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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 125
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  • 79
    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
Delicious Seafood Resteurant

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
xDorothyx
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New Britain, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 16 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Came here for some drinks and apps and hung out at the bar...ordered the lobster mac and cheese and had some of their Brewtus Maximus which is a house beer by the Max group. Enjoy this location very much. Nice clientele and the food is spot on!

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Farmington, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Perfect every time. The tower is unbelievable. Best seafood around. The service is always great. have never been disappointed!

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Farmington, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Always our go-to place, Max Oyster Bar is amazingly consistent. We have been there dozens of times and literally can't remember a bad experience. The food is upscale/gourmet and beautifully prepared and presented and is always delicious. They also have a great wine list and make great Manhattans and Martinis - among the best in town. The ONLY problem with... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

This is one of our favorite places, but we asked friends to try it with us last month and had to appologize to them for slow inattentive service. What happened? Not a good first impression and it tainted our impression as well. Food was not the problem. Service was breathtakingly bad.

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North Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We came here for the first time, to have a light lunch. The restaurant is spacious and attractive, with nautical decorations on the walls and large windows towards the street. There is outside seating, but we stayed inside, where it was pleasantly cool (not too cold) and music was playing, but not too loud. (Unfortunately, this is now standard in... More 

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Went hear with the family. One of those go big or go home nights. Ordered a huge sampler from the raw bar with clams, shrimp, and crab legs. All fantastic with the house dipping sauces. Even carrots they give you at the beginning of the meal were good. My sister ordered the soft shell crab special which she said was... More 

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Additional Information about Max's Oyster Bar

Address: 964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone Number: (860) 236-6299
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Hartford
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Seafood

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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: Doing business, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, 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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