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Max's Bistro & Bar

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1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328 (West)
+1 559-439-6900
11:00 am - 9:00 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Fresno, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great restaurant for us foodies out there! Been here many times. Delicious gourmet food with a lot of nice touches. Service is good, wine selection is great, love the soups, and great modern/artistic decor. Ask for Josh, he knows his wines! Their breads are homemade and fabulous!

Thank travelite72
Kelowna, Canada
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted a nice restaurant for our New Year's Eve meal as we were travelling thru Fresno. There were just a couple of reviews that had a bad experience at Max's, and I should have listened to them. I had ordered the Prawns and Wild Mushroom Risotto - the prawns were overcooked, and the risotto tasted like flour! Wild Mushroom... More 

Thank Michelle C
Fresno, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is always good here and the ambiance is great . I love the all of oil with a French bread. I always enjoy a good glass of wine and I usually get their salmon.

Thank rms4662016
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Food is fresh and well seasoned with great presentation Very friendly professional staff that makes the dinning a delightful experienced

Thank Gerald S
Vienna, Virginia
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205 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This place was highly rated so I thought I would try it while visiting town for work. It was a little hidden in the corner of the shopping center without a completely obvious sign, but once inside it was cozy and interesting. I enjoyed an early dinner and found a nice variety of options. I had the Moroccan Chicken which... More 

Thank travel-here-there
Cloverdale, California
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We had dinner at Max's on Sunday night followed by Lunch on Monday. If we lived within a 100 miles of Fresno we would be eating at the Max's Bistro and Bar several times a week. We traveled to Fresno from our home in the Sonoma Wine Country. For years my wife and I have wanted to return to Fresno... More 

Thank Gary V
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I always have the filet and I was on the fence about trying the ribeye and the amazing server Chelsey said it was her favorite, so I tried it. It was cooked to perfection and the french green beans, mashed potatoes and grilled leaks were delicious. The Chateau Reysson is the perfect red wine to complete the meal and even... More 

Thank 2xsthelove
Fresno, California
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Max's has been in business for over a decade and when we recently visited it was nice to see they are still turning out excellent meals with the same level of quality as they have in the past. The inside of the restaurant is decorated with colorful paintings on stainless steel by Tomas and we found it a bit quieter... More 

Thank Rockthevote1
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

A great restaurant with very good food and service to match. Excellent choice for lunch or dinner. The sweet potato fries are the best I've ever head. I highly recommend this place!!

Thank CalifAtty
Fresno, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Great ambience, professional wait staff. New York prime steak seared to perfection. Drinks are expertly crafted by one of the best bartenders in the city. An easy 4 stars!

Thank 9erGnt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $36
Steakhouse, American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant 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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Fresno
  • Phone Number: +1 559-439-6900
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. And you can see it on the face of head chef Scott Sauer as he looks out his tiny kitchen window into a crowd of familiar faces who have become part of the Max's family.

Max's is comfortable. It's never about ego - but relationships. It's not about pretense - but culinary creativity.

Every dish, every time, is crafted from the ground up and bursting with creativity - consistently prepared with the freshest of ingredients, and best of ingredients that can be found locally. The aromas fill the restaurant as the martini and wine bar serves up a variety of hand-shaken martinis along with an extensive offering of wines by the glass or bottle. As seasons change, so will the fresh fish and produce delivered each morning defining Max's seafood special for the day. From day-boat scallops harvested fresh to the center cut of a filet where size and shape are exacted by hand, we promise a unique dining experience.

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