Max's Bistro & Bar

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Seafood
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!
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DM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendously clean and flavorful food. Attentive team. Beautiful decor.

E
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just love this place!
Everytime we have been there the waiters and waitresses are fantastic the service is great the food is amazing. Highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a fabulous dinner.

OT
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

WJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bistro is always consistent in their service, which is attentive, warm and welcoming, the food with a menu that covers all tastes, and the room is fun to visit with friends in......

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good choice!!

P
San Joaquin
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit to Max's this year. It was excellent again. I don't know why I hadn't gone there before this year other than it is a bit far from where I live. The pork shank is recommended. Interesting cocktail list and straight forward wine list.

GL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location was great, food was great and service was great.

B
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I always come to Max’s Bistro when I have a chance. They are consistently good at everything they do, I love this place!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 5

The entire top part of the chicken in my entree was served raw. A few bites in I asked our server to resolve the issue. Instead the entree was never brought back to our table and just taken off our check.

Needless to say, I picked ip fast food on the way home as I was hungry.

I did feel sick overnight but nothing too serious.

E
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, menu has great variety, food is delicious and presented well.

KM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were greeted as soon as we walked in. We were sat down immediately and was served a speciality snack. We ordered our wine and food which our waiter played a part in. The food was amazing. The chef did an awesome job. When we were done we paid for our food then left. As we were leaving a lot of the staff members said good night. It was a very great experience to eat there. Will definitely go back.

LL
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

1. We love Max's
2. We love the round table
3. There were dead flowers on our table.
4. Service, in the beginning, was very slow for drinks
5. I found the fish tacos flavorless
6. Would not let one occasion change future visits
7. Still love Max's

OT
Central Coast
70 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service as always.

MB
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Originally we thought we had appropriately been seated in a very quiet area (mom is elderly and struggles to hear) but soon it became so noisy that it was difficult for her to hear. Great food. Yummy wine. Service a bit slow.

OT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Just not good. Was there for anniversary dinner, was not brought up by server or hostess. Food was mediocre

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and the food was delicious.

HC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ive never had a bad experience: food, ambiance, or service! Sweet potatoe fries here cannot be duplicated!

KC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So Max’s has been one of my regular go-to places, but my latest experience there was just awful. Huge party in the back room that was very noisy. Service was slow and the food was cold. We sent the trio of fries back because it was cold, and it came back again cold. Chicken breast was over cooked. Mashed potatoes were cold. Overall, a very unsatisfying experience. And it wasn’t cheap.

BE
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Makayla our server was incredible and the whole evening was terrific. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced . I will be back again !

AM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal with excellent service. Esmeralda was over the top in her people skills. She contributed to a fun evening.

BB
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night, special occasion, entertaining out of town guest spot for lunch or dinner. Classy staff and environment. Cocktails are great and food is unique and amazing. I would highly recommend! 5 stars on everything.

OC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Max’s was good as usual. That is why I go there. Have been for maybe two decades.

MM
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. First time for my "picky" sister and she adored it.

BB
San Joaquin
34 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fine dining experience at Max's Bistro. We sat in the smaller room at the back of the restaurant and it was very quiet and the four of us were able to enjoy conversation over a leisurely meal. This is a pricey restaurant, but worth every cent, or I should say every dollar. The food is absolutely perfectly prepared and mouth-watering delicious. Our waitress was a delight. We were so happy that there was NO music playing. It is so nice to be able to converse without having to compete with music, which is always unnecessary and sometimes quite irritating. Highly recommend Max's Bistro.

SJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

So many delicious dishes. Great choices, price ranges. Wine by glass a bit pricey.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We asked the waitress if there were any local beers since it didn’t list anything on the menu. She said “no.” When she came back a little bit later, we asked what was on tap. She said the name of one of the beers - it was a local beer. Wait staff - please know what you have available for customers who like to drink.

JB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our favorite restaurant
Tested and proven

L
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, great server, a FUN evening! We can’t wait to do it again.

RA
San Joaquin
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time ~ it was key for us to enjoy a quiet meal together!

OT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality food and service! Perfect place for our lunch meeting

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kobe meatloaf was amazing!

OT
San Joaquin
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. Service fantastic, food above average and mixed drinks really good. Only thing I don’t like every time I come here is the noise level, it is very loud.

S
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm from out of town, took a client there for a business lunch. Everyone loved it - service was superb, food was wonderful!

J
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice evening with friends. Really good service. The pie of the day was great but overall I think the prices are a bit high.

SB
London
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood gem. Always dependable and delicious.

AB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I may be under valuing the restaurant, based solely on my food and wine. I had risotto included with my entrée and it was crunchy. The restaurant also has very limited wines by the glass and I did not care for the Sauvignon Blanc that they offered. My friends very much enjoyed their meals, the ribeye steak was outstanding, as was the mac & cheese. Our server was great.

n
Central Coast
43 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you JJ. Nicholas and Nancy Boghosian. Food was great!

PB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Maybe it is just me but I am finding that fine dinning in Fresno seems to becoming mediocre (noticed it with other restaurants); Usually the value and cuisine here is excellent, this was a Sunday night and restaurant was quiet and ambience enjoyable as it was my wife's birthday.. The Halibut was very good which I had, however, the Prime Rib that my wife had was extremely fatty and a little under cooked for medium rare order.. That is why I marked this particular visit as OK/fair and NOT to the standard we expect (especially for the price). Bread pudding is always great - probably I'll give them another chance before voting with my feet!.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Service was great, server was fantastic. Food was delicious.

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