About MAX's Wine Dive Austin - San Jacinto Blvd.
At MAX’s Wine Dive it’s all about the EXPERIENCE.
We’re passionate about food and wine – just like you! We pride ourselves on bringing you gourmet comfort food made from the highest-quality local ingredients in an exciting and unique atmosphere.
American, Comfort Food, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10AM – 10PM (Brunch: 10am-3pm, Dinner: 3pm-10pm)
Monday – Friday: 11AM – 12AM (Lunch: 11am-3pm, Dinner: 3pm-12am)
Saturday: 10AM – 12AM (Brunch: 10am-3pm, Dinner: 3pm-12am)
$30 and under
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Featuring a Texas-proud jukebox covering all your favorites - from Johnny Cash to ZZ Top to AC/DC. Perfect for our late-night "Reverse" Happy Hour!
Click here for more information, http://www.maxswinedive.com/austin/catering_private-dining/index.php
Valet parking is available, as is street parking, garage parking, and surface parking lots.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MAX's Wine Dive Austin - San Jacinto Blvd. Ratings and Reviews
We came in for brunch. I have never eate ...
We came in for brunch. I have never eaten here before and I have lived in Austin nearly a decade so I was pretty excited to see what the fuss was all about. We were sat promptly, but the waiter took almost 10 minutes to greet us. No big deal. It gave us time to figure out exactly what we wanted. So, we ordered our champagne selection for our mimosas and what we wanted to eat in one swoop. The waiter returned with our bubbles (nice guy, but seemed nervous) - he proceeded to open the bottle by removing the foil and then began to twist the cork off....without removing the surrounding cage. He struggled for a minute or so and then finally the cork blew off and champagne went everywhere. He laughed and then poured us our first glass. Again, not a big deal....but, really?
The food was pretty good. I had the hangover hash and my girlfriend had an omelette. She ordered grits as her side, but got potatoes instead. Still, not a big deal.
When the check was dropped off, I noticed that the price of the champagne was a lot higher on the bill than the menu. I also noticed that there was a charge for the orange juice, even though the menu stated "You pick the bubbles, we provide the juice." I asked the waiter if he could review this because this is not what we selected. Upon his return he said it was his first brunch and apologized, but since he picked the wrong bottle and rang up the pricier one, that is the one we were asked to pay for. So I ended up paying for a more expensive bottle of champagne with an additional up-charge for orange juice.
We tipped him fine, 20%, but leaving this review is just as comical to write as I am sure it is to read. Please train the employees how to ring up orders, make modifications, and most of all...how to properly open champagne bottles.
The chicken fried steak and egg with gre ...
The chicken fried steak and egg with green chili gravy is sooo good for breakfast. 20-30 years ago I could name 4 places with a really good CFS in Austin but because taste changes and all of our new ex patriots not from this time zone who seem to celebrate Trader Joes vegetable aisle and want their protein shipped in overnight from Patagonia because of some special coastal grass. Today I can now only name two restaurants and Max's is my favorite. Be bold and ask for the green tomatillo sauce for a touch of extra heat and spice.
The hangover hash is awesome and sometimes I celebrate with a nice bourbon and water - you know, hair of the dog if you had a little too much celebration. I see the shrimp and grits and I know it's good but Good Lord, the CFS just draws me in most Sunday mornings.
The staff is worth the trip - the staff is fun, passionate and such great people. The price is right for downtime, the people watching is always fun, and prepare to pay the valet.
We have always loved Max's, but this tim ...
We have always loved Max's, but this time we were disappointed. We waited for close to 15 minutes before a server greeted us. They removed one of my favorite items off of the menu and it seemed to take forever for our food to arrive. The server who was supposed to wait on us was in the weeds so another server came to help. She was friendly, but we didn't see much of her. We still gave her a good tip because I remember my days waiting tables and how busy it could get. I'm just sad they removed their drunken bread. It was my favorite!
We went for a quick / late dinner on a F ...
We went for a quick / late dinner on a Friday evening. We were late for our reservation but they were very gracious when we called and rescheduled us so that our traffic delay was not a problem. The food was well prepared and pretty much what we expected, not exotic, but they don't try to sell exotic. There was a salad on the menu for those who don't want a lot of carbs. What I really liked was that when we talked to our server about wine, he listened well, and brought 3 bottles and a tasting glass to the table to allow us to choose the one that suited us best. All 3 were in line with what we asked for. The tasting and attention to our wine selection really sold me on this restaurant even if they only have one no-carb dish that I can eat.
we have eaten here a number of times, bu ...
we have eaten here a number of times, but this may be the last one - the good- one of the best pot roasts I have ever had however two of us ordered it and both noted that the potatoes were under cooked almost raw , the chicken always good and was enjoyed. The new menu, so-so at best and pricey for what it is. The cheese plate we ordered was incredibly disappointing we are still wondering what some of the items were and why they were there. The service this past Wednesday on a fairly slow night was - slow and the waiter seemed to not really be paying attention.
I come here as often as I can be patient ...
I come here as often as I can be patient... the food is always good but the service is always TERRIBLE! This last time, we were blatantly lied to when we asked to be moved to a different table so we weren't sat next to the door. There were about 10 other open tables and they said it was reserved for a baby shower - we questioned that. That baby shower showed up and it was only 8 people. They just lied to us until we pushed for a hi-top table to be away from the front door. The service makes me NEVER recommend this spot. Too bad because the food is good and the ambiance is great / if only the employees could be friendlier, happier, nicer and more positive- this place would be packed all the time! Just an FYI. Yes, super disappointed.
We had a 6:45 reservation. The drinks we ...
We had a 6:45 reservation. The drinks were 20 minutes a part from each other. The service was very slow for a more than half empty restaurant. We ordered shrimp and grits and Salisbury steak. They were both good meals but it took so long to get 1 drink and the waiter forgot to order it. I would recommend the place but not if you have plans that are within an hour or so after dinner. Its too slow for that. More of a place to kill time.
Very disappointing! After looking at ov ...
Very disappointing! After looking at overall reviews I expected this place to be great and looked forward to trying it. We got the fried chicken which is their signature dish and not only did it take about 45 minutes to make it was flabby and greasy. No crunch at all. Greens were overly salty, mashed potatoes seemed old. Even the drink my business partner had was bad. There were very few people in the restaurant on a Thursday night and Formula 1 weekend to boot! That may have been a sign. Staff seemed more interested in watching sports on TV instead of waiting on customers.
Our first time at Max's Wine Dive, the w ...
Our first time at Max's Wine Dive, the wine was reasonably priced. The Fried Oysters were a must have! And get the chicken tenders added to something (anything!), the seasoning alone makes it worth the added cost!!
Ehhh... it's not bad. But on a Friday ni ...
Ehhh... it's not bad. But on a Friday night, it was super loud, and the place wasn't even at capacity. The food/drinks were pretty good, and we appreciate the gluten "friendly" options, but the waiter seemed largely indifferent. At times, it was difficult to carry a conversation with the noise, but depending on what kind of date you're in the mood for, might be a good spot. The prices were slightly high, but about what you'd expect in the pricey downtown dining district.
I remain disappointed that Open Table gift certificates have such limited options; there's lots of great options in town, but this was one of the only ones on the list.
After being a big Max's Wine Dive fan fo ...
After being a big Max's Wine Dive fan for a number of years, I'm no longer thrilled with it. Maybe it's just the Austin location, but the past two visits have been way less than great. Last time the waiter was completely awful - some of the worst customer service I've encountered. Luckily, the manager tried to resolve the issue and asked us to return in the future. This Sunday, we did. It'll be the last time.
Brunch was just average. The famous "chicken and waffles" are no longer listed on the menu - it's been replaced by Wings and Waffles. You can still order the chicken and waffles though. My guest did. Portion is huge: 3 chicken breasts and a big waffle. One of the breasts was undercooked, but it didn't really matter since the other two were more than enough for two people.
I ordered strawberry French toast. It was supposed to come as an appetizer but didn't. The waiter decided I'd like it with strawberries on the side, despite not actually ordering it that way - but it was fine...until I realized that the bread wasn't fully cooked. Soggy bread/raw egg mix in the middle of the entree was gross. I sent it back. It returned cooked but with no strawberries at all - just two pieces of bread and a side of syrup. I had a few bites of it, but my guest was finished eating and I'd had a few bites of chicken/waffle so I didn't bother eating the rest of boring "meal."
Service was so-so and the waiter seemed sluggish and tired. Rough Saturday night?
Overall, it was average. Coupled with my last visit, Max's is below average. Don't bother to have brunch here. Try Seersucker or Moonshine instead.
On the positive side, the red snapper an ...
On the positive side, the red snapper and chicken fried steak were both really nice. On the down side, the brussel sprouts were under cooked with no seasonings and the cocktails were really slow to arrive. We might not go back with so many other options to try in Austin.
Some of the best Fried Chicken I've ever ...
Some of the best Fried Chicken I've ever eaten. Nice and hot the way I like it.
Friendly and accommodating staff. Music was an ecletic jutebox mix and a little loud, but not really hindering conversation.
Very close to the Austin Convention Center, a short couple of minutes walk.
The only annoyance was a cloud of gnats, apparently their vector control needs to be adjusted.
We made a reservation about 20 minutes b ...
We made a reservation about 20 minutes before heading over because we didn't know how busy it'd be. When we walked in the door, a group of three was standing there obviously annoyed that they weren't being helped; they left about 2 minutes later to eat somewhere else as no hostess returned to seat them. We then stood there for almost 10 minutes before finding a man walking around and told him we had a reservation. He said that he thought reservations were over and asked us to wait. He came over about 5 minutes later and only said, "okay, I'll seat you." No apology for the wait or for being ignored.
The server was nice and thanked us 10 times for waiting but after she brought us water she never returned so I could order that glass of wine I'd wanted. The sandwich was great but the chips were soft. Overall very disappointing time at MAX's.
Love this place but totally fell flat on ...
Love this place but totally fell flat on Labor Day. Regular menu (not brunch) and service was awful. They either didn't anticipate for a crowd (Shame on them - day after a huge home UT football game AND a major holiday. ). Food was meh. No menu accommodations for little kids proved rough, too.
We sat outside, which was great because ...
We sat outside, which was great because we were able to hear each other – but on the other hand, our server may have forgotten about us a few times because we were out of the way. It took FOREVER for us to get our food, even though the restaurant wasn't very busy. When we got our food, it was pretty good.
Great atmosphere. The food was very good ...
Great atmosphere. The food was very good. I had a grilled portobello plate which was pleasantly better than I expected. Although the server was very pleasant they lack in attentiveness. Attention to the minor details would have made the experience really exceptional.
Went for a weekday lunch and had one of ...
Went for a weekday lunch and had one of the best burgers I've tasted in a restaurant. Adele, our server was terrific. Friendly, courteous and spot on! The only negative is that there is no valet parking in the daytime and the street parking is tough.
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