website and their menu. The food fell far short of the great-looking menu items. The experience was "mediocre food" at "good food prices"!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded Expectations
    MADD2Dine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We tried Maximillian’s after having some friends recommend it and reading some nice reviews on-line. However, our first impression upon walking in was not good. We almost turned around and walked out… the front of the house is dark and dingy and there is a horrible dessert case right up front. But we did not walk out and later we were glad. The food was really excellent. My wife and I each had one of the specials. She had the grouper and I had the veal chop. Both dishes were amazingly complex but coherent… not what you’d expect from a 20 year old “neighborhood gem.” The service was excellent as well. I can’t remember our server’s name but she was clearly very experienced in fine dining with an excellent touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Upon arriving, I mentioned that my husband was hard of hearing (even though he wears hearing aids) and the reservation stated that we'd be upstairs. When I mentioned this to the waitress, she said that that was really for big groups (we had only 4 people) so we sat downstairs. As soon as we sat down, the music came on and we asked to have it turned down, which they did. Why don't restaurants have light jazz or classical music when people want to talk? Very frustrating. The food was good but a few items on the menu were not available and, surprisingly, no tea was available, just coffee. All in all, it was a mediocre experience, sorry to say.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maxmillian pizza kitchen
    GoodTimes123
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food, clean,great service - Carter, our server was great, friendly and menu knowledgeable. We will return because we enjoyed ourselves
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very satisfied
    mika3873
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Our 2nd time in Maximilian's in the last few month - and both times we liked the food very much! This does not happen in EVRY italian restaurant with us. Recommend for foodies.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed at all
    Diningfor2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We've been there numerous times on special occasions and was always good....at night....when you really couldn't see the how run down the place was. It was 80 degrees when we arrived inside the restaurant and it was very dirty and smelly. The outside of the restaurant was so horrible... No ambiance at all... Food was good although I couldn't enjoy it because of how hot it was in there and sweat was literally dripping down my face. I couldn't wait to get out of there. Dining should be enjoyable and at the menu price should be outstanding! Didn't want another drink , dessert or coffee which we always have when we dine.. Not going back there again and not recommending
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Catherine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Visited last evening with another couple. Two of us ordered the mushroom tortellini with chicken in a cream sauce. What was brought to the table was not at all as the menu described. I tasted the bowl of bland mush in broth and sent it back, my friend picked at hers but left 3/4 of the meal. The server removed my entrée charge from our invoice but we were disappointed that a manager or chef never came to our table to apologize or see if there was anything they could do or if there was anything else they could bring us. My husband had filet which was fine and our friend had tuna which he said was not great. Very disappointing, we will not return and now I understand the wide range of other reviews.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very pleasant dining experience
    DanielD
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great service by the whole dining room staff. Immediate seating even though all staff was obviously busy taking care of patrons and keeping the facility clean and ready for customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as ever!
    oltexan
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We don't live close so this is not on our 'regulars' list, but a recent visit reminded us just how good this place is. Somewhat pacific-fusion but generally just good contemporary cooking, her snapper and my smoked stuffed filet were outstanding, as were our appetizers of oysters and tempura fried tuna roll. Very reasonable prices on the menu and wine list tops it off, although the specials are usually quite a bit more. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Food!
    RDUYumminess
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The chef at Maximillans should try out for the Food Network's show "Chopped" because the things he can come up with make the entrees delicious and unique. I love how the menu changes so often. Ingredients I never would have tried together can be quite yummy when done correctly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific as usual
    yumyum
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had dinner on Saturday evening and the food was impeccable as usual. I particularly like how they meld flavors to enhance each dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!!
    chardlover
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. Service was superb and the food outstanding. I had the red snapper and my husband had the seared scallops special. We both ate the whole thing!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food is always outstanding! Have been here 3 or 4 times and I've never had the same thing twice. The desserts look really delicious....will have to try one sometime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    Linda
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Max's Grill continues to be our fav local restaurant - Michael is the most talented chef in Cary & beyond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the specials!
    MandM
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The menu has some options that look good, but the specials always sound better. We had both of the seafood specials. The first was a lobster stuffed with lo-mein in a red curry sauce. This was awesome, a bit pricey at $45, but we got a whole HUGE lobster. The second special was a "jerk" grouper. I put "jerk" because this is what the waiter said and it may have had jerk seasoning on it when it got on the grill, but it was served in green tropical/asian sauce. The green sauce was AMAZING... it had mangos and a thai curry feel. The grouper was our favorite and at nearly $30 was well worth it. We were initially planning on splitting the lobster, but we had never had grouper so we decided to get both... and we nearly licked both plates clean!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot!
    SusieQ
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The restaurant was hot the evening we were there. And not a good "hot", but "hot" as in uncomfortably warm. That overshadowed the food and the service. We probably won't be coming back until the weather cools down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Okay
    likegoodfood
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was our first visit to Maximillian's. We had read several good reviews about it. Our experience was just okay. We ordered the lobster bisque soup, along with rosemary bread for appetizers. The soup had good flavor, but it was strange that there was no lobster in it, but two shrimp instead? The bread was a little too cheesy for my tastes. We ordered a beef filet for dinner and it was very strange. The plate was large and looked really cluttered and messy. The steak was cooked right, but it was stacked on a very spicy potato croquet (smashing it), Grilled squash and fried onions surrounded it and everything was covered in chopped parsley. The glass of wine we ordered was tiny and very expensive. Not sure we'll return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group Fun
    Grrrrreat
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A group of 8 of us ate upstairs. This was the first time dining here for all of us. We were thrilled with both the service and the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    TAC49VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    First time at Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar and it is very good. Our group of 6 enjoyed the food and service very much. The fresh fish is especially nice !!! Surprising this restaurant is as crowded on a Friday night as you would expect for such good food and service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We expected more....
    BonniegalVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Dined here on the recommendation of a friend. Promptly seated, but then not waited on for nearly 10 minutes. From there on service was on the "fast track", to the point that it was uncomfortable. Ordered the pork egg rolls for an app. They were good, but definitely not outstanding. We split the lobster stuffed with shrimp and it was tasty, and plenty big enough for 2, when we added a vegetable side dish. One outstanding comment I have to make are the quality of the martinis. We moved here from the Boston area a year ago and have found the area lacking in this category, as compared to many restaurants up north. Maximilian's knows how to make a drink! Overall, the food is good, and we would try them again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food; too noisy
    Dragonfly60VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I recently went for my wedding anniversary, having enjoyed quiet dinners there in the past. It was a weekday night so we didn't think it would be busy. We were bitterly disappointed by the loud, "yelling" guests who apparently were either intoxicated and/or rude. I'm not sure what the options would be without creating a larger space or buffering the walls, but I would suggest that if you want a quiet place to eat, do not come to this place! Food, by the way, was excellent. Distinctive flavors and fusion make it a gem in Cary. PS. This is not a wine bar. List of wines and selection was poor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always exceeds expectations
    NCstrega
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We've been dining at Maximillian's for many years, and we have agreed not to say, "this is so good", because it is redundant. It's always wonderful. The food is creative without being 'cluttered'. The ingredients compliment rather than compete with one another. The mixed drinks are very well done, and the wine and beer selection is excellent...again with the apparent goal of complimenting the food. The servers are attentive without hovering, and they know the menu. Can you tell we'll be going back?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time at Maximillians's
    Rebecca
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was creative and clearly made with fresh ingredients that change daily. There were at least 5 "specials", two of which were superb. Highly recommend this find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable evening
    La2garep
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was excellent, the service very good. All in all, it was a nice evening and we definitely plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently meets expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Maximilian's was booked for a rehearsal dinner on the Friday night we dined. The entire first floor was full of the private party guests. We were seated in the balcony overlooking the dining room, a small area which seats 20. Any concern that we would be shorted due to the large party quickly evaporated. Our wait person was attentive, efficient, and concerned for comfort. Our dining experience was delicious as usual..kitchen didn't miss a beat. The oyster appetizer/salad was perfect, Voodoo tuna perfectly rare, as ordered, and the soft shell crab w citrus salsa delicious. Maximilian's is consistently a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maximillian's - always very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Maximillian's continues to be one of the best restaurants in the Cary and Raleigh area. It is reasonably priced for the food quality. The menu variety is good and the dinners are excellent, always providing a complexity of flavors. A favorite is the Voodoo Tuna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foor
    bigeater
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The pork chop I ate was the best I have ever had. My wife's soft shell crab was great, too. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • May 14, 2014
    Brown
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This place has been one of our favorites for years. The food this time was disappointing. I had the grilled shrimp over polenta. There was way too much sauce. It overwhelmed the entire dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    JimM
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Everything that I ordered was outstanding! The calamari was wonderful, the Caesar salad was refreshingly unique with the grilled romaine, and the stuffed chicken with curry sauce was delightfully different! Go early to avoid the crowds and you will be rewarded with a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We enjoyed the food, the wine, the service and the music...a great place, close to home, to the level of the big cities around the world. Definitively will come back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate