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Max's Bistro & Bar

1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328
+1 559-439-6900
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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Steakhouse, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank RKM036
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and kind words!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Paul H
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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

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

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.

Thank Domino221
Reviewed March 17, 2018

Nice upscale restaurant that was not priced too expensively. I had the seafood cioppino as well as the sweet potato fries for an appetizer. Overall well worth the money, and we had a larger group with a quiet table in the back.

Thank Colin S
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review, see you soon!

Reviewed March 4, 2018

On multiple trips, I've found the food to be always very good to excellent. Service on whole is excellent. Lunch offering from sandwiches and salads are very, very good. Dinner entrees that I have tried have been excellent. Great place to relax and enjoy.

Thank Thomas D
Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

Awesome! Our server, Ezzy, made this a truly special evening from her great recommendation of the surf and turf to her attentive service throughout the meal. She is one of the best servers I have had in a very long time. Great job Ezzy! The...More

Thank Kevin D
JJ W, Owner at Max's Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed dinner with us!!

Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

Service was a little slow but to be fair, it was a Saturday night and somewhat busy. Start with the sweet potato fries, I personally ask for ketchup but my wife enjoys the jalapeño aioli that comes along side. She ordered the Hawaiian poke with...More

Thank Jordan M
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July 1, 2017|
Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
Many American, micro brew and a few foreign. Not extensive.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $36
Dinner, Lunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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
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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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