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Max's Oyster Bar

964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-2102
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Ranked #9 of 158 restaurants in West Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: South Main Street
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186 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Four colleagues and I had a business lunch and we were all very pleased with the good food, nice ambience, and great service. Three of us ordered the lobster roll, which had huge chunks of lobster meat and was accompanied by fantastic fries. The wine list, especially the options for a glass only, was very good. Not at all noisy,... More

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East Hampton, Connecticut
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The seafood selection was great at Max's and the service was very professional and attentive but as in all of the Max restaurants it was very noisy! Best for a business dinner and for me, not a place to have an intimate dinner with a special someone.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

If you are looking to get a quick dinner this isn't the place, but if you have the time and a good dinner companion to talk to this can be a fun place to eat and drink. It's seems always to be very loud and usually busy, the wait staff is very knowledgeable. They don't rush you but they also... More

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West Hartford, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

This used to be one of my go to restaurants , the food is generally quite good as are the cocktails. (The coffee is and has always been horrible ), I no longer go here as often and it primarily has to do with the service. While I have occasionally had good service here it's become the exception rather than... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Outstanding menu that changes to always offer something new! Can be a bit loud because of the crowded bar The wait staff consists of professional waiters/waitresses who have been there a long time- a tribute to their skills and managements ability to treat employees well

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West Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

After seated, felt ignored by wait staff as they cuddled their regulars. They could have made more $ by coming back to check in drinks, etc. Then as we go to leave some manager was going around to check and see if we were coming back - not likely!

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Top Contributor
216 reviews 216 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

When I first reviewed the Max's Oyster Bar Happy Hour over a year ago it was fantastic. In the past two visits we have been very disappointed. Prices have been raised and the quality of the happy hour food has gone down. What use to be fantastic fish tacos, for example, are now just ordinary. I know prices will go... More

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Meriden, Connecticut, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

First experience at this restaurant was awesome! The food was excellent and the service was above and beyond! Prices were very affordable. I recommend this place and will definitely return to try other dishes. I had a scallops dish and my husband had clams with pasta. The appetizer was different and delicious and dessert was extraordinary!

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Winsted, Connecticut
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The oysters, of course, are fantastic, with a huge selection. The clam chowder is wonderful and comes in a huge portion. I was extremely disappointed to find that the salmon that I had gotten about a year ago was no longer on the menu. The new salmon dish did not sound remotely appetizing. However, the tuna entree was incredible. This... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The food was good, not great, but certainly good. The value was on par of a place like this. The service was just "ok", I felt like our waiter was being bothered by us. The best part about the meal was the oysters! I would go again

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