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Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
+1 860-522-2530
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (99 reviews)
“oysters” (21 reviews)
“chopped salad” (9 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In CT for a business trip and decided to go to Max Downtown. Food was OK! Had the Ribeye steak. As another reviewer stated...the steak needed more seasoning. I ordered the miso butter for my topping which made it somewhat better...but definitely did not taste...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Tina H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our party of 4 dined at Max Downtown on a Monday evening in January from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm with reservations. This was a business dinner, and we were promptly seated by a pleasant hostess. Complimentary valet parking was available, and I was grateful...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank radiowitch1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Max Downtown for a festive New Years Eve dinner last night. We were three couples. Service was great as always..... food was good but maybe not as good as a typical non holiday evening. The place was really busy so it’s tough to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Food9er
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We celebrated New Year's here. We were nicely greeted by the host and seated promptly in a dining room in the back which was quiet and roomy. The 3 course set menu provided many options. The wedge salad was perfect with green goddess dressing and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Johnanddon1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great downtown location. Food however, is a hit or miss. Overall it is an ok experience. Stick with specials on the menu.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 425umerd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to eat fine food. A large group with several ordering duck, bison, steaks, and pasta. A fine selection of alcoholic drinks and the dessert menu didn’t disappoint either. Our waiter recommended several items and everyone left the table happy. No complaints in our...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank kmalik13
Reviewed 11 December 2018

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 5 December 2018

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 18 November 2018

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 10 November 2018

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
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Fred F
15 December 2018|
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Response from peter a | Reviewed this property |
RATION Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm Friday & Saturday: 5pm - 11pm Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Saturdays: Bar opens 4pm Tavern Menu (in the Whiskey Bar): Monday - Friday: 3:00pm... More
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.
16 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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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