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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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (30)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
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Good for Birthdays (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Great for Lunch (17)
Business Meals (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Romantic (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Fun (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (10)
Cozy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Celebrating a celebratory dinner with our daughter for college graduation.

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·Dined 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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food5
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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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 (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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 (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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·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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·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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