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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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11:00 am - 9:00 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, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 31
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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
ALWAYS GREAT

We come here every year from New Jersey!!! Always great service, great food, great atmosphere. Our most recent visit (5/15) we wanted to alter the dish and the chef did with no qualms and it was absolutely delish. The fish is always fresh, and try the pickled carrots, very refreshing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
beth l
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Mickleton, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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233 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Mickleton, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We come here every year from New Jersey!!! Always great service, great food, great atmosphere. Our most recent visit (5/15) we wanted to alter the dish and the chef did with no qualms and it was absolutely delish. The fish is always fresh, and try the pickled carrots, very refreshing.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Max Oyster is definitely a place you have to hit on the right night if you're picky about service. Sometimes you will get a very attentive, helpful waiter, other times you'll feel like you're bothering your waiter simply by being there. The oysters are always fresh and delicious, and if you have a large enough party, try the seafood tower.... More 

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New Jersey
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We stopped at Max's during happy hour. Their oysters were 3 for $5. They were good size and very fresh. It would have been nice if they included some crackers. We also ordered the fish taco ($4). It was also very fresh. Next we moved to a table for dinner. Max's is an attractive NY style eatery. There is only... More 

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I went with a few friends, and we had a wide-variety of food and beverage items. We sampled many of the different oysters available, and they were all fantastic (and reasonably priced). I also had the roasted chicken, which came in a big bowl of chicken broth, matzo balls, carrots, onions, and more--it was really, really good, especially for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Tried this place for the first time for Sunday Brunch with the family and everything we ate was fantastic! Service was also great, but dessert was the best part!

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Visited for lunch on a Friday afternoon. Sat at the bar. Slow service and a bar tender with the personality of a rock. Kale salad interesting tho menu misleading...Thank goodness for the solid draft beer selection. Certainly a place to people watch the refined side (note sarcasm) of west hartford. Much better choices in the area for certain.

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West Hartford, CT
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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have eaten Sea Bass all over the world and Max's Oyster is the best of the best. In fact all the seafood here is wonderful from oysters to chowder.

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Farmington, Connecticut, USA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We love Max's Oyster Bar, but our latest visit has me thinking twice. We went for brunch to celebrate a special occasion, and seeing several delicious looking adjacent tables' eggs Benedict go by, we ordered the same. But it was a disaster. The poached eggs on top of the crab cakes were barely even cooked. To be fair, we didn't... More 

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Kula, Hawaii, USA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

As I grew up in West Hartford, I have gotten back there every year for the last five years and without fail I usually find an occasion to visit this restaurant. It was also one of my Mother's, Aunt and Uncle's favorite restaurant although rather expensive so I used to make it a habit to treat them to a meal... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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119 reviews 119 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

You must try Max Oyster! My lunch was delicious. The Sun Hollow oysters were amazing!! The Asian tuna was perfect - you won't be disappointed.

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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: Bar scene, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?