Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to lunch at Maxim magazine’s new restaurant Maxim Prime. It is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta in the trendy Glynn Hotel and is the first of many Maxim Prime locations Maxim plans to open in the future.
At first glance, the whole experience was so exciting. The Glynn Hotel is super trendy and fun and walking through it made me feel like it was a special occasion. The decor is very modern. Maxim Prime is no different; very modern and trendy-feeling. I felt like I was in a different city.
Unfortunately, the restaurant did not live up to its first impression. The dining area was empty and the service was slow and awkward. Our lunch took 2 1/2 hours which is understandable for a packed restaurant or a large party, but when there are only 3 other tables besides our 3 top, it’s hard to accept. It seems like there was one server who knew what was going on and she ran around fixing things. The manager did come and speak to our table but only did so because he knew someone in our party.
The food was okay. I started out with the oysters rockefeller with a lobster hollandaise that was overpowering and finished with a Cobb salad that was average, if not a little below average. My company had sliders with a ginger sauce that was good and the steak sandwich which was just average as well.
Overall, it was not a good experience. It was too expensive for the quality of food and service. But, to be fair, we went for lunch. Maybe dinner is run differently.
Maxim Prime has a rooftop lounge which is supposed to be fabulous (it was closed when I went). I have heard that it’s the place to be on Wednesday nights. I would love to see the rooftop; it would be a great place to grab some drinks if you are ever downtown. Just make other dinner plans.
Posted by: Rachel