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Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
+1 860-522-2530
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (93 reviews)
“oysters” (18 reviews)
“chopped salad” (9 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00 Hours
American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you're looking for a nice spot for a business lunch or dinner with friends I recommend Max. They have a nice menu and great staff that is very attentive. Whether you need it to be quick or plan to linger, you'll have your dining...More

Thank Aaliyah M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food, the service, the ambiance...all excellent. Don’t know why we tend to go only for special occasions; we should go often.

Thank Billbelle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful Prime rib, great wine list, and very good service from Patrick our server for this Sunday evening. The newly updated decor and revamp of the bar and lounge area was a pleasant surprise since my last visit. The new spirits display in the bar...More

Thank pagllc
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Everything is excellent. Environment and service is outstanding. Modern, clean and just a great environment. Every meal I have had has been great - just be prepared to break the bank when the check arrives.

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Great service, courteous staff and delicious quality food. Certainly going to frequent this place for a great time.

Thank Haresh J
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Visited on Sunday afternoon, we ordered a variety of items and all of them were outstanding, not only the steak but the fish and seafood had great taste and cooked perfectly, the same with the deserts, a great restaurant worth going back again

Thank Carlos O
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Not recommended. Longmedow location is much better. I ordered a diet coke and got a 4 inch very thin bottle of soda, no refills. Resturant was not very crowded but service was very slow.

Thank 456forest
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Three of us went for dinner for the "Taste of Hartford" menu ($30.18 for appetizer, main course and dessert). The value was excellent - the portions were large for all three courses. The gazpacho appetizer was very tasty; two people ordered the pork chop which...More

Thank Carole O
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Had a great meal here with some Business partners. Wine list is excellent. Steak was cooked to perfection, and will go here again next time in Hartford.

Thank JACoppo
Reviewed 14 July 2018

So Max Downtown is a super steakhouse. Never a bad meal, breathtaking sides, and a world-class wine list. The desserts don't get enough credit. After a lovely meal (which I'll attend to later) my wife and I tried the Salted Caramel Baked Alaska.The confection came...More

Thank todbo
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Questions & Answers
26 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Bobby V | Property representative |
No, the restaurant will be closed Christmas Day. Thank you and enjoy your Holiday.
16 September 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
US$60 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, 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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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