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Max's Opera Cafe

1057 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre (58)
  • Comfort Food (40)
  • Casual (36)

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 1057 People Are Saying
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3.8  based on recent ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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h2ns (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Satisfactory (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

mng246 (Seattle)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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

Danise (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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

vipRobW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Decopal (San Francisco)
4.0  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!