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Max's Seafood Cafe
Max's Seafood Cafe

Max's Seafood Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://maxsseafoodcafe.com
  • Email: tom.maxscafe@comcast.net
  • 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 (609) 412-3166

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. Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Max' has not disappointed me over the years. Food is excellent and service was good. A relaxing evening for sure. Was a perfect evening to celebrate my husband's birthday."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It took then ten minutes to come to the door to seat us. The calamari was just ok. Not much flavor. I ordered fish and chips. It wasn't nasty but nothing to rave about. The fries were dark and so was the fish. It's also really dark there for a lunch hour."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My fried sea food combo was made with panko bread crumbs and was prepared well and tasted delicious. My wife said that her steamed clams and mussels in red sauce were to die for. This was the second time we were there in about 3 weeks. If the food stays like this we will keep gioing back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Three of us went out for restaurant week. We dined on seafood and pasta. Everything was delicious and the server was very friendly. We have dined here in the past and have never had a bad meal."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Visited Max's twice in 2 weeks. Food is vg, service VG. not very crowded except bar area. friendly clientele. Prices were towards the high end, but reasonable. Neighborhood seemed very safe, ample parking. Mussels were exceptional as were the crab cakes. Plus Stella on tap is my favorite beverage. Lots of pluses."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "If you are in the mood for seafood, Max;s is the place to go."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our server was great! The food was amazing! I especially enjoyed the oysters!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Wonderful evening, wonderful food and Tom was excellent in helping with our wine selection..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a nice place for a quiet evening out. Food was ok but could have been better."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was great and the service plus the scenery was excellent would love to go back"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service was slow and the meal was not worth waiting for. I will not recommend this restaurant to friends and I will not return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love Max's for delicious seafood and a terrific bar menu. The beer and wine selections are outstanding and the specials make it a great value too"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Took my Husband and a small group of friends for my husbands birthday, food was excellent , service was great. We really enjoyed ourselves and will be back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had excellent mussels and calamari for appetizers. My tuna was well prepared and presented nicely. The food is what keeps us coming back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We recently moved from York PA area and have been looking for a quality dinning establishment. Max's tops the list. For an appetizer we ordered the Spicy Thai calamari and we will be ordering that again and again. For dinner the arrabiata was excellent, and the Cilantro grilled salmon & shrimp with toasted cous cous was amazing. The Wine list is more than adequate and offered an excellent Pinot Noir from Oregon that we thoroughly enjoyed. Service was fast, pleasant, and friendly. Also, on Friday night, the live entertainment was top notch for such a small venue. My wife and I will be returning often to sample the rest of the menu and wine list, and enjoy the live entertainment in the wonderful bar."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The best and freshest sea food anywhere. Always well-prepared. We have brought many friends to Max's and it never disappoints."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great find. Beautiful venue, great evening out before the South Camden Theatre play. Food was delicious. Service was the best. Kristen was our server. She was fantastic. It was very busy and she was working a lot of tables, but she was attentive, effective, and pleasant the entire evening. Great experience!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! an outstanding dining experience. We have been there several times before and will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went out to dinner with friends. All our meals were terrific - scallops, tuna, bluefish and a combination plate. All plates licked clean. Service was great. Cannoli for dessert was perfect. Great evening. Parking can be a little bit challenging. There is a lot but it was full but we did eventually find street parking."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was our second visit in three weeks. It was a Thursday night=Missed buck-a-shuck but we had appetizers for dinner.Mussels were great-as usual. Fried oyster app was small but delicious. Cape May Salts were small but out of this world. The only hitch was that dispite the fact that there were very few people in the restaurant our plates took a long time to arrive. Other than that -another great visit. We will definately go back on Mon, Tues or Wed when oysters a $1 each."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Love this place! Excellent food, quality service and great ambience. Cool Friday night spot with acoustic music that is not too loud setting a cool scene. A great local spot."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The mussels along with the warm bread were outstanding. We all three enjoyed our entrees of Ahi Tuna, Shrim Scampi and Scallops. Shared a cream brulee and that was very satisfying."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I had not been to max's since I was a kid..I am 49 years old now and I have to say this was the BEST dinner I have had in a long time. The mussells were to die for...Our server was friendly and attentive. We will be back and often!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Awesome place to dine. We love coming here. Food is always good and tasty, and the staff is wonderful. It has become our favorite restaurant for special occasions."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very disappointed. The restaurant for being in a blue collar area surprised me with their very expensive food and drinks. Nothing comes with the entrée. Had to pay for a cup of lobster bisque which didn't taste anything like lobster bisque. My husband ordered fried seafood combo which came with one scallop, one shrimp and a piece of fish. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Three of our party ordered the Lobster Bisque. It was a reddish-brown broth with no lobster in it at all! It tasted salty... I wonder what it was even now. The service was not great. no drink refills, no offer for more coffee, desserts were not described until asked for."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was great. It truly is a "nieghborhood" gem, not pretentious at all, but also not downscale. We really enjoyed our experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I had a terrific Valentines Day dinner at Max's in Gloucester. We ordered the Chateaubriand for two, the crab & avocado bruschetta and finished with the Key Lime Pie! The chateaubriand was perfect! Prepared with a side of asparagus and a crunchy potato wedge.... Delicious. The crab & avocado appetizer could not have been portioned any better and flavors were amazing together. Finally, the Key Lime... I haven't had better since we vacationed in Key West. Fabulous meal. Well done. The atmosphere was quiet and reminds you of a old city Philadelphia restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was OK, but not great. Jambalaya was fantastic. So were the mixed veggies. Disappointed that you can't substitute a baked potato for french fries. Sauces (tartar and cocktail) had little flavor. Service was great. We came late and also asked to add two people to our reservation and they gladly obliged."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Once again, Max's doesn't fail.. We had a nice bottle of champagne to start the evening. Shared a bowl of mussels in white sauce.. absolutely superb... My wife enjoyed the frutti de mar and I the crab meat fra diavlo both cooked perfectly. Finish the meal with a nice creme brulee. Service was great and the selection of big band tunes gave the place a great nostalgic feel.. Very Well Done."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Aside from the fact that we drove past Max's because it is truly in a house in a neighborhood area it was a wonderful meal. The mussels were excellent the fish taco and mixed seafood appitizers were enough to be a meal. I had the Jambilya- not great but not bad. Great beer and wine lists. Staff was attentive and the owner was around to insure everthing went off without a hitch. Now that we know where it is, we will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Had read and heard good things but all was great. Went for my wife's birthday appetizers were great, gumbo was awesome, and entree was phenominal. Service was perfect, John was there when I needed him and not there when I did not need him. He recommended a wine that was perfect for dinner and the price of wines was very very reasonable. would absolutely reccomend this for couples. We never felt rushed. It was a perfect night and prices were great. Thanks fro a memorable night."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We are returning customers. We enjoy the food and the service is always good."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Max's is tucked away in Gloucester city and I mean tucked away, but just a 10 minute drive from Philly. I have been there several times with friends (all fishermen and all loving fresh seafood) and I have been there with my wife as well. The dark wood bar is very comfortable to sit at while waiting for your table and there is live music on some nights. The food and service are impeccable, always fresh and always delicious. If you are a fan of great seafood in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, Max's is your spot."
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "Nice location, beautiful. Nice touches were missing & mgt. needs to address quality dining. Staff not up to par. Bar: no one checked to see if we were all right, needed a refill. Friendly, missing special touches that sell more drinks. When seated, our nice server turned us over to another after telling us SHE was waiting on us. A simple word would have made sense & made us understand why another was taking our order. 2nd server excellent. Did not know if she should have been taking our order based on what we were told. Bread should NEVER be ice cold. After second basket of cold bread, we asked to please warm the bread. Then: delicious. Great place, good seafood, but staff need to be more customer savvy, friendly, & appropriate."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Very attractive bar, I'd go there for a drink again as they have several of my favorite beers available. As for the food it wasn't especially memorable. My wife and I both had the crab cakes, which were described as "jumbo lump", and weren't. We had the blue points and they were fresh and briny but the fried oyster appetizer was luke warm and very bland."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "As usual, the mussels never disappoint. They are the best receipe and tenderness EVER!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I have been there many times and this time was not good."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Six of us enjoyed a wonderful meal to celebrate my daughter's birthday. The Mussels and Crispy Oysters appetizers are some of best in the area. Filet Mignon, Chicken Parmesan , Ahi Tuna and a Cod and Tilapia with couscous were delicious and cook just as ordered. Our server was attentive but not obtrusive. Will definitely return. Make sure to Join Max's Mailing List to receive amazing offers and coupons."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "a small garden salad used to be included with the entre now it is alacart extra $7. the clams on the half shell which were $1.50 for each clam were some of the smallest clams I have ever had"
    Dined on 1/11/2014