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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
  • "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
  • "I frequently order the salmon at Max's. It's consistently wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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
  • "food was excellent and service was outstanding....great wine!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Never disappointed when going to Max's Downtown. Bruce our waiter was excellent. Food perfect."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch salads!!! Service was just okay this trip."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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
  • "I dined here with my in-laws and husband for Mother's Day. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer which was piping hot and delicious. I enjoyed my sea bass and my in-laws were satisfied with their dishes as well. My husband was disappointed with his ahi tuna because the description was misleading. As we're Koreans, he was excited to see that kimchi was an ingredient in the dish but we learned that 2 measly pieces of cabbage were the so-called "kimchi". The noodles were also slightly too salty perhaps from the dressing. Also, our server though attentive greeted us by asking if we were Japanese which threw us off guard... No, we are Korean we told him.. not sure why that mattered."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Server was awesome! Food was great! Always happy with restaurant."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The Mater D was a classy individual. Offered me and my family drinks on the house after dinner so to clear the table. Right way to do business "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Delicious food, superb service by Melinda & great ambience. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The waiters are highly trained professionals who combine a wealth of both food and wine knowledge with attention to detail that makes for outstanding service."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great food, Great environment, Great service. All around an excellent experience!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Was in Hartford for the night and wanted a nice restaurant to take my girlfriend and this was exactly what I wanted. Food was amazing, ambience was vibrant but also inviting...it was just "fancy" enough to really make the experience special. We had a drink at the bar after and enjoyed the live music while we waited for our cab. Perfect night! Oh...the cucumber mint martinis were fabulous...the more experienced bartender made the best we've ever had! The younger bartender tried, but hasn't quite achieved perfection yet ;)"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was great. The server was nice and well informed, but twice during the meal the food got to the table before the necessary silverware. They took our knives then dropped our pork chop and lamb chops, then came back with the steak knives. The same thing happened at dessert. When the dessert arrived we had no silverware at all. Overall we had a positive experience, but the service lacked attention to detail."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Simply fantastic. Knowledgeable server... excellent"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Overall this place has decently good food for a steakhouse. It has dark wood and a good atmosphere and is great for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Our experience was o good one overall, but was not worth the price tag. The food was good, but for $47 I expected a steak that was better than what I cook at home. I was disappointed to get a tough ribeye with little taste. To be fair, it was juicy and cooked as ordered, but nothing special. Everyone else at the table thought their entree was good. Desserts were very good and a better value. We had an exceptional wine that was suggested by the excellent staff who were helpful but not overbearing. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive service and outstanding quality and skillful preparation of all the dishes my wife and I chose. Although most of the menu items are a la carte, I thought the overall value was not unreasonable. I will definitely be dining at this or another Max Group establishment again."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our waiter was great. Made our night. Food was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/26/2014