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Max's Bistro & Bar

4.7
4.7
1334 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (559) 439-6900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Scott Sauer/ Big Sur California

  • Catering

    Delivery of catering menu items to your business or home.

  • Private party facilities

    Max's has two semi-private dining areas accommodating party sizes of 18 or 40. We can also accomodate buy-out parties of up to 160 guests. Contact us for additional information.

  • Private party contact

    J.J. Wettstead: (559) 892-9969

  • Neighborhood

    Fresno

  • Cross street

    West

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,334 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Value

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Innovative

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Good for groups

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Romantic

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Lively

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Most Booked

  • Fresno

    Best Overall

  • Fresno

    Best Food

  • Fresno

    Best Service

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  1. F

    Faith

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    there were four of us, we call had something different: hamburger rack of lamb rib eye on special filet all were excellent
  2. K

    Kellybelly

    San Joaquin

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food and overall atmosphere was wonderful. Such a wonderful dining experience!!!
  3. WJ

    WJRobertson

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been visiting this restaurant for years and I love the consistency in the great food, and outstanding service.
  4. S

    Star

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I took my hubby to Max’s for his Birthday. The food is usually on point but yesterday everything seemed to be a little over cooked! Our sweet potato fries were slightly burnt and my potatoes were also! The staff as usual is extremely nice and friendly. Perhaps they were just having an off day with their food yesterday.
  5. DO

    DavidO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From our waitress Megan to the food, everything was perfection!!!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was very bad and not professional. Multiple service issues. Party of 7. Ordering drinks the beer we ordered they did not have. Instead of telling us they did not carry server decided to bring another brand of her choice. That was not acceptable as we did not want that server then came back with another drink and at the same time asked the table of anyone want the previous wrong beer as she was just going to throw it away. One of our party decided since she was going to throw it away he would drink. She got very happy and thanked him for saving her in front of her manager. Then when we got the bill the beer that she was going to throw away was not charged. Could not believe she tried to charge us for a beer that she was throwing away Tom’s her to remove it which she after trying to tell us it was a free beer. Had other issues with all meals not being server at the same time and actually. 10 minutes or more after others at the table. When she brought the last dish that was burgers and fries and apologized for it taking so long she went on to say that the kitchen must have just been punishing us for ordering the regular fries instead of the sweet potatoes fries One if the salads was order with dressing on the side. But came with dressing mixed in. They did replace but instead of the same size it was now a side salad. But they still charged full price. Asked for napkins and 15 minutes later had to ask again as they did not bring. Etc. etc. etc Very very bad service. Will not eat there again and not recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal with good service
  7. SM

    SaraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and attentive service. Celebrated our anniversary and would love to do it again there
  8. D

    Dennisp

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maxs is by far the best Restaurant in Fresno ! Great consistent service . It doesn’t get any better 😊
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was a great experience with the best service. The food was amazing. I’ll be back!
  10. T

    Turke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good food. Great wine list great service. Truly enjoyed our evening.
  11. KD

    KatherineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Got off with a slow start. Drinks took longer than usual. They were not very good. But I would say the overall service & food were good. Very disappointed that you took the scallops off the menu. Nothing else sounded just ordinary. The steak was good. The waitress was excellent.
  12. T

    Trixie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Max's was absolutely wonderful. They handled our large dinner reservation of 12 seamlessly. The food was delicious, the cocktails were on point and the service from Gabby could not have been better! This was a short notice dinner reservation and due to our circumstances the number changed a couple of times and Max's was so accommodating. I can't say enough about how great they were. And the food, drinks, dessert and service were awesome too! What more could you ask for? Max's for the win! We will be back for sure.
  13. ES

    EdwinS

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice evening. Server, Samantha, was very good. Friendly, cordial, competent. Food was pretty good. Fish special, a little dry. Upscale ambiance and crowd.
  14. PA

    PaulaA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Loud people close by. Didn’t like location of table.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went here to celebrate birthdays and an anniversary. Max’s has been our go to place for several years now even though we have to drive 45 min. To get there. The food and service are always first class. My only complaint is that on busy nights it can get a bit noisy but then that seems to be the norm everywhere these days. It’s always a good experience at Max’s Bistro.
  16. r

    red88

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We all 3 had the halibut and it was amazing.
  17. A

    Adam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Went for our anniversary, the staff was welcoming and very attentive! The salmon wasn't very interesting, the pork chops had some flavor but very chewy from strings of fat. In the cheese/mushroom salad was delicious, and drinks were great!
  18. R

    Rossi8

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding visit. This was our first visit and the food and service was fantastic. Will definitely be going back.
  19. M

    Martymann

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time. J.J. the owner has a top notch team. I have been to Max's multiple times in the past 18 years. I brought 2 friends who have never been and are not really food snobs like myself and they were able to find great food (mother got a strawberry salad and her daughter got mac and cheese which they both loved) I am a food and wine snob so I got the ahi tuna tostada which was fantastic. The staff was quick and friendly. It is a little loud so if you want a little bit quieter setting request either an outside table or they have a small private room that quieter.
  20. SD

    SarahD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks, and a great variety of options without being overwhelming. Definitely busy on a Friday night… I wouldn’t go during a busy service if you’re in a hurry. But otherwise, sit back and enjoy the great ambiance, food, and attentive service.
  21. KH

    KristinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Max’s is always spectacular. All the ingredients are fresh and delicious and expertly prepared.
  22. B

    Bmsig

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Max’s Bistro is one of my favorite places for dinner in Fresno. Service, ambiance and the whole experience are almost always excellent. This past visit I had the Fig-Apple salad and it was perfect. Then came the king salmon with broccolini and rice cake. The salmon and broccolini were excellent but the rice cake was a disappointment. It was gooey, oily and grey in color - basically inedible and was not attractive next to the fish and vegetable. Would have been better to form a white rice cake with jasmine rice prepared so only slightly sticky and sear it to form a crispy crust.
  23. PS

    PeterS

    Palm Springs

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Spotty service.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I’m It sure why the servers ask if it’s a special occasion because it’s never acknowledged. We came for our anniversary last night and the time before that it was my birthday. It would be better not to ask. Anyway, the food is consistently good. Service was okay, she was nice but not attentive. She didn’t tell us about the specials and we got our drinks (ordered first) after we had finished the appetizer. My husband reminded her when he was asked how the appetizer was and he said, “well it would have been better with our drinks” lol!
  25. m

    mikeq5

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great server made the experience
  26. GG

    GailG

    Central Coast

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food as always.
  27. LT

    LoveToDish

    San Joaquin

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Max's serves an awesome lunch! My favorite spot for lunch. Exception service too!
  28. I

    Ifty

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Upon entering the restaurant, we were ignored by the server for several minutes as she was just entering data on the computer terminal. The service was slow and had to wait a long time and intervene for the check. Service has degraded over the years. I am willing to try again, maybe the crew is overworked.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, friendly service and excellent food!
  30. LJ

    LeJoineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service was spectacular, i made a reservation for my anniversary and was very pleased. Food is amazing, art is amazing and the vibes of the entire place was a great experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and Food!
  32. D

    David

    San Joaquin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food (again). Samantha was our Server...very attentive. We had the Truffle Fries and the Charcuterie Board as appetizers, along with Kale Caesar Salad. I had the Kobe Meatloaf (5 Stars) with Mashers and Green Beans Almondine. Brother had the 6oz Filet, which was cooked to a perfect Medium. I gave the "Noise Level" a thumbs down only because the man at the adjacent table (literally 3 feet away) bellowed non-stop during our entire dining experience. The Service Staff had to raise their voices to us in order for us to hear them. Not Max's fault that we now know this guy's entire life story.
  33. P

    Patron

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was high quality as always. Delicious meal and beverages.
  34. SW

    SharonW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there and we were really impressed. Josh the Bartender was exceptional. The wait staff were Attentive and professional, Always ready to take care of every need. The food was delightful and exceeded our Expectations.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The only thing I would change was the Brussels Sprouts on the super salad. They were raw not roasted.
  36. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I ordered Filet mignon but it was dry and over cooked- too much pepper. We celebrate our anniversary every year at Max’s and are loyal customers with friends and family. We were both disappointed with the server and didn’t feel relaxed and welcomed. Felt rushed- she even took the yummy oils away for the bread while we were eating. Rushed the wine bottle and told us after we paid our dessert would have been gifted if we ordered something since it was our anniversary. Overall not a good experience.
  37. S

    Steven

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I celebrated our 1st year together last night, and it was fabulous. She’s a vegetarian, and the Pesto Pappardelle totally blew her away. I had the Chicken Marsala and I thought it was incredible, especially the sauce. We finished with the mango sorbet and crème brûlée. The food was great. The service was great, and we’ll will definitely be visiting again!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Food, service top notch!
  39. b

    bosgirl1

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service is wonderful at Max’s. The food was very good as well, my only complaint is that the calamari was rubbery. The kids menu has a great selection and I love that it is a complete meal (includes fruit and veggies!). Max’s is one of my favorites and we will definitely be back!
  40. P

    Pneumofres

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Max’s is one of favorite restaurants in the area. Unfortunately yesterday’s early dinner did not measure up. The dissatisfaction started upon arrival. Two attendants behind the welcome counter totally ignored us for 2-3 minutes as we stood patiently. No other patrons were in the area. We were seated a few minutes later when the designated hostess arrived. Our server was pleasant but kept her distance when speaking. Unusual for Max’s where everyone is usually so personable. Cocktails came promptly and were very good, however, the charcuterie board was mediocre and nothing special. I wouldn’t order it again. The rest of the dinner was good as usual. Not a good experience over all.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 4.7 stars by 1334 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Max's Bistro & Bar

1784 W. Bullard Ave., Fresno, CA 93711

Additional information

  • Cross street

    West

  • Neighborhood

    Fresno

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott Sauer/ Big Sur California

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (559) 439-6900

  • Catering

    Delivery of catering menu items to your business or home.

  • Private party facilities

    Max's has two semi-private dining areas accommodating party sizes of 18 or 40. We can also accomodate buy-out parties of up to 160 guests. Contact us for additional information.

  • Private party contact

    J.J. Wettstead: (559) 892-9969

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