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Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
+1 860-522-2530
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (89 reviews)
“oysters” (18 reviews)
Open Now
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
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Reviewed yesterday

Max's Restaurant was absolutely wonderful. I had an over-sized steak that was cooked to perfection and delivered quickly by extremely helpful and friendly staff. Overall the experience was great. The only reason I did not give Max's an "excellent" rating was the exorbitant cost. While...More

Thank richardlrodriguezsr
Reviewed 6 days ago

we stayed at the Goodwin and walked across the street to grab a bite at the bar. The food was quick, hearty and just great. Would love to come back here for a full dinner.

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It steps up the Harford experience by definitely more than a notch! It is definitely the place to bring someone if you want to impress them. They definitely have great mixologists and good food and servers. The place is definitely beautifully designed and appointed. I...More

Thank differentname
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We never go out in Hartford. Bit to far away. We happened to be in the area dropping our kids off at a concert so we figured we’d try it. Really great restaurant. Steak selection was excellent. Service was very good and attentive. The waitstaff...More

Thank Jeffrey B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came to Max Downtown to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday and we had a great experience. Reservations were for 4pm and they were ready for us when we arrived. We sat toward the back of the restaurant and it was quiet and comfortable. Our...More

Thank RITraveler123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a veal chop that was to die for . Done perfectly. Had a side of wild mushrooms. Cost is high, wuns about $60/pp for an entree and a side. More if your are drinking or getting appetizer or dessert. Great service.

Thank JPSheldon
Reviewed May 11, 2018

We had a terrific lunch in this trendy hot spot downtown. Max's was crowded but the noise level was minimal, lots of folks enjoying lunch and yet we were able to have a peaceful and delicious meal. My Cobb salad was very large, delicious, attractively...More

Thank mangomon1
Reviewed May 9, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Max Downtown. Everyone made us feel special and pampered. Fantastic food, beautiful (remodeled) environment. All around, wonderful evening. Next year can’t come soon enough...

Thank MsCasualTravelor
Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

We were staying next door at The Goodwin Hotel, so we just had to walk across the street to Max Downtown. We sat at the bar at 5:30 and easily found a couple of seats. Our bartender Scott was very nice, friendly and knowledgeable but...More

Thank acksailor
Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time in Max D because the waiter was very attentive and she had a lot of knowledge about their food. First, we had a cocktail of shrimps and Niantic oysters and they were delicious, fresh. After good drinks, I particularly had...More

Thank AkirePR
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Questions & Answers
Tim B
November 26, 2017|
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Response from Bobby V | Property representative |
No, the restaurant will be closed Christmas Day. Thank you and enjoy your Holiday.
September 16, 2016|
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Response from mzimm5 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the prior answers - not really romantic but not unromantic either. Relatively fancy. Good food. Pricey - especially the wine list
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$60 - $80
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
    (Trumbull Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hartford
  • Phone Number: +1 860-522-2530
  • E-mail
The crown jewel of the Hartford, Connecticut dining scene, Max Downtown has been serving its guests for over 21 years and remains a fan favorite. After a top-to-bottom renovation in the summer of 2017, the restaurant has never looked (or tasted) better.
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