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Max of Eastman Place

4.6
138 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Let Max of Eastman Place be your choice for sophisticated dining in Rochester, NY. A combination of attentive service, innovative cuisine, stylish decor and stunning views you can be ensured that Max is a hit with both travelers and locals alike. Dine in our newly updated dining room or al fresco in our intimate courtyard.

The menu features an ever-evolving French/Mediterranean Bistro inspired selection of the freshest seafood, organic chicken, locally sourced vegetables, angus beef burgers and prime/angus steaks . Our wine list includes numerous new world and old world selections by our knowledgeable wine team.

From the creative cuisine, thoughtfully selected wines, to the warm hospitality, Max of Eastman Place continues to set the standard for dining in Rochester.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 138 People Are Saying
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vipF00die
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. It is a shame that everything is a la carte now.

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MItch
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service! The salmon was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Celebrated our 29th anniv. Knew it would be expensive and wanted to treat ourself to some really good steak. It was a perplexing mixed bag. First of all, the service was great... efficient, friendly wait and bus staff. No complaints here. Also, the filet and NY strip was excellent. Cooked perfectly, and very tasty, tender. Frankly, that's what we expected... especially for a $50-$60 steak. We also enjoyed the oysters (but came w/ no vignette), steamed little necks and beet salad. Though the apps were overall good, was a bit shocked to have some wilted lettuce in our salad. Seems like a minor issue, but again, for a place like this (and a $13 salad) it's really inexcusable... and really not difficult to avoid. Lastly, seemed strange that they didn't offer any sides... we were limited to what came w/ our steak. And for the filet, the accompanying bean and carrots veggies seemed frozen. Not fresh at all. All-in-all it really came down to the little things, and attention to detail. Don't want to seem overly harsh but for a meal that cost $300+ for two you simply expect more. If it wasn't for the excellent steaks, it could very well be our last meal there. But we will be back and give Max's another (one more) try.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner was outstanding..

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NickD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and ambiance , been all over the world, would definitely revisit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent but out of catch of the day, mashed potatoes and Brussels, and surprised there was not bread service. Desserts were excellent, the best crème brûlée ever! Server was very friendly and accommodating.

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PatrickD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was Fantastic. The service is second to none. So Professional and friendly. They made the evening special. You feel very important from the time you walk in. Food was so tasty and filling. We are only to go there a few times a year but is a great experience.

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KyraN
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max at Eastman was WONDERFUL in every way! We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday, and the food, ambiance and service was great!

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AlwaysUpForGreatFood
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Our party of 4 had between us the sea bass, two hanger steaks, and scallops. All were done to absolute perfection and had wonderful sides that complemented each main meal. Excellent drinks (very robust pours), great wine list, and the service staff were all friendly and attentive. A little pricey, yes. But worth it for a splurge!

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vipcdstulpin
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Came for a birthday celebration. Service was underwhelming considering that the restaurant was half empty. French onion soup had no flavor. The other items were good, especially the gumbo. The experience we had a month earlier was far better in service and in food. Bottom line, sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s just not good.

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LewayC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner for 5 before 7:00 PM performance of The Nutcracker at Kodak Eastman Hall. Excellent and timely service. Most of the dishes were great.

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vipDianeV
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salmon chowder was fabulous! All of our entrees were delicious, and service was attentive. We enjoyed the atmosphere because it was elegant and quiet, so we were able to relax and have good conversation.

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LisaP
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Its always great food at Max's but last night was a bit less than stellar Despite getting there early, right at 5, we often had to flag down our wait person for drinks, and they never checked how our dinner was until we were almost done. Coffee after dinner was lukewarm. It was quite pricey and for that price a bit disappointing. We still consider it one of the better restaurants in Rochester and will count this as a one off.

Max of Eastman Place
Responded on 26 November 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We strive for each guest have the best experience possible when dining at Max and it seems like we fell short. We sincerely apologize. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope to see you back at Eastman Place in the near future. Best, Max Management Team

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vipF00die
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Morgan was a very attentive server. The food is always delicious. Although there are used to be fresh baked bread and they are replaced with sad store bought rolls, in my opinion. Also, it is unfortunate to pay for sides when those used to be included. Overall, if you want a nice experience with good food and great service you can’t beat Max at Eastman.

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viptpmedia
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal at Max is just classic. The food is so inventive and so fresh and the service is elegant and so attentive.

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MeaC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were outstanding! The ambiance could improve. There was a loud wedding reception in the atrium to my left, and a patron who was coughing and blowing his nose into his napkin on my right. For what I paid, I would think twice about returning.

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BreakfastLover
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Initially were seated outside the main dining area and on a couch type seat. Wasn’t the most comfortable and sunk. Asked to move inside and accommodated without issue. Mussels were excellent. Steaks prepared to perfection. No unnecessary noise. Good time had by all.

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IanD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was very good and service was efficient and pleasant. A hreat experience overall.

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Dave
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. A great dinner before the concert.

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Gianni
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The hostess was doing her homework for either high school or college and seemed disinterested when we walked up to her. In fact originally we walked past her not thinking she was the hostess at all! The food was excellent, our waitress was excellent, the atmosphere was ok.

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vipChad
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great experience. I think Rochester has forgotten how magnificent Max at Eastman really is. We even took a walk over to Java’s afterwards and had a cappuccino afterwards. Just fantastic experience!

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KittyMarie
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Charming service, but slow. The food was fair.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not what we expected when we walked in but very good food and amazing service.

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O2doc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice, reliable, and appropriate venue for "time pressure" dining pre-concert across the street from Eastman/Kodak hall. Due to a Thursday night performance in the Covid age, patron volume and restaurant noise level was moderate, and service was very good. We went with seafood/fish all the way and were very satisfied. Minor critique: Taste of the cognac shrimp appetizer-of-the-day was subtle; I would have preferred more up-front cognac. Additional observation: A half-dozen *large* shrimp made for a nearly entree size portion. (No problem for a glutton such as myself.)

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MarkW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed with Max's! The perfect destination for a nice lunch, especially for business related gatherings. Such a large and diverse menu!! Wonderful restaurant!

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RichardK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food! Always great service! Always a great experience!!

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ThomasK
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, quite creative. Excellent service. Great venue, especially when attending event at the Eastman Theater.r

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BarbaraW
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good experience. Our waiter, Mark, was especially attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! Every bite from the bread to the short rib appetizer to a roasted pear frisée salad and the wild mushroom pasta???? Out of this world! The creme brûlée was also delicious. Surrounded by beautiful art on the walls - it was a wonderful dining experience!

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GraceB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

This is a great place to come before or after a show at Eastman Theatre, or for a really pleasant dinner downtown. Service has always been impeccable for me and the staff is very accommodating for last-minute reservations.

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Quest
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great evening @ Max. I had requested a table with some privacy because we were there for a business meeting. Our table location was spot on. The only small ding i'd give is our table was a bit small for a party of 5. There wasn't enough room for glassware, bread plate and place settings.

Otherwise, it was near perfect!

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vipF00die
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful celebration. The whole experience was divine. Lauren was an excellent and attentive server.
Hands down one of the best restaurants in the city.

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rochesterfoodie
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent - the food quality is good but I expected it to be better. Enjoyed the wine list though.

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Liberty
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wine list is top notch and evening's specials complemented our White Burgundy, Chardonnay, selection perfectly.

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vipMichalV
17 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were amazed from the moment we walked in. Our server, Corrine, was the best I have experienced in ages. She was super charming and knew her stuff. The food was excellent and cocktails and wine delivered promptly and quickly. We enjoyed mussels, steak tartare for apps and steaks and pasta entrees were delicious. We will be back. New go to spot for us!

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OpenTable Diner
10 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! It was great!

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vipF00die
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max at Eastman is our go-to special celebration venue. Last night did not disappoint. We were celebrating a birthday while we had front row seats to a surprise engagement. It was spectacular. Equally divine was the deftness with which Margaret and Chrissy navigated the evening - an engagement party of 20 while caring for the rest of the customers, like us just us out for the evening without skipping a beat. Kudos to Max’s and these two very special servers.

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KellyX
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Loved our server. Dinner was not good, however, and my boyfriend also became immediately ill. Chicken cutlet was either /both undercooked and a bizarrely chewy, rubbery cut that left him having tummy troubles.

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Max of Eastman Place offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (585) 697-0491.

Max of Eastman Place is rated 4.6 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.