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Max's Oyster Bar

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964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (South Main Street)
(860) 236-6299
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 128
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  • 82
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 6
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect end to a long board meeting

Heading back home after a couple of days of long board meetings, a friend recommended Max oyster bar for one more bit of seafood before heading to the Midwest. The restaurant has great ambiance, the staff attentive, and informative. The oysters were very fresh, the scallops delicious. Overal a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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oklahoma
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Heading back home after a couple of days of long board meetings, a friend recommended Max oyster bar for one more bit of seafood before heading to the Midwest. The restaurant has great ambiance, the staff attentive, and informative. The oysters were very fresh, the scallops delicious. Overal a wonderful Visit.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

This is a great restaurant. I've eaten here many times and have never had a bad meal. They have a delicious filet mignon and my husband loves the seafood at this restaurant. We wlll continue to keep going back to this restaurant again & again!

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Returned to Max's after a long time. (it's been a stop on trips to New England, we don't live anywhere nearby. Max's was quite busy on a Tuesday night in August. There is good reason. The service was excellent, the choices were many and all tempting and the seafood, including the oysters on the 1/2 shell were perfect. This is... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Max oyster bar is a popular west Hartford spot. It can get busy sometimes so I would get a reservation . This is a good business spot to dine but can get noisy. I have always had very good fresh seafood and raw oysters . The service is consistently good. The decor is upscale and most people are well dressed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Food was great, the service good, we went there for dinner and had a great time. The clam chowder was delicious.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Kind of more fancy restaurant in town. I just see very well dressed people around. They serve fresh seafood & the famous oysters. At dinner, prices are a bit high, minimum $30 per main course...If u go at lunch time you can get some well priced delicious food. The ambiance it's nice, but when it's full, it can get really,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We recently had brunch with 9 people. We were seated at a beautiful table which handled all of us perfectly. The restaurant was kind of quiet, so there was no excuse for the poor service that we received. Additionally, the food was very mediocre. My dish was tasteless, my husband's was cold and neither of my children enjoyed their entrees.... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Tasty drinks, delicious food, great service. I would recommended seasonal specials. Never disappoints. Very elegant. Highly recommended.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This place is just the worst. The head bartender is mean. The service is terrible, and the managers won't offer you anything but a promise to give you a better experience on your next visit. Well, guess what? There won't be a next visit. We realize it is all the same chain, but shame on you for letting this restaurant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Fantastic drinks and food! Cocktails were well made- great Manhattans. We enjoyed the fresh oysters, and sliders- burger, crab cakes, fried oysters. The bar area is welcoming and well spaced. Very attentive and friendly service on a busy afternoon. Great value!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107
    (South Main Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Hartford
  • Phone Number: (860) 236-6299

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 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?