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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Valet parking is located beneath the restaurant on Golden Gate Avenue. Street parking is also available.
BART - Civic Center Station.
SF Muni - Lines 5 Fulton, 31 Balboa,
47&49 Van Ness
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
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
The hostess gave the couple ahead of us a choice of tables even though they had no reservation. She seated us at a too-large booth that was tucked next to the bar and behind the piano. When we asked to sit in a booth near the window, she told us it was reserved. Sorry, isn't that what a reservation is all about? The server was obviously put out to have us at his table. Although we had bread plates, he never brought us a basket of rolls, nor offered a refill for my soda. Inexcusable. We won't go back.
Excellent service from server, Brian. My lunch was cooked to perfection exactly as I ordered it.
Keep the lunch and dinner exactly as is. GM Will is the best GM this location has had possibly since inception. When Will is in the house, food is expedited piping hot, we do not wait for our order, service is perfect and the restaurant always looks and smells clean.
This is actually for another day. Went here with coworkers for lunch a week ago. We were at two tables. The first table got the food pretty quickly. The other food had to complain twice and got their food an hour later. After eating part of the meal people noticed the bread was MOLDY!!? How the heck can a restaurant serve spoiled food. The manager didn't really apologize and only took $20 off the bill. Does anyone think we should call the health department?
My family and I ate at Max's after attending an afternoon symphony performance. We were not greeted too friendly when we checked in (had made reservations) and there was some confusion on where exactly we should wait for a table. (The hostess eventually became friendly over the course of our meal. ) Once seated, the tables felt like they had not been properly washed in years. Sticky comes to mind. And the tables that we were seated at were wobbly-needed to be leveled better. The bathroom was pretty messy too. The service was just so-so and although the food descriptions sounded tasty, they were just ok. We picked this place to eat because we were a relatively large party (6 people) and due to its proximity to the concert hall, but I wouldn't eat here again-at least for awhile. Needs a good clean and the food needs a little more flavor.
Horrible service - had to wait 20 min for someone to take our order. Another 30 min for food. Had to seek out our order, which was sitting on the counter. Soup luke warm. Two bread plates had to be returned because they were dirty. No bread ever brought to the table. Bathroom dirty, trash full. Tissue on floors of stalls. Awful experience. Food just edible, and presentation...meh. Used to be a fun place to go - what a pit!
Sadly this once-impressive restaurant group has sunk to the level of below par truck stop. Table tops indeed are sticky. Food quality is mediocre, and the joy of the NY-style deli cafe is gone. Unfortunately the choice of pre-concert/opera/show food is Max's, frou frou, or Mc-level burgers or other fast food, but better to pick one level or the other and let Max sink into oblivion.
The food was all very for all of us, but one order was incorrect, and that person had quite a wait before her correct main course arrived. We came early and also had a reservation, in order to make a curtain time at Davies. That was fine. Three of four of us had food to take home. The other, more careful in his menu selection, had just enough. We had to have dessert of course.
The food was mediocre and overpriced. $75 for a rib eye served with a sad little baked potato and flavorless creamed spinach, a bowl of soup and a side salad and a root beer. The restaurant seems outdated and dirty. My table had a sticky film on it that comes from years of use. The booth "leather" was well worn. The clientele was an odd mix...it was a senior crowd mixed with what looked like homeless people and a couple families sprinkled in. The piano playing in the background was lovely, until the singing started. Overall, a terrible experience. With so many choices in the city, this one will not make the list again.
I've eaten the Guy's Chinese Chicken Salad many times over the years. This was by far the worst.
Chicken was overcooked and very dry. Dressing was super salty, extra thick and not enough. Lettuce was mediocre. All topped by wilted, tasteless cilantro. If I were making that salad I would have been too embarrassed to top my salad with it. The only reason I didn't send it back was that we were in a hurry.
I've been going to Max's Opera Plaza since it opened. For an X New Yorker, it fills the need for the old fashioned Jewish deli a la Manhattan. The sandwiches and salads are the right size (enormous), the presentation is deli-traditional, the price is about right and being able to make a reservation, especially when there are performances at the Opera House or Davies, makes it perfect for me. The service can be a little "iffy" as it sometimes appears that they are understaffed. I understand that this is a problem with many restaurants in SF lately due to the high cost of housing.
We come here often, and usually it is a great experience, but this time we went, the service was very slow, the food was not cooked properly and we were disappointed. The Manage did take off the cost to the lamb that wasn't cooked but would have rather ate a good meal.
But we will go bad as everyone has a bad day!
Just wanted to tell you how aweful and disappointing it was to have dinner at the SF location Sunday evening. HOT, NO waiter service,NO singing waiters. It was like being in a old age home dinning room without service. Only one waiter in our section. He was jogging from table to kitchen and you needed to waive a flag to get his attention. And the singing, I have heard better singing in a retirement home versus patron singers. This was the biggest waste of Sunday evening dinner with my daughter and nieces. The only fun about this place was taking bet on which patron was going to go out feet first at the ambulance friendly exit. The temperature was set to retirement home friendly that everyone under 50 were taking off clothes to keep cool. In a word, what a waste. This use to be a great place. But any restaurant in SF would be better than Max's.
Huge menu with loads of options and many items are delicious comfort foods. Generous portions, friendly wait staff, who also sometimes double as entertainment, are friendly and fun.
If you want a booth, better reserve far in advance or come in early (4:45PM).
This restaurant used to be competent at basic fare, but they have lost their way. I suspect most of the food isn't cooked to order there anymore. The chicken in my chicken melt sandwich wasn't edible. I think it was cooked the day before and microwaved, and it was barely warm. The cheese wasn't melted (a grilled sandwich is supposed to be a least warm). The chicken was hard, dry, stringy and rubbery. When we told the manager, his only response was, "it's from the same supplier." Huh? Clearly he didn't care. We did not ask for the sandwich to be taken off the bill, but he did anyway. We appreciate that, but we'd rather be heard so others have a good experience, and so this restaurant survives. I fear this will not happen.
My husband did enjoy his sliders and salad. I might have enjoyed my salad if it had not been delivered after the sandwich. It was difficult to get the server's, or anyone's attention. The ambiance is pleasant, though, and piano-playing singer was enjoyable.
I was really happy with the food because I wanted something healthy and flavor is important to me. I was going to the movie at Opera Plaza and the location was right next door. The wait staff was very helpful and prompt and the drinks were mixed perfectly. I recommend Max's.
We had reservations for a party of 9 on a Saturday Night pre-theatre. We were immediately seated and our server Gary was awesome - personable, professional and engaged with us on a VERY busy night. We had a great dinner and made it to the play on time! Max's ROCKS!
Our waitress seemed disorganized, and slow. She had to come back to the table to double-check what we'd ordered. There was a long interval between getting the dessert menu and being able to place the order. If we hadn't had opera tickets it wouldn't have mattered, but then if we hadn't had opera tickets we wouldn't have been in the Civic Center area at that time.
The food and service were fine. But the reservation system needs
Improvement. I orginally reserved for 4.45pm and changed it
to 5.45 pm. When we got to the restaurant, they could not find
the reservation but seated us anyway. Now
I receive a nasty note that we did not keep our original
4.45 reservation! I trust I will not received some
errant billing for that. Please check this for me.
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