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Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
+1 860-522-2530
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (98 reviews)
“oysters” (20 reviews)
“chopped salad” (9 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Max is a Hartford icon and well deserved. The food is consistently excellent and the service is well trained and professional. I am not a huge fan of the modern updated décor. I perhaps miss the prior incarnation with white table clothes and a but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Guest2018cpa
Reviewed 1 week ago

while i do not do lots of high end entertaining i took my staff here for our holiday party the attention to detail, the quality of the food and just general overall service is so very nice to encounter. The pricing is not that high...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank peter a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Max Downtown 185 Asylum St. Hartford Ct. Attending a sporting event in Hartford recently we decided on an early dinner at Max Downtown. It’s been a few years since my last visit and now I’m wondering why it’s taken so long. There have been some...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Realtor44
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our lunch at Max's the other day. I had the pork special and she had a salad. Seated quickly, great service by our server and food was tasty and correct temp.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Michael H
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This is an additional review from one written last year by myself. Three of us wanted to get a great steak and Max is the place to get one. Although one of party had the Roasted Venison (which was one of the specials). We started...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Although part of a chain, this restaurant was excellent. The cheddar rolls and steaks are very good. The service was top notch. I will definitely eat here again and would recommend.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank UFMike
Reviewed 3 November 2018

We enjoyed the oysters, clams, and shrimp. The colossal shrimp in particular were great. The rest was very poor. The lobster salad had a bizarre amount of raw cabbage. The 40oz tomahawk was simply a bad piece of meat that was made worse by being...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MM2_Scott
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Visiting my son, and took a crowd of 12 to Max for dinner. Staff and food is amazing. Great wine, beer, cocktail menu. Terrific atmosphere. Will be my go-to when in Hartford. As good or better as any bigger city chop house.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 390ellenm
Reviewed 18 October 2018

They definitely have the best prime rib in the Hartford area. The Caesar Salad was excellent as were the beef marrow meatballs. The drinks were also excellent. The blue cheese mashed potatoes were much too salty for my taste. I also think the apple strudel...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank bmaryWindsor_CT
Reviewed 8 October 2018

While in Hartford I wanted to dine at one of the finest restaurants in the city. The guidebooks said the Max Downtown was it, and it lived up to its reputation. Conveniently located downtown near the major hotels, it was a quick walk to reach....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank James M
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Questions & Answers
27 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
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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