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Max's Bistro & Bar

4.8
4.8
1308 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 17 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 1,308 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Fit for Foodies

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    Healthy

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Hot Spot

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Great for Lunch

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    Neighborhood Gem

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    Notable Wine List

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    Romantic

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  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Most Booked

  • Fresno

    Best Overall

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  1. I

    Ifty

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, friendly service and excellent food!
  3. 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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and Food!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Food, service top notch!
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. RB

    RhondaB

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing, from the service to the food.
  15. PL

    PaulL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Serious. The best service from the bartender to our server to having the chef to come out and say hello. Tremendous food and service. Five star restaurant in Fresno!!!!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun place…good food and service. Worth the drive!
  17. LK

    LarryK

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The chicken on my chicken Marsala was very dry and tough.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always nice!
  19. P

    Penngrove

    San Joaquin

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Another very good meal at Max's last night. The shrimp appetizer was wonderful. I had the pork chop with a cherry based sauce that I really liked, but I thought that the chop was somewhat over cooked and dry. I like pork done to medium, but I would say that this one was well done. I wasn't asked how I would like the meat as I would have had I ordered a steak. Both my wife and I thought that the main courses could have used a little more salt. The raspberry sorbet was a very generous serving with fresh fruit (strawberries and blackberries) on top. I would have expected some fresh raspberries.
  20. PM

    PauletteM

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chopped wedge salad was delicious, large portion. Both entree's were great. Fish special & prawn entree. Service great as usual.
  21. d

    danielk

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So there were 4 of us. I just had the Greek meatball appetizer, which was delicious. One person got the chicken marsala, another the meatloaf, and the final person got a New York steak - everyone really enjoyed their meals. We also had a wide variety of cocktails and wines. We go to Max's frequently and it is by far my favorite Fresno restaurant.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was extremely skeptical about a 5 star rating but man it is accurate! Some minor food issue (risotto was a little watery) but the rest of the experience was exquisite. The house drinks are fantastic and a must try. Service was on it, we just wish there was a little more space on the tables. We will absolutely be back for another round!
  23. J

    Jsp1792

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Max’s does not disappoint! We celebrated our 24th anniversary with dinner and everything we chose was cooked to perfection. And the table hostess was courteous and helpful. Their halibut and risotto was amazing!
  24. MC

    MyChanaB

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s was great food and good portions.
  25. RR

    RaulR

    San Joaquin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They are always spot on the food was Great and the Service was Right on.
  26. k

    kenp

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am new to the central valley, but Max's Bistro is a top notch restaurant.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday lunch with friends!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious. Such a good meal and there were so many other things I wanted to order on the menu!
  29. J

    Jasm

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Everything was slow. Steak was too salty pasta was bland.
  30. GG

    GailG

    Central Coast

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food and service every time.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration with girlfriends
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food served at Max’s Bistro is delicious. The service is top notch and the atmosphere is fun. Highly recommend!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service wasn’t great and the music playing was awful. We got to Max’s often and it has slowly been declining since Covid. That will probably be my last time going.
  35. JS

    JudyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu items as well as the “Specials”. The food arrived promptly, was fresh and was accurately describes as on the menu. The wait staff was attentive throughout the meal without being overbearing. I look forward to a return visit.
  36. SK

    ScottK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great time out at Max’s. First visit, was very pleased. Our server Samantha was pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. Food was thoughtful and well executed. We’ll be back.
  37. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, very good service. Staff is very friendly. Food is delicious!
  38. JH

    JimHalpert

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were seated promptly at our reservation time and the hostess was warm and welcoming. The waitress’ were helpful and informative. We ordered a burger, New York steak, and the pork chop. All very tasty and looked fabulous. The drawbacks were the steak was ordered rare but came out medium rare and the pork chop was also overcooked (I wasn’t given the option to choose a medium cooked pork chop). Overall it was ver nice.
  39. FB

    FrederickB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, and our waitress a delight. I had the pork chop to die for. Others enjoyed their bavette steak and chicken marsala.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience for our date night.

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 1308 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 17 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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