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.
We had a reservation but we were seated in a less than desirable location. We were granted a change to a better seating location but the person in charge seemed less than pleased with our request. Our food was adequate but not as good as we remembered. We have dined at Max's many times and this experience was not one of our better ones. We will not be returning in the near future.
The pastrami was mediocre, the desert ordered from the menu was no longer available at 6 pm, the waitress had to cover too many tables to provide prompt service, and the recorded music was too loud. Perhaps just a bad night to come on Sunday evening.
Good comfort food. Convenient to the Opera House for a Saturday night ballet performance. Good value...huge portions. Had enough to take home for dinner the next night. Could share an entree next time.
The layout of the restaurant fosters chaos...diners coming and going in same space as wait staff. Reception desk personnel left my friend standing by a door for 15 minutes whenn i was already seated, but could not see her. Two other ladies were brought to my table as my dinner companion and left.
The food, however, was good and the restaurant is close to concert venues. Two other moderate restaurants in the area are closed and i guess their clientele spilled over to Max's.
Extremely noisy and a female singer (or screecher) added just that note of hysteria needed to make one want to leave without eating.
Always reliable. Will go back.
Fun to have a live pianist and wide variety of choices. The banana split was delicious!
We were disappointed in the service from our wait person. A glass of wine was spilled, no apologies, towels to clean up and a new glass brought. BUT no offer to help with dry cleaning, a complimentary glass of wine, etc. The wait person avoided contact with us for the rest of the meal. We understand the embarrassment but expect more at Max's.
When the front of the house person was contacted as we were leaving, he shrugged it off barely acknowledging the event and again no offer of dry cleaning or a real apology--rather half hearted.
This is unfortunate because we find Max's a great pre-play and pre-Symphony venue (season ticket holders for SHN and the Symphony) for brunch and dinner. And have been patrons for over 25 years.
I hope this does not happen in the future.
Food was descent and service was good. The best part of the evening for my husband and myself was the live music. The piano player/singer played some great classical jazz and sang
for some of the songs.
I have been here three times. The pear salad was so wonderful. Perfect.
I did not like the spice in the chicken Marcella. Never again. Didn't care for the BBQ flavor.
Max's Opera Cafe is our standard stop for a quick dinner before the opera and ballet. Food is consistently good, service friendly and fast and they always get you out in time for the show.
The food is good, but it’s even better when Larry Pascua is at the piano after 5:30, 6:00 ish. He makes dining a wonderful experience.
Took my four grandchildren. There was something for everyone. They had breakfast and lunch. The food was tasty and no one went away hungry.
Perfect spot for a quick bite before the Ballet.
Max's is Max's. It never changes. The portions are so big I usually get just a salad and appetizer. The service was particularly good this time out. The waiter was friendly and helpful in keeping the portion down.
Took my grand daughter before the ballet. She loved it -- especially the dessert! Will be bringing another grand daughter there tomorrow before the symphony. Hope she enjoys the symphony as much as I know she will love the dessert!
A reliable place to eat, before attending any event at the Opera House, down the street. The food is always delicious, service is good, in a pleasant atmosphere.
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.