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Max's Grill

209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French, Californian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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92% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 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

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 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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506 reviews 506 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
460 helpful votes 460 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Found this restaurant via Trip Advisor on the last night of our holiday and we are so glad we did. The service was great, very friendly and informative (we were recommended a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc which was very good). We shared the Spring Rolls to start which were excellent and then we had the Chicken Alfredo and Chicken... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We happened upon this place and were delighted with our experience. My wife had the Cioppino, which was very good, and I had the calamari steak, which was a real surprise ... large and meaty. Our wait person was Japanese, from Sapporo and was an absolute delight. The service was a tad slow, but the ambiance and charm of the... More

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Cary, il
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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Max's Grill is a must stop for dinner in Pacific Grove. Small yet elegant decor made this a perfect place for a quiet dinner. Our waitress, the owner's wife was extremely pleasant. We were there on a fairly quiet night and received a lot of attention. We started the meal with a great bottle of wine that was extremely well... More

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