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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Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The specialty drinks are fun but the wine by the glass is limited.
The salads are giant (Cesar and Beet were our 2 selections) and they were both great.

We tried two Market Priced dinners. A '9 ounce filet' dinner and a '5 ounce lobster tail over pasta' with shrimp and clams. There were $42 each.

With the salads as large as they were, I expected so much more from the entrees. I doubt the filet was 9 ounces (seemed much smaller) and the lobster tail was really tiny after i finally managed to get it out of the shell. I think there were alot of shrimp to make up for it (guess) and Saffron based sauce was delicious, but again, small for $42 in my opinion. Went home hungry. Took a desert home since they have no espresso machine!

The dining room temperature required my wife to wear a coat over her shoulders. Not sure why it was so cold, but that did not make the atmosphere enjoyable. Staff were great and service was excellent otherwise, but didnt make it warmer.

I'd go back for salads and drinks

F
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were underwhelmed with our experience and the food.

DB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in Cary. Stacks up better to any dine dinning in the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is all very well conceived and executed, prices are reasonable. Servers were very nice. Atmosphere was nice.
I thought the main entree item was a little small and the risotto was a little generous for the plate. Proportionately, have to say, would've liked slightly larger main item and slightly less (undeniably delicious) risotto on the plate.

FF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our anniversary dinner here on Valentine's day. Food was excellent, our server Jen was fantastic and the other staff was also attentive. The temperature in the room was a little chilly but overall we had a great experience. Definitely recommend and plan on going back.

JD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Maximillian's!
This meal was for Valentine's day.
We ordered a 2014 Napa Syrah that got better and better as it came out of storage and up to room temperature.
Started with the meatballs (3 with shaved cheese and sauce over spinach) which were firm and tasty. The sauce over the meatballs had a nice tang to it.
Entrees were leg of lamb over creamed polenta and roasted carrots and trout over a citrus fennel mix... all delicious. The lamb was falling off the bone in chunks and served in it's own broth. The trout was prepared exactly how it should be: filleted (not a single bone missed) with the skin intact on bottom.
Dessert was coconut cake with vanilla gelato. The cake frosting was borderline too sweet, but it is cake so what should we have expected?
Our server Jason was informative and attentive without being "all up in" our romantic dinner for two. Our food came out timely at each stage of the meal.
We are hoping to come back before the menu cycles to try the Voodoo dish (spicy green curry)!
Each time we've been to Maximilian's we've done a bottle of wine and full meal and each time we tell ourselves "we should come here more often".

BH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had an outstanding dinner on Valentine's Day. Our waiter was excellent, food was outstanding, and the sound level was very nice, allowing us to talk. Seems like most restaurants today are so noisy you have to yell at each other, but the the noise level here was very pleasant. Biggest disappointment was making a reservation on line showed only 5:30 and 9:00 reservations available for Valentine's Day. We expected it to be very busy, but more than half the tables were empty most of the time, and there were still empty tables when we left at 7:30. We would have preferred to eat at 7:00 and were disappointed to have had to arrive so early. Will call next time. Also, while it was a nice leisurely dinner, getting the check at the end took almost half an hour due to "computer connection problems."

KT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a regular customer because consistently high quality with diverse, interesting menu, great value, service, and atmosphere!

OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere. Excellent service.

VS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant for 24 years... what else can I say?

M
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your never gonna get this unique and flavorful taste at any chain- even upscale chains. It was one of the best food experiences I’ve had in the three years I’ve lived here.

SG
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unassuming place at the end of a quiet strip mall. Free parking. Service was attentive. Menu was varied and every single thing our party of 3 tried was excellent: Butterbean hummus, bacon-stuffed pork, calamari in wonton cup, kale-butternut squash salad. Not a bargain but you get what you pay for. The 70s-80s music was quite loud at one point but they realized and turned it down. We will definitely be back.

JL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our Triangle Restuarant Week meal. My food was tasty as always. Service was good.

G
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Part of a birthday weekend this dining experience was warm, comfortable and pleasant. With a homey atmosphere the staff is cordial and informative. Offering excellent selections the meal was filling and tasty.

LB
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Can't wait to go back.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was there for restaurant week again this year but have to say they failed this time food was not on spot, having been several times , I was disappointed, the coconut cake with usually amazing was so dry I could not eat it.. will have to rethink. If I would return

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! I had not been to Maximilian’s in a while and decided to go back for restaurant week and it was even better than I remembered! I will definitely be back soon.

J
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, good food with a great recommendation in wine. Made some minor dietary adjustments with no trouble.

DT
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance were excellent! Highly recommend.

H
Wilmington
113 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our server was very friendly and professional. This is a fine example of creative, modern food. Maggie is an excellent chef who uses fresh, local ingredients to craft a wonderful dining experience. Scallops, Ahi Tuna and Trout are all good choices. Take some friends and enjoy this gem in Cary NC. Easy parking available too.

KB
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a treat to go to Maximillian's. The food is outstanding, the ambiance is friendly and the service is good. One of our very favorite places in Cary.

MB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love the voodoo tuna....this time of year it was voodoo trout. I still loved it:) My neighbors will be going here for their anniversary on the 8th!:)

RS
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mavimillian’s is consistently good. Tried something new, Homage to the Pig, which was excellent

SS
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints.

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This New Year’s Eve meal was a tribute to mediocrity and a reminder to let the past go. This strip mall restaurant struggles to be more significant than it truly is. The Homage to the Pig entree was more of a disrespectful tribute to an animal that gave its life for no apparent reason. The pork was disrespectfully overcooked and sad. The roasted chicken was not terrible, with the risotto being the best food on the table. The flourless chocolate cake had the taste and consistency of a cardboard box pulled out of the dumpster behind the restaurant. The food was only slightly less disappointing than the service, which was to ignore our party for most of the night.

RJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure! Thanks for another lovely evening!

b
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place as a great date night or in our case, anniversary night on the way to a Canes game. They do a great job and it is very down to earth but classy.

D
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great birthday celebration. Attentive staff, great food, and extra effort for the coconut birthday cake! We always enjoy Maximilian!

CR
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! This place never fails to lift my spirits and delight my taste buds!

D
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Birthday celebration!

BJ
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, the food and the atmosphere is always spot on!

HC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary. The staff was helpful and very knowledgeable on the food. The drinks were very good. The food was amazing. The duck confit and steak special were delicious. We will be returning sometime soon.

KL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was very proficient, warm, and attentive without being cloying. More importantly, the food was fantastic. I got the scallops, and they were cooked to perfection (unlike most restaurants which tend to over-cook them). The only small complaint is that we would've liked some sort of bread to accompany the meal. We'll definitely be coming back!

VS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Our dependable "go to" restaurant. Voodoo Tuna has been a favorite dish for years now. Can't say enough good things...

MK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great dinner. The food was fabulous but our server was socially awkward.

DM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I were celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary and the restaurant and our server made us feel like we were the only ones there. We were greeted with complimentary champagne. We were a little chilly and our server moved us to another table away from the door and bumped up the heat. We will return for a date night.

CJ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkable - from the menu to the service, we felt welcome and pampered, and left full and happy!

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Let’s start with the service, Max’s always makes us feel special which is really nice because we don’t get out as much as we did in years past. Wine list is always interesting and we settled on a inexpensive cab based on a recommendation - spot on!

Food is solid, always. Birthday girl had her hopes on Voodoo Tuna but ended up with Voodoo Trout with shrimp as that was the voodoo of the day and it was EXCELLENT - kudos to the kitchen Margie!

Dessert was killer, Banana Toffee Cake, really fantastic balance of layers of banana bread with cake separated by toffee butter cream. Wow!

AB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was really bad. The stuff pork loin was dry and somewhat mushy. The service was rushed and rude. I will not come back here.

SS
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we dine out, Maximillian’s is our go-to place because there is little (if anything) NOT to like. It is a warm, friendly atmosphere with remarkable food choices which are always well-prepared, as well as a first-rate bartender. If you can remember “Cheers” where “everybody knows your name”, you will know what I mean.

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