Max's Oyster Bar

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.5
Ambience
4.4
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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined at Max's Oyster Bar last evening. From start to finish, everything was perfect. The restaurant has taken precautions to spread out their tables a bit and not overcrowd diners. The food was absolutely delicious! I had a seafood pasta that I would definitely order again! It was filled with scrumptious lobster, shrimp, scallops, and mussels. My dessert was an amazing espresso creme brulee. I tried a pear martini which was one of the best that I've ever had. My server, Kimberly, was attentive and personable. Truly a lovely dinner and a relaxing atmosphere. I am looking forward to dining here again.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had prefix meal: lobster bisque (good), RI Fluke(excellent), espresso creme brulee (can I have another?) service was great. Best martini other than my own.

DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Max Oyster was excellent. The seafood in the seafood pasta was fresh and very tasty. The service was excellent as well. We will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is superior. Very friendly and attentive staff. They bend over backwards especially when there’s a busy crowd! The food is and always has been fresh and very delicious!

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am never disappointed dining at Max's Oyster Bar...or any other Max's!
Dinner was delicious and since Restaurant Week had been extended, the price for was unbelievable! Steak & crabcake, lobster bisque and creme Brule...I was in heaven! Thank you for a great night out!

J
New England
48 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always.

MP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Table, food and the server............Kimberly............were perfect for my business luncheon!

RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was excellent. However, waitress asked twice about bread & crackers, served the wrong appetizer then charged an up-charge fee, then delivered the wrong entree. Probably an off night, but disappointed because service usually excellent.

MG
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It was very drafty with those fans going overhead. Made it uncomfortable. Otherwise server, food and price amazing!

e
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Both of our meals were delicious and Brianna was a great waiter.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Food was decent. Silverware was dirty, sent back 4 different pieces throughout the course of our meal. It wasn’t just “poorly cleaned” either, there were food pieces stuck on each piece.

LS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for happy hour. Great bar food and cocktails. One of the few bars that offers a Manhattan for 5$! Most bar happy hours offer sicken sweet drinks . The food was great and tasty. I really love their brunch as well. One of my favorite places.

CW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food. Amazing service. Wish the volume were a bit lower.

FL
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Got crowded deep into a back corner. We asked to move. After a bit of a wait, they complied. The Max Restaurant Group always delivers a quality product. This meal/dining experience did not disappoint.

AH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Reservation timing spot on. Wait staff friendly and responsive. Tables a bit close together, very busy place, but all in all excellent food and experience.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service! Excellent Food! Very nice!!

TP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always wonderful!!!

n
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic paella. Better than we've had almost anywhere else. Big enough for two. Chopped salad is always excellent at Max. Scallops on restaurant week menu was full size portion and beautifully prepared. Excellent wine selection including Carneros Sauvingon Blanc.

e
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Each person in our party of four had the special 3 course dinner. The Arctic Char, scallops and NY strip steak were all large portions and were delicious. The appetizers and desserts were also excellent.

L
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Raw bar is good but the rest of the menu is just ok. Aside from the raw bar the menu is overpriced. Probably won’t go back.

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had not eaten at Max’s Oyster Bar in several years. We were celebrating our anniversary and found the server and staff to be simply outstanding in their attentiveness. The food was very good. A very memorable experience.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ate at Max during CT Eats Week. It was a Sunday night and the restaurant was active but not noisy. Our server, Ryan, was attentive, but not overbearing. The cocktails, apps, and special menu items (arctic char and scallops) were excellent, as were the desserts. We heard the CT Eats special was extended for an extra week and would recommend it highly!

L
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even though we went during a special dining of that, the food and service were excellent.

A
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such delicious food, and good portion sizes. Cocktails are fun and so tasty. When my server came to bring bread, I declined any because I’m gluten free- within a few minutes he brought me a gluten free option. So thoughtful and just elevated my whole experience and mood. Can’t wait to go back.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you like seafood and shellfish, this is the place to go. They have a raw bar with several types of oysters and shellfish from various locations. You can order by the piece to try, or in several different size sample platters. There are steak and chicken options for those that don't want seafood. They also had an option of a 3 course meal. You get to pick your appetizer, entree and dessert for $30. Great value.

GO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Ryan was one of the best servers we’ve had. Attentive and gave great suggestions. The food is always delicious so another great dinner at our favorite restaurant

J
New England
49 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful in every category

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Weat Hartford. The food and service is amazing. Happy hour is a great way to taste the menu on a budget.

JD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The occasion for dining at Max's Oyster Bar was to celebrate my husband''s birthday.
From the special appetizer to begin our meal and the delighful cake lolipops we could not have had a better experience. The food is always outstanding, service impeccable and although this was a busy Sat. evening we were not rushed! This restaurant also happens to be our favorite as their menu offerings are the best!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

AH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Went on a date night with my wife and we had an awesome time. Our server was fantastic. Super nice and attentive. Delicious food too!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience.

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

You just have to be prepared for the "lively" atmosphere -- which for those of us over 60 translates to "too loud".

LP
New England
24 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Both the food and service was excellent. All three of us who dined totally enjoyed our meals. My husband got the steak and lobster, and it came out exactly how he requested. My son got the paella, and he also loved his but I will say that his dish was small for the price. Finally, I got the fish & chips and it was awesome. My only complaint would be the price … it was very pricey for the portion sizes provided.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Not a bad place. Needs updating. Maybe a new menu. Staff was great ! Food was ok. But I’ve had a lot better. Bar is very small and not comfortable to be at as you are packed in.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

my birthday -great food and service

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary and the waitress brought us a starter and dessert free of charge, which was fantastic. We also spared no expense with the meals we chose and were very happy with the bill. We’d be happy to go back.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Manager gave us an amazing comfortable booth. Service was top notch! Food was perfectly prepared!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines Day

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Outstanding ⭐️