About Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar
Cary, NC 27513-4051
Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar has been serving Cary & the Triangle for 25 years. Owned and operated by Will & Margie Hennessee, Maximillians offers global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Offering over 15 wines by the glass in addition to an extensive bottle list, or enjoy one of our hand crafted cocktails or local draft beers. We hope you will join us, and if it is your first visit, it won't be your last! Cheers!
Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:00 Friday - Saturaday 5:00 - 10:00
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Maximillians offers a variety of catering options based on your individual needs, from business to social we will assure your event to be a success.
We offer a private parking lot for our guests.
Private Party Facilities:
Our spacious upstairs loft overlooks the restaurant with seating for up to 24, and standing cocktail parties for up to 35.
Private Party Contact:
Will or Margie Hennessee: 9194652455
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Will or Margie Hennessee 919-465-2455 for information.
Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
I was a little concerned because people ...
I was a little concerned because people were talking about how the new owners were struggling a little at first, but no worries. The food was excellent as was the service (thanks, Jason!). I had a nicely done Cosmo for a cocktail. I then had their salmon for dinner. Salmon pan seared with a shallot mustard sauce. Roasted fingerling potatoes were also delicious. My friend had the Korean BBQ skirt steak with sticky rice. He gave me a bite and it was to die for. We ate every single bite, so we were too full for any desserts. I'll definitely go back again, which is great because I always loved Maximillian's in the past.
Our occasion was New Year's Eve. We for ...
Our occasion was New Year's Eve. We formerly dined at Maximmillians on a regular basis, but not as much in the last year and a half. We do think that the new owners are trying hard, but not quite making the mark of the former owners. We had a reservation for New Year's Eve for several days and the restaurant called in the afternoon to confirm. When we arrived, we were seated, but apparently they forgot us since we sat for close to 15 minutes before we were offered water. Other patrons came, were seated and had attention from a waiter before they realized we were still sitting. When the management finally realized that we had been overlooked, the waiter was very engaged, trying to make up for the oversight. We were short a table setting, for which I had to ask when the first course was served. We still think that even though there were lots of people moving around the restaurant and it was not full, there still seemed to be something a little off with regard to each next step. The food was very good, especially the daily salad. The lobster bisque, the daily special soup, was not especially hot, and not the WoW we were both expecting. Our main courses were very good. We will return again for sure, since we want this restaurant to succeed, both for sentimental reasons and because we love to dine out at nice restaurants.
This is the first time my wife and I hav ...
This is the first time my wife and I have been to Maximilian since the new ownership and I must say it did not disappoint. Although there was a special menu for New Years Eve, th appetizer and entrees provider many options. The toughest part was deciding what to get. My wife got the Vodoo Tuna and I had the scallops. Both dishes were fabulous.
Went new years eve. Food was excellent! ...
Went new years eve. Food was excellent! Service was professional.
Only drawback was that they charged us for a 2nd loaf of bread because "the kitchen only does bread as an appetizer". Pretty weak there. That said, we've been before and will go again. Great spot if you want a nice dinner out.
I am somewhat obliged to write a review ...
I am somewhat obliged to write a review for our second visit. Our first visit (about two months ago) was not positive (mostly based on service) and I mentioned as much in a prior review. After that first visit, the owner called me within a week. She apologized about the experience, notified me that our entire check would be refunded and invited us back. So we went back this past week. It was a different experience the second time around (we did not identify ourselves as the prior reviewers). Although it was a slower night, the service was terrific and very friendly. Our positive second experience combined with the sincerity of the owners call after our first visit have turned us into believers. Everyone has an off night once in a while. Clearly that was the case in our first visit. We'll be back.
We have been eating at Maximillians for ...
We have been eating at Maximillians for more than 25 years. Margie and Wil have continued the tradition of great food, outstanding service and good wine. Having traveled the world, we always come home to Maximillians as one of our favorite spots. This is a special place and definitely a "don't miss"
This is probably the fourth time that we ...
This is probably the fourth time that we've dined here. This particular visit was less than our expectations. Maybe it's just us....the first visit was spectacular....and downhill from there. I doubt we'll go back. I'm sure there are other great places to dine in the area...(we live out of town). For those who have never visited, I would say GO.
The food here is incredible. The owners ...
The food here is incredible. The owners are down to earth with the husband running the front of the house and the wife as the chef. Both are great!!
The food - WOW. The braised short ribs are the best I have ever had. The rich blend of starch and grains are some of the best and most creative we have had in a long time.
The waitstaff is friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
Keep up the great work, we will be back and have raved to all of our friends about Maximillian's!!!
Under the new ownership of Margie and Wi ...
Under the new ownership of Margie and Will Hennessee, Maximillian's has extended its formula for 25 years of success and passionate loyalty. Our meal started with an impeccably made Old Fashioned, every ingredient in the right proportion and just the right strength of Maker's Mark. The calimari appetizer is best of breed, lightly breaded, cleanly fried and perfectly complemented by a sweet and sour sauce.
The wine list is one of the best in the Triangle, with a wide selection from around the world and very low markup for a restaurant of this quality. Many great values to be found and selections you are unlikely to find anywhere else.
The salmon dish from the main menu, with fingerling potatoes and spinach sauteed with roasted garlic was finely executed. It was a generous piece of fish cooked with a slightly crunchy outer crust and a rare, luscious middle.
The tilefish special veered toward the Asian side of the flavor spectrum, with a light, Thai-like sauce amid black rice, snow peas and bok choy. The fish was done perfectly, pearly white on the outside and slightly translucent inside. I'd asked to have some heat in the sauce and that request was fulfilled perfectly, a 2.5 out of 4 stars of heat and flavor.
No dessert this time around, but they are always a pleasure, especially the gelato. The bartender, wait staff, kitchen people, and Will and Margie are always welcoming to returning customers, of which there are rightfully many, as well as people traveling in the area who know where to go to get a special meal and some nice companionship when doing a lonely job on the road. For those of us living nearby, Maximillian's feels like family, but one with people who can really cook and provide a homespun atmosphere that serves up hospitality without judgment.
My girlfriend Tina and I were in Cary fo ...
My girlfriend Tina and I were in Cary for work, and it just happened to be her bday, so I found Maximillian's on Open Table. Our experience was very positive. The specialty drinks were awesome, and the menu was fantastic. We had the Bone Marrow and Veal Ravioli to start and they were great. We shared a Caesar salad, which was done a little bit differently. The lettuce was grilled which gave it a nice but light smoky taste. For our entrée we shared the Korean Skirt Steak. The flavor of the meat was awesome, but we both felt the greens that accompanied it should have been sautéed and not cold. We did not order a Korean Steak Salad was our thought. For desert we got the Coconut Cake which was great. Our Server Chrissie was fantastic, as was Jason who also made sure we were taken care of.
We have been eating at Maximillians ever ...
We have been eating at Maximillians ever since they opened their first restaurant across from South Hills around 25 years ago. We try to go there for our special occasion dinners. We went to Max's for my wife's 50 birthday and last Wednesday for her 70th. We shared a Pear salad which was very tasty. My wife ordered the salmon dish & I ordered the Pasta from Hell which isn't on the menu but they can usually make it. I selected 3.5 on the 1-4 heat scale. It was delicious. We ate early & it wasn't crowded. The original owner, Michael Schiffer, was there so we spent some time with him, the new owners, & a very friendly waitress. All in all a great meal and overall experience.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the ...
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience at Maximilian's- food was innovative, prepared care and personalized to our taste and staff - including greeters, server and the Chef-owner were personable, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and preparations. Loved the mango salad- delicious combination of flavors snd textures and generous. My husband had voodoo Tuna- he ate every bite - quite a feat as it packs a good does of heat- addictively so! The chef prepared a vegetarian plate for me which I had the chance to customize both in terms of food choice and preparation ( just enough spice and kick to keep it interesting but not overpowering- the black sticky rice was a wonderful base. My husband had the mile high coconut cake - he is still talking about it - again a generous portion although he managed to finish it all. Even the decaf coffee was very good- and I don't say that lightly! After moving to Chapel Hill fr CT we have been searching for dining a bit less Southern and more NY w respect to ingredients and preparation. Maximilian's fits that bill nicely in that it was clean, varied and had Asian infusion in best way possible as an option. We will return often!
The server never told us about the speci ...
The server never told us about the specials. We ordered a cocktail (vodka over ice with olives) that we had to ask about twice (we were told the bar was backed up, but the table next to us who were seated after us was served a martini before us... likely the order never went in). Other servers routinely went wooshing by our table in a near trot. The food was just fair but by no means special.
A must try! We gave them a 2nd chance a ...
A must try! We gave them a 2nd chance and we're so happy we did!
We enjoyed every morsel, from the Oysters to the Coconut cake! To think we would have missed the ambiance, the people, the staff and the food!! Delicious!
We will definitely be returning soon!
It's a nice place - the food was quite g ...
It's a nice place - the food was quite good - the server is related to the Chef I think...anyway, she was really knowledgeable on the menu - and fun (sweet personality). Overall, it was good...not blow your face out Phenom, but really good. I live in N.Raleigh and my girlfriend lives in Cary so it was close, but aside from that I likely would not make the trip based on just to go there for dinner.
We've been patrons of Maximillian's for ...
We've been patrons of Maximillian's for 20 years and this is the first mediocre experience we've had. The food was overly salty and complex and cooled quickly. It just seemed like everything was overdone, too much salt, too much garlic, too much sauce. Like trying to hard...
The restaurant is in an unusual center a ...
The restaurant is in an unusual center and the entrance is far from elegant. However, the dining room is comfortable and the food is creative and very good. The choices are much more varied than most restaurants. On the night we were there, a large party made the dining room noisy, but that is probably not always the case.
Would recommend as a place if conversati ...
Would recommend as a place if conversation is not key to the meal. This is a noisy place. It did not help that they kept moving the speakers so they could be heard over the echoing voices. The food was fine. The bone marrow appetizer was a bit over salted. The fried oysters a bit over cooked and heavily breaded. The Staff were very helpful and attentive. The coconut cake was wonderful.
We always enjoy our meals at Maximillian ...
We always enjoy our meals at Maximillian's. It is under new ownership, but they have kept some of our old favorites, specifically the voodoo tuna, and the Korean beef BBQ. Slightly changed, but still good! Service was excellent, we will definitely be back!
I came back for the calamari, as it's ab ...
I came back for the calamari, as it's absolutely the best I've ever had. I could eat it every week. Brought my relatives who were visiting from Houston and they enjoyed the calamari too, plus all the other food they ordered. We all cleaned our plates! It was a joy to dine there. Thanks a million Maximillian's!
The waitress, food and ambiance were awe ...
The waitress, food and ambiance were awesome. I had the chicken and my boyfriend had salmon both dishes were awesome. The waitress was definitely attentive. This was my boyfriend's first eating experience there this was my fourth many years ago before. It did not disappoint and made me look like a rockstar. The only miss was possibly the key lime pie and that is a minor criticism. We will be back trust me.
While our waiter, Jason was very kind an ...
While our waiter, Jason was very kind and friendly, he was simply way too chatty. He also did not seem to know the mixed drink menu - My date asked for an apple-tini and he said, "great no problem" and less than a minute later he said "oh we don't have much variety in the area of mixed drinks" but he did make a very suitable recommendation - a Lemon Drop. Which was wonderful. Also , we hesitated to ask him any specific questions about the appetizers or entrees because he was unable to provide a specific answer - he just kind of went on and on... (never actually answering the question - but it was fine- LOL!)
The food was outstanding - we loved our appetizers of calamari and tomato stuffed with crab meat and our entrees exceeded our expectations!! - Thank you
Will and Margie have managed to pull off ...
Will and Margie have managed to pull off the difficult feat of carrying forward the tradition of an established restaurant's character and traditional menus. Having been a patron of Maximillian's since the mid 90's, my wife and I have had many a great meal by the former owners (Gale and Michael). I am very happy to write that Margie and Will are keeping to the playbook of their former employers and creating great food at reasonable prices. Thanks for a wonderful meal and look to be visiting again soon.
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