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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.

711 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Bistro, American, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: M-F 11:00am-4:00pm

Lunch: 11:00am-4:00pm

Dinner: Su- We 4:00pm-8:00pm

Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
Sandhill Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 323-6297

Website:
http://www.maxsworld.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
There is pleny of immediate parking as we are located at the Stanford Shopping Center

Executive Chef:
Miguel Lopez

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (10)
Casual (9)
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Comfort Food (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Fun place to get together with friends and family. Although the desserts look great and enormous, we've yet to order them because we're too full from dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We were seated right away. Service was fast and server(s) were nice. Bread was warm freshly baked. I had the seared ahi salad and husband had pear salad and sweet potato fries. For dessert we had both the raspberry rhubarb pie and Niagara Falls cake. Food was good and servings generous. Would definitely come back to this place and try other dishes. They have a long list in their menu,

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

I like Max's. The chicken in my chicken pot pie was a little stringy, but the kids loved their sliders and my wife liked her pasta.

The management has decided to put two "minimum wage surcharges" on the bill. I find that sort of thing incredibly obnoxious, and it makes me want to not return to the restaurant. I was having a pleasant dining experience until then, but then I just walked away angry. Make your political points somewhere else, please.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Nostalgic as always with any Max's, as I grew up in the city living all the Max's. It knows good quality food and how to make customers feel happy with superb dining experiences. I always enjoy the live music, mojito skirt skirt steak, mojitos & its signature mudpie dessert! HAPPINESS

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Very good food & service with a varied menu. The Bistro turkey club sandwich, chicken Caesar salad, crab macaroni & cheese, and any of the pizzas are all delicious. Prices are reasonable and reservations are suggested.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

A host that doesn't listen when you're trying to check in with OpenTable and then crams all the 4 groups of customers into one corner of an empty restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We have always enjoyed dining at Max's Opera Cafe for years. The service is always friendly, the bar meets most customers' demands and the food is consistently good. And they don't rush you out the door, so it is a good place to meet old friends, family and business associates. It reminds of good Manhattan restaurants.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Excellent food; I always enjoy the menu choices and everything we ordered was delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Great service, food and drinks, the Lemon Cosmo was awesome!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Serving portions have gone down. Service is better, waiter was attentive. Could be pricey for every day dining if you're on a budget.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Visiting Palo Alto and staying at a hotel near to Stanford Shopping Center...we walked around for over and hour loving the energy and care everywhere...but we wound up getting old fashioned comfort food at Max's Opera Cafe...I needed a Reuben Sandwich desperately...and they came thru!!!
Matzo ball soup very nice. Less e thnically Jewish dishes ...which we missed...no chopped liver, no brisket either.
We liked it anyway but were a bit annoyed that host did not register our reservation with Open Table......so 2 days later I got an e-mail asking why I didnt go there. Not so good Max's!!!

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Authentic, People Watching, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Always a great choice for any occasion Great service great food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great place to eat! The aumbiance is great Friday and Saturdays. The live band is a great complimentary to your dinning experience. The pianist is amazing. The menu selection is great, the portions are more than you expect. That is why I love this place. I'm a bodybuilder, and athlete. For the money and portion ratio, it's worth it.
Great for pretty much any occasion, especially dating! The only thing I can say I did not like about the place is the service. It's really hit or miss with your server. I wish the company would spend time, training their servers to be meticulous, attention to detail with their customers, and make sure service is up to par. That is my only negative, but other than that, it's a great place and would recommend it to anybody who loves great entertainment and good food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Live Music, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

staff honored our request for a semi private experience and food was outstanding. service exceptional also!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We always enjoy Max's. Yummy food, gluten free options listed on the menu so easy to find safe things to eat.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

ELIZABETH was our waitress and should get a raise ❗She was awesome and we loved the food -

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We love Max's. We probably average 1.5 trips per week. We love the reubens, the big pretzel, the salads, the pot pies, the cakes, the french fries, ... The service is always super friendly. There's never a wait. It's definitely our go-to place!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We have been going to Max's Opera Cafe for many years in different locations and each one has been a uniquely wonderful experience. We came to this one for Valentine's Day and they had a fun special menu for the occasion as well as their usual fare. This is a great restaurant to come for a quiet, intimate atmosphere coupled with great food at reasonable prices.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Live Music, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We shared the Fish and Chips which were lightly battered and delicious, and the Eggplant lasagna has so much flavor!

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Celebrating you Mom's 83rd birthday can be tricky. We all had a great time with great food. If Mama is happy everyone is happy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Max's Opera Cafe has good salads & sandwiches proceeded by delicious rolls. The chicken Cobb salad, Caesar salad, and pastrami on dark rye with french fries are very tasty.

Service is attentive and prices are reasonable for Palo Alto. Max's is a good choice for lunch when at the Stanford Shopping Center.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

I was disappointed that none of the wait staff sang. That is one of the reasons I chose the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Max's has been around for a long time, to the point that it's just a very reliable and comforting choice. The menu is varied, yet stable, it has the "old shoe" every time we dine there. Really well-prepared food, VERY reasonably priced, and for the Stanford Shopping center location, especially, very nice decor and ambiance (they have live music most evenings). You just simply can't go wrong with Max's!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

a couple of very good dishes - soup and pastrami but otherwise mediocre

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Max's is a great place for a large group, with a variety of choices and excellent service. Wonderful desserts, too!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Always a super great lunch that satisfies through dinner and on to bedtime. Best full line deli ever!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Always great food and service. Plenty of variety to please everyone. Great to be seated right away with OpenTable reservations!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Pianist was a delight.

Only complaints: Restrooms never seem to be clean and they are very small. Seating can feel crowded depending on where your party is seated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

The waitress was in a rush, did not give us time to read the menu. She really was curt and rather rude.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Server was not great at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Max's food is generally good to excellent. And, most times the service is good to excellent. Unfortunately, this time things didn't go well. It is the holiday season and the place was jammed and very noisy. Our server seemed harried and although she got our orders correct, she did not remember requested water and other items. The food was pretty average. Water, coffee & tea refills just didn't happen.
So, a passable meal but nothing spectacular.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

We came here for my husband's birthday - 4 adults and 4 kids. We were seated promptly and our server was extremely attentive from beginning to end. He made our experience great. The servings were large and everyone's tummies were satisfied.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2016

I have been to Max's many times over the years and about 3 times in the last couple of months. I must say the last few visits have been disappointing. The service and food have deteriorated in quality. The last visit we had a reservation for four people. We were still waiting for 1. The three of us were looking at the menu and the server came by and asked us if we were ready to order. I told her we are still waiting for one but I could clearly see she seemed agitated. We ordered a vegetable wrap and a open face crab cake sandwich. The vegetable wrap was 5 inches in diameter and filled with spinach. It was essentially a spinach salad wrap with very little sauteed vegetables. It was bite after bite of salad. The crab cake was also disappointing because you could not eat it like a sandwich it had to be eaten with a fork and knife so sharing was a problem. When the waitress came by to ask how things were I said so so. The manager stopped by and said did the waitress ask to replace your order but I did not recall she did and he said that she did. I'm not going to order something new I don't have time to wait . There was another table across from us with a party of 3 and one of their orders got screwed up so the lady had to wait for them to make the correct order. When our bill came they didn't even bother to take anything off. For a vegetable wrap at $16 I can get a supreme salad with salmon or steak at another restaurant. Overall the service sucked and the prices sucked more. I would not recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2016

Max's is a great place for all kinds of food, whether you want a light snack or a heart meal. The great service and comfortable atmosphere are an added bonus.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Dated - most places in Palo Alto are upbeat - this is not

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

What a pleasant meal! Every item we had (clam chowder, French onion soup, crab cakes, fish tacos) was tasty, high quality, ample, and without being over salted. Service was fast, conscientious, and understated. It was a relief to have a good, reasonably priced meal after a series of disappointing meals recently at new and/or more expensive restaurants. It remains on our list of reliable, affordable eateries.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Best pastrami sandwiches outside of San Francisco!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Service was slow because we arrived shortly before a very large birthday party. Otherwise, it would have gotten 5 stars. On the night we were there, a musician sang standards of the 70's-90's with guitar and piano.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Excellent cuisine and service beginning with the person who seated us, the staff as high quality as the food. Conversation with each other was difficult to hear due to the high noise volume. But I think that was simply due to the popularity of Max's which in itself is a plus. Enjoyed everything to the hilt but the noise level. Will most certainly return but perhaps not at the dinner hour. Thanks for being such a friendly place to dine, with fine cuisine as well. Max's has become a good habit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2016

The service was a bit slow even though there didn't appear to be many guests there when we got there. By the time we left it was extremely noisy. Kids yelling in the back, loud talking as the volume in the back got louder. We went for a nice quiet, intimate birthday out but that didn't happen.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Good for a Date
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