Max's Oyster Bar

4.7
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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
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

AH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience.

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

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 ⭐️

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience from start to finish was excellent! Service was awesome, as was the food! A favorite place for both business & romance!!!

BC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Server was very good, food excellent and a great supper

R
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience and would highly recommend this place. We were there for a birthday and received impeccable service. The raw bar was fresh and delicious and the steaks we ordered were perfect.

TK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service ! And even glasses of champagne for a special occasion - very nice !
Thank you!

BB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Sitting left of the door whenever the outside door in vestibule door open it was extremely cold. I would suggest you put a heater in the vestibule

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

When I am in town I always bring my 86 year old mother to Max’s. I was disappointed not to get a booth. It is noisy. The food and the service is always good.

JT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great service and excellent food. It's a little loud, but still a great place to have dinner.

c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great happy hour specials!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect!

MS
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Max Oyster along with the other Max restaurants never disappoint! Always look forward to going back!

S
New York Area
223 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is always spectacular! And the service was amazing! And thank you for the birthday goodies!!

MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I hate writing reviews.

Food was fine.

Long enough yet?

How about now?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food and atmosphere was excellent. Enjoyed it.

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

18th birthday

SC
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner, enjoyed by all in my party. Looking forward to dining here again.

A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Food was without a doubt the highlight of the night. Every aspect of it, taste, presentation and portions were very good. I enjoyed every aspect of the food from the appetizer to the dessert, it was delicious. We ordered the Spanish grilled octopus and it was delicious. I had the scallops with mushroom risotto and my partner had the sea bass, both our entrees were very tasty. For dessert we got a layered chocolate filled with chocolate mousse and coated with coconut flakes, LOVED IT!

Considering that it is one of the Max group of restaurants, you walk in with some expectations when it comes to service. The hostess as well as the waiter and the other man who came and left a dish on our table absolutely did not care. The hostess clearly did not have any expression/emotion or cared that we walked in. The waiter tried his best to be friendly, but just did not work well; he did not care to ask us if we wanted another drink when he clearly saw our glasses was empty. He walked by so fast that he only swept the glass and walked by. We were very disappointed with the service and wanted to just leave. Everything feel very rushed.

The ambience was fine and nothing extraordinary to mention. My only reason to be back will be for the food unless I am surprised with the surprise.

E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent service, food, and company. I love Max’s Oyster Bar!!!!

CS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Went for WH Restaurant Week. None of the courses were run of the mill or predictable. Citrus salad was fresh and flavorful. Mahi-mahi over fried rice with mango and sauce was an unusual but delicious combination. Topped it off with Nutella mouse with a raspberry swirl that was light and perfect. Service was attentive but not annoying. It was a little noisy and tables are close together. Was glad we were seated in the back alcove where it was a bit more private.

PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect evening! Prompt seating with our reservation. Great service from a very personable waitperson who introduced herself, Kimberly, a huge plus! Food was delicious! Wine complimented our food. Received our check in a timely manner. Looking forward to our next meal at Max's! Thanks.

J
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We went during Restaurant Week which was probably a mistake. Even though we had a 7 p.m. reservation on a Wednesday night, we didn't get seated until almost 7:30 p.m. We were able to get a drink at the bar but the noise level was deafening. We all had restaurant week specials and while it was good, it was not "great" as we have come to expect from Max restaurants. We had never been to Max Oyster but have been to several of the others; we will give Max Oyster another try and hope the noise level and entrees we order are more exceptional.

JH
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great dinner- the food was delicious, and we weren’t rushed.

V
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've never been to MOB and am happy to say my experience was top notch . Wonderful , friendly server , delicious food and drinks ... it was just fantastic!

G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We asked to be seated in a different spot due to an energetic group next to us and were nicely accommodated by the hostess.

Our server (Kristie) was incredible. Very pleasant and on the spot for everything. I cannot recall ever having better service in a restaurant. Max’s needs to keep/promote her as she has the gift of knowing customer service.

Max’s does not disappoint in any of their locations they are a class act. Their choices and quality of food is excellent.

KD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always an excellent experience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was very busy due to Restaurant week, but the food was fantastic as usual.

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very good, pricing reasonable, vibrant active crowd, good bar scene, seasoned waitstaff.

KW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We expected more from Max Oyster Bar. Service was slow (we sat at 5pm). Rice in one dish was hard and not cooked properly. Noise level was high. In short, not worth the money on this night.

JD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in West Hartford Center! Food is always outstanding, setting is just right with very comfortable seating (we are a fan of booths).
Service staff is always very accommodating. We highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner, food was great and the service was spot on. Our waiter seemed to appear at exactly the moment you would want him to, and was very friendly and helpful with recommendations for wine. We will be back.

LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. The noise level was moderate, but that did not interfere with our evening