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, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Max's Bistro & Bar Ratings and Reviews
We love Max's, we are always happy with ...
We love Max's, we are always happy with the dining experience. The atmosphere is great, the food is always wonderful, always friendly service, Kelsey was our waitress this weekend and she is adorable. We love seeing JJ in the restaurant, greeting and visiting with his customers. So happy for him!
We use to love to go Max's. It was cons ...
We use to love to go Max's. It was consistence. But, I don't know what happened. I had the Prawn (4) with Risotto at $30. The Risotto was uneatable. Very starchy and no flavor. When I asked to get at least some mashed potatoes to go with, I was served them cold. We had to ask to have our appetizer plates cleared, we had to ask for refills on water and there just wasn't consistent service to our table. We were very disappointed and will not return.
I only gave it a 4 star due to the prici ...
I only gave it a 4 star due to the pricing. Great food but just a little pricey, but very good!
As far as the food, it was a little on the cold side, but again very good! Over all a very nice evening. Will be returning very soon. Thank You Max's.
I brought my high school athletes for a ...
I brought my high school athletes for a pre race meal. They have diverse diets so we needed variety in the menu. It was perfect and delicious. Everyone got what they needed and exclaimed how delicious it was. And our waitress was adorable. She treated my teenage athletes with respect and genuine kindness. We all walked away happy.
First time at Max's. I had the new York ...
First time at Max's. I had the new York steak special and it was one of the best steaks I have ever had. Definitely recommend the steak. Other people to my table had salmon halibut and prawns and all said were excellent.
I thought our server was so wonderful an ...
I thought our server was so wonderful and attentive. She was so friendly and was really a joy to have. However, for as great the service was I wish the food was equally as good. I personally had the sesame ahi and was pretty disappointed. The strips were incredibly thin and the ahi was so unbelievably flavorless. I pretty much had a flavor of sesame and no taste of fish. The cous cous was exactly the same. My partner ordered a red meat entre and his dish has wilted, over buttered and over-peppered asparagus. I just expected the quality of the food to be so much better and was surprisingly disappointed.
Best bread in town. Excellent food, gre ...
Best bread in town. Excellent food, great staff and good atmosphere. Had the open face shrimp and crab sandwich which was amazing but most of it is in a to-go bag because the appetizers and fresh bread were too good to pass up. Oh well, great leftovers!
Loved the art work. Excellent Steak with ...
Loved the art work. Excellent Steak with a good presentation.
Missed on my martini. A little too dirty. Very good wine selection as well.
Loved our little waitress. Very entertaining and seemed to really enjoy what she was doing.
We enjoyed a very nice evening with frie ...
We enjoyed a very nice evening with friends from out of town who hadn't been to Max's. They were completely satisfied and we enjoyed our meals. As a regular at Max's, I'm very sorry they took the scallops off the menu. A personal favorite.
We were there to celebrate my brother's ...
We were there to celebrate my brother's birthday. The special, halibut, was prepared well, with partnering kale and some kind of scalloped potato. Beautiful presented. Our server, Ellie, was warm, welcoming, shared specials as well as her favorites with us. She was delightful, outgoing, and fun. Only drawback was the volume of conversation around us - and we were in a "quiet" corner.
We have found Max's to be an excellent g ...
We have found Max's to be an excellent gem! No matter what server we are treated like royalty every time we walk in the door. The food is superb I need to watch my diet and this place makes that so comfortable! Favorite is the kale Caesar salad😍
Didn't know what to expect but I wasn't ...
Didn't know what to expect but I wasn't disappointed! None of us were! What a great meal. I had the Bavette, as it was recommended by our fantastic waitress! Thank you for that! I got to meat the sous chef at the food show the next day and he backs that dish as well! I am sure everything on the menu is great but try the Bavette! Seriously, you should get the Bavette!
We were in Fresno overnight before headi ...
We were in Fresno overnight before heading up to Kings Canyon National Park. I was looking for a high quality restaurant and we sure found it in Max's! My partner had the superfood salad and it was delicious! I had the salmon salad which also was very good. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The art work is very interesting and unique. All in all, we enjoyed eating there and would definitely go back next time we're in Fresno.
This was a nice comfortable place to hav ...
This was a nice comfortable place to have food and conversation. They were accomodating to our gluten-free needs and the food was delicious. The sweet potato fries were addicting. Our server was friendly and knowledgable but not hovering. We had a nice evening.
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