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
225 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)notable wine list (115)great for brunch (111)hot spot (104)neighborhood gem (80)great for lunch (50)vibrant bar scene (50)late-night find (50)good for groups (40)special occasion (38)romantic (30)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Need more non-alcoholic beverages!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant has great food but I hate that it doesn't offer non-alcoholic beverages. That's ridiculous! They only offer tea. What is that about?!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had a great experience, waiter was very attentive. Great wine and chicken!'
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine + comfort food = 5 stars
    ScottSchneider
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We booked two separate reservations for 4 people each and Max's was able to put our group together at 2 adjacent tables - nice. Food was great as ever - I had a hot dog with goat cheese on it with a 2007 Saigoba Privada Reserve from Rioja - doesn't make any sense but it worked! Everybody had a great dining experience and both groups went home with a case of wine. Russell took great care of us as well. Max's on Washington continues to be a go-to place for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Brunch3Amigos
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food and service is always awesome! Natalie rocks, very assertive!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great!
    nickname
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I love this place. There is not much more to say! Highly recommend getting a reservation first.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Impression
    Dee14
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I recently celebrated my boyfriend's birthday here and they made it really special and topped it off with a surprise cake with candles! The food is delicious. We had the fried chicken with spinach and mash potatoes. Wine was great and they allowed us to taste a few before we made our choice. Everyone was friendly. We will be back soon. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking forward to my next visit
    HoustonRestaurantFanVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food is comfort food, sometimes with a twist. The chicken fried lobster tail was delicious. The egg sandwich was big and tasty. The wine list is impressive but not stuffy. The 70's music (coming from a juke box) was perfect for me, though a little bit too loud. Despite its casual appearance, a reservation is very much in order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place. Okay Food.
    Foodie28
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was my second time being here and my second experience barely exceeded the first. The first time I visited I was seated at table RIGHT next to the restroom and the back exit. The table was very wobbly and irritating. Not to mention the sitting location was very undesirable. My second visit I had reservations (and arrived on time), but was asked to stand and wait until another party left before being seated. I ordered the pancakes and wings. The pancakes were dry and the wings weren't crispy enough. My overall experience was just "okay". I'm not in a hurry to dine there again. I would not necessarily recommend this restaurant to a friend, but I would also advise them to make their own decision based in their experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food!!
    foodlover2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My friends and I actually went to this place because the original place that we chose was closed. We were pleasantly surprised at the food. I had the Eggs Benedict and it was delicious! One of my friends had the biggest deep fried pork chop that I had ever seen and was so tender and juicy! Overall, we decided to put this place into our monthly brunch rotation because we will definitely be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice spot for small group
    dine4fun
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had brunch here with 4 of my best girlfriends. Two of my friends brought their little ones so we requested two high chairs which made our space tight and made it difficult for other guests to navigate around us part. because we were seated right outside the restroom. That was really the only issue. Food was great (I had the Southern Fried Chicken w collard greens... Yum! My friends enjoyed their food as well) and service was good. The drinks were good and reasonably priced... We bought mimosas for the table. It was a bit noisy from the crowd, but we didn't mind that too much since our babies were a bit active too. Overall, I would recommend as a nice spot for a small group of friends (no more than 5) to get together for good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud and poor service
    MinaG
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Restaurant is small and crowded. Noise level is very high. Food was ok. I expected better quality for the price. Service was slow and we had to ask for several items twice. Not planning to ever go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had the shrimp & grits....amazing!!! I've heard everything here is great. The plates being delivered with fry chicken look amazing. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the foie gras with PB & J, yum!
    ZealousEater
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I am definitely not a peanut butter fan, but a foie gras fan and I very much do recommend the foie gras with peanut butter and jelly before dinner plate. It make your taste buds happy. I was also able to order a side order of mushroom risotto. It was filled with cheese and mushrooms, and cooked well. Yum yum risotto. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flossy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The fried chicken, greens and macaroni were great! The wine prices were a bit much, but the food was priced well. Highly recommended....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Client Meeting
    DinnerDealsGuy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I brought some clients from out of state here and they loved it. Good comfort food, service and atmosphere. Open Table helped facilitate a very busy evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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.