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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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived on a stormy Sunday night . I was greeted with a happy birthday by the hostess as we were seated within a couple minutes. Our waitress Ashley could not have been better. We enjoyed the seafood scyscraper for the four of us with each of us ordering and sharing other appetisers . Crabcake , delicious and spicy . The grilled octopus my 10 year old daughter loved . The mussles needed a bit more of thier delicious sauce. Everything was excellent . I enjoyed a delicious key lime pie and coffee for desert while my family dove into the molten chocolate beneigns . This is my third visit in the last year and we will be back.

PM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, our server Laura did a great job and made some awesome recommendations.

OT
Poconos
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, drinks, and atmosphere. The service was also fantastic.

R
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was good however two items were sent back to be reheated

CW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at the Max restaurants!

c
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The scene is energetic and noisy
Service by Mark was excellent 👍
Calamari very good as always
Caesar was ok due to not very crisp romaine and a couple brown end pieces hid at the bottom of the salad
Scallops divine

JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go we have a great time and great food. Love the lighting. Never feel rushed. Professional wait staff. Great place!

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always very consistent and the staff is wonderful can’t wait to come back !

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here all the time and it’s always like the first time .... perfect. We love you all at Max’s Oyster Bar

HF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, attention, and service! Highly recommend!

DH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service and attentiveness was fantastic. We went to Max's Oyster Bar for our anniversary, and we felt like they cared that is was so, and treated us accordingly.
Highly recommended.

j
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There is a wide variety of dishes on the menu that I will return to try more. Being in the mood for Oysters, this was a wonderful place to have that satisfied!
I am new to the area and heard of this restaurant through a friend. I was not disappointed!

a
Philadelphia
178 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place. Food and service were great. Will be back.

a
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max’s is a wonderful place for any occasion. The food and service are excellent but the price of quality isn’t cheap

BA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent!

LC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and I was royally treated! The four of us received a small appetizer to begin our meal and we were given glasses of Prosecco and small cake pops to finish off an excellent meal.......happy hour is also our favorite for an early dinner!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with friends, lovely dining room

J
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Max 's Oyster Bar is first class from start to finish.
Our waiter Ron is always attentive and professional.
The management and staff always make sure that that you are happy.

CR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Management went out of its way to insure a lovely birthday celebration

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu, great food for a very decent price and a very nice place

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
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 on November 11, 2019
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 on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
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
2 reviews
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!

C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my experience at Max's Oyster Bar. The food was awesome and the service was great.
When we were seated, our waitress gave my husband and I an anniversary card. That was such a special touch and very much appreciated.
I cannot wait until my next visit to CT and trip to a Max location.

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 😘👌🏽