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Max's Opera Cafe of Palo Alto

378 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Bistro, American, Farm-to-table
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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

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Phone number
(650) 323-6297
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Miguel Lopez
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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.
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Cross street
Sandhill Rd
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Parking details
There is pleny of immediate parking as we are located at the Stanford Shopping Center
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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.
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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
What 378 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1  based on recent ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food is good but the server is not that good. Lack of customer service and too slow.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Always a fun place to get together with family and friends

Nothing (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

It was perfect for the occasion, haven't seen friends for 5 years.

SLWCHT (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

When we were there for lunch with a friend recently, the service was atrocious. Our waiter had a terrible attitude, was unwilling to explain things on the menu, and didn't bother to ascertain our order over the restaurant noise. He forgot to to get us the bread and butter that we asked for, as well as the sugar for the coffee. He then moved away and never checked back. No tea or coffee refills. We had to get hold of other waiters to get what we needed. He was curt, impatient, borderline hostile! In addition, the food was just so-so. While we expected Stanford Shopping Center eateries to be on the pricey side, we also expected better quality. This place is a disappointment. Apart from the convenient location and warm decor, not a pleasant dining experience at all.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Enjoyed the young lady playing the piano and singing during dinner.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Visited for hours

SueL (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Very accommodating, wonderful food and nice outdoor seating option!

vipmeee (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

when you sit inside, the service is decent. we sat outside and the service was horrible. it was more than 20 minutes and after asking for a waiter before anybody showed up even for drink orders. that's so bad

JRDS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Good place to go with kids. Don't bother ordering a cocktail. They have such a large selection of alcohol because they virtually no alcohol makes it into the drinks. Food was good with good sized portions (my husband and I were able to share the Chicken Pot Pie and there was still some left over), though their eclairs continue to be dry no matter how many times I order one and hope for something different. The cream inside is very good. This is the a place to go to if you have a group and everyone wants something different. But don't really choose if you are a big foodie. Dishes are pretty run of the mill.

foster (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

My lifelong friend and I get together twice a year to celebrate our friendship/birthdays. Stanford Shopping Center and Max's is half way between my home in Sunnyvale and hers in Belmont. We were able to enjoy lunch at a leisurely pace and spend time catching up on each other's lives without being rushed.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

A wonderful place to bring friends. The service is very good, with the waiters covering for each other very
seamlessly way.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Live music was too loud for dinning area. Food was too sweet (Grandmas Chicken) cloyingly so. We were at table for dinner for 15 min. Before bread basket was offered.

SuzyS (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

I was very disappointed with my lunch. I made a reservation for a booth. One person in my partly had crutches and was also in a sling. We did not receive a booth and the person who sat us had no idea we even asked for a booth. We were led to a very small table. The person with the crutches could not fit. We asked for a larger table and were given one.
We ordered a hot pastrami sandwich w fries. The other person had a chicken salad w blue cheese. The salad was very good and very tasteful. However, the hot pastrami sandwich was terrible. The rye bread was ice cold. You could tell it was just taken out of the refrig. The pastrami was cold and full of fat. The cook made no attempt to heat the sandwich. The fries could not be eaten. They were fried in an oil that was so strong, all you could taste was the oil. The fries tasted old. They were just terrible.
Once the lunch was brought to the table we never saw our waiter again. No one came to table to see if everything was alright and to see if we needed anything. We didn’t see anyone again until it was time to pay the bill. We didn’t need change for the bill, which was good, because we never saw our waiter again. No thank you or come again was given.
The only reason they got 2 stars was because the salad was very good. Otherwise i would have given 1 Star.
I have alway had a good experience at Max’s. The staff has always been nice and very attentive and the food good. I don’t know what happened this time!! I will go back to Max’s again, but not for awhile.

Lolly (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

This place has gone sooo downhill. Icky food. Made me sad. It was great back in the day.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Always a reliable and excellent place for noshes, comfort food and great service!