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Max Downtown
Max Downtown

Max Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://maxdowntown.com
  • Phone: (860) 522-2530
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Hunter Morton
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Two rooms, one can accommodate 48 and the second, 26.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Abrams (860) 522-2530

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Trumbull Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet during dinner, parking in City Place Garage free after 5pm.
A word from Max Downtown
Max Downtown is one of Hartford's premiere restaurants located in the center of the bustling business and cultural district. Under the careful guidance of owners Richard Rosenthal and Steve Abrams, Max Downtown provides outstanding food and trend-setting atmosphere for over three hundred patrons daily. Max Downtown's innovative cuisine includes Pacific Rim inspired dishes as well as a superb selection of traditional Chop House classics. An experienced staff of over forty people provide an in depth knowledge of Max's unique menu and extensive wine list. The sophisticated Max Downtown garnered a three star rating from the New York Times, and a 26 rating from Zagat's Survey for three consecutive years. The Hartford Courant's Northeast Magazine bestowed Max Downtown with its highest four star rating. For lighter yet equally exciting fare, as well as world famous martinis, a stop a Max Downtown's Tavern is essential.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Making reservations ahead of time ensured us prompt seating on a Friday night. We were guided to excellent drink selections by the knowledgeable wine director, enjoyed the salad made with locally prepared vegetables, and indulged in some mouth watering steaks. There may be better steaks in the world, but in Connecticut the best is at Max Downtown."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We ordered from the special menu-the salmon, the filet and lobster were all very good, but the wine for $30 wasn't. We had the Zin and it was terrible."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Always a great meal. Ribeye was cooked perfectly and melted in the mouth. We also ordered off the restaurant week menu. Great selection for a great price, cannot beat it. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner during Taste of Hartford week. Food selection amazing and service superb. Waitress was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Started off with a great martini in the bar while listening to live music. Set the stage for a wonderful evening. Dinner was top notch. I had the price fixe- corn and clam chowder, stuffed lobster tail and creme brûlée. Everything was delicious, lobster was sweet and perfectly prepared. Myhusband had the filet and while expensive, it was cooked just as he asked, med rare and had great flavor. He loved the peppercorn sauce on the side . Our waiter clearly loved his job. He was entertaining and very knowledgable. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Stopped in thinking it was restaurant week and was not. They had a great special on another dinner and wine that was scrumptious. Had the lobster tail and green beans. Of course their salads are always fresh and tasty. My husband had a crabcake and deemed it the best of all the restaruants he orders from. Kyle was a very professional server with a touch of humor. Support staff was timely and unobtrusive. Rachel the substitute manager was delightful and showed real interest in the clientele satisfaction."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I had an enjoyable evening at Max Downtown. The food was exceptional and the service was excellent. We ordered from the pre-fixed menu and were delighted with our choices. The wine list was impressive and the recommendation was spot on. Thanks for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Steve never ceases to amaze me! Thank you so much for making my birthday extra special! The food was absolutely perfect and our waiter Bruce went above and beyond once again. I have been coming to Max Downtown for over a decade for lunches, a few dinners and especially my birthday. They always know me by name and give me and whomever I am with the utmost attention and service."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant bustling with business people and couples. But the service was average, server brought wrong appetizer which was not a big deal, but we agreed to keep it and it was not good. I had the hanger steak which was cooked perfectly but lacked much in the way of flavor. Both my entree and wife's were loaded up with extras that drowned the main course amid a sea of uninspired vegetables and starch. Overall disappointed and would go elsewhere next time."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Me and my wife had an amazing time there for her birthday. The prime rib was really good and the bouillabaisse was amazing."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Dinner was amazing. Kudos to our server, who helped us decide exactly what we wanted. It was fantastic. I ordered off the price fixe menu...butter lettuce salad, stuffed lobster tail, and creme brûlée. To die for. And didnt hurt my pocketbook either. My husband ordered the boulliabaise...out of this world. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This was our first time at Max Downtown. We thought the food was very good and the service was friendly and attentive, as well as professional. The jazz in the bar on Sunday night was a plus."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal with fabulous and attentive service. Love that they had many gluten free options and was even served a gluten free roll. The menu was definitely fit for foodies. Great wine list, creative martinis. There was a jazz band playing in the bar and the bartender sang a few songs. She should be recording music! Very pleasant atmosphere. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "went there for the 4th of July weekend Lobster pre-fix menu....food was outstanding....wine was fantastic as well, Max Family Cuvee pricing was also great.. the service was good as always"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary at Max's Downtown, as we have done almost every year since it opened. We also celebrate our birthdays here almost every year. The reason: fabulous food, impeccably prepared and served."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything about the restaurant is outstanding. We are never disappointed with the dining experience at Max Downtown over the 15+ years."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I frequently order the salmon at Max's. It's consistently wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "went for their Sunday Jazz night. Food was excellent. The specials were reasonably priced. Had a lovely time."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great food, and the staff was very friendly, attentive, and helpful. We left full and had nothing but good comments on the dishes we ordered. A little pricey, but the combination of taste and service was worth it for our small "event.""
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food we had was excellent. I had the filet lobster oscar and the fiancé had the salmon. Both were exceptional. The waitress I feel was a but lacking. She did her job fine, but still seemed to be lacking overall. The glass at our table when we were sat was dirty. Had to ask for a new glass. Service is a bit slow, but the food was prepared exceptionally."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "My friends and I have been going to MAX Downtown for years and have always had a 5 star experience. Staff and management go above and beyond to ensure a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Considering the prices the menu choices were just ok. If you are going to jack up the prices the chefs need to be a bit more creTive and this should be reflected on menu"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Service was wonderful. Food perfectly prepared and especially flavorful. Wine recommendation from the waitress was spot on. On the downside, the A/C was blasting over our street side table so it was quite by our table. Overall a lovely dinner and evening."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I don't usually complete these surveys but I was so thoroughly impressed by our experience that I thought it was worth it this time. The food was very good, which is to be expected at a place like Max's and even when there was a little mistake, the wait staff and the manager took care of everything better then we could have hoped. The wait staff in particular (Mel B. and Lauren) were exceptional, not just in the way they did their job but they were warm and personable and made the evening even more special. I also wanted to thank the manager, Adam, who took the time to call the next day to make sure we had a great dining experience. The food was great but the dining experience is why we'll be back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went to celebrate a birthday before catching a show. Figured 2 hours for dinner would be enough. They were so busy, we did not have time for dessert/coffee. Even our server would go a considerable amount of time before coming back (with bread or to check in). A bit pricey but since it was a special occasion, you over looked it. Was not leaving saying 'wow' but had a nice evening."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Never disappointed when going to Max's Downtown. Bruce our waiter was excellent. Food perfect."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "food was excellent and service was outstanding....great wine!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant to celebrate special days and since I think every day is special, we dine there frequently."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Impeccable service, creative and delicious food, elegant surroundings. A "special occasion" favorite!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We go 2-3 times per year to Max Downtown and they are amazingly consistent at delivering tasty creative food. Service is not an afterthought either. These are service professionals who are outstanding at their craft. Always a great experience. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Server was awesome! Food was great! Always happy with restaurant."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "On them willing list . Got a flyer for Sunday night jazz night . With prefix menu. Made reservations , and when seated fount out only for the bar and tavern area "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "First time there in years. Went to see there Summer Jazz night. Food and service great, music was first class. Rleaxing Sunday night."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I went to Max downtown with my wife and we both had a great time. The food was well above average. We both ordered the New York strip and they were cooked perfect. The sides were well seasoned and cooked just right. The wait staff was on top of everything and made the dinner outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Have been to Max downtown several times and have never been disappointed. The food is always excellent and the service is great. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The mussel appetizer didnt taste fresh, very disappointing"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My and wife and I were looking for a dining spot prior to a show at Hartford Stage. Not being familiar with Hartford restaurants, I had asked a co-worker for his recommendation. I checked the website and it looked promising, but nothing prepared us for the special dining experience that we had. The service was attentive, helpful and friendly. The extensive wine list and port flight with our cheese plate were the highlights, but our food was also fantastic, with my wife enjoying the buffalo steak special and my tuna prepared perfectly. I would highly recommend for any occasion. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Max never fails to produce fabulous offerings. Our dinners were delicious-most notable were the soft shell crab and the filet mignon and lobster "pot pie". Our service seemed unusually slow (usually its perfect) and we were there early before the restaurant was really crowded. That's why I gave it only 3 stars. But overall, it was wonderful and remains our favorite restaurant in the Hartford area."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Wife and I arrived and were served a perfect vodka martini. Excellent in all aspects, but it went rapidly down hill from there. Waitress spilled a full martini on wife's lap and said "sorry", let me get you a napkin. Brought replacement, not complimentary. Ordered bone-in Filet Mignon medium rare, our favorite. Steak arrived, RAW! I mean RAW! No bone and maybe 4-5 ounces of meat. Manager offered to replace, but said according to the chef, we would get the same from the kitchen. Were told the fat was typically part of a bone-in Filet. Well, not in the restaurants in which we have eaten. We were given free desserts, nice touch. However the overall experience was very poor and expensive."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went with a couple of friends for a bit of celebration. Food was very good. It was height of the graduation season so it was a little loud but not so much so that it took away from the experience. Server was very helpful in picking out a wine to try. Overall a very enjoyable time."
    Dined on 5/17/2014