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Max's Opera Cafe

1056 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual

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 1056 People Are Saying
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3.7  based on recent ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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meef (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 22, 2017

The food was god as was the service
The place needs a good cleaning
And some touch up dev

Dalesax (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

I've eaten at Max many times over the years, but this was one of my best meals ever. I had the wedge salad and skirt steak. Everything was delicious except for the side of spinach!

SFfoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

For years my friend and I have been having lunch at Max's before attending a Sunday matinee of the SF Ballet. It always works out well. We make a reservation through Open Table and are seated relatively shortly after our arrival at the restaurant. There are many menu items to choose from. I usually have the Russian Cabbage Soup and Bistro Salad Combo. Both were delicious . Service is usually excellent.

Elizabeth (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

We love this place, we come for the ambiance and the food.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2017

Yummy food!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Service was disappointing. Food was fair-good. Would never order the roast beef again.

vipCabbie (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Tried to sit me at terrible table even though nearly empty. Brought wrong drink and took a long, long time to get it right. Two complete meals were brought out even though I was eating alone. Prime rib was tough and no flavor. Included side dish was not served until requested and was cold. Cookies were supposed to be served but never came but so frustrated that paid and left without even asking for them. Never again!

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2017

There was a shortage on wait staff. Sandwiches were good, not great. They need to spruce the place up. They cater to symphony hall, the opera house etc and it's very dingy in decor.

KM1175 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2017

Has a good history. Service was good. Food good, not great.

SanMateoResident (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Max's used to be a sure bet for no-hassle food before the ballet or symphony. Never again. We were taken to a table that was still dirty and being cleared and seated in the path of the freezing wind from the door. Asked to move tables and they again took us to a new table that was still dirty and being cleared. Service was awful. Drinks not brought out together for whole table, same with food. Received entrees before soup/salad course (so we skipped the soup). Food was AWFUL. Expected a light, fresh Chicken picatta, and instead got fried cutlets that had a goopy, coagulated, flavorless sauce that looked like oily melted glop. You will sing no more for me, Opera Cafe.

vipKris (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

We had the special of the night - paella. It arrived luke warm. Server offered to Heat it up, but that could have ruined the mussels & already dry chicken. A new order would have been better.

badiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2017

I had pastrami sandwich with fries. Pastrami was dry and fries over cooked. Also thought it was overpriced for a pastrami sandwich. My friend had tri mushroom pasta which looked good and she enjoyed. Server was a bit slow and not that attentive.

vipJerry (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

We went there prior to the symphony and the waitpersons were very busy & overloaded. Unfortunately, my wife's purse disappeared while there which pretty much ruin the meal.

JRMINTNL (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

Service was terrible. Waited 20 minutes to be waited on. Not one thing was correct.... too long to describe all the mess ups! Will not return and cannot recommend to anyone. Too many other choices in the area for pre-opera , ballet or symphony dinners.
Have been going here for many years and on a fast spiral into being terrible. Too bad!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

Food was not good. The coleslaw was without taste. The turkey burger was not good. The chicken marsala was bad. I had the pastrami sandwich which was moderate at best. The piano player was loud and the opera singer was annoying.

vipFishy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

Soup was thin. Salad was good but dressing in clumps. Main dish was decent. Seating was cramped. Server was disinterested. On the plus side. Close to arts event. Easy to get in to.

vipRedwave (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Great foods and service

FridayDinner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

We were so excited to be dining on one of Max's Prime Rib nights. Man, oh man. My daughter and I opted to share, but we each had PLENTY. The prime rib was so tender and flavorful. The baked potato was perfect - crispy and salty skin, tender inside, with all the wonderful toppings. Creamed spinach was good, but not one of my favorites. Great attentive service, and there was a live pianist playing the night we were there.

JimB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

Good place for dinner before the symphony. We'd eat here again.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2017

Really good comfort food in very generous portions.