Max Restaurant Group

Max's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
West Hartford
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    Nicholas S.
    "Happy hour oysters are a great deal but can be hit or miss."(12 Tips)
    Phil
    "Awesome happy hour 4-6pm weekdays + Saturday, 1-6pm Sundays!"(12 Tips)
    Mike K.
    "Try the paella and the Cuvée wine"(4 Tips)
    Aaron N.
    "chocolate filled Beignets."(3 Tips)
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  • Aaron N.heart icon on user image
    Aaron NobelFebruary 17, 2017
    I visit with my wife at least once a year. We'll split the Seafood highrise (a tower of shellfish delights) and finish up with the chocolate filled Beignets. Highly recommended.
  • Katelyn W.
    Katelyn WilcoxDecember 9, 2013
    Went for brunch ended up enjoying oysters, lobster tail, crab cakes and prosciutto wrapped shrimp. Everything was absolutely fantastic and our waiter was really great! Definitely heading back soon :)
  • Esther K.heart icon on user image
    Esther KimFebruary 13, 2014
    If you're with a group of 7-8 people, definitely get the oyster hi-bar. Fresh and delicious! The flounder is soft and it's lemon zest flourishes the flavor. Honey and milk dessert- a special must try!
  • Alycia C.
    Alycia CuckaAugust 9, 2014
    GREAT FOOD!! Very pricey, the wine selection is amazing and you will always leave full and satisfied.
  • Cheryl A.
    Cheryl AAugust 4, 2013
    Raw bar platters are a very good deal & the variety is excellent; although the platter for 4-6 has only one lobster tail & 4 shrimp. ( great for 3-4, but with more will need more food)
  • Mike K.
    Mike KalenMarch 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing meal last night. They had Asian style Hebi in the menu with house made fried rise and spicy mustard sauce. Amazing.
  • Renee H.heart icon on user image
    Renee HigginsAugust 18, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Even if the Cobb salad isn’t on the menu, the Chef always whips one for me. And it’s always perfect!
  • Alycia C.
    Alycia CuckaNovember 25, 2013
    When you order the baked stuffed lobster, it is an actual lobster you have to dismember. Just so you know. DELICIOUS!!!!!
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael G.October 20, 2020
    The best. Had a swordfish special and a clam chowder. The paella is v good too
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley Clayborn JamesDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food at Max Restaurant's is good enough but apparently incapable of temping food. 3 times now I have ordered fish,burger or steak & I order mid rare and it's always attest mid well!!
  • Michelle F.heart icon on user image
    Michelle FarellaMarch 7, 2013
    Try the Chilaquiles Verde With Farm Egg Queso Oaxaca - Smokey taste, like bacon! Amazing egg!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin CAugust 31, 2012
    Drinks are expensive but incredibly worth it for their quality and innovative recipes!
  • Michelle F.heart icon on user image
    Michelle FarellaMarch 7, 2013
    Try the Hiramasa Crudo, Foie Gras Powder, Freeze Dried Strawberries, An Shiso - Great with Stone levitation ale
  • Meg M.heart icon on user image
    Meg MurphySeptember 26, 2013
    The blackened fish tacos are out of this world, and so cheap on the happy hour menu!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 11, 2015
    The build your own bloody marys are clutch. Such an awesome thing to have.
  • Sam D.
    Sam DJuly 28, 2017
    The stuffed lobster doesn't get any more amazing that this.
  • Jhevante L.heart icon on user image
    Jhevante LyonsAugust 9, 2014
    The sockeye salmon is divine. Please get it I promise you won't be disappointed
  • Raymond C.
    Raymond CohenMarch 11, 2018
    Great service. Really liked the ramen seafood hot pot
  • Jill M.heart icon on user image
    Jill MulliganMay 24, 2015
    Everything was top notch. Really fresh and delicious oysters.
  • Bruce M.heart icon on user image
    Bruce McClureJuly 28, 2016
    Excellent menu with fascinating offerings. Seafood paella was great!
  • Dana C.heart icon on user image
    Dana C.July 21, 2017
    The oysters are yummy and shucked well, for the most part.
  • Amy A.
    Amy AMarch 25, 2013
    Sit at the bar and ask for Joe! I think he learned a few things from Brian regarding martinis ;-) and also say hi to Chris who opened this place! ;-)
  • Mike K.
    Mike KalenJanuary 30, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the paella and the Cuvée wine
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KJune 11, 2013
    The food at happy hour is a great deal but you could be waiting awhile for a waitress
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas ScottDecember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy hour oysters are a great deal but can be hit or miss. The fish tacos are great and an amazing deal.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FayJuly 31, 2010
    Go for the lazy man's lobster. Make sure to say hi to Chris Bonee at the bar. And watch out for Brian's martinis. From Art and Dee Fay
  • Michelle F.heart icon on user image
    Michelle FarellaMarch 7, 2013
    Try the Chicken Fried Short Ribs, Cheddar Waffle, White Gravy - Soooo good!
  • Erica F.
    Erica FMarch 4, 2013
    You know a restaurant is amazing when the Brussel Sprout Salad is wonderful.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GriffinJune 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Dining with a group? Try the Hi-Rise of Seafood (4-6ppl). I added it as a favorite dish to my menu on http://dishKarma.com Read more
  • Ketil O.
    Ketil OslandOctober 29, 2013
    A great happy hour deal, a-buck-a-chuck, oyster deal.
  • Mike K.
    Mike KalenMarch 4, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Raw bar - oysters and shrimp.
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HennesseyAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best happy hour in west hartford. Tuna burger!
  • Yami A.heart icon on user image
    Yami AlonsoJune 20, 2016
    Oyster selection is the only reason to come here - best sea food in W.Hart. Everything else is mediocre, wine selection is poor
  • Phil
    PhilAugust 8, 2013
    Awesome happy hour 4-6pm weekdays + Saturday, 1-6pm Sundays!
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HsuApril 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The catch of the day is always great with Brussel sprout hash!
  • Vid W.
    Vid WehrAugust 24, 2012
    By all means, get the chocolate beignets.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BevinoAugust 9, 2013
    Hendricks martini w tomolives!!!! Only place that has tomolives!
  • Iris K.heart icon on user image
    Iris KaganMay 8, 2017
    everything
  • SNOCRU
    SNOCRUApril 5, 2013
    Seafood sky scraper is unreal! So much deliciousness
  • Shannon O.
    Shannon O'KeefeMay 18, 2012
    Try the Nick's Baja-Style Fish Tacos - Delish
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 11, 2015
    My favorite restaurant in Hartford.
  • Dee B.
    Dee Babkirk-RodriquesAugust 18, 2013
    One of the best happy hours around.
  • Vinnie D.heart icon on user image
    Vinnie DaboulApril 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Really? It a max restaurant. Outstanding everything. The only disappointment. The service was not up to par.
  • Andrea S.heart icon on user image
    Andrea SAugust 17, 2013
    Happy hour is a must!
  • Chin Musicheart icon on user image
    Chin MusicSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This may be the best restaurant in Central Connecticut.
  • Shawn O.
    Shawn O'BrienSeptember 8, 2010
    love the apps and the bread and butter with wine of course.
  • Dee B.
    Great Manhattan and oysters!!!
  • Michael O.heart icon on user image
    Michael OrozcoDecember 3, 2014
    The paella
  • Paul D.
    Paul DurbinMarch 5, 2016
    One of my all time favorites.
  • topher M.
    topher MacMay 15, 2011
    Go sit at the bar for happy hour 4-6 and ask for Joe
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