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
56 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)special occasion (24)fit for foodies (21)romantic (12)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (7)good for groups (6)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nice Bar
    Stewart
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, people skills needed
    DrRonVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so good
    diamondmanVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I have been there many times and this time was not good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    LuckyLady
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as it used to be
    mmmkbrogan
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Job
    Big1
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    al I can sau is that it was exactly as I wanted it to be... great seafood, good service... a hidden gem... in Gloucester City, no less.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again great dining
    JimmynDean
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    About 5th time maxis seafood cafe brought the girlfriend's parents here first time for them they loved it
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    Shirley
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    As usual, the mussels never disappoint. They are the best receipe and tenderness EVER!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feast of 7 Fishes
    Steve
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We visited Max's as they were promoting their Feast of the 7 Fishes menu. It was not what we expected; there were a few choices from 3 lists and you chose one from each list for your 3 courses. Food and presentation was excellent, however, it was a bit pricy at $39.95 each. This will not deter us from visiting Max's again, but will likely not partake in their 7 fishes promotion next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were with a party of four
    Waldo62
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We were with a party of four for an early Christmas eve dinner. Three of the four had the Feast of 7 Fishes and one ordered from the menu. Overall food was good, but service was poor. Our server was not very attentive. She did not check back after our entrees had been delivered and took about 20 minutes to return to our table after giving us our bill.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch
    Tra10
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Really enjoyed the food and it wasn't very crowded so the noise level was good. My only complaint was that they sat us in area of the dining room that was kind of close to another table that was having a holiday luncheon so that was a little annoying. But other than that, really enjoy Max's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kitchen needs to look at menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    all of my food here was good and service was friendly, but had to have waiter go back to the kitchen 3 times to get my order correct. first no fries came out for kids menu, then regular fries came with lobster roll when stated old bay fries, and then kitchen just sends out a cup of old bay for me to sprinkle on my own fries. food was good, but I don't want to keep telling them what is on their own menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here....
    Akatz
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I never get tired of having dinner at Max's the staff is great, the food is awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Holiday Lunch
    Workaholic
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    My department went out to lunch to celebrate the upcoming Holidays. Everyone loved the food and enjoyed the fact that it is one of those tucked away gems. There weren't that many people there for lunch but the few groups that were there were very respectful and kept the volume pretty low. The wait staff is very attentive and knowledgeable, which made choosing an entree easy. Everyone enjoyed the ambience, especially that feeling of being transported back in time upon entering and seeing the bar. I would recommend Max's for intimate outings in which the conversation is the main draw. I do know Max's has a large room that does accommdate larger groups so a large group would not feel out of place. Overall, I give Max's an A+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    It's just the most comfortable bar to walk in to. Music on weekends is a lot of fun! Definitely reminds me of Cheers! Wether you sit at the bar and eat (which we love to do sometimes) or you enter the dining room, you will be in for a treat. The staff is always accommodating in every way. We always enjoy everything we order. We had a tour of the wine cellar, and now can't wait to have a family gathering downstairs in their private dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a holiday meal
    Inflytur
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Max's, unlike most restaurants, brings their A game when it comes to a special menu for a holiday. We come here over and over again for holidays such as Mother's Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving because we know they will serve food at the same level of quality as they do on regular service. Max's is such a gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Small Town Gem
    Queen
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    This place has Superb seafood! Try the mussels in the Irish sauce...greatest mussels I have ever eaten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous and Fresh!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Went to Max's with friends on a recent Friday night. Had a great experience. The seafood specials were delicious!! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and offered to recommend some reasonable bottles if wine which were great as well. Our son is a huge craft beer fan and he raved about the beer menu. All in all a great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic
    Julia
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Everything about our visit was great. The drinks were great. The seafood was fresh and delicious. It can be difficult to find good fried oysters, a classic. Max's has them. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loosing Luster
    Calli
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    No one else in the place when we arrived (5) but the host tried to seat us in the bright, sunny window with the sun in our eyes. We asked to be seated further back, and were. Waiter took our drink order and my companion specifically told him that she wanted a lemon twist and NOT a cherry. You can guess what showed up in her drink. He did replace it. My jambalaya, which I've had here in the past, was not up to par. Tiny bits of meat and way too much rice. Bland sauce. My dinner companions both enjoyed their entrees.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fall Harvest FELL
    walkingstick
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    We have always loved Max's Seafood as our neighborhood go-to place for Mussels and to bring out-of-town guests for dinner but the recent FALL HARVEST 4 COURSE Special was a huge disappointment. Next time I'll stick to their regular menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful
    Chloe
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    What a wonderful surprise. The food was wonderful. The restaurant had been renovated 12 years ago and looked great. We will put this on our"A" list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week
    Bruce
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Went for the four course $35 restaurant week offering. Wasn't disappointed! Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Sunday evening
    NorispopVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We went for dinner on a Sunday evening. Not very crowded. Food was good, not spectacular. Menu had many options. This place looks like it has been in this neighborhood forever and will probably be there fr that long as well.
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  • Another Great Experience
    eapoeVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Never a disappointment... excellent service, food and ambiance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Donna913
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Great food and great service. I've been there about 4 times now and never a let down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it there!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Bar is awesome and great entertainment on weekends. Something for everyone on the menus and food is consistent and specials are always great in the dining room. Loved the new Sunset Menu $25 Menu!!! We booked our company party downstairs in the private dining room...can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific terrific waiter,
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Terrific terrific waiter, awesome awesome food and menu. I've been going there since it was ahole in a wall for 40 years. Its always special and top of the line service and food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED Max's!!!
    Christine
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    This was our first time at Max's in many years and we already can't wait to go back. The Thai Mussels were incredible and our server, Bob was an absolute professional and made our experience even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood -worth driving to NJ
    BigguyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Great Seafood at its finest. We drive about 15 miles from PA to enjoy this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    NoOneSpecial
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Good place to go to. The place itself was a little small, but very nice. The food was also very good and not too expensive. The Wine selection was good as well. The place appears to be known for live music and a good wine list. The only issue I had was the service. Our waiter was very good, but he was clearly over-loaded. They could use to have additional staff. Part of the problem is since they carrier a large wine list and appear to specialize in this area, the wait staff tend to talk or have to ask questions about the wine list. This tends to create a longer wait for service. Overall, I thought the place was a good place to go to.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muscles - All Gone!! :(
    GrandMomofSix
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Evidently, the folks who came for Happy Hour ate up all the Muscles! Although at first very disappointed that they had run out of muscles, all four of us were happy with each of our meals . The waiter John was great, noted our disappointment and said that rarely happens and they were expecting them at any moment - which never came. I have to say I had the best clams and linguine I have ever had. My husband had the stuffed flounder and was very happy. Our friends each complimented their dishes (pasta and shrimp and ? I forget) and we were quite satisfied after the initial disappointment of not being able to enjoy muscles! (A dish that Max's is noted for and is the reason I only gave 4 stars).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent but..
    Luke61VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Decent food, decent prices but lousy service. It seemed like our waiter forgot us, and the place was not all that full.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a great neighbor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    A great experience,good food,great wine selection,nice atmosphere and available parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you want superb seafood...you
    NickVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    If you want superb seafood...you must eat at Max's. Service was impeccable and a good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We were very impressed by the decor of this quaint, historical dinning environment. The service was very professional and the food was very delicious. Soft music played while we ate, which was a very relaxing ambiance. We would definitely return again and are spreading the word!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    Tra10
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Enjoyed this place. Definitely will be going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done
    eapoeVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday at Max’s and they did a splendid job in all aspects of our dining experience. The shrimp fra diavolo was spectacular, and by all accounts, the steaks were done perfectly. The wait staff went out the way to make sure that we were comfortable and satisfied ... including a fine rendition of Happy Birthday to my daughter. Fantastic job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Little Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We enjoyed our dining experience - the food, atmosphere & staff were very good and accommodating. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    letmein
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    This was our second family birthday dinner experience. First experience was excellent - on a Friday night. This time, the Tuesday evening made for little noise (good!) & thru half or more of our time there, we were the only ones in that particular dining room. I personally was disappointed in my mahi mahi special: tasted good but portion size was very small; same for veggie. Risotto was tasteless. (One of the alcoholic drinks was also poor.) Everyone else in my party seemed okay with theirs except for other person who also got mahi mahi special. I would definitely return, for the neighborhood feeling of the place, and past good experience in food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.