Max's Bistro is located in a strip mall and is easy to find. I have eaten there 6 times in 3 business trips to Fresno. This restaurant hits the mark in all areas.
1. Food - a great selection of California/American/Mediterranean dishes with daily specials. It is noteworthy that Fresno sits in the middle of California agriculture and everything they serve is locally sourced and therefore fresh. Preparations are perfect and the meal is just a joy. Over a 2 visit span I had a lightly grilled tuna with grated jicama, black beans and a wonderful sauce and a Whitefish burger with veggies and again a wonderful sauce. Their breads are baked by the owner in a bakery he owns and they serve a delicious spiced olive oil for dipping. Don't miss getting an appetizer - try the sweet potato fries with another great sauce!
2. Wine - the wine list is diverse enough to appeal to any taste and will match any food serving. Some great name brands - Joel Gott, Morgan; and plenty of local varieties to try.
3. Atmosphere - Beautiful setting with great ambiance. Bustling but quiet enough to have good conversations.
4. Service - Timely, welcoming and attentive. One is made to feel welcomed at Max's Bistro. On my second visit last week, I took dinner at the bar and spent some time talking wines and food with the owner. A very pleasant gentleman and just typical of why Max's Bistro is a "Must Eat There" if you are ever in Fresno.