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T L Maxwell's Restaurant & Bar

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1421 17th Pl, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5205
661-323-6889
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The best hidden treasure I've found

My husband, sister-in-law, her husband, and myself, all went for dinner and it was absolutely amazing!! It took awhile to get served, but the waitress was very apologetic and from that moment on was there for us. I ordered a "danish" chicken dish (the names a bit difficult to remember) but it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Adriene T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, sister-in-law, her husband, and myself, all went for dinner and it was absolutely amazing!! It took awhile to get served, but the waitress was very apologetic and from that moment on was there for us. I ordered a "danish" chicken dish (the names a bit difficult to remember) but it was to die for! My husband and brother-in-law... More 

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Thank Adriene T
Bakersfield, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you want to be spoiled this is the place. This is a hide a way place in the heart of downtown. maybe a little hard to find but once you do it is real worth it. great steaks and gourmet food. and leave room for dessert here just wonderful. Great Cheers style bar if you just want drinks and... More 

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Thank dfmonsie
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This place is located in an old building downtown and was once a speak-easy. It' has a beautiful old bar, and the atmosphere is old world nice. The food is great. Some of the best meats and sauces. The wine list used to be more extensive, but what they have is adequate.

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Thank Jimnany
Bakersfield, California
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

My wife and I have been to TL Maxwell's 4 times so far and every time the food was outstanding. The place has a very warm old school feel. Terry the owner greeted us each time and though I know he probably doesn't know us by name he certainly recognized us. He truly embodies the local small business owner. Very... More 

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Thank Sean M
Bakersfield, California
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We have been to Maxwell's before, and always had a great experience, both food and service are always top notch, so when a group I belong to arranged a banquet there I was looking forward to it. As I expected from past visits, the food and service were excellent. Most of the people at our table, including the wife, and... More 

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Thank Kentonmiller
Bakersfield, California
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Maxwell's is always a treat - it is a 'cut above the rest' and always provide's an excellent dining experience from the cuisine to the service. It is definitely a 5 star dining opportunity in Bakersfield.

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1 Thank PoipuKapele
Los Gatos, California
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131 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

T. L. Maxwell’s has a very unassuming exterior. It is located on more of an alley than a street, so I wondered whether I had found the right place. Even when I entered, the cavernous bar area with its funky decor was like entering a speakeasy from the 50’s. Indeed, the place had been a speakeasy at one point! The... More 

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2 Thank DigitalRabbit
Bakersfield, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I go to TL Maxwell's on special occasions because I could go broke eating there all the time. The food is excellent and unique. The deserts especially are worth the trip just by themselves. The atmosphere reminds me of an old men's club with lots of wood and an upper class feel. On my first visit I asked to see... More 

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1 Thank armnhammer1
Bakersfield, California
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner and time. TL Maxwells is our place to go to impress our out of town gusts. Our meals there have always been top notched. The restaurant is filled with a rich history. It's nice to arrive there a little early and have a drink at the bar where many past dignitaries have stopped by for... More 

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1 Thank USA1Emil
SoCal
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The restaurant had been well hyped and didn't live up to the tales. I prefer some flavor and spice in my food and didn't find it here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1421 17th Pl, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5205
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: 661-323-6889

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?