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T L Maxwell's Restaurant & Bar

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1421 17th Pl, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5205
+1 661-323-6889
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Los Gatos, California
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168 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank DigitalRabbit
Bakersfield, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank armnhammer1
Bakersfield, California
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49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank USA1Emil
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank macalicious
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2014

You should give Maxwell's a try, they deserve it as they have been a downtown mainstay during good times and bad and they are super stand up people. The service is always great, wine selection pretty darn good and they make a mean dirty martini, the menu selection is great but meal quality can be spotty. I always order crab... More 

1 Thank Lunnone
Bakersfield, California
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2013

First off, best stuffed mushrooms out there! Stuffed bleu cheese filet is very tender and always cooked perfectly. Great service and just good times all around.

1 Thank caAGguy
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I spent 10 years in Southern California and when we moved to Bakersfield we were afraid that we left our days of eating at excellent restaurants behind. We were pleasantly surprised by a recent visit to TL Maxwells. The steaks were top-notch and the wine list was extensive and perfectly paired with menu.

2 Thank Joel D
Bakersfield, California, United States
1 review
Reviewed October 7, 2013

My husband and I were refered here to celebrate our anniversary. The reviews made it sound great. We were underwelmed. The crab cakes were aweful, little burnt edged flat things with mustard on top.? Very strange. My gargonzola topped filet was drenched in wine reduction sauce and not a great cut. My rice was good but covered in the sauce... More 

Thank 217Traci68
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2013

I've had meals all over the US, on the Left Bank in Paris, all over Europe, and on a few islands in the Pacific - and I have to say, T L Maxwell's food definitely holds its own against some of the world's finest dining. We went there for my birthday and everyone was ecstatic over what they ordered. Yes,... More 

1 Thank skecanj
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2013

The food and service here are always excellent. It is the place to go if you are celebraing anniversaries, birthdays orjust want to treat yourself to a great meal with white linen and pleasant ambiance. W have eaten ther several times over the last several years.

1 Thank BakersfieldWanderer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1421 17th Pl, Bakersfield, CA 93301-5205
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: +1 661-323-6889

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