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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 117
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 5
    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
Can't Wait to Come Back!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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229 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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2 reviews
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
9 helpful votes 9 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Lively atmosphere, great food, great service. Recent Mardi Gras celebration delightful. But unless you plan far enough in advance, expect to wait to get in...

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful place, great food and suburb service! Love the seafood tower! I also like the fact that you have a choice of fresh fish and a simple side in case you don't want to overindulge on the other wonderful items on the menu. The seafood chowder is one of the best I ever had and they oysters are always wonderfully... More 

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West Hartford, CT
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

• Food is great! • Many servers with an attitude. • Servers constantly trying to pad the check. • Very noisy; enjoy it more when outdoor seating is available.

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great food , exemplary service and vibrant atmosphere. Seafood is the thing to get here; the paella is awesome.

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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: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?