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Max's Bistro & Bar

4.7
4.7
1367 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 33 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 1,367 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Overall

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Food

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Service

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Value

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Innovative

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Lively

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Most Booked

  • Fresno

    Best Overall

  • Fresno

    Best Food

  • Fresno

    Best Service

  • Fresno

    Best Ambiance

  • Fresno

    Best Value

  • Fresno

    Good for special occasions

  • Fresno

    Most Booked

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  1. GP

    GigiP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From cocktails or wine through dessert, the food and beverages are excellent.
  2. BR

    BobiRocker

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good meal, great service. Everything was good. Best Brussel sprout starters....and massive pork chop. The lemon bunt cake was outstanding.
  3. k

    kellyf

    San Joaquin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place to catch up with friends! Love Max’s
  4. EH

    ElizabethH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Max’s bistro. The service was top notch. The food was delicious and it was jus an overall great vibe. It was the perfect date night for my husband and me. The crème brûlée and bread pudding were too die for. The portions were large and I would come back here in a heartbeat.
  5. S

    Sgronlund

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Entrees were delicious too, but you must get the appetizers and desserts too.
  6. WC

    WendyC

    San Joaquin

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun afternoon celebrating a birthday lunch. Food good. Setting just fine
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Delicious food and a gorgeous fresh flower arrangement on our table. They was a lovely touch and made our lunch all the more special. The perfect place to have a business lunch that felt more like lunch with friends. Thank you!
  8. DJ

    DJR2

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I always enjoy Max's for lunch, they have wonderful salads and great deserts! Everyone is helpful and it's always 'service with a smile' at Max's!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Normally I love this place and I come pretty often but this most recent experience was disappointing. First, they seemed very understaffed. The place was full at some parts of our evening so we didn’t receive the attention from the wait staff that we normally do. Drinks ran on empty for long periods of time (when we normally go beverages aren’t left empty for long). I even had to go to the bar at one point to order beverages cause of the lack of attention that we received. A few of us got soup and the soup was cold. It was so cold that the Parmesan cheese garnish in the soup never melted. The filets were also cold that the butter that was on top never melted. With the many times we’ve been there we know the quality of food and service is much better than we received on this recent visit. Hopefully the quality is back to what it was on our next visit. Everyone has difficult nights so we will come back again hoping it was just a rough night.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband suggested we try Max's as some of his coworkers had gave it great reviews. We were not let down. I had the rack of lamb, it was flavorful and delicious. Husband had the meatloaf and was waiting for him to lick the plate. Great service and will be going again.
  11. CA

    CandyA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Max’s is a restaurant that we typically go to 2-3 times a month. On this particular weekend it was our date night and we’re excited to go to our favorite restaurant. We had made reservations but still had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. After we were seated at our table our server greeted us after about 10 minutes of sitting there and was not pleasant, no smiles, rushing to ask us our drink order and a snarky tone. Another 10-15 minutes go by and our drinks come. 10 more minutes go by and our server comes back, we were discussing the menu and asked her for some suggestions to which she replied if you need more time I’ll come back, she was very annoyed. Fast forward to after ordering we received our food and the only edible thing we ordered were the tacos from the starter menu. All in all very disappointed with the service and food, we will not be back.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We always love Max’s, but this time our steaks were overdone.
  13. t

    terryb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great! Service was wonderful, great menu and wine selection!
  14. NM

    NeilM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service1ambience1
    Canceled this"…………………………………….m…………………,…………………………..
  15. GG

    GailG

    Central Coast

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. The lily sliders and the wedge salad are to die for. Great selection
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food / atmosphere is excellent and all of the staff there are the best! We love Max’s!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal! Great service as always!
  18. LC

    LauraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Do glad we chose Max’s to celebrate and say goodbye to 2022! Lovely place, food was delish, and our server (Stephanie??!) was great! Everyone was!! We hadn’t been in awhile but will be going back soon!!!
  19. EH

    EHPhil

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  20. T

    Technikkel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent time. Max's is a favorite of ours and we will definitely be back. You must try the Blueberry Euphoria and save room for dessert.
  21. KF

    KimF

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was yummy. Server and person who kept our water topped off and dishes removed were both delightful. I believe the server's name was Cody. Strongly recommend the Blueberry Euphoria cocktail, which can be made into a delightful mocktail. We will be continue to go to Max's
  22. JM

    JudieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Why an evening!! Ten of us enjoyed a fantastic 4 hour dinner celebration for my husband’s 80th birthday. The most fun and laughs ever, with service to perfection! My Rack of Lamb, served with brussel sprouts and baby carrots in a sweet glaze was superb! Others also enjoyed the rack of lamb, filet mignon and scallops, short ribs and Max's amazing triple fry appetizers which included sweet potato fries, fried eggplant and truffle fries, oh and vino. . . . lots of vino! Max’’s is our go-to place for impeccable dining, ambiance and service with a smile!
  23. R

    Redwinefan

    San Joaquin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary! Food was delicious, the ambience was very nice and it was a great evening.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Work friends group
  25. EP

    EstherP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food never disappoints here. Service is ok. We were having issue using a gift card, not too often that we come across this issue since we seldom use gift card. The room that we are in is great, since covid, we don’t have to worry being too close in proximity with other folks, though I feel the room needs a bit more decor to feel welcome
  26. HB

    HeidiB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    My pork was undercooked and I have eaten port at maxs before. I know what it should look like, but cook said I was wrong I am loyal. So I will be back but I won’t be ordering pork
  27. M

    Maggie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was so great.. I loved her service. She told us what was special, and I got it from the "todays special" pasta with shrimp. no mixed up with orders, she knew who ordered what, update on our orders, and I had my daughters 21st birthday cake, and she lighted the candle and brought it for us. It was such a great birthday dinner.
  28. K

    Kellybelly

    San Joaquin

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Everyone had the best times!
  29. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    We love this restaurant. The food and staff are excellent. It was rather noisy for lunch, but chalk this up to an overly zealous holiday crowd
  30. M

    Marcia

    San Joaquin

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Christmas gift exchange.
  31. JH

    JeffH

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really had a great meal and drinks with friends. The Brussels sprouts with bacon are outstanding!
  32. MD

    MalcolmD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our Company Holiday Lunch was held here this year. It was a very enjoyable experience. Our table was ready on time. The staff was excellent. The food was great.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas luncheon with friend.
  34. F

    Faith

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

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

    Kellybelly

    San Joaquin

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

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

    WJRobertson

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been visiting this restaurant for years and I love the consistency in the great food, and outstanding service.
  37. 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.
  38. 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!!!!
  39. 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
  40. 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

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 1367 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 33 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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