Iconic Mizner Park Dining Spot Marks 25th Anniversary


By: Dale KingContributing Writer
Everyone knows the location of Boca Raton’s iconic eatery, Max’s Grille.
It’s right in the center of Mizner Park, next to the valet stand where luxury cars are usually parked out front. Across the street is the Mizner Park fountain.
The only original Mizner Park restaurant still operating today, the dining spot that long ago paired two of the area’s top restaurateurs – Dennis Max and Burt Rapoport — marked its 25th anniversary at a recent celebration.
The elegant evening attracted hundreds of guests and featured entertainment, including a DJ/electric violinist, a chef on stilts, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, all served at the 404 Plaza Real dining location.
The famed institution also celebrated the special occasion by showcasing its just-completed renovation. Max’s Grille owners, Dennis Max, Patti Max, Fred Stampone and Burt Rapoport, celebrated the anniversary by inviting current and former employees, as well as friends and elected officials, to join in the festive event.
“We attribute our success to several factors: Friendly and efficient staff members who make every guest feel welcome; consistency, high quality food and a location on Mizner Park’s ’50 yard line,’” said Dennis Max, partner and co-founder.
The contemporary menu, paired with an array of wine, is updated daily and seasonally, but maintains its popular signature dishes, including meatloaf, radiatore pasta, steaks, grilled fish, chopped salad, and complimentary crispy breadsticks and hummus served to each table.
Max’s Grille introduced the chopped salad concept to South Florida, an item now found on nearly every restaurant menu in the area.