Max's Bistro & Bar

4.8
1114 Reviews
$30 and under
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1114 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JHinSF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and good for a special occasion. Nicely designed outdoor seating options have been added. Entree prices surprisingly high for a fairly casual dining experience in Fresno. The food is very good, but not unique or particularly creative.

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CindyL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience and the server was personable and provided excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Max's they consistently provide excellent service and good food.

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vipNikki
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious, but presentation could have been nicer. Our server was great and accommodating.

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AnitaJ
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the French dip and the sweet potatoe fries r my FAVORITE absolutely recommend 😁😁

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SusanM
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner, with excellent service. We will be back!

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irisV
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boy friends birthday. Loves the food! Everything was good!

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vipRedSoxFan
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our party of seven had a Sunday brunch that covered all bases: Angel hair with shrimp, Chinese chicken salad, Muffuletta, Special pancakes, Tomato soup, Eggplant parmigiana, and Max's burger.
Everything was well presented and arrived in a timely manner. Its a good thing we were hungry as the portions were a good size.
Quite a few families were there and social distancing was not a problem.
With drinks it came to $200 with a 20% tip.
Melissa was our server and she did a great job with a few delivery helpers.

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Fiorichild
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing Anniversary dinner! The food is delicious and the service was excellent! A special thanks to Alex!! 💗

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great service, one of our favorite restaurants.

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StephanieG
San Joaquin
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us had dinner here on a Saturday night. The Service was SPOT on. The food was perfect for 3 out of 4 of us. I had the Ravioli which came in a broth with portabella mushrooms and was a 10 out of 10. My sister had the short ribs that were exceptional as well. The bread pudding for desert was perfect and not too big. We also got the Sweet Potato fries as an appetizer to see if they were as good as we remembered. My husband thought they were!! Some of the wine prices per glass were a big high-- I got a Pinot Noir that was 9.50 and it was lovely!! Glad we went here for the first time in years!! Very nice meal!!!!

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VirginiaM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding, did not rush us. The food was, as usual, tops.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our evening out. The food was wonderful and service was great as well.

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DBnBB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, quick and friendly service! Try the sweet potato fries, they are the best in town!

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RalphG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. One of the best spots in town.

MK
MelenaK
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit noisy but food always great and staff very accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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traceyw
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated with Birthday luncheon! Excellent food and service. Great place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re still more comfortable dining outdoors and were accommodated at a table in the walkway. The service was attentive and the food was great as always. Max’s is our go to place for a nice and relaxed dinner out.

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Nancyc
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Fast service! food was amazing! steak perfectly cooked med rare ! would come back again!

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WinnieT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I have noticed that every time I am seated in a very awkward area of the restaurant. I enjoy coming to this spot because of the ambiance but the seating situation makes me hesitant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
79 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. JJ has done it right!

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Stephen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Celebrating a birthday and so excited to be able to do it indoors at Max’s again. Unfortunately it was a disappointment. Not sure if server inexperienced or just overwhelmed... didn’t ask about cocktails or wine or appetizer, didn’t offer fresh pepper for salads, forgot we were celebrating a birthday so no candle with dessert. Apologized after but darn! Sweet potato fries, martinis and entrees very good but sides not so much. Veggies almost raw. Not sure what was served with pork chop, looked like refried beans and didn’t have much taste so didn’t eat it. Desserts not up to par either. We’ll be back cause we’re hoping this was just a bump in the road after so much time away from indoor dining due to the pandemic.

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Kesco
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite restaurant in Fresno. The food is always delicious and they have a great selection on the menu. The service is friendly and attentive to your needs. Would definitely recommend. We will be back!

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NathanielJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is excellent & i love the different types of choices so there really is something for everyone no matter your food preference

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Servers were very slow on continuing to check in with us regarding any needs. We had to keep asking for the same thing twice, such as extra seat, napkins, or food item. Drinks were flat and switched out, then tasted just carbonated but eventually was fixed on the 3rd try. Server wasn’t completely rude, but she was a bit snippy with questions regarding menu. I would probably not eat here again based off the overall experience. The only thing I can excuse was how long our food took to be served, since we had 8 people. Other than that, I’ll have to pass on eating here again.

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SamH
San Joaquin
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food is amazing and the experience of dining at Max’s is perfect for meeting up with friends and family. Great night out! Can’t wait to go back.

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AnthonyP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy going to Max's. Service and food were excellent as usual. Had a really enjoyable birthday lunch for my wife!

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AaronP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The french fries were amazing! Also, the lamb was excellent. Enjoyed our experience!

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PSantana
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Fresnos finest restaurants. Highly recommend 👌

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BrickMadness
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max’s is delicious and the service is top notch. We love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahhhmazing service and meal. Max’s always impresses. Top notch!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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vipSusanL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed being able to be in a restaurant again. The food (chopped salad and short ribs) were excellent. The ambiance was nice and the service excellent (Jordan).
We look forward to returning.

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KeliP
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from every member of the staff that we encountered. The food was outstanding with the exception of the white bean bruschetta. While not bad tasting, it wasn't our cup of tea. The NY steak special was incredible! My companion had the short rib that could literally be eaten with a spoon it was so tender. While pricey, you get the quality experience you are paying for. We will definitely be coming back for special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Lunch! Had the filet it was incredible!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JMill
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best waiter very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu! Food was delicious!

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 1114 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.