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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (57)
Good for a Date (55)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
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Business Meals (39)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Worth the Drive (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Romantic (27)
Bar Seating (24)
Great for Lunch (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Authentic (17)
Fun (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
People Watching (14)
Casual (13)
Cozy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Seasonal (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great Beer (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Berlin)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service. The tuna poke nachos, hot pot and flounder were all excellent. Our server was very friendly and attentive. Always a great meal here. Thank you!

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·Dined 3 days ago

It was very nice only quite dark, I had to hold a light to see the menu and the check.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing, the enviroment was very friendly anf calm.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was courteous, helpful in answering questions about the menu. Seafood was fresh, and the preparations were creative and delicious. Excellent desserts.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is restaurant is one that all of the folks gathered for the meal frequent multiple times annually. It was a favorite that we would give 4 stars across the board. Our last visit was disappointing to say the least. We had a service that was slow and forgetful. Communication was a little rude and edgey. The food was not as good as usual. Items were a little over cooked, orders from the bar were very slow and in some cases not done well and returned. Our expectations were not met at all from a place that always satisfied very well. A disappointing experience. Will think twice before returning any time soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I had the scallops over the chopped salad which were perfect complements to each other. My companions ordered sea bass and salmon a la plancha, and both raves about their meals. We had a perfect booth on the side and just had an enjoyable night with good food, wine and friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

My husband and our two college aged children took me to Max’s Oyster Bar for my birthday; this is developing into a tradition as Max’s Oyster Bar is my favorite restaurant in the Max’s Group, and I have celebrated my birthday dinner there for the last four years. This year did not disappoint! Our waiter was very friendly, informative, and relaxed - we never were needlessly bothered and we never felt rushed. The menu had changed a little since my last birthday, and we all tried a different entree as our waiter made everything sound so delicious. We opted to go home for birthday cake, but not before we were treated to complimentary “cake pops” and champagne.
Max’s food and ambiance is consistently fabulous, but the staff made the night truly memorable. I’ll definitely be back next year on my birthday, but I’m sure you’ll see us sooner than that!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

We had Chad as our server. He truly made our experience great! We went for my birthday and it was our first time visiting Max's Oyster Bar. We asked for his recommendations on wine, food, and dessert and each suggestion was fantastic! We will definitely be going back !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was good and the atmosphere was nice, we were here for NYE and enjoyed it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was terrific.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Parking can be difficult depending upon the time but well worth the effort.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service as usual

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I’ve been to Max’s at least 20 times, and it is always a good bet. The raw bar is 2nd to none, and the entrees were fantastic.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Such a great place - food is amazing and the service outstanding!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

A special place to celebrate with friends or family.
Always consistent and helpful staff.
Great ambiance and menu selections!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fabulous lobster and scallops! Mother-in-law adores this place!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had a wonderful time at lunch, just after Christmas. Our waitress, Rachel, was very attentive and knowledgeable. The oysters were fresh (and delicious!) and the lunches were just right. We will be back, for sure!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We enjoyed a 50th anniversary dinner at Max Oyster. Delicious, innovative and perfectly prepared food, plus complimentary anniversary Champagne, amuse bouche and chocolate truffles with coffee, and excellent service by Chad. The place was crowded and the noise level was high, but aside from that, we loved it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Spicy, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always an outstanding meal with the freshest fish around and excellent service

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My wife and I live in Kingston NY. When we want oysters and a great seafood entree, we drive 2 hours to Max's Oyster Bar for exceptional fare and service. Max's has been a destination restaurant of ours for over 10 years. We meet friends and family as far away as Duxbury MA. We were at Max's twice this past week to celebrate the holidays.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great Holiday lunch with colleagues. Started out with Baltimore shrimp and had the Atlantic swordfish over potatoes and brussel sprouts special and it both were outstanding. Service was great and the ambiance was fantastic for the Holidays. Cant wait to head back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great food and great atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had a”Hot Pot” Pretty disappointing. Shrimp was over cooked. A few mussels and a lot of pasta for $28. Maybe it was leftover night. Usually better.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The staff was great, the ambiance was wonderful. The food was good but overpriced for the value

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing spot! Had delicious raw bar, delicious chopped salad, great cocktails and steak and salmon entrees were excellent.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent experience as always!! Stopped in for a quick bite after shopping on a snowy Friday night. Great for special occasion dinner or getting together with friends

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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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