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Maxi’s Bistro, Cleveland, OH
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Maxi’s Bistro

4.8
4.8
113 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
Nestled in the heart of Cleveland’s Historic Little Italy, Maxi’s embodies a vibrant atmosphere and a welcoming ambiance. We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Our main level offers guests the opportunity to interact in a casual and upbeat setting or to partake in the dynamic liveliness of the bar. The cozy and intimate upstairs level seats 50 people comfortably and can be booked for events such as meetings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, graduations, presentations and more. Our fully enclosed and heated garden patio provides a relaxed and comfortable dining experience while the sidewalk tables allow for a most spectacular view of Little Italy.

Whether you are looking for a place to dine before going to The Cleveland Orchestra concert or searching for the perfect location to share a conversation, Maxi’s welcomes you to enjoy dinner, an appetizer, a glass of wine at the bar, a Peroni while the game is going on, or even an espresso with a San Pellegrino for a caffeine push.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (216) 421-1500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

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What 113 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cleveland

    Best Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic per usual!
  2. A

    Augusta

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our 5 adult children out to dinner. The food was delicious and the service was OUTSTANDING !
  3. f

    fishprincess

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere on the patio and appreciated being able to eat out there as it made it feel special as if we were outside in the winter but it was nice and warm and a cozy feel to it. Tarek was our server and he was attentive and friendly with a big beautiful smile as well! Two of us shared the lobster ravioli and the shrimp penne pasta. Both were so delicious!! One had pasta w clams and one had rigatoni with meatballs and both were enjoyed. We shared frog legs and calamari, both on par. The bread was good and the dipping oil excellent! Espresso tartufo and tiramisu were great as well. We will definitely be back.
  4. AS

    AdrianS

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great lunch at Maxi.
  5. P

    Penelope

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and great service!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing. Service was great. Loved it.
  7. SN

    SueN

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    All was good. Had one side deliver Ed a bit late into meal, and the room was pretty warm from outside heaters and then cooled off. Servers were ver good and food was excellent. We would go back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as usual!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff. Wonderful meal. Always love this place for their consistency and value.
  10. T

    Terri

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food was pricey and mediocre. The table for 2where they sat us was so small that we could not fit water, cocktail, and food. It was uncomfortable.
  11. O

    Okiehunkie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant continues to upgrade the ambiance most recently by enclosing the back patio and making it into a four season room while still retaining the outdoor feel. The food is the best in all of Little Italy. The staff is friendly while still remaining professional. My favorite restaurant in Cleveland!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Holiday dinner, awesome service and food. We will be back.
  13. RM

    RMHurst412

    Cleveland

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tomatoes were to die for!!! Food was great! Great lunch place.
  14. BK

    BabbsK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner at Maxi’s as usual. Flavor of food is outstanding.
  15. RZ

    RichardZ

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That perfect Italian find, tucked away in the Murray Hill neighborhood, that is warm and friendly and delicious and makes you feel like you've been eating there your entire life. Ownership greets you and shakes a family hand and the food journey delivers every promise of Italian perfection.
  16. AL

    ALS1

    Cleveland

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite because of the food, the libations and the service. Pregame for a Cleveland Cavaliers game, our family and friends had a great time. Will be back.
  17. S

    Seasmoke

    Cleveland

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Casual and enjoyable. We all enjoyed meal. I only dropped to 4 star because I thought the Burrata ok. Everything else the table ordered was stellar.
  18. KT

    KatieT

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing, and the staff is very friendly.
  19. E

    Edith

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was excellent. The food was superior. I ate linguini with mussels in garlic sauce. I recommend this restaurant! I will be going back to try other dishes.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner experience with friends. Food was great and service was wonderful.
  21. GG

    GeraldG

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Maxi's after the orchestra. We had a fantastic meal with friends.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my birthday and everything was great!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maxi’s Bistro has the best food and drinks. My family and I had a night out and everyone was super friendly. It felt like home! Highly recommend!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maxi’s never disappoints! The food is delicious, the service is excellent and the ambiance is super cozy and welcoming. Always our place to go before heading to the orchestra or the theatre!
  25. PB

    PhilipB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, portion size appropriate, ie, not huge that the “box” was needed. Prices were very good. Service was quick and attentive. It had a nice, neighborhood bistro vibe, relaxed, friendly. It was my first time but will not be my last.
  26. WW

    WilliamW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Maxi's is located in Cleveland's Little Italy area located on Mayfield Road, a very narrow street with parallel parking and many fine dining Italian eateries. Take you patience, as parking is a fustrating experience when the area is busy. Go here when time is not important. (We had tickets for a 3pm concert, reservations to dine at 130pm, and did not get to Maxi's until 2pm because of parking. ) Next time Little Italy will be the destination and not a stop enroute to the destination.
  27. JB

    JanB

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    While I would recommend the stuffed peppers, I would not order the veal again. The veal Marsala and piccata were tough and chewy. We were on our way to the theater or I would have sent it back. We liked the atmosphere, nothing pretentious but the restaurant has a warm Italian home cooked feel to it.
  28. JB

    JosephB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    HIGHLY recommend Maxi's; food was flavorful and authentic in texture; a great menu; couple all with a sidewalk table made a great evening; our server (Anthony) was superb located in the heart of Little Italy; it was truly enjoyable
  29. CM

    CherylM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time eating at Maxi's and it did not disappoint. Festive ambience, cozy and warm. my husband had the pasta carbonara and I had the lobster ravioli. Both dishes not only looked lovely but tasted equally amazing! They have a wonderful wine list as well. One of my favorites restaurants in Little Italy!
  30. SC

    SueC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service terrific. Busy for lunch. Calamari outstanding. Small place but has outdoor, heated seating for dinner. Would definitely go back.
  31. HJ

    HaroldJ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food. Great service. It seems like a spot for locals…a good sign. We’ll be back.
  32. TC

    TiffanyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love making the trip up to Little Italy for date night and eating at Maxis. The atmosphere and food are incredible!
  33. CT

    CooperT

    Cleveland

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Pre-concert Lunch enjoyed at maxi's. Great Food and Drinks. Thanks
  34. PD

    PatD

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite go to when in Little Italy. The food is amazing and so fresh. We love being seated at the window watching the street scene. This time we had their cauliflower appetizer and escargot appetizers. Both incredibly tasty. Bread was right out of the oven. Also had their carbonara and cavatelli with meatballs and tiramisu to finish the dinner. So flavorful. Portions were so good we took what was not finished to enjoy one more time!
  35. JF

    JoeF

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting / unique appetizers & dishes in addition to regular Italian fare. Large menu selection. All delicious.
  36. n

    nancysnowboards

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Ordered veal parmesan and veal picatta. Veal parmesan portion was large. Veal picatta portion was miniscule, about 1/4th the portion of the parmesan. . Ordered side salad and received 10-20 piece of lettuce with dressing for $7.00. I ordered the side salad and veal picatta, and will not be returning.
  37. S

    Shakerfan

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent!
  38. f

    foxy

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Maxi's is a quaint little restaurant that has wonderful Italian food!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner with my family before we went to Candlelight. We have eaten in Little Italy many times but have never tried Maxi's. What a mistake! Maxi's is phenomenal. My wife and I started with the Mussels. The white wine and garlic sauce was so good. My daughter and I had Linguine with Meatballs. Pasta was cooked perfectly, meatballs were very flavorful and tender but the star of the dish was the sauce. I've had sauces before that I said I don't think there will ever be a sauce better. I was so wrong. Maxi's sauce is it! My wife had Cavatelli with Meatballs. Pasta cooked perfectly as well and she agrees the sauce is amazing. My son had the Margherita Pizza. He ate 3 pieces. These are large pizzas. I had a slice. It was very good. We all split a dessert platter. We choose four items. The Tiramisu, coffee ice cream(forgot the name sorry), peach sorbet and lemon sorbet. All were so good. Service was magnificent. I highly recommend this place for your next stop to Little Italy, passing through or go out of your way to get there. I can't wait to go back.
  40. a

    adriannan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure coming here, one of my favorites in Little Italy

FAQs

Maxi’s Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (216) 421-1500.

Maxi’s Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 113 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 8 times today
Google Map for Maxi’s Bistro

12113 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106-1923

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    University Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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