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Maxie's downstairs dining room - Maxie's, Milwaukee, WI

Maxie's

4.6
4.6
298 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Milwaukee's outpost of Southern comfort cooking of all kinds and home to Milwaukee's Happiest Happy Hour.

Maxie's serves regional Southern cuisine from across the American South, including Cajun, Creole, and Carolina Low Country inspirations. Walking into Maxie's has been described as walking into a party in full swing — a boisterous, casual dining experience with an up-beat, lively feel to it. We serve craft cocktails, classic Southern cocktails, and local craft beer. We're conveniently located in the center of the Milwaukee metro area, right off I-94 and just south of Blue Mound Road.

Maxie's is home to Milwaukee's Happiest Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m., when Fresh-Shucked Oysters are just $1 and drinks are a Buck Off! Our BBQ spans from Eastern North Carolina, to East Texas Brisket, and St. Louis-Style Spare Ribs. Check out our Fried Chicken dinner (switching out for Fish Fry on Fridays), fresh seafood like Blackened Catfish and Pecan-Crusted Trout, and save room for dessert!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Barbecue, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 292-3969

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jacob Schick

  • Catering

    We can come to you! Whether you’re hosting a wedding, rehearsal dinner, family picnic, or holiday celebration, Black Shoe Catering can accommodate with Pickup & Delivered catering. Pick up large portions of Maxie’s favorites, barbecue and sides for your next get-together. Check out Maxie's Party Boxes, and order online for groups of 6-8 at https://www.maxiesmke.com/store/catering/. For larger groups of 10 to 100, build a menu from Maxie's À La Carte Catering Menu. To inquire about catering from our À La Carte Catering Menu, please contact catering@blackshoehospitality.com or call 414-336-1005. Black Shoe Catering brings Maxie’s Southern hospitality to your special event, plus dinner selections inspired by Blue’s Egg. Our chefs can create à la carte, buffet, family-style, and cocktail reception menus. Learn more at blackshoecatering.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Maxie's professional, organized team throws fun parties with delicious food. We can create a menu and event to suit your needs. We create semi-private and fully private dining spaces in our upstairs dining room so your group can enjoy the evening without missing out on the party. Dine from menus of Maxie’s Southern specialties, including Jambalaya, Shrimp & Grits, BBQ, and — of course — Mac & Cheese. Maxie’s is available for fully private daytime events. To book an event at Maxie's or for all inquiries, please contact catering@blackshoehospitality.com or 414-336-1005.

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    68th Street & Fairview Ave.

  • Parking details

    Our parking lot is across 68th Street to the west. No overnight parking, please. Street parking is also available on Fairview Avenue. Please be respectful of our neighbors and parking regulations.

  • Public transit

    Milwaukee County Transit System Bus (Route 76) Stop: 6974: 68TH STREET + STEVENSON

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 298 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Milwaukee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. D

    Dinner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Good food, but pricey. Brisket was tasty but smothered in sauce. Great service, good vibe.
  2. JL

    JoyL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walking in gives you the look of a New Orleans place. The entire staff are sweet, enjoyable and personable. Although it was busy for happy hour the ambience was friendly and relaxing. The food is amazing, from thw fresh shucked oysters to the gumbo, fried green tomatoes and the traditional "Hurricane" cocktail. Everything and the entire staff made us feel like we were back in New Orleans.
  3. MH

    MaxH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the Cajun/Southern inspired menu with something for all tastes. Been there several times and they never disappoint. It's a fun place with great food and a Happy Hour from 4-6.
  4. PM

    PaulM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently fantastic. The food, the service, cleanliness, and ambiance :)
  5. JB

    JanieB

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for happy hour oysters and they were great! As was the crab and corn chowder and the dessert. Service was not rushed. Ambience was festive. Definitely will be back again and not just for the happy hour.
  6. DR

    DianeR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The Water was wonderful so attentive and well informed of all that’s on the Menue. The chairs on the other hand are uncomfortable. Sat at a low chair because I can’t sit on high chairs.
  7. MM

    MaxM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't know how they do it year after year! Great food, excellent service, and reasonable prices. One of my top favorite restaurants in the MKE area.
  8. AO

    AnneO

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our birthdays at Maxie's. We had a wonderful experience. Attentive wait staff, GREAT food, plenty of food, nice ambiance, tables set a nice distance. They didn't hurry you, even though it was packed. The proprietor even stopped at the table. Overall a wonderful experience.
  9. MP

    MichaelP

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    We had not been to Maxies in quite some time and I do not think we would ever come back. Overpriced and, at best, mediocre food. Jambalaya was bland and the rice was mushy. The Mac and cheese was dry and flavorless. And I'm pretty sure it sat under the heat lamp for awhile before someone brought it out.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  11. DG

    DennisG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Service was a bit slow. Between ordering and receiving drinks and food, it took awhile. The food was great though.
  12. C

    Cj24

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic time for our team dinner! Thank you!!
  13. JJ

    JackieJ

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I loved the quiet neighborhood atmosphere, the service was great, and most importantly, the food was delicious! I will go back again and again for dine in or carryout.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday meal was great! Over the Happy Hour specials and outdoor patio!
  15. G

    steveG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can never go wrong with a trip to Maxie’s, great food, attentive and accommodating
  16. F

    Foodie

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great southern food. Not too spicy, just enough heat.
  17. RA

    RyanA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service, consistently. Excellent bourbon list.
  18. BB

    BeccaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, staff, bourbon list! All amazing!!!! Loved it!
  19. RB

    RichardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food, and excellent timing.
  20. SM

    ScottM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The table was ready when we arrived for our 7:45 reservation. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was excellent.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good service. The waiter was cordial and professional.
  22. O

    Onesto

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Most of us (9) ordered the fried chicken since it was billed as a house specialty. Way overcooked and bland. Very disappointed!
  23. GW

    GregW

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding restaurant with amazing food, people and beverages!
  24. SP

    SteveP

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The device was top notch. It was very obvious that the food was fresh and prepared with care. It was delicious.
  25. N

    Nightout

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, good food, amazing desserts!
  26. D

    Dominique

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food and drinks. Great for families and date night.
  27. JB

    JeffB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was ready for us on time. Service was great! All staff was very polite and helpful. Food was outstanding and worth what we paid. The vibe here is super chill and almost gives a coffee house feel. We enjoyed it very much and will be going back regularly...
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time there, will definitely be back. Food and service were great!
  29. RM

    RobinM7339

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, superb service. High marks for VERY fresh oysters. The menu used to be much more expansive and now strikes me as rather limited. Service by Elizabeth on July 5, 2022 was flawless. She's an amazing asset to the restaurant. It's much appreciated that the entire staff is so friendly and welcoming. Please bring back more Po' Boys, especially fried oysters.
  30. BW

    BrendaW

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Want a restaurant in a quiet neighborhood feel, try Maxie. However, hope your food experience was better than my party it was hit or miss.
  31. K

    Kini

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were good. Staff were very pleasant and attentive. Was a little disappointed that the restaurant didn’t have any oyster crackers for the soup. Overall, the experience was great.
  32. SH

    SarahH

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place for southern food. I recommend going during happy hour 4-6pm.
  33. j

    joeb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Terrific service. Delectable pecan-crusted trout. Wonderful oysters on the half-shell. It was a breath of fresh air to have a dialogue with an intelligent waiter.
  34. SC

    ScottC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Before Covid, it was stellar, during the pandemic, it felt like you were isolated with nobody around, making it feel like you were a lab rat eating in your own cage. The food and service never flickered though. It was as good as always. I will def not hold Maxies accountable for doing what they felt to be safe during the pandemic. Last night was our first time back since and it was better than ever, especially because of our waitress/attendant, Mary. SHE made our 5 star evening, a 10 for sure. It was our 24th wedding anniversary that we shared with our two boys. Could not have been any better. Maxies has been making flavors consistently since they opened. Always top notch, from service, food, and the crafty liquor and custom drink selections. Thanks for being perfect!
  35. LW

    LWhy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three in our party had the jambalaya, two had the trout. Everyone loved both meals!
  36. LM

    LisaM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual it was a great experience!! I love bringing all my friends there!
  37. f

    foodlover

    Milwaukee

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Love the grilled oysters! White cheddar Mac excellent! Walked in right after a power outage so a little bit of scrambling but turned out fine. Server Amy B was great.
  38. JV

    JamesV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The service was great. Everything was great
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great oysters
  40. L

    Lynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maxie’s is amazing and never disappoints. I love going there so much, every time I go is an awesome experience :)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Maxie's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 292-3969.

Maxie's is rated 4.6 stars by 298 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Maxie's

6732 W Fairview Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213-3937

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    68th Street & Fairview Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Barbecue, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Our parking lot is across 68th Street to the west. No overnight parking, please. Street parking is also available on Fairview Avenue. Please be respectful of our neighbors and parking regulations.

  • Public transit

    Milwaukee County Transit System Bus (Route 76) Stop: 6974: 68TH STREET + STEVENSON

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jacob Schick

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (414) 292-3969

  • Catering

    We can come to you! Whether you’re hosting a wedding, rehearsal dinner, family picnic, or holiday celebration, Black Shoe Catering can accommodate with Pickup & Delivered catering. Pick up large portions of Maxie’s favorites, barbecue and sides for your next get-together. Check out Maxie's Party Boxes, and order online for groups of 6-8 at https://www.maxiesmke.com/store/catering/. For larger groups of 10 to 100, build a menu from Maxie's À La Carte Catering Menu. To inquire about catering from our À La Carte Catering Menu, please contact catering@blackshoehospitality.com or call 414-336-1005. Black Shoe Catering brings Maxie’s Southern hospitality to your special event, plus dinner selections inspired by Blue’s Egg. Our chefs can create à la carte, buffet, family-style, and cocktail reception menus. Learn more at blackshoecatering.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Maxie's professional, organized team throws fun parties with delicious food. We can create a menu and event to suit your needs. We create semi-private and fully private dining spaces in our upstairs dining room so your group can enjoy the evening without missing out on the party. Dine from menus of Maxie’s Southern specialties, including Jambalaya, Shrimp & Grits, BBQ, and — of course — Mac & Cheese. Maxie’s is available for fully private daytime events. To book an event at Maxie's or for all inquiries, please contact catering@blackshoehospitality.com or 414-336-1005.

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