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Max's Bistro & Bar

1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328
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Ranked #15 of 1,000 restaurants in Fresno
Price range: $7 - $36
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: West
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80% Recommend
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English first
Fresno, CA, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

I took a few clients to Max's for lunch this week. They had never been there before. Max's staff take the extra time to do it right from when you arrive until you leave. Lunch choices were very good and their daily special (Wild Fresh Halibut) was very tasty. Only a few restaurants in Fresno/Clovis come close to the dining... More

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Chowchilla, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This was one of our favorite dining experiences of the year! You wouldn't know it from the outside, but this is a great restaurant when you step in the door. Great service, huge selection of wine, creative menu with lots of options. It was a overall excellent experience and I'm looking forward to visiting Max's again!

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Fresno, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The food, ambiance and service are impeccable. This chef is unbelievable. We love everything on their menu. We frequent this restaurant at least 3 to 4 times a month.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

My "go to" place for lunch with "the girls." However, dinners are great, too. Always something new & specials every day. Bakery on premises---delish! Friendly & helpful staff. Moderately priced.

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Fresno, CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Max's is like your local neighborhood restaurant that always makes you feel welcome. Beautifully decorated in soft tones that smooth out the stress of the day. Extensive wine list match a wonderful menu of delightful selections. The dessert list looks wonderful but substantial entree portions make it difficult to get that far. A definite must when visiting Fresno.

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Fresno, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I had a terrible experience here and reviewed it 18 months ago. Some friends really wanted to go there so we agreed to try again. Should have not done so. The food was still mediocre at best. My friend had to send the steak back because he asked for medium and it was rare, really rare. The salads had wilted... More

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Visalia, California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I will rate the food and the service mostly, specially because I'm not impress easily, so food wise I will give this a 3 1/2 stars because the food is just ok, the fillet mignon was cooked as I ordered but not rich on flavor and not help when there is not sal or pepper on the tables! So not... More

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Clovis CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I wanted this experience to be better than it was. They have wonderful bread in grocery stores. Was really hoping for more than what it was. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Husband and myself were looking for somewhere upscale to do a late lunch after a movie on a week day. I guess a very tall order for Fresno.... More

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San Francisco, California
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172 reviews 172 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I was at a business dinner group of about 20 people. Even though the groups was large and a little noisey, the service was pretty good, although it did take a long time to get each course. Fortunately we weren't on a timeline and conversation was plentiful. After cocktails, I started with their Romaine Wedge. It had Bacon, Toasted Pine... More

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Twin Falls, Idaho
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Excellent atmosphere: "culinary arts" comes to mind concerning the food and service. Terrific presentation. That said, the price scale reflects these amenities. The prices are not "over the top," but expect to pay more than at Chili's or Apple-bees. This is a perfect restaurant/bar for an anniversary dinner or professional business meeting, etc. I don't live in California, but wish... More

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