Max's Bistro & Bar
Max's Bistro & Bar

Max's Bistro & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maxsbistro.com/
  • Phone: 559-439-6900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Scott Sauer/ Big Sur California
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Delivery of catering menu items to your business or home.
  • Private Party Facilities: Max's has two semi-private dining areas accommodating party sizes of 18 or 40. We can also accomodate buy-out parties of up to 160 guests. Contact us for additional information.
  • Private Party Contact: J.J. Wettstead 5598929969

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Max's Bistro & Bar
Max’s is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the Central Valley. Our rustic California Cuisine and Gallery setting features local artist Tomas Panzarino. Max’s has welcomed Fresno visitors and our local neighbors for over 10 years. We are dedicated to using fresh local produce along with our house made artisan breads to insure a quality and healthy dining experience. The same quality and freshness is found in all the cocktails from our bar. Premium liquors, hand squeezed juices and muddled berries create our exceptional and award winning martini’s. We look forward to your visit!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Max's Bistro & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (24)great for lunch (20)notable wine list (17)romantic (15)good for groups (12)hot spot (9)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Third time not the charm
    Julcherie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have been to this restaurant on 2 other occasions, and both times I was really happy with the quality of the food versus the price. This time my husband and I went for my birthday and I ordered the same dish I had had previously (scallops), and it wasn't as good. It came out a little cold and the flavor was just not there as it had been in the past. I feel for the prices this restaurant charges it needs to be outstanding. Maybe it was just an off night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • quite the place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great food and OUTSTANDING service! Our waitress seemed to cater to our every need.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    ramosbiohazard
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent as always...great filet! Sweet potato fries awesome, bartender great. The peeps I was with were impressed by the food and service. I've always recommended Max's to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Birthday Party for 6!
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Let me start if by saying the food was delicious, and Max's is my fav restaurant..... But - Our waitress, Sierra, was not very attentive for our party of 6, had to ask her repeatly for items, never brought a chiller for our 2 bottles of Rombauer Chardonnay, had to ask for water refills, asked for a second basket of bread for 6 people, but never got it... Sierra needed more instructions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodhounds
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been at Max's for lunch and dinner and never been disappointed. The atmosphere at Max's reminds me of eating at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco. Lucky to have a great place like this in Fresno.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Fresno!
    westhillsdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Loved the ambience, food, wine, staff, artwork on the walls, lighting.... everything was great! We will definately be back when in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of our favorite places! Great food and environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rightstuff
    RightStuff
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The ambiance, staff service and food is consistently excellent. The only reason why I gave 4/5 star for food this particular night is because the wild rice (served with my halibut) was very undercooked. I couldn't eat it. I quietly let the server know, but the rest of the meal was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chip
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A bit too noisy for conversation, but very good food and service. Unique art pieces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This Time Not Great!
    WorldRoutes
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were disappointed by the food this time. Our past experiences have been particularly good, with tasty food presented well. We chose the Restaurant Week fixed menu which we thought should be as high quality in order to attract new customers and thank old ones. However, we were surprised the food was just so-so. We'll try again and choose of the regular menu, but if it's not as good, we'll move on.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • REED
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is always exceptional at Max's. The restaurant week menu was really a value! Our server was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were recommended this place by a friend. The food was delicious and the service was just as good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to place!
    Andruuz
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is my go to place. The food and service is always consistent! Is a very good way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Honestly, the food was just okay. The service was good. Our drinks were the best part of the meal, so thank you to the bartender.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Patricko
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We really enjoyed our dining experience at Max's. We started off with cocktails in the bar area. Jenny the bartender, made some amazing blueberry martinis. She was delightful and really new her mixology. The food & service was fantastic, especially the scallops. Can't wait to visit Max's again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Max's
    Zogg
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have eaten at Max's many, many times. The food and service are outstanding. We've never had a bad meal. We will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely go!
    active1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Went to this restaurant with another couple to celebrate our anniversary and just have an enjoyable meal. Our table was ready on time, and restaurant staff was friendly. A little noisy at times, but it did not deter from the experience. Yummy food all around.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!
    Sunnie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We always enjoy Max's! The food and service is excellent and consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our waitress was the best : always had the answer to our questions ! Food was very tasty and we didn't have to wait for it ! Seems like it is a happy place ! We will be back ! Thank you for the evening !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday lunch with daughter
    newz
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We drove 65 miles just to have lunch at Max's. We were seated next to a table with 3 women who were having a very loud time. When we were seated they were finished with their meal. However, they were still there talking up a storm when my daughter and I left. It was not nice. The restaurant had many other empty tables we could have been sitting at.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dependably good...
    FoodJagVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    there are few really good restaurants in Fresno, this is the exception. Consistently good food, excellent service, delicious food. We go here frequently and enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but misled
    PinotPaulVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Very good and I enjoyed overall. My complaint is simply that I specifically asked if the Ahi entree was fresh and was told yes. When the Ahi arrived I could tell by looking at it that it wasn't. My first bite confirmed it. I mentioned to the waitress and she went to double check. She came back and meekly confirmed my claim. She generously offered to replace the dish but I declined. The Ahi was fine, but when Ahi is frozen its texture changes. I typically don't order Ahi that's been frozen so I was somewhat disappointed. Too bad as I believe the restaurant is very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 324 reviews are from the Max's Bistro & Bar reviews archive.
  • Great place
    Dukesvan
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    From the outside you would never know how good this place is. The interior is beautiful and the the food is excellent! The staff is great!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in Fresno
    BobM
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Max's is our favorite spot because of the wine list, the delicious menu, and the adventurous specials, but mainly for how the staff receive us as friends every time we return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tops of Fresno Dining
    WorldRoutes
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It's a deal! Why? Because the taste of the foods is well above the price you pay for it - t's not low-budget, but it's worth the tastes! My lady and I went slow so I could savor the smokey seafood stew, and she the special...a halibut with a gentle sauce, potato pancakes, and brussels sprouts. We keep going back for the tastes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Om nom nom
    Leggybrainy
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Great service, delicious mules and appetizers! The things I love about Max's that never change are (but not limited to); the high level of service, the delicious crusty bread, delightful cocktails and scrumptious food! My friend and I only had time for a few drinks and appetizers which were the wedge salad and the scallops. Both were fun and deliciously the hard sear on the scallops was perfection and the ingredients on the salad were fresh and wonderful. She and I each had the mule which we couldn't refuse because we're both suckers for Saint Germaine. All in all it was another great evening at Max's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delish Dining
    FresnoFoodieFan
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Great lunch!!!! Pleasant atmosphere, with food that was well prepared. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    luvmesomefood
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our first time at this Fresno "landmark" left us with mixed feelings. We had read several different reviews from multiple sources and were ready to accept that the service would not be all that good; for us, the opposite was true. Our server did an exemplary job of maintaining the perfect balance between being attentive and annoying, with the all important quality of an engaging personality. We began by splitting the lobster quesadilla, and after a bite we decided splitting it was a bad idea - it was awesome! Unfortunately we both experienced a decline in the entree's as my steak was barely warmed up, least of all medium rare, and my wifes vegetables were equally raw. We'll try again, but the food needs to be markedly improved. $300
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent fresno dining
    unbyusfoodcritic
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Came to town to see my mother, brother & sister-in-law joined us on Saturday. I was leaving Sunday (Mother's Day) so we went to lunch Saturday for our Mother's Day lunch. Was so happy to find good food, service and ambiance! Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch, but.....
    FresnoFoodieFan
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The food was delicious at Max's, but the server was so horrible. She acted like she was doing us a favor when we asked for anything. She could care less about our dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Max's is always outstanding
    jackdog
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This is a classy place. Food and service outstanding. The best restaurant in Fresno.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special birthday dinner
    RightStuff
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This was our first Open Table reservation and we were celebrating my birthday. The ambiance, food, wine and service was excellent. In fact, by the time we got to dessert, I decided upon the peach cobbler to share with my husband because I knew he wouldn't share the crème brulee, my personal favorite. The server knew it was my birthday, and presented me with the vanilla crème brulee and a lit candle! This is definitely a neighborhood treasure for foodies and friends alike!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's going on?
    Fiorichild
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We are regulars at Max's. The last three times we've been there the service has been mediocre at best. In the past we've looked past a meal that was neccesarily outstanding because the service was always so great and attentive. Each time we have been there our servers and other servers are more interested in long chit chatting with each other and customers that are also regulars, to the point of one server sitting at the table with the customer! We know the servers too which is why we like to dine there. But we are also paying customers first. Twice we have had to bring our own bill to the front because we were ready to go (after patiently waiting) because the servers were busy chatting away. We'll be back, but not for a while.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Cuisine and Service
    Rick
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Paring elegant and unique menu selections of starters, entree's and desserts with amazing selections of wines, and couple this with outstanding service and you have and amazing and unforgetable dining experience. Mega kudo's to the chefs who prepare the most amazing selections, and the professional wait staff who are very attentive and enjoyable to converse with.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Large and varied menu, somthing for everyone! Sweet potato fries are a must! Attentive service, pleasant atmosphere. When traveling to Fresno, I know I can count on Max's for consistent quality and tastey food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Bit Disappointed
    Hawkeye69VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had not been to Max's in a while. We always thought the food was pretty good, not great, but we loved the "vibe" and the pricing is very good. The service has always been good. This time, we were delighted to see they had made some changes to the menu since our last visit that really kicked the selections up a notch. Have to say, the menu was great...the execution was not. There were 8 of us (the server handled us easily), and we each had something different. Without going into a "blow by blow" on each item, suffice it to say the consensus was "good, not memorable" If you go out to "eat" you'll be satisfied. If you go out for a "dining experience" you'll want to try somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Business Lunch
    BBDPEG
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    As always, Max's takes the extra steps necessary to make dinning enjoyable. Attentive staff eager to help really make for a nice time. My guests had never been to Max's. Everyone left full and with a promise to return on their own. Can't ask for more than that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Fun Table
    BobM
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I was being a wise guy when I made our online reservation and asked for the "fun" table. The entire staff from the hostess to all the waitresses went all in and made sure we were their fun table all night. It was a great night made better by the fun people that work at Max's. Thank all of you! And the food and wine were all exceptional, just like every night at Max's!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was delicious
    DebbiE
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Had a nice Saturday evening dinner. The waitress was fantastic. When she noticed that a steak was overdone so she asked if a new one could be made to perfection. A few minutes later a perfect steak was brought out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait staff was amazing! Patient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Wait staff was amazing! Patient with us as we stayed late on a Sunday night. Had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.