Max's Oyster Bar

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The waitress was not very attentive. Things not done:
1. Asked about peppers in an appetizer she said she would check. Obviously she did not check because she said no but there were. Hardly taste them but they were there.
2. Never checked if all was okay after getting the appetizer nor the entree.
3. I got a 2nd glass of wine but she never asked my wife.

The food was excellent but come on. It was lunch time. The place was far from busy. The staff had time to check their phones but not enough to check on the customers.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. A "Happy Anniversary" card was given to us at our table. Very thoughtful of them, and something we won't for get. Service and food were excellent as always.

HH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to Max's Oyster Bar for Oyster Mondays.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! Food, service is impeccable. The staff always make you feel special. Especially when food allergies/sensitivity, they aim to please!

RS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've always had great food and excellent service when we visit. This dinner was no exception.

E
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Divine oysters. So fresh and a good selection to choose from! Restaurant is a classic pub vibe with tables and booths around. We were seated near the front door, a bit chilly there...but OK in November. Fresh fish cooked perfectly and loved the chocolate beignets, perfect for sharing. Waiter was pleasant And attentive! would certainly go again! Seems like a great group spot, or office dinner environment.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience at Max’s Oyster Bar! Great service, warm ambiance and fresh, delicious food!

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Delicious food, my husband and I have been going for the past 4 years and only great things to say about Max’s Oyster!

A
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I went to Max's Oyster Bar for my birthday with close friends to celebrate. Dinner was exceptional as was my pre dinner drink. Although Max's tends to be on the high pricier side, the quality is far beyond what you will find anywhere else. Within the Max family, every property delivers the same level of exceptional experience. Max's is on my short list for every occasion.

GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that place. The service was great and the food was fantastic. Thanks for helping make my birthday a great day.

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our group enjoyed our recent brunch at Max Oyster ! Service was great and our server was very attentive to our needs and checked on us frequently. We will return !!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was friendly and attentive. Meal delicious.

e
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Lobster was sweet and delicious. The halibut special was also delicious.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday had a great time as always! Food, service and cocktails were fabulous; just love OB!

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Made on line reservations including request for a chocolate birthday cake for 2. I am a Max member. Arrived at the restaurant and there only 4 tables of other diners so it was not very busy. It took 15 minutes for someone to first come to our table. I ordered a bottle of $119 Jordan Cabernet which took another 10 minutes to arrive. During this 25 minutes, no waiter came nor were we given menus. After 30 minutes, the waiter came to the table and introduced himself (Mark). He did not refill our wine glasses. He came back after 15 minutes to take our order. We ordered truffle fries to start and for our entrees, we ordered the seafood special along with tempura shrimp. The food arrived 15 minutes later but all at once. Again, the waiter did not pour the wine. The food was very good. We did not see the waiter until 10 minutes after the plates were cleared. He asked if we wanted dessert which I told him we had pre ordered a birthday cake for 2. I wanted it as a surprise for my guest but that was ruined. The cake was brought out 15 minutes later. We finished 5 minutes later and after another 10 minutes, I had to get up to find our waiter to ask for the bill. When the bill came, I told the waiter that he was not attentive but he had no response. The evening needed to be great which is why I chose the restaurant. Besides the food being very good, everything else was extremely disappointing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to favorite restaurant for all occasions. My 7 year old says you have the best chicken tenders of ANY restaurant!

RS
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience... Awesome Service...Max Restaurant Group just gets it right every time...that simple...every time!

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Raw bar was excellent as usual. Excellent martinis and wine. Only thing that I thought needed improvement was our side of brussels sprouts were very hard/undercooked.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From Start to finish superb 😘👌🏽

G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Tina our server was amazing - it is a very busy space so it is very hard to have a decent conversation at an acceptable noise level. The food was great and came very quickly so if you like some time between courses I would make sure you order accordingly.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

JS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place should write the book as far as proper service goes. Its as good as good can get.

DW
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I went there for a Friday night date night that we typically have. Place was great, food was awesome, service was fantastic, overall very very good experience. Would definitely go back and highly recommend

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food will certainly come back!

JP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our anniversary and we had never been to the restaurant before. We were greeted warmly seated quickly and had an attentive but not intrusive server. The food was outstanding oysters raw and a cooked preparation. There were extras for our evening amuse bouchée of octopus and cake pops. Dinner was salmon and halibut amazing even the leftovers were good. The pumpkin cheese cake with port poached pears and ginger was not too sweet and very satisfying

XF
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is always delicious. The restaurant tends to get very packed on the weekend which seriously impacts service. Great food and drinks overall.

OF
Miami
150 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is consistently outstanding. I had the Rib Eye Special and it was better than the traditional steakhouses. Service was spot on !!

MT
Miami
114 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great cuisine with a many choice menu, comfortable ambiance. We return whenever we can!

W
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Max Oyster Bar is my favorite restaurant in the Greater Hartford area. Always an outstanding experience. Only slight shortcoming this time: our server forgot to bring the bread.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the variety of seafood at Maxes Oyster Bar. I had broiled swordfish while my friend ordered the shrimp and scallop special. Both were tasty, although the swordfish was a tad overcooked. We skipped the raw bar and chose clam chowder as the appetizer. It was quite good. Our waiter was really nice, attentive, and knowledgeable. My only major complaint is the noise level. Too loud!

J
New England
50 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic. Awesome server. Everything done perfect.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good. Very crowded so service not as good as usual

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Max'a is always good, not great, but very good. Service is extraordinary. Food is good. If you want extraordinary food go to Metro Bis or Millwrights.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance.

JE
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have eaten at Max's Oyster Bar several times. This visit was no disappointment.
Terrific Food, Great Service and friendly employees. A pleasurable experience that I would strongly recommend.

MK
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The food wasn't very good and the portions were small. My wife's shrimp salad was carrots and lettuce and the shrimp was tough like maybe old. I had the crab cake, good but the sauce was just a shadow on the plate. We didn't stay for desert or coffee(the coffee machine was out of order we were told).
We come to Max's once a year to celebrate a family occasion and have been doing so for over 10 years.
I doubt we'll come again.

JS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about Max’s. This was our 11th wedding anniversary and love celebrating at our favorite restaurant.

J
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We always like Max's. Food average this day. Service good..staff excellent.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Max Oyster is always on point with all their seafood and farm to table, locally sourced items are a major plus in-season. Love this place for date nights and other special dinners. Noise this last visit made it difficult to have conversation. Not our usual experience so will chalk that up to an aberration. Great place love Max Oystah!