Max's Seafood Cafe

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1286 reviews
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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch at Max’s was a fantastic experience. Our server, Jenna, was very attentive and helpful. The food was delicious and an excellent value at lunch. Will definitely be back for dinner!

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p
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always and excellent choice for a special dinner. Great food and service...

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MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as usual!

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Our servers both in the bar area and the actual restaurant were wonderful! Will definitely be going back soon!

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L
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal!

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LG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We came here last year for New Year’s Eve and we loved it. So we decided to come back this New Year’s Eve. We were disappointed they did not have live music at the bar (as last year). There were 4 of us and everyone except myself liked their dinner. The steak, crab cake and shrimp fra diablo were good, but the salmon was inedible! It tasted as though it was soaking in oil all day. I took two bites and felt sick to my stomach. Needless to say, I wasted $31!

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We don’t like to go out to eat on NYE just for this reason...you sacrifice something because of the holiday. The hostess forgot that we checked in early for our reservation. It’s a seafood restaurant and the halibut was extremely over cooked...not slightly, but extremely. We said something and no adjustment was made to the bill.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Max's! Never disappointed. Really cool cozy old nostalgic bar. Nice selection of beer and wine choices. Martinis are delicious! Service is terrific. Food is excellent. Highly recommend it!

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J
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been little looking for a good seafood restaurant in Southern NJ and finally found one. The seafood salad and fish entrees were excellent.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve at Max's. Our server was was very good and so was the food.

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DO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a nice Christmas Eve dinner. Although they offered the Feast of the Seven fishes , I selected
The muscles for an app and Filet for my entree. The steak was cooked perfectly and was very tender.

My husband selected the crab cakes which also were very good, very little filling with a lot of crab.

The drinks were a little pricy but it was Holiday occasion so we didn't mind.

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Went for Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone at the table had a great meal. It tasted delicious. I got the salmon which was probably the most tasteless, with an odd pairing of cranberry chutney. The sweet potato was not good either, it was drenched in what can only be described as pomegranate syrup. I might try this restaurant again, although my dinner was not good and the food is over priced for Gloucester.

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, a little pricey but worth it. I've been having great meals at Max's for 20 years.

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JT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is consistently good. I go there for the seafood obviously. Our server this last time was the best yet.

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RS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome food great bar beautiful orig from 1911 best filet ever

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great ambiance. Our server Amy was great.

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d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good - Waiter was great. A bit cold - we sat near front window & front door - it was a cold night

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CT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good. Staff was a bit young and seemed overwhelmed by our request to not sit near the door that they were keeping locked because the cold wind kept blowing it open

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Thai mussels as an appetizer. We couldn’t get enough of the sauce. We even asked to take the extra sauce home. Entrees were excellent and service was above and beyond. We will absolutely be returning in the near future!

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

The owner of the restaurant appear to be apprehensive when a family of color arrived at the establishment. Unfriendly staff.

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MF
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

John the bartender/waiter was excellent. Service was slow but due to sickness of waitress who was sent home. It was a Wednesday and thank goodness it was not too busy. I recommended this restaurant for the evening and the two other couples with us had ever been to your restaurant. First impression was not a good one.

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DO
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I was very disappointed after many times and years of coming to this restaurant there were 4 of us and only one other table on Saturday after Thanksgiving the service was not good at all. It took forever to get appetizers which my clams casino was too spicy. My fiancees steak was good not great. I was just surprised that the service wasn't good and it took forever to get the food. I am not totally fussy but had great expectations as I brought friends that had never been there before. Sorry for the review and I hope since I was there last which was in the early spring something changed. I will possibly try it again and hope for better results. Thank you

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BD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been to Max's Seafood for several years so I was hoping it was still as good as I remembered. It was better! Four of us went there after a Saturday afternoon Flyers game and were treated to a great meal. I ordered the grilled seafood combo over broccoli rabe and it was cooked perfect. Others ordered plank salmon and loved it.

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LK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent. As always a great experience eating at Max's.

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WG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Max’s is as good as it gets. Meal is as good as just about ANYWHERE! The Thai Mussels are TOO GOOD! Last meal there was one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time, and we’re foodies. Great place, PERIOD!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amy was a great server and as always the food was amazing. We love this place!

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JW
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amy, our server was excellent. Very pleasant and very knowledgeable about the menu.

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SM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, I had the wahoo which I haven’t had this far north, my wife loved her spicy mussels.
Our server Amy was great, very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu,really seems to enjoy her job!!
We plan to return after seeing all the week day daily specials.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and our waitress Amy was very pleasant, knowledgeable of the menu and saw to our needs in a timely manner.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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W
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly atmosphere and a great value.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

My husband and I took my mother here for her 99th birthday because she likes fried shrimp. My mom and I ordered Tanqueray and tonic with a piece of lime. I said it at least 3 times. What we got first was cranberry juice. I, thinking it was gin and cranberry, kept mine but sent my mom's back. The waitress, Amy, brought her glass back with what we thought was gin and tonic (our first clue that something was wrong should have been that the drinks were in beer glasses). The manager (I think) came over and told us that her drink was club soda and gave her the tonic she originally ordered. We still thought they had gin in them, but due to the large glasses, thought that's why we couldn't taste it (and Tanqueray is very distinctive). My husband finished his drink and waited over 10 minutes for Amy to come back with another (we were the ONLY PEOPLE in the dining room). When he got up to see what was wrong, the drink was sitting on the bar and Amy was talking to her co-workers. When she saw him, she immediately came over, grabbed the drink, and took it back to the table. Lousy service. Food was fairly good although the fried combo (which we changed to be a triple order of shrimp) came out with only 5 fried shrimp. Cheap. The ONLY thing that saved the whole experience was another lady who came over and rescued us (same one who brought the tonic - wish I'd caught her name). She was very attentive, professional, and sympathetic when we finally figured out that we didn't get cocktails at all (by looking at the bill), just juices. When she found out it was her birthday, she gave us a free piece of cake. Apologies for not getting your name, whoever you were (manager?), cause you saved the day. Thanks, Amy, for ruining her 99th birthday! Doubt we'll be back, ever!

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K
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We’ve been to Max’s many times... It’s close to home and usually good service, drinks and food. We do enjoy coming here. This past Saturday was an off night. Service was very slow and some of the food was not great for our party of four. Then at the end of the night, the waitress dropped our check and did not even clear our dinner plates?! I hope this was a fluke as I hope to go back and that it will be a better experience.

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FM
Philadelphia
361 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Known all over Philly & NJ for mussels.

My friend had a good size plate & the sauce they were in was excellent.
A touch of garlic, red sauce..many ingredients I could not tell, but taste was sensational.

I had crab cake & it was good, had a kick to it.

N ice lunch, not too far from Walt Whitman bridge.

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, great waitress. Food was excellent. Maybe a little pricey for what you get.

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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant for it's ambience, food, and great service. But, think $6 for a small cup of soup is a bit overpriced.

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TG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Max's for at least 30 years on and off for their great mussels and, more recently, their restored bar, updated decor and menu. I had linquini with broccoli rabe and jumbo shrimp that tasted fresh and were perfectly done. Others at the table had spicy steamed clams over pasta, crab mac and cheese and the jambalaya. All in all, a very good meal with portions large enough that we had to ask for carry-out containers.

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DM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My mussel bisque was really salty and had very few mussels, but the kale salad was good. The glazed sea bass was good, not great. It was a Tuesday and we were the only people in the restaurant, so service was fast and the food was hot.

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OT
Philadelphia
92 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who can say no to $5 mussels? Max's has the best mussels as it is and dropping the price to $5 makes them even more appealing. I favor the Thai mussels and my husband favors the Irish mussels. We are already planning to return on a Tuesday for $2 fish taco night!!!!! Service is always friendly and efficient. Plus they have a parking lot.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Mussels are excellent and possibly the only reason to visit. Specials are expensive, bland and small in portion. On our first visit we had seafood risotto and were surprised to find pork sausage mixed in. I have diet restrictions which exclude pork.
Second visit my wife had gnocchi, which were without flavor and gummy. I had crab cakes which were just ok. Our friends each had pasta dishes, the clam dish was good. The Thai mussels were outstanding as were the spicy red mussels.

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