Max's of Redwood City
Max's of Redwood City

Max's of Redwood City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maxsworld.com/
  • Phone: 6503656297
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00AM - 11:00AM Lunch: Daily: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
    Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM
    Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, American
  • Executive Chef: Jose Luis Macias
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: We cater to all your needs. Weddings, Holiday parties, Cocktail Parties, Birthdays, Corporate events, Super Bowl Parties, Bar Mitzvah"s. Just Make It Max's!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: James St.
  • Public Transit: Located in the Sequoia Station Plaza next to the Redwood City Caltrain station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking available in the Sequoia Station plaza.
A word from Max's of Redwood City
For over 25 years, Max"s has served America's favorite foods with an upscale style at affordable prices. Boasting "everything you've always wanted to eat," only at Max's will you find a corned beef reuben, chinese chicken salad, ribeye steak, BBQ ribs and portabello mushroom pasta all on one table. And for those with a sweet tooth, Max's sinful, award winning desserts will keep you coming back for more.

Whether you listen to the singing servers at the Max's Opera Cafes, the Golden Oldies at Max's Diners, or the days events from family and friends at Max's Cafes, one thing is for sure, you won't walk away hungry.
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Max's of Redwood City reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.7
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (8)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (7)special occasion (6)great for lunch (6)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • I Think Max's Uses MSG
    boo514
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    On both May 10 and August 16, I had the Vegetarian Stuffed Potato. Several hours after eating, I had an elevated pulse, felt agitated, and had rouble sleeping for about five hours. This is a classic MSG reaction. On August 17 I spoke to Pat, the manager, and he checked with the chef who said he only put "some Italian spices and black pepper" in the Vegetarian Stuffed Potato. Having the same symptoms after eating the same meal at Max's has led me to two conclusions: Max's uses monosodium glutimate and I can never take the chance of eating at Max's again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where's the beef?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have dined here many, many times and always thought it great. I ordered my usual pastrami sandwich, and discovered that they have cut WAY back on the meat! I usually take half a sandwich home, but not this time. Finished it all and was still hungry. Plus, as an added bonus, I had terrible heartburn as a result of downing the puny thing. I must say, though, the potato salad was delicious. But...we will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Retire that server
    jasCAVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Joined friends on July 2 nd for early dinner. The host was welcoming but somehow when guided us to last rear table things felt awkward. Sure enough - sloppy server station. No personality, lackluster, H2O glasses were clunked down, bread basket rolls hard, and lettuce on burger way too old. Once only server asked" everything terrific - right?" Should have replied "nope, your service sucks!" Retire this sloppy server
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    kid-friendly
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  • Max's is always a great bite
    MikeEdmunds415
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Max's is always a great bite. Food is always filling and full of flavors. Careful the portions are big. Max's in Redwood city is a good place to eat when you can not make it up the Max's Opera House in the City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TexasTeriVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    as always, EXCELLENT! That's the reason I repeatedly return. A great meal, always leftovers!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous
    MJPR
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great food, great service and good prices and parking is accessible!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The service this time was a bit slow but otherwise it was a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was horrible!
    SavvyAbbyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for Mother's Day breakfast. I know I shouldn't have any high expectations -- this certainly wasn't brunch at the Fairmont but we needed something quick due to a packed day. "Quick" is the last thing we got. We were seated and waited on promptly but once our drink order was taken, we didn't see anyone for close to 20 minutes. I asked another waiter if he could find out waiter and so he took our order, just as our drinks arrived. There was no explanation or apology. Our new waiter made sure things went smoothly from there on out but we got off to a rocky start. I wouldn't go there again for breakfast.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Max's of Redwood City reviews archive.
  • Basic diner
    localcoupleVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    It was convenient but not special. Same menu as Max's at Stanford, but not the same ambiance at all.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    PickyEaters
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great spot for economical Easter brunch for a group with diverse food interests.. Max's has something for everyone. We all ate every bite. Brighter and nicer on the bar side. The other side of the restaurant is on the dark side.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating a Birthday
    Madre
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    We were greeted with a big smile. Had our choice of seating. Our food was served in a timely manner. Our server was very attentive and filled our drinks several times. The brownie mud pie with coffee ice cream was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok for the neighborhood
    MissGinVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This branch is not as good as the SF Max's Opera Cafe, perhaps for obvious socio-ecological reasons. Some of the staff were really polite and others less than refined. Some of the staff need more training or their overall maintenance policy needs revision. For example, a staff member stood on the dining chairs in order to adjust/fix the curtains in the main dining room, during peak dining hours, and another used the broom to clear off crumbs from the booths (NO). The food was decent. Weekend prime rib nights are nice, but make sure your server remembers to give you the dessert (she neglected to give to me and my father)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wrong day
    Hungrygirl
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I made reservations on Thursday for Friday but they ended up being for Thursday. I changed the date 3 times and thought it worked. I did call and apologize to the restaurant late Thursday night when I saw a had a confirmation e mail from open table for earlier that night which we did not show up for. We dined on 2-28-14
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  • Nice Evening
    gibby
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We took our son and future daughter in law to dinner Sat night and had a great time. We sat in a big booth that was partially enclosed by glass, giving us plenty of space to enjoy our meal. Food was good. Service was great. We will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge portions. Great meatloaf
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Huge portions. Great meatloaf plate (but share with someone...so there is room for dessert). Great wait staff, split ticket per request.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dishes
    DateNightVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Max's never disappoints with its variety of food and treats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    goodeater
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a large group for dinner. We made a reservation, and when we came early, they were able to seat us right away. The service was great and the waiter was very polite, even calling my 87 year-old dad, young man. Except for the salads, the food came all at once. We were the loudest bunch, but it didn't seem to bother anyone. Most of the food was top-notch. Only one person with a large piece of chicken said it was a bit overcooked so it was not tender. But the chicken pot pie, though pricey, was the best I've every had! I highly recommend Max's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    momandme
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food always good. Mom has alzheimer's (pleasant dementia) and because the restaurant is kid friendly they are on task for taking care of mom and me. They are patient and are prompt to provide special requests such as no ice in water or iced tea (lol). We always have ample time to eat ....and the special treat, strawberry icecream My favorite place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crew appearing unprepared
    raiderboss
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Disappointed with the crew who greeted us. They could not find our reservation at first, it took them a while to find it. There was no Hostess at the front desk, two servers came to greet us, then two more then they were fumbling to see who would sit us, finally one of them said " I'll take them I guess", then I said "if it's not too much trouble" then they felt that I was getting annoyed with their lack of preparation or hostess, and one apologized for the inconvenience. I could understand the disorganization if at the moment had the restaurant been buzzy. But the place was half empty and we were the only ones waiting to be seated. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • favorites gone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    The new menu no longer includes my favorite (chicken tostada) salad. But I did enjoy the new Monday lunch special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Lethargic Server
    Bouldercreeker
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I met some friends for dinner last Friday. I ordered a glass of chardonney and when I asked the server what the difference was between the 3oz pour and the 6oz pour he gave me a blank look. He could have shown me the difference using his fingers as a measuring tool or put 3oz water in a wine glass - anything but a crickets.... Then my friend wanted to know the difference between the starter and entree salad - it was the same thing - crickets. I think this guy needs his medication changed. Other than that, the hostess was great, the busser was great and the food was great. I will definately go back and ask not to be seated at one of this guys tables.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Max's has significantly reduced
    EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Max's has significantly reduced the offerings on its menu eliminating some of my family's favorite appetizers and entrees. The salads that my Wife and I ordered where tasty however, and the service was attentive. Max's is conveniently located in the Sequoia Station Shopping Center and is a good choice for a meal when in the area.
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  • Very Pleased!
    Lobie
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We went here for my son's 18th Birthday & my mom's Birthday dinner and had a GREAT time. It was the first time for my kids/hubby/mom and they ALL enjoyed it. Our server was awesome and attentive. The food was great and plenty. The birthday celebrants even got a nice ice cream sundae dessert. AWESOME!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was really good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    We enjoyed the prime rib and Philly cheesesteak meals. The ambience was a bit more deli style than I was expecting. There were also quite a few children. Likely because the prices are good along with good food. Service was excelent.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    We took friends who had never been to Max's for lunch. They (and we) loved it! We knew they would. Waitress was patient and attentive. She answered all questions and refilled iced tea glasses as needed. Food portion was "just right" and the meals were excellent. We will all definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very slow service, the restaurant
    TexasTeriVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    very slow service, the restaurant was NOT busy. Most of our food was overcooked, not burn, but not correctly cooked. I guess everyone has a bad day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for groups, average food
    mvq1985
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Great place for large parties, the staff was very accommodating and took great care of us! The food was average but we had a great time at Max's! Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Max's You have to do Better.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    We dined in April 2013 - a family dinner. They have updated their menu, basically omitting several pages from their once extensive menu. Service was slow. The waiter brought me out a batch of burned sweet potato fries! I asked him if they were a little dark and he said taste it to see if you like it! We tried them and SURPRISE they tasted burned! He brought us out another batch and they were cooked well-- no black around the edges. But the rest of the meal was still bad. My son's quesadilla was made with a corn tortilla and did not fit the description on the kids menu. "We have not updated the kids menu yet." We didn't have high expectations but they didn't even meet these. Not going back.
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  • Good food. Nice eating area. Good
    Bear
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Good food. Nice eating area. Good lunch menu selection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • B'day wishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    We were quite surprised when the waiters brought over a LARGE ice cream sundae for my Mom who was celebrating her b'day there and even better they all sang to her...made her day!! The waitress wasn't told directly, but she picked up on the little clues that were dropped during her conversations with us and for that I can only compliment your staff on their quickness, their attention to detail and their wanting to make a 93 yr. old woman feel special. Great job!!! thank you very much
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The food at Max's is always
    PADiner
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    The food at Max's is always satisfying and comfortable. Don't expect gourmet and you won't be disappointed. Portions are large.
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  • Always a good meal. I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Always a good meal. I had the salmon salad which was very good but the salmon was overlooked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been Max's many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I've been Max's many times and this time it wasn't as expected. I arrive to check in and a waiter stopped at the host stand and said just a minute we'll have to decide where to throw you. I thought that was an odd greeting. A manager was nearby and was ignoring what was going on. Another girl then gathered menus and starting walking off towards the dining room. Not knowing if she was seating my party or not, I asked again someone nearby if we were to follow her. They said yes so we caught up with her and were seated. Our service was poor, this staff needs training! For this reason, I would no longer recommend this restaurant.
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  • Decent deli food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Max's is not especially noteworthy except that it is one of the few decent dependable delis on the Peninsula. You won't feel transported to Brooklyn, but Max's rendition of the old standby dishes are respectable. The menu ranges far too broadly, though, so stick to the basics or take your chances.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty treats for everyone
    DateNightVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Tasty treats for everyone can always be found at Max's. From salads to dessert, everything is always delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We needed a spot for a large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    We needed a spot for a large family group to meet for breakfast over Thanksgiving weekend. Max's was one of the few options where we could make a reservation. We didn't expect a great meal, just decent diner-style food where we could eat together. Max's failed to meet that low expectation. Large portions, bland food. Would much rather have half as much food if it were tasty. No wonder it wasn't very full. Won't be back.
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  • Food was typical Max's--ok,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Food was typical Max's--ok, not fantastic. Waiter wasn't attentive. Other parties were very loud including numerous screaming kids, which made discussion difficult. A good stop for a late lunch that we needed, but not someplace we would aim for except as a last-minute stand in for something else better than McDonald's.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wait staff and willing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Great wait staff and willing to make changes to items on the menu. Good place for comfort food that is not made fancy. Excellent chicken pot pie and dessrts which were huge. Able to handle our group of 8 people with ease and were prepared for us when we came in.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for business lunch
    51foodie
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    Had a meeting lunch with business colleagues. We were given a nice table and able to chat. Food was very good. All of us had salads. Good quality, they met special requests and we all enjoyed. Servings are HUGE. Almost everyone took at least half back with them. Server was very good and attentive. Recommend for lunch.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    I went for brunch on a Sunday. There were very few customers at this time. I had the chile rellanos and they were wonderful. Great/fast service. I will return anytime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet