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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Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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
124 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

DI
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and even better service! Salmon was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very salty .

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

KM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great. Service on the other hand not so much. Took over 15 minutes to get our drinks and we watched our server ignore us and takeba shot with the table behind us instead of doing his job. Then came directly to our table still carrying his shot glass and yucky whiskey breath. Super unprofessional. Probably won't return, there's to many other better options in ATL.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PhD student looking for a nice dinner.

SS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre as was beer. Service was very slow.

TB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I stopped here on the way to a concert. The ambiance was great. I ordered the fish and chips and it was bland, he ordered a burger it it was good. The bathroom was disgusting, the soap and paper towel
Dispenser was just siting on the counter. The waitress was nice and quick

MD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Time to deliver food to the table and the consistency on the dish ingredients was my turn down but I will go back. Overall was pretty good.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, with a great choice of food and beers and great staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambient, Iris, our waiter was excellent. She brin especial plate for my peaky niece. In overall nothing to regret. If we are again in the area, we will coming back.

WP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we come to Atlanta we must eat here. Everything is awesome.

VC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Manhattan was perfectly cooked, and the fried cheesecake was really great.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scott provided excellent service and recommendations to a large group of out-of-towners that were first time customers. It was a great experience, and the food and drinks were great.

NJ
Atlanta
125 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fish tacos and a rum drink for lunch. The tacos were yummy (as always), and our drinks were nice and stiff. Overall, we consistently have a great experience at Max Lager's. Shout out to Juan for taking great care of us!

TB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a very nice experience. The staff was nice, food was good, and it’s in a great location.

C
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laid back environment, food was excellent and well priced. Typical downtown, pay to park.

NB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was flavorless and the wait staff seemed unequipped to handle large tables - even though this place was marked as 'good for large groups'. At one point one of the waiters was agitated and rude. There was also a lot of gnats and flies that made it not a great environment to eat in.

f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Too bad the service was so bad. Otherwise ruined a great meal.

AD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nothing impressive. Food was okay, not worth the price we paid. The best part about our dinner was the appetizer cheese bread. The price in my opinion is too much for the quality of the food and service.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and very friendly service

MJ
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was good. Waitress was great! Very loud and muggy inside though

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