Max's Seafood Cafe
Max's Seafood Cafe

Max's Seafood Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://maxsseafoodcafe.com/
  • Phone: 8564569774x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 11:00am-10:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm
    Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm
    Sunday: 1:00pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Ralph Sitero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private dining room with a fireplace off of our wine cellar that seats up to 22 people and a minimum of two. Perfect place for meeting, family gatherings and intimate special occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Michele Perillo-Monahan 6094123166x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hudson
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot located directly across the street from the restaurant. Off-street parking available and additional spaces behind A & A Deli which is also across the street from Max's.
A word from Max's Seafood Cafe
Max's Café was built in 1890 as a shoe store. In 1912, 34 North Burlington Street reopened as Leisinger's Saloon for the next 25 years even through prohibition (as a "soft drink establishment"). In 1937, Leisinger's Saloon passed through the family & was renamed Max's Cafe; it’s name for the next 65 years. In 1977, a new simply prepared fresh seafood menu transformed Max's Cafe into Max’s Seafood Café. The neighboring building was acquired to seat the growing number of patrons from both sides of the Delaware River, often forming lines around the corner, waiting to enjoy fresh flounder, shrimp, clams, & most of all, Steamed Mussels! Max's reputation grew for the next 22 years before age & neglect left it in a state of disrepair. The bar restaurant closed in July of 1998 & remained dormant for 2 ½ years. Refurbished in late 2000, Max's Seafood Cafe reopened on June 2, 2001 to continue its tradition of hospitality, impeccably fresh seafood, & most of all Steamed mussels.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Max's Seafood Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)special occasion (24)fit for foodies (22)romantic (12)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (7)good for groups (6)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • enjoyable dining
    MontlyDinnerClub
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was the first time I had dinner at Max's and my group had a great evening. The service was great, the food was great and the pricing was what I expected. I just wish we all lived closer so we would dine there more often. It will definitely be on my comeback list.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DrRonVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was good though the crab cakes have been better. Service was not up to par. Sorry, but the server's approach, tone, attitude, voice, all were coarse and uncomfortable. She was attentive, but too intense, unpolished, and missing the important notion that the customer is always right (even when wrong). It is a way of bringing people back. On a better note, the bartender saw us coming and he opened the door for us, smiled, greeted us, and welcomed us into the restaurant and ensured that we were checked in and seated. Nice. That brings people back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We really enjoy this bar/restaurant. The bar is beautiful and it's been in the neighborhood for decades. The food is great and menu has plenty to choose from. We ordered the crab cakes and shrimp Diablo which were awesome. The bar had a acoustic guitar player which was great to listen to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rich
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food and service were very good as were our previous visits. We can recommend the clams casino which we shared and also the bacon wrapped shrimp and crab stuffed flounder which we enjoyed. We have already a return visit for our dinner group of 14.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    apultraclassicVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Max's is the kind of place where you would never think of being a seafood restaurant. The food here is awesome. The service is very prompt,attentive and friendly. I always look forward to dinning at Max's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Returning soon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All food was great but the Thai mussels really stand out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood Delights
    BigguyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If you are looking for a consistently great Seafood dinner location, then you are only a short drive away from Max's Seafood Cafe. It is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for Date Night !
    Cog3164
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My GF and I went Sat 8/9 at 5pm. No one else there which made it very cozy. Had an Excellant meal. Only hiccup was the Scallop appetizer was a bit sandy. No problem. Mentioned it to waiter and zoom. New one out ASAP. I had shrimp over sweet potatoes and She had a broiled combo. Every thing was delicious. It is a bit pricey but it started off a great night for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • /informative
    EFDuffy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was excellent; staff was friendly/informative
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorry to say DISAPPOINTED
    lindaOFnj
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very surprised to be so disappointed. The appetizers: coconut shrimp - three were burnt & one was under cooked. Calamari - was good. The entrees: Flounder stuffed with crabmeat: was ok. Crab had over-powering taste of green peppers. Have had better, or equivalent, in SJ diners for much less money. Cod in lemon sauce: could only taste lemon, no taste of fish. Dessert: peach cobbler. The worst. The peaches were not peeled & the skin tasted like little pieces of leather. The one strip of pastry on top was ice cold but the peach mixture was warm. For $9, it was a disgrace. The service was spotty. The only time we saw our waitress was when she delivered the food. No offer to refill drinks. Bill $100 with tip. So not worth it.
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  • Max's never disappoints.
    jeseygirl513
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went for Farm to Fork week and were very pleased with all the menu options. I am a fan of buying local especially when I don't have to cook it! The Blueberry ice cream was the bomb!! Been dreaming of it ever since. WE'LL BE BACK SOON, THAT'S FOR SURE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wilbur
    Wilbur
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    For years our favorite restaurant, until now. My Marsala was fair, potatoes lumpy. My wife had a dried out flank with hard and seemingly uncooked potatoes. Bread was a short step from stale. Blueberry dessert was horrible. Now the key point. Appetizer, main course,coffee,dessert, and a bottle of wine - 55 minutes! If we wanted a fast food restaurant we would go there. Nothing worse than as you sit the waitress is already talking. Or the main course comes out while you are still eating your appetizer. It is such a shame that max's has fallen so far.
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  • Another great meal at Max's
    parkingman
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went there because it was "Farm to Fork" week. $35 for a 4 course meal that was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    jersey
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great food/service/décor... We love this restaurant. Perfect for grabbing a bite before concerts in NJ/PA
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little spot
    BToal
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is a great little place with a solid history of good food. The wait staff was very nice and the atmosphere was very pleasant. We had an assortment of foods at the table and everything was delicious and pleasing to the eye. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ruined a special birthday surprise
    Cnjnva
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Made reservations through OpenTable for Max's on a Sunday afternoon at 1pm. This was a surprise birthday splurge lunch for my 73 year old mother-in-law. We arrived at 1:02pm to find another family of 6 standing outside. They said they'd made a res. as well through OpenTable for 1pm. There was nobody in the restaurant - all lights were off and it was completely dark. The printed hours on the door said Sat 1-10pm. We all hung around until 1:15pm, but since it takes a while to open up a seafood restaurant and there was still not a single employee to be seen inside or out, we all abandoned the restaurant. Our party ended up at a local diner - we had driven 6 hours up to visit from VA for the surprise. Apparently Max's doesn't need our business.
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  • consisitent quality
    tjargerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    As always, Max's delivers excellent food at reasonable prices with terrific service. I had the scallops over spinach risotto. The scallops were seared perfectly, still nice and moist with a lot of flavor. The risotto was tasty, and spot on consistency. Probably the first time I have ever been 100% happy with risotto at a restaurant. I normally avoid it at all places except one other. I trusted Max's and it paid off as usual. Our friend was very pleased with his beef filet, and my wife wife was pleased her meal as well. We will of course return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    Joe041684
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    As always at Max's the food and the service was awesome. Would recommend Max's to everyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss the mussels
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Try the Thai mussels for your appetizer. They are done to perfection. The broth at the bottom of your bowl is so good - sop it up with bread or order a side of pasta with the mussels and make that your meal. It's sweet, salty, aromatic and a little spicey. Heaven in a bowl.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best beer, wine, BAR around!
    Hcass
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Must have the calamari & mussels! The fish tacos are terrific bar food regardless of when you visit Max's. I had a special entree,?which missed the mark but everything else was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    MeganC
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything was very nice. Our server was both friendly & attentive.
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  • Max's never disappoints
    Joe041684
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Max's never disappoints me when it comes to the great food and awesome atmosphere. Dining at Max's over the years has always provided me with excellent food and service from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Max's exceeded all expectations
    ineboo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Jacket & tie quality in a blue collar residential neighborhood. What a find! Casual crowd, relaxed atmosphere, excellent service and food prepared and presented with the utmost precision and taste. Not cheap but the cost is absolutely justified. Free parking lot across the street. Impressive bar and live local music on weekends. Near major roads and bridges. Why did it take me so long to find this place ? Clearly the equal of the best restaurants across the river. I hope they don't read this.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden treasure
    Dinamite
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I never knew this place existed. I came across it when trying to avoid Friday shore traffic on the highway. The food is outstanding and rivals the big city restaurants which I like to frequent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get over the town
    SJFoodSnob
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    You might say who would go to Gloucester City for dinner, but you need to get over that. Max's is a fabulous place to have dinner any time of the year. They cook with love, not like a chain with over cooked seafood soaked in butter. The crab dip is amazing, the mussels have to be the best I've ever tasted and the lobest ravioli is amazing. I'd go back without a second thought....and I have.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Dinner
    3ofUs
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We went for a special dinner last Sunday night. Because everyone is down the shore at this time of year, we had almost the whole place to ourselves. The service was great; the food was very good. It's a little pricey to go to frequently, but it's a definite revisit!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    basketlady88
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Had dinner here on a Sunday evening with 3 other couples. We had the dining room to ourselves and it was great for us as Max's can get fairly noisy when they're busy. Three of us had the crab cakes which are SO good. No one complained about their meal and everyone was happy. While we had been there several times before, this was the 1st time for the other 3 couples and they all said they would return again. We had just THE nicest server. She couldn't have been any nicer or more helpful. (wish I could remember her name).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too many changes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This restaurant was always a comfortable spot where you could count on a good traditional meal. It has become trendy. And pricy. The menu is filled with choices that I don't particularly like now. I'm thinking I'm not the customer they want today. So, go if you are very young, want to drink more than eat, and don't mind paying extra for whatever. The food was just ok to good.. Honestly, in good conscience, I can't recommend Max's.
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  • won't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our Father's Day dinner started with the restaurant telling us they had no record of our reservation, despite the fact that I had received an emailed confirmation. We sat at the bar and paid over $17 for 2 drinks, nothing elaborate or top shelf. When we finally got a table, our waitress was slow and inattentive. I had a view into the kitchen, where the wait staff spent a lot of time standing around talking to one another instead of checking on their customers. The food was excellent, but the rest of our experience left a lot to be desired.
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  • Over rated
    ricky11414
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Found this a disappointing first experience that I shared with my friends. The food was pricey , the selection limited, no salad , soup, or veggies included with entree, it was all priced extra. The food was mediocre to say the least and not worth the $179 plus tip for a party of four.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • redhot
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food and service at Max's was as wonderful as it always is when we dine there. The specials are so delicious and different.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Difficult review
    Jack
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food good, ambiance, staff generally poor. Sat me over an air vent that I had to put a menu over so as not to freeze. Later, waiter showed me that they kept menu's above the tables for that purpose. Was charged $10 for one drink in the bar and $11.00 for the same drink in the dining area. The bar was a complete disaster. They didn't know how to make the two drinks I ordered and wait was painful. Called to say going to be 15 minutes late and they thanked me and said no problem. Upon arrival was told there was a 20 minute wait because they had "walkins". I could go on.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday dinner
    Gurman
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Outstanding food, very tasty and delicious. Big improvement from my last visit. Good drinks and good beers. Server was alright, knowledgeable and attentive. The bus - girl was kinda funny, too inexperienced maybe. But it did not spoil the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    Bobq22
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We have come to pick Max's as the place to celebrate special occasions because the food, the service, and the ambience always make the occasion that much more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Love this restaurant! We have gone there for a quiet dinner and also used the private downstairs dining room for a birthday party. Bar is fun and love the music on weekends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 799 reviews are from the Max's Seafood Cafe reviews archive.
  • Keeping it great
    tjargerVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We've been fans of the "new" Max's for years. We only live a few miles away yet we tend to forget about it. This mean is going to change that. We always enjoyed the food at Max's but his time was even better. We brought a friend who had never been and was thrilled to find it was only 3 miles from his home. Our friend git the broiled seafood platter, my wife got the lobster/seafood risotto and I got the Blue fish barbeque- all excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great cozy atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    great food...great atmosphere...great place to go out with friends and able to converse! crab cakes and key lime are awesome-
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great atmosphere
    Laulet
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    There was a large crowd in a private party in the back room so service wasn't up to par but still pretty good. The prices are down a bit I think but we still spent a lot for four. But then we had three appetites and a dozen of osyters, 8!drinksmand dessert and coffee. $235 then a tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch!
    PV101
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Had lunch with co-workers and everyone enjoyed their meal very much! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satisfied
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have dined here many times, service and food are excellent!
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.