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About Max's Opera Cafe
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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Max’s at the Opera Cafe features live music seven nights a week. Servers not only provide guests with superior service but entertain them as well. Diners can expect an array of musical styling's ranging from Opera to musical theater. The "singing servers" are accompanied by a live pianist, who from time to time will perform for the crowd. The entertainment begins at 6:00 pm Monday- Thursday and 6:30pm Friday –Sunday.
We have on -premise catering services, perfect for office lunches, meetings and less formal parties. Max’s Delivery or To Go can bring our fantastic food to you. We will deliver within San Francisco, or you can pick up your order at a predetermined time, for a fantastic yet cost effective event. For an additional fee, Max's offers service staff for set-up and maintenance of your event. Please contact our Catering Department for more information.
Valet parking is located beneath the restaurant on Golden Gate Avenue. Street parking is also available.
BART - Civic Center Station.
SF Muni - Lines 5 Fulton, 31 Balboa,
47&49 Van Ness
Private Party Facilities:
Max's has a semi private dining area that can accommodate up to 48 people.
Private Party Contact:
Michael Adams: (415) 501-0222
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Max's Opera Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Even on a slow night the service was even slower.
Food was just Fair.
Desserts were good.
It was hard to get around the burnt smell of the restaurant emanating from the kitchen.
The restaurant was FAR better with Max's owned it and before it was sold out as a franchise. Not
The convenience when going to the performing arts locations cannot be discounted. However the restaurant has all the signs of aging and in fact it does belong to the past. Tables are sticky and very unpleasant to touch, bench seats uncomfortable and chairs creaky. Food is not too exciting after few visits and there is not much of a rotation in the menu. Overall this place has all the signs of a downhill decline in quality other than their prices.
While the food was very tasty the portions were ridiculously large. Two people in our party ordered chicken pot pie but one was large enough for 3 people . The waiter should have advised us of this when we ordered. Since we were traveling the next day we couldn't take it home. Sad waste of food and money.
We often go to Max's before a symphony, opera, or ballet. The food is very good, and the service is good, although if they don't know you need to get finished at a reasonable and/or specific time, it can be slow. We had a 5:30 reservation, and were late to a 7PM talk at Davies.
Luncheon entrees are often inconsistent. I had a fabulous lunch last month and it was mediocre today. Server Veronica is always cheerful and takes great care of us every time. She always gets our order right and she checks on our table often. Managers were seen interacting with guests. Restaurant was clean and tidy. I would recommend this restaurant for a business lunch and when it is not too busy.
Perfect place for an efficiently prepared dinner before going to the cosert or opera. Staff knowledgeable about the routine and readily accommodate. Quality of food is between fast food ordinarily. Not gourmet by any means. Quality is large usually and the roast beef particularly very good. Piano player plays his instrument softly.
Max's used to be our go to restaurant, bar none, when going to the opera or ballet.
It was upscale, fun, busy and sophisticated. Now, not so much. The place could
use an upgrade, new table tops, new carpet, sharply dressed wait staff, and any
other considerations that wouldn't erase or replace the wonderful ambience of this
wonderful, New York style deli.
We had a reservation and explained that we only had an hour and 15 minutes to eat. It took forever to get our waiter to show up and then come back to take our order. The 3 of us each ordered matzo ball soup, half a pastrami sandwich and iced tea that finally showed up 15 minutes before we were due back at our class. We asked for the check at this time and it again took forever to get. The soup was good, but the pastrami sandwich was only a small pile of pastrami on a cold slice of bread and nothing else. The bill came to $22.60 with tip per person. To top it all off, of course we were late getting back to our class a block away...not a good experience!!
Unfortunately Max's was not ready for the big rush of people that all came at 12:30 from an event at the nearby Herbst theater. There was not adequate wait staff or kitchen staff to accommodate this lunch crowd. Many people waited over half an hour to receive their food, and some could only take their food to go to return to the event to the afternoon portion of the event.
We were to attend 4 lectures at the Herbst Theater through One Day University so we made reservations at Max's. I asked if we could get served and eat within an hour since we were only given an hour and 15 minutes for lunch. The answer was yes. At lunchtime we walked fast and was at the beginning of the line. There were many, many people behind us. Still it took awhile to be seated. After ordering quickly, we waited while all the people around us got served. When we flagged down a waiter he got our meals. We had to gulp half the food, took half with us, and were the last to get back to the Theater and had missed about ten minutes of the lecture.
We suggest a separate line for those with reservations since many did not have any. Knowing about a special event which would bring more patrons, that more chefs and servers be hired for the occasion or just not except the number of patrons who would all order and need to be served at the same time. The restaurant couldn't handle this lunch as many, who had been served, had their lunch packed up. A horrible experience for us and many others.
I have been going to Max's since it opened - always good food, good service, and comfortable place to eat before symphony, opera, ballet, or other event in the Civic Center area. There is a nice selection of appetizers, and I have been known to have two appetizers for my dinner.
I especially like the Russian soup and the Reuben sandwich.
Any conversation between two people is almost impossible---especially the front dining room. Portions are too big and service was rushed.
Is there some way you can make sections of the restaurant sound proof and/or better acousticlly? It would help so much.
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