We have dined at this restaurant several times and it is always great! The service is very good. The food is delicious and fresh. Always prepared and cooked perfectly. Our waitress, Phyllis, was attentive and on top of it since the moment we sat down. We ordered a few courses and she timed everything out perfectly. Not rushed and not too long either.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Service
Could not have better food and service. Sea food gem.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The bluepoint oysters were
The bluepoint oysters were absolutely delicious. The lobster could not have been any fresher. Wonderful
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about our dining experience was wonderful. The food and service was fabulous and we would highly recommend.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing but AWESOME! Best and freshest seafood ever! Friendly and efficient wait staff! Great experience!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Server Matthew went out if
Server Matthew went out if his way to make my dinning experience as enjoyable as possible. Food was extra ordinary great rating.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
wonderful night out!
It was incredible. Hostess very nice, our waiter, I wish I remembered his name was terrific. It was our 25th anniversary and he brought us key lime with a candle! We were also lucky to dine with our special uncle and or 22 year old daughter. We had a wonderful night!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our go-to for family events
Nothing bad to say. Our family favorite for all special occaisons and happy hoor. Great food, service and atmosphere. Very consistent. A gem
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still great, but with a stumble
Service was great, as always. Most of dinner, including drinks and desert, great, too. Only disappointment was my main course. (Bass with hash of vegetables and blue crab.) The hash was essentially chopped home fried potatoes and onions. No sign of other veggies or blue crab. Didn't complain because there to visit with an old friend, and visit more important than the food. Would absolutely return. One stumble does now a bad review make.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I asked for a quiet table
I asked for a quiet table for lunch. I got it with no problem and the two of us had a nice dinner and good conversations in a lively place .
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our third visit to Max's, and as always we had a wonderful meal and great service!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'll Be Back
Definitly worth a return trip. So many choices and each one looks yummier than the other. This time we came for dinner. Our next visit will be for lunch after visiting the Mark Twain House. Then, after lunch, a stroll down Farmington Ave. What a great location!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thursday Night at Max Oyster
Great food, service, ambiance in a lively area - highly recommend
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for date night.
Great place for date night. Great drink selection, great ambiance, great food, and very professional staff.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best filet and best salmon
Best filet and best salmon I've ever had! I have no problem driving 45+ minutes since its the only place I will order salmon. No where else compares
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sgt. Steven DeLuzio Gift Card
Thank you for supporting the Sgt. Steven DeLuzio Memorial Golf Tournament. I won the raffle prize containing the Max's $100 gift card. It was the first time than my wife and I have been to Max's Oyster. The place was rock'in, excellent food, drink and very energetic atmosphere. We live in Manchester and it was nice to get out to West Hartford and see how lively the night life is. Thanks again!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always our meal at Max’s
As always our meal at Max’s Oyster Bar was excellent. We are seafood lovers, and Max’s offers the best seafood in the Hartford area. I had the halibut special which was cooked perfectly. When I’m in the area at lunchtime, I also enjoy their lunchtime offerings especially the market catch with vegetables. The only drawback of this restaurant is the noise level, especially at the height of the dinner service. So, no, it's not a quiet romantic location, but a spirited energetic place to dine.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
we had a short notice party of 8 -- food was fabulous! waiter was just right -- and they surprised me with a candle in my dessert for my birthday
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
West Hartford center has a great vibe on Fri and Sat night's, largely due to anchor restaurants like Max's that consistently offer good food and atmosphere. If you want a nice cocktail and dinner entree, you can't go wrong - year after year Mac lives up to it's legacy.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A taste treat!
Beautifully fresh organic salad greens with a subtle, light dressing; delicious lihguine with clams; wonderful, chewy bread with a touch of cheese in the crust. Bravo! Far superior to Max Fish.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our first time here and we will definitely return!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall service was very good
we had not been to Max's Oyster in several years and we were very pleased with the menu selection, the service, the ease in parking and the variety of food selections. Saturday nights has become a difficult night to find parking in suburban Hartford but this was not difficult at all. Unlike Max's Fish they offer a change in menu and much more variety. Our server was excellent and very attentive particularly to my food allergies. The only down side is the noise level from the bar area. We will return.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday of Labor Day wknd so
Sunday of Labor Day wknd so not completely full so naturally noise level was low and cannot comment on it being loud, but high ceilings would suggest it cannot be too bad. Food delicious and service perfect. Lovely dinner and ambiance.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dinner off the Taste
Wonderful dinner off the Taste of Suburbs menu. VERY generous portions. Excellent waiter with good suggestions and never intrusive but always there when needed. One of the best in West Hartford center, never disappoints.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food.. not so great service
the food at max's oyster bar is amazing.. went during restaurant week and it was so worth it - loved that they did 3 food-food items and not a 3rd choice as desert. however, the service was VERY slow.. we were there for almost 2 hours and barely were able to get sodas let alone cocktails. we were on the "patio" (small but nice) which may have made a difference. super busy on a saturday nigh at 8pm, as you would expect.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although Max's has been joined by many good restaurants over the past few years it remains a standout in West Hartford. You are almost guaranteed a good meal. There has been some slippage on service (no one pointed out which oysters I was served, the wrong tuna dish was served and the server failed to bring one dessert). The pan cooked lobster was not as good (sauce has changed and the new one is too sweet or tomato-y or something) but the rest of the food was very good. The noise level was always bad and hasn't improved but a lot of diners seem to like all that energy. In the past this would have been 5 stars from me; I hope it will get back up there because the food and service have always been excellent. Could have been an off night..
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went a little later in the evening and was seated at a booth. Great view of the restaurant and everything going on. Made raw bar selections, which took a little long to come out. Specials were explained and presented very nicely. Wife enjoyed a baked stuffed lobster, while I had the swordfish special. Desserts were great...we sampled the apple fritters and the key lime pie...but the creme brûlée. Slightly pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, location, and service. Will definitely go again and recommend to a friend.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very enjoyable. Vickie was
Very enjoyable. Vickie was our waitress. Friendly, well knowledgeable of menu. Amy the manager introduced herself. Food was wonderful. Watch out for those chocolate zeppelos. :)
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took our niece there for the second time and loved the menu, drinks, all aspects of dining there...just perfect, always and in all ways.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hubby and I returned for a complete dining experience. We're from out of state, in town to mind our nephew. The last time we set out to dine at Max's, we were called away and had to have our entrees boxed to go. We had been seated outside, a nice option in good weather from the noisy restaurant. That is the only criticism I can make, however. The interior is trendy and vibrant. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. My shrimp were colossal, as billed; Hubby's baked oysters were very good. His sirloin entree "melted in his mouth, like butter." My bacon infused scallops were delicious. We found room for dessert and went with a seasonal specialty, the apple fritters. A wise choice! Yum! Don't listen to the bad reviews. Great meal.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dependable Date Night
A great place for a weeknight date night. I like the choices of fish and raw bar on the menu. Staff is knowledgeable and attentive. Food is well seasoned and cooked to order. The place can be loud, but luckily we were tucked way in the back (a little too close to the kitchen and staff) so it was a bit quieter.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, ambience and service
Max's Oyster Bar never disappoints. The ambience, service and food are a great combination. A must stop if you're in West Hartford, CT.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but not great on this night
I have to say I was disappointed. We sat outside and there was only one waiter covering the section (he eventually got some help). We waited 45 minutes between his initial greeting and when he came back to take our order!! (At the table behind us, the gentleman went to the bar to get his own glasses of wine and when the waiter finally delivered the wine he ordered he explained that he didn't want to wait any longer!!) We both ordered the scallops. The scallops were tough and chewy and the risotto had a different meat (it seemed) in it that imparted a flavor that it hadn't had before and we didn't care for. Hoping that was just a one night substitution! Overall it was a good, not outstanding experience. Hoping this was just an aberration!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having post golf dinner with
Having post golf dinner with college buddies. Food was great and service on the spot!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, mediocre service!
Food was great, but the service was disappointing. Slow water service, lack of attention, and a long wait for the food was part of our experience.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Parents Weekend Treasure
My wife and I took our daughter, University of Hartford freshmen, and son out for a special dinner on parents weekend. The food was delicious, especially the clam chowder, swordfish and lobster special. What a treat, the kids loved it!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was attentive as we awaited our 3rd party to join us - server was very patient waiting for us to begin ordering - finally ordered wine while awaiting the other party. party arrived and server was right there to get her drink order as well.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
All in all the meal was great
All in all the meal was great but I ordered cake and coffee I got the cake but not the coffee. I waited and waited and never did get the coffee.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great scrumptious food….love the fig sorbet and flounder with panko….food was very presented and good service. A great time was had by all.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
We celebrated my birthday
We celebrated my birthday dinner at Max's Oyster Bar. The waiter was wonderful, he was informative, made recommendations when asked and did not rush us one bit. In fact, I wanted shrimp and he suggested baked stuffed shrimp (not on the menu) and it was fabulous. It was not your old version of this dish, instead it was lightly prepared with just the right amount of crabmeat stuffing. Absolutely delicious.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a great time
We arrived about 20 minutes early to have a drinks at the bar before our reservation. The drinks were a little weak, so it was a little disappointing. After 3 Crown & Gingers and not even a buzz, you can say the drinks were on the weaker side. Upon sitting down, the server knocked over one of our drinks accidentally and it was immediately replaced. The fried calamari is awesome, one of the best I've had. The carrot sticks served before dinner were strangely addictive. Our steaks were perfectly cooked. We both ordered the NY strip, but for some reason it looked like the filet mignon. We didn't complain as it was so delicious. Only complaint is that the food came literally 5 mins after the we received the calamari. Can't wait to go back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We moved from West Hartford before this and other restaurants converted the Center to a great dining destination,. Had eaten at Max on Main and knew this would be a good place to meet friends on a road trip. Did not disappoint. The service was fabulous and the food delicious -- perfectly prepared and nicely plated. We had a 4pm reservation on a Sunday afternoon, which was really great, since when we left hours later the place was packed! Special touches for my birthday, too. Nicely done!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service was way beyond my expectations. Will be returning in the very near future!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special night out
To start we were running about 15 min late for our reservation, and called ahead to let them know the situation and they assured me my table will be waiting. The food and service was excellent, and our waiter made sure we were on time for our show
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A frequent place to go
Stop there whenever in West Hartford, always a favorite
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, service, ambience, were all fantastic. My wife is a very picky eater when it comes to filet mignon and she absolutely loved the taste and it was cooked to the perfect temperature the 1st time, so thank you for a wonderful evening. The pan-cooked lobster was flavorful and delicious.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pristinely fresh oysters on the half-shell; exquisite lobster bisque; those wonderful horseradish-y carrots; black kale salad - all superb!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time at Max's Oyster Bar and I will definitely return. The seafood was excellent, from the raw bar to our main entrees. Great cocktail and beer list and a very long wine list as well. Our waiter was attentive, but not too much -- it was just right.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, wonderful! After
As always, wonderful! After all, it is a Max Restaurant. :)
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM