Max's of Burlingame

4.1
603 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Max's of Burlingame serves 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 the one table. And for those with a sweet tooth, Max's sinful, awarding desserts will keep you coming back for more. We offer private dining for corporate or social events. Think of us for all of your memorable celebrations.

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Mats
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great crab cakes and the brussel sprouts are a must try!

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Heather
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We waited close to one hour to receive our meal - a couple of salads, a soup and a sandwich. The rolls came after we'd finished our food. The salads were not as they'd been in the past. The Turkey Cobb and the Asian chicken salad were mostly ho-hum lettuce with a few bits of turkey or chicken. Where were the rice noodles, the peanuts, the dressing? The pastrami was dry and we had to ask many times before the mustard was brought to the table. i understand that it's hard to find waitstaff, but what has happened to the food? We used to enjoy the salads, but these were almost laughably bad. I would never want to repeat this experience. Something is definitely wrong at Max's.

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Crow
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jambalaya with fettucine was terrific. The corned beef and pastrami sandwich and the chocolate cake are long-time favorites. A happy, friendly, efficient server enhanced the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Service was great but the food was awful.

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poli
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Chicken Marsala, my absolute favorite. Always delicious! Our server was Josefina... super nice & attentive.

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heathere
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible! Food was absolutely disgusting. What I ordered, I did not get and what I received looked like someone barfed cheese on top.

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Valerie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made a last minute party for 44! So awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
742 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really appreciated the fact that this establishment had protected outdoor seating. The food was delicious and everything nicely prepared. The desserts were so good. Service was attentive and 'spot on'. A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.

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poli
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We tried the Prime Rib special... it's a very good value for the price. Our server, Freddie, is awesome. Freddie is very attentive! 5 stars for Freddie.
P.S. Back to the food @ Max's... the Chicken Marsala is still my absolute favorite, so I'm going there today for the Chicken Marsala. It really is delicious!! Thank you!

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vipDennis
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best server!!! We hope to get him again and again.

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vipevickery
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and excellent attentive service

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Luv2Dine
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Outstanding service which really made a typical meal here wonderful.

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DeniseA
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

AMAZING waiter wish I could remember his name, Filipino man

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vipJacki
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious sandwiches, potato salad and dessert! Can't wait to go back

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poli
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken marsala was delicious; as always! Shaun is awesome... along with everyone @ Max's. We always recommend Max's to family & friends. Thank you!

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vipIloveItalianfood
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have always enjoyed having lunch at Max's. This trip, having ordered the corned beef/pastrami combo, the sandwich was served with, yikes, four thin slices of meat, not the bulging sandwich to which we have been accustomed. I doubled up one half of the sandwich with the meat from the other half. Then I pointed out to the waiter our disappointment. He returned a few minutes later with another half sandwich prepared the way to which we were accustomed. He pointed out that there was a new chef in the kitchen. Fine. Newbies make mistakes. However, it seems to me that management should have instructed a newly-hired sandwich maker how to prepare a sandwich for which the restaurant is known. In any case, it ended well and we will return.

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DeniseT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was lukewarm at best and way overpriced! 10 bucks for a cup of soup… sad!

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vipShari
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Max's has changed ownership and the food has gone down the drain. The food was fair at best. Service, even though there were very few people, was awful. Several times we had to go into the restaurant to get someone to take our order or asking why one person's dish hadn't been brought out. The food is fair, and it's the Jewish deli it used to be. Don't bother eating there. We won't.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great like the dining room.

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SandieP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The chairs snd booths need reupholstered-ouch

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DennisH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Max's wasn't like it was decades ago. The restaurant, worn out, like old shoe. The food, ok to fine, but over priced!

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Pumpkin
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It's wonderful that Max's has outside dining. Inside, especially when the live music is going, it can be fun but crowded.

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DARRYLA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fernando greeted my family with open arms as he always does. Great guy to have on your team

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hope
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Food is way over priced given the quality. I used to go to Max's a lot, for two decades. It is now pricing itself right out of business. For the $, I could have gone to a gourmet restaurant with much higher quality food.

It was close to empty on a Saturday night.

The outdoor seating is out front, which is covid safe, but ugly. There used to be all year round outdoor seating in back along the Bay, which was much nicer.

The hostess did not check us in. After that, the service was good.

I had a maple glazed salmon that was much too sweet.

Had very few gluten free options for appetizers, salads, main courses. No gluten-free deserts. The sandwiches for which Max's was known are now on the last page of the menu, if I recall correctly. It's formerly famous Rye Bread and rolls were not offered.

With all of the restaurants around, I can no longer recommend Max's.

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AdaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good old reliable Max's for deli-style food. Our waiter was courteous, efficient and prompt. Overall, good dining experience.

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Pumpkin
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I was delighted to meet my friend there for lunch in their outdoor patio area. I always enjoy Max's. I don't know why, but when we were seated at my 1 pm arrival time, I got an email from Open Table saying they it hoped that I enjoyed my visit. It also said that points for my visit were not applicable. Our server didn't know anything about it, and I wonder why.
Overall, Nicole, our server, was excellent and very accommodating. My friend and I had a very peaceful, relaxing lunch.

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StephenO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The food was greasy.
The food was salty.
The gin and tonic was good.
The beer was good.

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TimL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice place and within walking distance from my hotel. Provided an excellent wine pour.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
742 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, incredible experience. Service was top notch and burger, sandwich and dessert selections were all wonderful. Job well done.

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docofsoc1
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We came here for Father's Day breakfast. There were hardly any people when we arrived but it felt like the service was slow from the start. Later more people but it took such a long time to get the second refill of coffee that we requested that we were ready to go before getting it. My husband's meal came out lukewarm and he said it didn't taste very good -- he ordered a vegetable frittata.

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vipOT4fil
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We look forward to eating at Max’s before we leave on an airplane trip. The Reuben sandwich did not disappoint. The Caesar salad and berry tart dessert were also delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was super slow.

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BillH
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed in a nearby hotel and had dinner and breakfast at Max's. Food was excellent, fast and large portions. Highly recommend!

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Sjblessed
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Hadn't been to Max's since I retired, used to be my favorite Rueben stop on the way to SFO for business travel. Well, it didn't disappoint. the Ruebens were just as delicious as I remembered. Piled high with pastrami and cheese, could have had a little more sour kraut for my liking, but nonetheless, it was yummy. The quinoa salad, was more of a tomato salad with some quinoa sprinkle on top. Not what I was expecting, but fresh and yummy just the same. Thanks for the memories Max!

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LindaKL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

we ate inside where perhaps 10 people were seated in the entire inside of the restaurant and the waitress only came to us to get out order and that was it. We had to wave another staff person to get us more water, or coffee and then we had to ask someone to get our check, which she brought to us. But did not come back to pick up the check with payment. We had to go searching for her to pay. She was completely incompetent.

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carolynr
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We sat on the back patio was sheltered with heat lamps

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LauraS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Max's is always my go-to restaurant. Never been let down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
South Dakota
23 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was fast.

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LindaB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was fabulous experience great bar tender and waiter food was great

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Brian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I still gave a 20% tip, because that’s what I do, but the service was less than desire. I problably will not purchase from or return to this location again.

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You can order delivery directly from Max's of Burlingame using the Order Online button. Max's of Burlingame also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Max's of Burlingame also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 342-6297.

Max's of Burlingame is rated 4.1 stars by 603 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.