Here is a press-release from Max’s Cucina, 3514 State Street:

Max’s Cucina Introduces Corkage-Free Wednesdays, New Menu Items, & July Events

Santa Barbara, CA. – June 18, 2013   It’s a little know fact that longtime breakfast/brunch favorite Max’s Restaurant transforms at nighttime into Max’s Cucina for fine dining Italian fare.   Different chef, different menu, different atmosphere!   Upper State Street is turning into a dining destination away from the hubbub of downtown, and to help lure diners Max’s is offering free corkage every Wednesday eve.  One free corkage for each entree ordered means patrons can enjoy multiple bottles at the table, which is enticing for groups of wine aficionados.

In concert with celebrating the fruit of the vine, for the last year Max’s has hosted many wine lovers at the popular BYOB series, where attendees bring a bottle per the evening’s theme, and enjoy the featured winemaker’s wines as well.  All this complemented with a specially designed menu for the night.  Four more events remain in the 2013 series, with the upcoming theme being Sauvignon Blanc on Wednesday July 10th with host winery Dragonette Cellars. Reservations are essential due to the popularity of the dinners.

Lest anyone think otherwise given the BYOB events and free corkage evenings, Max’s has an excellent wine list, comprised of many Italian wines that are reasonably priced. There is also a cellar selection list for discriminating palates.  To complement these wonderful food-friendly wines, Max’s has added new items to the menu including  a Wild Arugula and Roasted Beet Salad, Fresh Gnocchi with Oyster Mushrooms, Pancetta, and Braised Greens, and then Rack of Lamb Marinated in Rosemary and Garlic.  All dishes are lovingly prepared from the freshest ingredients.

In addition to featuring food and wine, Max’s has held a number of events over the last year, including hosting musical groups and comedy nights.  On Wednesday, July 17, MC Carol Metcalf will reprise her show at 7pm called “Funny Ladies of Santa Barbara”.  Carol will bring a group of comediennes. No cover charge (small donation requested), and since it’s a Wednesday there is no corkage fee for those who bring their own bottles. Reservations are suggested.

Max’s Cucina is located at 3514 State Street in Santa Barbara. Phone (805) 898-9121.  More information about the events may be found on the website at

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2 Responses to MAX’S UPDATE

  1. shebeest says:

    ALSO – Max’s supports local artists by allowing various art groups, classes, and individual artists to show and sell their work at reasonable cost (i.e. commission paid to Max’s, I mean). We artists appreciate that, given the ever rising cost of the Faulkner Gallery, etc.

  2. Charlotte says:

    The Italian menu looks fantastic. I’m wondering if it’s a “pop-up” restaurant by night….cool concept. The free corkage and BYOB is a huge bonus….I’m so there!

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