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Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
+1 860-522-2530
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (83 reviews)
“oysters” (15 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited the renovated location. Looks great, bustling at lunch time, very attentive staff. Menu offers good variety and everyone remarked at the well prepared food, taste, presentation. The BRANZINO was to die for. Light, delicious. The rolls are worth the trip alone. Have never had...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The staff was very accommodating. We had booked a reservation and couldn't make it on time due to a delay in our train. The staff rescheduled us and when we finally did arrive was nice enough to store our luggage for us. Our waiter was...More

Thank DaveGNL
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful dinner at Max downtown. Really great restaurant with a nice decor. Staff was friendly and although crowded the service was good. The ham appetizer was very good with pickled veg and lavash. Entrees were plated well and tasted excellent, especially the half chicken that...More

Thank brian D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food at this restaurant was so perfectly seasoned that no salt or pepper were needed at the table. The wait staff were extremely attentive and sensitive to our time constraints. I would be more than happy to go back and would highly recommend.

1  Thank liz1202us
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the original white-tablecloth reputation to a more casual dining experience, I was not disappointed with the transformed space. The dining room and bar area now has cool, blue colored walls with salon-style art. The menu still has its classic steak and seafood choices. Shareable...More

Thank Adventure Diva
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Max Downtown just re-opened following a renovation. Two words: WELL DONE! Everything from the interior design, table settings, menu & drink list, even the logo was updated (see pic). Love it all. Yes this is still the best steak restaurant in the area, yes it...More

Thank kms21
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Max's is my very favorite restaurant in Hartford. Top prime steaks, wonderful shrimp cocktail, great ceasar salad. The staff are so accomodating seeing to every need. Drinks are superb and wine list extensive. Do not miss this restaurant, you will love it!

Thank 461stephentc
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Max Downtown is the best. Always consistent and excellent. The service is great and experienced. What ever you want they accommodate and if there is a problem they take care of it. You will love the food and the atmosphere.

Thank Roy F
Reviewed 12 July 2017

May-be we hit a bad day, but Max Downtown used to be much better. Had an expensive steak very under cooked and very very pepper filled. Hardly ever send something back but did this time--Second dissapointmet in a row...

3  Thank barneydog1
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I've used this restaurant many occasions and have always been very happy with the service and meals provided. Wide variety on the menu and you must have the steak! :)

1  Thank BobandCarolCT
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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, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, 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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