MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Fairview St.
MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Fairview St.

MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Fairview St.

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maxswinedive.com/houston-214-fairview-st/contact/
  • Phone: (713) 528-9200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 10AM-12AM
    Monday: 11AM – 12AM
    Tuesday – Thursday: 4PM – 12AM
    Friday & Saturday: 10AM – 2AM

    *MAX'S Brunch served Friday – Sunday, 10AM – 3PM.
    *Industry Brunch served Monday 11AM-3PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Chef Michael Pellegrino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Love the food at MAX’s Wine Dive and planning a special event? Why not have the best of both? MAX’s Wine Dive can cater all kinds of private and corporate events. Let our experienced staff do the work and create the perfect birthday, reunion, rehearsal dinner, graduation, wedding reception, corporate outing, happy hour, charity event…the list goes on and on! For more information, email us, lcryer@lascoenterprises.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Love the food at MAX’s Wine Dive restaurant and wine bar and planning a special event? Why not have the best of both? We can cater all kinds of private and corporate events. Let our experienced staff do the work and create the perfect event!
  • Private Party Contact: Laura Jimenez 8669453142

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taft St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Fairview St.
At MAX’s Wine Dive it’s all about the EXPERIENCE. We’re passionate about food and wine - just like you! We pride ourselves on bringing you gourmet comfort food made from the highest-quality local ingredients in an exciting and unique atmosphere. In addition, we price our wines on a retail model - you can find amazing wines from around the world at the most competitive prices in town - and then take some home with you!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Fairview St. reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (82)fit for foodies (79)neighborhood gem (76)great for brunch (71)hot spot (44)vibrant bar scene (29)great for outdoor dining (29)special occasion (28)good for groups (26)late-night find (21)romantic (21)great for lunch (19)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Girl's Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Food was amazing. A girlfriend and I shared the Truffle Fries, side order of Max n Cheese, 1/2 order of Oysters (AMAZING BTW) and Fried Chicken Sliders. The Max n Cheese and Oysters were my favorite. I would have tried the Fried Chicken as that's what they're known for but we wanted to sample several items and not eat as much since we were going out on the town afterwards. Great food, great atmosphere, and nice wine selection. Will definitely be going back to try that fried chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friend chicken and Mac and cheese are great.
    Deejay
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food, wine and service. I will go back and take friends to enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've been to Max's Wine dive on washington before and absolutely loved their southern fried chicken. I tried it at the Montrose location and the chicken was not even warm and definitely did not taste fresh. After barely touching my food, I hoped the brownie dessert would be better. However, once again, it was not even warm. I told the waiter about both issues and the brownie was comped, but will not be back again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Max's has an eclectic menu and never fails to impress regardless of what you order. The champagne and chicken is a staple that everyone must try. The max and cheese appie is heavy but tastes amazing - highly recommend you order it to share among 2 - 4 people. The wine list is extensive we. We stayed on a budget and ordered a wine from the tap and it was good. It's cozy in the restaurant and can get loud but it's full of energy and is a fun dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My service was very nice. The only thing if I had to complain about something was he seemed busy. I never got a refill on my ice tea. It was no big deal because I had water. The food was great so it didnt matter much.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Nice place to get a casual meal and the staff was very knowledgeable about the different wines they have on their menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but heavy
    cawineoVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The menu is full of creative dishes but all items are pretty heavy and not overly healthy although all fresh ingredients.... We generally like to share items and balance something special and calorie rich (like the lamb shepherd's pie YUM) with something a bit lighter. That wasn't an option here. But a very fun atmosphere and friendly service (albeit a bit slow due to the large crowd).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly and Tasty
    FrequentDiners
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Although I live ~2 min. away from Max's on Washington, I'll drive to this location from now on. More spacious, less crowded, same tasty food and gracious and accommodating staff. Although the cost is a bit steep, the overall experience is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Casper
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great for something different on date night. Really enjoyed the fall menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Accommodating
    sparooVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    After getting to Max's, I realized that there were some changes to our group size. The folks were so accommodating and ensured that despite the changes, we would be ok. This again, was another great experience and a great night out! The people at Max's Wine Dive - Fairview do what they can do to ensure that you are comfortable and having a good time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh, Stick to Washington Ave
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    not sure how a restaurant chain has hey uniquely different food taste but the Max's wine dive location on Fairview manages to accomplish that. Known for its delicious fried chicken list, Maxs on Fairview seems to be lacking the flavor its sister on Washington Avenue has. nonetheless, it is a nice neighborhood gem with more space than it's Houston counterpart. Go to this location for the space, artwork and less noise. Go to the ither for flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food & service
    montreal
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have been on several occasions , nothing disappoints from the valet parking , to the host/hostess , to our server and finally the food and beverage , always a fun experience , whoever runs the kitchen and manages the front of the house .... continue the great work , your guests are noticing and coming back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food , better wine
    G500
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Late harvest Merlot is great! Food is always good each location has a classic menu that's the same food and a chef menu with different seasonal dishes the turkey fried chicken is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2trynewspots
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had a great time at this location. It was quaint and vibrant at the same time. Wine list is outstanding. Chicken and Collard greens was excellent. We had a blast!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The ambiance was nice! The food was ok. I wish there would have been more options.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    MontroseFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    $70 for a grilled cheese, an egg sandwich and 2 glasses of wine. Give me a break.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed..
    gr06
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been to Max's quite a few times and the restaurant continues to provide the best service and great brunch offerings. My most recent visit will not be my last!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    deliveringVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The place is good, wine list is rich and food is a surprise always, you can order whatever is in the menu, always is good. Only thing to mention is the music. Like in the other spot in Washington, sometimes is too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu at Washington Street is better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Don't get me wrong. Max's Wine Dive is a great restaurant; however, I did not expect the Washington and Fairview locations to have two different menus. I'm in love with the chicken and waffles that is served only at the Washington location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was fun for a friends birthday, menu was a little confusing but the food overall was delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place never fails!
    sparooVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I love Max's Wine Dive on Fairview. This is def my "go to" restaurant in the neighborhood. The food is always great, the menu changes often enough to where there is always something I have not tried. The service is fantastic! They truly know what they are doing! Thank you again for a wonderful night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Badbrunch
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    No attention from server. Drank tea& they were out of sweetener. Greasy food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch spot!!!
    gr06
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've never been disappointed. The wait staff is great and the food is on point!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as usual
    hbhoneyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a great time and the weather was perfect for patio dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    Work2Hard
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went to Max's after reading the buzz. Food was good, but not a big deal. They need to go easier on the AC at the Fairview location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mmmmm
    justhomas1911
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Would not go back do to me making a Appt and they sitting us outside
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food, laid back atmosphere.
    notafoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Stumbled upon MAX's last minute when the place we were headed was closed for a private party. Couldn't have been happier with the experience. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable on both food and wine (have wines by the glass, but will open most bottles if you are going to have at least two glasses). Loved the relaxed atmosphere, very refreshing and unexpected - perfect overall balance between noise level/music and the brightness inside. Fried chicken and shrimp and grits were phenomenal. I was reluctant to try the pulled pork stuffed peppers bc of the chimichurri, but very happy I did - they were great! Chimichurri is just drizzled along edges, was able to eat around it as the server promised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for wine drinkers
    HolostoiVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Thumbs up to the pate, wine options, and dessert. However, the fried chicken not up to the hype and mashed potatoes were cold. I would go back but recommend ordering of the seasonal entree side of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    Aubietx75VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Can't go wrong this place never disappoints. Service is good and the good is better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My brother and I visited on Labor Day and it was great! I had heard wonderful things about their fried chicken so I decided to check out the location and it did not disappoint. It was their brunch crowd and it was a little packed when we first got there but people started thinning out. The music was great, the food was great, the service was excellent. $2.50 mimosas don't hurt either!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, Mediocre Food
    ArchbackVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have been to Max's Wine Dive at least 6 times in the past year, both the Fairview and Washington locations. I really tried to like this place, but to no avail. I've tried the fried chicken, Max 'n Cheese, Brunch, Champaign Salad, and a few other options on the menu. Not impressed. Max's falls into the category of cuisine I call "Shock and Awe." Everything is over the top and over priced.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food and service. Left my wallet there. Half way to Austin realized it. Drove back everything intact. First class and honest people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal slightly rushed
    FranklinVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed a nice dinner at Max's on Saturday, taking advantage of one of the last days of restaurant week. The meal was for the most part good, except they rushed us through a little for no real reason. We had a 7:30 res and were drinking plenty of wine, so the pacing seemed a little strange. Otherwise it was a good experience. I will definitely return, but perhaps we'll order our wine first and wait on the meal order a little.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at Max's
    WCR75
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a great brunch; food was delicious; our server, Erin, was personable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the wine of course
    Michelled
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a great time here for restaurant week. Our server informed us of their wine specials and we walked out with 3 bottles at a great price. Looking forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service!
    MissyLea
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Chandler was top notch! Made our evening! Knew his wine. Food was really good. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodwinegirl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was my second and last time dining here. The fried chicken was terrible, however the mac & cheeses was great. The hot wings were so tough that I could not eat them I was so disappointed. The Chardonnay was buttery, smooth and delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, super delicious!
    Agk1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our fifth time dining at Max's, but the first time to eat brunch. It was AMAZING. The quality and flavors of all our items were fabulous. Super great server (Grace.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went for restaurant week. Menu choices were very good. Service was almost too fast, with courses coming while others were still being eaten. But the atmosphere was nice, very very loud, but fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best fried chicken ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We visited Max's Wine Dive for the Houston Restaurants Week. Arrived and found out we had made our reservation for the wrong day. The hostess graciously informed us of our blunder and we were seated in 20 minutes. We choose 2 different items for each course. The Caesar and watermelon salads were good. The Not your Momma Nachos were surprisingly tasty. The pulled pork stuffed peppers were melt in your mouth fabulous. For our entrees, we choose the famous fried chicken and the signature blend burger. There can not be any better fried chicken or burger in existence. The collard greens and mashed potatoes that came with the chicken were out of this world. We fought for the last bite. The burger was very tender and full of flavor. Best ever!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.