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Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
+1 860-522-2530
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (17 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made reservations at Max Downtown to have dinner with a relative who was in town on business. Our reservation was promptly honored, although we didn't like the first two tables we were offered; we accepted the third. The decor of the restaurant is attractive....More

Thank 305E40th4J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Max’s flagship restaurant lives up to the billing. It’s a half-step above Max Oyster on all levels. Great food, perfect service. Feels like New York. Our server Tom (from Paris) was among the best we have ever had.

Thank WDWRunner
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was excellent, and the wait staff was attentive but not hovering. In all, the experience was very nice.

Thank ComradeHewitt
Reviewed 22 March 2018

I find most steakhouses to be pretentiously overpriced, and this is no exception, but it is a solidly enjoyable atmosphere. Great selection of whiskey (as advertised), loud but tolerable ambience, nice place to eat at the bar.

Thank island-time-ny
Reviewed 14 March 2018

There isn't anything special about the food here. It's a steakhouse. It has limited offerings, but what it does offer is done well. What makes this restaurant special is the staff, from the bar to the servers to the sommelier. You will feel like part...More

Thank always_come_home
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

A couple of friends and I stopped for a late night snack at the bar that turned out to be a top notch feast. First of all, the pasta dish (I can't remember the type of pasta) was freshly made and exceptional. No joke folks!...More

Thank Foodinspector10
Reviewed 17 February 2018

Some restaurants just don’t get the big picture. We have been going to Max Downtown for the last year either before or after Hockey Games. I estimate we have been there 7-8 times and have always enjoyed the food and service. In addition, I have...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

5 stars are not enough to give this upscale restaurant. Food, service, ambiance exceeded expectations in every way. Very busy Tuesday night yet we never felt rushed. All food choices prepared to perfection from the crab cocktail, beef and seafood entrees, desserts and even the...More

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Questions & Answers
Tim B
26 November 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.
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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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
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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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