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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%
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“steak” (95 reviews)
“oysters” (18 reviews)
“chopped salad” (9 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103-3408
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Reviewed 1 week 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.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank UFMike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank MM2_Scott
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank 390ellenm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank bmaryWindsor_CT
Reviewed 7 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

Thank James M
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

I really enjoyed Max Downtown as did all of my clients. Nine of us ordered an assortment of lunch options and each looked terrific. I had salmon, which was outstanding. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Menu has lots to choose from. Bill came to roughly $23/person....More

Thank EnjoyMyReviews
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Excellent seafood Great service Professional staff. Great place to go with your family or a date. Drinks are great

Thank Ellen Wade K
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Had an amazing dinner here while visiting on business. The seafood was really fresh and tasty and the steak would melt in your mouth. Highly recommended!

Thank John G
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Questions & Answers
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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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, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, 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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