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Max's Seafood Cafe

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1225 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm-8:00pm
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Phone number
(856) 456-9774
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Blair
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Private party facilities
We have a private dining room with a fireplace off of our wine cellar that seats up to 22 people and a minimum of two. Perfect place for meeting, family gatherings and intimate special occasions.
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Private party contact
Michele Perillo-Monahan: (609) 412-3166
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hudson
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Parking details
Parking lot located directly across the street from the restaurant. Off-street parking available and additional spaces behind A & A Deli which is also across the street from Max's.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1225 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.3
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3.8
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65% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great neighborhood gem with lots of charm.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Have been before, many times . Felt the quality has gone down, and seems thay want to rush you. The wait staff made the comment that we must place the total order at one time ,could not orderf drinks and appetizer first ,them
order the entre. Had to place whole order at one time.
The quality of the ceasur salad and seafood entre have gone down

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Poor service even though it was not crowded. Food was fair. We were disappointed. Docks in Atlantic City is still number ONE.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for Mother’s Day. Food was very good. Service wasn’t terrible but definitely could have been a little more enthusiastic.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The last couple of times I have been back I am just disappointed with the variety and quality of the food. Nothing special that I feel I need to come back for. Only reason I do come back is my mother likes it.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I frequently visit a relative who lives ten minutes away. The staff at Max's has consistently gone above and beyond to ensure our group is seated together and on time. The drink menu and recommendations are terrific, and the meals are consistently excellent. This is a seafood restaurant, and if you go with the specials and recommendations, you will be pleased. The staff is always courteous, polite, and friendly, with excellent knowledge of the menu. Dress is casual, as is the atmosphere. Allow a few extra minutes to find parking on busy nights. Already looking forward to my next visit.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Was not impressed at all. Very over priced for the quality of the food. None of our meals tasted fresh. Ordered Tuna rare and it was like a piece of rubber with no taste at all. Two pasta dishes came out with the wrong sauces. Only positive was their bread and Pita wedges. I would not recommend even if their prices were slashed in half.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

the food was fine, a little more shell fish would of been perfect in my pasta which was well done, overall a real nice meal

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food, fun atmosphere and a fabulous staff - we always enjoy it and highly recommend it if you haven't yet been there!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent Dinner last Saturday evening, My son had the Bronzino special and I had the mahi-mahi special both were delicious !

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The best seafood ever.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

As always, excellent food and service!!!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

great service, great food.. wine specials are priced great!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went back after a few months and noticed there was a new menu. My husband and I both got new menu items: he got the pork chop and I got the vegan crab cakes and we split the Buffalo calamari as an appetizer. When we received our entrees, I asked the server to make sure these were vegan before I dug in because they looked like actual crab cakes! Everything from the service to the bar to the food was great and far better than what I remembered.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We came in for restaurant week. The food was delicious. I was a bit disappointed with the entree serving size. 2 Scallops which were not even that large is not very much for an entree.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very small portions compared to cost,hungry when leaving!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We were so impressed with the food and service. This was our first visit, and we can assure you it won't be our last. There is a cozy atmoshere and we felt like regulars as we were greeted by name as we entered. As luck would have it we visited during Restaurant Week and were delighted with the 4 course choices for $35. I especially enjoyed the spinach salad with cranberries and pistachios, the seared scallops with lentils and asparagus, and the crème brulée was a great way to finish off the meal. It was a bit of a distance coming from Delran, but we can say again it was well worth it. We hope to visit again soon, perhaps this time for lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The red sauce we had with the meatballs was legit the best red sauce I’ve ever had in my life. Went in for seafood, left craving more red sauce (I seriously ate the last of it like soup)

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We have been wanting to go to Max’s for awhile. Restaurant week and an anniversary have us a great opportunity. We all really enjoyed. A lot of food. Mussels as 2nd course were especially plentiful.

The only minor concern was scallops which were a little cold.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We needed clean plates when seated, the food took a very long time to be served and the wait staff was inattentive.

The food, when served, was very good. However, the other issues above over shadowed this.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

2nd time here and both times were fabulous. Great ambience, scallops were huge and cooked perfectly with black lentils and asparagus. Met the owner who was most charming. Love love Max’s!

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Baked seafood platter was skimpy. One scallop, 2 shrimp, a small amount of tasteless flounder and a lump of poorly seasoned crabmeat. Lots of rice. Overpriced at $32. Service was ok but nothing special. Have had excellent meals here before so this was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Say at the bar, enjoyed the live music and the food. Everyone there was friendly and we really enjoyed ourselves

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Food was good. Nice place.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Max's changes but remains the same. Menu does vary at times but the taste and the quality of the food remains the same, great. Always a winner in my book.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Thai place used to be awesome, not no where near, food is overly salty and just bland not good. Services was even worse. Plus who serves pumpernickel with seafood?? Shame, this place was great

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was excellent. Had the shrimp scampi . It was very good.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Disappointing. When I made the reservation, I specified that it was for my husband's birthday. When we arrived, the hostess whispered to me that she had received the message. However there was absolutely NO acknowledgement by the waitress or anyone else of his birthday. I was expecting at the minimum a "Happy Birthday" from someone or perhaps a dessert with a candle in it. But there was NOTHING. I was very dissatisfied. The food was fine. The service was only okay - wait staff seemed to have trained in diners, not better establishments. Much dropping and spilling at our table and others. All in all, just okay for an ordinary night. For a special occasion, not satisfactory.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We had a GREAT time! Seated immediately. Server was friendly, food and drinks were great and LIVE music!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Amazing tasting meals! We got the scallops and the filet, and split them. Both tasted great and we cleaned our plates. Dessert was excellent as well.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Phenomenal service, EXCELLENT food, great stafff!!!! Arrived almost 2 hours before my reservation and got a table before I could order drinks from the bar. Would recommend this place to ANYONE

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went there for Valentine's Day could not have asked for a better place to go recommend this restaurant very highly

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

HAd the Valentine Meal which was excellent. The mussel bisque was outstanding as was my entree, bourbon salmon. As usual, the meal did not disappoint!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We have eaten there several times (over 10) and always have a great meal.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our visit to Max's was wonderful. The food & wine were excellent. Service was prompt and friendly. We have been going there for many years and will continue to do so.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Max’s was a fine dining experience. Great service. Shrimp Oscar over risotto was great. Nice wine selection. Server was great to provide and ice bucket for chilling. Food was very good. The mussels in white broth were fantastic. The crab cakes, while moist and tasty, was more of a mixture of crab and filler (certainly not in the Maryland tradition). The entree was supposed to be accompanied by seasoned veggies however I got corn with a few leaves of spinach instead; a bit disappointing.
We’d go back to try other menu items that looked appealing.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Max's Seafood Café was delicious, as always! The appetizers were delicious, the entrees were superb and the drinks were top notch. I happily encourage folks to dine at this restaurant all the time!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Entrees were excellent however the portion sizes were extreamly small for the price. Mussels in white sauce was bland. No salads offered with dinner. Ala cart for everything and overall not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food. Fun time.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We went for my birthday after being there in the summer for the first time. It's easy to understand why they have been in business so long. The food was amazing, the service was friendly and the dining area was warm and inviting.

We started with the clams casino and mussels in red sauce. The topping for the clams was very tasty, the clams a little chewy. The mussels were tender and the sauce was perfect, especially for dipping. We also had the tomato crab bisque which was good to the last drop.

The entrees were delicious and perfectly done. The risotto with the shrimp with crab stuffing was delicious. The crab cakes were yummy with lots of crab meat. Every dish we had was portioned correctly so we all finished everything on the plate. This way, we had room for dessert. The chocolate mousse was so rich and chocolatey, the crème Brule had a nice hard coating and the cheesecake tasted homemade.

All and all a wonderful experience and one we are looking forward to having again.

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