Max Downtown

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$31 to $50
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If ever there were a showplace for dining in Hartford, it is Max Downtown.

Situated as the centerpiece of Hartford’s downtown business center, it has been guided to preeminence by owners Richard Rosenthal and Steve Abrams.

Providing outstanding dining, service and atmosphere, Max Downtown offers a trend-setting atmosphere for more than 300 patrons daily. It has earned a 25 or “excellent” from Zagat’s Survey, a “Best New Restaurant” from Connecticut Magazine, more than six Reader’s Choice awards from Connecticut Magazine and 4-stars from The Hartford Courant’s Northeast Magazine.

Internationally inspired dishes and other regional and traditional fare create a menu unlike any other in Connecticut. “It’s more than a Classic Chop House,” says Rosenthal. "We create dishes for people with a passion for dining.”
What 3361 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service for a meeting with our client. Would go there again without question! Highly recommended!

j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great lunch experience at Max Downtown with a friend. Atmosphere is good, service was impeccable, and the food was well-prepared. Only criticism is that the lunch menu is relative limited.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, perfect.

SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service, food and not overly bothersome but sufficiently attentive.
A birthday lunch for my boss, we both enjoyed immensely! High recommend the Sea Salt Caramel Baked Alaska (best dessert I've had in years)!

AG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Wine, Oysters, Tuna Tartare and Prime Rib was outstanding! Definitely recommend! Prime Rib had pastrami on the outside and was to die for! DELIC!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Looking for good food and Max’s always delivers

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience as always. Best restaurant in Hartford.

R
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place for business unch in downtown Hartford. Parking lot across the street. Online booking was a godsend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brought my team for a post holiday dinner

JD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Max Downtown seldom disappoints. Outstanding service and high quality steaks and chops unparalleled in the region.

S
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was sooo amazing. We had the pierogi and ahi tuna tartar for appetizers. Melt in your mouth delicious. For entrees, we had the salmon (fabulous) and halibut special (very good but slightly overcooked). Matt, our server, was outstanding! Very attentive and friendly. We had a slight issue with our meals taking longer than typical to come out and Matt all over that giving us a free glass of wine and cappuccinos . Sometimes, things happen and it's all on how the restaurant handles it and it was handled superbly! All the staff were very warm and friendly. Thank you for a great night!

MS
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We had a terrific time.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best lunch in Hartford!
Great Service!
Great Experience for foodies!

D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner for the new year

A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were both excellent.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Max downtown never disappoints. We went for a busy New Year’s Eve. But the restaurant sat us right away and had free valet. Instead of a very limited menu as you usually get on such a holiday- the selection was great. Choice of 8-9 appetizers and 8-9 entrees. Was a fixed price menu and reasonable.
Of course we will return again soon

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Busy time but very attentive waitress

E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was and early evening celebration on
New Year’s Eve. The menu had wonderful options from which to choose. I had the surf and turf - delicious steak and perfect lobster. My husband had the steak which was cook to perfection.

RH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and wine list . Our waiter was excellent !

W
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sasha is a professional. Everyone one was on point. The meal was delicious. What a wonderful experience. We look forward to returning again soon

j
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place for a New Year's dinner. Great food, superb service and an truly festive atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

CT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

We started our evening with creative crafted cocktails and finished with the fabulous baked Alaska!
Save room for dessert! This “old school” dessert was fabulous!

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cocktails!!!

PJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas Eve Dinner was perfect!! Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable and made our event special!

C
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Christmas Eve.. I get that it’s a crazy night, and very happy that Max’s is doing so well. I made a reservation 5 weeks before asking for a table for four in the back corner of the main room. We’ve visited every Christmas for the last 10 years and I’m a Max Advantage member and visit monthly, and know many of their staff and Steve well. We arrived 10 minutes early for our 730 pm, gladly waited 25 minutes with about a dozen other excited diners, and then were taken to a high top in the bar, big screen TVs and all. I stopped the waiter and mentioned that I had reserved a table in the main room as I asked, and he curtly informed me that those tables were currently occupied. Yup... I figured that. But nothing remotely close to that area, that wasn’t a high top and that didn’t have TV screens playing football wasn’t offered. We would have waited another 10 minutes if that was an option.
Josh the server was great... food was outstanding. Will still go back next year. But my guests were disappointed as was I. Lesson is, know that they will seat you where they need to and it’s worth the inconvenience because despie

M
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Max Downtown is one of our go-to places for special occasions and we have gone there Christmas Eve for a number of years. Although this has to be one of their busiest nights of the year with multiple 6-10 person parties, the service and food were both as excellent as always. It is expensive but portion sizes are large enough to allow for take home dinners the next night. My wife had the menu preparation of Salmon (they offer two) and, although I normally have scallops or a steak, I tried their shrimp cioppino which had four HUGE shrimp and was just spicy enough. Our waiter, David, was very helpful and we never felt either rushed or abandoned. Thanks, again, Max Downtown.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always BEST EVER!! The service is impeccable. Friendly, like you’re the only one there. The food is incredible. Just a wonderful experience all around

JR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Didn’t like sitting in the Alfred Room
Service was great

RS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, we had a wonderful dining experience with excellent food and service.

JS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Had an excellent meal and good time with my family. Server was friendly and
Knowledgeable.

CA
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Wonderful meal. Lively and just the right amount of noise. Great Service. Shaun, the manager was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Food took a long time and then order and drinks were incorrect

JN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly professional service and the food was excellent an all cooked as ordered

WB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Great business lunch venue. Always a great meal and setting .

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Natasha was awesome, great balance between attentiveness and privacy.

XF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The servers are amazing and attentive! The free valet is a nice bonus! The food was tasty and well seasoned. My steak was slightly undercooked toward the center, but overall, everything else was great. I will definitely return!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal! From the start to finish Max Downtown delivered. The service was outstanding and I am still thinking about the delicious flavor of the appetizers and meal. To top the night off was the sticky toffee pudding which truly blew my dinner party away. Thanks Max for another wonderful dining experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, great service!

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Yum yum! It was wonderful!

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