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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
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Price range: $60 - $80
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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 York City, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Very strange bar scene. Great if you're some sort of local legend, but bad if you're from out of town (like us). We popped in for a drink last Saturday night, but the bartender spent our entire visit pandering across to bar to a bunch of dudes who were all standing around the grand piano. These guys were also being... More

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Avon, Connecticut
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went Saturday night for my husbands birthday and it was a delicious meal! Each thing we tried was better than the next. From the appetizer of fresh tomato salad and sea food to steak and then dessert the meal was great. The only thing that was a little unusual was they brought my husband a birthday dessert and proceeded... More

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Berlin, Connecticut
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97 reviews 97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

It is simply amazing how this establishment continually offers both great Food & Wine, outstanding Service, and all under the auspices of a beautiful interior ambiance. Very difficult to sustain excellence in the restaurant business, but Max Downtown does this time in and time out! Our party of four recently enjoyed cocktails, a Special Restaurant Week Menu, some nice wines,... More

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We went their one night after a conference in Hartford convention center. This place has nice atmosphere and it was packed. We ordered couple of appetizers for sharing. My friends told me their raw dish was superb. However, my fried calamari was OK. I ordered a steak and I think it was good steak but definitely not a best one.... More

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Bolton, Connecticut
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Went with friends to the "Taste of Hartford". As expected they were packed, so initially our service was a little slow, but then picked up to their usual high standards. The steaks were one of the best we've ever had, and the entire meal was memorable.

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Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Celebrated my birthday with five course tasting menu. Excellent food and service from beginning to end of meal. Finest restaurant in Hartford

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Millersville, MD
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Was here on a business trip and what a great meal. Service was fantastic as well as the food and drinks. We had a Manhattan and they give you a glass and then a vial of extra drink amounting to about two drinks. I had a wonderful heirloom tomato salad for a starter and then a bone in filet mignon.... More

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Hamden, CT
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Made a reservation for a nice dinner for my son's birthday. He had on dress shorts so instead of a dining room table, the hostess showed us to a "very nice table" in the bar area. They never asked if it was okay only sat us there and treated us like second class citizens. We will never go back!! Not... More

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San Jose, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We really enjoyed ourselves at the bar in Max's. The drinks were excellent, the food was very good and the entertainment was outstanding. Linda sure can sing and the rest of the band were very good. A delightful evening all around!

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Cold Spring, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Great steaks. Ate there on two consecutive weeknights - the restaurant was busy (It always is because it is so good).

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