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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (29)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
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Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Romantic (15)
Casual (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Fun (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Business Meals (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Cozy (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Healthy (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Authentic (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

A little too noise for our jars of hearing older guests. Swordfish was excellent t as were salads.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

My food was consistently wonderful. Same great meal as all of the other visits. I will be a continued customer.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 7 days ago

I love this place and it never fails to disappoint. The service is great, the food incredible, and the atmosphere not too loud.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Had a wonderful meal. Good drinks, great food and we'll-curated group of wines by the glass. I'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very slow service. Food average. The cauliflower appetizer was disgusting. Over ten minutes to get the beer and server had to be asked after ten minutes. Place is really busy so I guess people think it is good....

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I had this place on our list 'to try'. It was a bit further west than expected but well worth the drive. It was a bit noisy but they were able to satisfy our request for a quiet area in their small, side room toward the back. The food was good. Service was exceptional.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The facility was cold we wore jackets. Steak and cesare salad good, specials unappetizing taste and look. Service little slow. Didn't recognize a birthday celebration. Not exciting like I anticipated.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food, great Service

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Neither entree was special in any way, un-inspired. Even the bread was sub par. Not our usual experience at this restaurant.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The best restaurant in town. The food is always fresh and tasty.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Service was great as was the food! I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Interesting menu, with well seasoned entrees. Will be returning soon. Max's was at least a weekly stop for us years ago, when we lived close by. Had not been back since we moved further away, but will now make the drive often. We have been missing this nice spot. Good wine list as well. Kevin, our server, knows his way around both food and wine. For sure a journeyman at his trade. Go and enjoy!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have been to Max's many times & have been happy. However, this time it was not up to the usual standard we have come to expect from Max's. While the main dish was hot, the accompanying food was lukewarm at best. They were busy so maybe that had an effect on the food being cool, but not what you would expect from Max's.
We will wait awhile before we return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Love the staff and the ambiance. Wonderful cocktails!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

A little pricey but great always! The waitress brought me the wrong meal but corrected it quickly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Amazing as always!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Celebrating a celebratory dinner with our daughter for college graduation.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was wonderful and Kevin our server was amazing!! Excellent!! Thank you!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Had a great dInner After the kids recital. Not to packed and service was fast. Food was delicious. Kids had the Max’s Burgers. Always a big hit.

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Wonderful food, great ambience. Our entire group loved it. Thanks for making our 46th anniversary memorable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Celebrated a friends upcoming birth of her son. Table was ready when we arrived. Ashton, our server, was very attentive. Everything was enjoyable.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Made a reservation but still got seated by the front door on a chilly day...tomato soup was too salty. The cheese plate appetizer is the best I’ve ever had...

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We hadn't been to Max's in a few years but have always enjoyed eating there. Met with a friend for a long overdue visit and had the best meal in Fresno in a long time. I had the Duck, Two ways and my husband had the Pork osso buco. For dessert we shared the Salted caramel creme brulee'. Everything was over-the-top delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was delicious!! Both of our servers provided excellent service and engaged in conversation with us. Awesome experience all the way around!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent as always. Best food in town. Our waitress is the best.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Salad taste like they dumped salt on it. I sent it back and i told the wait staff and she said she would remove it from the bill but apparently she forgot b/c we ended up paying for the chicken salad supreme that we didn’t eat.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Duck was too salty and breast was rubbery not enough sauce overall no interesting flavor except salt

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Brought a date who had never been to Max's before -- she's now a fan for life. Food was exceptional, wait staff phenomenal, and the atmosphere delightful.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is our go to place with family and friends. Our daughter had just flown in from JFK. And she had had a terrible flight experience
She said this meal, made up for the 15 hour flight WTH mistakes. She enjoyed her Cesar salad and petite filet mignon

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great place with alot of energy! Our food was great! we had the sweet potato fries to start! A must! and then the ahi poke. yummy !!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Birthday - Chelsey and Ashten were amazing!

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was excellent with ample portions. The service was attentive without being overly so. It is a beautiful restaurant and the night we were there on a Thursday it wasn't too busy so it was nice and quiet. My friends and I were able to chat and laugh without feeling like we were going to disturb anyone. In fact the people at the next table over were doing the same and we could hardly hear them. There seemed to be baffles on the ceiling and I would recommend that more restaurants look into this. An evening out can be ruined for me if a restaurant is very noisy and you have to struggle to hear the person across from you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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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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·Dined on November 6, 2017

50th Birthday everything was good.

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 (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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 (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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·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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·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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