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Max Downtown
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Ranked #5 of 444 Restaurants in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 60 - USD 80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Trumbull Street
Description: 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.
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived at the restaurant a bit early. Reception staff were warm and friendly. They offered for us to sit at the bar or go to our table and wait for the rest of our party. We decided to have cocktails at our table while waiting. Cocktails were fresh and generous with the alcohol and reasonably priced.
Starters were seafood sampler and Iberico ham. The sampler had jumbo shrimp, crab claws, oysters, clams and mussels. All very fresh, firm and well prepared. There was a generous serving of ham with figs- delicious. Rolls were served piping hot- nice crust, moist and airy. The cauliflower salad was unique- Crunchy with nuts, raisins and sliced apples. Mains were Berkshire pork chops with sweet potato souffle. The pork was thick and perfectly cooked- moist and tender. The Prime New York strip with miso butter and prime ribeye steaks were cooked medium rare- nice crust, well seasoned and juicy. For dessert: apple pie and cheesecake. Both were very good- well worth the extra calories. They have an extensive wine list offering a wide variety and medium to high price. The service was outstanding. Plates were cleared in a timely manner. Water refilled regularly. Attentive but not intrusive. Tables are well spaced. The dining area is nicely decorated and well maintained. There is valet parking and also self parking in the building. This is a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

Thank charlie o
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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely restaurant and the food is excellent. the seating is a little tight and this distracted from the overall pleasantries. the staff are excellent.

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Went for dinner with a friend, had the barrel cut Filet Mignon, perfectly prepared, also ordered crusted potato gratin, quite delicious. although a bit on the pricey side, the food was of very high quality, great waitstaff. A nice location near the XL center and other downtown amenities. A great special occasion place.

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Thank Edward P
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Lunch time is extremely busy at this upscale restaurant in downtown Hartford, CT yet you never felt rushed. New York strip Caesar salad plentiful and delicious. Steak fork tender. Chicken Cobb salad built beautifully and quite filling. Salmon cooked to perfection. Chocolate Creme brûlée to die for. Highly recommended but add a few glasses of wine and gets a bit pricey for lunch time. Parking across Asylum St. In garage but discount for such a large bill was minuscule.

Thank Ray S
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

For those working or meeting in Downtown Hartford, this place is ideal but can get very crowded during evening rush hour... and thus very noisy. But we all liked the service, the food, and the spirit. Parking is available nearby.

Thank momarino143
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