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  • First Review
    May 5, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 1, 2014
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    4.5
 
 
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Max's Oyster Bar is the fourth creation of restaurateur Richard Rosenthal and his partner Bob Cooke, formerly of Legal Seafood Restaurant Company. Located among unique shops, coffeehouses, and several restaurants, Max's Oyster Bar compliments West Hartford Center's charming and growing shopping district. The understated atmosphere of muted colors and comfortable seating allows diner's to focus on the truly important, the food. Featuring modern renditions of classic American seafood, Max's Oyster Bar menu has something for everyone. While seafood is the focal point, there are selections for even the most land bound. Ethnic influences are apparent throughout a menu filled with new interpretations on traditional fare.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
We'll be back!!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"After hearing our kids rave about Max's Oyster Bar back in January, we made our first visit a little over 6 weeks ago. Then we raved about it back to our kids and thanked them for telling us about it. So, on a recent visit they made this past weekend, we all went and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. We also brought in-laws new to West Hartford who only typically eat fish or pasta in restaurants, so this was a great choice for them. Service was excellent--attentive, but not hovering. Food was hot and fresh and came out at a good, but leisurely pace--not too slow, but not too fast. It is a great place for couples, groups or just about anyone who really enjoys a great seafood meal."
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Nestled on the pond in historic Elizabeth Park the Pond House is surrounded by gardens & offers four seasons of charm with a menu to match. Changed seasonally we offer eclectic comfort food that reflects the down to earth but playful spirit of our staff. Announce Spring's arrival with a walk through the park followed by brunch on the patio. Stop and smell the world famous roses then linger over dinner as sun slowly sets over the trees. Lunch, Dinner, Brunch & Take out. The Pond House Cafe- stylish, fun & playful.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Pond-tastic!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2006
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was the first time taking my new arrivals to town--brother-in-law and mother-in-law to Elizabeth Park and the Pond House Cafe for the rose gardens and lunch. It was a great day and all enjoyed our lunch there. The food was served quickly, tasted fantastic and very plentiful to the point of take home the extra generous leftovers. The food was fresh--much of which is grown just outside in the beautiful park gardens for salads and extras. Service was excellent and wait staff didn't hover--brought extra iced tea, before I knew I needed more. I had made reservations through this site because at this time of the year as the rose gardens come into bloom, the restaurant gets busier. This is a great restaurant and should be visited again!"
Dined on 6/11/2014
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Max's Oyster Bar is the fourth creation of restaurateur Richard Rosenthal and his partner Bob Cooke, formerly of Legal Seafood Restaurant Company. Located among unique shops, coffeehouses, and several restaurants, Max's Oyster Bar compliments West Hartford Center's charming and growing shopping district. The understated atmosphere of muted colors and comfortable seating allows diner's to focus on the truly important, the food. Featuring modern renditions of classic American seafood, Max's Oyster Bar menu has something for everyone. While seafood is the focal point, there are selections for even the most land bound. Ethnic influences are apparent throughout a menu filled with new interpretations on traditional fare.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Amazing scene and seafood!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/17/2014
 2006
Dined on 5/17/2014
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We have long wanted to try Max's Oyster Bar since moving back to West Hartford. Our children had visited in January and went and really enjoyed it for lunch and want to go back. We made our reservation here and went. It was well worth the evening. The food was truly amazing. It was an early evening and the place was already jumping, and I'm very happy we had that reservation otherwise, I doubt we would have been able to get a table. Great service and very fresh seafood and was loaded with flavor. We told our kids we had gone and they want us to all go when they next come to town!"
Dined on 5/17/2014
 2006
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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The original Pettibone’s Tavern, on Hartford Road in Simsbury, was built in 1780 for Jonathan Pettibone Jr., whose father, Jonathan Pettibone, had been killed in the fighting around New York in 1776. The Tavern served as a stagecoach stop on the Boston to Albany Turnpike and was also a meeting place where Capt. Elisha Phelps met with Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys to plan the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. The original tavern was burned to the ground by Indians in 1800, but was soon rebuilt and reopened in 1803. In more recent times, the tavern has been a restaurant. It was purchased by the Chart House chain in the 1970s, but under new ownership became known as Pettibone’s Tavern again. In January, the building was damaged after a fire activated the sprinkler system. Today, Abigail's has been completely restored and the restaurant has reopened under new ownership. Come and enjoy our extensive menu of creative continental cuisine and a welcoming New England atmosphere.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Abigail's
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/03/2014
 2006
Dined on 5/03/2014
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We went on a late Saturday night decision and made our reservations easily here through Open Table. The food was great as was service. It was a busy night and there must have been quite a family group upstairs with children as we heard them running around for a bit. My mother-in-law gets around with a walker and the staff was very accomodating again ( our second visit there with her) to help seat us in a place that easy for her to be seated. Entrees and appetizers ( soups and salad) were great. We were not enamored of their dessert menu, though."
Dined on 5/03/2014
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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