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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.

601 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Golden Gate

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 771-7300

Website:
http://maxsworld.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is located beneath the restaurant on Golden Gate Avenue. Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
BART - Civic Center Station.

SF Muni - Lines 5 Fulton, 31 Balboa,
47&49 Van Ness

Executive Chef:
Carlos Salcedo

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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3.6

service

3.6

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3.5

value

3.6

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Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

I made our reservation at Max's because it was the only place available close enough to the Herbst theater for our 7pm show. My usual go-to spots were booked. What a pleasant surprise to have such an excellent meal and service on top of being just a block away from the show!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I came here before going to see a show at the War Memorial Opera House. The food was all right. The crowd was older, average age was probably around 49-60. Our waitress was super nice and had a great singing voice.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

So many of the menu items have peas in them, it's strange. My chicken was cooked to the point of being dusty dry. Our waiter was grumpy and rude. They had a piano player which was nice, but then they added a guy belting out old tunes which made conversation difficult. Not a place I would return to for dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My two baby daughters and I just love the raisin dinner rolls. The chicken pot pie was excellent as usual.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Live Music, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I went with my almost 13-year-old friend for dinner before a performance of nutcracker. My friend loved the grilled cheese sandwich on the kids menu. I like the wide variety of food on Max’s menu. Salads are consistently good. Portions are huge. Our waitress was very attentive and made sure we were done in time to get to the show.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was just above average. Service was not great. But very convenient and near symphony and opera house. Overpriced for quality of food.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good comfort food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Larry the piano guy was outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I loved that they served us quickly so we could get to the theater on time!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Good location for pre-ballet, good comfort food like pastrami sandwiches, French toast, hamburgers, breakfast items like eggs Benedict, etc. prices are reasonable. Good family place.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food. We had 12:30rsesrvation before the Nutcracker. It was packed, no shock there. When I checked in for reservation hostess said 30min to hour wait. I reminded her of reservation and her look was amazing! Combine “SO What, you gotta be kidding me, get out of my face, and get a life”into one derisive glance and you have a clue. I am persistent, and we were seated about 1:00. I had a Reuben, OMG. A BLT came on dry bread, but mayo was requested. The kids menu hamburger was huge, fries delicious.
If you are pre-show, be aware that reservations are meaningless, so arrive early and enjoy your deli meal

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always a great place to go before the Nutcracker ! Lots of food choices .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were looking for a after theatre place we could eat with an energetic 12-year old, and we found it. Max's has a great menu for kids -- something for everyone, really. And I have always loved their pastrami ruben sandwiches. We arrived early, but they couldn't seat us until our reservation time. (That's understandable.) They were really busy -- and noisy -- because they were full of families that had just come from seeing The Nutcracker. Because of that, service was slow. But all-in-all, it was a successful outing and we all enjoyed our meals.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fun, festive dinner before going to see the Nutcracker. A pianist played Christmas favorites. We were able to be seated on time, food was good. Very good experience!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great selection of salads and good kids menu. We were seated promptly and a servers was fast to take out order.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

I took my 6 year old daughter here for lunch before seeing SF Ballet's The Nutcracker. We had reservations for noon and sat down immediately. They were pretty busy and the service was a bit slow, so we didn't finish until 1:30pm. The ballet started at 2pm so that was totally ok, but had we come at 12:30pm I'd have ended up being a bit stressed about the time. The food was really good, the menu options more diverse than I had anticipated, there was a nice wine to go with my entree, the kid menu was good, and overall we both had a really nice lunch. It worked great for a pre-ballet lunch with my daughter -- casual and kid friendly enough to be comfortable with her but fancy enough to give lunch the "special outing" feel. Thank you Max's!

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

It is the best place to go before seeing the Nutcracker.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Seeing Aladdin

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a 5:30 reservation prior to the ballet. There was a long line when we arrived at 5:25. We were told to wait in along line of other people with reservations. After waiting for 20 minutes, we decided to leave to find another restaurant in order to eat before the ballet. Max’s has been in this location for a long time, it’s surprising that they don’t know how to manage the pre-theater crowd. What a letdown. We had a 5:30 reservation prior to the ballet. There was a long line when we arrived at 5:25. We were told to wait in along line of other people with reservations. After waiting for 20 minutes, we decided to leave to find another restaurant in order to eat before the ballet. Max’s has been in this location for a long time, it’s surprising that they don’t know how to manage the pre-theater crowd. What a letdown.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Max's Opera Cafe is a pathetic excuse of a restaurant. We had a reservation for 5:30pm on a Saturday night in Dec 2017 and could not be sat because of a back log of reservations still waiting to be sat. Reservation 30-45 minutes before us were still waiting for a table. You cannot count on them to honor reservations so never book, but especially not if you are planning to attend the opera, theatre, ballet, or any other scheduled show afterwards. We ended up going to Home Alone at the Symphony hungry.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The restaurant did not honor our reservation nor that of at least 10 other groups with reservations trying to dine that night before the Nutcracker. It was pandemonium and we left when we had been there for about 20 minutes and large groups with reservations at least a half hour earlier than ours were still not seated. Very discouraging when you have small children who need to eat before a performance and this restaurant which had our reservation for several months overbooked itself massively.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a reservation at 5:15. The line was out the door and we weren’t seated until 6–making a mad dash to ballet. The waiter was wonderful. The manager and hostess were clueless. Max’s has gone WAY downhill. Better choices near ballet or symphony

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

I made a reservation. Got there and there was a huge line to the host. I went up and asked if people with reservations had to wait too. They said yes. First thought I had was "what is the point of a reservation" Apparently everyone in line also had a reservation. They tell you they will give your table away if you are not there within 15 minutes of your reservation, but if I'm stuck in line...then how will they know. I waited with my group for 10-15 minutes in line then left to eat somewhere before our show. I have been to Max's in palo alto and the food, atmosphere and everything else was great. This was just bad this time in SF though. Sorry guys, but if I make a reservation I expect to be seated on time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

They didn’t really honor the reservation. People waiting in line just to check in for their reservation, hostess was nowhere to be found, and several families told us they hadn’t been seated even well after their time...the worst one was 40 minutes overdue. We had to leave, rather than missing our show.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were attending a holiday concert at the symphony with the entire family and Max's was the perfect place for all of us. The food was delicious, the cocktails creative, and the ambiance welcoming. We appreciated the service on such a crowded Friday night and we will be back!! Thank you Max's Opera Café for giving us a memorable evening in San Francisco.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

It has become a tradition for my friends and I go to the Nutcracker and then Max’s Opera Cafe. I’ve been happy with everything I’ve ordered. At Christmas time the cafe is decorated very nicely. It’s a great place to eat.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was OK (Cobb salad - very dry chicken) but formica tables were warned, looked stained and generally looked dirty although we were reassured by our server that they were clean but were going to be replaced in the future.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was great, but service was slow. In fairness to Max’s, the place was packed that night with symphony and ballet goers .

Tags: Live Music, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We have been to Max's many times over the years but weredisappointed this time. Not only was it very noisy, the service was rushed, and the food was cold. I had to send back the "crispy" onion strings that came with the beef sliders because they actually were soggy and cold. They did quickly replace them with hot crispy ones, though, so that was good. Not sure we will continue to go there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This is a casual restaurant/ I would nit go there for a quality meal

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The brisket was cold

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent food and service and convenient parking and great customer service

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Max's is a go to place when in the area! Good Food, Live piano player, unfortunately this time the service was very slow.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Very nice place to take my mom and mother in law after a matinee. Everything was as ordered, as usual the portions were generous.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Short staffed on a Saturday night at 10:30 with a wave of patrons entering after events in the area. We left our table before being attended to presuming we would not be served in a reasonable time.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Server was a bit pushy in the beginning as I waited for my friends to arrive, forgot to bring bread and au juice sauce for my friend's prime rib. Pushy to get us to order, unattentive on the details.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent service and great food. Needed to get in and out fairly quickly for the Opera and the hostess and waiter did an excellent job to keep things moving but didn't feel rushed even with the large crowd. I had the Ruben which was tasty with lots of meat. Very good overall.

Tags: Casual, Fun, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our bi-yearly get together was perfect at Max's. We all had a brunch and desserts. We left feeling spoiled and indulged.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A Holiday tradition ... friends gather at Max's for dinner then San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus concert. Menu has something for everyone AND the fact hat a reservation can be made, makes it the perfect spot to meet up. A tad TOO loud for casual catch up conversation.... but that's the restaurant's vibe. Not much you can do about that!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This is a fun place to go for lunch and/or with a group. We went for a birthday lunch & they brought out a surprise bowl of ice cream with a candle. Nice touch. I would love to see more vegan options.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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