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Max's Grill

209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
+1 831-375-7997
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pot roast” (17 reviews)
“mango mousse” (9 reviews)
“sand dabs” (33 reviews)
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Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
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Reviewed 7 September 2014

Cannot understand why the rating is so high. Ordered duck confit and tomato bisque. Soup was ok, but the duck was dry, not tasty, seems not fresh. Greatly disappointed. My husband ordered chicken piccata. Was ok and the portion was small.. Mango mouse was ok....More

Thank jjs119
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Fantastic meal! Great service! Hubby had the Sand Dabs (1st try) and I had the night's special Escolar. Both were delicious. The bill with 2 soft drinks came to $48.

1  Thank Ditto416
Reviewed 2 September 2014

We first tried to go to Max's for a Monday night dinner to find they were closed but checked the window menu and speicals they had for Tuesday, including early bird small plate specials that looked very good. We went back on Tuesday and tried...More

1  Thank celldoc123
Reviewed 29 August 2014

Personal, friendly service from entry to seating to eating. Every item we had was delicious -- the crab-stuffed ravioli was real, the Sand Dab fish was expertly cooked in butter to give it the right flavor. Moderate portions but with the bread and oil up...More

2  Thank Duane D
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We arrived in Pacific Grove after a drive up from the Los Angeles Saturday night no reservation and we wanted to walk to a restaurant We found Max's Grill. We were greeted on arrival, and sat by the window We enjoyed a glass of house...More

2  Thank Steven A
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Both times we've eaten here we loved the food, the atmosphere, and the service. The chef worked in France and won awards for his food. Anything local and fresh is guaranteed delicious. You won't be disappointed. The owners and wait staff are friendly and not...More

1  Thank Meesh M
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Max's Grill was very nice. We had a party of 6 and the group was all pleased with their food. We went to this restaurant based solely on the previous trip advisor reviews. I was a little nervous to have suggested it when we arrived...More

Thank CarisseB
Reviewed 21 June 2014

It was good, but after all the hype, and the rating, I expected superlative. I had the Calamari steak, which did not have enough lemon caper sauce (what was there was good, just nowhere near enough). My husband had the duck confit and, again, it...More

Thank Mahsha57
Reviewed 17 June 2014

What it lacks in ambiance, this restaurant makes up for with its outstanding food and service. The restaurant is rather plain, but the menu and cuisine were outstanding. I would definitely recommend this place.

Thank xkittyx
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Took the whole family here for a special meal last week. Wow! I knew the reviews were great and I was expecting a great meal, but I can't emphasize how great the food is here. Absolutely perfect ravioli. Whether you order the mushroom, the dungeness...More

Thank rf924
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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 County  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-7997
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