About Original Max's

For over 25 years, Original Max's has served America's favorite foods with an upscale style at affordable prices. Boasting "everything you've always wanted to eat, "only at Max's will you find a corned beef reuben, chinese chicken salad, ribeye steak, BBQ ribs and portabello mushroom pasta all on the one table. And for those with a sweet tooth, Max's sinful, awarding desserts will keep you coming back for more.

1250 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Steak

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Su 9:00am-2:00pm

Lunch: Mon - Sat 11:00am-4:00pm

Dinner: Mon - Thu 4:00pm-10 pm

Fri - Sat 4 pm - 11 pm

Cross Street:
Airport Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 342-6297

Website:
http://www.maxsworld.com/

Entertainment:
Live Entertainment every evening from Sunday - Thursday 6pm - 10pm and Friday and Saturday 7pm - 11pm.

Executive Chef:
Juan Gonzalez

Private Party Facilities:
We have a private dining room that can seat up to 40 people comforatbly

Private Party Contact:
Hung Tran: (650) 342-6297

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Original Max's Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

3.7

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (10)
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Good for Groups (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Max's used to be great, now it's just good. They had a great turkey burger, now it's on wheat bread, not so good. Get a wheat bun not sliced wheat bread.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The Chicken Marsala was AMAZING! The bartender/server (I sat at the bar) had a great attitude, and made you feel welcome.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service and food!

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

What friendly service and tasty food! We ordered eggs Benedict, Reuben sandwiches, and chicken pot pie. All were excellent. My side salad with blue cheese dressing had big chunks of creamy blue cheese and a variety of freshly diced, crunchy vegetables. Ambiance was average (it's next to an airport) but the service was fantastic.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Local place for us, always good food. We had the turkey dinner, which was good,
sliders, very good, and can't go wrong with any of their sandwiches...always great.
Service was outstanding for a busy Friday night

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were at a loss as to WHERE we could bring friends who were flying into the area for just one night, on their way home after a big vacation. We wanted a place where we could have a great time, good food and drinks and something casual, yet nice. Max's was IT! We haven't been there in a while and were so happy to re-visit it. We will be back again! Thanks!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Loved our friendly wait staff! Good spot for casual lunch...

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Do not go here expecting to lose weight. Lots of great food and no concern for cholesterol, calories or fat content. Very tasty food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We visit often and enjoy the variety of entrée options available. However, this is the first time that I've been disappointed with my meal. They use to have delicious French Onion Soup, but the recipe has changed and it was less than desirable. I'd suggest that you don't order the FOS.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Let's face it , there aren't a lot of NY Deli's on the Peninsula. In fact Max's is the only one I know of . That being said as a former NYer, to me it's comfort food. They've recently remodeled and it has a sort of upscale diner style vibe. It's refreshing to me to see chicken soup, laktes, pastrami and corned beef items on a menu, and most dishes are very generously portioned though pricey, as typical in the Bay Area. Great desserts too, giant macaroons, excellent cheesecake, incredible hot fudge sundae, and more. As they say - they have options that are good for a diet, and also not good for a diet, or something like that. They have pared down their menu, used to be quite large, now with fewer choices, but many of the old favorites. They have a piano player I think on Thursday nights, and overall a pretty consistent delicatessen where you can have a good meal and easy parking in front or in back/side of the building. Good for brunch, lunch or dinner, we'll keep coming back and have tried different Max's in other locations, the Burlingame Max's is my favorite.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I always enjoy going to Original Max's--the closest thing to a New York deli that one can get in the Bay Area. The location right off the freeway in Burlingame made it convenient for me and my friend, who was coming from San Francisco. Somewhat to my surprise, the restaurant was quiet for lunch.

The matzo ball soup was hot (as it should be) and excellent. The pastrami sandwich was plentiful and excellent. The cole slaw was fine. The server was friendly, polite and attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I wish they would have told us that they were closing or not taken an 8:30 reservation when they were closing at 9. I felt like we were rushed through our dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Went there mid week with a party of eight. Took a while for someone to come by. I like to have a drink and appetizers. Drinks were good and reasonably priced. appetizer came just prior to dinner being served. Food was mediocre, burgers WAY underdone. Service seemed rushed and shorthanded.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service and food are always great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Came here while waiting for a flight. I had been to other Max's venues though admittedly not recently, and the food here just wasn't as good as I remembered. The restaurant was cold and I left my coat on for most of our meal. Service was ok but nothing to write home about; it took our server a good 10 minutes to come by and greet us. I had the Joe's Special and the meat was tasteless - a good dose of salt and pepper didn't help much either. My son had a Reuben which wasn't bad, but his side of fries was really small. Not sure I'll come back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

sadly, this time Max’s Diner Hash missed the mark.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Max's is one of my favorite restaurants--as close to a New York deli as exists in the Bay Area. The matzo ball soup was outstanding, served hot--much better than what my mother ever did! The pastrami sandwich was also excellent, and the cole slaw was very good. All in all, the meal met all expectations.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food here is eat half, take half home. Take out bakery is pricey but delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

As usual great service, new menu options to try. Son really enjoyed the new turkey bolognese pasta with turkey meatball, can't even tell it wasn't beef if I didn't tell him. I loved my prime rib on Thursdays, which includes creamed spinach, baked potato or potatoes cooked to your liking, and cookies for dessert. Been eating at Max's in the SF Bay Area since I was little, hope they stick around for many more decades!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fish tacos rock and so does the jambalaya pasta all served with wonderful warm sourdough rolls. Server attentive and friendly. The problem with ambience is they no longer have the piano player. We go less than we used to for that reason. Please bring piano player back. I know others feel this way

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service is great. The server and the hostess were very pleasant and friendly.
The restaurant offers a variety of menu with different choices.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Max’s has been around for quite a while. They are known for their great sandwiches, excellent ambiance and ginormous desserts! The wait staff was excellent, polite and supportive in terms of providing water, utensils, clearance of plates, advising us of specials, etc. Always the go to place for privacy, a big bash or a first date. The place is large enough to offer the perfect seating area for one’s needs.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tapas, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everytime we have been there, we left completely satisfied and happy - you cannot ask for more!

Tags: Tapas, Quick Bite, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Our waiter was SO on it! And the food was delicious and expertly prepared.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Savvy menu with endless selections for any appetite!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great Food, 4 Senior Ladies, but still felt fantastic - gave us a booth, liked the food, liked the service. WE all said, we would like to come back. Beverly server was Fantastic, Crispy Brussel Sprouts were delicious, shared a big platter of nachos with everyting -- for a bit extra you can
get spicy pork, or other goodies on top..... Friend had chicken wings, said it was the best she had had. So, all very good.!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We went for the brunch meal on a Sunday. It wasn't bad, but not quite what we had expected. I wouldn't turn it down, but stick with the regular brunch type foods if that's what you're looking for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Solid place, but I don't know why we made reservations - we arrived 7 minutes past our reservation time and there was no table set for us, so we had to wait for about 20 minutes to be seated.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

New menu not as good as the old one, food used to be very good , now maybe a bit above average.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Been Here a few times. Good portions of good food. Server was very pleasant and very attentive to our needs We'll be back...

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Thought they served breakfast but not open till 11am. Best thing is location as near San Francisco airport and parking lot is great. pastrami sandwich was ok but meat was a bit tough and fatty.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Large and delicious deli sandwiches. Basic dining room. Average service. Come for the comfort food and desserts.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Lots's of changes made. They used to have a great turkey burger, not so great anymore. New divider in the bar area, no more music which used to be a fun part of going to Max's. We went there twice a month, now we will go there maybe once a quarter.

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Wonderful food and service always

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Thank you dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This location has changed owners and menus. Only a handful of Max's old menu items appear on this new iteration. Instead of pictures of dessert and silly sayings about noshes and diets, the walls are decorated with menus of other places and chalkboards announcing the current specials. The entire back section is closed off for private dining, and the bar area seems more crowded.

Usually, when my family and I dine here, we get dessert as an extra special treat. Our server didn't even offer dessert, and just handed us the check when he returned with our boxed up leftovers.

Overall, I am disappointed with this particular location because of the changes. Hopefully, the other locations haven't changed as drastically.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We were seated at the bar section. Many people were dining in that area also. It was crowded, noisy, and the service was slow.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Max’s is my favorite dining spot when I stay near SFO. You get your money’s worth here compared to the hotel restaurants in the area in terms of price, quality, and service (Thank you Augustin for attentive service and for coming to my rescue because I forgot my Max’s Card!). Both my wife and I enjoyed the Arugula Salad with Salmon. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert. The Berry Pie is enough for two people!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Best Ruben sandwiches I've ever had, not greasy or fatty. Love the raisin rolls as well.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had to send one of our dishes back due to a complicated food allergy and the waiter and manager could not have been more concerned and apologetic! Manager prrsonally oversaw the remake of our dish. Everything else was delicious, especially the crispy brussell sprouts!! Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Casual
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