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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)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
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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)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Large portions. Too salty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great waitress.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We live on the East Coast so when we’re in Palo Alto we eat at Max’s as much as possible. We LOVE their food, especially the Russian Cabbage Soup and Latkes. Always feels like we’ve come home.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Love this restaurant, food is always good. I consider it a "comfort food" restaurant. A little noisy for lunch, but the food is always good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our server was fantastic. My friend and I dropped in for a light lunch and ended up eating only appetizers. Price was reasonable and the waitress delivered the food in stages as not to bring all the appetizers to the table at once. Beer selection is great off Tap and the ambiance was just right for an afternoon meeting, especially during the hectic Christmas Shopping Season. Great shout out to the wait staff and our waitress.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always a favorite and never disappoints! Martinis and appetizers the best!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

At 7 pm the restaurant has few lights near the tables. Candles would help a lot (the battery votive ones). It's too dark to see the food in places!

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was fine, just that the hot things were tepid and quickly went cold. Cold plates and a long time waiting for p/u from kitchen.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was kind of last minute party . I am very happy with the cocktails, wine menu as well as appetizers...
Marva and Arturo were very helpful and accommodating .
Great service! Thank you!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were shown to our reserved table immediately. The noise level was subdued. The food delivery was prompt. My Chinese chicken salad was excellent, with an ample serving. The buns with raisins were tasty and warm.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Best hamburger on the Farm!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The outdoor patio was a great place to eat at lunchtime! The salads were generous and delicious.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My entree was horrible. Hamburger steak served with ketchup? Every other restaurant does a sauce. Iced tea used to be brewed and poured over ice, not anymore. Plus server brought no refills. We were rushed to order. Max's of past glory is no more.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Waiter was not good macaroni and cheese terrible

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food service slow, sent back eggs strong vinegar taste, second time over done , did not eat, was still charged for basically having toast. Has been good previous visits, but not this one, will not return for awhile.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good food selections--vast menu--and service. Very pleasant atmosphere. We often order from Max's thru DoorDash and have never been disappointed with the food.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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!)

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Reliable place to take the family to for a meal. On a sidenote (and this doesn't impact my rating, just an observation) but I remember it being easier to be a vegetarian here and not only being stuck with a salad.

Service was decent and what I expected.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Have been here often over the years. Basically large Deli sandwiches with bar, excellent casual restaurant for lunch and midafternoon snack. Usually very busy during the day so have reservation. San Francisco style ambiance.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

First time to this Max's (have been to other Max's before), feel the food served tasted somehow better taste than others. Good outdoor dining areas for lunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent service, fair prices, but the portions were too large. The small patty melt was huge and could not be finished.

Tags: Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The inside seating in several places is too noisy for us.
We muchprefer the quieter outdoor seating weather permitting.
The bar tender is outstanding.
We tried the onion soup for the first time, and it was good.
Our server was very nice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is a good place to enjoy a meal while shopping at Stanford. Food is good, there are many options, the staff are friendly and helpful. The portions are large and intended to be shared.
For casual dining, it is a good place and I would go there again.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Something has changed here-the food whick I always order was terrible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

One of our favorite spots to enjoy when we are at Stanford Shopping Center. Nice large portions. I had the BBQ Pork Quesadilla and it was delicious. We also ordered the Jambalaya Fettuccine and it was very savory.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Please get air conditioning!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We ate outside which is very pleasant and much quieter than inside.
The bartender is excellent and so was the service.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was ok though bit pricey (prime rib). Service was good but music was far too loud. Reduce the vol 50% and then it would be fine. Surprised the place was almost empty but I guess Thurs is an off night.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

It was just ok not great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

If you want good pastrami, corn beef and other jewish delicatessen, go to Max's Opera Cafe. You will receive good service, good food plus nice desserts and drinks. There is piano music at certain hours.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

As always, great food and service at Max's. Wonderful place to meet friends for a great meal and time to catch up.

Tags: Vegan, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Always a great spot.

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