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Party Size
For 2
Date
Sun, 4/22
Time
7:30 PM
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Max's Bistro & Bar

4.6
700 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(559) 439-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Sauer/ Big Sur California
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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.
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Private party contact
J.J. Wettstead: (559) 892-9969
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Catering
Delivery of catering menu items to your business or home.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great dining experience as always!!!

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The halibut was so over cooked and dry I could not eat it

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our servers were great. Fun, light hearted, excellent service. I wish I could remember their names. Your special manhattan was delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I just moved from Los Angeles and have been looking for a restaurant that has good food, service, and cocktails. Max's is the best yet. The service was really great and the drinks were awesome. The food was pretty good. I will definitely return to try a few more items on the menu. Its pretty busy and a bit loud. I highly recommend a reservation.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

It was fine... service started out great and then fainted

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Overall quite good. On this occasion, our salmon dish was over cooked, but everything else was very tasty. We’ll definitely return, but on this visit the food was below what we’ve come to expect based upon prior visits to the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great evening at Max’s food was exceptional! Server was great!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always excellent!!! Easter brunch was fantastic. We have had the pleasure of enjoying Max's for dinner with amazing cocktails. The food is excellent! I would recommend this venue to experience a very special unique neighborhood gem. Thank you for always making us feel special and very well fed...☺

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We dine at Max’s a couple of times a year. We made a reservation early in the month for Easter Brunch. I was not happy that we ended up in the small room on the NW corner of restaurant. I tried to express that this would not be a good location for us, but hostess was snippy that they have 400 people to serve that day and no changes could be made. As I was turning to leave, I felt my husband’s hand on my shoulder saying this would be fine.

When we were leaving the restaurant, my husband asked why we go there?! We experienced a lack of service (no wait staff accessible and we had to walk out of room to flag them down), no adjustments to room ventilation after numerous requests, egg orders that were placed at same time arriving at various times over 30 minute timeframe cold, and all this with half of the main dining area sitting empty. Felt unwelcomed. We won’t be back.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good wine list. Creative entrees. Essie was a fabulous server.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Amazing dinner choices, preparation and flavor! I didn’t care for the appetizer that was furnished but the strawberry spinach salad and the aged New York steak dinner were delicious.
Esmerelda ‘ezzy’ was a wonderful server and attended to us at just the right level.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Brought comedian John Cleese here who is quite the foodie and he loved it. Service was excellent and respectful, even let us use their phone without hesitation.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The sweet potato fries were fantastic but my ahi poke was disappointing. Still, I love to take people from out-of-town to Max's. It's a great local place with beautiful artwork and usually very good food.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We celebrated my Mother’s birthday and the experience was terrific!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Thank you once again for another excellent meal.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Amazing service and food.
The waiter didn't over due himself checking on us. We were able to enjoy our lunch and conversation.
Will definitely be back 😁

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food is delicious with a lot of choices. I love the seasonings, presentation and the sea salt cream brulee was outstanding!!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Eat here often, food was delicious...from the calamari appetizer, the grilled chicken club sandwich, the turkey avocado sandwich, to the sweet potato fries. Service, not so much....our server spent more time talking with the other servers than she did waiting on us. First she forgot to bring salt, we had to get up and get it, then re-filled regular tea with flavored tea, finally, tried to take a plate while we were still eating...became unpleasant after the salt incident. After all of this....this is still one of my favorite places to eat, and we will go back.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Waiter didnt to come back to us after food was served. We didn’t have all of our utensils, ground pepper and lemon. We had to ask other waiters to help us. They gave me pepper in a bottle. Don’t you have fresh ground pepper?

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Though the food tasted good, the food prices were very expensive which will prevent me from going to this restaurant more than once a year, if that. I reviewed the menu and the food prices on the restaurant website the same day we went to the restaurant. I was surprised to find that, when our menus were provided to us, many of the prices were higher than what was shown on the restaurant website. When I brought this to the attention of the manager, he said he was surprised to hear that because they had just recently updated their website. Obviously this was not true.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The menu was limited, unique and tasty. For the picky eaters, when all else fails, there’s a burger on the menu!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Our waitress was wonderful and my salmon salad was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great food. Highly recommend the ahi tuna tostada. Our waiter Benson, was the perfect waiter, unobtrusively attentive and knowledgeable, making recommendations for guests in our party based on their preferences.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Always delicious with excellent service!!! My family and I love dining here!!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Was amazing my seat just kept hitting the table next to me. But honestly overall it was soo good. The flavor of the food, the atmosphere, the server.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Did Not expect my reservation would put us in the back corner next to a family with fun/loud kids. Plenty of tables for 2 in main dinning area, guess I needed to tip the hostess next time.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing service and Food! Never had to ask for a refill on my beverage, or for anything really. Great service!!! And even better food

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Wonderful! Went here for Valentines Day and were blown away by the service and the quality of everything. From the bread through desert was impeccable. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Josh was great. Thanks for a fantastic experience.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We are frequent flyers here, always a positive experience, even this time when I got the wrong entree. Still good, ate it anyway. Will get what I originally ordered, next time we are there...

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The food was amazing...it our first time there and we enjoyed our experience. The waitstaff was great, Bianca made it extra enjoyable with her great service and pleasant personality. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great server and great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great Place!! My friends never been before I reserved a table for the evening. Everyone was so delighted😉

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I must preface this review with the fact that it was Valentines day and they were busy as we sat at 6:30p. Our Server was outstanding. Starters.....
The Romaine Wedge salad was excellent. Bread is quite good. Calamari was good with the very tasty Aioli's provided. The Calamari plating was ok, but the appearance of the Calamari tubes was very pale, almost anemic, without any color.

Wife..Brick Chicken $28 ; Barely warm, a bit dry and did not expect Thigh meat as part of portion.
Broccolini, Red Pepper Coulis and Arugula Pesto were very good. Gnocchi was over fried.

Myself..New York Steak $45 ; I have not had a good steak in a while, and its going to be longer.
My Med-Rare order was a good Med. Aged for 45 days may have been a misprint, not an easy one to slice, maybe my knife was dull.. This Entree' was absolutely flavorless except for the bold flavor of burnt meat from the Grill's Char. I do LOVE the flavor of the markings on a steak, but this was over and beyond, deep burnt scars.

In defense of the Server, he heard our concerns and was was going to have the meals made again. We declined, were offered dessert on the house and also declined. We did not ask to be comped for any of it. He was tipped well.
This was my first and most likely last visit to Max's

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is the Best Neighbor Gem Fresno. Great service and fantastic people every time. Max's is Family.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Ezzy is one of the best servers I have ever had. She made the entire special evening even more special. My wife and I had a wonderful meal for Valentine's Day at Max's. We started with the fries trio of sweet potato, truffle, and eggplant fries. My favorite was the eggplant and it was the first time I've had an eggplant preparation that I really liked. We shared a wonderful lobster bisque and then each ordered the surf and turf. It was a 6 oz filet mignon and a 6 oz lobster tail that were both expertly prepared. I really wanted to try dessert but we were stuffed from dinner and our daughter had made a special dessert at home so we passed. All in all it was a near perfect evening. An expensive evening but we had zero complaints. We will be back to try other things on an exciting menu. Thanks Max's Bistro and Ezzy for a truly special evening.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We dine at Max’s often. Our experience this time was not very good. Nobody came around and asked if we would like a refill on our water, our food was served but we had to wait at least 10 minutes to get a steak knife to begin eating, and our bill was brought before we were even asked if we would like dessert. It’s tome we start looking for our next go to restaurant. I’m so disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good food and very nice service. Will be back

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The hostess was pleasant and wonderful. Our server Ivana was a joy.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

It was my birthday dinner and it was splendid and very yummy!!! I haven’t had duck as good since Houston. Thank you for making my birthday special!

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