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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Thank you for making your Valentines Day reservation with us. We are asking for a credit card to put on file to hold your reservation. You are welcome to cancel within 48 hours, in the event that you do not dine with us a $40 per person charge will be applied. Please contact us with any questions.

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Max Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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 (88)
Business Meals (79)
Good for a Date (70)
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Good for Anniversaries (54)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Pre/post Theatre (50)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Bar Seating (43)
Romantic (42)
Hot Spot (40)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Vibrant Bar Scene (38)
Good for Groups (35)
Notable Wine List (34)
Great for Lunch (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Happy Hour (27)
People Watching (27)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Fun (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Local Ingredients (18)
Authentic (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Casual (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Healthy (13)
Cozy (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Seasonal (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (5)
Vegan (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great Beer (3)
Live Sports (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, company and service

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food and service was excellent. Waiter was attentive without be overbearing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and the server was outstanding. My biggest issue with our reservation was they tried to sit us at the table right by the door, hostess stand and bar. That is a terrible table. Loud from the bar and drafty by the door. We refused the table and they gave us a different one which was quiet for my 87 yr old mother

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We wanted to try the newly renovated restaurant and were happy with the new décor. It’s a solid restaurant, the food is consistently good yet there were things that struck me as odd. The place felt more crowded physically so the noise level was higher than I remembered. We were seated in an aisle section and initially my husband was continually knocked by the chair behind him so we pulled the table closer to the bench. We sat very close to the diners next to us with only about six to eight inches separating the table. Hardly intimate. The food was good - as usual the raw shellfish was wonderful and so fresh. But I wanted something simple for dinner and ordered from that section of the menu. I ordered the scallops but only got one side with that. If I wanted two, I would have been asked to pay extra for that. My dinner consisted of three sea scallops and mashed potatoes. That seemed incredibly skimpy to me. My husband ordered the pork and that came with two vegetables. Again – the food is good but for the price we ended up paying I cannot honestly say I’d recommend the place. I would say it will no longer be one of my first choices. We dine in Hartford regularly because we attend the stage and the Bushnell. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

If you are asking for a special occasion (anniversary) than you setting an expectation that we will be receiving a complimentary glass of wine or dessert. Unfortunately, nothing.
Disappointing.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We decided to go to Max Downtown at the last minute and had an amazing meal. We will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Excellent meal and ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A 35 minute wait for a reservation, one main course food order never came and had to be reordered, we were 40 minutes late for a new years concert ( told maitre de of our plans) as a result. No comp, no apology, the only thing good about the experience was our waiter. If there is a reply from management that states " we strive to please our
guests in every way" or some other PR fluff, you should have recognized this last night while we were at your facility. Life is about creating memories, so I created some joy for my wife and myself despite the "customer service" we received .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

NYE with friends. Great meal. Attentive service. Excellent experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was outstanding. From the moment we walked in, we were treated with respect and kindness. Sincere effort to meet every need.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The best restaurant in Hartford. Period. Desserts could be a little better.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service: Very timely and attentive.
Food quality,choices and flavor: Excellent.
Only complaint: we were seated in a window cove on a very cold day and was constantly chilly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have come to Max’s Hartford many times. Whether it be alone, with friends or a nice dinner with family, we always have a great time.
The food is fantastic, And the service is top notch. Thomas is absolutely amazing, friendly, engaging & professional. Whenever we make reservations, we request That Thomas be our server and know that it will be another great night at Max’s. The restaurant is amazing,, warm & friendly... but Thomas (and the wine of course), keep us coming back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I took my husband for a birthday dinner. Our reservation was ready when we arrived a bit early, but they happily held our table while we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink at the bar. The staff was all very friendly, the raw bar and our steaks were delicious. We love Max restaurants, and will come back to Downtown.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service. Did not like scotch wall. Looks great but went low shelf due to delay

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Outstanding and always a great meal!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Disappointing. Food over seasoned and over sauced.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I have a long tradition of having Christmas Eve dinner at Max Downtown. This was our first visit since their interior renovation and we were very pleased that the interior was still comfortable and elegant. (The only thing I'd mention is that we all thought the new chairs, while comfortable) seemed low to all of us.) Service, as always, was prompt and courteous and the menu items and specials were all interesting and flavorful. We hope to be able to continue our tradition for many years to come.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As usual an excellent Christmas Eve dinner

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful experience
Only negative was hostess
Slight attitude tried to make up for it in end she been there a while overall favorite place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a great dinner with a great service! Everything was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food as always. Waiter was A+. I love how you add great specials to your meals. The new upgrades you made were well done.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had an amazing dinner, as always. Great food and impeccable service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Everyone's selections was delicious!! The bread and butter was a nice touch. The Shrimp were gigantic!! Very flavorful food. One of us didn't get our side dish but they more than made up for it by offering everyone a dessert!! They were incredible!! Thanks for a memorable lunch!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent service. High quality ingredients, thoughtfully prepared. Tastefully updated and renovated restaurant. Widely varying menu.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Staff is always professional. New atmosphere is great. Meal was fabulous. Went back again the next day. Can never go wrong with any of the Max restaurants.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very accommodating and our waiter Bruce was very professional and warm.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food was disappointing. Very sweet Asian flavors.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always simply superb. The jewel in the Max Restaurant group's crown. Just a wonderful fine dining experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The remodel is tasteful. Seemingly no changes to the layout, but it’s updated and has new decor. The wine loft is now visible from the dining room and looks very cool. In general however, the changes don’t seem to warrant the amount of time this restaurant closed the doors for remodeling. Or it’s hard to tell.

We had the tasting, which was wonderful and the service was spot on as always. We did have trouble finding a reasonably priced wine, so went to our go-to Max Cuvée. A lack of full bodied red selection on the menu under $100 was nonetheless disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our first visit since the renovation and we were not disappointed. The new format (as a chophouse) resulted in a complicated menu. Essentially, we were overwhelmed by the options! This is actually a good thing although it made it hard to choose. One of us had the basic seafood option and the other had the basic steakhouse option. Both were wonderful - precisely cooked and seasoned. We had a great table near what's kind of an "open kitchen" for the pastry chef. Quite entertaining!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Fantastic service..yummy buffalo cauliflower...great setting for our team holiday gathering!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

As always, one of the best meals in Hartford. The French dip in particularly was so so good.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great experience although the first table on the left was not ideal. Worked for a business meal though.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Marvelous Max Downtown!!! The renovations are spectacular. The food is fantastic. The service is sensational! Max Downtown has the best reputation and it t is well deserved! It is THE restaurant against which all other fine dining restaurants in the greater metro area are judged! If you haven’t yet experienced dining here... do it as soon as you can. Happy Holidays!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The Max group seems to always have just the right formula. Their newly renovated downtown Hartford space is beautiful. The service is friendly and the servers are knowledgeable. Our lamb merguaze (sp) appetizer was very good. We tried the short rib, sirloin, salmon & shrimp entrees. All were flavorful, cooked well and nicely presented. It's worth the price for your "big city" experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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 on December 7, 2017

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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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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