Max's Bistro & Bar

4.8
1078 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 1078 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JMill
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RickS
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome menu of unique selections. Excellent meal

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with spouse. Once again a great experience.

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NatalieH
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and accommodating service. Delicious food. Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Valentines Day

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CaliforniaDave
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Max’s for my birthday. Outdoor tent dining was expected and did not disappoint. The service was wonderful, as was the food.

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BrigeenR
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal outside. I had the lamb shank, mashed potato and kale. The lamb was tender and not greasy, delicious.

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EdwardM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max's was great! I will definitely return this year!

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GaryW
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service were great even with the current situation of covid. The menu was full of all of the selections that Max's offers. The specials amazing too. Thanks for making my birthday meal a memorable occasion!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max’s is always consistent and their servers are THE BEST!

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GLPaul
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so fun to be out again! They followed Covid protcols beautifully, our server Jordan was outstanding and even though we were outside in a tent, they kept it at a very comfortable temp. I'm still drooling over my halibut I had!

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Aprilfool411
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so nice to be able to go out to eat again. I was part of a two couple group that evening. The tent was set up nicely and the temperature was fine. The food was excellent. I specifically liked the meatloaf meal and the chocolate lava cake. The wine choices were good and the service was attentive. The menu is well rounded with a nice assortment of steak, seafood, pasta, chicken, and pork. There also is a good choice of salads and appetizers to choose from.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice get out finally, and we have always enjoyed Max’s. Just a great place. A gem in Fresno.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
77 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service. There is no better place to eat in Fresno.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max’s is AMAZING!!! They are always updating their menu, creating amazing specials and the staff is so friendly! We are in their outside tent and it was beautifully decorated, ambience was nice and it wasn’t too cold. They did a great job having to modify the way they serve people.

Our cocktails were super delish- and meals prepared perfectly. I love that my fiancé loves a hamburger, even on our anniversary dinner. He says they are just so good there. I had the special fish and it was super yum! Would order again in a heartbeat

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, even though in tent! Food and service was excellent, as usual!

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KathyM
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took advantage on one of the last nights we were allowed to dine out at one of the nicer restaurants in town. We are so glad we chose Max’s, our whole experience was phenomenal. We ate in the tent outside but it was warm and cozy with more than 6 feet between tables. It all started with our server Megan...she was friendly, knowledgeable and made great suggestions. I decided to try the meatloaf that I had heard friends rave about and I wasn’t disappointed, it was delicious. Megan suggested I try the Brussels sprouts instead of the regular veggies and they were the BEST I have ever had. My husband was going to get the chicken but when he heard about the halibut special he opted for that...again it was perfect. The food was incredible the service was so good it truly enhanced our evening. We made reservations for New Year’s Eve and hopefully they will be back to outdoor dining. We will also request Megan as our server...she was the best!

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PaulL
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous evening with friends with conversation that included our server Sierra! The best food, drinks, wine. JJ and the staff know how to make you feel comfortable and serve well thought culinary delights.

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LauraT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

They are doing a wonderful job of providing an excellent dining experience given all the COVID 19 restrictions they have to adhere to. Above all the food was wonderful and we want to support them as much as possible so they continue to be in business. They have been our go to place for special occasions for years!

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MikeB
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and our meals were fantastic, service was excellent. We typically don't order dessert but splurged on the Apple pie/tart. The server warned us that there was a 10 minute wait, but every minute was worth it! It was a fantastic dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Food was outstanding, as usual. But the outdoor-only service (due to Covid) in the big white tent was terrible because it was freezing and they had no heaters. They need to get the temperature in the rent straightened out or stop serving in the tent. When you pay $180+ for two-person dinner and drinks, you expect to eat in comfort!

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JasonH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly management and staff. Knowledgeable wait staff. Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Eating indoors was the best part. I look forward to going back as soon as indoor dining is allowed again! Would recommend, highly!

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Mrznm
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time and I loved it. The servers were very attentive. When I finished my food, it didn’t even take 2 minutes before my plate was gone from the table.

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Gerald
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent experience and will be back for a visit soon!

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yummyone
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, drink and atmosphere, and I appreciate the covid precautions you are taking for us all to feel comfortable and safe.
Thank you,
Lauri Haun-Jones

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LorenaR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I've been to in a long time! Will definitely return an, would recommend this restaurant to everyone! The waitress was amazing, everyone greeted us which was very nice. The food and drinks were absolutely delicious! Everything was perfect!!

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vipBobW
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just waiting for the Covid issue to be behind us so we can enjoy the full service and full menu.

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MichaelB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was slow with drinks and taking the meal order. The food arrived in an expedite manner......after it was ordered.

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steakeater
San Joaquin
36 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a while since we have eaten....only because so many good places to eat in Fresno/Clovis area. We went in service was great the food got many yums and we were so glad we decided to eat here .....great choices and will return without a doubt.

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Brett
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always excellent. Staff is attentive and have good recommendations. Price are very reasonable as well. This is my fav place. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for lunch on a Sunday with my wife. It was very quiet and I was able to eat indoors which was great. staff was awesome, we had great service, food came out quickly and was delicious!! Had the peppercorn short rib sandwich, it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a really long time. I also came her for Valentine’s day and the service was just as good! I will continue to return here as it is consistently good and I like it’s low key location

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Lola
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful indoor decor as well as the outdoor dining options. Excellent bread with vinegar and oil. The food was excellent but the service was extremely slow. The bar order was extremely slow as well.

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Awro
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great dinner and service ! Would highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
78 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellently prepared food and many delicious options. They served a complimentary tasting item that was delightful. We ordered several appetizers, drinks and main courses. All were good portion sizes and very flavorful. Nice wine list as well. I recommend trying one of the ports with dessert! Service was great, did not try to rush us out and setting allowed for ease of talking/hearing table conversation.

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RozineB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max's is my fav place to dine! The food is delicious and the ambiance is very relaxing and enjoyable. Great place to invite friends for nice and cozy visit! Thank you Max's!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent!

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 1078 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.