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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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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.7

ambience

3.6

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (57)
Comfort Food (40)
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Fun (21)
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Quick Bite (20)
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Special Occasion (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
People Watching (15)
Business Meals (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Late-night Find (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Cozy (12)
Great for Brunch (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Authentic (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
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Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
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Notable Wine List (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Live Music, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Authentic, Live Music, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The piano player was fantastic and played a song for us

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·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 .

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, People Watching, Cozy, Casual, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Appreciation and Good bye Lunch

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Lunch before the SF Ballet!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great spot for pre-theatre dining. Quick, pleasant, good food. And the waitstaff singing is fun!

Tags: Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Live Music, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Best Matzo ball soup and a lovely singing waiter, great way to pregame before the ballet.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Always get a fine meal at Max’s. A family favorite forever

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Good Deli Food...Reubens are excellent! Rivals anything on the East Coast!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

One of my favorites. I love the live music and that the staff are also performers in waiting

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Seasonal, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The portions are huge. Its an old school theater district deli style restaurant. Its close to the theaters and affordable. Its very casual but friendly. Servers are prompt so you can get in and out on time for the show!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Awesome place. The whole experience was great from our waiter to our whole meal. It was a pleasant surprise.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 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 23, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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

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