Maxwell's Bar & Grill

Restaurants, American Covent Garden
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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.


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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.
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Venue name: Maxwell's Bar & Grill
Address: 8 James Street
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
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Naomi Bharwani.The Golden Perspective

Maxwells is opposite Covent Garden station, they have tasty burgers and ribs and the Freak Shakes are a delight! So delicious. Anyone that has a sweet tooth, will love the Freak Shakes. On Mondays, Maxwells have 'Monday Madness' which means that all main courses are up to 50% off which makes it excellent value. I ordered the ribs, chicken and chips combo as well as a Salted Caramel Donut Freak Shake and it was so tasty. The portions are big and very filling. The Freakshakes are £7 and it’s honestly a meal in itself, super filling and super sweet. They also have other flavors such as Bubblegum and Oreo. I will be going back to try the new Unicorn Freak Shake! Maxwells is perfect for anyone that is looking for a meal after a show as it is near multiple theatres.


Oh my goodness... that was one heck of a freakshake and it was delicious!!! My friend and I also thought we should have a starter before (we clearly didn't get the memo about how mammoth these stacks of oreo deliciousness are) so we had the artichoke dip which was to die for. The staff told us they had never seen anyone clean the mugs so much (little friendly competitive tension for us) and we are 100% going to return, if just for that dip. Very reasonably priced too, nice staff and you can't get more central than Covent Garden! 

Sheri M

The place is known for their freakshakes, but I was won over by their molten cheese over their burgers. The start was disappointing given the fried calamari didn't include much calamari it mostly fried ... fry. But their burger was great! I loved the brioche bun, and the portions meet the American standards! Wish there was more on their beer selection though, some of us want more local options ;) I'll be back maxwell!

Kritt N

Admit it, unless you’re a vegan/vegetarian, we all love a good American BBQ with all its mouth-watering meaty goodness. Nothing could be meatier than good old American food, and Maxwell does just that.

This Covent Garden based meat house has an array of mouth-watering, salivating-inducing American food on offer and each day has it’s own speciality like Wing’s Wednesday where for £20 you can eat as many chicken wings as you like. 

Elsewhere on the menu, you have your selection of American-style burgers, salads, ribs and grills with a vast cocktail list, and the jaw-dropping, calorific ‘Freakshake’ which, admit it, we all want to try. 

Being close to the theatres, many restaurants have special pre-theatre menus, and Maxwell’s is no exception. Priced at £14.95 for a three-course meal (or £11.95 for a two-course meal), I think it represents great value.

In a dimly-lit but relaxing and atmosphere buzzing with activity, Maxwell's, American diner is a great restaurant for pre-theatre dining at a very reasonable price in comparison to every other American eaterie, I’ve ever visited. There’s nothing fancy, just straight up good food.

Soso T

After getting a huge craving for chicken wings, my new mission is to find the best ones in London!

Starting off at Maxwell's in Covent Garden. There's a choice of either sticky BBQ or buffalo hot sauce in small or large portions. We got one of each in large, but I'm so rubbish with spicy food, I thought the BBQ ones were hot let alone attempting the buffalo ones. As usual, my eyes are way bigger than my stomach and couldn't even finish the large portion on my own - FAILED at the eating contest. For those who are interested, there is a special offer of all you can eat wings on Wednesdays, but just one large portion was enough to satisfy my craving. They were good when hot, but not so great when they got cold.

This is your typical American diner sort of joint. Wheelchair access was good with accessible toilets, but it's a bit of a challenge weaving around people to get to it. Also the taps weren't working.

Staff were great and super friendly.


A brilliant American themed restaurant with a pre-theatre option menu! This restaurant had a warm and welcoming atmosphere making it an easy option to choose on a busy night in Covent Garden. We were especially drawn to the pre-theatre dining option which offered 2 courses for £9.99, perfect if you’re in a rush and want a quick bite before you go and watch your show. The food was excellent and very tasty and the cocktails were even better with many different flavours and mixers to choose from. The staff were super friendly and even made an effort to have a conversation with us once we have finished our meal. Overall, we were very happy with the restaurant and it’s staff and will certainly be returning!

Michel G

First time at a Maxwells in London for our Christmas Party. We had the Christmas menu and it was delicious. Staff was very friendly and nice touch to put Christmas crackers on the table. We really had a nice time. Value for money.

Staff Writer

A Covent Garden institution, everyone know's Maxwell's if you go through CG station. Portion sizes and price range meet requirements very well and the staff were very attentive which can sometimes be a problem area for other venues in this area. Apparently did very well as a Pokemon Go hub when that was all the rage, but seems busy enough still without the fanatics on their phones. Definitely worth repeat visits

Jon D

Great service for our team Christmas Party at Maxwells. Well looked after by staff organsied to handle a large party of 15 people. Food all out in a timely fashion and at same time. Nice starter platter with lots of options of chilli, nachos, wings and squid. Generous portions. Tasty burgers for mains and a large portion of mac n cheese for those that went for that option. Venue got very busy around us over the lunch period and did get slightly warm downstairs but good time had by all.


We had our Xmas Lunch here and the food was good. The venue itself is large but not overbearing, the staff friendly and attentive and the atmosphere pleasant. We had a mixed selection of starters which everyone seemed to enjoy, especially the buffalo wings, for mains I had the Salmon fillet which again was good. For dessert there was once more a mixture available to us and all enjoyed.

If you're in this next of the woods and want a decent meal then stick it on the to do list of restaurants!

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

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.

Offer valid until Nov 22 2017