Max's Oyster Bar

4.7
2623 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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R
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal. Great food and service.

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Our waiter Steve was great and very knowledgeable

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PG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were delicious as usual! A great place for a business lunch.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Max’s. Our waiter Steve was very attentive and professional. The food was excellent. I like the ambiance/atmosphere there very much. The noise level can get a bit loud, but I certainly will be back there again. Overall a great experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Max’s Oyster bar! The food was delicious, the drinks perfect, and the service outstanding! Our entree scallops were delicious, but just a tad overdone. Our appetizers, which consisted of oysters, scallops ceviche, fried calamari, and a chopped salad were ALL superb. It’s hard to find perfectly tender fried calimari, well, look no more.

Our server was friendly, very competent, and never rushed us. Excellent service, Sarah!

Dessert and coffee were perfect (I always get their key lime pie, (which is more like a small tart) because it’s awesome.

It was my boyfriend’s birthday, and they brought him out a cute little plate with two cake pops and a candle.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family visits and we go out to eat in the Hartford area once a year. This was our second year at Max’s Oysters. It was so great that we decided this would be our yearly spot going forward. Food and service were excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

They put us in a booth by the bathroom and kitchen when I noted it was our anniversary on the reservation. Slightly annoying.

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JB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent, always perfect!! From the greeting to the check a wonderful experience. Delicious!!!

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H
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience. We shared a calamari starter and Caesar salad and both had sea scallops. All were delicious. For dessert, we shared chocolate beignets and creme brûlée between four of us, both which were excellent. Furthermore, the cocktail with pineapple and tequila was a combination I’ve never had, but enjoyed immensely. Service was attentive. The ambiance was lively. And the decor was inviting. In particular, they have a great bar. The only negative was the price. We spent about $160 for two, which was expensive considering we shared our salad and dessert and had cocktails at the bar ahead of time. Regardless, we look forward to returning soon.

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concert at xl centee

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CC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and attentiveness.

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VH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 1

We sat in the back room by ourselves and there was room in the main dining room.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food was excellent. Our party had Arctic char, salmon, tuna and swordfish. All were prepared beautifully and tasted good. Service was helpful and friendly. The noise level was a little high, but we had a party of 20 seated next to us!

Not an everyday place, but a good special night out dinner.

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RW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went on a Sunday afternoon, they stop serving brunch at 3pm so we were given both brunch and dinner to choose from. The dining room is nice and inviting, classy but not overly fancy. It was quiet as we were definitely in between rushes. It ended up being a pricey "lunch" but the entrees were comparably priced for other dining locations in the area. My boyfriend had oysters and a monk fish special. He enjoyed both very much. I had the clam chowder which was definitely one of the better versions I've had. I also had the hot buttered lobster roll which was great, from the bread to the lobster! Definitely will return!

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RE
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and experience

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a nice place. Had the best server that made excellent recommendations.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I live in WH; we are food lovers; we have spend many thousands of dollars in the Max group;
My last oyster meal was cold; the chocolate desert was supposed to be warm and was cold.
We expect and excellent experience when dining at Max s
sincerely,
Dr Joerg and Patricia Rathmann

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and meeting

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AM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our meals were just delicious. Our server was exceptionally helpful and accommodating. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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JG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every time we visit Max's Oyster Bar we have excellent food and service. The oysters are fantastic and it is always an experience to try the different varieties. The ambience is lovely, and I recommend it highly!

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WM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and atmosphere all excellent! Would definitely recommend

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Wonderful food and great atmosphere! Seating was comfortable.
I would come back and definitely tell others to visit!

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KP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a hankering for oysters so my husband and I headed to Max’s Oyster Bar. Always a favorite.

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PR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at Max’s many times and it has always been a pleasant experience, food is excellent as is the waitstaff. can be a bit noisy at times but yesterday was not the case.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veronica, our server , was amazing. She knew the menu well, and did a great job explaining our dining options.

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W
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business meeting to review some data. Our server gave us plenty of time to review the spreadsheets, then provided great service when we were ready to eat. One of us had to avoid gluten and was delighted by the menu options.

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HH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and served in a timely manner.

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JG
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chad our waiter was more than accommodating! My friend and I had a wonderful time ! The food was great!!!

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AA
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great booth for two. Vicki our server was very pleasant and attentive. The food was expertly prepared.

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BL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. We have never been disappointed and will return. We have brought friends there from out of town who raved about their experience.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The experience dining at Max's was very nice but hardly worth the expense.

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Fish was a little undercooked and server took care of and manager came over to offer apologies and came back to check on refired piece after wife tried again which was perfect this time.
Steak was amazing.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seafood was good, but not great. Dessert was ok. Bathroom was dirty. Waiter, Chad was very good.

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great evening!!

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as always wonderful

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Valentine’s dinner, good food, small portions but delicious, amazing oysters

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TB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual.

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NR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us shared oysters and little necks. Oysters were 2 kinds from Long Island and were juicy and succulent. Then we had fried oysters, crab cakes, salmon and 2 people had clam chowder. We shared an order of beignets for desert. All enjoyed the meal great service and food

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service - always a wonderful experience. My son loves the oysters.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

This restaurant has gone downhill over the past few years. My husband and I go here for special occasions a few times a year so we haven't been in about 6 months. The food quality has gone way downhill.

We usually order an appetizer, a bunch of items from the raw bar, a salad each, an entree each, a dessert and several drinks. The drinks were fantastic but other than that everything was very lacking. We had the calamari which has completely changed and lacks flavor. The salads weren't anything special. We had oysters and after the meal we were both extremely sick so I think we may have had some bad ones. We each had one of the special meals and mine came with risotto. The rice was literally hard and barely edible. It also tasted extremely bland. The fish I had was stuffed and the stuffing was tough and chewy. My husband had a seafood pasta and the seafood had no flavor. Then we had an apple tarte and it was warm around the edges and cold in the middle.

For a $240 bill for two of us, we expected much better food. There are too many good options in West Hartford for us to return there again. It's too bad because it really was our favorite place to go to for special occasions. And the restaurant is so loud with such tight seating. It's a shame because it really was a wonderful restaurant a few years ago.

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