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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” (35 reviews)
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209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
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Reviewed 21 October 2014

A quiet Sunday evening in Pacific Grove, but this restaurant was pretty busy. The Japanese chef is well versed in French cookery and our main courses of salmon and a strong ravioli were very competent. We were served by the chef's wife, a charming lady....More

1  Thank Cicer0ne
Reviewed 16 October 2014

Not sure this place should be in business with how we were treated. I try not to give any poor reviews on trip advisor but I need to for this place. Not sure why services was so poor but if service is then food will...More

Thank hardytrish
Reviewed 13 October 2014

We had a very nice greeting from the wife. She was extremely personable and made us feel welcome. I had sand dabs which I never had before and although it was good, I am not sure I would order it again. My husband had chicken...More

1  Thank RSW
Reviewed 29 September 2014

This is a local place and while the service and wine list isn't world class, the food was very good. sometimes you need home cooking. The chef is Japanese but the menu was American. I had pot roast! And the restaurant was peppered with locals...More

2  Thank MariettaGA
Reviewed 15 September 2014

Max's has a fairly simple menu that is french inspired but local in nature. We go here whenever we are in PG and have never been disappointed. The food is good and they have a decent wine selection. Tip - have the crab cakes, the...More

1  Thank Simpkeys
Reviewed 6 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
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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