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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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for a Date (58)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
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Good for Birthdays (42)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Business Meals (34)
Worth the Drive (33)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Groups (29)
Hot Spot (29)
Romantic (29)
Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
Happy Hour (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Local Ingredients (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Fun (22)
People Watching (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Authentic (16)
Casual (15)
Seasonal (15)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Healthy (12)
Comfort Food (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great Beer (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service, great food and excellent staff.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Last 2 meals here have not been as good as previous meals.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

True mark of a good restaurant
Been here many times, food was always good
This time, my tuna was cooked a bit more than I like it,(and more than it should have been for rare) but still quite good. I was hungry and didn’t make a fuss, but the waiter, without asking, brought a new plate, replacing mine after I began eating.
That is the mark of a great restaurant and a well trained wait staff

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We went for a Birthday luncheon for an 86 year old and it is her favorite local restaurant. All of the food was superb, from an interesting salad to the entrees and the dessert of the day. It is one of the very best restaurants in central Connecticut and never disappoints.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

You guys execute the “Max” everything bagel spice cracker the best!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We love the oyster bar for delicious seafood choices and the wonderful oysters! Buck a shuck Monday is the best!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great dinner. Always great food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Had first rate lobster special as part of CT Restaurant Week. Very good value, very well prepared, nicely presented too. Good service always

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Fantastic place. Have had many meals here. Our server tonight was fantastic, we were given a special surprise for our anniversary as well. The halibut fish tonight was absolutely incredible. Highly highly recommend

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great raw bar with local fish. All food was fabulous. Sat outside with the great weather. Service was quick.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went here for a date night with my boyfriend. Food was fabulous! Atmosphere was great. We weren't rushed at all. Service was great as well!! Will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food, great service. Have gone both with a group of friends and on a date and it was ideal for both

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have had several meals at this restaurant and think the food is great. Service was excellent too. I will definitely go back.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Went for my husband's birthday dinner. The host was very pleasant and sat us at a nice booth - originally we had requested outside, but changed our mind as it was almost too quiet there... The inside offered a little bit more energy. Oysters were fresh, salads were great (beet salad & chopped) and meals were tasty. I had the daily scallops and my husband the haddock. Overall, very nice night!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

As usual Max's Oyster Bar hit it out of the park. Great service great food . It was my wife's Birthday and they made it real special. So Thanks Max and OpenTable for the great dining experience!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

We went to Maxe's oyster bar in West Hartford for our son's first wedding anniversary. The service was amazing, the food was incredible.
They made the evening extra special for my son and daughter-in-law with a champagne toast and delicious apple fritter dessert. I look forward to going again! Thank you Maxe's!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As a regular we love going to Max’s Oyster Bar For really good and creative food. Never ever disappointed and extremely consistent. This restaurant is so well-managed and will run that others should take this as a model for exemplary restaurants.

For a change of pace had the prime rib For really good and creative food. Never ever disappointed and extremely consistent. This restaurant is so well-managed and will run that others should take this as a model for exemplary restaurants.

For a change of pace had the prime rib eye- that was perfectly cooked and Delectable. The desserts or also incredible. Great job Bob

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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