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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
Website
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 114
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  • 71
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 5
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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
Most recent review
Best meal out in a long time!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
CtUSAMom
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New London, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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224 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New London, Connecticut
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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

• 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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Glastonbury
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 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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West Hartford, CT
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have never been disappointed and we've been coming here every couple weeks for the last 10 years! The sea bass in miso broth is one of my favorites. You can't go wrong with their raw bar or their happy hour specials either.

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Towson, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Great food and atmosphere. Oysters are a great choice and the gumbo was top notch. Definitely don't miss the chocolate beignets.

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Granada, Nicaragua
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Having lunch a few days ago at Max's Oyster Bar for the first time caused such a positive impression that I had to write a review. Stephen S. our waiter was attentive, professional and friendly and I would go back just for the great service. He provided just the correct balance of attending to our mini family reunion so it... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut, Usa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is one of our favorite places to eat in the Hartford area. Great selection of seafood and other plates if fish isn't your thing. The place is generally busy so reservation would be good idea, but many times we were able to get in without one. Quality of the food is consistently great. Service is very attentive. Overall, you... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Always dependable, consistently very, very good. It is a bit pricey by Hartford area standards but always worth the money. We celebrate all special occasions at Max.

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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?