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: (919) 465-2455
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
Dinner at Max's was fantastic as always! ...
Dinner at Max's was fantastic as always! It is my MUST go to restaurant when I am in the Triangle area. Margie, Will and the staff have done a marvelous job of revamping the menu with delicious entrees, and the wine list is superb with many price points. Margie and Will priced their wine so bottles are easily affordable. I had the rack of lamb, and it was grilled to perfection, and most satisfying. The cuisine is delightful and the plates are artistically prepared so that they are pleasant not only to the palate, but to the eye as well. The menu is varied so that anyone can find an entree that fits their desire. I highly recommend Maximillian's Grille, and no that it will not disappoint!
Great, unique food freshly prepared, and ...
Great, unique food freshly prepared, and of the highest quality ingredients! Somewhat limited wines by the glass...would love to see a flight offered! Waiter very attentive, perhaps a bit chummy, but better than nowhere to be found 😉 Music not a great choice for Saturday night dining, and floor could use a warmer feel but overall, we've found our new "go to" place and cannot wait to return.
The food at Maximillion's is still good ...
The food at Maximillion's is still good but I do not believe it is as good as it had been in the past. Some dishes were excellent but others were not very exciting. The service was excellent. We did not order any alcohol so I cannot speak to that part of their offerings.
Will and Margie are continuing the excel ...
Will and Margie are continuing the excellent tradition of Max's but adding their own touch. New prix fixe option. Expanded wine list. Same great food and great wine prices. I had ribeye with succotash special, two colleagues had voodoo tuna. All great! Cannot wait to return.
First visit, stuck with the basics but w ...
First visit, stuck with the basics but was pleasantly surprised by the little details. They did the basics very well, and I'm confident enough to get a little more adventurous next time. And there will be a next time. I'll be back.
First time here since the new owners too ...
First time here since the new owners took over. The place is much brighter.
The menu is more varied with addition of soup and salads. Still wish they would put salt and pepper on the table.
My filet was perfectly cooked. The potato gratin with creamed spinach was very good. My wife's special salad was good but had a very small amount of goat cheese in relation to the description.
We'll definitely be back.
We had a very large group and the experi ...
We had a very large group and the experience was a good one for all. Our servers were attentive and everyone's food arrived at the same time, impressive for a party of 11. Many of us took part in the Triangle Restaurant Week menu and it was delicious. As a vegetarian I was pleased with my options. The only challenge was having a table upstairs when the bathrooms were located downstairs but that was not a huge deal.
pleasant atmosphere although tables were ...
pleasant atmosphere although tables were placed close together. Somewhat noisy. Wait staff and service excellent.
Not the best value as we felt prices were a bit high for what we got; delicious bread was not included with dinner. Wine pours 5 oz and priced a little higher than what we are use to paying although the white wine from Italy we ordered was excellent and we each got another glass. Should have ordered a bottle. My salmon (generous serving size) was delicious but the pork chop entree disappointing as it was quite chewy, hence the lower rating for food. Too full for dessert although the coconut cake looked awesome!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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