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About Max Downtown

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.”

City Place, 185 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Trumbull Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 522-2530

Website:
http://maxdowntown.com/

Parking Details:
Valet during dinner, parking in City Place Garage free after 5pm.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Sheehan

Private Party Facilities:
Two rooms, one can accommodate 48 and the second, 26.

Private Party Contact:
Steve Abrams: (860) 522-2530

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Max Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (66)
Business Meals (58)
Good for a Date (53)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Bar Seating (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Hot Spot (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Romantic (28)
Good for Groups (24)
Worth the Drive (21)
People Watching (20)
Fun (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Healthy (12)
Authentic (11)
Casual (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Seasonal (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Cozy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Vegan (4)
Great Beer (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was Great!!! Very friendly staff and knowledgeable. Nice ambience.
2 dinners were excellent, two were not...
They try to do too much. Great cuts of beef, but sauces and marinades alter the natural taste. No need. Everyone loves a good steak or prime rib. Pastrami and prime rib combo?
Baked Alaska not baked! Shouldn’t offer if need to take shortcuts. Very pricey. All in all... it was a fun evening but probably won’t be back or recommend... maybe just for drinks.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We go to this rest restaurant about 3 to 4 times a year and normally her quite pleased. However on December 7 the place was overcrowded and the service And he wait staff overstretched. Our waitress came up and apologized for the lack of attention at least three times. When our wine order was finally delivered we had already eaten our appetizers salads. It was also was two years younger than the vintage I had ordered which happens in many restaurants. It took at least another 10 minutes for a replacement bottle to be delivered.However after the first pour no one bothered to comeback to refill our glasses. Bottom line we felt ignored.Not good for a restaurant the charges this kind of money.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined 5 days ago

I m from Napa,California and when back east for my business, Max s is the best. A halfway point for me to meet with business partners from Boston when in NYC. I have had this lunch meeting at least half a dozen times over the past few years and never been disappointed. The atmosphere is perfect for this type of meeting, the food awesome, and the service wonderful! Thank you all at Max s 👍😀

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Food is outstanding. Wine list is eye-poppingly-highly priced. Holiday crowd of business group was distractingly loud and were seated where most of the main room had to listen.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We were seated 45 mins after our reservation time on a Tuesday.

Not worth it.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Max Downtown is always a good choice regardless of the occasion. Great service, great food, and the renovations are fresh and new.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Vegan, Great Beer, People Watching, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday. With two kids :) 7 and 4. Kids menu was appropriate and they accommodated us. I would go back again and again.

Kate

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The redesigned Max Downtown is absolutely stunning. The food and service keep up with the decor. The bar has an incredible selection of wines and (my choice) single malts. Although the restaurant was mobbed after a UConn game, we were seated even before our scheduled time, and the noise levels were quite reasonable for conversation.

The service, both in the bar and at our table, was exceptional. We never wanted for anything.

The food was beautifully served and delicious. Our party had ahi tuna, steak, scallops and chicken. All were excellent. The waiter talked us into a plate of cookies for dessert and we were very glad he did.

We will definitely be back often.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was great, but I had put on the reservation that it was for a birthday (my 60th) and no one asked about it, so nothing special was done. In the past "Happy Birthday" was written in chocolate on the plate of my dessert, so I was a little bit disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Love the buffalo cauliflower and the veggie burger!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food is excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

A go to place by many who live in the Hartford area!
Always great.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Meal was ok, new waiter but good ambiance

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fantastic service and food was wonderful. Two of my kids birthdays this and last week and they chose max downtown. The new renovations look great and we really enjoyed the new menu. Thank you and a job well done.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Newly remodeled. Hartford’s answer to NYC cosmopolitan dining. Well trained staff provides attentive service, food presentation is creative and quality is consistent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent all the way around. Service was great. Staff was very attentive

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was fine, but not worth the price. I just thought the crab cocktail did not warrant $17.00 and the ribeye was not flavorful enough to cost me $49.00. I did think the servers and the ambiance were the restaurant's strong suit, but when you're rating a restaurant is that can make up for food that is just ok?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Overall very good, again. Scallops and Filet were great. Seafood chowder excellent. Crab cocktail appetizer not so much. Would not recommend. Service was very good as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent venue and new design. Wonderful place for dinner with family and business associates.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We came to Max Downtown for the first time on Saturday. Everything was going well...we had a phenomenal server, Melinda, who was really great at making suggestions and answering all of our questions. We had a bit of a problem when our steak came out and it was clearly (by look and taste) burnt/charred on the outside. I’m usually not one to complain about meals (I worked in the food/service industry for years!!) but it was actually inedible. Melinda came over and took care of everything and our second steak was done to perfection. This could have gone in a different direction, but Max Downtown took care of the problem immediately and gracefully! We would absolutely come back for another meal and definitely request to be seated in Melinda’s section!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great dining experience, lovely atmosphere and good customer service oriented ethical staff. We (me and my date) were very impressed with the high level of service and the concurrent and immediate response to correct any hint of dissatisfaction. Max Downtown in my book will continue for a very long time to remain best of Hartford.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great locally grown foods that make for very fresh and unique dishes.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Fun, Bar Seating, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is Amazing! One of the best steaks i have ever had and the staff are super friendly! Great place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, drinks and overall restaurant. Abel was a very good waiter and recommended several dishes that were delicious.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server Ryan was attentive and well versed on the menu. A wonderful evening.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

They forgot our appetizers. The manager apologized. Then they forgot our side dishes with our main. The manager apologized and promised they would be out in two minutes. They never arrived. The manager apologized and offered free cookies and made a big deal of not charging us for the items we never got. He should have complemented the whole meal since they forgot three out of six items ordered. $170 for a poor meal. I have eaten here numerous times and the service just keeps getting worse. I have recommended it several times to friends. I won't anymore. I waited 15 minutes for the valet to get my car while we stood at the curb freezing. I should have parked it myself. He kept apologizing but I still waited longer than anyone coming out after me. Totally disappointed!!!! Ruined a special night for our family. I come from Vancouver eight times a year and always eat here at least twice per trip. I think it's time to find a new place since my patronage is not valued.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Steak was charred. Replacement was overdone. Asparagus was bland Food should come with sides

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Waiter was terrible. It took 45 minutes to get appetizer. Too many options to do that again. Sommelier was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great restaurant all around.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very attentive service and great atmosphere. Food was cooked and presented very nicely.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Dinner was great. Only complaint is that restaurant is so popular, had dinner reservations for 7:30, did not get seated until 8:30. Not Max fault, customers staying longer than planned. Max provided very delicious pasta dish on the house for the wait. Place looks good since the renovation and will visit again in the future

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Knowing that a dinner for two will end up costing at least $200, I would still go and say it is worth it. This is one on a very short list of restaurants in the area that can happily get me to pay that price. Great food and service, though the city of Hartford struggles to match the class of Max Downtown. That being said, steak, seafood you name it 5 stars

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, People Watching, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a great time celebrating my birthday with my husband! Our food was great and our server was amazing!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 2, 2017

It was my wife birthday and we were told this was the best place in town. We checked the reviews and the menu and decided to give it a shot. We could not have been more disappointed

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was very Tasty. The staff was very gluten conscience which was great. It was a great night out for a birthday. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Beautiful new decor. Impeccable service and great food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My 15-year old niece and I were here for an early dinner. Our server Ryan was awesome, so nice, very accommodating, explained everything. My niece has allergies and he went over the ingredients to make sure none of them would affect her.
The food was great. I had seasonal specials of Sweet Potato soup and a great pork chop with a very tasty celery root puree. My niece had a burger which she loved and a huge Caesar salad which she kept saying was so good. Then we had some awesome desserts. I had an apple Crostada with cinnamon ice cream, YUM. My niece had baked Alaska since she had never tried it before and she kept commenting on each bite how good it was.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Filet Oscar was the most amazing thing i've ever had. Would eat there again.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We really enjoyed the overall experience, food was superb and the service was spot on. The only criticism would be to slow down the time between courses, this is an experience to savor not to be rushed

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Max Downtown recently renovated their restaurant, creating a more subdued atmosphere. While well known for its steaks, we appreciate the variety of dining offerings, which include some excellent fish and seafood items. My wife enjoyed the salmon, and I had the fluke, which was a special for the day. Both were outstanding. Our server was enthusiastic and helpful, making sure we didn't have to rush at the end to make it to the theatre on time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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