About Max's Bistro & Bar
Max’s is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the Central Valley. Our rustic California Cuisine and Gallery setting features local artist Tomas Panzarino. Max’s has welcomed Fresno visitors and our local neighbors for over 10 years. We are dedicated to using fresh local produce along with our house made artisan breads to insure a quality and healthy dining experience. The same quality and freshness is found in all the cocktails from our bar. Premium liquors, hand squeezed juices and muddled berries create our exceptional and award winning martini’s. We look forward to your visit!
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Delivery of catering menu items to your business or home.
Scott Sauer/ Big Sur California
Private Party Facilities:
Max's has two semi-private dining areas accommodating party sizes of 18 or 40. We can also accomodate buy-out parties of up to 160 guests. Contact us for additional information.
Private Party Contact:
J.J. Wettstead: 5598929969
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Max's Bistro & Bar Ratings and Reviews
Excellent service! Our food was phenomen ...
Excellent service! Our food was phenomenal! Would definitely recommend to others!
Never been disappointed with service, fo ...
Never been disappointed with service, food or ambiance. Always leave with smile on my face.
Food was disappointing, even with their ...
Food was disappointing, even with their 'famous dishes.' Poor seasoning, improper cooking, and poor execution.
Great anniversary dinner!
We celebrated our anniversary at Max's and had just a wonderful time. Food/service was wonderful. And then, unknown to us, our daughters picked up the tab. Our server was really knowledgeable and always there when we needed her. She made the night complete. Really knows her stuff.
We have been dining at Max's for years and it has been consistently delicious. Unfortunately, the last two times we have gone, the food has been over-cooked and tough. I didn't think gnocchi could be tough, but this was like sponge and the brick chicken was just that, a brick! Very disappointing and I hear similar stories from a few other friends.
Try the Meatloaf
Upon a recommendation of a trusted friend, I decided to have a special dinner with my wife. As visitors to Fresno, we found this amazing gem to be an awesome experience. I would recommend others to dine at Max's. What made the evening special was the attention to detail. There was plenty of specialty in the way we were treated as customers as well as the selection of entrees, appetizers, and specialty drinks. This place had charm in not only the decor but also in the food itself. Who else could make a meatloaf gourmet? Max's did... and with charisma and attitude - a rare find in a dining experience these days. Lastly, even the green beans were to die for.
Another great evening at Max's! Awesome ...
Another great evening at Max's! Awesome service and great food.
Always good selection for everyone- fish ...
Always good selection for everyone- fish, meat, salads,
Love this place
Love this place
Always enjoy Maxs as the food is always good. Great place for bridal or baby showers. Staff works with you and are always helpful
Love to come here with my husband or whe ...
Love to come here with my husband or whenever we have family in town. Max's is consistently good - both in the diversity of the tasty foods and awesome service. Great crew!
We first visited this place a few years ago (2013) when we moved to the area and our initial impression was really just eh... we thought the food, service and ambiance didn't quite match the price-point (granted we're spoiled coming from a bigger city) so we didn't return for a few years. We decided to give it another try considering it had been a few years since our last visit and we were not disappointed! Everything from our food to the service was outstanding and because of that one experience a few months ago, we've returned at least once a week if not more. Whatever changed...the menu was different from our first visit... keep it up
My husband and I love it at Max's & find ...
My husband and I love it at Max's & find ourselves here weekly. The food is consistently delicious, service is awesome, and the overall experience is pleasant. They have the best pies!
Once again the service was EXCELLENT! They were efficient, friendly, and informative. I always enjoy my meal at Max's and the design of the restaurant allows me to converse with and enjoy my company as well.
Excellent as always. Food is always fres ...
Excellent as always. Food is always fresh and loaded with flavor
Both friendly service and good food have ...
Both friendly service and good food have a consistent experience.
Excellent food and a wonderful server made our Valentine's dinner a joy. We will definitely go back.
We had a delicious meal and excellent se ...
We had a delicious meal and excellent service. Our server was very attentive to our needs. We didn't have to look for her because she was there. If it's available order the Rib-eye steak...best ever!
Great Valentines Dinner
Service was great and food was remarkable. We were seated on time and taken care of without complaint. We especially liked the choices of food and the way it was presented. We have been making this our special place at Valentines Day for a few years now. Definitely will be back and always tell our friends what a great place this is in Fresno.
Excellent service from all staff, food was on point, fresh ingrediants, and an eclectic menu. I had the calamari steak w/bed of Risotto and greens. My guest has the NY steak with spinach mash potatoes and delicious bed of assorted Zucchinni/Squash.
Always a good meal. The service and high ...
Always a good meal. The service and high quality of food is what keeps us coming back.
Exquisite, as you expect it to be...
I have come to rely on Max's for excellent food, a great wine list, and the best service in town. I have never been disappointed there!
Great place to eat!
My husband and I met a friend that was in town for business.......at Max's Bistro for dinner. We got there early and set at the bar for a drink while waiting. The bar service was friendly and good. We were taken to our table by very friendly staff and the service was great, prompt and also friendly. The food was awesome, their buttermilk fried chicken and the grilled mahi-mahi was outstanding. It's a neat place with a good atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone.
I have dined here many times, but I think our party agreed this was the best meal we've had here. My scallops were perfectly cooked and the components of th dish were all flavorful and in harmony. My mother enjoyed her fish special and dessert and my husband said the meat loaf was terrific.
They always make a great martini!
The food and service is always great. That is why we are here so often! The menu was just recently updated...which is a must for such a neighborhood gem!
Salmon was less than ideal. The side veg ...
Salmon was less than ideal. The side vegetables were overcooked.
As usual the food was good. The office staff especially enjoyed the potato/sweet potato/eggplant/fries appetizer. I had the superfood salad, and that was enough for me. Others had the sturgeon and it was good, I had a bite. Then the girls fought over the last two brules. I had the bread pudding, and it was yummy. Thanks everyone!
Loved the Sweet Potato Fries!
I am not a fan of any kind of fries but the Sweet Potato Fries with the aioli sauce were delicious! I am actually craving them now and considering the drive to the other side of town to get them. The customer service is great and I really loved the artwork that was hung throughout. Great ambiance!
It was our first visit and we were pleasantly surprised by the décor and setting... Beautifully painted and decorated with colorful art work. Ordered the Max Burger and it was huge and delicious came with Sweet Potato Fries . My husband ordered the special Fish and Chips... The fish as on the greasy side and only came with 2 pieces, fries and cup of soup for $25, which was on the pricey side for what he got. The service was great and the experience was lovely. Will definitely go back and try other things on the menu.... Appetizer Ahi was delicious as was the tomato bisque. Was disappointed we had never bothered to try this little Bistro before. Worth the experience.... Felt like a little gem you find out of town and wish you had at home... Nice find in Fresno!
We had not been to Max"s in several years and were looking forward to a great meal. The food was tasteless and boring.
I was out looking for a good place to ea ...
I was out looking for a good place to eat, I read the reviews and went with this place. The food was amazing, and the service waS great.
Our waitress was amazing! Delicious meal ...
Our waitress was amazing! Delicious meal!
Thank you for a great lunch for my stepd ...
Thank you for a great lunch for my stepdaughters birthday!!
Great food, service, drinks. VERY noisy interior”
Had a wonderful experience with the food the drinks the desserts. Had a hard time conversing across the table due to the lack of sound control in the restaurant in general. The food and wine selection is outstanding ! . C&H
Great service but questionable food
Took my SO here for her birthday. Had called the night before with simple instructions for a happy birthday surprise with dessert. The restaurant failed to deliver the day of. The food also wasn't that great. We had ordered the New York strip and Oppa fish special. The steak was very tough and mealy in texture (possibly not USDA prime grade or they bought it frozen and stored for longer than recommended) and the fish was dry (Oppa is generally a very fatty fish but our fish was surprisingly dry). The staff was very friendly, but it's unfortunate that their food seemed not up to par for the price.
Excellent service, mango iced tea very diluted, sweet potato fries very good. burger is delicious. Very friendly atmosphere and relaxed.
Excellent as usual
In typical Max's fashion, everything was excellent. Especially enjoyed the creme brûlée with Lynnie B's caramels!
Started out the evening with a bottle of wine we brought (they have a $15 corking fee), and their amazing eggplant fries with sriacha aioli. Hubby had the Max Burger, perfectly cooked, and filling. I had the special starter, a Maryland Blue Crab cake with slaw, and also their delicious beet salad. For dessert, I had the salted caramel creme brulee that had a candle and "Happy birthday" chocolate message, and homemade salted caramel candy. Everything was incredible! I would recommend again, and again!
Max's is always a "go to" dining establishment in Fresno. We come here often My wife and I both had the day off and wanted to spend some time together. Lunch and a movie.. The waitress was great. Lunch options always four star. Both of us had a salad. I chose the salmon . It was cooked to perfection. One thing off.. My wife wanted dessert and ordered the creme brûlée. The waitress took our order. After a few minutes she returned stating they were out of the creme brûlée and most all of the other desserts !! Ok...what do you have? Ice cream.. That's it. Friday at 1 pm and none of their signature desserts were available. Very odd !!
The dinner and dessert were good. Service great
The dinner and dessert were good. Service was great. Ezzy was our server and she was fantastic. Attentive but not intrusive. She will the reason we come back.
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