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Max's Bistro & Bar

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$30 and under
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Bistro
Max’s is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the Central Valley. Our rustic California Cuisine and Gallery setting features local artist Tomas Panzarino. Max’s has welcomed Fresno visitors and our local neighbors for over 10 years. We are dedicated to using fresh local produce along with our house made artisan breads to insure a quality and healthy dining experience. The same quality and freshness is found in all the cocktails from our bar. Premium liquors, hand squeezed juices and muddled berries create our exceptional and award winning martini’s. We look forward to your visit!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1038 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent!

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Penngrove
San Joaquin
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After some initial confusion as to whether they had my reservation (that I booked through Open Table), we were seated promptly in the outdoor area. The service was attentive, but not as polished as I would have expected from an upscale place. The food was very good. A little on the spicy side, but that was expected. I did ask for salt because I thought the short ribs needed a little more. They brought a small dish and spoon for me. The wine/bar prices were a little on the high side. The cocktail I had was well made. The list of wines by the glass was very short - about one option for each variety. I've eaten here before and this visit was consistent with prior visits.

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ajpk
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - GO!
They are following all of the safe protocols!

DD
vipDrDine
San Joaquin
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Consistently great dishes (don't ever forego the halibut preparations!) and some of the best cocktails, Max's is a great place to meet friends, host business dinners, or have a date night experience. The service is excellent and the staff is warm and attentive. The Trio of Fries is their signature appetizer and I personally recommend the Max's Mule cocktail. They also have an excellent wine list and great by the glass selections. This restaurant should be on everybody's "don't miss" list.

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MichaelB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dinner in middle of COVID-19 25% restriction capacity. Food was good.....indoor dinning. Way better than the alternative (restaurants closed).

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, attentive service and delicious specialty options.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Birthday Dinner with Family and friends, they did an Amazing job with quality and presentation of food

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Debi
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Our waitress was rude. When we asked where our dessert was she said “I didn’t know you were on a time frame”. That was so out of line. She said the pie takes 12 minutes to bake. We waited 30. She should have had the pie start baking when we were almost finished with lunch.

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DenaN
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The petite filet and Brussels sprouts with bacon are amazing! I will be coming back for this meal.

JM
vipJefferyM
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I got the shrimp and grits and it had no flavor whatsoever and the grits tasted like chalk. I was very disappointed

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LindaB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was impeccable,well flavored French Dip meat with awesome roll, friend had a huge hamburger he said it was awesome, service was great ..

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JeffS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and drinks were very good and the service was excellent. Of course at this time its outside seating but it was well laid out. Its prices are on the high end but you get great food and service so in my opinion it was well worth it and I will be going back. Jeff.

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nancym
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our dining experience at Max’s. Their food is always exceptional! They seems slightly understaffed as the service was not as prompt. Our drinks seemed to be taking longer than usual. The filet was exceptional, as always. Otherwise, the whole experience was a nice break from eating at home!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

LT
vipLaTribu5
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was awesome
We were their last table and they didn't mind our late hour reservation

Great food
A must try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
76 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OG
OldGuysRule
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Maxs for dinner. Megan was an outstanding server and everyone is friendly and ambiance is nice. The Maxs burger is a favorite and the special which was pasta was excellent. Would always recommend Maxs for a great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Jordan is exceptional as always!

MC
vipMikeC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time. Food was excellent, service couldn’t have been better and they have done things to make you feel safe during the pandemic. Can’t wait for our next visit!

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PhillipD
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Very good food and the service could have been a little faster for the amount of people they had and the reduced capacity.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in town - bar none.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine is always delicious. I have never had a bad dining experience.

BW
vipBobW
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to get back there and dine. New items on lunch menu well worth trying. Great social distancing with their tables, and as expected the service still at the same high standard.

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GeniaQ
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Food and service are great!

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vipGreggP
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place. Great food. Best drinks in town. Fantastic service.

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Gouri
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was spectacular and so was the ambience. The vegetarian option could have been better but the steak was perfectly cooked.

MR
MichaelR
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maxs is set up perfectly for the Covid dining Experience. We were more than 6 feet from other patrons which kept the noise level quiet. All staff had on their protective gear. Our waitress Ezzy was fabulous!! And the food and wine was outstanding. It was great to dine in a restaurant again- I’m glad we chose Max’s

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vipMortangel
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous after COVID-19 lockdowns. Get out there and enjoy people!

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vipLoveToDish
San Joaquin
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max always delivers an amazing meal! And the service is top-notch. Love the wine list too.

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vipScott
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner at Max's!! While other restaurants are not attempting to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, Max's is doing it right. No crowded bar, and the tables were spaced accordingly.

Top it off with a fine meal, and it was a great experience!

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MaryA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first dinner out post-lockdown and we had a wonderful time! Our server Megan was super friendly and attentive. The food was delish as always.

PD
PriscillaD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I really appreciated the restaurant’s adherence to anti-Covid19 practices: social distancing, keeping everything clean/sanitized, and providing a hand sanitizer on every table. We felt safe eating at Max’s Bistro and will go back.

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad they are back serving lunch and dinner. We had a great time celebrating our son's high school graduation there. The food and service were great!

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Rose
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good here even though it is very pricey

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Breaded Calamari steak on the hard side!!

CJ
CJ2020
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max's never disappoints - wonderful atmosphere, great service, and always delicious food! One of my top five places to take friends for a special evening and delicious meal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Sat in the patio. Loud.

AC
AnthonyC
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment. Great food. Great service. Overall I would definitely go back.

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RuthR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had delicious food and the atmosphere was perfect for a good visit. Service was very attentive.

KG
KarenG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was so very kind to allow us to have a seat before our reservation time. She was polite, helpful and the food was very good. I had never visited the restaurant before and was SO PLEASED that the ambiance was superb and the decore upscale and modern for my son's birthday. Thank you so much.

FAQs

Max's Bistro & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (559) 439-6900.

Max's Bistro & Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1038 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.