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About Max's Oyster Bar

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.

964 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

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

Cross Street:
South Main Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 236-6299

Website:
http://maxsoysterbar.com/

Parking Details:
Public Lot located behind restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Hunter Morton

Private Party Facilities:
We have seating up to 25 and a private wine room.

Private Party Contact:
Michael Shail: (860) 236-6299

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Max's Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (69)
Good for a Date (59)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
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Good for Birthdays (38)
Worth the Drive (38)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Business Meals (35)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (29)
Bar Seating (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Great for Lunch (26)
Romantic (26)
Notable Wine List (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Hot Spot (25)
Happy Hour (23)
Authentic (22)
Fun (21)
Local Ingredients (18)
People Watching (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Casual (12)
Healthy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Cozy (10)
Seasonal (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Live Sports (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing! Our waiter even brought me gluten free bread! It was really great overall.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food. Beautiful night. Definitely coming back again

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fun, Romantic, People Watching, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great restaurant and great happy hour. They are prompt with their reservations. Some notable dishes are their tacos, the ceviche, the oysters, the paella, the truffle fries, and lobster.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

Was a good experience, food was AMAZING and service was great. Drinks menu was very extensive and very tasty.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waitress was great as was the food. Thanks again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great valentines dinner. Had the special. Prime rib. Juicy and very flavorfull. Service was excellent even in a very busy evening

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great setting for a Valentine Day dinner. Tables were cozy but that is expected on a Holiday. That also made it noisier than usual.
But the food is great. Pricey but not extreme.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Very enjoyable Valentines dinner!!! Service was awesome and the food and cocktails were incredible!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed a delicious Valentine dinner. We started with oysters and pink champagne, then shared the salad special - arugula with blood oranges - then onto our entrees, swordfish and scallops. Both cooked perfectly, and loved the butternut spaetzel! Splurged on dessert, as it was Valentine’s Day! A yummy chocolate cake with layers of chocolate mousse and cream. Great night!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Waitress ignored us for 20-30 minutes. We wanted to order food and she never looked at us, we tried getting her attention. It was embarrassing because we had important clients with us

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·Dined 4 days ago

My waiter was remarkable. And food was to die for.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Organic, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

great food! will return very soon

parking can be an issue

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

I'm retired on a set income, yet I can choose reasonably priced items.
Food is terrific. Service is friendly. Noise level is low.

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The “lobster fest” price fix dinner was truly enjoyable. The value for and the quality of the food was great.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

There for lobster fest, great deal! Good portions & choices.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

My first impression of the restaurant wasn’t great because the duo at the front desk greeted us in a lackluster way and although we had a reservation they made us hang around waiting. Our waiter, Ron, however was outstanding in every way and a real credit to the restaurant. The Lobsterfest was also outstanding. Good selections at a reasonable price. Overall it was a good experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Brunch menu was quite good! Our server was super nice and very attentive. Getting the food and drinks was a bit slow but not his doing - it was the transition from lunch to dinner timing so he was handling a lot of tables and I am sure staff in other areas was also transitioning. Had the mussels, lobster tempura, asparagus/crab frittata and lobster benedict. It was delicious! Always great at this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We went for Lobster Fest, which was a great deal! The food was delicious and service was good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Perfect as always, great wait staff and fantastic food

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great experience, The food was great as always. Our server was both knowledgeable, attentive and very personable.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It is always a great experience at a Max restaurant!I always enjoy the food a d the service is always excellent

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always our favorite. This was Lobsterfest. YUMMY!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Lobsterfest menu was fantastic. App, entree and dessert for $30. Meal was great. Service was a little choppy. Pretty crowded and most everyone seemed to order from special menu. Our waiter was nice which balanced out issues.

We will look for this special menu next year.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful lobster nite dinner. Everything was perfectly prepared and delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

It was very nice. Our waiter was attentive and great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food, the ambiance, and the service was good. I especially liked the variety of seafood and raw bar offered here. The drinks were amazing. My fiance and I will definitely be back and visit other Max Group restaurants.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Late-night Find, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic food and drink and exceptional service. A great place to take a date or the family or a group to celebrate. no matter the occasion this is an excellent environment for enjoying great food and good company.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Bad menu pick by me but overall great evening

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Friends birthday

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fantastic service, food and a great vibe. Our server was outstanding!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Portion on surf and turf was just a little bit smaller than what we would have thought. Potato had an odd flavor. Rest of meal was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful food and great ambience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The oysters were absolutely delicious and the seared tube dinner was wonderful!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Were there twice this past month. Warm greeting. Seated immediately. ( had reservations). Server delightful, attentive. Food, delicious. Be back again soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great place, fun, full of energy. Oysters are delicious. This is our second time at Max's Oyster Bar and we can't wait for our next trip!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is always amazing and delicious. Portions seemed smaller this time and we weren’t served their famous carrots which we look forward too. Don’t know if they aren’t serving them anymore or if it was just our server. None of her tables had them.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a great dinner the other night, would go back in a minute!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We really enjoyed our birthday dinners in the 26th. Everything was terrific especially our server Don. We will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We went for lunch. I have been here many times and I am never disappointed. The food and service were excellent. The gumbo (a daily special) was as good as one I had in New Orleans the week before. The seafood is always fresh and cooked to perfection. I will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This restaurant is one not to be missed especially at Happy Hour! The food and drinks were top notch and so was the excellent service. The Bartender and Waitress Vanessa went out of their way to please us including providing us with two glasses of champagne and two chocolate cake balls on a stick which were so satisfying and special.

First of all, the reason we came here was for the Oysters which were magnificent - we had two plates of 6 as well as other items: Louisiana Shrimp, Salmon Poke, and Fried Calamari! Each dish was wonderful. The price for each dish and drink was $5 which is very reasonable.

The drinks were wonderful - we had a Vertigo (Amaro | ginger beer| lime) and the Pom Margarita (El Jimador tequila | lime juice | pom juice).

We are definitely coming back for dinner real soon!!! It was such an enjoyable evening out!

They even treated us to a special appetizer - seafood cassoulet (which was OK but needed some spices to liven it up). I would pass on this dish until they improve it. Cassoulet was never one of my favorites anyway!

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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