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Date
Mon, 4/23
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10:00 PM
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Max's Oyster Bar

4.6
2285 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 236-6299
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Hunter Morton
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Private party facilities
We have seating up to 25 and a private wine room.
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Private party contact
Michael Shail: (860) 236-6299
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Cross street
South Main Street
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Parking details
Public Lot located behind restaurant.
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2285 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

One of my favorite Restaurants in Greater Hartford Area!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

In town for the weekend and we wanted good seafood, this place fit the bill!

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

This review will can be very short and simple. Run, don’t walk away from this restaurant. As good as Max’s downtown is this can only be described as its poor step child.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great raw oysters, loved the sauces that came with them. Had a raw kale, Brussels sprout salad with cranberries, almonds and bacon that was amazing. The horseradish carrots that they start you with are a great alternative to bread and are delicious.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had dinner at M. O. B. On April 17. Every party of 2 or more received a free dinner with the purchase of another. We did not order salads or appetizers, and it seemed like our food was served within a few minutes of ordering (a good thing, not a complaint). Our server was very helpful regarding gluten-free questions and other menu items. The salmon was excellent, as usual, as was the trout. Two of us ordered the pasta/seafood special. It had a very slight spicy kick and was delicious. We ordered the beignets for dessert. Amazing.

All in all, a great evening.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Overall service and good was great
From the appetizer through desert
The app of calamari was very good
The main dishes of roasted sword fish was flavorful and well sized
The seafood hot pot was not what I was expecting
While it was very traditional , my expectations of Max’s would be higher
It had all of the ingredients( lobster was 1/2 of a small tail )
It was just ok nothing special I left a lot untouched

We did wrap up meal with the chocolate BEIGNETS, they are always amazing

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Carly was a wonderful server and their seafood is hard to beat!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Max Oyster is my favorite Max restaurant. It's my go to spot for celebrations or just a meal out. I'm never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our server was fantastic and each of us truly enjoyed our dinner selections! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Awesome place to have drinks, hang with friends and meet some new ones. The food is exceptional and the staff is very attentive.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Consistently good food and service

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

My folks and I had a great dinner and our server, Debbie was delightful. Smart and cheerful, she made the experience even better. The food was delicious and all things considered, we will keep coming back to Max’s!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food! Great staff! Excellent atmosphere!! Will be back again very soon

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I had a salad that was tasteless, bland and made days earlier...really?

The seafood special, they did not bother to cook the potatoes....really?
What can I say...a disappointment.

I need to find another favorite dining experience...this place has fallen from grace

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our waiter, Ron, was exceptional..................just like the Managing Partner, Bob Cooke!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Two of us were really looking forward to lobster...but had none! Don't understand that

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The evening was amazing, The atmosphere was great and the service was even better. Thanks for a great night

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Overpriced for what you get. Decent place but NOT worth the money spent.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

They turned our anniversary dinner into a special by bringing us extras as well as the friendly and attentive service. Price was reasonable for the high quality. We will be returning soon.

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Decent crapcake. Swordfish was horrible. Small lobster roll.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very good!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Went for Brunch on a kidless date with my wife. Love the bloody mary bar! Food was good as always. Nathaniel our server was excellent. Great experience as usual.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

MAX Restaurant Group are all top shelf. Max Oyster Bar is particularly good at seafood and fresh shell fish. Service was impeccable and prompt. Easy parking immediately behind the restaurant. Easy access to Hartford for either before or after theatre. Reservations highly recommended as it is a very popular place.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Awesome dining experience

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food and service is good every time. We always try to get a booth more in the back because it does get noisey. We will come back

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Another great Max restaurant! Creative seafood menu

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We took my dad out who was visiting. The oysters were amazing and the craft cocktails were delicious. Great staff especially Carl our server. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great service and great food.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

As usual we had an excellent dining experience. The managing partner greeted us when we came in. The waitress remembered us and greeted us accordingly. Max's does it the right way. Other restaurants should follow their formula for success.

Bottom line the food and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Had a great time, food was awesome and our waitress Vicky was fantastic.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Elegant setting,great raw bar extremely busy but way too noisy for reasonable conversation levels .

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Wonderful menu. A bit loud for anything romantic, but excellent food and service!

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Ordinary food at high prices. It used to be better than that, but has gone down hill.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Everything was fine and I even had a free birthday entree.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Meals were excellent as always. Dined this time for a Special Occasion and the staff went above and beyond treating us wonderfully. Great job and a fantastic dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We return because the food is good!
Calamari is some of the best!
Salads and entrees all very good
And we’re back again!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I always have a great time and great service at a Max restaurant.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

For the amount of money that was spent on the bill, I would have expected the server to be a bit more enthusiastic about being there. The meal tasted catered, as if i chose the "steak and lobster" at a cousin's wedding. The $18/ additional lobster tail might have been the size of a jumbo shrimp. Pretty disappointed overall. I wouldn't have complained if the meal was half the price paid.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food and service! Thanks to Mark our server who was excellent! Very attentive and energetic without being overbearing. Food as always was terrific. Had the halibut special and the hot pot. Bread pudding dessert was delicious. Thank you for a wonderful evening!!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

They went above and beyond to acknowledge our anniversary with complimentary wine toast, amuse bouche, and dessert! Our halibut entree was delicious! A lovely meal and evening!

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