Max's Oyster Bar

4.7
2729 reviews
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Max's Oyster Bar is the fourth creation of restaurateur Richard Rosenthal and his partner Bob Cooke, formerly of Legal Seafood Restaurant Company. Located among unique shops, coffeehouses, and several restaurants, Max's Oyster Bar compliments West Hartford Center's charming and growing shopping district. The understated atmosphere of muted colors and comfortable seating allows diner's to focus on the truly important, the food. Featuring modern renditions of classic American seafood, Max's Oyster Bar menu has something for everyone. While seafood is the focal point, there are selections for even the most land bound. Ethnic influences are apparent throughout a menu filled with new interpretations on traditional fare.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere,we will be coming back here again for sure

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first experience at Max's as we were in from out of town. We decided on Max's due to a positive recommendation from a family member! They were right on point with this establishment! Great food, nice ambiance and good service! There was an option of outside dining as well! Our waiter was accommodating and attentive. We all considered the prices to be very reasonable! We would certainly not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to others!

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous- beautifully presented and high quality ingredients. Great service with knowledgeable servers. We enjoyed our evening.

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D
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters and clams from the raw bar were outstanding. We also had a strip steak and herb grilled lobster that were also delicious. I am definitely going back!!

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GP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Everything is great except the noise level. Way, way, way too loud.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ron the veteran server is a west Hartford treasure! Oysters , clams and shrimp cocktail are ultra fresh it could make you cry! Fish entree and lobster were. Perfect, best seafood in the state!

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OT
New England
217 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in central Connecticut. Both the halibut and lobster roll were delicious. Service was outstanding.

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f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food expertly served. We sat for a long time with an old friend, and nobody bothered us.

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JF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh food. Great service,lively atmosphere

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LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow but the meal was incredible.

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HD
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner. Was able to snag an outside table on a warm night. Raw Oyster selection was superb; whole belly clam appetizer was great. The simply grilled salmon with salad was very good, and the simply grilled shrimp with asparagus & potatoes) was the best I've had for a long time. Service was good, even on a busy night. Thumbs up all around!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters from the raw bar were delicious and our waitress was beyond attentive with great recommendations. Will definitely go again.

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent as usual. Bob Cook, the Managing Partner, always goes out of the way to ensure a fabulous dining experience. My family and I will continue to go to Max's Oyster Bar for all of our special occasions or just to have a great dinner !!

Joe Laffin

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food was excellent as was the service

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RT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome waitstaff. Raw bar was delicious. Enjoyed it!

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CH
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great ambience awesome place. Can’t wait to go back again.

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1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for my boyfriend’s birthday dinner and it did not disappoint! Everyone was professional and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious and the drinks were great. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.

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Naples
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the seafood was simply outstanding. The server treated us as if we were his only responsibility for the evening. Very attentive and full of helpful suggestions while ordering. Could not have been a better evening.

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual our dining experience was wonderful and the food and service were spot on.
Very pleased.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experiwnce!

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AT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food but loud atmosphere

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OT
New England
32 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting with our elderly Aunt in West Hartford and bringing her to Max Oyster. We all enjoyed it immensely. Our server Ryan was terrific, very personable, informative and attentive in just the right measure. The food was top shelf! Lobster and raw bar and the Turtle Sundae were standouts! We will be back!

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was fine but not outstanding
The recommendations for wine were spot on
Server very respectful and did not try to rush us through our lunch

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready for us.The noise at first was rather loud.Out table was great.The tuna we had was great with a most tasty sauce.Our friends have a problem walking so seating worked fine.Our waitress was knowing and was helpful on selection of food.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Highly recommended!

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! One of the appetizers came out and wasn't what we expected - we didn't make a fuss, but the waitress saw that we didn't finish it and asked us why. We explained, and she took the item off the check. Everything else was great! Service timed perfectly, not rushed, even though the place was full and lots of people waiting. Highly recommend.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, food and outstanding service
Recommend to all

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night out - one of our favorites

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I started with a cocktail which was excellent as was the food. The service was prompt and friendly. Our server gave us consistent attention but was not intrusive. It was a special night. I would certainly go back.

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SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were surprisingly disappointed this visit to Max’s for a graduation party after generally having good food there. One of the lobsters that was served was clearly spoiled and the other food was mediocre. The service was decent but the cooking was extremely disappointing. They took the spoiled food off the bill... but still :(

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Graduation

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Was notified at 6:18 that evening that the dinner was not eligible for Max points. Not very happy to learn that after making the reservation. Pretty low rent move because the Maxvantage program was a reason we went. Not to be repeated and will spread the word!!!

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BV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food, as always was excellent! Service has been better. Waitress seemed overwhelmed. This is one of our favorite restaurants around. The Soft Shell crab on special was outstanding!

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MF
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was only ok. Food was spectacular! Everything we needed we had to actually ask for. Every single thing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I booked a reservation this evening (5/18) for my family and I to celebrate; the intent was a belated Mother’s Day dinner, this was our first time dining here. Our experience was overall terrible and unpleasant — as a Max Restaurant Group supporter for years, I was very shocked.

We were seated next to a large party, who were obnoxiously vulgar and loud the entire time; our dinner was rudely interrupted multiple times by their party drunkenly bumping into our table, yelling curse words and racial comments across the table, and drunkenly attempting to get our party to interact with theirs. We literally had to yell over their voice to communicate, & ultimately dined in silence out of disappointment and frustration.

Our meals were disappointing as well. One of ordered meals was the “fisherman’s platter”, wish is essentially a fried seafood basket. The breading literally slid of the seafood; the seafood was wet and soggy beyond the breading, as if it was previously frozen and deep-fried. Large portion of the French fries served with the entree were burnt as well. One of the guest in our party is feeling unwell after this meal. A 12 oz NY strip the NY Strip was a little difficult to cut, and the lobster tail just tasted like char and was not enjoyable. The third entree was from their special menu; their soft shell crab entree. The dish was very bland, not fried, and the crab did not appear to be cleaned. The veggies in the dish were also not cooked throughout, and were tough.

My mother chose this place to dine with, and was so excited when I surprised her with reservations; the look of disappointment on her face that evening spoke volumes. After my experience this evening, I will never recommend this restaurant to my family, my friends, or to anyone at that matter. I’ve been to several Max Restaurant Group establishments over the years, out of each experience, this has been by far the worst experience overall.

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AL
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous food - crab legs, lobster, scallops, and unbelievable molten chocolate-filled beignets for dessert

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, nice atmosphere. Always a great experience at Max’s!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as usual, salads, seafood, everything delicious. Always recommend going there.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance, and service! My wife and I visited to celebrate our anniversary and Max’s delivered on all fronts. The Paella is excellent and we will be going back to try more!

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