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Max Downtown

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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$4.95 each
Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
Buffalo Cauliflower
Selected fresh daily. Seasonal accompaniments
Chowder-Stuffed Clams
Bacon, fennel, ginger
Little Gem Caesar Salad
Tasmanian pepper‏ parmesan, confit garlic, white anchovy
House Made Veggie Burger Salad
Charred romaine, feta cheese, corn, avocado, cilantro vinaigrette
Tuscan Chicken Salad
Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, sweet roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella, warm polenta croutons, balsamic vinaigrette
Max's Chopped Salad
Poached gulf shrimp, diced vegetables, gorgonzola cheese, sherry mustard seed vinaigrette or non-fat sherry spritz
"The Downtown" Cobb Salad w/ Chicken or Shrimp
Applewood smoked bacon, fresh avocado, tomato, egg, gorgonzola, classic dressing
With chicken $15.95
With steak $20.95
Caesar Salad
Romaine, tasmanian pepper parmesan, confit garlic, focaccia croutons, white anchovy
Pat LaFrieda "Max's Label" Dry Aged USDA Prime Beef Burger*
Fontina cheese,‏ "24 hour" tomato, red onion, hand cut fries
Max's Classic Cheeseburger
Vermont cheddar, arugula, tomato, caramelized onion, hand cut fries
Katsu Chicken Sandwich
Brioche roll, spicy miso slaw, sesame cucumber salad
Organic Salmon BLT
Brioche, thick cut applewood smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, chive aioli, hand cut fries
Slow Roasted Ribeye Sandwich
Gruyere cheese, sauteed onions, horseradish aioli, hand cut fries
House Roasted Turkey Club
Applewood smoked bacon, arugula, tomato, dijon aioli, house made gaufrette chips
Grilled Chicken and Garganelli Pasta
Cherry peppers, prosciutto, mozzarella, garlic scape pesto
Lobster Salad
Avocado, watercress, old bay crumble
Prime Steak Frites
Hand-cut fries, arugula salad
Seared Scallops
Harissa-charred squash, orzo, cherry tomato, fava beans salsa verde
Togarashi Spiced Hawaiian Tuna
Peanut dan dan noodles, bok choy, sesame brittle, aged shoyu
Horseradish-crusted Organic Black Pearl Salmon
Asparagus and leek pistou, Starlight Gardens greens, cured lemon vinaigrette
Served With Choice of Side
Pan Seared Colossal Shrimp
Scallops a la Plancha
Organic Black Pearl Salmon
Hawaiian Tuna
SIDES | $8.95
Sweet Potato Fries
Hand-Cut Fries
Truffle Fries
Summer Heirloom Beans
*Thoroughly cooking meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs reduces the risk of food borne illness
It is our pleasure to provide a gluten free menu upon request as well as accommodate any dietary restriction.
Private party dining is available for 15 to 50.
The crown jewel of the Hartford, Connecticut dining scene, Max Downtown has been serving its guests for over 21 years and remains a fan favorite. After a top-to-bottom renovation in the summer of 2017, the restaurant has never looked (or tasted) better.
US$ 60 - US$ 80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
American, Steakhouse
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Food was stupendous.....service attentive and professional....not one person said, "No problem", when replying to "thank you".

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ribidit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a work dinner, great food and great service. Would highly recommend. While it says its a steak house, a pretty impressive and broad menu with something for everyone Will def go back!.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank ndwalsh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was great to be back to this flagship restaurant. Options include a tavern menu in the whiskey bar area as well as eating in their contemporary dining room. Their tasty grilled salmon was prepared just right and portion size was ample. Service is attentive...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank AdventureDiva
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

Service was excellent and the food and staff was very very good I Highly recomend . A fantastic wine list. A the menu is extensive and always changing. The decor is great

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ChrisHilda35
Reviewed 7 February 2019 via mobile

Salad described as endive and pear... hardly any of either to be found in this salad and drowning in an over spiced ginger dressing that did not pair at all with the blue cheese. It was probably the worse salad I ever had. Special Venison...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 31 January 2019 via mobile

We visited during Restaurant Week in Hartford. The three course menu gave us the chance to enjoy several delicious options for $30.19. Especially liked the Caesar salad, swordfish and Brussels sprouts (excellent!). Did not need dessert but since it was included we indulged.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank aotma
Reviewed 30 January 2019

I like all Max restaurants and of course Max Downtown. Last time I was disappointed with the service. Waiting time was unbelievable long and we has been “forgotten” from our server. Not even served bread or something during this long waiting. Also our salad was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ami11111
Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

Got into Hartford pretty late - they were able to accommodate us after 11pm with a take out order. Place was upscale and noisy but we were tired and I had an upset stomach. Waited for our food at the bar - I had bitters...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Heather M
Reviewed 11 January 2019 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 10 January 2019

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
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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
26 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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