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Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
7:00 PM
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Max's Opera Cafe of Palo Alto

4.1
378 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bistro
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  • Great for Lunch (13)
  • Casual (8)
  • Comfort Food (8)
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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Cuisines
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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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.
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Neighborhood
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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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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.
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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
What 378 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RollieB 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Always a fun place to get together with family and friends

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Nothing (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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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.

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

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

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

Visited for hours

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

Very accommodating, wonderful food and nice outdoor seating option!

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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

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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.

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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.

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