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Max's Bistro & Bar

4.8
4.8
1267 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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Booked 2 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Ask your server for today's fish special

Starters

  • French Quarter Shrimp$20.00

    Char-grilled shrimp, spicy butter sauce, toast points

    • Calamari$15.00

      Buttermilk Dipped & Fried Calamari, Roasted Peanuts, Green Onion with Lemon Aioli, Sweet Chili Sauce & Wasabi Creme

      • Charcuterie & Cheese Board$20.00

        Ask your server about our daily cheese & Charcuterie selection. Served with fig jam, Whole Grain mustard, fruit & nuts

        • Basil Arancini$11.00

          House marinara, shaved grana padano, fresh herbs

          • White Bean & Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta$14.00

            Ricotta & toasted pugliese bread

            • Gnocchi$9.00

              Butter fried potato gnocchi, shaved parmesan, fresh herbs

              • Crispy Brussels$9.00

                Applewood smoked bacon & Butter

                Max's Signature Fries

                Basket $10, cup $7. All three by the cup $15

                • Sweet Potato

                  With jalapeno-arugula aioli

                  • Truffle

                    With fresh parmesan

                    • Eggplant

                      With sriracha aioli

                      Salads

                      • Superfood Salad$13.00

                        Brussels, cabbage, kale, granny smith green apple, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, crumbled bleu cheese & honey mustard dressing

                        • Chicken$19.00
                        • Salmon$23.00
                      • Chinese Chicken$17.00

                        House roasted & pulled chicken, organic greens, crispy noodles, red cabbage, peanuts, confetti bell peppers & sesame ginger dressing

                        • Pan-Seared Salmon$23.00

                          Organic greens, chickpeas, cucumber dill relish, feta & white balsamic vinaigrette

                          • Strawberry Spinach$13.00

                            Baby spinach, strawberries, candied pecans, feta cheese & poppy seed dressing

                            • Rosemary Pecan Chicken$19.00

                              Organic greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, avocado & creamy bleu cheese dressing

                              • Chopped Wedge Salad$14.00

                                Romaine, Pine nuts, applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles & creamy blue cheese dressing

                                • Kale Caesar$13.00

                                  Kale, Romaine, Red onion, toasted pine nuts, croutons, shaved parmesan & lemon caesar dressing.

                                  • Arugula & Mushrooms$13.00

                                    Goat cheese, roasted mushrooms, garlic confit & warm herb vinaigrette

                                    Sandwiches

                                    Add a cup of fries $3

                                    • New Orleans Muffuletta$15.00

                                      Salami, Ham, Swiss, Provolone, Olive salad with house Vinaigrette & Soft french roll.

                                      • The Max Burger$19.00

                                        Painted hills natural beef, applewood smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, dijon mayo & house baked bun

                                        • Turkey Avocado$16.00

                                          Roasted turkey, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, avocado, lemon-pepper aioli & toasted rosemary focaccia bread

                                          • French Dip$16.00

                                            Roast beef, vermont sharp white cheddar, house au jus, creamy horseradish & ciabatta roll

                                            • Green Goddess$13.00

                                              Butter Lettuce, Sprouts, Fresh Mozzarella, Avocado, English Cucumber, Slivered White Onion, Green Goddess Dressing & Toasted Multigrain Bread ( Can be Prepared Vegan )

                                              • Max's Grilled Chicken Club$16.00

                                                Grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, havarti, pesto aioli & toasted focaccia

                                                • Caprese$15.00

                                                  Tomato, fresh mozzarella, torn basil, Enzo extra virgin olive oil, balsamic glaze & grilled sourdough.

                                                  Entrees

                                                  • Kobe Beef Meatloaf$30.00

                                                    Kobe beef & pork meatloaf, caramelized tomato glaze, mashers, french bean almondine applewood smoked bacon

                                                    • Filet Mignon$35.00

                                                      Grilled 6oz. prime Filet, Gruyere & shallot potato gratin cake, asparagus, roasted garlic & herb compound butter

                                                      • Eggplant Parmesan$17.00

                                                        Breaded & Roasted eggplant medallion, Parmesan Risotto Cake & Fried Basil & Classic Marinara

                                                        Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                        What 1,267 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                        Loved For

                                                        • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

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                                                          Best Food

                                                        • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

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                                                        • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

                                                          Best Ambiance

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                                                          Best Value

                                                        • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

                                                          Fit for Foodies

                                                        • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

                                                          Great for Lunch

                                                        • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

                                                          Neighborhood Gem

                                                        • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

                                                          Notable Wine List

                                                        • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

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                                                          nnazery

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                                                          Dined 6 days ago

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                                                          We had the eggplant fries (love the siracha aioli), kale caesar salad and my daughter had the avocado turkey sandwich. Great food, great ambience, and locally owned. Service was fine and location too.

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                                                          ChristyC

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 6 days ago

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                                                          Great meal with helpful patient servers. A bit noisy, but not enough to hamper conversation.

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                                                          BritniW

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                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

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                                                          Perfect lunch for Mother’s Day

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                                                          BillR

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                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Loved the food and dining experience! Will be back soon!

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                                                          Bmsig

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                                                          19 reviews

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                                                          5.0

                                                          19 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always a great place to have dinner or an after work event!

                                                        7. JM

                                                          JustinM

                                                          Sacramento

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Max’s never disappoints. My wife and I love dining here.

                                                        8. OT

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                                                          2 reviews

                                                          3.0

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                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                          overall3food5service3ambience3

                                                          The food was excellent. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t great. There were two large parties happening, and the servers were focused on them. Server only checked on our drinks once, and we basically didn’t see her after she dropped off our check, while we were still eating. Someone else picked up the slack and at least cleared our plates, but not the service I would have expected for the amount we paid for lunch. I would give it another shot however, because the food was that good.

                                                        9. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Service was great. Clay did a very good job of being close but not intrusive. Scallops were great There was an accident at the next table and everyone pitched in to make it better.

                                                        10. OT

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                                                          Los Angeles

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                          They forgot to serve us the bread after mentioning they were going to bring us some.

                                                        11. O

                                                          Olafiowa

                                                          San Joaquin

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          It's been at least 5 years since we've been to Max's Bistro. I ordered the filet and my ordered the scallops. Both dishes were good, portions nice and well presented. The only issue was I ordered the steak medium rare and it came out medium well. I didn't complain as it was tasty. Just be warned if you're picky ask the waiter what to expect. They kept us in bread before the meal arrived and waiter and serving staff were very nice.

                                                        12. GG

                                                          GailG

                                                          Central Coast

                                                          83 reviews

                                                          vip
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                                                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Fantastic service. Excellent food as always. Very fresh and tasty food.

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                                                          treasuredtime

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                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Never disappoints! A stand out, especially during this time where good service can seem hard to find. We love Max’s delicious consistency!

                                                        14. OT

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                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                          $ 93 for a good but not great lunch, no booze, get over yourselves!

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                                                          FresnoJeff

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          I haven't been to Max's in several years. I have been missing out! The food was really good. A very nice menu. The service was outstanding!

                                                        16. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          San Joaquin

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          It was daughter’s birthday our waitress did outstanding job! The waitress on bringing out the cake we brought to restaurant the waitress did amazing job! On serving the cake she made it special! She even took a group picture of us my daughter had very special birthday! We had very good service last night

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                                                          SteveW

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We took an out of town business guest for lunch and it didn't disappoint. Keep up the good work!

                                                        18. PS

                                                          PaulineS

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

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                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                          Excellent food and service—one of my favorite restaurants!

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                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

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                                                          Great evening!

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                                                          ChristinaH

                                                          Central Coast

                                                          5 reviews

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                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Attentive server, great food and service!

                                                        21. LJ

                                                          LeslieJ

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          As always, the food, service and ambiance were all very good. The food is consistently delicious. Service is attentive. The fresh halibut in spring and summer is always excellent and my go-to meal at Maxs.

                                                        22. DP

                                                          DebP

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                          Very good!

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                                                          Jsp1792

                                                          Sacramento

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          4.0

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                                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Enjoyed the food! And ambiance. Service was good too.

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                                                          JohnK

                                                          Tampa

                                                          6 reviews

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                                                          5.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always delightful. We enjoy the food, the service and the energy of Max’s.

                                                        25. AC

                                                          AshleyC

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This was my first time me & my boyfriend went it was so pretty inside food was great and the drinks

                                                        26. JP

                                                          JamesP

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great date night. We got caught up in conversation and would keep forgetting to look at the menu. our server was patient with us and gave the perfect amount of space while being perfectly attentive. Prompt ticket times with orders. Food was fantastic (its always fantastic thats why i brought my date!) Well done Maxs Bistro.

                                                        27. S

                                                          Sgronlund

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Perfect place for Ladies that Lunch! Great service and food. Plus love the decor on the walls from a local artist.

                                                        28. T

                                                          Tapdncr

                                                          Las Vegas

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          I love dining at Max’s. The service and the food never disappoints. Great ambiance and the server was outstanding.

                                                        29. PT

                                                          PhilipT

                                                          Philadelphia

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always a great experience. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Food is consistently well prepared and well served.

                                                        30. DG

                                                          DarG

                                                          Los Angeles

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                          Food was consistently good. In comparison to dining here at other times where the service has been above and beyond or the door really wowed, this time was pretty average.

                                                        31. GC

                                                          GreggC

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                          Really good food, excellent service, relaxing atmosphere

                                                        32. EC

                                                          ElizabethC

                                                          San Joaquin

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Went to Max's bistro for a birthday dinner celebration. Food was delicious, waitress was lovely, and ambiance was great!

                                                        33. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                          Everything it was good! The food , service was great !

                                                        34. CB

                                                          CByrd

                                                          San Joaquin

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Easily some of the best food in Fresno. Everything was cooked to perfection. Great service, great food, and the restaurant provided a great environment. I've spent more at Ruth's Chris to only have a fraction of the experience. Max's is now my go-to "fancier" dining. Thank you for making my birthday dinner with my wife a memorable one.

                                                        35. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Central Coast

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Anniversary dinner! Food was delicious and the service was excellent! Dessert was amazing!

                                                        36. P

                                                          Paulab

                                                          San Joaquin

                                                          1 review

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always have great food and service! I have never had a bad experience and have been several times.

                                                        37. c

                                                          chrisg

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          All of the employees from the time we walked into the door until the time we walked out were all very helpful and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious! I was impressed with my overall experience. It was nice to be inside of a restaurant where the employees make you feel valued to be a customer.

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                                                          RitaS

                                                          San Joaquin

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The best place to eat hands down!!! Loved everything from my salad to the molten lava cake! Yummy!!!

                                                        39. OT

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                                                          San Joaquin

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Amazing food and service was super

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                                                          JimmyM

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food! A lot of nice wines to choose from and service is excellent!

                                                        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 4.8 stars by 1267 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                        Booked 2 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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