Max's Bistro | Bar

The Bistro

Experience California-bistro dining in a place reminiscent of San Francisco, where the cuisine is accessible and the service is humble – not unlike Max’s beginnings.

In June of 1997 Scott Stanley opened Max’s Market and Bakery (named after his son) on the corner of Bullard and West in Fresno. The café featured gourmet foods and sandwiches made daily with freshly baked, all-natural artisan bread handcrafted using old world methods.

Max’s Bistro and Bar is more than quality cuisine and service – it’s comfortable.

You know it by the three generations of Fresnans who each sit at their favorite table. You can hear it in the laughter that erupts between server and guest as it carries across the room. And you can see it on the faces of our culinary artisans as they look out the tiny kitchen window into a crowd of familiar faces who have become part of the Max’s family.

Max’s is comfortable. It’s never about ego – but relationships. It’s not about pretense – but culinary creativity.

Every dish, every time, is crafted from the ground up and bursting with creativity – consistently prepared with the freshest of ingredients, and best of ingredients that can be found locally. The aromas fill the restaurant as the martini and wine bar serves up a variety of hand-shaken martinis along with an extensive offering of wines by the glass or bottle. As seasons change, so will the fresh fish and produce delivered each morning defining Max’s seafood special for the day. From day-boat scallops harvested fresh to the center cut of a filet where size and shape are exacted by hand, we promise a unique dining experience.