Max's Seafood Cafe
Max's Seafood Cafe

Max's Seafood Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://maxsseafoodcafe.com/
  • Phone: (856) 456-9774
  • 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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Max's Seafood Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (22)special occasion (14)romantic (8)good for groups (8)notable wine list (7)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • LonnieVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Great find on our way to a Stevei Wonder concert in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beer menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    our waiter, John, was very knowledgeable and helpful in helping my husband and our friends choose the right beer for their tastes. He was great, and a lot of fun. And, once again, our dinner was great - we have never had a bad experience at your restaurant. Max's is one of our favorites! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten Free Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    On a Gluten Free diet? Max’s Restaurant makes it so easy to order. The menu indicates all items that are Gluten Free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    BToal
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Went for our anniversary and had a great meal. Very clean, friendly servers. Interesting specials that were fabulous. I've never had a bad meal there. Great for a quiet intimate meal in the dining area. The bar looks quite lively for those interested in that scene too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • diamond in the rough
    foodisluv
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    never disappoints! classics like muscles red or calamari are a must, especially during happy hour ($5 dollars!). Great beer selection. Seasonal/Restaurant week menus are a great time to try something new. Nothing else like it in Gloucester. Service varies, seems like many come and go fast, and few stick around for a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time Out With Friends
    DrRonVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Dinner Sunday evening following a play at the South Camden Theatre was wonderful. Service was excellent and food was delicious. Jack was our server and Zach was his assistant. Both were warm, welcoming, and very professional. The cocktails and food were well prepared and tasty. All in all, it was a well-paced, fun get together, notwithstanding the only annoyance as the server we had previously who was far from pleasant took the low road and gave us "looks", talked about us to the other staff within hearing range of our group, and was out of place in a nice establishment. Might have been smarter had she smiled, greeted us, and moved on. Glad we went and will go back again and again. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Danidental
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went for our Anniversary and had a very pleasant experience! (As always). The food is spectacular, the seating is well placed and the service is fantastic. I actually ordered a bottle of wine and since they were out,for the inconvenience, I was given a better bottle of wine for the same price! Absolutely LOVE It! It's also great for just a laid back bar seen. It's small but fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Dissapointing
    KknjVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been here many times and always enjoyed the food, service and wine specials. Our past visit for our Anniversary last Saturday was nothing like what we have experienced in the past here. Our server was pretty clueless, another server stepped in and helped out which made it a little better. The food was just ok and there was a long wait to get our meals. It did not appear to be that busy so I am not sure what the issue was. When all said and done we dropped $140 with tip and it was not worth it. I did not see a manager anywhere. Not even an offer to buy us dessert.... :(
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Normally one of my favorite restaurants. The service on this day was exceptionally poor. The waitress had no idea which course we were on. Repeated herself five times. Here's a bottle of Perrier but its warm....is that okay. The people bussing the tables hurried us along. Took our silverware before we were finished. We won't be back.
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  • Order the Mussels!
    GreetingsfromOC08226
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great appetizers. The mussels are a standout. We ordered spicy red and thai. Both were enjoyable. Good stuffed flounder. Wait between appetizers and meal was a little too long -- guess they had lots of people arriving at the same time. Waitress apologized but a little attention during that wait would have been a nice touch. We split the creme burlee dessert. It was good, very creamy and vanilla flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Thought the German menu was adequate. Really enjoyed the Riesling wine at $7.00 a glass.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around great experience!
    Bobnsue
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Brought our friends that have never been here and they were blown away at how good it was! We will definitely be back soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Crab Cakes ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Everyone enjoyed our food - especially the crab cakes. Service was great - hope to see you again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing changes
    PinelandJane
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Max's has been a favorite for several years and we stopped about once a month. We loved the menu and the food. But there has been a change in the kitchen. Given the significant change, I was not comfortable writing a review until after two visits. Unfortunately, the food did not improve from the first to the second visit. The menu is less imaginative and pretty much the same as any other seafood restaurant. (and yes, we contacted the restaurant after the first disappointing visit, but received no response.)
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wilbur
    WilburVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 822 reviews are from the Max's Seafood Cafe reviews archive.
  • 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
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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!
    HcassVIP
    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
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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.