Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery

★★★★☆
Wood-Fired cuisine and Fresh Brewed award winning beers on tap. Great wine, beer and cocktail selections.
  • 320 Peachtree St NE

    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Cross street: West Peachtree Street

    Map & Directions
  • 404-525-4400

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I had the pleasure of eating at Max Lager's for the last 2 nights while in Atlanta for a conference. I want to commend the staff who served us tonight, particularly your hostess and our server Jeffery. Both provided incredible service to our party of 7. Jeffery encouraged us to try your ribs, pork chop, fried chicken, BBQ plate and the fantastic fried cheesecake and carmel pecan brownie. He paired our meal perfectly with wine and as Californians we were all impressed. My friends and I remarked that we had the meal of our lives last night. Thank you for the incredible food and service.

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★★★★★

I had the pleasure of eating at Max Lager's for the last 2 nights while in Atlanta for a conference. I want to commend the staff who served us tonight, particularly your hostess and our server Jeffery. Both provided incredible service to our party of 7. Jeffery encouraged us to try your ribs, pork chop, fried chicken, BBQ plate and the fantastic fried cheesecake and carmel pecan brownie. He paired our meal perfectly with wine and as Californians we were all impressed. My friends and I remarked that we had the meal of our lives last night. Thank you for the incredible food and service.

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I took one my buddies here for his birthday upon the recommendation of others. I had heard a lot of good things about it, but from my experience I couldn't recommend this place to anybody.

The beer was quite tasty. However the service was so poor that it simply does not make up for it. The bartender insulted our group and was not very timely at all. To top it all off, after he didn't receive the tip he thought he "deserved" he came after our group a 1/4 of a mile down the street.....

There are a lot of options to stop in for good beer in the downtown area. This should not be one of them.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took one my buddies here for his birthday upon the recommendation of others. I had heard a lot of good things about it, but from my experience I couldn't recommend this place to anybody.

The beer was quite tasty. However the service was so poor that it simply does not make up for it. The bartender insulted our group and was not very timely at all. To top it all off, after he didn't receive the tip he thought he "deserved" he came after our group a 1/4 of a mile down the street.....

There are a lot of options to stop in for good beer in the downtown area. This should not be one of them.

Pros: Beer was quite good

Cons: Service was very poor/unprofessional

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good location, good beer, good steaks....service was good enough, but not over friendly. I recommend it.

2
★★★★★

good location, good beer, good steaks....service was good enough, but not over friendly. I recommend it.

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The staff and service were exceptional. Our group event was wonderful at Max Lager's. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. The food and local-brewed beer was excelent. A great place to go with a group or just with a few friends.

2
★★★★★

The staff and service were exceptional. Our group event was wonderful at Max Lager's. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. The food and local-brewed beer was excelent. A great place to go with a group or just with a few friends.

Pros: Great service, great beer, great food

Cons: None

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My family and I had such an enjoyable evening at this resturant. The atmosphere is a mix of a laid back and casual coupled with fine dining; beautiful lighting in the evening. The food is fresh and perfectly seasoned. The wait time was perfect in between courses. The staff was friendly and seemed to enjoy their work. It has been so long since my family and I had a dining experience like this one. If you are going out to eat, you have to go here. The food was so good, I cannot describe it, you have to go for yourself. Next time I'm in Atlanta, I will be dining at Max Lagers. I recommend trying the fried cheesecake.

2
★★★★★

My family and I had such an enjoyable evening at this resturant. The atmosphere is a mix of a laid back and casual coupled with fine dining; beautiful lighting in the evening. The food is fresh and perfectly seasoned. The wait time was perfect in between courses. The staff was friendly and seemed to enjoy their work. It has been so long since my family and I had a dining experience like this one. If you are going out to eat, you have to go here. The food was so good, I cannot describe it, you have to go for yourself. Next time I'm in Atlanta, I will be dining at Max Lagers. I recommend trying the fried cheesecake.

Pros: Excellent Food and Service

Cons: None

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With all of the dining options available to visitors of Atlanta, Downtown is often overlooked. However, if you want to drink some quality microbrews and dine on continental offerings with a Southern flare, Max Lager??s is the place. You can park across the street at a discounted rate (Inquire with staff). The dcor is industrial and cheery. I enjoyed a meal at the bar. The bartender was courteous and knowledgeable. It was a chilly December afternoon, so I started with a cup of Gumbo and a Gold Lager. The Gumbo warmed me with its flavors and healthy chunks of chicken & sausage. The lager balanced with it well. The bartender informed me of the days lunch special and did little else to influence my decision. The Beef Brisket Tacos sounded too good to pass up. Ronnie, the bartender, suggested a Brown Ale to go with the tacos. Again, another good call. The tacos were served with a side of corn salsa and green chili sauce. For dessert, I enjoyed a Max Abbey. It was flavorful and delicious with a hint of sweetness at the finish. Insofar as exceeding my expectations, I would have to give this experience ??Two Thumbs Up!?

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★★★★☆

With all of the dining options available to visitors of Atlanta, Downtown is often overlooked. However, if you want to drink some quality microbrews and dine on continental offerings with a Southern flare, Max Lager??s is the place. You can park across the street at a discounted rate (Inquire with staff). The dcor is industrial and cheery. I enjoyed a meal at the bar. The bartender was courteous and knowledgeable. It was a chilly December afternoon, so I started with a cup of Gumbo and a Gold Lager. The Gumbo warmed me with its flavors and healthy chunks of chicken & sausage. The lager balanced with it well. The bartender informed me of the days lunch special and did little else to influence my decision. The Beef Brisket Tacos sounded too good to pass up. Ronnie, the bartender, suggested a Brown Ale to go with the tacos. Again, another good call. The tacos were served with a side of corn salsa and green chili sauce. For dessert, I enjoyed a Max Abbey. It was flavorful and delicious with a hint of sweetness at the finish. Insofar as exceeding my expectations, I would have to give this experience ??Two Thumbs Up!?

Pros: Beer Selection

Cons: none during this visit

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great hand crafted beers.. amazing food.. and awsome attendents... we were pleased to be there.. and we were just passing by and became in love with this place.. we recommed to ALL of you;

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★★★★★

great hand crafted beers.. amazing food.. and awsome attendents... we were pleased to be there.. and we were just passing by and became in love with this place.. we recommed to ALL of you;

Pros: lots of

Cons: none

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Good food, good service and great beer!

2
★★★★★

Good food, good service and great beer!

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I had the pleasure of dining at your restuarant Friday. Our server Trent totally ROCKED! Definitely let him know he made the dining experience all the better. The beers were great, the steaks were awesome...I will definitely be back!!!

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★★★★★

I had the pleasure of dining at your restuarant Friday. Our server Trent totally ROCKED! Definitely let him know he made the dining experience all the better. The beers were great, the steaks were awesome...I will definitely be back!!!

Pros: service, food, beer

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I frequent the downtown restaurants as I work and live in the area. Max Lagers always provides a solid answer to my hunger. Yesterday I was in for the first time since the holidays and they had an awesome fish soft taco made with mahi mahi. I couldn't finish it all, it was massive and was really, really good. It was a special and I am writing this review to let them know to put it on the menu permanently!!! thanks guys for doing a great job. See you very soon!

2
★★★★★

I frequent the downtown restaurants as I work and live in the area. Max Lagers always provides a solid answer to my hunger. Yesterday I was in for the first time since the holidays and they had an awesome fish soft taco made with mahi mahi. I couldn't finish it all, it was massive and was really, really good. It was a special and I am writing this review to let them know to put it on the menu permanently!!! thanks guys for doing a great job. See you very soon!

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I go to Max Lager's every time I am in town for the mart .
I love the Texan steak and the Max Black Beer.
I happen to have been there on Sunday night and I can say that it was extremely busy.
I have met the manager Bill several times and he has always made time time to spend a moment talking to me.He and his staff do a wonderful job everytime I am In the restaurant.
Rena, does a great job at the bar and I always feel welcome, No matter who is working.
I am always asked when I turn in my reciepts why I go to the same place everynight to eat?
They have great food, good beer and Great people.
Everyone and place has a bad day, it seems folks always take time to write the bad review, yet have little time to give a good one.
I myself have been to the restaurant more than once and rarely do I see them fail.
Thank you and keep up the good work.

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★★★★☆

I go to Max Lager's every time I am in town for the mart .
I love the Texan steak and the Max Black Beer.
I happen to have been there on Sunday night and I can say that it was extremely busy.
I have met the manager Bill several times and he has always made time time to spend a moment talking to me.He and his staff do a wonderful job everytime I am In the restaurant.
Rena, does a great job at the bar and I always feel welcome, No matter who is working.
I am always asked when I turn in my reciepts why I go to the same place everynight to eat?
They have great food, good beer and Great people.
Everyone and place has a bad day, it seems folks always take time to write the bad review, yet have little time to give a good one.
I myself have been to the restaurant more than once and rarely do I see them fail.
Thank you and keep up the good work.

Pros: Great Steaks and beer

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UNBELIEVABLE! How can a restaurant run out of 75% of its menu items??!!! No pizza, no pasta, no fish, no ribs. NO PIZZA! Granted, it was 9pm on a Sunday night (we waited for an hour and a half even though we called ahead; and during that time, no one mentioned that the kitchen had been all but wiped out), but you're in the downtown area of a major convention city... You have to be prepared for big crowds, right? Guess not. Most of the servers did their best under the circumstances, but the manager - when we complained about the situation - was kind of rude: "What do you want me to do about it?" Oh, and one person at our table ordered the Bison Burger & another ordered a regular hamburger... they said they tasted exactly the same. And yes, the beers were flat.

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★☆☆☆☆

UNBELIEVABLE! How can a restaurant run out of 75% of its menu items??!!! No pizza, no pasta, no fish, no ribs. NO PIZZA! Granted, it was 9pm on a Sunday night (we waited for an hour and a half even though we called ahead; and during that time, no one mentioned that the kitchen had been all but wiped out), but you're in the downtown area of a major convention city... You have to be prepared for big crowds, right? Guess not. Most of the servers did their best under the circumstances, but the manager - when we complained about the situation - was kind of rude: "What do you want me to do about it?" Oh, and one person at our table ordered the Bison Burger & another ordered a regular hamburger... they said they tasted exactly the same. And yes, the beers were flat.

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I went to there with 10 work colleagues from both New York and Chicago. We waited 90 minutes, although we had reservations and drank the beer that was agreed by all to be flat. This place was out everything - pizza dough, so no pizza, no pasta primavera, no salmon, no ribs, no guacamole for quesadillas, no sirloin steak, and I'm sure there were others. What a disappointment because we went there for the wood fired pizza touted by their logo and slogan. I would NEVER go back there again, sorry.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to there with 10 work colleagues from both New York and Chicago. We waited 90 minutes, although we had reservations and drank the beer that was agreed by all to be flat. This place was out everything - pizza dough, so no pizza, no pasta primavera, no salmon, no ribs, no guacamole for quesadillas, no sirloin steak, and I'm sure there were others. What a disappointment because we went there for the wood fired pizza touted by their logo and slogan. I would NEVER go back there again, sorry.

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I had a steak dinner, and a friend had salmon in early January, 2009 while in Atlanta for training. The atmosphere was okay, but the meal was unimpressive. The food reminded me of a small eatery in any small town you might run across: it was palatable. However, given the many great choices in downtown Atlanta, I can't recommend this one.

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★★☆☆☆

I had a steak dinner, and a friend had salmon in early January, 2009 while in Atlanta for training. The atmosphere was okay, but the meal was unimpressive. The food reminded me of a small eatery in any small town you might run across: it was palatable. However, given the many great choices in downtown Atlanta, I can't recommend this one.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Food, service

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This brew pub is a great place to meet some friends and sit at the bar enjoying beers. The beer brewed in house is good and they are many kinds to choose from. Great atmosphere and location.

4
★★★★☆

This brew pub is a great place to meet some friends and sit at the bar enjoying beers. The beer brewed in house is good and they are many kinds to choose from. Great atmosphere and location.

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My husband and I love this place. It is one of Atlanta's best kept secrets! If you are looking for a fun time at dinner or a great movie watching experience this place has it all.

Mrs. Rosie

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★★★★☆

My husband and I love this place. It is one of Atlanta's best kept secrets! If you are looking for a fun time at dinner or a great movie watching experience this place has it all.

Mrs. Rosie

Pros: Fun movie atmosphere

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I have been coming to Max intermittently for many years and I would probably best categorize it as "upscale comfort food." The decor and frankly, most of the menu, are pretty forgettable, but for me, it's all about the service.

Every time we come here it feels like going to visit a friend. All the wait staff knows us and they are always accommodating - not JUST to us, but I see it with everyone they serve.

Great place to meet friends, but I wouldn't really recommend it for a date restaurant because, well - REALLY, it's a neighborhood joint. If my date was that cheap, then there 'aint gonna BE a second date, y'know what I'm sayin'?

Oh yeah, and I'm also rating this place high for the fact that every time I eat here I get so incredibly stuffed I feel like a cow when leaving, yet miraculously wake up the next morning feeling as skinny as a supermodel. Coincidence? I think not.

2
★★★★☆

I have been coming to Max intermittently for many years and I would probably best categorize it as "upscale comfort food." The decor and frankly, most of the menu, are pretty forgettable, but for me, it's all about the service.

Every time we come here it feels like going to visit a friend. All the wait staff knows us and they are always accommodating - not JUST to us, but I see it with everyone they serve.

Great place to meet friends, but I wouldn't really recommend it for a date restaurant because, well - REALLY, it's a neighborhood joint. If my date was that cheap, then there 'aint gonna BE a second date, y'know what I'm sayin'?

Oh yeah, and I'm also rating this place high for the fact that every time I eat here I get so incredibly stuffed I feel like a cow when leaving, yet miraculously wake up the next morning feeling as skinny as a supermodel. Coincidence? I think not.

Pros: serviceifood

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Look, I go to Max Lagers at least once a week because I work downtown and would consider it one of my favorite places to go around Downtown Atlanta. Maybe this guy's server was just having a bad day, but as often as I go, the service has been consistently good and the food is very good. I usually sit up at the bar for lunch, but my coworkers and I have gone to Max Lagers for happy hour too because they have great beers and the food is good. I hate bad service just as much as anyone else, and wouldn't go to Max Lager's as often as I do if the service wasn't consistently good. Judge it for yourself, but coming from a regular, I love this place.

2
★★★★★

Look, I go to Max Lagers at least once a week because I work downtown and would consider it one of my favorite places to go around Downtown Atlanta. Maybe this guy's server was just having a bad day, but as often as I go, the service has been consistently good and the food is very good. I usually sit up at the bar for lunch, but my coworkers and I have gone to Max Lagers for happy hour too because they have great beers and the food is good. I hate bad service just as much as anyone else, and wouldn't go to Max Lager's as often as I do if the service wasn't consistently good. Judge it for yourself, but coming from a regular, I love this place.

Pros: Convenient to Downtown, great food & drink, cool happy hour spot

Cons: Parking

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Max Lager's is a brewpub that sells beer that they brew themselves. It's a must visit for any homebrewer aspiring to further his or her hobby. Food is bar food/pub style and very good.

4
★★★★☆

Max Lager's is a brewpub that sells beer that they brew themselves. It's a must visit for any homebrewer aspiring to further his or her hobby. Food is bar food/pub style and very good.

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This has to have been the worst service i have had in a very long time.I was in town for work and stayed at the hyatt and saw this place and thought to check it out,BIG MISTAKE.I first order a drink called a max margarita it was an average drink tasted like a margarita.Then i waitied for my server who kept walking by but did'nt ask if i was ready to order,I finally got her to come take my order 10 wings as a starter and the ribs as my entree,also asked for some bread with my meal because i saw other tables with some on there tables.I never got the bread, wings came with my meal about 35-40 minutes later the server never said sorry or try to make things better.she acted like she just wanted to get me out of there.ALL in all my food got cold the wings were under cooked still a little pink in the middle.The staff did'nt seem friendly and the decor is like eating in a very old warehouse.If your every in atlanta aviod this place,I asked i local if he every goes to max lagers,he said that he and friends had a bad time there about 6months ago and would not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

This has to have been the worst service i have had in a very long time.I was in town for work and stayed at the hyatt and saw this place and thought to check it out,BIG MISTAKE.I first order a drink called a max margarita it was an average drink tasted like a margarita.Then i waitied for my server who kept walking by but did'nt ask if i was ready to order,I finally got her to come take my order 10 wings as a starter and the ribs as my entree,also asked for some bread with my meal because i saw other tables with some on there tables.I never got the bread, wings came with my meal about 35-40 minutes later the server never said sorry or try to make things better.she acted like she just wanted to get me out of there.ALL in all my food got cold the wings were under cooked still a little pink in the middle.The staff did'nt seem friendly and the decor is like eating in a very old warehouse.If your every in atlanta aviod this place,I asked i local if he every goes to max lagers,he said that he and friends had a bad time there about 6months ago and would not return.

Pros: In downtown

Cons: Bad part of town,Bad service

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Thank you Max Lager's for being so accommodating for our rehearsal dinner on June 20th! We had more people show up than expected and the staff did the most wonderful job taking care of us and were so pleasant throughout the entire night (even when we were being difficult). Every single guest loved Max Lager's from the food to atmosphere. It was truly perfect for Brad and me.
We'll definitely be back and want to let everyone know what a great experience we had.

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★★★★★

Thank you Max Lager's for being so accommodating for our rehearsal dinner on June 20th! We had more people show up than expected and the staff did the most wonderful job taking care of us and were so pleasant throughout the entire night (even when we were being difficult). Every single guest loved Max Lager's from the food to atmosphere. It was truly perfect for Brad and me.
We'll definitely be back and want to let everyone know what a great experience we had.

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I was in Atlanta for business recently. I was staying at the Hyatt near Max Lagers and saw their ad in the Delta inflight magazine. Myself and my coworker ate there three nights in a row. I am a very picky restaurant goer and was very impressed with the quality of food and the level of service that we received from your servers, especially Lisa. I will be sure to visit Max Lagers next time I'm in Atlanta. I have friends in the ATL metro area and will be sure to tell them about Max Lager's. Keep up the good work.

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★★★★★

I was in Atlanta for business recently. I was staying at the Hyatt near Max Lagers and saw their ad in the Delta inflight magazine. Myself and my coworker ate there three nights in a row. I am a very picky restaurant goer and was very impressed with the quality of food and the level of service that we received from your servers, especially Lisa. I will be sure to visit Max Lagers next time I'm in Atlanta. I have friends in the ATL metro area and will be sure to tell them about Max Lager's. Keep up the good work.

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We referred guests from The "ProgPower Conference" we held at our hotel (The Inn at The Peachtrees Hotel) to Max Lager's and one guy was telling us at the front desk how he wished there was Max Lager's in his city so he could get the Fish & Chips there!! A few guests stopped by to drink a few beers on Friday before heading out to the conference and loved it! Just wanted to say once again, we really appreciate Max Lager's support & look forward to sending more business that way. You guys are the best!
Debbie Stagg
Director of Sales

2
★★★★★

We referred guests from The "ProgPower Conference" we held at our hotel (The Inn at The Peachtrees Hotel) to Max Lager's and one guy was telling us at the front desk how he wished there was Max Lager's in his city so he could get the Fish & Chips there!! A few guests stopped by to drink a few beers on Friday before heading out to the conference and loved it! Just wanted to say once again, we really appreciate Max Lager's support & look forward to sending more business that way. You guys are the best!
Debbie Stagg
Director of Sales

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Max Lager's offers a typical pub menu, but they do it very well. When I worked downtown, this was a good place for lunch if you had a little extra time. They also have a large space upstairs that they will rent out for private parties.

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★★★☆☆

Max Lager's offers a typical pub menu, but they do it very well. When I worked downtown, this was a good place for lunch if you had a little extra time. They also have a large space upstairs that they will rent out for private parties.

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If you're looking for a place to dine or drink dowtown Atlanta you must go to Max Lagers. The atmosphere is relaxed, the food is good and money is right. However the best part of Max Lagers is the wonderful staff they have, they're very attentive and always greet you with a smile. I highly recommend Max Lagers to anyone in downtown Atlanta.

Tanisha is by far the best bar tender I have ever met. She makes the place even more enjoyable to attend.

Jay White - Stool L1

2
★★★★★

If you're looking for a place to dine or drink dowtown Atlanta you must go to Max Lagers. The atmosphere is relaxed, the food is good and money is right. However the best part of Max Lagers is the wonderful staff they have, they're very attentive and always greet you with a smile. I highly recommend Max Lagers to anyone in downtown Atlanta.

Tanisha is by far the best bar tender I have ever met. She makes the place even more enjoyable to attend.

Jay White - Stool L1

Pros: Atmosphere, Wait staff, Food

Cons: No flat screeens down stairs

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I was very excited to try this place, but was very let down. The food was mediocre at best and our server was not very good either. The beer was okay - I liked the seasonal amber brew. It was a disappointment!

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★★☆☆☆

I was very excited to try this place, but was very let down. The food was mediocre at best and our server was not very good either. The beer was okay - I liked the seasonal amber brew. It was a disappointment!

Pros: The brew there own beer

Cons: service

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Dear Max Lager,

During a recent stay in Atlanta, of all the resturants on peachtree street, I found myself choosing you establishment. Your resturant was clean cozy, but most of all the food was SO...SO... GOOD. Max Lager's gets two thumbs up. On my next visit, I am looking forward to ordering the pork chops and hopefully Rena's the bartender.

That evening the bar was very busy, but Rena managed to provide professional sevice with a smile, which I believe is a big part of any resturant experience. So, I thank Max's for a great dining experience and I hope to see you soon!

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★★★★★

Dear Max Lager,

During a recent stay in Atlanta, of all the resturants on peachtree street, I found myself choosing you establishment. Your resturant was clean cozy, but most of all the food was SO...SO... GOOD. Max Lager's gets two thumbs up. On my next visit, I am looking forward to ordering the pork chops and hopefully Rena's the bartender.

That evening the bar was very busy, but Rena managed to provide professional sevice with a smile, which I believe is a big part of any resturant experience. So, I thank Max's for a great dining experience and I hope to see you soon!

Pros: great food, great price, great service

Cons: walking-up stairs to restroom area

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A decent place to socialize..
Service was friendly..
Drinks were cool..
Food was pretty ok...
The crowd was alright...

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★★★☆☆

A decent place to socialize..
Service was friendly..
Drinks were cool..
Food was pretty ok...
The crowd was alright...

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On my most recent trip to Atlanta this was the first and last place we found ourselves for dinner. The food is really good and the service is very friendly. My only beef was that on the first day we went (a monday) they were out of all the seasonal beers. The chicken wings were pretty good, but they only offer a mixture of them if you get 20. Get lots of stuff to share.

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★★★☆☆

On my most recent trip to Atlanta this was the first and last place we found ourselves for dinner. The food is really good and the service is very friendly. My only beef was that on the first day we went (a monday) they were out of all the seasonal beers. The chicken wings were pretty good, but they only offer a mixture of them if you get 20. Get lots of stuff to share.

Pros: Nice outdoor seating, friendly staff, can split checks

Cons: Ran out of seasonals when I went

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I had the filet mignon and it was superb. The salad was excellent but most of all I enjoyed those fresh baked flaky biscuits...they melt in your mouth. We did not go into eat until around 8:40 / 9:00 pm so there was no waiting and the service was attentive & efficient. I'd surely go back again but I'll try the ribs next time.

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★★★★★

I had the filet mignon and it was superb. The salad was excellent but most of all I enjoyed those fresh baked flaky biscuits...they melt in your mouth. We did not go into eat until around 8:40 / 9:00 pm so there was no waiting and the service was attentive & efficient. I'd surely go back again but I'll try the ribs next time.

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Always looking for a healthy meal, Max Lager's works great for me. Their big salads with grilled meats are the way to go. I have always enjoyed my experiences at Max Lagers and go every chance I get. Parking in the back is ok, although not free. But it is easy off the hiway from Buckhead. I usually have wine, but I had to try the Okctoberfest which was awesome...full bodied with a nice flavor. Great with my salad and my husband and daughter love the ribs. Thanks Max, we'll be back !

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★★★★★

Always looking for a healthy meal, Max Lager's works great for me. Their big salads with grilled meats are the way to go. I have always enjoyed my experiences at Max Lagers and go every chance I get. Parking in the back is ok, although not free. But it is easy off the hiway from Buckhead. I usually have wine, but I had to try the Okctoberfest which was awesome...full bodied with a nice flavor. Great with my salad and my husband and daughter love the ribs. Thanks Max, we'll be back !

Pros: great kids menu, value priced, healthy food

Cons: none

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The first time, I dined with my father and brother in 2000. I remember thinking how average the food was and how poorly the beer tasted, especially for a "brewery". Fast forward to 2005, my wife and I had a concert to attend nearby and thought we'd give this place another try. Another Bad Idea! I had one of their pizzas, which was stale flatbread with weak sauce and a dollup of cheese. My wife had a calzone which consisted of lots of ricotta cheese stuffed into a burrito shell. However, we actually came for the beer; it's a brewery right? Well, which was consistently unusually warm and watered-down. I also think putting bananas in a HefeWeizen was not their best idea. Although the location is great for downtown, this place does not live up to what it could be. After two bad encounters, I won't be chancing a third.

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★★☆☆☆

The first time, I dined with my father and brother in 2000. I remember thinking how average the food was and how poorly the beer tasted, especially for a "brewery". Fast forward to 2005, my wife and I had a concert to attend nearby and thought we'd give this place another try. Another Bad Idea! I had one of their pizzas, which was stale flatbread with weak sauce and a dollup of cheese. My wife had a calzone which consisted of lots of ricotta cheese stuffed into a burrito shell. However, we actually came for the beer; it's a brewery right? Well, which was consistently unusually warm and watered-down. I also think putting bananas in a HefeWeizen was not their best idea. Although the location is great for downtown, this place does not live up to what it could be. After two bad encounters, I won't be chancing a third.

Pros: location

Cons: food, beer

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Went here on a Thursday night, was kind of empty in there, but I suppose that's downtown Atlanta on a weeknight... Jalapeno onion rings -- mmmm.... Service was good, food was good. Beer coulda been colder, and we didn't think any of our samples stood out with distinction. I'd have to give the nod to Gordon Biersch up the road on Peachtree, but Max's is fine if you're at a downtown hotel seeking a brew pub experience.

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★★★★☆

Went here on a Thursday night, was kind of empty in there, but I suppose that's downtown Atlanta on a weeknight... Jalapeno onion rings -- mmmm.... Service was good, food was good. Beer coulda been colder, and we didn't think any of our samples stood out with distinction. I'd have to give the nod to Gordon Biersch up the road on Peachtree, but Max's is fine if you're at a downtown hotel seeking a brew pub experience.

Pros: Downtown brewpub

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Had a wonderful experience at Max Lager's. From the fresh ice cold beer to their delicious wood fired pizza. A cozy location in downtown is convenient to my office.
I'll be back!

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★★★★★

Had a wonderful experience at Max Lager's. From the fresh ice cold beer to their delicious wood fired pizza. A cozy location in downtown is convenient to my office.
I'll be back!

Pros: nice decor, good selections, tasty beer

Editorial from

Chef Tim Magee is devoted to local and sustainably produced ingredients, as he moves Max Lager's toward chef-driven criteria. The restaurant now makes its own andouille and bread for the sliders. Tempura oysters sound over-the-top but are…

 

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