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

Maxie's

4.7
4.7
266 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 20 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 266 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Fit for Foodies

  • Wisconsin

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Milwaukee

    Fit for Foodies

  • Milwaukee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SH

    SarahH

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    joeb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. SC

    ScottC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  4. LW

    LWhy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    LisaM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    foodlover

    Milwaukee

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  7. JV

    JamesV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great oysters
  9. 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 :)
  10. JD

    JodiD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks. The Pecan crusted trout is my personal favorite!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food!
  12. L

    Laura

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Server was very personable. Seated upstairs and it was chilly. A/C was blowing on us! Had to wear my jacket
  13. k

    krispy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and service was impeccable. There is good space between tables and we didn't feel rushed.
  14. CD

    CaroleD

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have always enjoyed Maxi's! Great food and service! Great happy hours with fresh oysters and $1.00 cocktails.
  15. GQ

    GQDang

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! My date and I enjoyed everything we ordered and our server checked up on us periodically! We will come back sometime on another vacation to try out their Oyster Bar Happy Hour!
  16. SL

    SusanL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Maxie's never fails to delight. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The food is always good and the restrurant is always filled with fun and friendly people.
  17. ED

    EdD52

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Maxie's is our place of choice whenever we feel the need for a taste of New Orleans. The food is wonderfully prepared and the portion more than adequate. Our drinks were excellent. Kevin is a great server.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and good service .. thank you from bringing a little piece of New Orleans here for me and my bf .. it’s a special place for both of us separately! It was his first time and he said he’d definitely love to go back !
  19. HH

    HeidiH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Great food. Poor service asked for blue cheese for my salad that never came, 2 in our party asked for a second drink only one got it until I walked to find our waiter and complained 10 minutes later.
  20. A

    Aaron

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a great experience with oyster shooters to start, a nice glass of wine and soul stirring meal. Come hungry and expect leftovers!
  21. JR

    JRPMD

    Milwaukee

    313 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    313 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Maxie's could compete with most of the restaurants in New Orleans with its menu of southern, Cajun, and creole dishes. Over the years I've had most of the dishes on the menu and was never disappointed.
  22. DB

    DanB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We invited our friends to join us for dinner. We had such a wonderful time together. The staff, bartenders and our server made us very happy and accommodating. The mojitos were a perfect and refreshing. The Mac and cheese with pulled pork was good along with the cornbread. Key Lime pie to cap off the evening was fabulous.
  23. IV

    IvaV

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was Lauren. She was absolutely awesome. Very bubbly personality, made our dining experience great.
  24. J

    Judie

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Maxie's has a nice southern cajun vibe. If you like raw oysters, its the place to go. There were 7 of us and everyone enjoyed the food and the whole experience. Be sure to make reservations. Its a popular place to go.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time, food and drinks were outstanding, service was fantastic!!!!
  26. TS

    TimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was warm and welcoming. The food was absolutely delicious and the prices were reasonable!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, service, and absolutely delicious food. We loved the Jambalaya and Pulled Pork!
  28. TK

    TanyaK

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    My favorite place but the last two visits the oysters have been VERY disappointing. Many less than a teaspoon size. $70 for two dozen... this is not worth the money. This is what brings me to Maxi's and I am not sure I will come again as this is a waste of money. Service was slow this visit. I have always raved about the menu and especially the oysters. I wouldnt recommend friends or business associates go here if this is the quality moving forward. My bill is always over $200.
  29. SJ

    SJNH

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and the service was equally great. Will absolutely be back again.
  30. RK

    RainaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server. Wonderful Food. Would definitely come back.
  31. G

    Golfer

    Milwaukee

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food choices great beverages with outstanding Sevvices
  32. KL

    KateL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always LOVE Maxie’s and everything about it!!!!
  33. s

    scottj

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two of us had jambalaya and it was awesome. The other had the Friday fish fry and it was great too. 1 dollar oyster special was great too. Really like it!!
  34. MJ

    MaryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great! But a little loud . One of the down falls for Maxie’s unfortunately
  35. C

    Cory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks and Food came out quick, service was great as well.
  36. AK

    AnKn

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place for dinner before a Brewers game.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  38. MS

    MaryS

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great, as always. Took a little too long for server to deliver bottle of wine and second round of oysters. Timing was just off.
  39. JA

    JohnAlan

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were seated promptly on a busy day. So huge thank you. We didn't realize there was a big derby party that day and a special, shortened, menu. So that was a bit of a bummer since some of our favorites were not available. Otherwise, great food and service. Thank you!
  40. JM

    JasonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a blast at Maxie’s Kentucky Derby special event. Amazing food, refreshing libations and fun atmosphere. Can’t wait to make our next visit soon!

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 4.7 stars by 266 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 20 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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