241 Main St S, Stillwater, MN | Directions 5508245.054964 -92.805330
Still thinking about the deliciousness..... – Every year i try to make it to Marx for my birthday, because their blueberry bananna cheesecake is to die for!! This year, for dinner, I had the shrimp tempura, which i added to the list of amazing things I have eaten at Marx! A few other favorites of mine are the shrimp linguine, which is on the regular menu, and the swordfish, which is on special occasionally. But really, from my experience, there isn't anything to disappoint on the menu!!
Poor service and adequate food – I understand a restaurant wanting to have their guests feel like they aren't rushed and can make an evening out of the experience, but there is no excuse for slow service. Our server was very kind....just pretty absent. There is now excuse for having to flag him down on numerous occasions to get soda refills and silverware for our dessert.
I ordered the special (surf and turf) fusion style. The steak was so fatty there was a small pile on my plate by the end of my meal. The scallops and shrimp were perfectly cooked and I loved them.
Overpriced, cool atmosphere, but I would never go back. Well over 2 hours for appetizers, meal and dessert. no thanks.
Taste rules here – We have rarely found a restaurant the bring this high a level of cuisine with reasonably priced entres.
Best food in the Valley – I am very surprised to see the negative reviews listed here. We have been going to Marx for a couple of years now and are consistantly impressed with the quality of food and service. The fish specials are always top notch, and the steaks are perfectly done and the service is friendly, attentive and professional. We've stopped going to other restaurants in the valley because we know we will always get a great meal at Marx. We often go in casual attire and they always make us feel at home. They now feature live music on Tuesday nights which I highly recommend!
great atmosphere-consistent food – I live in Stillwater and have dined at Marx many times over the years. He is a superb chef.
What a let down – Why wait? The place is small cold, service none. The food was cold steak was small and had to send it in the kitchen to have the cook cut it. My guest had pasta that was so salty he could not eat it. Call it a bad night or new cook! we will not go back. the table next to us had the fish sent it back , and walked out.
Less than expected – I thought I would surprise my husband with a romantic overnight trip to Stillwater for his birthday. I got a room at a local bed and breakfast and decided to go to Marx because their menu looked great and it seemed like they had quite a few good reviews. When we got there, we were seated quickly and the waitress was very attentive. However, once we ordered our food, things started to go down hill. The starter (crab legs) took a long time to get out, and when we finally received it, we found the flavors the be awkward and sub-par. The dish felt like it was trying too hard to be 'gourmet' and fell flat. We again waited for 10 or 15 minutes to get our respective salads, which sounded great on the menu and turned out boring and bland. One HOUR later, we received our entrees. My husband had the steak and I had the salmon. Both dishes were ok, but nothing to write home about...and definitely not worth waiting an hour for! The only redeeming quality of Marx was our waitress. In my opinion, if you're thinking of going to Marx, don't. Save the $80 you'll spend on a sub-par meal for 2 and do something you won't regret later. Then again, maybe they were just having a bad night.
A bad night or timing? – Looking through the reviews it appears that Marx's is either great or a total bust. Unfortunately for us it was a total bust. I would not call the service rude, but slow yes, and definitely not friendly. I may tend to agree with the one reviewer, "if you do not look like everyone else you're treated like you are not welcome." Yes the decor is funk but I would have to say poorly done funk. It looks like someone just through a little bit of everything they could think of into the decorating scheme. My pasta was way too salty without any subtle flavoring in the sauce. The real kicker, the Parmesan cheese, it reminded me of the Kraft cheese that came out of the green shaker can and loooked like it too. Even Olive Garden serves fresh cheese. The salty "cheese" made the already salty dish even worse. The steak that was served to one of the people in our party was under cooked. The staff's response was, "I could reheat it for you." Not the response I would expect when you are paying $28 for a steak! The third dish ordered by our party was salmon which I did not hear any complaints about. All I can say is I have done it and it's time to move on.
Great food, great service, a real standout in Minnesota – I'm not sure what these negative reviews are about on here, but i have been to Marx more than I can count on both hands and the service has always been excellent. yes, there is often a wait and they only take reservations for 6 or more but they have a great bar to drink at while you wait and if you decide to you can have dinner at the bar as well. The wait is part of the fun and if you were in Minneapolis at a restaurant of this caliber you would expect and equivalent wait. Its a small restaurant so i can see how they wouldnt take many reservations seeing as they want to keep walk in service welcome. The food may take longer than most but its all about the experience and spending good time with fun people, once you get your entrees it more than makes up for the wait. The food is amazing as well as the service, i have never had an issue that wasnt addressed with care. Bottom line it is worth the wait.
Marx Wine Bar - Don't Waste Your Time – My Wife and I have wanted to have dinner at Marx for over a year. For Christmas 2006, I put a Marx gift certificate in my Wife's stocking. Throughout 2007, we tried no fewer than six times to have dinner at Marx. Each time we were rudely refused the opportunity to make a reservation. When visiting Marx, we were told that the wait would be over two hours. Once we were even told the wait would be over three hours. In each case we left and had dinner elsewhere. I've heard from many locals that they avoid Marx because they refuse to take reservations and the service is slow and arrogant. Marx may have good food (I'll never know), but they have an attitude and customer service problem. After becoming frustrated with Marx, I called to request that my gift certificate be refunded. Again, I was treated with little respect. The woman I talked to told me that Marx would under no circumstances refund my gift certificate. She suggested that because I liked to have dinner out with my Wife on Friday or Saturday evenings (who doesn?t?), that our schedule was not compatible with the restaurant. She recommended having dinner at 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon. The fact that Marx stubbornly refuses to take reservations should keep anyone living more than 10 minutes from Stillwater away. Your time is valuable. Have dinner someplace that values your time. Like the others who have posted comments about Marx on this site, I give it two thumbs down.
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