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“Good but pricey lunch”
Review of Max's Bistro & Bar

Max's Bistro & Bar
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Ranked #12 of 1,143 Restaurants in Fresno
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $36
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: West
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.
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Ate here with a business group, invited by a friend who lives nearby and is a regular. Food is good but pricey for what it was. Very popular place among well-off Fresno professionals.

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

By-and-large, the food here is high quality, creative, and well-prepared in an atmosphere that's not snooty. It has enough hipness to be interesting and a down-to-earth staff that makes dining pleasurable. Yes, it's more expensive than Cheesecake Factory, but less than Fleming's or Ruth's Chris. The art by Tomas is also quite colorful and insanely expensive, but makes for interesting viewing. The food won't win any SF Chronicle awards for cutting-edge cuisine nor doesn't include rare French truffles, but is highly consumable in a clean and hip space, which is why we dine out in the first place.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

We have been here a couple of times and have always enjoyed the food. It's busy during lunch,
Business meetings at one table,
A group of ladies, and couples.
Service is excellent. Now for this you are going to pay! It's probably one of the most expensive lunches in town!
It does have very good food though!


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Thank Clarjoe
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Max's prime rib special was one of the best prime rib dinners ever. Perfectly seasoned & cooked.
Great place for family, friends & business associates. Excellent serving staff.....awesome chefs....

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Arriving late one afternoon driving from Yosemite with our 14 year old grandson, we decided to try Max's based on location and TA reviews. We called and got 5:45 pm reservations for a Saturday night. By the time we finished dinner almost all the tables were full. We enjoyed the brightly painted metal pictures and other trendy touches. Our table was next to a low partition which divided the two rooms. My husband sat next to the partition and felt uncomfortably close to the table on the other side. Plants or other doodads would have leant a feeling of privacy. Our server was attentive and our water glasses were kept full. In hindsight, our grandson would probably have been better off with a burger or the meatloaf instead of the Flat Iron Steak. We asked for medium well-it came medium rare. The bacon wasabi mashers with the steak were almost too much even for my husband who quite likes wasabi. The sweet soy glaze also included wasabi although that wasn't mentioned in the menu and, again, was far too much. Our server asked about the meal and we mentioned the strong wasabi and she smiled and agreed. A warning ahead of time would have been welcome. My Corriander Crusted Ahi was quite good but, again, the heaviness of wasabi on the tuna as well as on the rice cakes dominated all the flavors. My husband had the scallops and they were sweet and tasty. Unless you REALLY like wasabi, I'd steer away from anything in the menu thar includes it.

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