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Max's Grill

209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
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Ranked #10 of 74 Restaurants in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French, Californian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
San Francisco
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Max's has a fairly simple menu that is french inspired but local in nature. We go here whenever we are in PG and have never been disappointed. The food is good and they have a decent wine selection. Tip - have the crab cakes, the rib-eye is delicious too.

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Porters Lake, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Cannot understand why the rating is so high. Ordered duck confit and tomato bisque. Soup was ok, but the duck was dry, not tasty, seems not fresh. Greatly disappointed. My husband ordered chicken piccata. Was ok and the portion was small.. Mango mouse was ok. We did not order wine so the service was not attentive at all. They pay... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Fantastic meal! Great service! Hubby had the Sand Dabs (1st try) and I had the night's special Escolar. Both were delicious. The bill with 2 soft drinks came to $48.

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Clinton, MA
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We first tried to go to Max's for a Monday night dinner to find they were closed but checked the window menu and speicals they had for Tuesday, including early bird small plate specials that looked very good. We went back on Tuesday and tried the prk ribs appetizer and the sautéed calamari steak and braised lamb shanks as entrees-... More

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Monterey, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Personal, friendly service from entry to seating to eating. Every item we had was delicious -- the crab-stuffed ravioli was real, the Sand Dab fish was expertly cooked in butter to give it the right flavor. Moderate portions but with the bread and oil up front, everyone was satisfied. We will be going back here!

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We arrived in Pacific Grove after a drive up from the Los Angeles Saturday night no reservation and we wanted to walk to a restaurant We found Max's Grill. We were greeted on arrival, and sat by the window We enjoyed a glass of house cab Along with a Caesar Salad Just the right amount of garlic Our main course... More

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Both times we've eaten here we loved the food, the atmosphere, and the service. The chef worked in France and won awards for his food. Anything local and fresh is guaranteed delicious. You won't be disappointed. The owners and wait staff are friendly and not overbearing.My husband liked all of it including the roast beef and prix fixe menu. Do... More

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Abilene, Texas, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Max's Grill was very nice. We had a party of 6 and the group was all pleased with their food. We went to this restaurant based solely on the previous trip advisor reviews. I was a little nervous to have suggested it when we arrived at the restaurant and there were no other customers. We were the only customers the... More

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Orinda, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

It was good, but after all the hype, and the rating, I expected superlative. I had the Calamari steak, which did not have enough lemon caper sauce (what was there was good, just nowhere near enough). My husband had the duck confit and, again, it was good, but for a 'signature dish' it was a bit dry.

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elmhurst, IL
13 reviews 13 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

What it lacks in ambiance, this restaurant makes up for with its outstanding food and service. The restaurant is rather plain, but the menu and cuisine were outstanding. I would definitely recommend this place.

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