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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 - 10:00 pm
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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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Cloverdale, California
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
Fresno, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

The food at Max's is always fresh, delicious and as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. There is always something new on the menu or a twist on an old favorite. The atmosphere is upscale yet relaxed and inviting. It is a fun place for groups however couples will find it easy to enjoy intimate conversation... More 

Thank 4justme
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

The atmosphere was laid back but very nice! Server was very good and the menu was fair and diverse. I was tempted to go with the Filet and I am sure it would have been delightful but the Bavette made me ask the waitress what it was and what she recommended that or the Filet. SOOO glad she nudged me... More 

Thank Jacob G
Santa Fe
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299 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

Lovely bistro setting with a very good selection of fresh ingredients. Easy parking in a strip mall area. Warm setting with comfortable seating. Nice bar area with good selection of cocktails and wines. Portions are moderate to large and prices also moderate. Bread was delicious as well as the chef's taster portion.The superfood salad was a great choice with fresh... More 

Thank KarumbaSantaFe
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84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

Have visited Max's several times over the start of summer and food has always been outstanding. Favortie dishes include the hamburger with sweet potato fries, the ahi tuna appetizer and the lava cake for dessert. Alwats friendly staff willing to assist you. great place for baby or wedding showers in the back room areas.

Thank Mark B
Oakhurst, California
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98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016

The food is not bad, but it is nothing to get excited about. This restaurant has delusions of excellence, but both the food and service miss the mark, and the prices exceed the quality of the food and the dining experience.

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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, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Large groups, 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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