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Max's Grill

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$$ - $$$
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209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Max's in Pacific Grove. The charming restaurant, has very friendly staff and excellent service, and was very accommodating as we had to push back our reservation. The menu offerings were extensive with numerous meat options to seafood, which we were most interested in. The cuisine can be described as French with an Asian twist. We... More 

Thank SJSukebe
Pacific Grove, CA
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Had a great dinner with three of us. We are all local. When had the mushroom ravioli, ahi tempura tuna roll, and the braised lamb shank. Everything was excellent. We'll be back! Can't wait to try more.

Thank PGgrovian
Los Gatos, California
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Great chief! Trained in France and it shows, his wife will great you and his son may wait on you. I love the rib eye and my wife goes for the fish special. A warm atmosphere and excellent dishes reasonably priced. A must for us on every visit.

Thank Russ0922
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Max's is just a block off the main street of delightful Pacific Grove. We were there on a quiet Sunday night after a long day in the car, and our hosts immediately made us feel at home. We ordered sand dabs and duck, for each of which the menu noted 'prepared our way'. Each dish was understatedly elegant, and the... More 

Thank Richard R
Riverside, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

The atmosphere is simple, elegant and relaxed. This is due, in part, to the service, led by the wife/co-owner, who is charming, efficient and very pleasant. The food was superb, especially the tempura ahi roll and tempura prawns. My husband and I agreed we would have been quite happy with three orders of each to share for dinner. Incredible! The... More 

Thank kld0655
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We were tentative when we walked in, as there was only one other couple with a child present. The restaurant is nicely decorated and pleasing to the eye. The hostess was extremely gracious and nice (Japanese descent we think), and set us up with large wonderful crunchy crust sourdough bread rolls and a balsamic/olive oil dip. My wife, son, and... More 

Thank Hugh S
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016

We came to Max's with 5 adults, 1 child and 1 toddler to celebrate our 45 th anniversary. We had a nice quiet table away from other customers and the waitress was very accommodating to our requests. I had grilled Sand Dabs that were cooked perflectly with a delicious lemon caper sauce. Everyone else liked their food including the kids.... More 

Thank viajara821
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

Recommended by the hotel and lived up to it. Lovely husband/wife team with very tasty food. Don't be put off by the name. It's a yummy Japanese infused meal and nothing like a grill. Quality and good value.

Thank Louise I
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

Max's is now a tradition with us -- we drive there at least once a year from 100 miles away; have done so now for 5 years. This April 26 we celebrated a birthday with Butternut squash ravioli and Dungeness crab cakes and Hawaiian mango mousse cake for one of us, and a garden salad, pot roast and chocolate mousse... More 

Thank Kenneth M
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

Upon arriving at Max's, we realized this was not really the cool, modern Asian fusion restaurant we were hoping for. We stayed anyway, and found that it is a good, very reasonably priced restaurant with some nice food choices, in a setting which could use some updating. The paint color was a muted mauve, and the artwork was very Asian... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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

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