MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Washington Ave.
MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Washington Ave.

MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Washington Ave.

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maxswinedive.com/houston/index.php
  • Phone: 7138808737
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday -Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00AM
    Friday - Saturday: 10:00AM - 2:00am
    Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00AM
    *Kitchen is closed Friday & Saturday from 3-4PM. Sunday kitchen is closed from 4-4:30PM. Regular beer/wine service still available.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Michael Pellegrino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off-site and private event catering is available. click here for more information, http://www.maxswinedive.com/houston/catering_private-dining/index.php. We love bringing the gourmet comfort food to you!
  • Entertainment: MAX’s Wine Dive features a jukebox with Texas-influenced classic rock and old favorites to help create the perfect atmosphere.
  • Special Events: We continuously have upcoming wine tastings and other related events! Check our website to see what is coming up next, http://www.maxswinedive.com/houston/calendar-of-events/index.php

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shepherd
  • Public Transit: Metro has stops in the area, and the Washington Wave jitney service makes stops at the Wine Dive as well.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary Valet Parking Monday through Saturday nights and have both public and private lots available for all other days & times.
A word from MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Washington Ave.
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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Washington Ave. reviews from OpenTable diners
260 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (137)great for brunch (137)fit for foodies (128)hot spot (116)neighborhood gem (91)vibrant bar scene (63)great for lunch (57)late-night find (56)special occasion (48)good for groups (44)romantic (33)great for outdoor dining (10)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Never disappoints
    WildBillVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Never had a meal here that did not astound. From the fried chicken to the shrimp & grits, everything is fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Dissatisfied
    Bday51bashed
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I brought my wife there for her birthday I filled out everything on the website we arrived there on time no one acknowledge her we were seated took almost 10 or 15 minutes before someone finally came took our order by then my wife was very disturbed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great chicken!
    thehbrwhammer
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Always love the chicken here. Best chicken in Houston!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!! Great Servic
    runnerjan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    e Great food and wine AND ambiance. Took newbies and they cannot wait to go back to try more on menu!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I think I've heard too many people hype this place up. My expectations were not met. The food was just ok(I had the fried lobster and it was nothing memorable) also we sat in the back and there were so many flies!!! The vibe is nice, everything else is over rated
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    RedVirgo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is amazing every time......every time! The staff is very friendly....can't wait to go back!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    great food, great service. Food was amazing, waiter was friendly & knowledgeable. Service was fast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for fried chicken
    MichaelMcJot
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I go here frequently for fried chicken. Good place to meet. Has a European feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken fried lobster special
    KTMemphisVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Yes. Chicken fried lobster. And it was amazing, as was the fried chicken. The greens and mashed potatoes were okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always enjoy my experiences at Max's. If this location adds waffles to their menu it will definitely be a winner. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed feelings..
    JoeMamma
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Well.. the first time I came here the food was great. I got the fried chicken. I would recommend that to anyone. However, the second time I came. I had the burger..... worst burger I've ever had. The meat tasted freezer burnt AND it was dry. (also the friend I came with didn't like her burger either for the same reasons). The only thing that I can remember from this second experience is the wine I tried. I'm not big on wine but I FINALLY tried something and liked it. Gold star for that one. I would only come back for the chicken and wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Legallyblonderae
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We came for restaurant week and had a wonderful time. There were three couples and two of us were celebrating anniversaries. The waiter brought out complimentary champagne with our desserts. We were also able to taste many open wines
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service, food, wine!
    Dredle
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Awesome service, great food and lovely wine! Foodies couldn't ask for more! A wonderful retreat for the busy Houston professional or service industry personnel looking to temporarily escape. The amazingly delicious food, beverage and rustic atmosphere makes you forget all your woes from the day. The best late night eatery decision ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doing Houston Restaurant Weeks
    Letsdothisagain
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Girls nite for dinner. This was a good choice. Probably won't sit in the middle if the floor again, but the service was great and fried chicken was scrumptious 😊
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Max Capacity BUT Food is to diVe 4
    HoustonRestaurantee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We visited Max's Wine's Dive during Houston Restaurant Weeks (2014). Although we made reservations, it was very crowded and we still waited close to 20 minutes for our table. However, the food and wine were fabulous and worth the wait. We received our food in a timely manner and our server was attentive and kind. I would recommend Max's (and the Max and Cheese is a must!).
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not my cup of tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I thought this restaurant was better by the reviews I read but I guess I have a different taste than those who rated this one great. The chicken was just ok and no flavor. Didn't even want the greens and the brownie was dry and hard on the edges. Would not recommend because of the food and lack of good service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dive Right In!
    Musicfoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had the opportunity to introduce my friend, Emily, to one of my favorite places- Max's Wine Dive! She let me order everything and said " I trust you, you've never steered me wrong". We shared the mac and cheese and added applewood smoked bacon, split tge drippy, delicious egg sandwich with truffle oil, and gad a taste of the fried chicken with honey- chipotle sauce ( totally makes the dish!!), before packing all the leftovers up for my hubby! Ordered a wonderful Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, which complimented the food perfectly! At our waiter, Keon's, suggestion we also tried a glass of his favorite and ended up bringing the rest of the bottle home. He was very attentive and friendly. We will definetely be back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Luvmesumfood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I would've gave it 5 stars, but I was seated at the table right by the door and was disturbed by flies. Other than that, AWESOME! Food, service, atmosphere were all A+!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    criticwreasonablexpctatns
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Prices a little steep, menu interesting, food OK, nothing special. wanted to like it more
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Foodie4thought
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This restaurant has good service and great food. We dined for HRW and were very satisfied. The appetizers were amazing. We ordered the mac and cheese and stuffed peppers. They both melted in your mouth and left you wanting more. The fried chicken is a staple here and well worth the trip. Good portion sizes and flavorful options to choose from. Dessert was just the right size. We tried all three desserts and we loved them all! Definitely a must to stop by. Even if it isn't restaurant weeks. However, don't expect a fully stocked bar. They only have beer and wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodventurer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good food! Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A solid Houston gastropub.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I ordered the fish. It was OK I did like the fried oysters. Service was great
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    caseyrfitz
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was great, service was great. Its a good deal for HRW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    EBIII
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Thanks to Max's for a Great Birthday Dinner with my family!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was excellent. Crowd was too loud. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried chicken was amazing
    quynhspinsVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Came for early dinner with kids. Our server was ok. Not loving the kids so much. I get it, its a wine dive.. Body language says a lot. Food was good as was the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great With Friends or Alone
    mskristyali
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I usually meet friends midday for great food at Max's Wine Dive. I am not a fan of large crowds. Being there 30 minutes after opening was a perfect time for me. I simply needed a grapefruit juice mimosa and French toast fix. But, then I had to indulge in some jalapeño cheese grits. I loved the promptness of service and my waitress was beyond kind. I was thoroughly satisfied. Will definitely be back for another Saturday morning fix.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was really great. It is a small space and the music was a little loud, but the great wine list and the really delicious food more than made up for that. I would come back time and time again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was very good. I had the fried chicken. It was okay just kind of dry for my liking. My boyfriend had the Chicken Fried Lobster, which was WONDERFUL.. The plate is kind of expensive for the way the resturant looks. The plate was $40, and I felt for the atmosphere is should have been around $25, and especially once I seen the kitchen lol... Once we placed our orders the waitress did not come back to the table until it was time for the ticket. I counted the number of times she reached out to her other tables to make sure they were okay, but for us she couldn't reach out once. I was also expecting a better atmosphere it just very plain.. not a romantic place at all!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marie17306
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The service was great. The food is also very good. This was my fourth time at Max's Wine Dive. I will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food....great atmosphere
    HappyBruncher
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was great...service was great too...was seated immediately. .accommodated my order change when I asked for an appetizer after ordering my meal..The entrée was served in a timely manner and was hot...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service - Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food, of course...was amazing. We had the fried egg sandwich and it is a great one to share with someone. Simply divine! We also shared some french fries which we could not finish. It is just too big for one person. The service was excellent. In fact, all of the wait staff were on top of it! We never had to ask for refills or wait long to ask for anything. we will definitely be coming back...on a very empty stomach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty
    ErikinSeabrook
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went for restaurant week to try dinner and were very pleased we did. The food was very good and the wine was great. The oysters and fried chicken are a must try. The also off very discounted prices on wine cases. If you like what you are drinking ask for a case price! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie39
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great first experience our waiter was GREAT!!! we all enjoyed ourselves and will be back again really soon. the 15% off coupon helped too!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    BrunchDate
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The waiter Josg was really nice and patient. We didnt have to wait long for the food and it was a nice atmosphere. Great customer service and great place for a brunch date with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good laid back or dress up vibe
    505foodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Famous fried chicken is awesome! Definitely would get the watermelon salad and mac'n'cheese again. Mix of people dressed up and dressed casual makes for comfortable setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Max's HRW
    Oneyepete
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were first seated in high chairs at a small table in front of the bar. For drinking: OK. For eating, I prefer a more secure perch. Staff was agreeable changing us to a seat along the wall. The four-course HRW menu provided plenty of food. The oyster appetizer was great, wonderful flavor and crunch; the mac n cheese also top-notch. The house salad, fine but unremarkable. We weren't too excited about the other entree offerings, so we ordered the fried chicken, which was juicy and crisp. The mashed potatoes were OK (glad they left out the skins), but my first experience with collard greens will probably be my last. The desserts were also unremarkable. Maybe a C+/B- overall. Our server Laura was professional, pleasant and prompt.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have eaten here MANY times. Disappointed burger...dry no flavor....I was so looking forward to this dinner with friends at one of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Upsacle Cuisine
    HoustonFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We love Max's Wine Dive! It's a 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk from home. The appetizers and entrees are new American infused with southwestern and Tex-Mex flavors applied to foods ranging from fresh gulf shrimp to southern fried chicken and collard greens. Delicious! When we're in doubt about a wine, the servers have always recommended excellent pairings. The service is efficient but never rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Max's mezzamezz
    SuzeVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Just so so. And not sure if it was because of HRW or not. Early Sunday dinner reservation and still we were seated smack up to the hostess stand. Food arrived jumbled with apps coming out after salads and drinks coming after both. Companion ordered their signature burger medium. It arrived rare. Signature fried chicken was heavenly with just a nice jalapeño kick. Desserts were nothing special. Warm chocolate brownie was supposed to have an ancho chile pick up but lacked the verve. Also was supposed to be accompanied by a cinnamon ice cream but we denoted vanilla.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.