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Max's Wine Dive

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(102 Reviews)

4720 Washington Ave Ste B, Houston, TX 77007

(713) 880-8737

Today: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tomorrow: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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At MAX’s Wine Dive, we’re all about bringing “gourmet comfort food” to our guests alongside a constantly curated selection of wines from around the world, some of which cannot be found anywhere else, all served with a down-to-earth, rock-n-roll style. MAX’s Wine Dive is a restaurant and wine bar that’s fun, funky, eclectic and a complete juxtaposition that captures the qualities of a casual, industrial feel with a top-notch food and wine program. The menu consists of popular Wine Dive Classics and seasonal menu items that are common to all Wine Dive locations. And don’t forget the wine! Ignoring the typical mark-up you see at most restaurants, we offer quality wines at reasonable prices.

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Central Houston, Washington Avenue - Memorial Park

Max's Wine Dive-Washington Ave Houston

MAX’s Wine Dive Houston – Washington Ave

Max's Wine Dive Washington

American Restaurants, Caterers, Bars, Night Clubs, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, American

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No

Good For Groups: Yes


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It's fun, it's fancy in a

It's fun, it's fancy in a non-pretentious way and the food is comfort food on steroids. Great place for taking out of towners and dates.



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Do Not Eat Dinner Here

A friend recommended that we do dinner here. While the appetizer was good and the dinner menu sounded good-- once I got my Southern Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, and collard greens I was highly disappointed. There was absolutely NO favor and the only seasoning that could be tasted was the paprika they dusted on the side of the plate. As a southerner I have been well versed in how to make collard greens and fried chicken the right way. I wanted to go to the kitchen and help the chef do better. Ultimately, when I got my check I was upset that I had to pay for something that I know was not cooked well at all. Anyone can drop some chicken in a pot and call it fried, but it takes someone special to know how to season it right so that it actually turns out good and favorful. Please don't eat here. Go to the Breakfast Club where they cook their food right-- trust me it's worth waiting in the line to get well cooked food.

dragon fly88


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Most amazing Bread pudding!

The food was a little pricey but worth every penny. We started with the oysters and not really expecting much from a fried oyster, i was blown away. I dont even like oysters and they were amazing! For the entre i chose the fried egg sandwich and it was flavorful and delicate. A little messy but the flavors were all there. Half way through the entre we saw a desert being served and decided we had to have it. It turned out that i was bread pudding. Normal bread puddings are pretty soggy. Not this one. This bread pudding was THE BEST square of anything i have ever eaten. I cant even describe the flavors that exploded from that bread. Our waiter was asher and he was a very down to earth guy that was very attentive but not pushy. At the end of the night i called the sous chef over and let him know how amazing this pudding was. He was so sweet and we left with a full stomach and a great experience. I will definately be going back.



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Bush League Wine List for Doopies

Needed to waste 2 hours in the Heights and decided to try a wine dive. For a supposed wine bar, the reds were very limited by the glass. I started with their cheapest cab at $8.25/glass and the less than generous poor was harsh. When the waitstaff came for a refill and I said ""no mas"", she suggested the $12.75/glass cab, the only other option. Afraid to get burnt again, I moved over to the Spanish wine list. The cheapest Spanish wine(most of the wines listed were from South America) at $9.75/glass was drinkable but certainly not a good representative of the delicious Spanish reds. Needing to strech time I ordered the cheese board at $14.50. Three thumbnail sized pieces of cheese arrived on a large slate board with 4-5 thin pear slices, a shotglass full of grapes and old glazed pecans that were stuck hopelessly together. The waitress noticed the amused look on my face and went into a canned review of the cheeses. She delighted over the 3rd small piece and told me it was hand rubbed with coffee. It tasted, hmmm, like coffee. If you're a doopie (duped urban professional) that can't tell the difference between a full-bodied cab and a bottle of Night Train, you'll be in good company with the other doopies eating the highly over priced comfort food. Terrible place for experimenting with wines by the glass. The waitstaff was good.



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Best Hotdogs on Houston

Try their Texas Dog--its amazing!



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Reservations - Why the hell should you?

Can I give negative stars because I never made it in the place? Don't even bother making reservations, because you'll be forced to endure at least a 45 minutes wait thanks to the ineptitude of the hostess staff. We had a Monday night reservation for 6 people, 7pm. We showed up promptly, some in our party a bit early. Unapologetic twit at the hostess stand told us people had been there since the afternoon and they couldn't ask customers to leave. Obviously, but why wasn't a table reserved for 6 people starting at about 6PM, since we had a RESERVATION for 7PM? Molinas got our business instead. Too bad for Max's because I won't be returning EVER.



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Best Place for Out of Town Guests

Max's has become our crutch for out of town guests; it sells Houston as a young, fun place to live with a quality night life and food scene.

Pros: Great Food, Good Wines and Excellent Atmosphere

Cons: The wait can be long and the wine menu seems to change just a little too often.

Tip - The Nacho Momma Oysters and the Wild Boar Pasta are AMAZING!!!



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Where CitySearch's Dictators Can Take a Dive

The Dictators went there for a review party last night, and we had a good time talking about our favorite places and why we like to write reviews...right after we dove into their fried appetizers that is.

The fried chicken sliders are tall with their thickly-cut tomato slice, crisp iceberg lettuce, dollop of honey, on a lightly-dusted scratch white roll. The sliders come secured with skewers.

I had given up seafood since the infamous spill, but I could not resist the fried oyster nachos. They were so crispy, there is an air pocket floating between the meat and the non-greasy crust. The oysters melt in your mouth.

The majority of us had the house Malbec which complemented the appetizers.

Our server, Kaleigh, made sure that we had everything we needed for the party too.

The VIP table is the large booth in the corner. It seats about 14, but still seems cozy.

The crowd was mixed. I saw two newscasters behind us and some really young patrons there.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The BEST new style comfort food

Love Max's! I've had just about everything there: wild boar pasta, fried egg sandwich, fried chicken, hot dog, max frites, max & cheese, pan borracho, name it...and it was all fantastic. It has been my experience that those diners who don't fall in love with Max's are typically a little more flavor shy than true foodies. If you love garlic, herbs, and luxurious flavors you will love Max's too!

Sure the parking is a pain, and sometimes they are out of wine, but that is just because the food is so great a lot of people go there!



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Really good

I got the Yama Kobe Beef Burger with gruyere, mushrooms, and carmelized onions. It wasn't on par with all the hype. But the Texas-Style Haute-Dog and the max and cheese are absolutely phenomenally good.



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Poor Value and Baqd Customer Service

Our wine was great, but we ordered french fries for our son (to a tune of $6 - for fries?) and we ordered the Pot Roast - their speciality, It was very tough and was not good. We waited to complain when we paid our bill and the manager came over and asked us for our feedback just to reply that the dish was his favorite and ""thanks for the feedback"" Nothing was refunded and we left on Thankgsgiving night not feel quite thankful for the experience we had. ( An experience that cost over $80 and left a poor taste in our mouths)
Do your self a favor and go to The Corkscrew where at least they care if you are a happy customer.

margie brown


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Kobe Burger was great ... $18.00 was NOT ! I thought your profit came from wine? Sounds more reasonable. You may want to review your profiteer. Are you really selling that many hamburgers? Waitress recommendation on wine was good, made purchase for take home. Glad that Max's Houston is still around, a little bit of New York in Texas, Wow !



Provided by Citysearch - 
Cozy wine bar with great service

and of course..their wine selection is awesome. Great atmosphere with an open kitchen.



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poor value

I dig a good Kobe burger, and I'm willing to pay a reasonable rate for it. But $18? Is this NYC? I've had some pretty extravagant hamburgers, but a 1/2 pound Kobe burger is worth maybe $14 tops. Maybe if it were stuffed or topped with foie gras, $17-$20 would be reasonable. But they charge another $12 to trick the burger out in this manner. Plus, last time I went there, they overcooked my burger not once, but twice. If I'm paying $18 for a hamburger (and my policy going forward is not to pay $18 for a hamburger), cook it right the first time.

The fried chicken is a'ight, but nothing special.

I'd skip this place unless they drop the price a little. A few bucks means a lot to a cat with principles, and I am such a cat.



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Cool place to hang out

I went to celebrate a belated birthaday for a friend. I thought the place was a really loud because of people talking so loud over the music that was blarrring. The food was AWESOME. The Sparking Wine (Cava Poema) was gorgeous in the glass. I will be back for brunch one day



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The Difference Is Apparent

Totally loved this place. We were tentative about going because it's ripped so much on this site, but it's worshiped on Yelp so we thought we'd go see for ourselves. It totally ROCKED. The valet is free- and there is NOWHERE to park so we much appreciated it. I wouldn't say it's a high-functioning place, but the food was amazing, the wine list verrrrry impressive (and we know our wine), the $18 kobe burger is an amazing steal if you have any idea what you're eating ... The music was awesome, the crowd was energetic, our service was a little confusing but always super friendly and smiley... Basically the difference between these reviews and the ones on yelp is the difference between the people who still use this outdated site, and the people who have made the pilgrimage over to the superior review site. Y'all here just don't get it. Peace out! We're going back to Max's!



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A little Pricey

My Friends keep raving about this place so i figured i'll try it out. The food is over-priced. i ordered the
$14 Fried Chicken, my friend ordered the $18 Kobe Beef Burger. For desert we had the half spicy chocolate cake / half bread pudding. The bread pudding was othe overall highlight of the meal. Wine is seriously over-priced and the atmosphere is standard. Would I come back again? no! It's too cramped and overpriced



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Like a bad joke....

Sorry, but IMHO this is just a glorified Dairy Queen...with worse service. There's really nothing ""cool"" or ""cute"" about $14 hot dogs with $30-a-glass wine, and trying to be clever by calling it a ""dive"". And to make it even more hilarious, when we went they were turning away apparently first-time customers who were coming to check it out, because they had to turn the kitchen between lunch and dinner. I guess the huge kitchen staff couldn't serve up $14 cook hot dogs, $18 hamburgers, and $11 sides of mac-n-cheese fast enough to feed the 10 other guests in the bar, and preparing the kitchen for dinner service is a pretty involved process if you're going to serve up those $15 fried egg sandwiches in the evening. Seriously...give me a break, Max. If you're going to talk the talk, at least walk the walk...and come up with a serious menu. In the meantime, I suggest anyone thinking of stopping in to just pick up a bottle of their favorite wine at Spec's, and stop off at Denny's on the way home. Then put the rest of your paycheck in your bank..instead of Max's.



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Crowded, loud

Valentine's Day -- what? They're taking reservations to sit at the bar at 8 p.m. in the evening? No way. It's crowded, noisy, the outdoor seating area facing the parked cars & valet parking is ridiculous. Why not do a patio out back, put some greenery there, TRY a little bit? Valet-only parking, and there's no street parking nearby because of the bar ditches. Time to go somewhere else.

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