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Max's Bistro & Bar

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Steakhouse, Seafood, Bistro
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1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328 (West)
+1 559-439-6900
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Experience California-bistro dining in a place reminiscent of San...
Experience California-bistro dining in a place reminiscent of San Francisco, where the cuisine is accessible and the service is humble - not unlike Max's beginnings. In June of 1997 Scott Stanley opened Max's Market and Bakery (named after his son) on the corner of Bullard and West in Fresno. The cafe featured gourmet foods and sandwiches made daily with freshly baked, all-natural artisan bread handcrafted using old world methods. Max's Bistro and Bar is more than quality cuisine and service - it's comfortable. You know it by the three generations of Fresnans who each sit at their favorite table. You can hear it in the laughter that erupts between server and guest as it carries across the room. And you can see it on the face of head chef Scott Sauer as he looks out his tiny kitchen window into a crowd of familiar faces who have become part of the Max's family. Max's is comfortable. It's never about ego - but relationships. It's not about pretense - but culinary creativity. Every dish, every time, is crafted from the ground up and bursting with creativity - consistently prepared with the freshest of ingredients, and best of ingredients that can be found locally. The aromas fill the restaurant as the martini and wine bar serves up a variety of hand-shaken martinis along with an extensive offering of wines by the glass or bottle. As seasons change, so will the fresh fish and produce delivered each morning defining Max's seafood special for the day. From day-boat scallops harvested fresh to the center cut of a filet where size and shape are exacted by hand, we promise a unique dining experience.
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    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Pleasantly gourmet

Amazing decor with a metalalized, industrial art! Unexpected service going above and beyond for the perfect glass of red. Highly recommend scallops, meatloaf and delicious extra virgin olive oil for dipping homemade crusty sourdough bread. Warm colors compliment the warm service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
Tiffany V
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

Called to confirm reservations that were made a week before for my daughters prom. Only to find out they had no record. The manager goes on to accuse me of not making the reservation. He didn't even apologize or sympathize with situation just played the blame game. Definitely won't go there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Amazing decor with a metalalized, industrial art! Unexpected service going above and beyond for the perfect glass of red. Highly recommend scallops, meatloaf and delicious extra virgin olive oil for dipping homemade crusty sourdough bread. Warm colors compliment the warm service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I was recommended this place by a bartender in another restaurant. I looked them up on line and found it to be even better than I expected. While they are known for their seafood dishes there is something for everyone. I had the Kobe Beef Meatloaf (Kobe Beef, Shortrib & Pork Meatloaf, Caramelized Ketchup and Applewood Smoked Bacon Glaze served... More 

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Forest Ranch, California, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were here with a group of people we hadn't seen in years. We hoped for good conversation and food. The food was very good (We all had fish. Four had the special, on the tuna, and one salmon.) However, it got very noisy. Several of the people were hard of hearing so conversation was very difficult. Service was excellent.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We wanted to try Max's for the first time. The atmosphere was bright and fun. Seating was ok although regular booths would have been preferred. At least we were not a foot away from the next table like some places. Food was good. Nothing spectacular that I have to have again. The server got our beer order wrong the first... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have business lunches here often. Always have great food, good variety of menu choices and friendly and efficient a service. Always a popular choice with my business guests

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fantastic food, good service, I don't mind paying a little more for really good food. This place has excellent food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

had a delicious sandwich,salad and a scrumptious piece of chocolate cake. What a classy bistro! So clean and upscale. Love this place. If you want quality, this is the place for you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I've only been there for lunches. But each time, I can't wait to return. Food is super. Service has been good. I especially like their shrimp-crab cheese melt. Too "die for"! Everything is right about it! The flavors, the texture, the freshness, and the bread they put it on! Great job! Elbow Room should take a lesson. And the front... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Came here for a late dinner on the recommendation of an acquaintance and the trip advisor reviews. Our experience didn't disappoint. The service was wonderful just like the food. We had a nice bottle of wine with dinner as well. The filet, ahi, and Kobe meatloaf were all great. A nice place to stop at when in fresno.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328
    (West)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Fresno
  • Phone Number: +1 559-439-6900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 36
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients

Description

Experience California-bistro dining in a place reminiscent of San Francisco, where the cuisine is accessible and the service is humble - not unlike Max's beginnings. In June of 1997 Scott Stanley opened Max's Market and Bakery (named after his son) on the corner of Bullard and West in Fresno. The cafe featured gourmet foods and sandwiches made daily with freshly baked, all-natural artisan bread handcrafted using old world methods. Max's Bistro and Bar is more than quality cuisine and service - it's comfortable. You know it by the three generations of Fresnans who each sit at their favorite table. You can hear it in the laughter that erupts between server and guest as it carries across the room. And you can see it on the face of head chef Scott Sauer as he looks out his tiny kitchen window into a crowd of familiar faces who have become part of the Max's family. Max's is comfortable. It's never about ego - but relationships. It's not about pretense - but culinary creativity. Every dish, every time, is crafted from the ground up and bursting with creativity - consistently prepared with the freshest of ingredients, and best of ingredients that can be found locally. The aromas fill the restaurant as the martini and wine bar serves up a variety of hand-shaken martinis along with an extensive offering of wines by the glass or bottle. As seasons change, so will the fresh fish and produce delivered each morning defining Max's seafood special for the day. From day-boat scallops harvested fresh to the center cut of a filet where size and shape are exacted by hand, we promise a unique dining experience.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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