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Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
+1 860-522-2530
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on a Saturday, place was packed luckily we had reservations. We arrived early and grabbed a drink at their tavern; which was also packed. Bartender acknowledged us despite not actually sitting/at the bar (all seats taken). We waited off to the side with our...More

Thank Verified G
Reviewed 6 days ago

I returned to Max Restaurant in downtown Hartford after the renovations. The dining room has changed. The place was crowded. The server was polite but slow between services. We had a bowl of vegetable soup, cobb salad and turkey club. Two glasses of Obsidian, cabernet...More

Thank Fernando R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I dined at this restaurant dozens of times when I worked in the office building that houses it years ago. It was consistently a first class experience, and I was excited to take my wife there for her first time on a rare date night...More

Thank __prg__
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our group enjoyed a delightful evening sampling the chef's offerings and the wine pairings--lots of flavors, sensations, varieties--and served efficiently and delightfully by a great staff.

Thank EnergyCounselor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is always good & the service is stellar, but I was suspicious of the recent renovation, but it looks great!

Thank Noralduncan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to check out the refurbishment and honestly didn't notice drastic difference. Still classic and lovely. But the menu did seem different and the food was delicious! The chowder stuffed clams, crab cocktail, cauliflower salad and raw bar got high marks. The green goddess...More

Thank CarpeDiem0626
Reviewed 6 December 2017

The food and drinks were VERY expensive but both were very pore quality. the service was slow. Just an overall bad. I would much rater go to other restaurants in the city with better value and much better food.

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Located at Asylum St. on the heart of downtown Hartford, this Venture had solved in a fine way the Parking Burden by just providing a FREE Valet Parking. Your car claim ticket also has instructions on the back on how to recall your car from...More

Thank Ladope
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Night out on the town. No tables available and pretty abrasive about it. Service industry has a standard.

2  Thank Jeff V
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Came to Hartford for business. Stayed at The Goodwin Hotel, but unfortunately, the Bar and restaurant in the hotel were closed. Walked across the street to have dinner at Max Downtown. Our server was sweet... but the food was disgusting. Branzino is one of my...More

Thank Sam H
Steven A, Owner at Max Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Dear Sam H. I am so sorry for your poorly prepared fish. I do not have any excuses, just a sincere apology. I wish that I could tell you that we batted 1000 with every guest, but I know that we often fall short by...More

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Questions & Answers
Tim B
27 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.
17 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, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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