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
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😍
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.
We have dined there many times and have ...
We have dined there many times and have never been disappointed. The management is changing, with the long-time general manager (who ran it so well) now the owner - so we are assured of a continual good food, service, and ambience. There are many good restaurants in this area and Max's is one of its jewels.
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.
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