Max�s Opera Caf� is a place where people can enjoy an upscale dining experience at reasonable prices. It has a diverse range of dishes, including Chinese chicken salad, a corned beef Reuben sandwich and rib eye steak. This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to menu items on offer at Max�s Opera Caf�.
Many patrons come to Max�s Opera Caf� for its extensive desert menu, many of which have won regional awards. To add a little substance to your evening, order a complete three-course meal that includes salad or soup. The options are seemingly endless and every member of your party is sure to find something that pleases them.
All four of us ordered different items and everyone really liked what they ordered. The other couple ordered Caesar Salad and meatloaf (husband). His wife had Fish and Chips. My wife had Paella and had more than enough left over for the next days lunch. I had a small Matzo Ball soup and a chicken pot pie.
Would go back anytime
Service was efficient and the food was great.
Gets you to the Opera House on time for an 8 pm curtain if you have a 6 or 6:15 reservation. It is very busy. Our waiter was very attentive despite being stretched thin. The menu has shrunk. No more chopped chicken liver or beet soup. The table was covered in not very clean plastic. We arrived 10 min early for our reservation at 6:15 so we had to wait. Really? So ok but not wonderful. I still so miss California pizza kitchen that used to be across the street.
Very convenient for dinner before Civic Center area events. Large portions of reasonably priced comfort food. Live piano is nice, and some of the talented waitstaff get up and sing now and then.
Symphony and meeting friends after 24 years
Four of us had a delicious Brunch before attending the Ballet on Saturday. I would recommend the restaurant any time of day and would suggest reservations since it was quite busy.
Food was great. Service was slow. He did a great job but has a big section to himself and we waited longer than anticipated for him to take our order and get our check. This will not prevent us from coming back.
The place to go for a quick meal before a Symphony or the Opera. And, live piano on Friday night.
Took 10 & 12 year old girls for last minute Valentine’s Day dinner - the live piano music and wait person singing was the highlight of evening!
If you love old-fashioned dinners- this is THE place.
The piano player was fantastic and played a song for us
We arrived early and were greeted pleasantly and seated at the type of table we wanted. Everything else was fine. No complaints. Would return any time.
Service was poor . Waitress didn't really know what she was doing. The drinks were wrong. The wine was warm. it was expensive with an automatic gratuity of 18% for poor service .
There are lots of menu choices to please different eaters, portions are large, the prices are inexpensive. Sort of Jewish deli. And they make a good martini.
Fun place. It does get a little loud but we were there after 8 pm on a Friday. The place seemed to almost clear out after 8:30. Food was good, ambience perfect for a group while not being too expensive for everyone.
Thank you to the lovely receptionist for our accessible table and also thanks to our server. Good food...way too much, though.
The piano player and singers were so loud that it was hard to have a conversation. I’d probably rate 4 stars instead of 3, without that.
Appreciation and Good bye Lunch
Too noisy; piano/singer should be deleted. Chosen for pre-symphony dinner. Parking impossible. Noise level made conversation impossible. Water supplied with straw without asking; means trouble in the future. Portions too large; food wasted.
The Russian cabbage soup and Bistro salad combo was excellent. Service was outstanding. Our reservation was for 12:15 PM; we were seated immediately. Our server was attentive and hard-working. We had plenty of time to get to the Ballet.
Lunch before the SF Ballet!
Great spot for pre-theatre dining. Quick, pleasant, good food. And the waitstaff singing is fun!
Our waitress was wonderful. The place was very crowded so food took a while to come. We told our waitress that we had to get to the theater, and she came through with flying colors.
Love the Matzo Ball Soup and Grandma's Honey chicken. It was really busy and the service was a bit off, however, our waiter was singing (amazingly) in between waiting on us. Had a really good time and tasty food.
Overall, Max's was better than usual. The SF Ballet crowd wasn't as large as usual, so the restaurant wasn't swampled. I use to go to Max's all the time before the ballet and stopped because the service and food degraded if the restaurant got crowded. This time I went early, 6 p.m., and the experience was pleasant.
We come from Seattle every year to support the "God Bless the USA" Fundraiser for Vet at the Herbst War Memorial. This year we had 14 & we thoroughly enjoyed the performance & dinner after at Max's Opera Cafe! Lovely that they accommodated our large group - the food was delicious, warm rolls, special prime rib w/ all the fixins, large fresh salads, fresh salmon & great menu selections & the help/service was great too! Especially enjoyed the singing & piano playing - will come again , won't wait till next year!
Best Matzo ball soup and a lovely singing waiter, great way to pregame before the ballet.
Always get a fine meal at Max’s. A family favorite forever
Good Deli Food...Reubens are excellent! Rivals anything on the East Coast!
The best burger I have tasted in a long time. I had the cheeseburger sliders. The taste was amazing. I could tell the beef was fresh and never frozen. Amazing
One of my favorites. I love the live music and that the staff are also performers in waiting