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Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 522-2530
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Ranked #2 of 402 restaurants in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $60 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Trumbull Street
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English first
New Haven, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had a seldom found opportunity for a night out by ourselves, a date night - so to speak. So we made advanced reservations at Max Downtown before seeing a show at the Bushnell. The ambience here is 2nd to none, all with wonderful views of the city. I highly recommend going a little later for the... More

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I was part of a 7 person business dinner t Max Downtown, and it was a wonderful experience. The service and attention was top notch, from personal recommendations to prompt and fiendly service. We were sat in a large round table on the lower right side, surrounded by windows. The Hi-Rise Seafood platter was a terrific appetizer, and the Prime... More

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Newtown, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Started off with a great martini in the bar while listening to live music. Set the stage for a wonderful evening. Dinner was top notch. I had the price fixe- corn and clam chowder, stuffed lobster tail and creme brûlée. Everything was delicious, lobster was sweet and perfectly prepared. My husband had the filet and while expensive, it was cooked... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

You know you are in for a treat when you are greeted with enthusiasm and passion from the wait staff. Upon arrival at Max Downtown we were seated promptly. Table was set on a white table cloth, and was clearly done with a level of professionalism. The waitress was quick to review the daily specials, all of which were professionally... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I'm still giving Max's a 5 star rating, but so much is first rate, but there is still room for improvement. We went with another couple, and three of the four meals were excellent. Of the appetizers, the other couple enjoyed their soup very much. I'm sorry I don't remember what it was. I need to be more prompt about... More

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Connecticut
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My girlfriend an I dined at this sophisticated restaurant before an evening concert at the Bushnell and it was my best restaurant meal so far this year. Classy and sophisticated, we enjoyed a drink in the bar as our table was being prepared. I wasn't at Wimbledon, but I enjoyed a Pimm's Cup and my girlfriend had the chardonnay. When... More

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Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

If you don't mind spending the money, this is the place to go in Hartford. Perfect service (Bruce is the best) and never to disapoint food. They ran out of black tea and the Manager ran to another restaurant to get it for me. Impressive on an important date or business meeting.

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I made reservations days early as Trip Advisor lead me to this top rated Hartford Restaurant. With a plan to go the the XL Center after dinner this was the located right next door. It started with super heavy traffic coming in on 84 from western ct so I called and explained we'd be an hour late. I was stressed... More

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Hartford
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The rack of lamb was excellent. The service top notch. I am glad I brought the client to Max's. He had an appetizer, a steak, and a couple of glasses of wine. He was as happy as a clam.

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We are a regular at Max Downtown and have been for many years. When you are looking for something special, the Bone-In Filet Mignon is the best! Service is always great. It is truely our favorite family restaurant

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