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For 2
7:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Max's Opera Cafe.
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Max's Opera Cafe

1058 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre (58)
  • Comfort Food (40)
  • Casual (37)

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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food
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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
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Phone number
(415) 771-7300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carlos Salcedo
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Private party facilities
Max's has a semi private dining area that can accommodate up to 48 people.
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Private party contact
Michael Adams: (415) 501-0222
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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.
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Cross street
Golden Gate
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Parking details
Valet parking is located beneath the restaurant on Golden Gate Avenue. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
BART - Civic Center Station.

SF Muni - Lines 5 Fulton, 31 Balboa,
47&49 Van Ness
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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.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1058 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.8  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Service was efficient and the food was great.
Thank you!

LizaB (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Symphony and meeting friends after 24 years

4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

Ghune (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The place to go for a quick meal before a Symphony or the Opera. And, live piano on Friday night.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

MistiM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The piano player was fantastic and played a song for us

EllaynE (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

SusanK (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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 .

vipPretheatre (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Paintkatt (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

vipMllemargot (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Thank you to the lovely receptionist for our accessible table and also thanks to our server. Good food...way too much, though.

vipDBPbear (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

vipDang (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Appreciation and Good bye Lunch

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

SFfoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Lunch before the SF Ballet!