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Max's Bistro & Bar

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Mon, 3/25
8:00 PM
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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Steakhouse, American, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings

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Menu

STARTERS
$20.0
Hawaiian Poke
Sesame diced raw ahi tuna, cucumber, onion, green onion, ginger, toasted hazelnuts, yuzu sauce & house-fried wonton chips
$15.0
Calamari
Buttermilk Dipped & Fried Calamari, Roasted Peanuts, Green Onion with Lemon Aioli, Sweet Chili Sauce & Wasabi Creme
$18.0
Artisan Cheese Plate
Ask your server about our daily cheese selection. Served with fig jam, fruit & nuts
$15.0
Burrata
di Stefano burrata cheese, crispy prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, arugula & meyer lemon extra virgin olive oil, roasted tomato & shallot vinaigrette, crostinis
MAX'S SIGNATURE FRIES
Basket $10, cup $7. All three by the cup $15
Sweet Potato
With jalapeno-arugula aioli
Truffle
With fresh parmesan
Eggplant
With sriracha aioli
SALADS
$12.0
Chicken $17.0
Salmon $21.0
Superfood Salad
Brussels, cabbage, kale, granny smith green apple, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, crumbled bleu cheese & honey mustard dressing
$16.0
Chinese Chicken
House roasted & pulled chicken, organic greens, crispy noodles, red cabbage, peanuts, confetti bell peppers & sesame ginger dressing
$21.0
Pan-Seared Salmon
Organic greens, chickpeas, cucumber dill relish, feta & white balsamic vinaigrette
$13.0
Strawberry Spinach
Baby spinach, strawberries, candied pecans, feta cheese & poppy seed dressing
$17.0
Rosemary Pecan Chicken
Organic greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, avocado & creamy bleu cheese dressing
SANDWICHES
Add a cup of fries $3
$15.0
Cubano
Mojo roasted pork, ham, swiss, pickles, yellow mustard & toasted hero roll
$14.0
Banh Mi
Shredded pork, pickled carrot & daikon slaw, cucumber, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, mayo & warm french baguette
$16.0
The Max Burger
Painted hills natural beef, applewood smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, dijon mayo & house baked bun
$14.0
Hot Pastrami
Naval pastrami, swiss, caramelized onions, dijon mayo & pugliese batard
$13.0
Turkey Avocado
Roasted turkey, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, avocado, lemon-pepper aioli & toasted rosemary focaccia bread
$15.0
Roast Beef Dip
Roast beef, vermont sharp white cheddar, house au jus, creamy horseradish & ciabatta roll
$12.0
Caprese Wrap
Roma tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, spinach, balsamic reduction, pesto aioli & Spinach wrap
$15.0
Max's Grilled Chicken Club
Grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, havarti, pesto aioli & toasted focaccia
$15.0
Crab & Shrimp Melt
Shrimp, crab, spinach, parmesan, mozzarella, toasted french roll
$14.0
Turkey Cranberry
Roasted turkey, smoked mozzarella, sprouts, cranberry chutney, herb aioli & torta ciabatta roll
ENTREES
$18.0
Proscuitto Chicken
Oven roasted chicken breast, golden raisin pilaf, brown butter balsamic cream, crisp prosciutto & micro green salad
$33.0
Filet Mignon
Grilled 6oz. prime Filet, Gruyere & shallot potato gratin cake, asparagus, roasted garlic & herb compound butter
$20.0
Ahi Tuna Tostada
Crisp flour tortillas, corn, black bean & jicama relish, chipotle crème & chile lime vinaigrette
$17.0
Romesco
Zucchini & yellow squash "pasta" Almond romesco, charred sweet corn, chili pepper extra virgin olive oil, toasted almond chips. *vegan & gluten free
About
Experience California-bistro dining in a place reminiscent of San Francisco, where the cuisine is accessible and the service is humble - not unlike Max's beginnings. In June of 1997 Scott Stanley opened Max's Market and Bakery (named after his son) on the corner of Bullard and West in Fresno. The cafe featured gourmet foods and sandwiches made daily with freshly baked, all-natural artisan bread handcrafted using old world methods. Max's Bistro and Bar is more than quality cuisine and service - it's comfortable. You know it by the three generations of Fresnans who each sit at their favorite table. You can hear it in the laughter that erupts between server and guest as it carries across the room.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
CUISINES
Steakhouse, American
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews meatloaf salad bread creme brulee lava cake scallops truffle fries eggplant lovely art dinner entrees great wine selection service was excellent saturday night an appetizer specials ketchup
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Small, but interesting menu (prosciutto chicken is outstanding); excellent & friendly service; reasonably priced. Never disappointing.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank money4food
Reviewed January 14, 2019

This was our first....and definitely not the last time...that we ate at Max's Bistro & Bar!! We had a 7:00 reservation. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who showed us to our table as soon as we arrived. The restaurant was very crowded which...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ken J
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Every time I have visited Max’s over the years, the food has been excellent. Don't miss the trio of fries, which includes sweet potato with jalapeno-Arugula aioli, truffle fries with fresh parmesan and eggplant fries with sriracha aioli. Whoever could say eggplant could be so...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank donnetta43
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thank you for taking the time for your review!

Reviewed August 27, 2018

Always good ambiance and service. Love the menu and wine selection. Located in close to home. My favorite dish is always their scallops. Oh and the bread! Yum

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Kelley L
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you so much Kelley!

Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Was in town on business and chose Max’s based upon the menu and reviews and they did not disappoint. Food was prepared deliciously and my server was helpful, pleasant, and attentive. Will definitely return on my next visit to Fresno.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank RKM036
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2018

Thank you for your visit and kind words!

Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

We took my granddaughter for her birthday dinner and everything was excellent. We were seated promptly in a non-traffic area, our waitress was attentive but did no hover, and the food came and was served in minimal time. Not only did everything look appetizing but...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Paul H
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2018

Thank you!

Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

We met at Max's for a wonderful friend get-together. Love their salad with strawberries, and for dinner I had the smaller portioned salmon. My friends enjoyed their steak's. They offered a nice wine selection that paired nicely with their appetizers. It was a Tuesday evening,...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank SindiMc
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Max's Bistro & Bar!

Reviewed June 14, 2018

We came here a company dinner. The wine list and menu had great selections. The atmosphere was nice and the staff was very friendly and on it with our big group. We had some wonderful appetizers as well. We will definitely revisit this place in...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Htown77
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2018

Thank you! We will see you soon...

Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

A great restraunt for bus or friends Good wine selection and professional servers. I dine out a lot and this is the only restraunt I have reviewed

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank gary f
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us!!

Reviewed May 15, 2018

This restaurant is great and not too loud or over crowded. The steaks were delicious as well as the dessert of creme brulee and bread, salads, amuse bouche etc. Wonderful dinner and really great service.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Domino221
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Many American, micro brew and a few foreign. Not extensive.
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