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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (33)
Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Romantic (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Casual (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Fun (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Healthy (11)
Business Meals (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Cozy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 2 days ago

Great server and great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend

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·Dined 2 days ago

Josh was great. Thanks for a fantastic experience.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

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...

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Casual, Disabled Access
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very good food and very nice service. Will be back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 31, 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!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Overall quality meal

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Max's is a neighborhood gem. The food is always fresh and excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

really nice, wonderful service was a little loud because it was packed other than that we loved our first experience and will absolutely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It just not the same as it once was. I'm giving the restaurant three out of five based on my experience not the entire table of guests. I ordered the Wellington vegan dish. It was boring and bland and the side of cauliflower was awful. I can cook better than this at home. Sorry but I just didn't enjoy the meal at all. The service, however, was excellent and our server Amanda was pleasant and did a great job. The noise level was very high and made it difficult to chat across the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The restaurant was short staffed and we were seated next to a loud table of Trump supporters, but hey, the food was great as usual!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 11, 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 6, 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 5, 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 3, 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 December 31, 2017

Great food, great Service

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 26, 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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 (Sacramento)·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 23, 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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 (San Joaquin)·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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing as always!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Celebrating a celebratory dinner with our daughter for college graduation.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 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 11, 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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 (Central Coast)·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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vip
 (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 3, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 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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