Max's Seafood Cafe

4.5
1480 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Max's Café was built in 1890 as a shoe store. In 1912, 34 North Burlington Street reopened as Leisinger's Saloon for the next 25 years even through prohibition (as a "soft drink establishment"). In 1937, Leisinger's Saloon passed through the family & was renamed Max's Cafe; it’s name for the next 65 years. In 1977, a new simply prepared fresh seafood menu transformed Max's Cafe into Max’s Seafood Café. The neighboring building was acquired to seat the growing number of patrons from both sides of the Delaware River, often forming lines around the corner, waiting to enjoy fresh flounder, shrimp, clams, & most of all, Steamed Mussels! Max's reputation grew for the next 22 years before age & neglect left it in a state of disrepair. The bar restaurant closed in July of 1998 & remained dormant for 2 ½ years. Refurbished in late 2000, Max's Seafood Cafe reopened on June 2, 2001 to continue its tradition of hospitality, impeccably fresh seafood, & most of all Steamed mussels.
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vipLandscaperDude
Philadelphia
151 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

IF YOU are looking for an EXCELLENT SEAFOOD meal you need to go to Gloucester City, NJ to Max's Seafood Cafe. Every meal is a delight. Soups like Seafood Gumbo are the best and mixed grill terrific. WE always enjoy our meal at MAX'S!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant was very busy on a Saturday night (which is a good thing!) but the entire staff handled it well and with smiles making sure we were well taken care of. Great menu options. Tough to decide what entree to get! The crab dip appetizer was the perfect portion for two people to share. Amazed at how good the key lime pie was! Can’t wait to return! Overall a wonderful dining experience

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michelep
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Max’s! Our table had Mussels, Seafood Fra Diable, Filet and Cake Cakes. All which were outstanding! Filet was cooked to perfection and probably the best I ever had.

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Robbie
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the exposed brickwork. This was was second time here and had a great experience both times. I tried different dishes each time and they were delicious.

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JulieF
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!
Staff very attentive and food served hot.

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KelleyB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Was excited to try a new place out but left disappointed. Reservations were at 6:30pm. Appetizers didn't come out until 7:45 and dinner 8:15. Waitress was hard to locate and when at table did make quick apologies but no manager. No rhyme or reason for tables being served; table of 4 like us sat a good 30 minutes after us but were being served dessert as our dinners were coming out. Other tables like ours were waiting a long time. Food was fine but not worth going back.

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vipBToal
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They have the mussels down perfect.
We enjoyed all of our meals. I thought it was fairly priced and worthy of a return trip.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not get to eat here as they was closed but let us make a reservation very disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Only 2 other tables occupied and service still took awhile. Overpriced for the amount of food I received and for the price I would have thought the meal would have come with a salad. Had to ask twice for salt and pepper. Portions were very small for the price. I will not return nor would I recommend it. Very disappointed.

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ChuckR
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food is amazing. Service was slow but we were not in a hurry. Highly recommended.

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Jennifer
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, great wine choices. Staff was very attentive. Great place to eat

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Chickie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was excellent, service was slow that night though, and too many people allowed in at one time.

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Joyful
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great fresh meal at a reasonable price. Love the decor. Wait staff very attentive.

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TerryC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is very enjoyable place to visit. Great ambience, friendly service, good sized and fairly priced drinks and the menu is varied enough that most anyone can find things that appeal to them.

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Bruce
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and so were our dinners. We’ll visit again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place, it was awesome. Just a bit dark but the food was superb and excellent service.

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vipEleanor
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a delicious dinner!

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vipBarryV
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

There was no social distancing. The dining room got crowded so we ate quickly and left.

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Renee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipJR0923
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food & service was excellent. This place is a hidden jewel, I will definitely be back for more

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were perfect. Our server Kelly was super nice and attentive. We just moved to the area and will definitely become frequents.

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food, service was slow, server seemed overwhelmed. Poor wine list. Restaurant seemed over crowded durning covid. Would possibly go back .. maybe not on a holiday!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome classy place. My lady loves it.

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Robbie
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was really good. I ordered a seafood sampler and was a little disappointed that it came with only one shrimp and one scallop. Other than that everything was great. I plan to go again.

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vipJoeH
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Limited draft IPA selection, only 3 by the glass red wines. All in all- a winner!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food for a fair price

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JamesL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were excellent! From appetizers to dessert!

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Mikesgirl
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and tons of charm! We will be back for sure

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Exceptional
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot! Love the food when we come here.

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RosemaryC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining at Max’s and just like the last time, I look forward to going back again. This restaurant is definitely on our radar these days. The mussels are spot on, crab dip is delectable, huge clams casino with chopped clams the way we like them. The salmon on a plank is so good, some of our party had scallops and raved. The desserts were the happy surprise because the first time I went they ran out of dessert. Now I know why! Sooo good. The ambience is that of old world neighborhood pub. Very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the bartender made great drinks as well as the food being cooked perfect.. will definitely be back !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really neat atmosphere & delicious food. My date and I split the filet mignon and broiled seafood combo. The steak was juicy and flavor and the seafood was fresh. Service was great, too! I’ll be back for sure

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vipDineemup
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at Max’s. Drinks are great, food is delicious and so incredibly fresh! We love the oysters and the Thai mussels. Service is always great, servers go above and beyond and are very friendly and attentive.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good price, good staff. Everyone in our party ordered the same special and it was great.

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SandraJ
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Meh not bad but not great, rice with my meal looked like 2 tablespoons...rice is so inexpensive why?? Service was very good but food just OK.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great date! Juli was an excellent server who was knowledgeable of the menu and specials. She made some tasty recommendations for us. She also recommended the Berry margarita which was made by Kerri. LET ME JUST SAY THIS....I asked! Kerri works Mon, Wed, Sat, and Sun!!!! You want her to make your drink for sure!! Lol. Thanks for the great night ladies

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vipLoveToEat
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately, we were thoroughly underwhelmed by our visit. I was taking my father out for a special dinner to celebrate his 84th birthday. To begin, our server was nice, but not very knowledgeable about the oysters (which they are known for) and had to go in the kitchen to get information, which did not really answer the question we asked.

Next, our garlic bread arrived and it was obvious it was taken out of the refrigerator and put in the oven to warm . . . but never opened under the broiler, therefore the butter and garlic as well as the bread on the inside were still cold, and actually hard.

As we sat and waited for our appetizers, we noted that the table across the aisle from us actually was advised of specials by their server. We were never given specials by our server. And so it begins . . .

The apps and entrees were delivered and the server had no idea who had ordered what . . . there were only four of us.

Another basket of bread came out . . . slightly warmer than the first, but the butter still hadn't been melted.

Overall the food was decent, but due to the other issues we weren't having the best dining experience.

Now came dessert, we asked for coffee while we decided on dessert . . . we were told they had NO COFFEE!!! Jokingly we said, there is a wawa and a dunkin donuts not far away and our waitress laughed and basically said . . . sorry. NO COFFEE . . . oh wait we have decaf.

At that point I asked for the check and gave her my credit card and the coupon we had for a free appetizer for my dad's birthday.

When the waitress returned she said happy birthday, oh and I took off one of the appetizers. Ummmm . . . yeah that is what a coupon is for.

We left and went to the diner on the way home to get coffee and dessert for my dad's birthday. Needless to say, we will not be going back to Max's after our experience. However, we will visit the diner again as their service was fantastic as well as their dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Server was super attentive, friendly and quick. Highly recommended!! Cant wait to come back 🙂.

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Pamela
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max's Seafood always serves fresh food. It is delicious! We are never disappointed when we eat there.

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KathleenR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was prepared very well. We totally enjoyed the experience. Will visit again very soon.

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Max's Seafood Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1480 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.