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Max's Grill

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209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
+1 831-375-7997
17:00 - 21:00
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Honea Path, South Carolina
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Took the whole family here for a special meal last week. Wow! I knew the reviews were great and I was expecting a great meal, but I can't emphasize how great the food is here. Absolutely perfect ravioli. Whether you order the mushroom, the dungeness crab, or the duck confit with duck ravioli, it doesn't matter. You will have possibly... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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149 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Again, after reading rave reviews about Max's Grill, my wife and I decided to try it for dinner. She ordered the price fixed meal: spinach salad, pot roast with roasted potatoes and vegetables, and mango mousse. She enjoyed the salad, did not like the pot roast because of its overwhelmingly wine flavor, and was neutral on the mango mousse. I... More 

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Sunnyvale, CA
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414 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

This is a solid 4 stars in my book -- very well prepared food, good service, and pleasant environment. The $25 prix fixe menu offers some pretty decent choices at a great price. We started with appetizers of crab cakes and spinach salad. Crab cakes were full of sweet Dungeness crab, with a terrific aoli mayonnaise that was divine. Spinach... More 

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78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

This Tripadvisor recommended restaurant was indeed a treat. My husband and I both had appetizers - my shrimp egg rolls were outstanding - and then we both had fish for dinner. He had sand dab - a local fish, and I had the wahoo. Both were perfectly cooked with excellent sauces that did not overwhelm the natural flavor of the... More 

1 Thank FnuLnu
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151 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

I was traveling on business in the Monterey area and tried Max's Grill. The food and service were excellent. They have a 3-course meal for $25, which includes a starter (I had spinach, blue cheese and walnut salad), a main course (I had the pot roast, which was $2 more and worth the extra) and either a dessert or glass... More 

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Napa, California
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

There is cooking and then there is cuisine. Max's is in the cuisine category. The sand dabs and tempura shrimp was spiced to perfection, so we returned the next night to crab and salmon wellington and mushroom ravioli .And everything is made from scratch. So we will return time and time again, on our next trip to Monterey. Oh did... More 

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Merced, California
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

My boyfriend and I can for dinner. While seating and actually being greated and asked for a beverage order did seem to take longer than it should, once we got started things went well. Our waiter was pleasant and helpful. I ordered the lamb. My boyfriend ordered thr rib eye. While neither was the best rib eye or lamb we... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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865 reviews
448 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

We had a romantic dinner at a table by the windows at Max's at about 7:30 pm on a Saturday night.We made a reservation by Internet, and Yuko, the co-owner confirmed. It was clearly very popular with most tables already occupied. The soup of the day, mushroom bisque, was outstanding with a generous portion of truffle added to bring out... More 

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Deerfield, Illinois
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109 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

Food was very nice. Tempura Sandabs, Lobster Spring Roll, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Rack of Lamb, and my own wine for a corkage fee and ice cream with raspberry sauce with a candle for desset. Yuko, the wife of the chef, was most pleasent and we talked for quite a while. Not busy on a Sunday night and kind of late... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

We stayed in Pacific Grove on a quiet Wednesday night in October during our Honeymoon and checked into our hotel fairly late in the evening, we wanted to eat somewhere locally ASAP. I quickly brought up Tripadvisor on my phone and it walked us straight to Max's, and I'm so glad it did. The service was superb, our waiter took... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-7997

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?