Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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!
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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Excellent food, great service! Met Margie and Will, and they made us feel so welcome. Will make this a regular spot on our travels.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and wonderful service, will be back soon

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. I had not been there in over 10 years. I remembered their Pasta From Hell. It was not on the menu. I asked our waitress. She did not know about it. She went into the kitchen to ask. The chef made a Pasta From Hell for me. It was unbelievable!!!

OT
Raleigh
69 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The night started slowly. The wine we ordered was out of stock. Management made it right by substituting one of slightly higher price and charging the original wine price. The three stars for service had nothing to do with the waitstaff. Our server was friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, she spent most of the evening saying, "Sorry for the wait" as she brought out our food. Twenty-five minutes for a charcuterie and cheese plate and another 35 minutes for the entrée wouldn't be so bad except we were the only folks in the dining room for the first half hour. Once the food did come out, it was very good.

SS
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way, every time. Never disappoints.

PS
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable business dinner. Both food and service were noteworthy.

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Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Meal was good not great. Had shrimp and grits and date had trout. Both were good but hard to say outstanding. Good flavor but not wow. Service was good although we did need to flag waitress down once for a little extra help. I would still recommend Maximillians but I’ll likely order something else next time with a little more kick.

PS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. The Voodoo Tuna was incredible. The wine list is hard to beat.

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Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were delighted with Maximilian’s! It was our first time, and the restaurant did a great job on all aspects of the experience. Tony, our server, was enthusiastic and personable, and she was attentive to just the right degree. The scallops my wife ordered were excellent, and the pork chop I ordered was superb! I also enjoyed Max’s Martini - also excellent! The blue cheese olives made all the difference!

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

I have a garlic allergy which few restaurants deal with well. Most make sure I have a (boring) meal with no garlic. (5 points). These folks not only ensured my meal was garlic free, but they also provided a delicious meal! (10 points) Thank you very much everybody. I will definitely be back. Bruce

VM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal. The calamari was fantastic. The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Definitely would recommend

AW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our party of five had a nice 'early dinner' on 9/12. It started at the bar where we tasted some lovely wines and selected a bottle. Our bar tender was knowledgeable and nice. Once at our table, we had a new server who may still be in the earlier stages of her training. She was sincere, so her faux pas were forgiveable -- but, she definitely needs a bit more training to better represent the wonderful cuisine of this restaurant. . Luckily, the food, made up it.

R
Western NC
35 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, wine list & service.
Our meal was prepared to perfection & the owners were engaging. I can hardly wait to return next week.

HM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always terrific! It is my go to restaurant when I have family in town.

BG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maximillians remains one of the finest dining experiences in the triangle. First class staff, and owners/chef who couldn't be more committed to excellence. Once again we were treated to a fantastic evening - esp nice since we were celebrating a special event.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Nothing special. First time, probably won’t go back.

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Raleigh
54 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding dinner! The spicy gazpacho, General Tso’s calamari, shrimp ceviche, and Caesar salad - all outstanding! We asked for a variation on the special entree .... no worries, no problem. Jason, our waiter, was attentive and prompt. And as always, Margie and Will are so gracious and kind. We plan to dine here on a more regular basis when in town. Thank you!

BC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant consistently delights. Excellent for business meals as well as personal occasions. The food is creative, interesting and always well-prepared. I have been dining at Maximillians for 15+ years.

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Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dinner at Maximillians is wonderful! The menu is inventive and diverse in the options. The salads, "sociables" ( large enough for two) entrees and desserts are all top notch. The wine list is great, carefully selected for all tastes and prices . If you are really into wines like we are you will not be disappointed. Go!

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Just wasn’t up to par. Been there twice before and was a fantastic experience. This time, waited 15 mins after order for wine. Short rib was not cooked well. Ambience was lacking. Will go back, but this experience was way out of line with our past very positive experiences. While we will give Maximillians another chance, this was not up to prior standards.

DM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated a 50th birthday for someone who has had a very difficult few years. Our server was AMAZING. She was funny, engaging, knowledgeable about the food and wine menus and even relit the birthday candle for the birthday man when I accidentally blew it out :-( We will definitely be back! Thank you!!!

c
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great little restaurant. Definitely get the diver scallops!! The wait staff is wonderful. Perfect spot to celebrate an event or a date night.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harrison was an amazing server! We had the filet special, the voodoo sushi grade tuna, and bone marrow. It was my significant others birthday and he isn’t a big dessert person but he still talks about their vanilla ice cream!! Everything was perfect, thanks to everyone who made it happen.

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

Another fantastic experience. My “Homage to the Pig” was hands-down the best pork chop I’ve ever had, and my date really appreciated the level of accommodation provided by the chef when it came to vegetarian options. Will certainly be coming back again soon!

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've eaten here many times, and the food and service are always excellent. Our only concerns on this visit were that we were seated back to back with another couple, even though it was early, and most tables were empty. Also, the size of a glass of wine has decreased. One glass was normally plenty, this time I had no problem drinking 2. We'll still go back, but might want to have a glass of wine before we get there!

KG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time .

SS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Only trouble is choosing since every dish is fabulous.

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Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the shareable plates are amazing!! We were so happy with everything - the calamari is amazing! Try the gazpacho if it’s the special that day - it’s incredibly fresh!! Our waitress was incredible and so sweet! First time here & we will definitely be back when we are in town!

A
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Staff interactions and food were good, with a nice menu. Jason, our wait person, did a really good job. Interesting wine list though limited. Ambience is only fair to poor. The interior needs to be updated and modernized, with updated lighting and color. In addition, it is really off-putting to enter the restaurant through the kitchen into a dark area that smells of fish.

LW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary! They greeted us with complimentary champagne which I thought was very thoughtful. I had the shrimp and grits and they were AMAZING! He had the Voodoo special and it was delicious as well. Calamari appetizer was the best calamari I had ever had before...it was just lightly breaded. We will definitely be back here again!

BC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our latest visit to Maximillians was excellent, as expected! We don’t go there as often as we like but every visit has always been fantastic. Loved the Voodoo Tuna, the wife’s Trout was also very good as was the calamari! We will be back.

m
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the food and service but the noise level makes it impossible to have a conversation without yelling

G
Raleigh
42 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little place off the beaten path. Great food and service. A little hard to find and limited parking but worth the effort. Friend had trout and raved about it. Great wine pairing for near perfect meal. Place can be a little crowded and noisy but service was excellent.

A
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious menu. Food more gourmet than is usual is this area. Choices range from grilled Caesar salad , gazpacho to trout, pork, seafood along with delicious accompaniments

JE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm in love with Maximillians! The Voodoo Fish of the day was to die for and my duck was spot on! They make the best Manhattan and the wines by the glass were excellent. I love the cozy feel of the bar and the dining room is charming. Our service was spot on and very personalized. I will be back SOON!

T
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with family and friends and the experience was unlike any other. the food, drinks, and service were impeccable. 10/10 would recommend for any occasion!

AF
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious
Shared the calamari appetizer and had a filet. Recommend both.
The max martini with blue cheese olives was excellent
Will return

J
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice wine list and food selections. Service was very attentive....too attentive at times as we were catching up with friends had not seen in a awhile. It was our first time dining there

D
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Voodoo is great! My French colleague, who despises American calimari preparation in general, ate all of mine. I think he liked it.

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Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Maximilian’s has been and continues to be a phenomenal experience. The owners are personable and always present. Service and food was delightful.

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