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“Very Good Local Neighborhood Option” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Max's Bistro & Bar

Max's Bistro & Bar
1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328
559-439-6900
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Ranked #14 of 1,011 restaurants in Fresno
Price range: $7 - $36
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: West
Orange, California
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Very Good Local Neighborhood Option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a very nice local restaurant at which to dine. There is a nice menu selection ranging from appetizers to fish, meat, pasta main dishes and finally to nice desserts. The service we had last night was excellent, right from the advance request we made for seating through the server Kaelie who was bright, cheery, there but not intrusive. The Mrs. had a Filet which she described as "slightly undercooked, but good," noting the spinach was "over-sauted a little." I had the Halibut special with nectarine corn Quinoa which I thought was a very good dish I would order again. The deserts - mint and chip ice cream and blueberry tart - were worth saving room for as an end to a good local dinner. Note: there was a security guard posted in the parking lot keeping an eye on the cars when we dined which was comforting given the prior review regarding auto break-ins. We will likely return again soon.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Denver, Colorado, USA
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95 reviews 95 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A Bit of Food Heaven in Fresno”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Max's Bistro is located in a strip mall and is easy to find. I have eaten there 6 times in 3 business trips to Fresno. This restaurant hits the mark in all areas.

1. Food - a great selection of California/American/Mediterranean dishes with daily specials. It is noteworthy that Fresno sits in the middle of California agriculture and everything they serve is locally sourced and therefore fresh. Preparations are perfect and the meal is just a joy. Over a 2 visit span I had a lightly grilled tuna with grated jicama, black beans and a wonderful sauce and a Whitefish burger with veggies and again a wonderful sauce. Their breads are baked by the owner in a bakery he owns and they serve a delicious spiced olive oil for dipping. Don't miss getting an appetizer - try the sweet potato fries with another great sauce!
2. Wine - the wine list is diverse enough to appeal to any taste and will match any food serving. Some great name brands - Joel Gott, Morgan; and plenty of local varieties to try.
3. Atmosphere - Beautiful setting with great ambiance. Bustling but quiet enough to have good conversations.
4. Service - Timely, welcoming and attentive. One is made to feel welcomed at Max's Bistro. On my second visit last week, I took dinner at the bar and spent some time talking wines and food with the owner. A very pleasant gentleman and just typical of why Max's Bistro is a "Must Eat There" if you are ever in Fresno.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fresno, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Comfortable afternoon dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Later Friday afternoon leisurely lunch...seated right away, without reservations. Enjoyed a modestly priced bottle of wine from NSW. Bread and olive oil was delicious. I had crab cakes with homemade tartar sauce that were wonderfully prepared. DH had a crab & shrimp melt which he very much enjoyed. Atmosphere was European Bistro music was pleasant, not ear-splitting! Service was cordial, attentive and prompt. Will definitely being going back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Clovis, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Favorite restaurant in Fresno. When asked to pick where to eat, I always pick here. The bread and strawberry salad are the best.

Visited May 2013
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Fresno, California
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

my daughters brought me here to celebrate Mother's Day. food and service was excellent, every attention to detail. i have a diary allergy and they made every effort to help me with my selections even checking with the chef to make sure, no dairy. the halibut and veggys were grilled to perfection. nice wine list but wish they had more local selections. will be back, next time with my husband.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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