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Max's Oyster Bar
Max's Oyster Bar

Max's Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://maxsoysterbar.com
  • Email: reservations@maxsoysterbar.com
  • Phone: (860) 236-6299
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00 pm Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Scott Miller
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have seating up to 25 and a private wine room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Main Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Lot located behind restaurant.
A word from Max's Oyster Bar
Max's Oyster Bar is the fourth creation of restaurateur Richard Rosenthal and his partner Bob Cooke, formerly of Legal Seafood Restaurant Company. Located among unique shops, coffeehouses, and several restaurants, Max's Oyster Bar compliments West Hartford Center's charming and growing shopping district. The understated atmosphere of muted colors and comfortable seating allows diner's to focus on the truly important, the food. Featuring modern renditions of classic American seafood, Max's Oyster Bar menu has something for everyone. While seafood is the focal point, there are selections for even the most land bound. Ethnic influences are apparent throughout a menu filled with new interpretations on traditional fare.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went for Max Restaurant Week. Lovely gazpacho, salmon, and cheesecake at a special price. Great restaurant. Excellent for special occasions. Upscale, cosmopolitan vibe, but not stuffy or pretentious"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Max was awesome. My experience dining there was great and will be going back real soon. The staff was great and very knowledgeable about the the good choices."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed another great evening at Max's Oyster Bar. The waiter was absolutely outstanding and we took him up on several of his recommendations. The Seafood Sampler is to die for ... all of the raw shellfish and chilled seafood goodies. It's thee perfect appetizer. Entrees were spot on ... exactly cooked to order and embodied outrageous, complex flavors. Gotta admit, the side of brussel sprouts was a little overcooked (charred) and probably wouldn't order them again. The dessert made up for any shortcomings of the veggie. It's definitely become our go to spot for a night to remember."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Consistent / Great Food & Service - We were a party of 3 and ordered from the "specials" menu - 3 course dinner. Gazpacho was exeptional - a little grainy - but perfect bite of horseradish, very fresh and spring were spot on, salad was less exciting. For entrees the salmon was wonderful - done to perfection. The boullibaise was a well receivied - broth was incredible. Desserts of chocolate mousse cake and lemon cheesecake both very good. Exceptional noisy on Friday nights but worth it."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have long been a fan of MOB, but I definitely felt that the extra items I found on our bill might not have been there accidentally. Things happen at any restaurant, but this just seemed disappointing. And sadly, I found the food choice I made equally disappointing for the first time ever."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Always stop at Max's when in the area. Had a great dinner. Seafood is really good!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Came in during Max restaurant week--we got some raw bar stuff, a crab cake, and one of the 3-course deal meals. The salad was just OK...the lamb was tough--raw near the bone, and gristly. The lemon poppyseed cheesecake ROCKED. Out waitress Vicky was VERY GOOD."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal; I had both the fresh oysters and the baked oysters as an entree. The raw oysters were fresh and the baked oysters had an excellent texture and composition. We do not live in Hartford, but visit from time-to-time. The service was first rate. We arrived on a VERY bust night for a Saturday 8 pm reservation in prime time with the UCONN game on tv and a large crowd at the bar. We were seated at 8:01 pm. This is my favorite restaurant in West Hartford."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "reservations were for 6:00 p.m. and were seated right away. Atmosphere and décor were great. Our waiter,Ronald, was fantastic and his suggestions from the calamari to the lobster and dessert were spot on. First time at Max's Oyster bar but definitely not our last. The anniversary card was an added touch!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My wife had wanted to try this restaurant for some time, and not being a seafood eater I was reluctant to give it a shot. Needed a nice place to bring her for her birthday and decided this would be a nice treat. Ambiance was excellent. Very pleasant and professional staff. Clean bathrooms. Very good food, seafood and non-seafood alike. Price was where you'd expect a good seafood restaurant to be in a well to do suburban area. Highly recommend this establishment and Open Table... Jnj in WHCT"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Bartender Chris always does an exceptional job serving wonderful food and drink."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We met our son here as a midway point between New Jersey and Boston to celebrate his 30th birthday. Our server was terrific--helpful, accommodating and friendly. She gave our son a Max Oyster Bar birthday card and placed a candle on our desert plate. Brunch was delicious. A good time was had by all!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Appetizer was steamed mussels (a bit on the large side -smaller is better - but OK) Simply prepared salmon was a bit over-cooked, but otherwise fine Combination basket was excellent Service was attentive, but not overbearing. Overall a good, but not great, experience"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to Max Oyster since it opened. Last Saturday was the first bad experience we have ever had. We made reservations ahead of time but there was not a table reserved for us even though we arrived early. We ended up sitting at the booth right next to the door. It was so cold I had to put my husband's jacket on.(This was our second table after we complained about the first). There was constant noise as people were standing around the entrance waiting to be seated. It was very busy, a good thing I know, but the service was mediocre and the food was poor."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food is fabulous and the wait staff is second to none."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We love Max's and have dinner there several times a year. We usually take family or friends there when we have visitors. Food is always excellent, and service is usually good to excellent. However, on this particular evening, service was much slower than usual."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were seated early and the server was amazing. Our drink order was very involved and he didn't muss a thing. He even gave updates on the Uconn game for those needing to get up and check. They handle a group with ease. As one would expect, everything oyster was fabulous!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I have been frequenting the Oyster Bar for many years and typically go about once a month. The food is always excellent, but has never prompted me to write a review. If you haven't been there In a while, or have never been, the refreshed menu is worth the trip. My wife has a gluten intolerance, so when we were seated they accommodated her with the most delicious bread she's had in a while. The raw bar is always fresh and exquisite. We started with hamachi crudo, amazing. My wife had the trout with hominy grits, delicious, and I had the new salmon dish, best ever. Thank you for the refreshed menu, we can't wait to try them all. To drink, some great new delicious concoctions and always a great wine list. Salut."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Max's is a solid restaurant but not exceptional. Too often the fish/seafood dishes are 'fancied up' with sauces that do nothing but add calories and mask flavors of the fish. Recently, the dishes were not even hot...whether a miso broth for a sea bass or the grits with the shrimp. The shrimp were perfectly cooked and flavorful but the grits were at room temperature and had a slight crust which shows they were cooked and sitting a fair amount of time before serving. My husband ordered a lobster roll and the lobster was chewy and over cooked. It's still a nice place and West Hartford people are not the most sophisticated, daring diners around."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Best oyster selection on Hartford area Great wine list Attentive, but not overly so service (everytime I've been there)"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Always a great meal with fabulous service. We bring young kids for special occasions and they are well serviced. Love it and recommend it highly."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Took my wife here after a show in Hartford. Great idea and relaxed dinner atmosphere!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very nice to be able to make reservation on line. Hassle free. Great attentive service. The freshest seafood and great recommendations by our server. I feel price was appropriate for the quality. Diner did not feel rushed. Very nice evening out . My only criticism was the bar noise. We had a good table though."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love Max's Oyster Bar! Have dined here many times and always enjoyed the food and exceptional service. Our recent visit was for an early Friday lunch but we have also visited for romantic special occasions or get-together with friends. Food is always terrific and kitchen is flexible when it comes to preferences or making modifications. Seafood is fresh and local. Love it here!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Excellent dinner! Service was polite & attentive, without being overbearing. Sea bass entre wasexcellent, and the seafood basket ws very good. Wine list exceptional. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We love Max's. ALWAYS great food (outstanding seafood), service, and hospitality. They have a great chopped salad on which you can choose any of their seafood choices to have It on I lieu of potato and veg Had a great time and will return!! Judy"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We felt the place had a great avia once!,then we were shown to a back room and a small two top which I think was added to the room! The staff had a hard time trying to get around us, my husband felt very much in the way. The food was good, not crazy good like I expected for the price. II started with the Mussels, they had very little taste, didn't finish! I will say the place was hopping and our service was excellent! Terri, I believe."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I cannot tell you how pleased I was with Max's Oyster Bar. The service was excellent and the food was unbelievable. In fact I think we told our waiter that more than once. I would recommend it to anybody and everybody looking for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "As usual our dining experience at Max's Oyster Bar was excellent. Delicious food and great service. Took our parents there for their 35th wedding anniversary, they really enjoyed themselves."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food needs to improve for the price, service was top notch!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Max's Oyster Bar in W. Hartford is a place where I have and will continue to take business associates for lunch and dinner meetings. The decor is a five star example of what fine dining can and should be. I've traveled the world on business and it is always nice to be home and dine at Max's."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We recently moved from the Dallas area and discovered Max's through recommendations of friends. The food and service is consistently very good, the ambiance electric and exciting. We will certainly become regulars at Max's"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "In the greater Hartford area this is the best variety of seafood. Always fresh and so many ways to have your choice prepared. Never disappointed."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "It lives up to its name. The oysters are delicious and varied - available both raw and cooked. The Oysters Rockefeller is so good! There is an extensive menu of seafood and a few meat options. All of it is fresh and creatively prepared. It is pricey, but well worth it for a special treat!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "First time....won't be the last! Wonderful surprise!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Max Group is known for its top-notch food, service, and ambiance. Our meal at the Oyster Bar was lacking in the first two departments. Our split chopped salad didn't seem fresh, the rolls (supposedly from a local bakery) seemed like standard dinner roll you can buy in your grocer's freezer, and the steak (quite expensive, I might add), was less than top quality and was not cooked to either my husband's or my preferred doneness. For that kind of money, I expect something pretty close to perfection. Not sure if we'll be going back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "13 bucks for a tuna app that featured tiny morsels of grainy and not top quality fish. The entree was markedly under seasoned. Service was v ery good but the food was really not."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Keep those giant Blue Point oysters coming! They are Heaven on a shell!!! Too many good choices to pick from - can't wait to have the scallops next time!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Prior to ordering our meals, I told my dinner companion that I had never had a mediocre meal at Max's. I spoke too soon. I had the Lobster Bisque and it had only a hint of lobster flavor. I think that there was a piece of lobster in the bisque - it really did not taste like anything. My main course was skate over risotto. An unimaginative presentation was joined with a tasteless combination and resulted in a mediocre dish. Having experienced two bland courses, I elected not to risk dessert. In all, an unsuccessful evening."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This restaurant was MUCH too loud and the tables were so close together we may as well have been sharing with the tables next to ours. Our server was pleasant but there were long gaps in service. These annoyances might have been overlooked if the food had been worth it, but it definitely was NOT!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014