Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro
Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro

Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maxinesfireweedbistro.com/
  • Phone: 9077707600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Robert Lewis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: For partial buy outs, guests can choose from our Private Solarium Dining Room, which features open air in the summer-time. Or guests can choose our main dining room, which accommodates larger parties and has several banquettes.
  • Private Party Contact: Jasmine Schill 9077707600x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: C Street
  • Public Transit: People Movers Bus Line. Corner of Fireweed and C Street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking in the front, side and rear of our establishment. Additional PM only parking in the lot next door.
A word from Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro
Innovative and delicious cuisine at an affordable price. Everything is made from scratch, from our house baked bread and flatbreads, to every sauce and sorbet. Owned and operated by Chef Robert Lewis, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, we’ve brought all of your favorites from the Girdwood location to Anchorage and even added a few surprises. We have an ever changing menu and sommelier selected wine and beer list that will keep your options as fresh as the ingredients we use.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (15)notable wine list (10)romantic (9)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • sad
    Racquel
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have been to maxine's a number of times and this time the service was awful, still good food but didn't make up for the lack of service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Maxine's has a menu that changes regularly, which keeps the choices fresh. The food is always excellent! the restaurant has a charming ambiance and the service is very good. Definitely a place I will return to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of best in Anchorage
    Pierrejo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very high quality imaginative cuisine. Robert uses a lot of spice, without making any of the dishes "spicy hot". His dishes are very creative, varied. For our vegetarian friends, a whole separate menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Excellent
    AkNewfGirl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I'm never disappointed when I dine at Maxine's and this evening was no exception. Delicious meal made with locally sourced ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like interesting cuisine? Try this
    FoxyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This continues to be the most adventurous restaurant in Anchorage, in our opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most exciting food in Anchorage
    ANCgirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our 5th visit to Maxine's. We want good food, good service and a quite atmosphere so we can talk. By going early we beat the crowds and can enjoy our meal. It is casual but classy. I could go to Maxine's once a week, but I love the food so much I want to keep it a special place for us! So I have to pace myself, but it is hard! REALLY GOOD FOOD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatoutVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Love the vegetarian choices…and we are usually meat eaters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    AK123
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Yet another fantastic meal at Maxine's. We will keep coming back again and again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Didn't know where to take my folks who were arriving on the train, googled restaurants and found Open Table, that led to a few choices for our time and party of 9. The wife liked Maxine's menu so we reserved there. Arrived early but they seated us right away, excellent wine and food! And our waiter provided great service! The lamb was superb.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Sunday night supper was excellent. Jalepeno dressing on the salad subtly spiced up the greens. My boyfriend liked the brisket more than my brisket; that's tough competition. The wine was surprisingly good. The staff, friendly and attentive. And so many sides!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't forget about Maxine's
    aksackieluvsfood
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    With a wonderful midtown location I always forget about it. I promise not to any longer. They have added a wonderful addition and are able to seat more people which is wonderful. It is a small place so it was a struggle to get in and often I wouldn't try. They have amazing food and wonderful service. The addition of the Solarium that is a wonderful heated closed in porch is a fun dining experience and a great way to enjoy the outdoors even while raining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maxines is a gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great food! Fun night when we include Maxine... must try the surf and turf small plate
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING!
    dash
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    by far the best meal I have ever had, very quiet. Just be sure to make a reservations!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great night
    AKpeter
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    good friends, great food, outstanding service! we ate the specials my wife the vegetarian and I the beef, both were great. came out promptly,with a level of service all evening that was attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded expectations
    RenovationDoc
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was incredible. We opted to sit in the back corner for an intimate dinner. The solarium was bright and energetic so a great fit for other meals. Loved the wontons and brie small plates. Opted for fresh salad (watermelon, feta, over greens with some incredible lemon balsamic dressing) and big plate rather than just tapas. Couldn't have gone wrong either way. The NY strip special was the best steak I've had in years. And my wife loved her Thai lettuce wraps-- "So much better than PF Chang's" The building itself is like many in Alaska-not really big on curb appeal, the inside is decent but not super elegant, but once you are eating, you won't even care. It's that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatoutVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Enjoy their creativity and new items each time…particularly the soups and vegetarian dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 233 reviews are from the Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro reviews archive.
  • Something was missing this time
    First
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I noted on my OpenTable reservation that this dinner was for my fathers birthday. Not one person at the restaurant said happy birthday, there was no dessert, nothing. When the server mentioned dessert after our meal, I was still wondering if he was going to mention something. Nope. Not even when I asked if they had birthday cake. I just got a no answer. Awesome. I'm glad I brought him there for a celebration. Other than that.... Service was prompt but a bit scattered. The food was cooked as requested and tasted really good. What would have also been nice would be to get a refill on our coffee ($3), which we had instead of dessert, that comes in a small cup and the guy never came back. Guess we paid the bill too soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh, creative food
    Andi
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Maxine's has a menu that is inapired by fresh and creative dishea. They grow their own herbs right there, and use them to infuse their dishes with unique tastes. The outdoor dining was very confortable on a warm spring evening. Great place to gather with friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    One of our favorites in Anchorage now. The first impression was that it was a little hole in the wall place, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Love2eat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We love Maxine's! My husband and I had never been there before we celebrated his birthday in March. We've been back four times since then! The menu is creative, and the food is so flavorful. It's hard to stay away!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodiemcfoodieson
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love the food and service here. I have come several times for dinner and was always impressed, tried out the Mother's Day Brunch special they did and it was also fantastic! As long as you are willing to spend a little more than the average I highly recommend it here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My husband and I love to eat at Maxine's. The portion sizes aren't outrageous and the menu choices are very different than other restaurants. The chef does a wonderful job combining flavors with the main course and sides.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, friendly staff.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This was my second venture to Maxines and it remains high on my list. The Sunday 'family style' presentation was fun - got lots and lots of fresh veggies, which I appreciate. The meat sauces were flavorful and complimented the entrees. I knocked it down one star because someone was too enthusiastic with the salt this time, but I will ask them not to use so much next time, and all will be five star again
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food!
    monicarenee
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was wonderful and the wine list was great with many of our favorite options from home (Paso Robles, CA). Our only disappointment was that the server was chomping away on some bright blue gum as she served our table, yuck!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first trip!
    Bill
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a fine meal on our first visit to Maxine's! My wife has a food allergy that makes dining out difficult. After making the reservation, I called Maxine's about the issue. The person on the phone said to come in the chef would work with us. True to his word the chef made a wonderful meal for my wife ( seared duck). This was our first visit to Maxine's. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, as always. Love
    Claire
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Great food, as always. Love the family-style dinner on Sundays. Service was attentive but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular!
    Jazz
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This is definitely a case of 'don't judge a book by it's cover'. Outside doesn't look like much, but the food was amazing! A creative chef with excellent skills made for a wonderful evening of dining. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    KatrinaVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Chef Robert has the most amazing dishes. The black cod was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the surf n turf
    GoodEater
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I have eaten here a half dozen times over the last couple of years. I have never been disappointed. This place can be pretty inexpensive if you get a couple of the "small plates" and eat them tapas style. In a way that is a shame as the large plates are so good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Owners better get it together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    When we arrived a waiter pointed twice to our table instead of showing us to our table.We ordered bottles of red and white wine. 40 minutes after getting the white wine we got the red. The waitress was not trained and could not pronounce the the food she was describing. We were three couples that ordered the same salad and split them so we each got half salads. She delivered three salads to six people and walked away. There was a hair in mine. For the main course the pork tenderloin was so smokey and salty it was sent back. The lamb, and vegetarian dinner were good. Waiters & manager were so busy doing bus boy work and avoiding eye contact we couldn't even get our water glasses filled. Awful experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Dining Experience!
    AKgeek314
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great food and great wine...I highly recommend Maxine's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much change between the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Too much change between the excellence of the end product of the head Chef Robbi and the when he is not in the building...I would call ahead and make sure that he is cooking if you are a bit of a food snob...Other chef is generally fine, but if you are very particular then you need to come to restaurant when he is cooking...It can go from world class to ok in from one evening to the next... The wait staff has been with the restaurant since it opened and is very experienced with the menu...If you go and have poor service, it tends to be a specific waiter... the table right next to you probably had excellent service.... Its warm and cozy inside and is one of the best date night settings for small groups or dates...
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another tasty meal
    BeckyinAlaska
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We like to go to Maxine's for dinner because the chef is willing to try new and interesting variations with the usual ingredients. And while we usually like some items more than others, we are always pleased with the variety and the intent to bring a different dining experience to us patrons. We will continue to dine here because we always have a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I enjoyed the food and pairings.
    Grubsteak
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    I enjoyed the food and pairings. I may be in the minority, but I think that smaller beer portions with larger food portions may appear to offer a better value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appetizer and entree's were
    Sacks
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Appetizer and entree's were very good, taste as well as presentation. Salads were not very good, weak presentation and worst ceaser salad ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional food
    KJLowman
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I am a regular customer and have never been anything but pleased and surprised at the quality and creativity of the food at Maxines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lackluster service
    NewGuest
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Went here for my boyfriends birthday dinner. The food was wonderful, flavorful, interesting and fresh. However, our server was completely hopeless. She was very sweet and nice but completely ill-prepared to be working at a restaurant where the price of dishes should come with a certain level of experience from staff. The little things were taken care of promptly, such as waters refilled new silver wear when cleared, etc. But it was impossible to get a clear or confident answer about food, wine or anything from our server. I would definitely NOT recommend this restaurant if you want a total dining experience. Too bad because the food was very good and the vibe was funky and cool.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother daughter date
    Foodyluv
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Took my mother here for a date, we had a great time! We loved the food and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • did not know you were there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    great place for our lunch bunch reuion good food great service good time
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food made up for service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I brought my friend here for her birthday dinner. The food was fabulous! The service was very basic and not at the same level as the food. The server was new but nice in explaining her limitations. She didn't seem to have much support in her lack of knowledge. She hadn't tried all the food and therefore couldn't make any recommendations. We also had wine questions which she could not answer. I would have expected the sommolier or resident wine person to assist in person but they did do indirectly. They didn't have a Sauvignon Blanc on the menu which is fine if I could have heard what might be good for substitution. It was my conclusion that this new server was not given adequate orientation for her position. Her friendliness made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.