About Maximillian's Grille & Wine Bar
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
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.
Maximilian's has reopened Under New Mana ...
Maximilian's has reopened Under New Management and they're doing an excellent job. They limited their menu but kept the quality High. The wait staff was excellent and have very good knowledge of the wine selection. They eat calamari and shrimp ceviche appetizers were excellent. And of course the dessert selection was very good. They still remain one of my favorite restaurants in the Cary Area. Two thumbs-up👍👍
While it is set in a rather unassuming l ...
While it is set in a rather unassuming location, the food and service were excellent! Jessica was our server and we could no have asked for better!
The food was delicious and presented very well!
We will definitely look forward to going back!
Best meal we've had in ages! Margie and ...
Best meal we've had in ages! Margie and Will Hennessee have done a fabulous job with remodeling. Brighter. More light. Service was impeccable. Food outstanding! Who knew that Margie also wears the chef's hat??? Best voodoo tuna since 1996... Can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. We enjoyed fresh salads, ceviche, calamari, and the homemade gelato also. Had to take some home of course. They're even using recyclable take home containers now. Congratulations on the Hennessee Maxillians! Way to go!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
As usual the food was amazing! Margie an ...
As usual the food was amazing! Margie and her team are very creative in the kitchen and everything ordered by our party of five was outstanding! Only two things that weren't great: the air conditioning was very chilly in the main dining room; and our server was very quirky, hovered, and cut into the middle of our conversations. I would also recommend that the server gets a drink order first and tells about an appetizer special only before schpealing every single special at the first visit to the table - too much on an initial approach and happened both times we have dined here. As a former restaurant GM, the small details of service can make the difference. The food and management are so amazing, though, that we will keep coming back!
This occasion was payback for dinner my ...
This occasion was payback for dinner my neighbors made me. I don't cook and I knew Maximillians would be a treat for my hosts who are new to the area. It was all I'd hoped: food, wine, and service (Jessica) were outstanding. I had the oyster appetizer and the tile fish special entree and recommend both without hesitation. Based on my neighbors' rave review of the evening, I expect them to ask me to dinner again soon.
Margie and Will are great hosts we had a ...
Margie and Will are great hosts we had a party of eight with kids and we're seated upstairs little less noisy in the loft area everything was great. Tremendous beer choices. I enjoy dark beer occasionally and the double barley vanilla was unique and my favorite. The Korean barbecue outstanding, Voodoo Tuna although a little on the hot side was perfectly done everyone enjoyed their meal. Kids were able to get a steak and cake. Chocolate x3 and carrot tops, but key lime was authentic and not to be overlooked. Great place in Cary.
Food was good, but service was questiona ...
Food was good, but service was questionable. The waiter was great, but I was denied the special because another table (ordering after us) might want it (owner decision). This was early in the evening, so no excuse to be out of the special. The other table did take all three of the available seafood specials, and I had to pick something else. The owner never explained or offered anything!
Not as good as it used to be. There was ...
Not as good as it used to be. There was not even any music to offset all the noise they were making shoving tables and chairs around on the second floor. This went on for about 15 minutes. Also, not even a basket of bread! The pear salad, which I used to love, was much smaller and not as good. My husband had the pork chop which was largely bone and fat, hard to eat and he did not care for it. I had a Thai dish that was very flavorful and nicely prepared; the only bright spot of the evening.
We walked into a warm welcome and the st ...
We walked into a warm welcome and the staff was extremely attentive and sweet. The menu is exotic with some ambitious dishes. However, it strikes me that the kitchen may not be fully equipped to prepare such diverse offerings every night and this was evident in my meal choice (the duck) which was apparently a new menu item added that week. It was served cold on the inside which leads me to believe it was re-heated. I probably would have been none the wiser if they had crisped the skin and heated it through the center. We started with the shrimp which was drenched in sweet chili sauce, I could only eat two pieces before the flavor became too much. My husband ordered the fish special which was a whole fish prepared thai style. It was a total mission to eat and had not been adequately cleaned and deboned for restaurant preparation. While I want to support this local establishment, there is a lot of room for improvement especially at the current prices.
New owners, menu, wine list...all for the better
We had a wonderful evening at Max's. Our first time there since Will and Margie took over. The menu is a little more refined and elegant than the original and the food is just as outstanding if not better. But they did keep a few familiar favorites. They've also worked very hard to make the wine list more interesting and varied. We were thrilled to see a selection of Fiddlehead wines, one of our favorite producers.
Will and Margie are gracious hosts, and Maximillian's feels as warm and inviting as ever. Please go check them out!
It had been a while since my wife and I had eaten here. I did not realize that the owners had sold the business.
I was however happy to find out that they sold to people who had worked there for years and were dedicated to keeping up the level of service I was used to! I was still able to order from the old menu and though the flavor might have been a little different, it will be hard to find the quality anywhere else.
Maximilian 's has always had good food more on the Asian fusion side but several traditional plates too. Noise level is very high. They keep temperature very cool and uncomfortable. We chose to eat outside solving the overactive A/C problem as well as the noise problem. Much nicer there. Their voodoo tuna is legendary tho they tend to make it too hot-spicy. In the past I could only eat part of the dish as it was too spicy. The last two times I threaten the chefs and warn only 1/2 star out of 4 star heat and it's just right. Korean BBQ is delicious. Not spicy. The seasonal fish is variable. Ask your server.
There are plates and presentations unavailable at other Raleigh/Cary restaurants. I love it. Good quality. The pear salad is always a winner. The desserts are mostly nice cakes. I prefer the carrot cake. The wine list is much less extensive than with previous management tho sufficient. Service is good and they really care about your dining experience.
Business Group Dinner
I booked a table for 12 based on online reviews. I later learned from a few locals that Maximillian's comes highly recommended. We were not disappointed. the appetizers and entrees were excellent. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. Importantly the staff knew when to be present wnd when to stay away to allow us conversation and time to relax.
Better than before
Delighted to find that Max's has reopened and is even better than before. Menu is a little more limited, but with some great specials - the soft-shell crab was outstanding. Scallops were also worth having again.
And desserts (grand marnier creme brulee and blood orange sorbet) were both delicious.
Noise level seems better than before, too.
We'll be back.
We chose Maximillian's over other seafoo ...
We chose Maximillian's over other seafood and steak restaurants because of the price structure. The food was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable in the menu and the wine list. It was a great find and will definitely go back when back in town.
Maximillian's is now in the capable hand ...
Maximillian's is now in the capable hands of Will and Margie Hennessee, taking over from long-time owners (25 years) Michael and Gayle Schiffer. The new owners -- who spent most of 20 years in all capacities at Maximillian's -- have used Schiffer's renowned approach to fresh, local product combined with innovative flavor profiles as a launching point for their own deep exploration of culinary waters. The results should impress anyone committed to the enjoyment of great food in a convivial environment.
You'll feel welcomed here. The servers and bartenders are friendly and intelligent without any artifice or stuffiness. They are here to please you and make you comfortable. If you are a traveler who likes to hang out at the bar, you'll find good conversation, service and a nice drinks menu. When I travel to other cities, Maximillian's is the model for the kind of place I want to hang out.
The wine list is more extensive than in the past, with a wide range of selections that reflect the menu's global cuisine. They are priced right, with some of the lowest markups you'll find anywhere at a restaurant of this caliber.
I have my favorites -- the calamari, rib appetizer, any fish special, the scallops and risotto. A thai salad in this recent visit was swoon-worthy. There are no duds, so go for the gold. If you like heat, the Voodoo Tuna is bombastic. Every ingredient is best of breed -- fresh and beautifully prepared.
If you're anything like me when it comes to great food, you'll become a regular.
I hadn't been to Maximillian's since the ...
I hadn't been to Maximillian's since their new ownership and 'facelift'. It was REALLY good. The menu had some regular items from before like the Grilled Caesar (Phenomenal), Calamari and Voodoo Tuna. I liked that they had added new items but also had many specials to offer. I had the swordfish over couscous which was to die for delish. My hubby had salmon w/spinach and fingerling potatoes. I was uncertain which wine to choose and the kind waitress brought me a taste so I could decide. The only thing I didn't like was that I was sitting near the stairs, and kept getting bumped every time someone walked past. But next time I will just ask for different seating.
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