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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
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11:00 am - 9:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings
Description: Experience California-bistro dining in a place reminiscent of San...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and good art

We stopped in for a light dinner and ended up having starters and dessert. The Seared Ahi Tataki was very good and the Godzilla sauce was tasty with just a little bite at the end. The Organic Mixed Greens salad was very good and was so large it almost felt more like a main course than a starter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
zippo46
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New Hampshire
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New Hampshire
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88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in for a light dinner and ended up having starters and dessert. The Seared Ahi Tataki was very good and the Godzilla sauce was tasty with just a little bite at the end. The Organic Mixed Greens salad was very good and was so large it almost felt more like a main course than a starter. The Seasonal... More 

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Thank zippo46
Los Angeles
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A smallish place on West and Bullard. Roomy inside. Lovely art work. Absolutely mouthwateringly delicious food , especially their specials. I had the best nut crusted tuna ever. Their desserts are also excellent - the salted caramel creme brulee is wonderful, as well as the apple pie. Very friendly staff. Best to make reservations but not always necessary on a... More 

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Thank bdkLosAngeles
Fresno,CA
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108 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

All this time in Fresno and this is the first time I ate here. I heard this place is good and I must agree. The ambiance is great and so is the food. It is a great dining place.

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Thank bzeebee
Fresno, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Our dinner was several fabulous choices from the horderve menu.. Each was prepared to perfection. Plenty to share among the three of us. The service was excellent. The evening was very relaxed and ended with a piece of the flourless chocolate cake. Devine. Love the atmosphere!

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Thank Happyeate324r
Fresno
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

We have only had lunch at Max's and it is always expedient but relaxing. These folks know how to provide great service without making you feel rushed. Food is fresh and tasty. Great for business lunches and I see a lot of patrons lingering over conversation and glass of wine, you know its a neighborhood favorite restaurant as well. Feels... More 

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Thank Dawb99
Fresno, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

One of my favorite places in Fresno. Friendly service, great food and good drink selections as well as good wine list.

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Tollhouse, Ca.
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

It has been several years since I have been to Max's. It is a lovely restaurant located in the middle part of Fresno. Our party dined on a Wednesday nite, which was a quiet time. I enjoy that so I can hear all of our party. Service was excellent, food was good, wine list was acceptable. I recommend that you... More 

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Thank gdr23
Alta Loma, California
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197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful experience with the food the drinks the desserts. Had a hard time conversing across the table due to the lack of sound control in the restaraunt in general. The food and wine selection is outstanding ! . C&H

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Thank ahdiii
Clovis, California
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Recently went to a union meeting here. We started off at the bar with some appetizers and drinks while waiting for the back party room to open up. Servers were very attentive the entire party- shout to Jordan- who was the head waiter that night. It was about a group of 30 and everything went great. They constantly kept the... More 

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Thank melahoni
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60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Outstanding experience with Max's with a baby shower. From the first phone call, J.J. and others were so helpful. Day of the event provided incredible food and incredible service. Use Max's for your special events.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1784 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711-2328
    (West)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Fresno
  • Phone Number: +1 559-439-6900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 36
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, French, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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