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185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103 (Trumbull Street)
+1 860-522-2530
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Large groups
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 169
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
The Best Valentines Dinner Ever

This was one of the BEST dinners ever! The ravioli with a soft running egg inside, light drizzle of truffle oil and shaved parmesan! Each dish from appetizer to dessert was surprising soothing and delicious. It felt as though we were in a very expensive New York style restaurants. Service was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Shmee98
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Hartford, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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266 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This was one of the BEST dinners ever! The ravioli with a soft running egg inside, light drizzle of truffle oil and shaved parmesan! Each dish from appetizer to dessert was surprising soothing and delicious. It felt as though we were in a very expensive New York style restaurants. Service was on point and the romantic lit room had small... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband and I dined on a Saturday evening about 3 weeks ago and were not wowed by the service. Our server was not attentive; left us for long periods. We arrived early when the restaurant was only partially filled and even though we waited for longer periods between the courses, the restaurant didn't get busy enough to explain the... More 

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newtown, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Service is top notch. Food was consistent and finished very well across the board. Great wine selection. Location is ideal.

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East Granby, Connecticut
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89 reviews 89 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Went out w a group. Everyone had sandwiches. Most were in a hurry. One hour lunch cuts it too closely, 1.5 hours is better, and leaves time to talk about work. Service was quick once orders were taken. Drinks took a while. My pork sandwich was excellent. Since we eat here w some frequency, the menu is familiar. (We also... More 

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West Suffield, Connecticut
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71 reviews 71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Max Downtown is one of several quality restaurants named Max ... We dine at one of their establishments when we want a quality meal in a nice atmosphere. For a special night out with a fine meal and wine list, Max Downtown can be a great selection. The pace of the meal will be slow and unhurried. The wine list... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I don't know what's happening here but several times you go in and the steak is not a good cut or something, tough chewy....everything else was exceptionally well the asparagus and truffled tater tots Your a steak place you need to specialize in exceptional quality meat if I'm going to pay $44 for a Ribeye it better be good or... More 

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Hartford
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have always had great dining experiences at Max Downtown. The waitstaff is friendly and helpful, the ambiance is lively, and I've always felt like each meal here is special. It's pricey, but worth every penny (or gift card if you're me).

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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This restaurant has wonderful ambiance and customer service and the food is simply the best when you really just want an excellent steak or seafood. Can be noisy but it's just a fun place to go close by to other city venues like the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. Great drinks and bar scene so you don't need to go... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Just went to Max Downtown for the first time in about a year and they just never disappoint. If there was one word I could use for all of the Max establishments it is "consistency". Service is always top notch, food is outstanding. This group provides the best overall dining outside of NYC or Boston, hands down.

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Vernon, Connecticut, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Had reservations for the night before valentines Day - arrived 5" early and were promptly seated - unfortunately the table was 5 feet away from the service bar (the restaurant was only 1/2 filled and plenty of other seating). We were well into our drinks and appetizers before we realized that this was the congregating place for waiters waiting for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103
    (Trumbull Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hartford
  • Phone Number: +1 860-522-2530

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 60 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?