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About Max's Bistro & Bar

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!

1784 W. Bullard Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
West

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(559) 439-6900

Website:
http://www.maxsbistro.com/

Catering:
Delivery of catering menu items to your business or home.

Executive Chef:
Scott Sauer/ Big Sur California

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Max's Bistro & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Special Occasion (23)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Business Meals (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Romantic (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fun (11)
Casual (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 17 hours ago

Birthday - Chelsey and Ashten were amazing!

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food5
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 6 days ago

Aways great food and service, one of the best restaruants in Fresno

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food5
ambience4
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent as always. Your staff is courteous, professional and very friendly.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Organic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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food5
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

50th Birthday everything was good.

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food4
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value3

 
 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Aged NY steak very pricey and very salty. Sauce on meatloaf so sweet we had to scrape it off. Not the usual standard I’m used to this restaurant sadly.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We LOVED our server Bianca. Three of our meals were very good. My husband thought his chicken was over seasoned.

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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I have being going to Max's for years and have never been disappointed. Excellent food, great service, beautiful ambiance!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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food5
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

I made dinner reservations online for 6:00 PM. Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted with a warm welcome and seated to our table. The food was excellent as well as the service. We were able to have a nice quiet conversation with our friends without a lot of noise. I would highly recommend Max's Bistro to family and friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

There were six of us and we all enjoyed our food. I had the crab and shrimp melt with spinach, with cold slaw on the side. I think it might be the best cold slaw I've ever had. It had apples and grapes which made it taste really fresh, dressing seemed light.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really good food (both the bavette steak and meatloaf) with bold rather than understated flavors. Server was thoughtful and just the right friendly. By 7 pm on a Saturday the restaurant is full and vibrant/loud. Good wine by the bottle selection; meh by the glass selection.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always a great experience. Food and service were fantastic and Max's has wonderful ambience. It's our favorite restaurant in Fresno.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

This is my 3rd time visiting Max's. I do not live in the area but am in the area frequently for business. Their environment is pleasant, clean, nice venue & staff are always fabulous. Makes you feel as if you're in the City eating/drinking.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The trio of fries is a must to start off with! We ordered the trio, ahi tuna appetizer and hot pastrami sandwich. Everything was great but the tuna was missing something, I felt it needed more of an acidic dressing but was still good. The sandwich was very big as far as portions go and made it great for sharing, I enjoyed the al la carte factor in the menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Coffee, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was fantastic

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I always get a good meal here. The food is very consistent. I had the scallops and my husband had the chicken under a brick.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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food5
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service4
value4

 
·Dined on October 3, 2017

Max’s has really become our go to place anytime we’re looking to treat ourselves to a good meal in Fresno. The food is consistently good without being fussy and the staff is always first rate. If we didn’t have to drive 45 min. from Hanford we’d be here a lot more often. We’ve recommended it to all our friends.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Perfect and Tasty Food. We are always happy when we leave. Best meal in town.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 28, 2017

As always, superb service and very delicious entrees! You must try their signature sweet potato fries with the jalapeno arugula aioli sauce, the best sweet potato fries in California!!! Today, I had the Crab & Shrimp Cheese Melt; it was to die for! Yum!! Love this place!!!

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food and wonderfully friendly service.
This was a last minute decision and they were able to accommodate our reservation very quickly.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always a great meal, and superb cocktails. Service is always 5 Star!! One of our favorite "Foodie" restaurants.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food is consistently good! Killer trio of fries and dipping sauces! Service is always spot on good too! Great atmosphere - never a thing to complain about! Great place to dine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent food and service as always, I'm never disappointed when o eat at Max's.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Everything was fantastic. Service was the best I can remember and food was as expected...awesome.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This place was worth every penny spent! Service was amazing I can't remember our waitresses name but it's the Portuguese lady she was amazing. Food was magnificent!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was delicious except for the truffle fries. They were limp and undercooked. Server exceptional. Never hurried. Highly recommend as place to dine and have conversations.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Max's is consistently great. The meatloaf and halibut steak entrees were awesome!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on September 10, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants to eat. Ambiance and food is awesome. A must place to eat.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was very good. My husband had fish, I had a chicken dish. We had a very nice bottle
of wine. Our server was excellent. The seasonal tort dessert that we shared was over the top.
The ambience was so relaxed we ate and visited for about an hour and a half. This was a truly
Enjoyable evening.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Shrimp and burrata appetizers were a great way to start. Entrees were good. Service was friendly and attentive.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food and great service. This is the best restaurant in Fresno.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Thank you staff for making a 98th Birthday Luncheon so special! We appreciate you accommodating our personal birthday cake for our honoree. The food was excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always our "Go to!" for any occasion. Love the specials, which doesn't mean a "special value meal" but rather a unique chef creation to try. Fun!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on August 25, 2017

One of my favorites, always great food and service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We had the best server, her name was Ashton . I was having lunch with a longtime friend and we were so busy catching up it took us a while to decide on our meals. Ashton was totally understanding and encouraged us to linger and didn't rush us a bit. She made good suggestions as to meal choices. She made our lunch date perfect. She's a gem!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Excellent service and the food is very fresh and tasty. They go out of their way to accommodate our every need.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Our waitress was great and attentive. They made substitutions on the menu for us to meet our needs.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Good foot and the ambiance was great. I love their art work and design. It has a very "not Fresno" feel, like your out of town in LA or Bay Area. However, I paid the bill and went to me car and realized I left my sunglasses on the table. When returned, the wait staff has cleared the table and they were gone. They claim they were not found on the table which unfortunately I don't believe. Someone got a nice pair of Raybans. I was disappointed and it has tainted my view of the restaurant and the service help.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent food and the best staff and service in town.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

I got the seafood special for this meal, and it was pretty good, but what I liked most was the service. I was taking a test later on in the day and my nerves were definitely getting the best of me, but my server was really sweet and reassuring. I even voiced my concerns between two dishes and she was really helpful in helping me decide one what would be most practical for keeping me fueled for my test but not bog me down mentally. Overall great service!

My meal was also pretty good. The ahi was perfectly seared and served rare. I didn't love the sauce as I would have preferred something sour like lime to cut the richness of the risotto, but the asparagus was amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

we go to max's frequently for great food and service and they have never disapointed us
the food is always tasty interesting and healthy. i have a sensitive stomach and i never have any problems at max's

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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