MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Washington Ave.

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At MAX’s Wine Dive it’s all about the EXPERIENCE.
We’re passionate about food and wine – just like you! We pride ourselves on bringing you gourmet comfort food made from the highest-quality local ingredients in an exciting and unique atmosphere. In addition, we price our wines on a retail model – you can find amazing wines from around the world at the most competitive prices in town – and then take some home with you!
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SH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please, I need the collard greens 🥬 recipe! I always devour my food whenever I visit. This time, I had the chicken and waffle plate, a side of collard greens, and an appetizer of Mac. To-go box what? Lol

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K
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night spot and great selections of wine

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CG
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I was really disappointed at the service on Saturday. It was hardly anyone in there, 3 parties at the most. Service was ridiculously slow to the point I had to ask an employee who was our server. It took 3 waiters before our drink order was taken, and then one more for food. The server who did finally take our order kept coming back and asking what we ordered (3 times). If she couldn't remember, then I don't know why she doesn't write it down. I would have been more understanding if business was booming, but it wasn't. I hate to say, I can just about guess why with the poor service we received. I will definitely not be back to this particular location!

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AT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just happen to be visiting a friend and she recommended it

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Very small location

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C
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's NOT a large restaurant however I was still able to enjoy the wonderful food comfortably. The wine was delicious and the dessert special was exceptional, they should definitely add that to the menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There isn’t a lot of space in here so make sure you make a reservation. Very good food and an excellent selection of wine.

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M
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The only reason I’m noting giving 5 stars is because our waitress never put our orders in. We sat for 2 hours with no food. When I asked her she lied and said the kitchen was backed up. But there were several other ppl that Came in after us and food was being severed food. The manager on duty that day 3/10/19 rectified the situation. Comp the appetizers and comp the food. I didn’t get his name but he was real sweet. Needless to say she did not deserve and tip and none was left.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the chicken and waffles with mimosas. Excellent brunch!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch. Great food and service

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I’d heard they have great fried chicken along with another few items like egg sandwich and red velvet french toast. However, they no longer serve the red velvet french toast. So, I went with the chicken and waffles entree but sub the waffle for the french toast. Not a good idea. It’s not that the french toast was bad but rather it wasn’t my cup of tea. I did not enjoy the texture. The chicken on the other hand was pretty good. I love the vibe of the restaurant and I’m sure it’s a cool happy hour spot. I went on a Saturday around 11 for brunch. I sat at the bar and Kelly was amazing. She was friendly, offered suggestions since it was my first time and checked-in without being intrusive. I’ll definitely visit again in the future.

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p
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was tasty, prepared as expected. The wait staff was good at their work but could have used more help. The service was pleasant but a little slow. The noise level was really high, but I would still return for the food.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Derive was a tad slow but other than that everything was good. I’m definitely going back

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H
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have always enjoyed my visits to Max's. A great selection of wine and great modern takes on classic American dishes.

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DC
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Get the fried chicken

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IG
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

My guest and I arrived for our 1:00 pm reservation at 12:50 pm and was greeting and offered to sit wherever we like. There were approx 4 customers already there with two at the bar. We met our waitress at 1:10; asked for water. We received our water 10 minutes later. Placed our simple food orders, waitress returned to our table FOUR times to confirm our order; each time reciting it to us incorrectly. Received our food and the mac-n cheese was just boiled noodles with a liquefied beaded cheese sauce drizzled on top. We asked for straws which our waitress brought to us using her bare fingers to grip the mouths of the unwrapped straws. And finally, we asked for the check, not to receive it until 15-20 minutes later; leaving at approx. 2:30 pm. Again, there were only a handful of people in the restaurant during our visit. Did I mention the collard greens had so much salt in them that I joked with my guest about them needing a bath - and I love salt. I also did not realize when ordering the Famous Chicken we now had to ask for the honey chipotle dipping sauce; which took her seemingly a long time at this point to bring. It is possible it only took her a few minutes, it just seemed like it was a long time because I had my food, finally and was ready to eat. The waitress was nice; however, it appeared she was not on top of her game that day. Everyone has an off day, perhaps; her off day interfered with my ability to enjoy my lunch time that I rarely take. Also, I was surprised after sending the mac n cheese back, the manager did not inquire of the matter.

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DG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love dining here. The food and atmosphere is always great!

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The server seemed annoyed which was odd since we were low maintenance, ordered 6 glasses of wine and an appetizer along with all three of our meals. The honey chicken sliders were extremely dry. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to MAX’s before, however my husband hadn’t. He absolutely Loved it......the food, waitress, greeting & the atmosphere all together. Looking forward to going back soon!

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F
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always has been a favorite & always will be!! Best fried chicken ever!!!😋

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NW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Very loud and voices carry since it’s a small place. Took forever to get served, probably 15-20 minutes before a waiter came. We were told we couldn’t have straws because they ran out of them and when we wanted to order champagne they told us they were out of that brand which made us have to purchase a higher bottle. I heard the waiter offering the same brand they said they were supposedly out of to the table next to us. Mac and cheese was cold and food was mediocre.

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BK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Valentines Day, took my wife and 5 year old daughter. Overall was a good place. It was our first time coming. The bread pudding was delicious. Best I ever had

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XT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a reason why I come back time and time again. The food is great as well as the wine selection . If you haven’t already you must try their house Spanish white wine, it’s amazing !!

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FH
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food. Music was too loud!

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is awesome! The chicken is my favorite because it’s full of flavor and juicy! Next would be the meatloaf! You just have to go to believe! Not a big fan of bitter wine and that’s really all they have but for those who doesn’t like sweet wine, here’s your place!

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BS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! The chicken biscuit benedict's were delicious and the bloody Mary's

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C
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was excellent; the food was to die for. Great menu for snacks/apps/small bites, especially during happy hour.

So glad we chose Max's to spend pre-Justin Timberlake concert - thank you!!

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JV
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant. Service was good.

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LL
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I was very disappointed when I arrived on January 20 and was told I have no reservations. So I pulled out my phone and let the hostess view my reservations. I was meeting a client and I am glad that I arrived early so my client wouldn't have seen the expression on my face. Get it together, whoever dropped the ball on my reservations.

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SP
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

We sat at a hightop which was not comfortable. The place was too crowded and the food was so-so. I had to ask for butter for my waffle. The chicken crust is very good, but my breast was dry.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food Outstanding, Service Outstanding, tight quarters.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was excellent. Menu changed on us, but still good.

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B
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were a group of 4 ladies looking for a convenient spot to meet for brunch. Our service was good, the food was different and very tasty . The crispy deviled eggs were unique and spicy--fun new food. My friend had Max's Mac and Cheese with chicken tenders and found it delicious. The Southwest Skillet was another new tasty dish that we enjoyed. The home fries were well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. Tried the grapefruit Mimosa and found a new favorite! Overall a super experience!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!!! Would definitely dine here again.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

The food does not taste the same. The Mac and cheese is different and the batter for the lobster has changed. I suggest going back to the original recipe ... Every one that i dined with wasn’t impressed with their food. We use to frequent this place often years ago

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EM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Mariah was awesome and very helpful. We’ll be back again.

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LB
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great , By the glass was a good value
Little noisy but it was Saturday night , folks just having fun !

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S
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and reasonable for the area, and the service was good, but wines are very overpriced for the offerings on their list- I’m used to restaurant wine markups but only discounting a few hour wines during happy hour puts Max’s Prices out of line with other restaurants in the Washington/Heights area.

Will not return - too many other great options.

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KH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Taylor was extremely attentive and helpful! The Bellini was fantastic!

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PD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A favorite of our household, we've spent some great time here and never regretted the time, money, or choice. Great wines, amazing food choices, and some great service. Always a sure bet!

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