Maxwell's Bar & Grill

Restaurants , American Covent Garden
  • 3 out of 5 stars
(5 user reviews)
8 Love It
Save it
Special Offers
Maxwell's Bar & Grill
Venue says Every Wednesday, it's all-you-can-eat sticky BBQ and buffalo hot wings with chips and a Sagres beer or thick shake for £17.50.

Located between Covent Garden tube station and the Piazza, Maxwell’s Bar and Grill is a popular family-run business that has been up and running since the '70s. (It was originally located in Hampstead.) 

The menu offers a mix of generously-portioned British and American favourites, including potato skins, chips, steaks, surf ‘n’ turfs and fajitas. The drinks list is as sizeable as the food menu, offering everything from milkshakes and floats to cocktails. Plus there's that decadent Australian import: the freakshake.


More Less
Maxwell's Bar & Grill says
Burgers, ribs, chicken, steaks, salads and cocktails.

Located by Covent Garden Tube station, Maxwell’s Bar & Grill serves a mix of generously-portioned British and American favourites, including steaks, burgers and fajitas. The drinks list is as sizeable as the food menu, offering everything from Maxwell’s world-famous freakshakes to cocktails.

Maxwell’s is a family restaurant with an emphasis on fresh ingredients that are all prepared daily onsite. Our bar serves all the classic cocktails as well as many of our favourites that we have perfected over the years. Kids are never forgotten in Maxwell’s, with a big choice of kids' meals and cocktails to keep them happy.
More Less
Venue name: Maxwell's Bar & Grill
Address: 8 James Street
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Do you own this business?

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:0
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
1 person listening
Luke A

I have never tried the food here but I have had the Freakshake - the Oreo cookie one to be precise. I've had a lot of Freakshakes in London and this is definitely one of the better ones. The oreo ice cream sandwich, which tops it is actually made in house. The result, a gooey, decadent and deadly splurge of calorific goodness that doesn't taste processed but bizarrely fresh - if ice cream can be fresh? Most importantly, the shake actually tasted like a shake (see my other freak shake reviews). What makes their freak shakes different? You can add booze to them. If you're out on the piss, why not? 

Rob F

I went to Maxwell's to try the Freakshake and was not disappointed. It's a popular place, so I'm glad I pre-booked. We decided to have a starter to share, we went for the Nachos with beef chilli, which was great value as it was huge! I'm sure it was meant for 4 people and not 2! That mixed with a nice happy hour cocktail didn't leave much room for the main event. That was a big mistake as it tasted incredible but was ultimately defeated by it! I had the bubblegum flavoured, pokeball donut topped freakshake. I fully recommend this, but don't eat much (if anything) beforehand!


Picked this place in Covent Garden purely for the fact they do Freakshakes and I've been wanting to try one for MONTHS. Reserved a table for 2 a few days in advance and glad I did - the place was jam packed when we arrived at 6.30pm! We were ushered over to a table right in the corner - not the best considering I had pre-booked, but oh well.

We decided we were just gonna have starters - mainly to save room for the mammoth Freakshakes! We picked a small selection and shared them between us, washed down with Happy Hour £4.50 cocktails. They were all great, especially the artichoke and spinach dip, I could've eaten bowl after bowl of that!

Then after a half hour wait, along came these exquisite, calorific creations - grand and stunning. I could feel my stomach expanding at just the sight of them! At £7 a pop, these aren't the cheapest of dessert options, but we hadn't had mains so felt we could splurge. I went for the salted caramel one which was topped with a whole warm gooey salted caramel doughnut and a skewer of light, fluffy marshmallows. My pal went for the oreo one which had a rather large dessert sized ice cream cookie sandwich wedged atop a mountain of cream, much like the magnificent crown jewels adorning their subject. 

At first eating, they tasted as good as they looked. The milkshake was thick and creamy, struggling to glide up the wide straw placed in it and the doughnut and ice cream sandwich were both sickly sweet - but in a good way. It's only when we got to the whipped cream part that we encountered a problem... The cream tasted as if it had gone off. Like a sour, metallic taste, which definitely wasn't meant to be there. We called the waitress over, and she promptly went and checked with the chefs. They confirmed that was what it was meant to taste like - quote "If we put sugar in the cream too it will be too sweet overall". I'm pretty sure I know what plain whipped cream tastes like, and that was certainly not it. 

But anyway, the waitress was good enough to take them away and offered us up some thick shakes instead. These were still super tasty, but we did leave the restaurant a little disheartened that we hadn't had the Freakshake experience we had been so hoping for!

Donya E

Girls night out - we aren't very familiar with Covent Garden so what we thought would be a mad one ended up just being a nice catch up. Dirty Martini happy hour was our first stop, beautiful cocktails but was too small in there. Making our way home we wondered where would be open late to get food, on our discovery towards the station was Maxwells. Result!!!! We ate, we chat, we saw a rat. That's right a RAT!!!!!! Our waiter who was fully aware from our reactions of what we'd just seen came over and gave a good attempt at explaining why they had RATS.... Something about the Opera House/old building and "you know how it is in London they say you're never more than 6ft from a rat".

A swift exit was made after seeing that, although we had already eaten we both wanted to vom out all that food.

Great location and food was decent... But rats is a massive no no... Restaurants and rats just not a good mix!!!


I had a horrible experience there. I was with some tourists from my country and I invited them to know Covent Garden and to have lunch there. We had a table for 5, we ordered our drinks and we decided to have only starters (which would be more expensive than the main courses) because we had not a good experience before with their dried ribs and steaks. However, for our surprise they asked us to leave the table, because we could not sit there to eat only starters. I was completely blushed. I did not know what to say to my friends and family. Please, Maxwell's Restaurant, you need to study marketing to learn how to treat your consumers! Maxwell's Restaurant, NEVER MORE!

Special Offers

BBQ & Buffalo hot wings, chips & a Sagres beer or thick shake: £17.50

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

Offer valid until Feb 22 2017

3 course Christmas lunch menu: £ 19.95.

From a set menu. Please note no adjoining tables can be booked.

Offer valid until Dec 23 2016

3 course Christmas Dinner menu £ 24.95

From a set menu. Please note no adjoining tables can be booked.

Offer valid until Dec 23 2016