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About Max's Opera Cafe of Palo Alto
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 the one table. And for those with a sweet tooth, Max's sinful, awarding desserts will keep you coming back for more.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Bistro, American, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-F 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner: Su- We 4:00pm-8:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Starting at 6:00 pm Thursdays thru Sunday we have live music. The musicians will play and sing everything from opera to Billy Joel. We also have singing staff members that will perform throughout the evening.
We offer a wide variety of catering options including sandwich and salad platters as well as Entrees and dessert platters. Great for both business and home events.
There is pleny of immediate parking as we are located at the Stanford Shopping Center
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Max's Opera Cafe of Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews
Stopped by for late lunch during X-mas shopping trip at Stanford Shopping Mall. Sat outside, which was a big plus and food was good, too. I’ve had better Corned Beef, but spouse really enjoyed her Kale Caesar with Salmon. ( yuk to Kale for me). Service was slow, but understaffing is reason. Server was very nice, but overwhelmed. All restaurants seem to be in same situation. Expect deli food and service, but not much more.
We were seated right on time for our reservation. We didn’t have to wait. The host was very polite and showed us to a very nice table. Our waiter was excellent. He came back to our table 3-4 times to make sure everything was ok and if we needed anything. The food was very good. I have never had a bad meal at Max’s. One person had a hamburger and it was cooked exactly as ordered. One person had a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. The cheeses were not all melted. This is the only reason I did not give excellent for the food. Other than this slight mistake we had a great time and would return to Max’s.
The food & service are good at Max's Opera Cafe, and prices are reasonable. My wife and I enjoyed the turkey, bacon, & Swiss cheese sandwich with French fries along with a large ice tea. Max's is convenient for lunch when at the Stanford Shopping Center, and has an outdoor dining option.
Best place in at least a 10-mile radius for an "old fashioned" Prime Rib dinner Thursday through Sundays. Meaning, tender & tasty Prime Rib well-served to order, with the "mandatory" options of baked-or-mashed potato, and creamed spinach-or-broccoli. Max's can get high level of noise, especially when the pianist is in the house and diners have to talk louder to be heard over the music. There are also Max's famous desserts, worthy of their sign that said, "If you are on a Diet, this isn't the place for you!" But I think maybe they took that sign down! In any case, just to complete your non PC meal, you can sneak that dessert out of the restaurant by ordering it to go! (You'll need a break from the ample dinner to have room for the dessert anyway!)
Very good food & service with reasonable prices. Max's is an excellent choice for a meal while at the Stanford Shopping Center. The chicken Cobb salad & hot pastrami sandwiches were delicious. Diners are given the option of eating at inside or outside tables, both of which are very popular. Reservations are suggested.
Sort of a hit-and-miss menu. They do some items quite well (salmon on quinoa) and others not so well (caesar salad). Most portions are large. Unfortunately they have had a price creep and now it's not a good value, especially their over-priced booze drinks.
they have cut down on the portions, not offer bread, very noisy as they throw the clean plates on the tables,
they have added a 3 % min. wage tax to the bill w/o any info regarding this decision on the table ,
so all it does is lessen the tip for your waiters !!!!
good bar drinks, shrimp tacos are terrific, however the turkey, bacon and swiss sandwich left much to be desired - and since they made their bones as a deli... ouch! I was also surprised at the limited choices on the lunch menu ... if you're not into pickles and slaw then stay away, which is what I will be doing in the future.
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