About Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar has been serving Cary & the Triangle since 1991. Owned and operated by Will & Margie Hennessee, Maximillians offers global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Offering over 15 wines by the glass in addition to an extensive bottle list, or enjoy one of our hand crafted cocktails or local draft beers. We hope you will join us, and if it is your first visit, it won't be your last! Cheers!

8314 Chapel Hill Rd
Cary, NC 27513-4051
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:00 Friday - Saturaday 5:00 - 10:00

Cross Street:
Academy Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 465-2455

Website:
http://www.maximilliansgrill.com/

Entertainment:
Check our Facebook page for our live entertainment schedule.

Catering:
Maximillians offers a variety of catering options based on your individual needs, from business to social we will assure your event to be a success.

Parking Details:
We offer a private parking lot for our guests.

Executive Chef:
Margie Hennessee

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Will or Margie Hennessee 919-465-2455 for information.

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

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4.8

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4.4

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4.5

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (6)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had not been to Maximillian's in a very long time so it was like seeing/tasting it for the first time. If, like us, food is what interests you most when you go out, then read no further, you can head over to Maximillian's and have a very good dinner. We had the calamari starter, which was excellent and served with a surprisingly delicious edible bowl. Then the Duck Confit and the Shrimp and Clams over Linguine were both a hit. Dessert was fine. The staff is not in any way polished, but they make up for it by being just plain nice. My only complaint, and again, ambiance is not a top priority for us, is that the lighting is horrendous and makes the restaurant look very poorly decorated (and it makes the food look sad too). We will be back though and are happy to have them in Cary.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Maximillian's just keeps getting better. My brother was visiting from Nevada, so my wife and I treated him to a meal at our favorite restaurant. Expectations are always high when we take guests to Maximillian's and once again the high bar was cleared with what appeared to be ease. My brother doesn't get fresh, local seafood too often, and he was impressed by the quality of the perfectly prepared scallops and its accompaniments. The rockfish and shrimp special was beautifully prepared and presented. Coming from the Chesapeake Bay area, rockfish is in our blood. A perfectly seasoned and properly cooked piece of rockfish is a rare treat and the kitchen delivered splendidly. Service was warm, attentive, but not stuffy or distracting. A lovely night that the three of us will long remember.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Madie served us with attention to detail and a warm, wonderful friendliness that made us feel we had known her for years. The chef stopped by to see how our meal was and we just gushed.
My hubby is a vegetarian and can be hard to impress. They prepared a special dinner for him based on his likes - it was delicious and the flavor was even better than my fantastic fish. The drinks were divine, but I would say our appetizers were the biggest surprise hit. We ordered the dips and the gorgonzola polenta cakes - both were scrumptious (I don't even like beets! The fried potatoes?? I want to know how they did that!!) We will be going back soon and bringing friends!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This place has spectacular food and excellent service. It's expensive and worth it

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Organic, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had another great meal at Maximillian's. Our server was especially good tonight. The grilled romaine and apple and walnut salads were both fresh and tasty. I had the filet special with a portabello mushroom stuffed with creamed spinach and sweet potato fingers. The filet was cooked correctly but had a bit too much cracked pepper for my taste. My dining companion had the polenta cakes in a gorgonza sauce. The sauce was exceptional.

As always the desserts were delicious.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Ladies night out and we had a great time! Our food was excellent and wine was perfect ( try Klinker Brick -Old Ghost- excellent!) service was top notch! Menu has great choices and chef even came around to ask how our meal was! Highly recommend!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I have been dining at Maximillians for close to 20 years through all of its iterations, and Will and Margie's version is the best. Great food, good wine list and great service. Highly recommended for innovative and deftly prepared cuisine.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Spicy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a reservation an noticed that they were very busy upon our arrival. We were seated quickly and had excellent & timely service inspite of the crowds. We had the calamari & pork belly appetizers (the BEST). One of us got salmon, I got scallops, the other got a shrimp dish. Our wines were great and so was the food. I can't remember having a better meal than this one.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We loved our plates. The food is very good and products are fresh. They have a real chef. Thanks. We will come back soon!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Scallop curry special and calamari appetizer were unique and delicious! Friendly place and knowledgeable staff

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I hadn't been to Maximillian's for many years. It was as wonderful as I remembered. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent food and service! Scallops cooked perfectly. Nice wine list

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Local family restaurant that was just great. The sesame Calamari was awesome ! Won't ever have fried calamari again.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Maximillian’s has been one of our favorite date night spots for several years. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable with delicious, creative food. We are never disappointed!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Impressed with the service and the number of staff members who were engaged in our experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had a great time and wonderful meal. The Voodoo is spicy, but two out of five in our party tried it and loved it! I requested the vegetarian and was asked what vegetables did I like and how spicy did I want it. Left the creativity up to the chef and it was fantastic. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Superb service and very special dishes
Flexible on changing dish

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Mady was our server and she was exceptional. Pleasant, professional with great spot on recommendations. Wine, appetizers, main course and desert were excellent. Highly recommend, first time back since new management. Much improved in my opinion.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our two dinners since the new management have been fantastic. Excellent food, service, decor and wine list. Salads, appetizers and main courses are all creative and cooked perfectly with fresh ingredients. The service is attentive, efficient but not overbearing. Nice wine list with a wide selection and range of prices. We plan on frequenting Maximillians.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 19, 2017

My husband and I came here for NYE and loved it! (Especially the seasonal oysters) We came back this summer for a date night and again, was not disappointed. Drinks are great and seasonal!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We went to Max's for our 46th wedding anniversary. We have eaten at Max's several times including the original Max's located by south Hills. We stated in our Open Table reservation that it was our anniversary so they comped us 2 glasses of champagne which were delicious. We shared the grilled Cesar salad which was very tasty. I ordered the Pasta From Hell, which isn't on the current menu but was on previous Max menus. It's pasta in a hot white sauce with huge shrimp, fish, and clams. It was very tasty. My wife ordered the salmon and she loved it.

The owners and the wait staff were very friendly.

Max's is a great place for special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Chef was wonderfully generous with an appetizer with brisket on polenta. Great app!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Max's has always been one of my favorites, but last time we went (probably around 2 years ago) we were really disappointed and I hadn't been back. We decided to go back this week for a date night, and it was amazing! They are back at the top of my list for date nights.
I had the duck, which was perfect, and a very large portion. My husband had the calamari which he said was the perfect texture and the brisket appetizer special which I snuck a bite of and it was spectacular!
It is nice to have somewhere this good in Cary!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Max's has been one of our favorites for many, many years. We are more than impressed by the subtle, (and some not so subtle), tweaks that the new ownership has come up with. There's more emphasis on local ingredients for sure. As always, the food was fabulous...four different entrees, each one excellent, as were the desserts we indulged in. We were a very happy crew!

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Experience was terffic, resturant was perfect, staff great, great, and food was outstanding delicious. Everyone was so friendly, we felt we had been there many times before and were part of a wonderful family resturant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food; great service. Will go back again and will suggest to others

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

My wife and I picked Maximillian's for our anniversary, and I don't think we could have been happier. Great food, excellent and personable service, and fun.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food was great and the portions were large. The atmosphere does not match the quality of the food -- it seems more like a small neighborhood restaurant with no ambiance. It was too noisy for my taste.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We found this restaurant by chance thru a Google search. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't let that fool you. The menu is fantastic, with great options for everyone. Not your standard choices, but not so different that it will scare off the "non-foodies". I had the Grow a Pear cocktail, Korean BBQ sticky ribs appetizer, the Beef Filet with sauteed spinach stuffed portabello mushroom cap and sauteed green beans and carrots (dinner special), and coconut layer cake. Everything was delicious and the filet is the best I have ever had. Generous portions, reasonable prices, attentive staff and top-notch dishes...you need to head to Maximillian's tonight!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Delightful dining experience. Food was delicious. The entertainment added to the evening's enjoyment.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 11, 2017

To survive 25 years as a fine-dining establishment in Cary, you have to be doing something right. But that doesn't mean being staid. Just the opposite in fact.

Maximillian's has always evolved while keeping its core values: globally influenced, locally sourced food bursting with flavor and textures in a comfortable, homey atmosphere. In just about a year and a half, Margie and Will Hennessee have put their own stamps on Max's, both from the culinary and hospitality angles.

While building on Michael Schiffer's foundation, Margie has found her own unique rhythm as a chef; the menu is continually sparkling with her creative approaches to clean dishes beautifully prepared with eye-popping surprises. A recent whole red-snapper, prepared Thai-style accompanied by an Asian pear, kohlrabi slaw was a revelation, each bite rewarding the diner with a kaleidoscope of flavors that never overwhelmed the delicate flesh of the fish. Just a few days before that there was a bouillabaisse featuring shrimp, scallops, clams and pan-seared amberjack finding a perfect home in an herbed shellfish broth. And a couple of weeks before that the Homage to the Pig featured a local blueberry chutney-style sauce that married North Carolina to Southeast Asia.

There's a wine list that builds upon the owners' ability to uncover impressive values that one doesn't normally find on other lists. Confer with Will, because he'll point you to something you might not expect, like pairing that snapper with an acidic, but well-rounded Muller Thurgau at a very attractive price point.

The front of the house is run quietly and efficiently in Will's hands. It's just a pleasant place to be among people with whom you'd like to spend time. And, you get to enjoy a sensational meal in the bargain. That's what keeps me coming back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Overall service was good. Food was good but not spectacular. Tables are a bit tight to walls. Response to some food issues was less than ideal. No discounted meals or dessert offered for the issues experienced.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere. Will always be one of my favorite local restaurants in Cary!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Had a super experience on Friday night. Voodoo tuna and the amberjack special were both out of this world. Not to mention the "Force of Nature" Zinfandel. One of the very best restaurants in the area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 29, 2017

These guys do a great job with service, food, atmosphere. The space is a little loud, but it also feels cozy and comfortable and everyone is very friendly. We went for our anniversary on Saturday and multiple people throughout the night wished us a happy anniversary - - the staff is all like family so they create a warm environment and make you feel welcome.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The menu and specials have really evolved under the new owners and there is always something good for everyone. We greatly appreciated the expert attention of staff and felt so fortunate to get a visit from Chef! One of the best in Cary for fine dining.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Everything was done very well. We had calamari and we both had the Voodoo Tuna. This is a deceptively filling and quite tasty dish, but quite spicy. Not for the timid. Service was quite good, with attentiveness without being a bother.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went here on the recommendation of a friend. Food was fabulous and service was great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Found out about Maximillian's while reading Cary Living magazine. It received great reviews so we decided to celebrate our adult daughter's birthday as she was flying in from Florida to celebrate one of her niece's birthdays!
We had a blast! Mady, our waitress, was a hoot and provided fantastic service! We met Will (owner) and Maggie ( owner and chef). Before the evening was over we felt like family. I don't know how our adult son who is a "Foodie" escaped this lil gem when he lived in Raleigh. We will definitely take him to "Maxi's" next time he is in town! And we will for sure request Mady when we make reservations on Open Table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My wife and I both enjoyed our appetizers, entrees, ad dessert. There is a great wine list. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and very polite. We will go back!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual
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