Maxwell's Kitchen

4.3
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20 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Maxwell’s Kitchen is our idea of a modern, French & Creole Bistro. A fun, intimate place for friends and family to enjoy the simple pleasure of one another’s company and a good meal. The menu reflects the style and personality of those preparing it. We hope you are as excited to join us as we are to have you. Our goal is for you to enjoy the sense of the passion, hospitality and care we bring to work every day.
This restaurant is brought to you by the team at the Wine Kitchen on the Creek (Jeff Beard and John McCain), as well as chef Zack Sampson, manager Ashleigh Wheelock and merry band of characters… We hope you enjoy our restaurant.
What 20 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice selections on the menu, the foods was tasty and reasonably priced, and the service was great.

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Maxwell’s Kitchen and it was a wonderful surprise. Food was excellent and unique. Fries unexpectedly came with our mussels so we could dredge them in the sauce - nice! Beet salad was perfectly prepared and both meals - trout and ÉTOUFFÉE were excellent. Great intimate atmosphere - we’ll be back!

AP
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We already knew Maxwell’s Kitchen is an excellent dining choice and booked a New Years Eve dinner not realizing they were doing a special pre fixe meal. It was absolutely outstanding! Chef had developed a creative and diverse 5-course with very solid wine/drink pairings. So very glad we chose Maxwell’s!

On an any day basis, this restaurant is one of Frederick’s low-key gems. It is small and inauspicious, visually, but the meals are prepared with consistent excellence in every respect. Staff are all very friendly and attentive.

JE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

What was advertised as a romantic candlelight 5 course New Year's Eve dinner was anything but romantic. The lighting in the restaurant was so bright that you could not tell that our candle was lit. The portions were so small that my husband and I both left hungry. There were no vegetables served with dinner. The tiny square of chocolate cake served as dessert was dry. We were over charged for drinks. And there was so much time between courses we literally sat twiddling our thumbs.

L
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was attentive. While it has a French style cuisine, it might limit families to come or people to return because the menu is so unusual.

W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very cold. I don’t think the heat was on and many people were wearing coats. The chicken in our salad was cubed and not substantial. It was Ok overall, but nothing special.

BS
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience2

It started out great as we were seated promptly. Unfortunately no one came to serve us for 10 minutes at which point I asked the hostess. She was excellent and took our order. For some reason they had no shrimp which is an issue for a place advertising as New Orleans style. The food we did receive was so so and the kitchens timing was off. We never did see a server but the hostess did take great care of us. She gave us a 10% credit on the bill as well. We probably won't return anytime soon so they have time to work out their service and timing issues.

SQ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love everything, such fun choices and SO good. Value is the best and so is the service

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu itself was an adventure. Had fun choosing between unique twists to familiar dishes, or something new that looked amazing. Definitely going back to try some of the dishes that I didn't get to have this time around.

LT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food with some interesting items on the menu. We particularly enjoyed the duck rillettes The room temperature was oold enough that we and the people around us kept our jackets on. Service was pleasant but inexperienced. We needed to ask for water refills and were never asked if we wanted a second glass of wine.

JW
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Definitely will be back. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were great. And the window seat was a great place to sit and people watch while we enjoyed our meal.

K
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This place is still new, and I hope they work out the kinks. The food is high quality, although the menu is odd - neither here (New Orleans, its purported inspiration) nor there (Wine Kitchen, its big sister restaurant). The staff is super sweet but pretty clueless - cleared my glass before I was finished, could not be located to provide condiments, etc. There's no bar, so drinks appear to be mixed in a corner of the kitchen and take a very long time to arrive. And the space is... awkward. It's long and narrow, which can't be avoided, but consequently the brightly lit open kitchen at the back glares out into the dining space at that end. Some kind of divider would improve the feng shui. Bottom line: give it a few months!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The server was very friendly. Food was delicious. I had the Shrimp PoBoy with fries and my husband had Trout Almondine.

SQ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

LOVED the Brussel sprout salad , amazing and so was the Mac and cheese

MB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food - creative menu - good wine selections. Disappointed that the fit and finish weren’t as “upscale” as the food deserves (eg paper napkins vs linen; melamine plates vs China). Good service - definitely will be back!

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, ok service, I’ll go back for sure. Its a very cute place and my only complaint is that they ran out of beignets.

HL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

The Thursday Special is awesome. The fries were the best!!!

IH
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We really wanted to like this place, but I am a bit torn on it after our first visit. First, the website says "fast casual" and "order at the counter type place" but they actually take reservations, it is NOT order at the counter, and it is ANYTHING but fast. One the plus side, the drinks were good, including local brews and spirits, although the wine menu is a bit limited. The appetizers were very good- we all really enjoyed the crispy brussel sprouts salad, and a companion from Louisiana said it was some of the best gumbo she has had outside of the state. For the main courses, it was a mixed bag. The burger was large and full of flavor, and the fries were well done, but another companion's grilled cheese was inedible- it arrived looking very dark and tasted like burnt grease (maybe it should have been billed as "blackened grilled cheese). The shrimp po' boy was just ok, as was the coq au vin. The biggest issue was that the food took an inordinate amount of time to arrive. The server kept coming back to apologize for the wait, and finally someone who might have been a manager but did not introduce herself came over after the food arrived to ask if it were ok, but we never figured out what took so long. The place is small., and everyone else appeared to be waiting a long time, as well. We will give it one more chance, but I might play it safe and stick with the burger.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and amazing service. Thank you for great time!

WK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple and delightful. We took our family and everyone was impressed with their individual meals. The staff was engaged but didn't hover. We were presently surprised with the whole experience.