About 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.

1001 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Serving Breakfast Everyday starting at 8am!!

Sunday & Monday: 8am-9pm
Tuesday thru Saturday: 8am-10pm

Cross Street:
James St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 365-6297

Website:
http://www.maxsredwoodcity.com/

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!

Parking Details:
Public parking available in the Sequoia Station plaza.

Public Transit:
Located in the Sequoia Station Plaza next to the Redwood City Caltrain station.

Executive Chef:
Manuel Fajardo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Max's of Redwood City Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.7

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3.9

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3.6

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100% would recommend it to a friend

Kid-friendly (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
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Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Max's is one of the few deli type restaurants still to be found. A varied menu that can please most everyone. Though the food is OK, it is still a good place to go in a "pinch".

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Good food and great service! The desserts are delicious 😋

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Just a fun first date. Great place for it, they have all kinds of foods. Something for everyone. Checked on by our waiter just enough, not so much that it was annoying, the right amount so my water glass was always full.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Awesome place, great service it was perfect for my family gathering.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Attentive staff and delicious comfort food. Great for families, young and old.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Had a new waiter and he did fine. You get big servings so plenty of food.
Will be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Fun, welcoming place to take guests or meet up with friends. There is truly something for everyone with an expansive menu, good service, and reasonable prices. This was a return experience and I will be returning again and again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We waited 5-10 minutes for the host to come to the front, then another few minutes for our table to be ready. Even though it wasn't full, those w/o reservations were asked to wait 15-25 min. Our drinks, appetizer and bread were brought out one at a time over the 1st 45 minutes of our wait, bread coming out last. We'd been there about an hour and a half before our food came out. Grilled salmon salad was pretty good, although the salmon didn't have a lot of flavor. Pan seared salmon was delicious. Not-so-mini Reuben was to-do, as was the chicken Caesar salad. The kids menu ravioli with pesto seemed to be good. No one really checked to see how we were doing or update us about the wait. Maybe they were understaffed tonight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

I went here after a movie to take my brother & his family out. I had been worried about making it on time to our reservation because opentable said only a couple spots left... However, the restaurant was empty. it would have been nice to know ahead of time so we could have taken our time a bit more heading from the theater with kids.

However, we were immediately sat and the food for the kids was good. The bartender didn't know how to make a Dark n stormy and while he attempted it... it failed spectacularly. However, I'm not going to hold it against him at all.

Our food was quite good and the service was ok. She didn't come by a lot... I think it was because we were a young group. However, we make really good money and it's a bit annoying to see other older groups get much better service because the wait staff thinks they'll tip better. You never know what sort of tip you're walking away from. Our bill was close to $200 and I always start my tips at %20 percent and go up. You think people would know that in the Silicon Valley age does not say who is going to be a good customer and won't.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Four of us gathered for a quick lunch and we enjoyed ourselves. Wait staff was friendly, food good and the parking was right out front.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

made reservations for 4 at 1:30pm. we arrived early at 1:00 pm. no one was at the hostess desk.
there were two partys waiting before us. hostess finally acknowledges. 5min go by and the 1st party gets seated. another 5 min go by and the 2nd party gets seated. by the way there were two tables in the front and 6 empty tables in the back. they acknowledge our reservation but did now say anything after that. so we waited. another party comes in off the street (another wait for them) then in two minutes they get seated in the front. i asked the man why did you seat them? we were clearly here before them. he said you have a reservation at 1:30, you get seated at 1:30. well that is NOT good customer service. i do not recommend this Max's especially when this hostess is working.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2017

No waiting with Open Table Reservation. Service was excellent and very friendly staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I've been going to Max's Cafes for a long time. The Opera Cafe in Palo Alto is the best one, but the others have historically been comparable for atmosphere and food quality.

I hadn't been to this one for a long time. It was fine, but I usually expect a bit more out of Max's. Our waiter was very nice but didn't speak English well at all, which led to a number of communication issues regarding orders and menus. Some of my favorite items have been dropped from the menu. My food was very good, but it used to be great. The desserts are still spectacular, but the vibe isn't quite the same. It's not a bad restaurant, I just have memories of it from a different time when it was a bit slicker in service and offerings.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 30, 2017

More of a deli

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Had a great meal and lots of conversation with old friends. I have not been to Max's for a while but we decided to go have dinner here because it is close to home, and we were very pleased with the service and the food was very good. We will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

I remember a Max Pastrami sandwich many years ago that was so thick I could barely bite into it. The one I ordered Sun was far from that. The Pastrami was dry and not a thick filling. On the other side my husband loved the Chicken Marsala.
We will find a better Pastrami elsewhere .

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We went for my daughters 17th birthday and it was not what we expected. We were seated promptly however it took some time for a server to come to our table. The food we ordered was average at best my husbands vegetable and my daughters meal were both cold and the prime rib was tasteless. The table next to ours was so loud my husband finally had to ask them to be quiet. The staff were friendly but the over all experience was not what I remembered.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2017

While the place was not busy, the service was a little slow, but the food was surprisingly good. I would stop by again for a lunch or dinner

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The carrot cake they starved us was old and stale. They did replace it but the desire for dessert was deminished by the gross stale old cake.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We enjoyed our time @ Max's. The table was ready, staff friendly & great food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Max's serves great food, as always. It's super for "deli" food and all kinds of "comfort food" meals. They make some of the best Super Nachos *anywhere*, better than most Mexican restaurants! Great sandwiches (wonderful Ruebens), stuffed potatoes, outstanding Mac & Cheese. Desserts to kill for. Generous portions. Although we don't often get "adult beverages", Max's has a great drink menu. It's not inexpensive, but delivers good value.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The food was very good as usual for Max's, but the service was ridiculously slow. It took about 15-20mins just to get the waitress over to take our order. Once ordered another 20-25mins for the soups and then waiting for the dinners. I'm not one to rush through dinner, but come on, it was extremely slow. I ended up having to go to the bar to have the bill settled because we couldn't wait any longer on the waitress.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Maxed Out! Years ago I ate at several Max's locations: SF, Burlingame, Belmont, etc. and remember the fresh salads, gigantic sandwiches and great desserts all of which were really delicious. Recently five of us had lunch at Max's in Redwood City and I am sad to say that it was a huge disappointment. My corned beef on rye with one side (they used to give three different salads as a side to their sandwiches) came on two very thin slices of stale rye with a side of coleslaw. It was impossible to hold the sandwich together because the bread fell apart as soon as it was touched and instead of a generous amount of corned beef as I remember from years ago, now there were a few slices of what seemed to be packaged corned beef. The coleslaw had virtually no dressing, was unseasoned and didn't taste fresh. I asked for it to be exchanged for potato salad (which I also recall as being delicious), but this turned out to be no better than the slaw: bland, gooey and not fresh. My friends did not fare better with taco salads (with very hot sauce which pooled at the bottom of the soup plates), a chicken quesadilla which could be surpassed by Taco Bell's and a vegetarian omelet that actually was ok. Needless to say, we passed on dessert. On a busy Saturday lunch time when the mall lot was nearly full, few tables were busy here, but in spite of that service was slow. Considering the fall in quality of the food, it is hard to believe that Max's is going to be around for long.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Always a hit... Consistently great food, large portions, friendly service. Desserts see great, so plan your meal accordingly!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Immediately seated upon checking in, no wait!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Very good meal, quiet enough for friends to have a serious discussion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

People did not look happy working there

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

The best beef brisket! Just like mother used to make -- tender and delicious.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Arrived early for reservation. Seated immediately and server appeared. Very attentive service. Noise level was not high (surprise - but we were seated in a booth). Value for food was excellent. Friendly cordial staff. My new "go to" place when in the area. Easy parking
Nice renovation after the fire.
BTW - Max's Classic Grilled Cheese is the BEST!!!!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Wonderful servers and staff; they worked like a team, taking care of what was needed rather than being too careful of which tables were whose.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Not a good choice 4 thanksgiving. Skeleton crew, understandable. Thanksgiving menu only, to the exclusion of other Max's items. Bar however seemed to be live, and certainly quite full. Just don't do Max's on Thanksgiving.😚

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Portions are huge. But food wasn't tasty. So we left most of the food behind. We took some home but it ended up in the trash too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2016

RWC Max's used to be a fun spot with quality food at a good price. Now just feels dated and run down. Food was poor quality. Even the once stacked Rueben was meh, chicken wings tasted old and bacon cheeseburger for $17 was inedible! Service is still great but the food needs improvement.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Max's was perfect for our family breakfast with a group of 14. Waitress was cheerful, efficient and thoughtful. The food was good American "eats" - Joe's special was tasty, pancakes were fluffy good, eggs, bacon, hash browns - best of diner food. With few restaurants willing to take a group reservation on a Sunday morning, Max's allowed our kids & grandkids from Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and Colorado Springs to have a fun morning over food and conversation!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2016

Very tasty food quick efficient service

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Delicious prime rib dinner served Thursday through Saturday.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Always a treat -- especially the old favorites. You just can't go wrong with Grandma's Honey Roasted Chicken, a Reuben sandwich, Matzo Ball Soup, or Cabbage Soup! And if you have room, the Hot Fudge Sundae is the best around. Yummy!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2016

We enjoy Max's for both 1 or 2 for lunch or dinner, and also when we want to have a group. The menu has options for everyone and kid it is also kid friendly.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2016

Excellent food and service. Never rush us out. The noise level is high. Glad to see the remodel put in and saved the booths.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2016

Delicious meal and good service will always make a diner happy!

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