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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” (16 reviews)
“mango mousse” (9 reviews)
“sand dabs” (34 reviews)
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Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
209 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3318
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Great chief! Trained in France and it shows, his wife will great you and his son may wait on you. I love the rib eye and my wife goes for the fish special. A warm atmosphere and excellent dishes reasonably priced. A must for us...More

Thank Russ0922
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Max's is just a block off the main street of delightful Pacific Grove. We were there on a quiet Sunday night after a long day in the car, and our hosts immediately made us feel at home. We ordered sand dabs and duck, for each...More

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 1 July 2016

The atmosphere is simple, elegant and relaxed. This is due, in part, to the service, led by the wife/co-owner, who is charming, efficient and very pleasant. The food was superb, especially the tempura ahi roll and tempura prawns. My husband and I agreed we would...More

Thank kld0655
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We were tentative when we walked in, as there was only one other couple with a child present. The restaurant is nicely decorated and pleasing to the eye. The hostess was extremely gracious and nice (Japanese descent we think), and set us up with large...More

Thank Hugh S
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We came to Max's with 5 adults, 1 child and 1 toddler to celebrate our 45 th anniversary. We had a nice quiet table away from other customers and the waitress was very accommodating to our requests. I had grilled Sand Dabs that were cooked...More

Thank viajara821
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Recommended by the hotel and lived up to it. Lovely husband/wife team with very tasty food. Don't be put off by the name. It's a yummy Japanese infused meal and nothing like a grill. Quality and good value.

Thank Louise I
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Max's is now a tradition with us -- we drive there at least once a year from 100 miles away; have done so now for 5 years. This April 26 we celebrated a birthday with Butternut squash ravioli and Dungeness crab cakes and Hawaiian mango...More

Thank Kenneth M
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Upon arriving at Max's, we realized this was not really the cool, modern Asian fusion restaurant we were hoping for. We stayed anyway, and found that it is a good, very reasonably priced restaurant with some nice food choices, in a setting which could use...More

Thank Diana D
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

I don't really like writing negative reviews, especially of a small family owned restaurant run by nice people. Other people like it more. My wife and I try it every two or three years. We order different things but always come away feel it was...More

Thank creativity2001
Reviewed 26 March 2016

We were glad we chose Max's, off Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, because the Monterey area was extremely busy with spring break crowds. Although we had reservations, we didn't need them, and we were greeted and seated immediately. Our server, Lasandra (sp?) was sweet and helpful,...More

Thank HappyWandererQ
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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