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Max's Grill

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French, Californian
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209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
831-375-7997
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Dont be fooled by the street front view

Had dinner here passing through on a road trip south with hubby and teen. Busy for an off season Tuesday night. Upper end of the scale compared to what we've been spending but we did have wine and dessert drinks too. Recommend the 09 Zinfandel for $40. Hubby had ribeye and teen had grilled chicken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Cindie S
Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Had dinner here passing through on a road trip south with hubby and teen. Busy for an off season Tuesday night. Upper end of the scale compared to what we've been spending but we did have wine and dessert drinks too. Recommend the 09 Zinfandel for $40. Hubby had ribeye and teen had grilled chicken while I had the special... More 

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Madera, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our family had the sand dabs and calamari. Both were cooked to perfection and very tasty. The service was good and very polite, The staff seemed genuine in trying to make the experience enjoyable and on departure requested you return soon. The portions are generous and you do not leave hungry.

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California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

First time dining here and I wasn't disappointed. The best butternut squash ravioli I have ever had.. The sauce was divine. Tried the mango mouse - very good and I'm not even crazy about mangoes. Went during the week and had no trouble getting a table without reservations. My husband had the pretrale sole and was very pleased with his... More 

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Sonoma, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Wow!!! what can I say, but outstanding in every respect. My wife ordered the lamb shank which was perfectly done with a delicate flavor of herbs and spices. My mushroom and brie raviolis were superb. The brie cheese didn't overpower the delicate flavor of the mushrooms. We started with the Tempura ahi roll as a starter, which was excellent. The... More 

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Livermore, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

We've been twice and will return. I consider Max's Grill to be a find. It is a pleasant place with a fine menu of reasonably-prices selections, and a fixed-price three-course meal with several entree selections. Service is very nice.

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Why don't more people know about this place??? We had the price fixed dinner. Spring Rolls for him/ Spinach Salad for me. Sand Dabs and Chardonnay for both of us for $25 each!!!! Great food, great service, great value!!!

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A quiet Sunday evening in Pacific Grove, but this restaurant was pretty busy. The Japanese chef is well versed in French cookery and our main courses of salmon and a strong ravioli were very competent. We were served by the chef's wife, a charming lady. The mango mousse dessert was particularly delicious.

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Calgary, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Not sure this place should be in business with how we were treated. I try not to give any poor reviews on trip advisor but I need to for this place. Not sure why services was so poor but if service is then food will be too. Do not recommend! Go to Red House Cafe!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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181 reviews 181 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We had a very nice greeting from the wife. She was extremely personable and made us feel welcome. I had sand dabs which I never had before and although it was good, I am not sure I would order it again. My husband had chicken marsala which he said was good, just not really anything special. We had the combo... More 

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Marietta, GA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a local place and while the service and wine list isn't world class, the food was very good. sometimes you need home cooking. The chef is Japanese but the menu was American. I had pot roast! And the restaurant was peppered with locals just in for a meal.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831-375-7997

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Californian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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