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Maxi’s Bistro, Cleveland, OH

Maxi’s Bistro

4.7
4.7
83 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 11 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 83 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

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  1. HJ

    HaroldJ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    TiffanyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    TravisM

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Pre-concert Lunch enjoyed at maxi's. Great Food and Drinks. Thanks
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. S

    Shakerfan

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent!
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. SW

    ShariW

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and see was excellent as always
  12. AM

    AnnaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Friendly service. With the trip in from Medina. Thank you!
  13. CO

    ChrystalO

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Very quant place to eat.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food fantastic neighborhood
  15. AG

    AliceG

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious from the complimentary bread service, to the bruschetta classic to the bolognese sauce, linguini with marinara and the farfalle with peppers and sausage. Amazing! Great cocktails and red wine too. Friendly service and cozy ambience. You can't go wrong. Right next to Pestri's bakery and just down from excellent Gelato at Rosso's.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  17. IA

    ItsAMeMario

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not bad for the price, but kinda forgettable. Service was slow.
  18. DC

    DebC

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! Food, service…everything!
  19. C

    Cooldine

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Disappointing calamari. Otherwise, not memorable food.
  20. MC

    MarthaC

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was so fresh and delicious. Our waiter was attentive Every time we visit we have a very enjoyable meal.
  21. JM

    JeffM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food in Little Italy by far. prices are fair. service was very good. Nice crowd.
  22. JI

    JIMf

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always food and service was great. Best authentic Italian restaurant in LI. Will be back again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great! Delicious food in cozy atmosphere
  24. TB

    ToddB

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Waiter and service was wonderful and food was served in a timely manner. Will visit again.
  25. G

    Goalie

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, great ambiance, great service. My favorite Italian restaurant.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing. Our favorites are the calamari and Classico bruschetta. We also got a combination seafood pasta with white wine sauce and it was amazing. A favorite of ours 💕 always great service as well.
  27. D

    Dorian

    Portland

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The spinach ravioli are perfection. The 18 OZ ribeye is flawless and well-priced. Great Italian wine list is fairly priced. Enjoy!
  28. PH

    PaulH

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a leisurely dinner before a CIM orchestra concert. The calamari and barata / tomato staters were delicious. The special seafood pasta dish was quite tasty. Great Maxi Mule drinks and really fine dessert.
  29. TB

    ToniB

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Maxis because the food is always sooo good and we especially love the back patio.
  30. CK

    ChristineK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely. Friendly professional service, A1 food. We will be back!!
  31. B

    Billl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is fresh and cooked to order. Had a nice time. Servers are so friendly !
  32. D

    Dorian

    Portland

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I always enjoy sitting out on the patio here...lovely. The appetizer courses were great. The Bolognese pappardele was delicious ( although a bit oversauced which is typically American), but the veal piccata...not acceptable. The red peppers take away from the piccata balance, and I would rather pay an EXTRA $10 for the veal and get some than to have 3 tiny pieces on the plate a la nouveau cuisine. I am well aware of the pricing issue, and respect that. But I would rather have had the chicken piccata in retrospect, without the peppers. And the BEST Negroni in Cleveland BTW
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing every time very consistent
  34. T

    Tasteydish

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Just a bit too much garlic but very good food, terrific table service, space a little tight though. Best fresh bread, excellent pasta and nice salads.
  35. N

    Nicol

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Went last night. Service was slow for just opening. Another table was sat down after us and got drinks and apps before someone spoke to us. The food was good but portions were small.
  36. BF

    BrianF

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance and delicious food. Wait staff could have been a little more attentive
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food is always worth the drive
  38. s

    sherriek

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful meal. Best basil tomato sauce I have ever had. Tiramisu was delicious, too
  39. DO

    DoubleO

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great selection of food, made perfectly. Also, depending on the kind of evening you are looking for, you can sit inside or outside and get two completely different environments.
  40. CC

    CarolynC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I ordered the mussels on linguine with white wine and garlic sauce. I was amazed at how many mussels I got. The bowl was completely covered - maybe 30. The food was delicious. Will definitely come back.

FAQs

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

Maxi’s Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 83 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 11 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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