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Max's Allegheny Tavern
Overall: Awesome!    Score: 83.3 / 100
537 Suismon Street
Pittsburgh , PA 15212
United States
(412) 231-1899
Listed Since: June 1999
Last Updated: February 2008
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Can't BELIEVE I've never rated Max's! A wonderfully authentic German joint on the North Side, with a good selection of German and micro taps, a great German bottle selection, and delicious German food. I had the sausage platter on my latest trip (last Wednesday) and a fresh jar of Penn Dark; did the trick for me. My dad's on a low-salt, low-fat diet, and he sticks to it religiously -- has pizza once a year, a model of compliance...except when Max's is in the offing, at which time he tosses his diet to the winds and chows down. It's that kind of place. A must-stop in Pittsburgh.

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Don't expect 50 taps & 200 bottles. Max's is a German restaurant with ~ 8-10 taps (Kostritzer, mmmm) and perhaps the same number of choices in bottle, with a bent towards German choices.

Max's has been a hotel & bar for 100+ years. I love the atmosphere of an old Bierhaus. The food was tasty & satisfying - I chose peasant fare which was great without being gourmet. The kitchen is open late, which is helpful on the Northside. And the bartender was cheerful & helpful throughout my stay.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Michael Padgett Michael Padgett, New York, NY

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If you're looking for great German-sytle food, this is the place! Their food is fantastic, and they have a great selection of German beers, a few good ones on tap. They have a classic bar near the entrance. It feels as though you're stepping back in time, as the restaurant is composed of many smaller rooms. It's a great change of pace from all the "chain" restaurants taking over. They make great slaw and their peasant platter is excellent (don't know much else about the menu because that's what I always get) Best thing there is desert - fried apple fritters.

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Max's Allegheny Tavern is still alive and kicking... We thought it was about time to cover the rest of the places we haven't sampled in Pittsburgh.

Now before you go, Max's is far more attractive than the photos on their website. Don't be discouraged and delayed by them like I was.

To find Max's you need to walk about 10 blocks from PNC Park. Its a pleasant stroll on a warm evening or afternoon. I recommend giving the walk a try, as the North Side is greatly changed and is a neighborhood redveloping itself. All the *crime* and other bad elements are greatly removed compared to say ten years ago. There are many rehabbed gems of buildings along the walk. If you are visiting the Warhol Museum, The Matress Factory or Allegheny General Hospital you too can take the stroll down to Max's.

Max's is a richly dipped delight of history. Surviving through Prohibition as a well-known speakeasy Max's now sits in a 101 year old former hotel. Much of the charm of the original building is still there - from the old bar, to the tile floors and the trio of wooden fans slowly pushing the smokey bar air. There are some framed documents, photos of the original owner and old pencil drawings of Heinz products being loaded on to a riverboat in the heyday of paddle boat river transport. All of these artifacts of an earlier time are tasteful reminders of a much simpler time when Allegheny City was a bustling city of its own and the rich like Andrew Carnegie were propping up Ridge Avenue on the heaps of wealth they were collecting.

Max's is a big place - three large rooms with ample seating and clearly seperated smoking and non smoking area - for a change.

As for beer, they are lacking on the micros, but I wouldn't punish them for it. What is lacking is more than compensated with a good German beers (Spaten, Wurstburger, Rauchenfeld, etc.) and equally as good German food.

I tend not to dabble in German food - as its heavy on the meat. But I will tell you what they do have, because if you like German food, this is a gem of a find for anyone in Pittsburgh... German foods offered here include: various Schnitzels, Goulash, Suarbraten, Kielbasa, Haspenpfeffer. There are probably ten other Old World dishes worth examining.

The paper menus are great presentation of an old local newpaper (late 1800s) with a front right column insertion about the history of Max's. It's a nice authentic feeling and a darn neat way to present what can otherwise be just a menu.

I consumed a Spaten, delivered in a chilled bottle. I also tried several appetizers including the Pierogies. Everything was seasoned nicely with a reoccurring sweetness in each. For a main course we ordered the fish sandwich which was enormous and served on a crusted bread much like a hoagie/sub. I tried their vegetable sandwich which was just ok - nothing creative or to write home about... For the dessert I tried the homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream. It was served warm and fresh - it proved to be a very good dessert.

So here's the wrap up. Max's is a friendly neighborhood instituition. Generations of families have walked through the doors. The staff is attentative and friendly, as well as notably prompt - no extended stays waiting for our check or beverages. The food is really fresh and served hot. The beer selection could be increased to cover micros, but this is a German restaurant - why bother. The price are pretty friendly, desserts cost $2-4, not the $5-10 the ripoff joints are charging. Soup is $2.25 for a bowl not $4 elsewhere. You get the point, this places prices are friendly to your pocketbook.

With a restaurant that has been running since 1977, Max's has been doing most things pretty well - the tradition continues. I highly recommend Max's as a break to the chain-struck meals most folks are eating today at the strip malls or three doors down from their hotels. Be my guest, give Max's a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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This is one of top two German restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. It is located in a safe area of the North Side of Pittsburgh. Street parking only and you may have to walk a block or two. Believe me, it's worth the walk. It used to be called Max & Erma's but the "big chain" by the same name copyrighted the name in Pennsylvania they changed to Max's. If you go plan to stay long to eat and drink very well.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Matt Gray Matt Gray, McCandless, PA

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I have driven all the way from Michigan to eat there....Fantastic German food and very good beer selection

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bob Madley Bob Madley, Redford, MI

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Great German food, and beer to accompany it.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Larry Violand Larry Violand, Cleveland, OH

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I visited Max's on a late Sunday afternoon in 9/99 while on a business trip to the Pittsburgh area. They have a really great old bar area. It was not too busy on a Sunday afternoon, but the dining rooms were starting to fill up. I want to get back on a Friday or Saturday. I had a really excellent German dinner at the bar, along with a few glasses of Warsteiner draft. I also bought a really cool Max's T-shirt; I am the only kid on my block with one!

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