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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (55)
Special Occasion (54)
Good for Birthdays (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (41)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Business Meals (32)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Romantic (27)
Good for Groups (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Hot Spot (23)
Bar Seating (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Fun (19)
People Watching (19)
Authentic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Casual (14)
Cozy (13)
Seasonal (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Healthy (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great Beer (6)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

A great experience.
Not a ton of options but that's good; no Great restaurant offers a ton of options. But there is something for everyone and it's not an easy decision.
Our waiter was attentive, helpful & professional; pacing was perfect.
All this goodness comes at a fairly hefty price but for such a dining experience it is not overpriced.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Good, if not great, dinner. Very busy (Sunday) night. Waitress was fine - the right amount of attention. Cheese app (special) was tremendous. Baked stuffed lobster was good, but could have used a bit something extra in the stuffing (bay scallops, perhaps). Salmon entre was less successful; topping was odd, and, while visually appealing, detracted from the overall taste of the entre. The wines by the glass list, as usual, was superb.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Max Oyster bar delivers! Consistently good service, an ever evolving menu, and a great feel to the atmosphere and decor! Seafood is top notch and the seafood tower appetizers are all a delicious beautiful experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Solid food, service was okay. Pricey but that's to be expected. Will return

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service and seafood. We feasted on mussels, calamari, Bay scallops and fried oysters--all tender and flavorful. Not your place to have a quiet conversation ( lively atmosphere) but you can have a normal one.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic meals! Everything delicious. Shannon was excellent! Thank you for a great evening.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always consistently good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great food, Entrees are kinda small so make sure to order appetizer and salad with dinner. Great Oysters, staff was very friendly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food here is absolutely amazing. This is the first restaurant where I actually got a great steak. It was juicy, tender, flavorful and cooked exactly to my liking.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Perfect experience at every level, from impeccable service to awesome food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Never a bad meal at Max’s Oyster Bar. Always extremely consistent food so perfectly prepared and served...great daily specials awesome desserts and extensive wine list. This place is so well managed imakinh it one of the best in the Hartford area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Really had exceptional treatment at our anniversary dinner, thank you! We felt very special.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As usual superb. This is our favorite place!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

As usually excellent service. It was my 65 birthday they gave me a birthday card. The only think that should be corrected Butter should not be iced, but its in the most restaurants. Classy place has the butter room temp for easy smear.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Some of the food was over the top good. Other food was worse than Red Lobster. It's a 50 - 50 shot on what you might end up with.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food3
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had fabulous service by Mark. The food was delicious and used seaonal ingredients.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great service, great food and excellent staff.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Consistently high quality food and drinks. Enjoyed a daily menu special that was unique and tasty.
Our go to spot for family celebrations.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food is always fantastic. Great service and exquisite presentation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service was perfect. I would recommend Max's to anyone and everyone.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Took my friend (at lunchtime) for her birthday/anniversary. She wanted a whole lobster and was able to get what she wanted on the dinner menu. Josh was an excellent waiter and took care of all our needs. Looking forward to a return visit. Cheryl

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Never disappoints. Able to accommodate with specific seating request. Jerry our server attentive & on top of his game. Chowder with a few chewy clams. Oysters wonderfully sweet. Bouillabaisse looked and was fantastic. Always enjoy it here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The raw selection as always is superb. They are really on top of their selection

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious meal! We had a wonderful time; ambiance was great and service impeccable.
Can't wait to go back again!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Started with the lobster spring roll appetizer - very good. Guest had the salmon, which was quite unusual in preparation, but worked very well. Scallops with risotto were outstanding. And, the beignets...

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Max's never disappoints. I had the paella and it was out of this world! Love the atmosphere

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had made a reservation for two online where we were asked what type of occasion it was and it was for our wedding anniversary. When we arrived we were pleasantly greeted, I gave our name and we were immediately greeted again with happy anniversary. Outstanding!, I said to myself and I know it impressed the wife. I did not note one negative thing about the environment. Our server, Sarah, was very professional and extremely pleasant as well as very knowledgeable about the menu. When we received our order everything was to exacting temperature and was absolutely delicious. To finish off the dinner we were given two complimentary glasses of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Our compliments to the chef. This is a restaurant that wants to keep their customers. Thanks again to all that had dealings with us at Max's. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Raw bar is very good. All else lacks flavor and creativity. Overpriced and disappointing.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Steak was chewy and dry. Lobster tail was over cooked. This is one of my favorite places to eat so I was surprised. Service was impeccable as always.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was very good and our waitress was knowledgeable and professional. Very good place for a business meeting.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a very good time...our server was a trainee who did a great job...thanks for great afternoon...we will be back soon...

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Always an outstanding meal and great service. A bit pricey for everyday dining but a perfect restaurant for business or special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent fresh seafood, beautifully presented. We had the Puerto Rican specialty drinks and main courses, plus some other things, and all was top-notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Fantastic dining experience. Started with the maitre’d and waitress. Fish was superb. Hooray!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was delicious and well priced. Service was good.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went for a "taste of" event. Food is good. Service was a little slow. The after diner beverage was not delivered in concert with other the guests desert even with a request that it be. Otherwise a pleasant evening out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding presentation and attentive but unobtrusive service. Beautiful atmosphere

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A very pleasant surprise! We had to ask for the oyster menu -- odd for a restaurant with "oyster" in its name -- but the service was first-rate, the oysters amazing, and our entrees delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

One and only complaint is wish there was a separate room for conversation focused dinners. Although really great place; it's really loud.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Business Meals, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Favorite place in Connecticut - Always great service and food!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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