First Look at Max's Wine Dive

Photos by Catherine Downes

Max's Wine Dive (3600 McKinney Ave.), uptown's newest culinary addition, opened last Wednesday in the space that once housed Borders bookstore. The Texas-based restaurant and wine bar originated in Houston in 2006 and has since expanded to Austin, San Antonio and now, Dallas.

The restaurant is spacious, with large windows and a lofty ceiling. Diners can pull up a stool at the expansive wine-bar, which serves up everything from house Garnacha, served on tap, for $6.75 a glass to a bottle of 1985 Chateau Cheval Blanc, and everything in between (all bottles are available for retail sale). Or if they prefer, diners can grab a seat at one of the many tables inside or on the patio.

The menu is seasonal, and currently offers fall cuisine like veal sweetbreads pot pie ($21), pumpkin risotto ($18) and stuffed Texas quail ($16). Dinner services starts at 4 p.m. every day, and reservations are encouraged. Those looking to grab a nightcap can do so Thursday through Saturday, when Max's is open until 2 a.m, and then come back to nurse their wine-induced hangover with brunch, which is served Friday through Sunday. The brunch menu includes everything from a simple fruit cup ($5) to the super-popular jalapeño-buttermilk marinated Southern fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, collard greens and Texas toast ($15).

Pumpkin risotto topped with a Southern fried egg, currants and pepitas.

Hostess Mary Flinn's favorite bottle of wine; Urban 'Circle U' Riesling.


Jalapeno-buttermilk marinated Southern fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, collared greens and Texas toast.


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Max's Wine Dive

3600 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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I visited here on Monday night after work, and I dined at the bar. I had an amazing time testing different suggested wines, and chit chatting to the staff. Everyone was very nice and the food.....Man Oh Man.....the chicken, mash potatoes, and greens with this sauce they have me was DELICIOUS! Also, the wine choices I selected were keepers to add to my collection. Thanks for bringing this jewel to Dallas. We needed it....Wine and Chicken--Why in the hell not:-)


Ahhhh, you gotta love trendy, yuppie chic......I just now got that headline; he he (laughing and slapping my face with both hands); a wine Dive at 3600 McKinney Avenue, where rents are like $20,000 a month.  You gotta love yuppie humor!  

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Wine schmine.


I'm dying to check out that jalepeno-buttermilk fried chicken!


Look at all those wines!


On top of the bar.


At Room Temperature.


Disgustingly undrinkable.

nick.rallo moderator

That egg looks awesome. Also a little like Pac-Man died


Mmmm that egg looks divine


@cityofate @catdownes @maxsdallas. I can somm for a DFW wine spot. Riunite Lambrusco, Franzia, Miller Lite. DONE!

primi_timpano topcommenter

@steve.sandwich And standing upright, as well. The top few feet of that room will get pretty warm.

primi_timpano topcommenter

@steve.sandwich Hope the Cheval Blanc is not up there. Wonder if they sell it by the glass. It is amazing how much red wine is stored and served at room temperature. Texas room temperature is much warmer than that of Europe.


 @primi_timpano  Steve and Primi, thanks for the interest - we certainly hope you stop in soon to check out the new MAX's.  Just a couple of thoughts on your concerns.... We are fortunate that we can turn our inventory very quickly and none of the bottles you see on our shelves spend much actual time in the restaurant, so we really don't run the risk of damaging the wine by having them at room temperature or standing upright (as you would if they were set aside for long-term storage).  In addition, our wine list is priced on a retail price model, and we strive to have some of the best "on-premise" wine prices of the restaurants in the market.  One of the reasons we can do this is we don't spend tons of money on wine rooms just to hold the wine... if we did, we'd likely have to charge the normal 300+% mark-up like you'll find on other restaurant wine lists - and we'd rather give our guests great prices on our selection of delicious wines.  Nevertheless, if you're there and would like a bottle of red wine at a cooler temperature, please just ask your server to drop the bottle in an ice bath for a few minutes - it will be chilled down in no time - we're happy to accommodate any such request.  Thanks!


 @MaxsDallas  @primi_timpano Great response to some jaded Observers (Observites?). I've heard good things about your other locations and am looking forward to stopping by.

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