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

Maxie's

4.6
4.6
336 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 21 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 336 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Milwaukee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. DK

    DeeK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Seated on time or a little early for our reservations. Server was not personable, took our order, food was delivered by someone else, and no one ever came back to check in to see if we were doing ok or needed anything else. Food was well prepared and serving sizes were good. Felt very rushed with to-go boxes coming and attempted plate removal while we were finishing up. Not impressed with drink potions, but that's personal preference.
  2. JH

    JimH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - the corn bread they bring is great with honey butter. We had the brisket meal very tasty. They make a very good bloody mary
  3. TG

    TosaGirl

    Milwaukee

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place we've been to many times. So glad they take reservations now. Not a huge menu but flawless food and service. Made us feel like we were in New Orleans with the decor. Vibrant but not so noisy you couldn't talk.
  4. H

    Hairy

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  5. DF

    DougF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome and service to match! We have been there twice and both times were an excellent experience!
  6. p

    pmargi

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit to Maxie's was very enjoyable. Great food and our server was awesome!
  7. TK

    TanyaK

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We dine at Maxie's every couple months. This visit was less than great. Typically is not that way. The bbq ribs were very VERY tough. Had to saw them apart with steak knife. Usually they are fall off the bone. The bbq sauce was lumpy and thick. Only ate half the rack. Did tell server. Hopefully this was just a one time thing but really disappointed. Oysters were great! Frog more stew ok... french bread burnt on one side. It was extremely loud and couldnt have a conversation with my date. Service was a but slow as well. This is not a cheap venue so I am disappointed in the value. Our bill for two was $209.00. We had two dozen oysters, two drinks each and an entree and shared a dessert.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They never disappoint. Great food, great atmosphere and great service.
  9. AE

    AggEagle

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. I am only in town for 5 days and have gone twice. I have to get my fix until I am back again.
  10. U

    Uppercrust

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome 👍
  11. AE

    AggEagle

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I travel here every couple of months throughout the year and I go here every single time. The food, drinks, service, and atmosphere are great. Thank you for staying on top of your game.
  12. f

    foodlover

    Milwaukee

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was fabulous! Grilled oysters are so good and the white cheddar Mac with brisket very tasty. Lone the shrimp and grit! The A/C was really cold though
  13. T

    Tinfin

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful dinner! Excellent food and the service was exceptional. We will be back for sure.
  14. EH

    ErinH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Great happy hour. Server seemed irritated and rather unenthused.
  15. AC

    AdrienneC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maxie's is a favorite of mine for New Orleans style cuisine. Great happy hour specials and I always enjoy the oysters.
  16. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The environment was nice! The staff was great. My only suggestion would be that the food be seasoned a little more other than that we enjoyed ourselves.
  17. AM

    AubreyM

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A hidden gem, especially if you like oysters! We have been back to weeks in a row!
  18. TM

    TimothyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I are regulars at Maxie's, we have our favorite cocktails, and entree's. The front desk, servers, and bartenders all know us, and are always very happy to see us, and very friendly! We have also been here with friends, family, and co-workers. Not surprisingly , I would highly recommend Maxie's !!! We will be back soon!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We’ve been many times and this was a downer.. first waiter forgot a drink, then cold fries, and a cold coffee. After the go boxes were delivered, the waiter went on break and had to track down my bill. I’ll be wary to go again.
  20. JC

    JonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The southern selection is outstanding, delicious and well thought out. An excellent dinning experience.
  21. JW

    JW12

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and the best happy hour oyster special!
  22. WH

    WilliamH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food. I like that they take reservations now.
  23. UB

    UncleB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our first time at Maxies! The oysters during happy hour were good! A little on the small side but flavorful. Worth the happy hour price of $1 each but would not want to pay regular price for those tiny oysters! Service was Awesome
  24. b

    barbara

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, everything was delicious. $1 oysters can't be beat. My guests had "mocktails" and both commented how close to the original they came. Really enjoy coming here. Everyone is so friendly, the food is perfect and we all had a great time.
  25. WD

    WilliamD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maxie's is a regular stop for oysters. They never disappoint! I love that there are usually 2 verities, and those change weekly allowing for an education in terroir differences between them. The "happy hour" $1 per oyster is attractive.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing!
  27. O

    Oysters

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Food and service was great as always; it was date night and the hostess sat us in a crowded area next to families with a bunch of little kids when there was a bunch of open space which I didn’t appreciate.
  28. AM

    AubreyM

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sam, our server/bartender was amazing! We came for the Happy Hour $1 and stayed for the Kentucky Bourbon Ale, Fried Green Tomatoes and dinner. Maxie's is our new go-to!
  29. GD

    GDub

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was top notch! From the service to the food and drinks. Will definitely return.
  30. JM

    JMDD

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was superb as well as service. It was a bit loud and quite cold inside. Otherwise excellent.
  31. j

    josephf

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    $1 oysters the best
  32. AC

    ACE171

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Server was extremely slow, food was under seasoned. I haven’t been in years and I remember why. I won’t be returning. Thankfully I dined on a gift card, I’d been really upset if I paid with my money.
  33. AE

    AggEagle

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am not from this area but when I travel here for work Maxie's is a must stop at place for me. The service is great and the food is everything you would hope it would be after not being there for some time. Mark it down and go...
  34. B

    Brihod

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great food as usual . Jalapeño margaritas and hurricanes awesome
  35. SD

    SusanD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent food and fantastic service! We will be back!
  36. f

    floydster

    Milwaukee

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently good food at Maxie's. Good service due to good team work . The 4 pc. fried chicken dinner is enough to feed 3 people easily.
  37. D

    Dinner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food great service gray
  39. BP

    BeckyP

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We love everything about this restaurant. My husband ordered the Frogmore Stew and it was perfect. I ordered the pasta special and it needed a little something more, maybe a touch of cream. The service was fast and friendly. We will always keep Maxies on our favorites list.
  40. JL

    JoyL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    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.

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 336 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 21 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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