Maxwell's

4.0
1407 reviews
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£25 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Birthdays
MAXWELL'S BAR AND GRILL NEW HOME IS ON
34 KING STREET ( LESS THAN 2 MINUTE WALK FROM OUR OLD LOCATION )
One of Covent Garden's most established restaurants, Maxwell's Bar & Grill first opened in London in the early 1970s and still remains a favourite amongst locals and tourists now visiting London’s West End. An all-American diner-style venue set across two floors of dining space, Maxwell's offers relaxed dining to enthusiastic theatre-goers, intimate groups of friends and families and larger parties celebrating special occasions. Our dedicated menus offer a variety of mouth-watering dishes, with something to suit all with popular dishes including signature Burgers, Fajitas, Wings, Baby Back Ribs and our famous Freakshakes! The downstairs bar Cocktail Baby serves up a cocktail list full of original takes on the classics.



Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of Operation
Sun to Thur 12pm -11pm
Fri & Sat 12pm - 12am ( both kitchen and bar)
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Phone number
020 7836 0303
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Trevor Tobin
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Public Transit
Covent Garden Underground station
Additional
Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Fajitas with a Sagres beer or thick shake: £18.95

All you can eat chicken & beef combo fajitas with a Sagres beer of thick shake £ 18.95 pp. Includes VAT excludes service.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 23 December 2017

Ends: 21 March 2019

Availability: Tue 11:30-23:00

Hot wings, chips & a Sagres beer/thick shake: £17.50

BBQ and Buffalo hot wings with a Sagres beer of thick shake £ 18.95 pp. Includes VAT excludes service.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 23 December 2017

Ends: 21 March 2019

Availability: Wed 11:30-23:00

Triple burger & Sagres beer/thick shake: £19.95

Triple stacked burger with bacon, cheddar cheese and sautéed mushrooms, served with onion rings & chips and a Sagres beer of thick shake £ 19.95 pp.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 23 December 2017

Ends: 21 March 2019

Availability: Fri 11:30-23:00

What 1407 People Are Saying
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DM
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I decided to spontaneously try somewhere new to eat and found myself disappointed in the lack of flavour in their burger. It was literally so bland. Their dessert selection is awful and the ice cream they use is cheap for the prices they charge, it also tastes a bit like it had frost bite. I got a sundae to share and didn’t think it was was worthy of its £8.95 price.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday occasion. Got livke

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed with this visit to maxwells having been there a few times when it was located around the corner. Shared the cauliflower starter which was ok. Vegan burger was very nice but the fries were broken and over cooked. Side order of corn on the cob was delicious, but the onion rings were dripping in fat. Would I go back?, Yes. I’d have the vegan burger again, but unless i could be sure about the fries, I’d probably have a salad in place of the fries.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the restaurant & food was great however it was very hot where we were seated!

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G
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

After going to the old maxwells a few times in Covent Garden, I was really excited to take the family out. Unfortunately it’s gone down hill, service was slow, my burger and starter was cold, wrong drinks. Shame as I loved the last restaurant.

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YW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We celebrated my son's 21st birthday here recently. The burgers were amazing and the service very good. The atmosphere was a good mix of lively but not over the top. My son was over the moon to receive a free milkshake desert.

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The starter was good/average, however what really let down was the tastiness burger which was really let down. Although the burger was cook on perfection as I like my medium rare.

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KK
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Maxwell's Covent Garden, however the first was a few years ago and we weren't expecting to find that the restaurant had moved to round the corner. After a quick phone call we managed to find the new location; about 2 minutes walk from the old place.

The new place was much more compact and the menu was rather more limited, however the food we did order was of good quality with excellent service by attentive staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good, took my uncle here for his first time and he enjoyed it as much as I did! Thank you

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KA
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very casual dining. Don’t go too dressed up. Nice staff and good food. Will go back.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing vegan burger!

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PH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

I’ve been visiting Maxwells for over 20 years. I really don’t like the new venue. The acoustics are awful, metal scrapping noises coming from the mezzanine level. A claustrophobic overhang above our heads from the floor above as the bar area too small. Sadly I won’t be returning

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect pre theatre food and location. Good choice and friendly staff. Brought me out a freakshake milkshake free of charge in honour of my birthday.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was very nice for the starters and mains i had a burger and prawns my husband had the chicken and ribs combo, bith meals very tasty. Bit disappointed with the desert not like it sounded on the menu, was expecting more, wouldnt really class it as a sharer. Service was good, was a nice place but have been better restaurants that serve this type of food. Worth visiting but maybe wouldn’t be so eager to rush back!

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BL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived a few minutes early..our table was ready. Great waiter and lovely food.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed that the venue had moved and we hadn’t been notified. Much smaller than the original one and felt very cramped

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YA
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food and general evening at Maxwells. The service was wonderful and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Well done.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always here.

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PP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellen service,excellent food and excellent choice of cocktails.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friday night so went for the triple stack burger offer, £20 including a bottle of beer. To say it’s meat overload is not an exaggeration, 3 large patties (good quality meat) so extremely difficult to pick up and get your mouth round!! Served with fries and onion rings-only order if you have a big appetite!! No need for a starter with this one. Service was great and buzzing ambiance. Great night out and left completely stuffed!

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H
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Thought I would try the new Maxwells location as I was a big fan of the restaurant in its old location. Although the new restaurant still has a nice ambience, it isn't as good as it once was. Service was good, but disappointed by the small selection of wines. Being an American themed restaurant I thought they would have a decent selection of Californian wines, but there were none listed.

My partner requested no bacon on his burger, and it arrived with two big rashers of bacon on the top! He likes bacon, but not in a burger. Imagine if he had requested no bacon for religious reasons and it had arrived like that!!


The 'offending' burger was sent back to the kitchen and I proceeded with my meal, but by the time his new burger arrived, I'd finished my dinner.

Not quite the nice, romantic meal we had planned. The food itself is very nice, but not the 'wow' factor I remember from the old Maxwells. Think we'll go to the new Wahlburgers which is taking over the old Maxwells site. I have tried their burgers many times on my trips to the USA and they are delicious!

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j
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great evening for my girlfriends birthday. Staff were very friendly and even brought out a freak shake for her which was amazing. Food was excellent and plenty.
Thank you all for helping us celebrate whilst in London.

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XD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Apero, starter, dinner, dessert and in 50 minutes we all ready paid, it's goes to fast.

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and very good cocktails but we found it very expensive for what we had. The service charge is already included on your bill which made it even worse! I don’t know if I would return for food but may return for drinks

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N
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening, Saturday night, noisy, bar & restaurant were busy but service was excellent..
Free ice cream bomb for the birthday boy..& a candle on top.. booked here on line. Came from north Devon for the weekend and had a great time at maxwells....cheers

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service quick and we arrived a couple hours early and they were only happy to fit us in early will defiantly be going back soon

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, friendly staff and great food. This was the perfect place to have a pre-theatre meal.

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JJ
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Busy restaurant but good, polite, prompt service. Overall food is good and Freak shakes are fab!

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KC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food that melts in the mouth! Burgers are to die for and that’s before you indulge in the desserts. Freakshakes are always a popular choice, with mouth watering thick sakes also on the menu if you can’t quite manage a whole one. Happy hour is definitely worth it for the cocktails. Staff are welcoming and friendly which adds to its appeal. Prefer this to Red Dog Saloon which serves a similar choice of food. Will definitely be back for more soon as I want to try the sizzling fajitas next time - they looked delicious!

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GF
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed. Booked a table and was basically seated in the queue for tables. I asked to move but they said there were no tables available even though there were lots of empty ones. The food was ok but nothing to shout about

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I went to Maxwell's for the unlimited wings Wednesday. The milkshakes and chips were amazing but the actual wings left much to be desired. The wings were hard and it was difficult to differential the meat from the bone. Either overcooked or refried.

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D
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I've been waiting ages to try this place Out but was dissapointed both times I Went.
Friday I felt the Burger was too dry and Was advise to come inn wednesday for Wings Day.
Attended On Wednesday and again the wings were not up to standards expected, too Much sauce and the All You Can Eat wing a little deceptive.
But the service was amazing and the ambiance was great.
Desert was much better !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Really busy so glad be booked a table in advance. Food did come quickly, starters were lovely but the main was a let down. Had a sfc burger, the chicken was burnt, dry and tasteless the burger was supposed to have blue cheese sauce on, there was the smallest amount on the burger you couldn’t even taste it. Chips were pretty greasy aswell. They do also add a 12.5% service charge onto the bill, which if you don’t want to pay it you have to ask them to take it off.

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Great dinner, loved the free Freakshake for my sister's birthday. However the waitress was just rude and hasty, zero customer service on her behalf.

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TO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Maxwells is getting its act together after move across Cov Gdn to smaller premises. Good service and food at peak time. Thanks.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great food! The staff were extremely attentive.

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RP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were brilliant with the 4 and 2 and a half year old, we had with us, they were especially patient when they both wanted to explain what they would like and both felt very grown up after ordering. Very attentive to us as a group, especially when noticing when we were low on drinks. Also, provided menu recommendations (fajitas were delicious) and one comment was..."these are the best ribs I've ever had". Overall, great experience and will be going back again soon.

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MR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant went there for my partner's birthday. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Lovely atmosphere, food was delicious, certainly being going again :)

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NK
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came for a pre-theatre dinner date with my 13 yr old daughter. We had a pleasant meal with steaks exactly cooked as per our requests. Then shared a giant sundae for dessert which was spectacular. I had a cocktail too which was very nicely made and beautifully presented. Service was fine, esp given it was a busy Saturday night. However the atmosphere was a little too dark (lighting so low we could hardly see) and the overall noise of the restaurant was loud for my liking but other than that no complaints. I would definitely go again

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B
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very tasty food, great service and we weren't rushed, we were enjoying a catch up & never felt pressured to leave.

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