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Max's Bistro & Bar, Fresno, CA
Max's Bistro & Bar, Fresno, CA
Max's Bistro & Bar, Fresno, CA
Max's Bistro & Bar, Fresno, CA
Max's Bistro & Bar, Fresno, CA

Max's Bistro & Bar

4.8
4.8
1578 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 26 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 1,578 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

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

    Healthy

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Hot spot

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • 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

    Lively

  • Fresno

    Most Booked

1,578 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our anniversary here. Delicious food. Get the fries.

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  2. JaniceG

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, everything was amazing from start to finish. I’ve never had a bad experience at Max’s!!! Look forward to my next visit

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  3. DianeC

    San Diego

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience was outdated however the halibut fish special was made exactly the way I asked. Amazing service. Loved the food

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  4. JimN

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Waitress misquoted special pricing which resulted in overcharge. Waited 10 minutes longer than tables next to us. Salmon dinner was cold…was told it was because the artichokes were cold thus it was my fault as I ordered the wrong dinner. Manager was nice (Josh) and said waitress misquoted the dinner…comped my beer. At the end of the day dinner was not great and service was poor. There are a lot of other better choices in Fresno. Please don’t waist your money or your time. We will not be back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful experience. I would recommend their brunch anytime it is offered.

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  6. TeriZ

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wait staff was wonderful! She was helpful but not hovering. Water glasses refilled as needed! The food is always great. The menu built to please anyone. We were welcomed warmly and seated right away. We’ve been going to Max’s for decades and are never disappointed!!

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  7. PatriciaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Max's for a business lunch and we were given a seat in the back, which was perfect for our ability to discuss what needed to be done. Service was great and the food was perfect. We both had the Steak salad and the steak was tender and done to perfection. I always love coming here. They do a great job lunch or dinner.

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  8. NicoleH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Artwork was spectacular ! Created a fantastic atmosphere . Food , service were both excellent !

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food extremely overcooked and salty to the point of being inedible. Went here after reading recommendations,big mistake.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely LOVED it! My new Fresno fav ❤️. Eggplant fries are 🔥

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have fabulous time at Max’s. There were 10 of us there for my wife’s birthday. Services and food were excellent.

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  12. Tombrocker

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been to Max's many times. The meals are usually very nice....this one was exceptionally good. Service was prompt and courteous and the meal was perfect. Had the 6oz filet (medium)...came out perfect (slightly pink). Wife ad the steak salad and it was delish. Finished the evening off with the Lemon Bundt Cake for desert and it was perfect. Will be heading back to Max's soon.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and excellent service. My burger was cooked to perfection. The sweet potato fries are absolutely the best!

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  14. joanc

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was disappointed in my kale salad with salmon. There was just a tiny bit of kale and a bunch of tired looking romaine. Not the best for sure. The ahi tuna stack my friends had was good. Don’t put a kale salad on your menu if you’re not going to use kale.

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  15. Yankee

    Central Coast

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Max’s is one of our go to places that we love.  The food, and the service is always first rate.

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  16. PapaL

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good. Lamb was over cooked but an easy fix. Apps were such a big portion. Enough for about 6 people but it was only my wife and I. New York was pricey but I understand since it’s a prime grade. Service was pretty bad. We had drive by service and hard to reach our server at times. Ambiance was great. Definitely recommend as long as you get a good server.

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  17. BrianL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both the food and service were exceptional. We had a great birthday dinner.

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  18. mikeq5

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food! Wonderful seating arrangement’s!

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  19. CarmenC

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn't been to Max's Bistro in such a long time and thought I would go with a few friends to celebrate my birthday. We had such a great time, service was excellent, and the food was of course fantastic. I had such a lovely time and hope to go back again!

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  20. daves

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every successful place is successful due to the management. JJ does a wonderful job there and is a reason for the success. This place is consistent and wonderful. You can count on it!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had such an amazing experience here. I would definitely recommend it and we will definitely be back for another date night!!!

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  22. AdamL

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service could have been a little faster but we had a large group so its hard to say. Everyone in the group loved it though. Great food, great value and friendly staff. I will definitely return.

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  23. PeterJ

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good food and service. A great place for a nice evening.

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  24. BaseballMom

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were wonderful. The only down side, which is in no way the restaurant’s fault, was that a group of high maintenance couples killed the mood for many of us sitting near them. I believe they thought they were auditioning for “The Real Housewives of Fresno”, which is a show I would NEVER watch and would never get picked up by a network.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was recommended the surf and turf and wasn’t told the price, which threw me off for a minute because it was a little pricey but overall it was a wonderful experience, I wish I had been told the prices beforehand on the special

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  26. Cirujano

    Central Coast

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Haven’t been here in quite sometime. There for lunch. Hope dinner is better. The chicken on my wedge salad was dry/cold and inedible. The French fries for my wife were woefully undercooked. Like raw shoestrings. My fault for not complaining. Waitress clearly saw we didn’t eat the chicken or the fries and did not ask if there was a problem. Menu was basic. Think I would’ve enjoyed chick fil a more.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was very good. We've eaten here on several occasions, always good.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s a favorite place for my wife and I and we are never disappointed. The service is always great, love the artwork on the walls and of course the menu changes but is always delicious.

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  29. BiancaJ

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maxs is and will always be my favorite restaurant in the Fresno/Clovis area. The owner and staff are always attentive. And last nights visit was no different. We went on a double to celebrate an early Valentine's Day. Best place for romantic dinners.

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  30. StacyR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for late lunch w/longtime friend. Food was delicious and service was EXCELLENT. Yummy bread and oil mixture & Chinese chicken salad too. Walked out feeling so glad we had lunch there.

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  31. KeithA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic cocktails and meal and attentive but not annoying service.

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  32. KevinT

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience took my wife here for her birthday and we all wasn’t sure what to order. Once we decided we was amazed and in aww of the plating, the taste and the overall experience. We left wanting more and will be back💯

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  33. ElizabethM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sister and I went out for dinner for our birthdays’ while we were in Fresno. The food was great. The service was wonderful and I would highly recommend this place. There are not a lot of fine dining options in Fresno and this was is amazing.

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  34. ElizabethD

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Noisy, but beautiful atmosphere. Had to wait quite a while for our food, but we got stuffed on the sweet potato fries while we waited. They are the best!

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  35. DouglasC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had wonderful evening at Max’s. Great service. Can’t wait to return

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  36. DebbieS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch spot! Wonderful salads and great burger and fries! Always love Max’s

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  37. GaryW

    San Joaquin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, enjoyed by all. Coffee cold when served. Noise level was way too high where we were sitting. Will ask for a quieter area next time.

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  38. daw5150

    San Joaquin

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Max’s did a fantastic job of taking care of my party of 9. Seated us in a private area, which was very nice. Food was excellent, as always. Jordan, our server went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of, all with beautiful smile and fun conversation.

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  39. DevinC

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We stayed for two hours because we were visiting with old friends. Everyone enjoyed the food. Staff was excellent. Noise level is important for us old folks. We were glad there was no music. At first the level of people talking was a bit much, but the restaurant cannot be blamed for that.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and the staff is really nice. It’s always a bit noisy but the drinks are strong so after a few, you won’t mind!

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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 1578 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 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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