Max Downtown

★★★★☆
  • 185 Asylum St 1

    Hartford, CT 06103

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  • 860-522-2530

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Best food I've ever eaten!

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★★★★★

Best food I've ever eaten!

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Hartford has several good resturants, but Max Downtown is the best. The food is always very good, and sometimes great, the service is solid, and the bar is outstanding (though piano night is really tacky). The strength of the menu is the beef and Max Downtown offers several excellant cuts which the kitchen is willing to prepare however you like (i.e. if you order rare, you get rare, not medium rare). The other entrees range in quality from pretty good to excellant. The family-style veggies are mostly excellant (the creamed spinach and sauted mushrooms being the best) and all of the salads are very good. The desert menu is another strength and it is always evolving, which is nice. Both the wine list and the cordial list are excellant and the prices are pretty reasonable. Front of house is also very strong, with several waiters and waitresses being as good as you will find outside a major city and the managers are all knowledgeable, on-point, and customer-oriented. It has exactly the right atmosphere for a business lunch or dinner, or for an important night out. Max also does functions very well (My wife and I were married there), with the kitchen able to turn out a high quantity of high quality food quickly and the front-of-house able to handle both the service and the "little things" that always seem to come up during big events. Prices are reasonable in light of quality, portion-size, service, etc.

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★★★★★

Hartford has several good resturants, but Max Downtown is the best. The food is always very good, and sometimes great, the service is solid, and the bar is outstanding (though piano night is really tacky). The strength of the menu is the beef and Max Downtown offers several excellant cuts which the kitchen is willing to prepare however you like (i.e. if you order rare, you get rare, not medium rare). The other entrees range in quality from pretty good to excellant. The family-style veggies are mostly excellant (the creamed spinach and sauted mushrooms being the best) and all of the salads are very good. The desert menu is another strength and it is always evolving, which is nice. Both the wine list and the cordial list are excellant and the prices are pretty reasonable. Front of house is also very strong, with several waiters and waitresses being as good as you will find outside a major city and the managers are all knowledgeable, on-point, and customer-oriented. It has exactly the right atmosphere for a business lunch or dinner, or for an important night out. Max also does functions very well (My wife and I were married there), with the kitchen able to turn out a high quantity of high quality food quickly and the front-of-house able to handle both the service and the "little things" that always seem to come up during big events. Prices are reasonable in light of quality, portion-size, service, etc.

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I think that it is really important to make note of the dates of a review. This is a restaurant which, in the past, has offered a wonderful experience but things have changed. Because of the high price we limit ourselves to going to Max Downtown on very special occasions. After trying other restaurants, which serve fillet mignon, we came to the conclusion that Max Downtown was the best. Their side order of mushrooms could not possibly be compared to anything we tried elsewhere and their crab cake appetizer was to die for. Fortunately, on our last visit a week ago, they had not raised their prices since we had visited last year. Unfortunately, the portion of their steak had been reduced to half size and the side order of mushrooms was about 1/3 the former amount. The good news is that the food still tasted great but we left the table still hungry. I have lived long enough to know that everything changes with time but had thought that since Max Downtown served an expensive meal that both the size and the quantity might remain the same but that was not to be, We are very disappointed but now will have to revert to one of our other choices of restaurants. We are fortunate to have a wide selection in the Hartford area.

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★★☆☆☆

I think that it is really important to make note of the dates of a review. This is a restaurant which, in the past, has offered a wonderful experience but things have changed. Because of the high price we limit ourselves to going to Max Downtown on very special occasions. After trying other restaurants, which serve fillet mignon, we came to the conclusion that Max Downtown was the best. Their side order of mushrooms could not possibly be compared to anything we tried elsewhere and their crab cake appetizer was to die for. Fortunately, on our last visit a week ago, they had not raised their prices since we had visited last year. Unfortunately, the portion of their steak had been reduced to half size and the side order of mushrooms was about 1/3 the former amount. The good news is that the food still tasted great but we left the table still hungry. I have lived long enough to know that everything changes with time but had thought that since Max Downtown served an expensive meal that both the size and the quantity might remain the same but that was not to be, We are very disappointed but now will have to revert to one of our other choices of restaurants. We are fortunate to have a wide selection in the Hartford area.

Pros: Great tasting food

Cons: Expensive, small servings

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Max's is a good restaurant. The menu is rather pricey but the food is top of the line. A good "fancy" place to go on special occasions.

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★★★★☆

Max's is a good restaurant. The menu is rather pricey but the food is top of the line. A good "fancy" place to go on special occasions.

Pros: great food,ambience

Cons: expensive for portions you receive

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Max Downtown is awesome! I love this place. The menu is steak and Pacific Rim seafood dishes. They have some of the BEST martinis. The staff is excellent. There is no better restaurant in Hardford. The steak is mouth-watering!

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★★★★★

Max Downtown is awesome! I love this place. The menu is steak and Pacific Rim seafood dishes. They have some of the BEST martinis. The staff is excellent. There is no better restaurant in Hardford. The steak is mouth-watering!

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When we entered, NOBODY came over to seat us (and I know the reason why :-)). There was a girl behind the counter who I think was supposed to, but didn't. Finally, a gentleman "notices us" and leads us to the seats. Nice. Then comes the menu. Nice. Tempting. Then the server - a nice chap - took a lot of time to explain the day's specials and our questions. Felt a bit relaxed after what we experienced at the door. Around $50-$60 for two. Did not feel it was overpriced at all.
All in all - a good experience.
Oh, by the way - before you enter the restaurant, please read the sign on the left - "Proper Attire Please".

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★★★★★

When we entered, NOBODY came over to seat us (and I know the reason why :-)). There was a girl behind the counter who I think was supposed to, but didn't. Finally, a gentleman "notices us" and leads us to the seats. Nice. Then comes the menu. Nice. Tempting. Then the server - a nice chap - took a lot of time to explain the day's specials and our questions. Felt a bit relaxed after what we experienced at the door. Around $50-$60 for two. Did not feel it was overpriced at all.
All in all - a good experience.
Oh, by the way - before you enter the restaurant, please read the sign on the left - "Proper Attire Please".

Pros: Good food; good wine list; good servers; nice people around

Cons: Dress very well

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The simple fact is this. I didn't know how t pronounce "merlot", so the service staff basically laughed at me all night and made me feel very awful. I understand the restaurant is higher end, but i just wanted to go out for once and max's service was beyond terrible. It seemed the "bigwigs" dining got all attention, but maybe I'm just not "qualified" to spend money there!!!

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★★★☆☆

The simple fact is this. I didn't know how t pronounce "merlot", so the service staff basically laughed at me all night and made me feel very awful. I understand the restaurant is higher end, but i just wanted to go out for once and max's service was beyond terrible. It seemed the "bigwigs" dining got all attention, but maybe I'm just not "qualified" to spend money there!!!

Pros: Beautiful restaurant

Cons: , parking, service!!!!!!!

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We were visiting from New York City and were pleasantly surprised by Max Downtown. Hip yet warm-n-cozy decor, interesting wine list and very well-executed, creative cuisine. Everything was fresh tasting and nicely presented. Service friendly and professional.

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★★★★★

We were visiting from New York City and were pleasantly surprised by Max Downtown. Hip yet warm-n-cozy decor, interesting wine list and very well-executed, creative cuisine. Everything was fresh tasting and nicely presented. Service friendly and professional.

Pros: swanky room, upscale cuisine, friendly service

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Took my gf here for dinner valentines weekend... the 2 clowns at the front did not have our reservation. Managed to somehow get a table, but they did not offer us complimentary coat-checks like everyone else in the restaurant. Felt uncomfortable the minute we walked in, the atmosphere was extremely snobish. Plus, they sat us near the front where we were frezzing our a**es off. The food and service were good, but definitely never go back to this place ever. Lastly, for being one of the trendiest places in town.. saw some of the worst dressed people in the world!

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★★☆☆☆

Took my gf here for dinner valentines weekend... the 2 clowns at the front did not have our reservation. Managed to somehow get a table, but they did not offer us complimentary coat-checks like everyone else in the restaurant. Felt uncomfortable the minute we walked in, the atmosphere was extremely snobish. Plus, they sat us near the front where we were frezzing our a**es off. The food and service were good, but definitely never go back to this place ever. Lastly, for being one of the trendiest places in town.. saw some of the worst dressed people in the world!

Pros: Upscale, Food

Cons: Snotty, Temp. control

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By far the best restaurant in the area....quality of food is the best, service is excellent - my husband is a chef and this is the only restaurant he is completely happy with!

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★★★★★

By far the best restaurant in the area....quality of food is the best, service is excellent - my husband is a chef and this is the only restaurant he is completely happy with!

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lively atmosphere. Attentive wait staff. The meat is done to order, while it is well done on the outside and cool in the middle. Very tender and tasty.

2
★★★★★

lively atmosphere. Attentive wait staff. The meat is done to order, while it is well done on the outside and cool in the middle. Very tender and tasty.

Pros: service, food prep, presentation

Cons: noisy, tables close to front

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Not to be snotty, but if you don't have a few bucks to spend, avoid this place. It's quite easy to go in and lay down a few hundred at dinner, so be warned. That being said, if you are willing to shell out, then by all means. Classy atmosphere and clientele, with staff to match (you say snobbish, I say upper class). In any case, I try to make it there about once a month. Killer martinis.

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★★★★☆

Not to be snotty, but if you don't have a few bucks to spend, avoid this place. It's quite easy to go in and lay down a few hundred at dinner, so be warned. That being said, if you are willing to shell out, then by all means. Classy atmosphere and clientele, with staff to match (you say snobbish, I say upper class). In any case, I try to make it there about once a month. Killer martinis.

 

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