Maxine's on Shine
Hidden GemGreat place, although a little difficult to find. Food is excellent, service is some of the best I've experienced anywhere. Would highly recommend this to anyone. I plan on going back again and again.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were very pleasantly surprized.We were very pleasantly surprized. Neat little place. We'll definitely be back.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFun Fun Fun!My wife and I were out with another couple and looking for a decent dinner place. A friend of mine was playing at Maxine's so I thought it might be nice to bundle dinner with live music. Maxine met us at the door and got us seated quickly. The service was prompt and professional. We all ordered steaks at different temperatures including one in our party that needed hers well done. All of our steaks came at the perfect temperature and were incredibly good. The live music level was perfect for listening and didn't interfere with table conversation. The entire restaurant was engaged with both the music and general atmosphere so it felt like one big party. Very nice vibe for our first trip to this neighborhood restaurant. We'll be back soon!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service and foodThis is my second time eating at this restaurant, and the food is excellent, service was very attentive, and the ambiance of sitting outside was so relaxing. I definitely recommend this place!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMA downtown gem!We had a wonderful time celebrating a double birthday. The owners were a delight and were sweet enough to accommodate a large party of us in a private dining area.
Over a wonderful dinner and great wine, they shared with us the story of the building (ask about the "bad-girls-chappell") and how they first met. Truly a sweet story. All while their son was helping out with the Band that was playing live during dinner.
A great experience that I would, without hesitation, like to repeat.
The highlights of the night, the Baked Lasagna, and the Lobster Ravioli. Also, if you are not sure as to what wine to drink... ask the owner! We had chosen a Bordeaux, and he said that he had an Italian little guy that was waaaay better. Well, he was right!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMMaxine's on Shine!!Great spot!!! Owner introduced herself, very hospitable! Food was very good, great menu and the service was also very good, we will go back!!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMLove Maxine's On ShineMaxine's On Shine is fabulous! I had a group of 10 for my birthday, the food and service was exceptional. Great one man band for entertainment and the place was jamming. I can see why it is such a busy place! If you haven't been...check it out!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBeats to a different drumbut that is what makes it so special! Limited menu, yet the selections we tried were all scrumptious. Not necessarily for children, but we had our 9 year old autistic son with us, and they were very accommodating. The staff was wonderful, the wine list is very impressive, and the live music was really enjoyable. It was our daughter's birthday, and it was acknowledged by the owner and the entire restaurant. We really had a lovely evening, and will most definitely return again in the near future.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat timeI took my mom for Mother's Day and it was perfect. The owner greeted us so kindly, the table was ready, the service was excellent. The music was live and enjoyable. It was just a quaint, eclectic little restaurant with great character. Would definitely go back. Food is very good.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBest restaurant in OrlandoMaxine's in Shine has hands down the best atmosphere of any place in Orlando. The live music is fantastic. The staff is so friendly and helpful. The owners are always happy. Maxine's had great energy. And the food is fantastic! I've had the burgers, pastas, steak, brunch... It is all delicious. Hands down my favorite place in Orlando!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMMaxine's on Shine- A ReviewMy wife and I visited Maxine's for Mother's Day. I had a voucher I had purchased before Christmas. The place is small, intimate.
Our waiter was very helpful and friendly. He made excellent food and wine suggestions.
We had the mussels appetizer. Delicious. I could have quite happily made a meal out of them.
Maxine came over and introduced herself, a very nice touch.
Susan got grouper. I got lobster raviolis with seafood. Both were excellent. The grouper really was grouper. It was fresh and was perfectly cooked. It's easy to overdo cooking a piece of fish, and so many places do. I'm a fisherman and usually can't eat fish in restaurants.
We finished with a chocolate-peanut butter mousse. Again, just wonderful.
We're going back!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden TreasureMaxines is a wonderful spot to enjoy a delicious meal in a convenient location.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMEclectic vibe, but great food.First time there and I did not know what to expect, but the food was good - will be going back for sure. I was a little over dressed - would have had even more fun if I was in nice shorts shirt and sandals. It is a very eclectic place, but that is the fun part of it - no stuffy and everyone was very nice.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was my birthday and 6 ofIt was my birthday and 6 of us ladies where there to enjoy..3 of us had been before and 3 first time..the meals where very good and the 2 ladies who cooked loved the salad dressing :) Nice touch champagne toast on the house..classy.. Thank You Cindy Latham4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMShould not have changed theShould not have changed the menu, food was not so great this visit.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and atmosphereGreat food and atmosphere as always - I especially love the skillet lasagna - YUM!- love this place!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMmaxines on shine was a real findGreat service. The red snapper was prepared just right. The music was really nice without overshadowing the dining experience. Maxine and her husband have a real gem for Orlando! Enjoy...we will definitely be back.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ambiance, great food,Great ambiance, great food, great employees. Your bill runs up fast though, prices a little on the higher side.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been coming to this locationI've been coming to this location for quite a few years now , and it never stops being amazing! Would recommend to someone on their first date or first anniversary.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Local PlaceStopped here for dinner before a concert in Orlando. Great food, awesome atmosphere (inside and out)... a very nice place. Only issue was the waiter was a tad slow, but we were in no rush, so it wasn't an issue.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday Karaoke Bash - short ver.White mussels, Burger, Catch of the Day, Flan - We had tasted some food and met Maxine the brand icon, at the Lake Eola food festival recently. She succeeded in getting our attention.
The cooking at the restaurant was excellent -- distinctive, sensitive and tasty.
Just so happened that our birthday celebration coincided with the last-Wednesday-of-the-month karaoke -- we totally enjoyed the evening, the place was full and swinging - well, singing anyway. The welcome from Maxine was accompanied by the usual caution regarding service wait times -- we didn't notice any delays at all, the convivial company, entertainment and thoughtful selection of craft beer and good wine with expert service makes it all work. Keep up this great work!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMSuch a nice, fun restaurant!What a nice, comfortable atmosphere with a great neighborhood location!! We were disappointed that their excellent "Roasted Root Salad" (and several other items) had been removed from their menu. Also, there are no main course menu selections for vegans/vegetarians, however when asked, the chef did make us up a very nice pasta dishes with veggies. If Maxine's could keep a couple good choices on the menu for us "non-meat/non-dairy" customers, I know a number of friends who would frequent the restaurant more often!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome energy....live musicAwesome energy....live music every night. Maxine actually went to every table welcoming you and thanking you for coming making you feel right at home! Can't wait to come back for brunch!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe tried this restaurant onWe tried this restaurant on a Saturday night on a whim and were pleasantly surprised. The dining room is small, but decorated nicely. There was live music that was really enjoyable. The server was friendly and knowledgeable. We all enjoyed the food and drinks. I will definitely go back again.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AM