MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Washington Ave.

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About

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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday: 11am-12am

Tuesday-Thursday: 4pm-12am

Friday: 11am- 1am

Saturday: 10am-1am

Sunday: 10am- 12am
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Phone number
(713) 880-8737
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
While Wine Dive Houston is a smaller-than-most restaurant and doesn’t have a private room, we can accommodate cocktail-style events. And on certain nights, portions of the dining area (or even the entire restaurant) can be dedicated to private events.
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Private party contact
kdahlberg@lascoent.com: (713) 880-8737
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Catering
Off-site and private event catering is available. click here for more information, http://www.maxswinedive.com/houston/catering_private-dining/index.php. We love bringing the gourmet comfort food to you!
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Cross street
Shepherd
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Parking details
We offer complimentary Valet Parking Monday through Saturday nights and have both public and private lots available for all other days & times.
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Public transit
Metro has stops in the area, and the Washington Wave jitney service makes stops at the Wine Dive as well.
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Entertainment
MAX’s Wine Dive features a jukebox with Texas-influenced classic rock and old favorites to help create the perfect atmosphere.
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Special events & promotions
We continuously have upcoming wine tastings and other related events! Check our website to see what is coming up next, http://www.maxswinedive.com/houston/calendar-of-events/index.php
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BB
Houston
7 reviews
Reviewed on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Always amazing, never disappoints! Great for brunch!

CG
Houston
2 reviews
Reviewed on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

The food wasn't that great, service was also lacking. We've never gone back.

T
Amarillo
6 reviews
Reviewed on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Their wine was very delicious an the chicken is great. I will be back.

L
Houston
5 reviews
Reviewed on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Always friendly and yummy :) great wine selections

AS
Houston
3 reviews
Reviewed on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

I go there for the southern fried chicken. Best you can get around Houston. You have to be ready for a party time because it is certainly that.

SJ
Houston
1 review
Reviewed on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food service ambience

This was a nice brunch outing. The food was a bit greasy but it was good in flavor. I wouldn't say it s kid friendly but a great brunch spot and nice drinks!

DD
Houston
8 reviews
Reviewed on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food service ambience

Something has changed! Service is different, slow. And the food quality was not what had me coming back every single time. Both entrees ordered were over cooked and room temperature. NO FUN.

H
Houston
2 reviews
Reviewed on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

Dirty wine glasses and when it I objected to our glasses I'm pretty sure they spit in our wine. So we didn't drink the wine and left.

SR
Houston
2 reviews
Reviewed on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

I love this place.. Great food, great atmosphere.


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GP
Houston
3 reviews
Reviewed on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food service ambience

Not thrilling. But a decent venue.
Food is adequate

K
Houston
2 reviews
Reviewed on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Limited seating and parking so a reservation is key. One of my favorite brunches. Oldie but a goodie.

BS
Houston
1 review
Reviewed on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food service ambience

Meh, I guess that's why they call it a Dive Bar, which is accurate.

S
Houston
7 reviews
Reviewed on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

What can I say except Chicken & Waffles and champagne brunch. MMM!!

AM
Houston
15 reviews
Reviewed on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food service ambience

Food ok, but not great. Politically correct anti-straw policy annoying.

B
Houston
25 reviews
Reviewed on June 11, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

We used to frequent MWD weekly, and always enjoyed the food and service. It had been about 2 years so we decided to try it again. Huge disappointment. Extremely slow service, and the staff did not even know anything about wine! We will not be back.

DZ
Houston
11 reviews
Reviewed on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

This is a hip spot for the Houston area. The portions are large and tasty.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so good.

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

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

Great date night spot and great selections of wine

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!

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

Just happen to be visiting a friend and she recommended it

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

Very small location

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.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
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.

M
Birmingham
3 reviews
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.

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

Had the chicken and waffles with mimosas. Excellent brunch!

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

Wonderful brunch. Great food and service

A
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.

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.

OT
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

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.

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

Get the fried chicken

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.

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!

OT
Houston
10 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. 🤷🏼‍♀️

OT
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!

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

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

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.

BK
Houston
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

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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