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“Excellent Gnocchi with lobster” 4 of 5 stars
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Maxwell's 148
148 E Central St, Ste 7, Natick, MA 01760-3660
508-907-6262
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Ranked #9 of 113 Restaurants in Natick
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Brigham Court
Transit: Commuter Rail to Natick Center
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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130 reviews 130 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Excellent Gnocchi with lobster”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We were a party of 4. We had beer and the black fig martini. It was good. Two of us had the lobster gnocchi. It was so delicious. My hubby had the catch in the bag which was flounder that evening. We were all surprised at the big knife that was brought to the table for him. The dish wasn't that big though. Another person had the special scallop dish which he enjoyed immensely. We had lemon cheese cake and the chocolate express cake which were both divine.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Massachusetts
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155 reviews 155 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
“Good ambiance but will not come back”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Decor and ambiance were nice. Server was friendly and polite but service was slow, every step took forever except the entree that came right on top of the bread, food was not memorable.

It looked to us that it was a place for regulars, not for new customers. The servers seemed to spend too much time with those customers that were obviously regulars which meant that the service was very intermittent. Even chef was seeing spending a fair amount of time talking to regulars on several trips out of the kitchen but was walking away by the end of the question to us on how the food was.

Wine list is long but be prepared to pay minimum $40 for a bottle of wine. We asked for a Spanish white @$34 that was came back as not available. We were recommended a bottle for $40 that was just Ok and given that the wine we requested was out of stock and the process to get to serve the wine took so long, we expected some consideration on the price @34 for the original bottle requested.

This is a place that when we came in we expected to be coming back, based on the ambiance. Unfortunately based on the food and service we do expect to be returning.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Overpriced, Poor tasteless food, Still hungry after meal.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

There are definitely better restaurants in the area, particularly Wellesley! Your overpriced restaurant simply can't measure up.

The food selection, mostly pasta, is twice as much as they should be and to add meat is another arm and a leg.

Bottled water at $8? Where does this stuff come from? And the $20 cocktail menu is highway robbery!

Catch in a Bag simply aweful! Hardly any fish and the goop inside the overcooked "bag" we just couldn't figure out. The wait staff was really pleasant but way over the top for the suburbs.

I doubt if this place will stay around much longer.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good food, service and atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Really liked the dining experience here. Not as much as Asian/Italian fusion rather than a combined menu that have a good selection of both. Sure, its not as cheap as....say, Applebees, but the food is worth the asking price. Expect to pay around $70+ for a meal, but without the need to go into Boston and all the headache that comes with it.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Compares well with great restaurants in Boston”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We like a special dinner on occasion, but we hate to go to Boston. Maxwell's gives us a Boston-quality experience without the drive and parking problems.

We have visited this restaurant 4 times. We have yet to have a meal that was less than very good. The service is professional. It's not inexpensive- average for us is about $120, excluding tip, with 3 or 4 drinks. Ambiance is pleasant. We go there for special occasions.

One anecdote: I ordered a specialty drink off the menu, something out of my comfort zone. Turned out I didn't care for it, but wasn't going to complain– I picked it! Well, the bartender came by to ask us how we liked our drinks. I told him I didn't love it, and he asked to make me another, a variation on what I'd ordered. That one was quite good.

I have never had the bartender come to my table before to ask if we liked our drinks. It only happened the once, but it made a good impression. We'll be going back again soon.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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