Max's Oyster Bar
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.
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.
Seafood was good, but not great. Dessert was ok. Bathroom was dirty. Waiter, Chad was very good.
Such a great evening!!
It was as always wonderful
Valentine’s dinner, good food, small portions but delicious, amazing oysters
Fantastic as usual.
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
Excellent food and service - always a wonderful experience. My son loves the oysters.
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.
Always high quality food and excellent service. Saturday nights are busy so a bit noisy. Recommend going weekdays if you can help it.
Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner with friends at Max Oyster Bar on Saturday night. Started with some roasted oysters and tuna tartare, followed by a great crab salad and then some mahi mahi.
This was an anniversary celebration and we typically enjoy Max Oyster Bar for that as it's where we had our first date. I had indicated in the Open Table registration that I could not have gluten, onion or garlic, and that was not communicated to the server. Regardless the server handled my dietary needs with grace, understanding and an eagerness to make sure everything was perfect. The gluten free rolls, by the way, are to die for, especially for those of us who miss bread.
The restaurant was extremely busy on a Saturday night, so it was noisier than we'd have liked. But otherwise, everything was perfect. We love Max-O!
Food and service are top notch. Convenient parking in municipal lot behind the restaurant.
Great time, great food, great service
Went for lunch on Friday. Great wait staff, nice menu and the food was excellent. Great place!
Had a great experience. Took my mom for her birthday and everything was perfect. The waitress, food and service was great. Even given complimentary champagne to celebrate. We will be back. Thank you.
Lovely experience, thanks. Great food, service and ambiance.
Our meals were delicious and we liked getting the tuna appetizer in the beginning without ordering it; it was scrumptious and a very nice touch. Service could have been better. Our waitress was not overly attentive and we looked for her for quite some time at one point to ask for something. Otherwise, a fun experience.
My wife and I had a great brunch,the waitstaff were great, our meals were awsome,
Delicious meal and wonderful service! Thanks for putting us in the back room - much quieter there!
Great meal as always! Waitstaff is friendly and one of the hosts went out of his way to bring us a phone (at another store) that we left at the table. This is one of our favorite spots & we drive all the way from MA just to eat here 😊
Server was very slow to get our drink order and apps but once those were put in, everything came out within a normal wait time. Food was great!
But I will look for a quieter MAX venue next time, even if it is 100 min away.
We had a fabulous meal. The staff was wonderful and the food was delicious!
Very enjoyable meal, shrimp cocktail and crab Louis salad to start, Shrimp and grits with just the right spice and Monkfish , will be coming back
We went as part of West Hartford restaurant week. Three of us had the shrimp and grits and they were scrumptious. My husband had the fish and chips which he also enjoyed. Loved the house g & t.
What can I say, 100% guaranteed great experience here or any other Max restaurant. Everything is always fantastic with a focus on the food and the entire experience.
Food-ordered from the taste of West Hartford menu. Filet, scallops, pot mash, veggies. The food was served to me warm not of heat like it was just cooked. I Ordered shrimp and grits instead much better
Desert-the brownie was hard
Service-took a long time to come to the table in between app, entree, dessert. When I told her the brownie was hard she said ooh I’m sorry. Never offering something else.
When I received my bill no compensation for a moderate experience. This is not my usual experience here so I was surprised.
We had confirmed reservations for 3 weeks prior.
Arrived to no table, waited 30 minutes and they sat a walkin, that was told to come back in 30 min when we arrived.
Scallops were slimy undercooked, strak had alot of fat.
But service was great for the crowd.
Went for Special Promotion. Value was good. Both mine and my wife’s soup were lukewarm. Very noisy, hard to have conversation. Service very good.
We joined another couple to celebrate my husband’s birthday. He has been a Max cardholder for years and they have always been great. This evening was exceptional! We shared the high rise raw bar tower and each had a salad. The amuse-bouche was a delicious ceviche. The service was excellent. I’d asked for a table in a quieter area and we had a great one. It was a 5 star birthday celebration. We had a great time sharing delicious food, wine and many happy memories of our adventures together. Thank you, Max!
I have been a diner at MOB for many years but i might have had one of my best meals, a lunch no less, last week. It was a grilled monk fish that was absolutely delicious.
The service is always excellent here. With a combination of fine food and service no wonder it has experienced such amazing longevity.
Met friends at Max Oyster during restaurant week. They had nice selections- we had the citrus salad and monk fish with squash risotto. Both were delicious and the topper was two great desserts! Their offering for $30 pre-fixe were a wonderful value. The only negative is the noise level. It's always very busy, so almost impossible to carry on a conversation.
Been to this restaurant many times - brought a first time out-of-state guest - she was very impressed by the selection of oysters and found all to be high quality. Also had a filet mignon - 8 oz - very expensive and good but not excellent. Sides and salads are outstanding.
Enjoyed the Taste of West Hartford.
Surf and Turf dish was outstanding!!!
Menu had a nice variety of offerings.
Staff was very attentive. Mark was a great waiter.
A memorable entree!
Beautiful restaurant, excellent service - our server was Debbie. Delicious food. Not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for.
Bake stuffed lobster was subpar. Hardly and stuffing in what appeared to be 1+lb lobster when ordered 2lb (which was part of my reservation).
We went for an early dinner on Sunday. We were seated quickly, our waiter was excellent!! We were also able to pick items off the restaurant week menu without doing the whole prefix. Everything was delish.