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Maxi’s Bistro, Cleveland, OH

Maxi’s Bistro

4.7
4.7
256 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 10 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 256 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

256 Reviews
  1. TammyF

    Cleveland

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down one of the most delicious meals I have had in years! I got the chicken Alfredo and the chicken by itself was amazing. Tender and juicy with a chargrilled flavor. Also got an order of steam clams and whatever the sauce is that comes with it is delicious! I soaked my bread in it just to make sure I got every last drop! My date got lobster ravioli with cognac cream sauce, and I swear I thought he was about to lick the plate clean the sauce was so good! Ended the meal with a lemon cream and limoncello flute which was light and refreshing. The staff was attentive and the place was extremely clean, especially the restrooms. I cannot say enough good things about this place and I will definitely be back!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful service and wonderful food! We would love to have had a table inside but the outdoor patio (heated) was fine especially I if you like to hear your dinner conversation!!!! I had calari pasta and my friends had shrimp and pasta. Not a bite was left over for a doggy bag😂

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  3. PMJC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding; only critique was that portions were on the smaller side for the pricing.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a pleasure to eat at Maxi’s! We will be back without question!

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  5. John

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Calamari appetizer was average, Chicken Parmesan was not very good and the Veal Saltimbocca was just okay. The highlight of the evening was the cannoli dessert. Service was excellent. And our table by the front window did provide a great view of what was happening outside. This was our first visit to Little Italy and we will probably return and dine at a different restaurant.

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  6. ElleZee

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Incredibly average food and small portions. Red sauce was far too sweet. Service was good, not great, but with all the amazing dining choices on the Hill, we will not be back to Maxi's. Disappointing.

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  7. Spider

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. We had the calamari as an appetizer andante every bit of it.

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  8. Rocky

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a very pleasant experience. The pasta was incredible. The service is very good. The atmosphere is tremendous. It was a fantastic value, and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italian food!

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  9. Suchaniceevening

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our appetizers were frog legs- lightly fried( yummy) and mussels. We ordered a bottle of wine and enjoyed sipping and watching the books and servers do their thing. We split veal scallopini which came with a little ziti pasta in red sauce and Parmesan cheese. We had cannolis for dessert which were delicious. The waiter was incredible, actually one of the best I’ve had in awhile. The food was reasonably priced and we just really enjoyed the whole evening. Would go there again tonight if I could!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a great combination of fine food and exceptional service.

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  11. SusanA

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great meal at Maxi’s. Love the banana peppers.

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  12. AmyJ

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent. Try the farfalle. The servers are remarkable. The seating by the window is somewhat compact but that is part of the ambience. I love Maxi’s. And don’t forget to order escarole and calamari . . . And take home a pizza!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner out with my wife while we were in. leveland for a quick trip. Great food. Good service and nice place in Little Italy!

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  14. LauraD

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great wine selection. Apps and desserts were delicious. Entrees were great but would have liked a larger menu.

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  15. JerB

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service! Excellent meal, calamari is the best!

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  16. LauraC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This restaurant must have been sold. The menu is so cursive but the food was average. This place used to have the best calamari in the city, now it’s below average. Too bad.

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  17. Cleveland

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going to Maxi’s for years, and this didn’t disappoint. Loved the walleye seafood special in tomato/basil sauce.

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  18. Marianka

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dinning here . Date night on Friday night, not super busy Restorant , just a few tables for 5pm reservations . Italian Music that was playing was lovely !!, service was little disappointing. Every table around had bread and butter served, but not our table , didn’t even offer. Server was not very friendly or attentive. Felt as I’m was inconveniencing him by asking for another drink ….. As for food , average , had Maxis pizza, was average so as my pasta with meatballs was just ok . Will comeback in summer for outdoor seating and will give another chance .. just had very high hopes for my first time there , disappointed.

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  19. SteveB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I take the family here about 1 a month. The food is always perfectly cooked. I always have to order the calamari appetizer, it is absolutely the best I've ever had. Pasta always cooked to perfection, the staff is always friendly and attentive. Always has that family atmosphere. I highly recommend dining at Maxi's.

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  20. ScottF

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Bread was very hard and meatballs were not the best almost like store bought

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  21. RebeccaF

    Cleveland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for my husbands birthday before the orchestra with our 4 kids. The food was amazing!! We all got something different and everyone was happy! Mussels appetizer was outstanding and the fresh baked bread incredible. Thank you for the birthday tiramisu as well! An incredible dining experience !

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  22. MariaO

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had heard great things about Maxi’s but it was just sort of mediocre. The service was great but the food lacked. The appetizers were luke warm. The carbonara looked off-putting and I don’t think the peas were fresh they tasted like they had been previously frozen.

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  23. SueO

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first meal at Maxi's. Late Sunday afternoon dinner with quiet dining. Keep in mind Maxi's is an intimate, casual restaurant so when the dining area and bar is full, the noise level will increase. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Escargots were imaginatively presented and the Calamari Pasta was good. My friends also enjoyed their dinners.

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  24. ChuckW

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    food was good but the place smelled. Wait staff was good but it was a Birthday dinner and there was no offer to comp a dessert on a $100 dinner check.

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  25. RobertM

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As good as ever. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Very friendly staff.

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  26. KimH

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Some of the best Italian food I’ve had z. The calamari was lightly dusted with flour and sautéed then served in a delicious red sauce. Seasoned to perfection! The pizza was vastly excellent. Same for the stuffed hot peppers and the shrimp scampi

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  27. MrsMR

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maxi’s is top notch when it comes to food and service. They never miss the mark and always go above and beyond. We’ve shared many of our family celebrations with the Maxi’s family and they always get it right. Can’t say enough about the people and the food at Maxi’s.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was first class once again ! They make us feel at home 🙌🏻 legit with the scallop pasta special and the calamari pasta. 🍝 💯 after dinner lemon cello drink and canoli yummy 😋 thanks for all your hard work.

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  29. JoseM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, nice table by the front window and fulfilling. Server was friendly and drinks, appetizers and dinners came out fast.

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  30. KarynL

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great at Maxis! We go their everytime our daughter is in town.

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  31. Anon34

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maxi’s never misses! Amazing food, excellent service, and great atmosphere. Truly a gem in little Italy!

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  32. AndrewW

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a reservation for 3 for 530 and got there an hour early due to plan changes and they were more than welcome to accommodate the early seating. The vibe is everything I want in a neighborhood tavern combined with an energetic kitchen that heightens the dining experience if seated in the front of house. The pizza is spectacular and the mussels with garlic and white wine were incredible…never seen such large mussels before. My wife and Is entrees were also very good…chicken cacciatore and the carbonara were full of flavor and perfect portion size. Cant wait to visit Maxis again in the near future.

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  33. Kelabel

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I called for an earlier table and they were great and accepted that. The food was superb as always and we so enjoy all the staff. Decorated very festive and Christmas music was a joy too.

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  34. NataliaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great bistro with delicious food and cozy atmosphere. Will definitely visit again

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place ! Awesome people that own and operate it. They go above and beyond for service. Foods spectacular ! R.J. The bartender definitely knows how to make a drink and makes you feel very welcome there. 🍷🍷🍹🥃💯💯💯 we are there once a week. Thankyou ! VBetsy vine & Michael Scarnecchia.

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  36. AliM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, excellent service. We needed a place for 6 and they had reservations available. Much to our surprise everything was amazing!

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  37. DKPKSB

    Cleveland

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meal and service last night Very good - again!

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  38. ToniB

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always great and we love dining on the patio in winter.

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  39. John

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hard to beat Maxis. Make sure to make reservations, especially for a Saturday evening!

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  40. CynthiaC

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone enjoyed their meal. The server was attentive and prices were reasonable. We would come back.

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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 256 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 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Maxi’s Bistro

12113 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106-1923

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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