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Max's Oyster Bar

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964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-2102 (South Main Street)
(860) 236-6299
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been trying each of the Max restaurants and this is my favorite so far. The food and atmosphere were excellent. I sat outside on a pleasant Thursday evening. I arrived at 7:30 without reservation and there was no wait. I started with a tuna appetizer which was a medley of tuna and ginger and avocado, delicious. I had... More 

Thank Dan P
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1,004 reviews
733 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had booked here for Sunday brunch. The area is very nice and has some shops to look around too. Parking is free on a Sunday, which is a bonus. The decor of the restaurant was nicer than we expected, I would call it plush French. The food though was a little bit of a let down, based on our... More 

Thank Sdwoo
West Hartford, CT
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved our bartender Khalid. The drinks were interesting and delicious and when I switched to my regular gimlet, it was perfect. The oysters are amazing, whether cooked ( in the po' boy) or raw.

Thank SandyXV
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I were lucky to get reservations to this delightful restaurant, as we chose an early time. We were seated in a booth where you could see the special chef preparing the seafood appetizers. What a treat. The food was amazing and the service was exceptional.

Thank Shalynne
Sheffield, Mass, USA
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been to Max's Oyster Bar about six months ago for lunch and it was terrific. We brought my son there on our way to Bradley Airport and I was personally let down. The oysters I ordered, while good, were warm. The colossal crab cocktail was also warm and the crab meat was definitely not fresh. It was a... More 

Thank Coraqueen
West Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresh fish, creatively prepared, in a sophisticated, but noisy, ambience. Shellfish fresh and delicious. Martinis made to perfection.

Thank AndyLet
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent like $18 for 4 shrimp (shrimp cocktail). They were okay, run-of-the-mill shrimp. Mussels were a little gritty. Best part of the experience was the bar service; friendly and engaging. Popular place for WeHa happy hour. Over-rated, in my opinion.

Thank Stephanie B
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15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful Saturday evening outside at Max's Oyster Bar. The temps had soared into the 90's during the day and it was just too hot to cook at home. Bob gave us a wonderful table curbside and we enjoyed a great meal and people watching for several hours. Vickie, our server was friendly, helpful and... More 

Thank Suzanne B
New York City, New York
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect from start to finish. Our server (Ardit I believe) was amazing. We received suggestions about what to order and our questions were answered with great detail, not just yes's and no's. Neither of us admittedly knew what to order when it came to fresh oysters, and our server made a great selection. He helped me choose between two main... More 

Thank TravelGal418
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is not my first time here the place is always busy but the food is not so much I had dinner with 2 friends last week we sat outside great weather and great service but the food.... My grilled lobster was dry the other dished didn't look so great either I don't know why this place is so packed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 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
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-2102
    (South Main Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Hartford
  • Phone Number: (860) 236-6299

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?