Max's Restaurant - Auburn

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$30 and under
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American
Max's Restaurant and Bar is a great stop for locals and travelers alike. We serve American comfort food and are famous for our Corned Beef and Pastrami Rubens, big and bold salads, hearty entrees, award winning desserts, and much more. Max's offers something for everyone. This location also has large private dining venues great for weddings, parties and corporate events.
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KS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had family coming from Oregon on the way to Woodland for a quick visit and good meal. We were all so happy with everything about our experience at Max's, the service by waiter Dave was absolutely the best, the food was delicious and best of all we were able to have a great visit as the noise level was a non-issue.
I highly recommend trying out Max's Restaurant if you're in Auburn!

BR
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a really good restaurant. Love sitting in the bar. Wide ranging menu. We'll go back when we are in Auburn.

One note: The did not have our reservation made thru Open Table. Wasn't a problem, but they didn't have it.

KR
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is friendly, service was excellent, and the food delicious. Truely a gem in the foothills.

JT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The drinks were excellent! Food was also really good and I am looking forward to going back and trying something else on their menu.

JN
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food. Service was slow to refill drinks. Had to ask several times for drinks as well as extra sauces. Plus problems with bill. Price was a little high but food was worth it.

DG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always. Dave is really a pleasure to have as a waiter, but the lady that took his place was very sweet and attentive.

CH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent. Our waiter's name was Ken and he was outstanding. So much so, that I asked for the manager just to let him know that the service was great. Food was very good. Booth tables were a bit small. The only minor disappointment was when we made reservations online there was a drop down box asking if it was a special occasion. I checked birthday (wife's) but no mention or observance was given before, during or after we ate. Why have this feature if nothing comes from it ? Overall, a very good place to eat. We would come again.

MB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was almost perfect. The fish was cooked just right!

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had the Cobb Salad with Chicken and the chicken was loaded with gristle. My wife had a half of a Corned Beef sandwich and it also had a lot of gristle. It was much better food the last time we ate there.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Horrible! This place is disgusting! Nothing about this place is good! There are so many things wrong I cant explain it all! My wife's spaghetti took forever to come out and on top of that it was cold! My black bean burger was hard and nasty, we didn't even complain because all they would do is replace it with more disgusting food! Do not come here you will regret it!

LS
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Max*s. Good food, quiet ambiance enabling diners to interact.

H
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pieeeee. It was delicious!

D
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience3

The food was good except some of it was served cold. The soup and then coffee were cold so we had them take it back. The server was not up to their standards. She seemed annoyed every time we would nicely ask for something. She would not smile or look at you. Not sure if we will go there in the future after that experience. We went there for someone’s 91st Birthday.

y
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great visit with family. Food was good just a little pricey

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always enjoy Max’s. Food is always excellent. It’s not noisy like so many other places.

O
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service are both very good, and the location is quite convenient just off I-80.

M
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our New Year’e Evemeal was delicious and although the room was crowded, the service was excellent and the food was served in a reasonable amount of time.

P
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday (4 in the restaurant this night)

d
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a great dinner and the service was great!! Thanks so much!!!

AS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food is delicious! They have large servings and very well priced.

j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

best chicken pot pie for sure..... been coming here forever but sure do miss the potato pancakes and pork picatta..........they were epic

ER
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I am not writing this review with any intention on not returning to Max’s. I do not want to put the fault of our issues on the staff whol served us. They were always trying to help us out. I do put the fault on the management. There was a group event going on and I do feel there was not enough staff present to take care of any problems. We have a good of friends and we have the tradition of meeting at Max three times a year to celebrate our birthdays but our recent visit had multiple issues. First of all, I will not longer make reservations on-line because my extra request was not even considered. Our group always meet early, before the dinner crowd, so the six of us can sit at the round table by the window. I put that request on the reservation but when we arrived they set up a table in the other room and the round table by the window was empty. The host moved our group to that table. My chicken pot pie, which I have ordered many times and love it, had so much salt the ingredients were tasteless. Another member sent by his pork chop because it was so tough he could not cut it, therefore was served his pork chop when the rest of us were finished. My husband had to remind the waiter that his dinner or dessert was never delivered. Once the dinner crowd arrived, the staff became very busy and getting our water filled up or even having our problems resolved became a problem. Like I said, we will most likely return in March with hopes of not having a repeat of our problems.

K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A bit expensive for the type of food served

L
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was brunch for Mother’s Day; the service was fine. They brought waters and drinks fairly quickly. The food took a really long time, which may be expected since it was Mother’s Day, but still it was a long time. The brunch menu was very limited but found out after ordering that other options were available if we had asked. Who knew. The food was very bland, not much flavor. Overall, the experience was just ok. Probably won’t go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst dining experience ever. Stan at the table for 20+ minutes before server even came to the table. We ordered a couple of cocktails from their cocktail menu, a soda and water. Another 20 minutes later the soda and water made it to the table. We were told she was waiting on the bartender to figure out how to make our drinks. Another 20 minutes and the drinks arrived... never had a martini or Manhattan served on the rocks. Or should I say an ice sphere that was so large in the small glass that there was no room for the actual drink. They were $9 ice spheres with a little bit of drink. When our food finally arrived, three of the meals were served. I was told by the manager that they had burned my order of scallops and she would not let them be served to me and they were going to cook new ones. Who does that? Hold all of the meals for the extra four minutes it takes to cook scallops and bring the at the same time. Then you don’t have to tell a table full of guests that your kitchen is inept as you are putting food in front of them. The waitress talked to and treated my mother like she was a young child. Not sure why my Mom suggested this place for Mother’s Day, but I will never eat there again.

CA
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall2food4service3ambience1

I made a reservation on Open Table, showed up in time and got rewarded with a lousy table in the bar area - not what I had expected for a Easter Sunday Lunch

b
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our only complaint: the service was very slow. Had it been 15 minutes faster, we would not have gotten caught in accident traffic which increased our trip from 4 hours to 12 hours!!! 😩

VL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

How was it? Ehh... not bad but not memorable or all that great. Marginal service - had to ask more than one person, more than one time for a re-fill on our wine. First request was when entrées were served, finally got our wine re-filled after desert was served. ? We have been here once before several years ago. Seems like we always remember why we never went back after several years have passed. Not bad if every other restaurant is booked and this is one of the only choices left.

D
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over several years we have found the menu, quality of preparation and friendly and efficient service so memorable we make it our meal stop when doing a "Roseville Run" (Costco, Trader Joe's, Home Depot, Joann's) from Nevada City.