Max Downtown

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3191 reviews
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If ever there were a showplace for dining in Hartford, it is Max Downtown.

Situated as the centerpiece of Hartford’s downtown business center, it has been guided to preeminence by owners Richard Rosenthal and Steve Abrams.

Providing outstanding dining, service and atmosphere, Max Downtown offers a trend-setting atmosphere for more than 300 patrons daily. It has earned a 25 or “excellent” from Zagat’s Survey, a “Best New Restaurant” from Connecticut Magazine, more than six Reader’s Choice awards from Connecticut Magazine and 4-stars from The Hartford Courant’s Northeast Magazine.

Internationally inspired dishes and other regional and traditional fare create a menu unlike any other in Connecticut. “It’s more than a Classic Chop House,” says Rosenthal. "We create dishes for people with a passion for dining.”
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MZ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! Our server was very professional — he recognized when we were conducting business and left us alone. And the vegetarian burger salad — his recommendation — was fantastic.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, excellent service and a great meal.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Max Downtown did not disappoint. Perfect table location, perfect meal and the service was superb. And valet was efficient and expeditious.

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J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good and fantastic service.... can’t wait to come back for another enjoyable evening.😃😃😃

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KB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to be re-seated because the table next to us had a woman with intense perfume. We were taken care of immediately, had a wonderful table and a terrific and attentive server, Natasha. The food was a prix fix menu for Taste of Hartford and the meal was generous and delicious. We'd be happy to return!

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GB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Max handled anniversary dinner experience well considering we unexpectedly (last minute) learned would be joined late by children and grandchildren, so focus changed and staff rolled w/ it pretty seamlessly.

All staff at Max's Downtown (more than their other restaurants) make it a point of being welcoming when arriving.

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OF
Miami
144 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently outstanding. I look forward to my trips to Hartford so I can add this to my agenda. Scott is the best bartender in the Northeast always remembering my drinks and making us feel at home. That type of hospitality is priceless. The prime rib and rib eye are outstanding. This is one of my favorites for sure.

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RC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this fine restaurant- excellent in every way - a real treat for a special occasion

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KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husband’s birthday and the food was amazing. The staff was exceptional. We now have a new favorite restaurant

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous anniversary dinner!! Steak was divine!!

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service impeccable.. the food to die for .. seriously a 10 !! We went for my son’s 18th birthday celebration dinner. They recognized the occasion by a card and happy birthday desert. The menu included delicious vegan fair.
We cannot say enough of how much we truly enjoyed our outstanding dinning experience ♥️💞

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A great place for food, drinks and ambiance. Seating can be a little tight in some areas. An earlier reservation (5 - 6pm) seems to get you seated at a table with more space.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always been an amazing experience everytime I've gone.

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s
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max never disappoints. We had a reservation for two for 5:30. There was no one in the dining area when we arrived, since it was so early. First, we were seated against a dark back wall near the kitchen at a small table. I asked if we could move to a brighter area and they obliged and put us right in the front window. I hate it when restaurants seat "two tops" in the bad spots, but usually if you ask they move you and they did. Anyway, things were perfect from there. We had the buffalo mozzarella appetizer, which was plenty for two. My husband had the prime rib, which was stellar. I had the swordfish special, which was also stellar. Perfectly browned and moist and flaky. It was on a bright risotto with lots of green vegetables. Normally risotto is heavy, but not this. We ended with the BEST signature dessert of baked Alaska. It was a great night out. And we saw a local News celebrity while we were there.

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D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us finished every morsel on each of our plates - appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert. The food was outstanding, the staff was friendly, competent and helpful. They went out of their way to accommodate one of us with dietary restrictions. I can't say enough about how good our dining experience was last night. The prices are a bit high, but you get what you pay for and it was definitely worth it to us.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and service was amazing.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! I was happy they had clean options grass fed beef (grain finished), pasture raised pork and organic salmon. I have multiple food allergies which makes it stressful to go out but the staff took great care of me. I would absolutely recommend!

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JM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Service, everything was perfect, I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick is the best!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in CT. Period.

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RC
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, awesome selections of wine, and delicious menu choices
Matt did a very professional job serving our table and guests

Max Downtown
Responded on June 26, 2019

Hi Ruben, Wow, thank you for the 5 starts and wonderful comments. I am so glad you felt well-taken-care-of. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Matt, who I am sure like me, will be very pleased. Thank you again. Bests wishes, Steven Abrams Max Downtown 860-522-2530 sabrams@maxdowntowncom

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TD
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great experience overall. Chris, our partner in the food experience (read, waiter), was informative, insightful and made the dinner a complete success. The wine was delicious and the price points, while high, were worth it. The food was a complete success. Our friends from out of town want to come back...that should say it all!

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food is delicious and the service is excellent, we have no complaints. It is quiet enough to have a conversation with your dining companions. The house wine is quite nice. Everything was perfect.

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TC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

May have been the best meal I've ever had.
The service...the attention to detail by the staff was outstanding.
Cant wait to return!

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WH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. Great ambiance, too -- lively but not too loud.

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MT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks, service and atmosphere accompanied by the best bottle of Pinot noir I’ve enjoyed “Sea Smoke Ten “ Buon Appetito !!

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous dinner before catching a show at the Bushnell. The food was prepared beautifully and our waiter was extremely friendly and attentive. Overall it was truly a lovely experience and would absolutely dine there again. A refreshing change from ho hum restaurants!

Max Downtown
Responded on June 26, 2019

Hi Jill, Thank you so much for the nice review. Wow you are very kind. Best, Steve Abrams 860-522-2530 sabrams@maxdowntowncom

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LL
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and the food was outstanding.

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f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding meal, from start to finish. The staff was attentive in every way. This is nowhere better suited in Greater Hartford to celebrate any occasion than Max Downtown.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Unbelievably fantastic service and great food!! I brought my 6 year old for their birthday. They had a birthday card waiting for us. It absolutely made my kids day.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were friendly and professional. The food was excellent. I had a great time celebrating my anniversary at Max.

Max Downtown
Responded on June 26, 2019

HI, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we really appreciate it. I am so glad you felt well-taken-care-of during your anniversary celebration. Please say hello the next time in, we would love to say "thank you" in person. Best, Steven Abrams sabrams@maxdowntowncom 860-522-2530

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PK
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in downtown Hartford. Great food and drinks, and great service.

Max Downtown
Responded on June 26, 2019

HI Panka, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we really appreciate it. Please say hello the next time in, we would love to say "thank you" in person. Best, Steven Abrams sabrams@maxdowntowncom 860-522-2530

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AK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect

Max Downtown
Responded on June 14, 2019

HI Andrea, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we really appreciate it. Please say hello the next time in, we would love to say "thank you" in person. Best, Steven Abrams sabrams@maxdowntowncom 860-522-2530

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CN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding but what took the whole experience over the top was out waiter, Chris. He described the food amazingly, he was funny and attentive, and made our dining experience exceptional.

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RW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue, great bourbon selection, outstanding food, impeccable service.

Max Downtown
Responded on June 14, 2019

HI Robert, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and kind words. We are so happy to hear you liked our bourbon AND felt well-taken-care-of. We'll take the word impeccable anytime!! Much appreciated! Please say hello the next time in, we would love to say "thank you" in person. Best, Steven Abrams sabrams@maxdowntowncom 860-522-2530

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The house made veggie burger salad was delicious! And our server was great. Thanks!

Max Downtown
Responded on June 14, 2019

HI, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we really appreciate it. Please say hello the next time in, we would love to say "thank you" in person. Best, Steven Abrams sabrams@maxdowntowncom 860-522-2530

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MK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max Downtown - one of my very favorite restaurants!!!

Max Downtown
Responded on June 14, 2019

HI, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, and how nice of you to write that we are one of your favorites! We really appreciate that. Please say hello the next time in, we would love to say "thank you" in person. Best, Steven Abrams sabrams@maxdowntowncom 860-522-2530

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WJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff and chef. A dependably great meal.

Max Downtown
Responded on June 7, 2019

HI William, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, and the kind words, our staff was excited to read your review. We really appreciate it. Please say hello the next time in, we would love to say "thank you" in person. Best, Steven Abrams sabrams@maxdowntowncom 860-522-2530

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P
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place for a business lunch, service was very good, and the food was great. Their Cobb Salad is something I always order there.

Max Downtown
Responded on June 7, 2019

Hi Pacojoe, Thank you very much for the kind words and 4 stars. We are so happy to hear that you enjoy our Cobb Salad so much, great to hear! Thank you for writing. Please say hello your next time in, we are striving for 5 stars, and want to say "thank you" in person. Best, Steven Abrams 860-522-2530 sabrams@maxdowntowncom

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