The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Today's deal lets you dine in similarly high style. For $15, you get $30 worth of casual fine dining and drinks at Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge, located in the historic Walker Building. Reservations are especially recommended on weekends, so call ahead to ensure that you won't have to spend hours feigning interest in the bouncer's vacation photos.
Like a shape-shifter with ADD, executive chef and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute graduate Matt Colony's menu changes constantly, taking inspiration from legendary steakhouses while drawing from a rich array of local ingredients. Maxwell's most recent board of fare opened with delicacies such as smoked eggplant and white bean puree ($7), a selection of house-pickled vegetables ($5), and seared yellow fin ahi tuna ($14) with warm red-lentil puree. The curtain the raised on signature steaks of 16-ounce rib eye ($29), 7-ounce filet mignon ($30), and 10-ounce flat iron ($23)—all cooked to order and side-kicked with horseradish-infused whipped potatoes, sautéed vegetables, sherry mushroom sauce, and fried onion rings. If ordering the cider-brined pork chop ($19) has you worried that the pig's relatives will hunt you down and seek vengeance, Maxwell's features a slew of seafaring sea fare such as pan-seared weathervane scallops ($26), sautéed Alaskan halibut ($25), and Maxwell's chioppino ($25)—which hosts a pool party of steamed clams, mussels, shrimp, roasted sockeye salmon, and half grilled lobster tail in spicy fennel-tomato broth amid grilled sourdough bread. All dishes can find a leggy tango partner on Maxwell's wine list, but bring a back-up stomach for a decadent dessert of custard-soaked cinnamon-roll bread pudding ($7) or the crème brûlée of the day ($5).
While Maxwell's dimly lit dining area and muted tones epitomize casual class, its lounge embodies a cool rarely found outside of smoky black-and-white photos of jazz greats. Sip an eclectic cluster of charmingly named specialty drinks such as the Maidens Prayer (Aviation gin, Cointreau, orange juice, and an orange slice, $11) and the Juice Joint Fizz (pisco, muddled red grapes and lime, elderflower liqueur, and finished with bubbly, $9) while enjoying lounge-exclusive dishes like the slow-cooked pulled-pork sliders ($11) and a pound of wings ($9). There's no buy limit on today's Groupon, so load up and get your daily recommended dosage of flirtation amid swanky surroundings without missing a single thing on Maxwell's metamorphosing menu.
This Groupon is not valid with other offers or discounts, such as happy hour or half-price wine night.
Maxwell's was voted Best Bar/Lounge in 2009 by readers of South Sound magazine and Best New Restaurant in 2008 by Weekly Volcano. Critics from Tacoma Weekly and the News Tribune like Maxwell's, as do 93% of Urbanspooners. Yelpers give it three stars:
- Since its opening, this restaurant has been filled with happy faces and bellies, and it’s provided Tacoma with yet another cool place to hang out. – Weekly Volcano
- The dim lighting, relaxed but classy atmosphere, jazzy tunes and professional service also makes Maxwell’s a superb candidate for a special occasion meal, or an impressive date, in addition to being a great happy-hour spot. – Clare Jensen, Tacoma Weekly
- This is a great place to mingle and relax. – South Sound
- Our server was personable and knowledgeable about the menu. We never felt like he was giving the company line but instead his own suggestions based on our preferences. – Craig Sailor, News Tribune