Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery

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Max Lager's was one of the first restaurants to bring the fresh and natural wood-fired menu concept to Atlanta. The art of cooking with wood enhances the Max Lager's experience with bold flavors simply not found with alternative cooking methods. We feel that the investment made in the wood-fired grill is an investment that pays great dividends to our guests.

All Max Lager's menu items are prepared daily from scratch. Wood-fired steaks, burgers, seafood, ribs, and pizza are Max Lager's signature items. An inspired selection of entrée salads and pastas add variety to the American menu.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible service. We waited 20 minutes before finally flagging someone down to take our drink order. When our waiter finally did come over, there was no apology. We were going to suck it up and deal with it, but then the bugs showed up. Little tiny flies all over our booth. We were not sitting outside (in fact we were in the back of the restaurant) and it's not the summer. A bad sign that there's bugs. We paid for our drinks and got the heck out.

TB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jordan was amazing. From drinks to dessert, everything was perfect!

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Nice interior for casual dining, had reservations for 7 on a Friday night which they had run out of dough so no flatbread or pizzas. By the time we were leaving they began serving pizza and flatbread so it just seemed odd, especially for a Friday night. They also have no means of keeping wine chilled. They also were out of a selection on their beer list. Just sort of felt like they really didn’t care.

SL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious but service was only fair despite our visit on a slow weekday late afternoon. We ordered an appetizer that never arrived, and waited over 15 minutes for a single dessert. It was not busy at the time, so this gap in service was not easily explained. But a beer was delicious!!

EK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was absolutely packed when we arrived (large convention in town) but we had reservations and our table was ready when it was supposed to be. Dining room is a little crowded, it's difficult for waitstaff to maneuver between tables. Service was prompt, friendly, helpful. My salad was delicious but the fries were only lukewarm. I had a house lager which was excellent! The prices were very reasonable. I would definitely go back for a night out with friends or colleagues.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Meeting friends from out of town

OT
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

My husband, daughter and I had dinner here and the wait staff were friendly but it took a while to get some things (lemons, sweater, etc). Food was ok- didn’t blow me away but not bad. Husband and I are keto so limited choices (knew that going in- not holding against restaurant). Wings were really good!!!! Didn’t try the beer but have been told they are very good. Location was very nice- seating was fast and comfortable. Would go back

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They did not confirm we were there to Open Table. Food was decent but we fought off tiny flies at our INDOOR table throughout the dinner.

RB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love this place! It's a little over 2 hours of driving to eat here but we come as often as we can find an excuse to! Food is fantastic every time and keeps you wanting to come back.

CP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good selection and everything tasted great!

SB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

My first time eating at the restaurant. I wasn't impressed. I made reservations through OpenTable since it was lunch hours. On my reservation, I mentioned it was my friends birthday, and asked if the restaurant did anything. The server never brought up my request.
I only saw our server twice. We asked for mustard and ketchup when we ordered our food, there was no mustard or ketchup, so we had to wait, and wait.
We never received water refills. There never seemed to be a server around. Overall, I didn't think the restaurant was that busy.
I had to flag a man down - he looked like a manager - to pay our tab. The server came back, (this was the second time we saw him), not with my change, but to confirm we were leaving - I think. Yes, we are leaving, I need my change.
I will note, I was a server for over 10 years - I wasn't impressed.

Servers name on the receipt is Devin.

GP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were attending the play Wicked at the Fox Theatre. The restaurant was in close proximity. The service and food was incredible. We will definitely return.

BI
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Terrible service, orders incomplete or wrong. Fries cold and soggy new fries worse! Beer was good? That’s only positive we could think of.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good beer options, the Maxadillas were amazing. However I would not suggest getting the Pasta D’Avellino - it was completely flavorless. The chicken broth does not give it any flavor and it’s just wet noodles in a bowl. Also got the BBQ Chicken pizza - it could have been cooked longer. Parts of the crust were still somewhat doughy.

Overall decent experience.

JC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely place, was a very busy Friday night so service was a bit on the slow side. Waited a very long time before we were greeted by our server but would definitely go again.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and beer. Nice place to have dinner.

SS
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The menu looked great and the ambiance was nice. The wood smoke was in the air almost assured we were going to have a good meal. Nope. The flatbread appetizer came out 2 minutes before the entrees. It was good, but we had to rush to eat it so the entrees didn’t get cold. Our entrees (salmon and the pork chop) were both much too salty and the salmon was overcooked. The pork chop was cooked well, just too much salt.

Though the website states there is valet parking, and even offered directions to the valet, there wasn’t. We were instructed to park in a lot a block away for $12 a while there were less expensive options in the immediate area.

Maybe other dishes would have been better, but we won’t be back. There are many other options in the city for a good meal.

N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

In town for a week, and were looking for a nice meal to kick things off...didnt happen. Server impatient and spoke too low in a noisy room and two orders came out completely wrong they had to remake...also overcooked steak (ordered MR got close to MW) and undercooked mussels (ewwwwwww!!!) Would not dine here again.

NJ
Atlanta
137 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was the first time in quite some time in which we came for dinner. We sat outside, so we had the entire patio to ourselves. It was a great experience - as always. Our drinks were great - a shout out to the bartender - I don’t remember her name, but we appreciate that she remembered us! Our food was good (especially that salmon!), and Devon provided us with excellent customer service.
Thanks so much and we’ll see you again soon!

CC
Portland
72 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat outside on the patio where it was quieter. Good service and food. Beer was great....brewed in-house

DI
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bday experience...the place struck me as being brand new, but its just so well maintained!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Fillet was incredible

EK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Their Cobb salad had barely any lettuce, the avocado was brown, none of the ingredients were fresh. One of our group had the fried chicken and it was fairly good. Please don’t offer salad if you don’t maintain fresh ingredients! 😩

f
Munich
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Klasse Lokal mit tollem Ambiente und freundlicher Bedienung. Die Auswahl an Speisen und Getränken ist sehr gut. Unbedingt das eigen gebrautes Bier probieren.

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott was the best waiter! He was very attentive and accommodated all dietary needs. He offered great suggestions for everyone in our party of 8...very personalized service.

CL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was just mediocre, as was the service. Not bad, not good, just not worth spending time and money on.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and my husband love the peach glaze on the ribs. My crispy shrimp was also wonderful, it's just to bad that I live in Wisconsin and I don't believe you have a restaurant here. If you do, I will highly recommend it to friends and family.

R
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service and atmosphere. Food was good but not great. The wings and the sauce they use with them was fantastic. My girlfriend really enjoyed her filet but my ribs were a little dry and tough and my side of collards were extremely salty. Would give it another shot though.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and even better service! Salmon was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ordered the Mediterranean Pizza and the Bison Burger. Mediterranean Pizza was AMAZING, great flavor and large portion! I highly recommend this pizza! Bison Burger was also very good. The food did take a long time to arrive after we ordered, which was fine, because we were enjoying the beers on tap.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great dinner. Beer was great. The service very good.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food took a little long to get after we ordered.
Food was cooked just right

OT
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

My wife and I come here every time we’re in Atlanta. This was by far the worst trip we’ve made here. We had reservations and it took forever to get seated. We ordered drinks and got them 15 minutes after we ordered. The waiter paid little attention to the table and spoke very little. The food came out cold. We brought some local friends and told them how good it was, so at the end we were telling them sorry because it didn’t live up to the hype. We’ll see if we come back next time we’re in town. Pretty bummed that it went downhill (at least on this occasion). The only positive this time is that the beer was good once we finally got it.

L
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very salty .

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Average experience. Seemed very loud for a weekday night when the restaurant wasn’t even full. Beers are good. Pizza was excellent! Love their crust! Other food stuffs were ok But nothing to talk about. Very cool building!

RT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

1st time here. Our waitress Iris was really nice and service was quick. She gave great suggestions. The food was amazing. Will diffinately be back again.

BM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Nothing to really distinguish it from any other brewpub/restaurant out there. Food was middling and the service was rather poor, perhaps because the staff felt overwhelmed by the people coming to Dragoncon but that shouldn't have been a surprise to the owners who should have made sure there was adequate staff with experience available.

KW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We were very impressed with the food at Max Lager's. It was delicious. Most of it was hot but a couple items were not.

The reason I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend was because of our server. She was okay but then when we got our check there was a Margherita on there. When we asked about it she said, our other table had ordered it (we were paying for 2 tables on one check). Then when we looked all of our sodas were not on there. We mentioned it she said not to worry about it and thanks for being honest. We then left after giving a 30% tip for both tables (the other table did not leave at the same time). A little while later our other table of friends came out of the restaurant and we asked about the Margherita and they had not ordered one! And then they asked us if we had left a tip? We said yes. The server had come to them on 3 different occasions and asked about leaving a tip on that table as well. So, they did.

We went to the manager a while later and told him of the situation. He said ok and that he had been watching her for a long time. Then said thanks and walked away. Did not offer to make it right. Did not offer to have us to his restaurant again or give us some sort of compensation for the theft. I am very disappointed in the service and the dishonesty but also the fact that the manager did not really care about the customers.

The food was good but will not come back.

JF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beer was better than expected based on other reviews, wife loved her Mediterranean Pizza, Texas Steak was OK. Staff was friendly, not busy on our visit

JB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We chose the southern fried chicken and a salmon dish - both very good! The ambience is fun with a cool vibe that fits the establishment. Our server, Iris, was both competent and very personable with a great feel for when to visit our table. In fact, in a very good setting she stood out as excellent! Great experience overall!

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