Max's Seafood Cafe

4.5
1440 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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Heinrich
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a nice plate of oysters and the Bronzino. They didn’t have the broccoli rabe or it would have been 5 stars.

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TinaL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Max's Seafood! The food was fresh and delicious and the place is gorgeous!!! Great drinks too! We cannot wait to go back.

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vipRoseG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drive a distance to eat there. Seafood is great and so are the drinks.

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elizabethr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Love this place. However, they weren't ready for how many people showed up without a reservation looking for a table to eat. We had an 8:15 reservation and was seated at 8:40. No one came to take our order until 9:15. The bartender and hostess were both doing double duty between seating people, taking orders, getting drinks and food out to people. They kept apologizing to us and comp us a free round of drinks. The food was so delicious and worth it. We weren't in a hurry so the wait wasn't a problem for us. And the prices were reasonable for it being New Year's Eve.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations for 5 at 2pm had confirmation number and the restaurant was closed with no sign or reason. Their Yelp said open at two, Open Table said Open at 2, sign on door said open at 11:30, Facebook said open at 2:30 and their phone message said open at 4pm. They need to fix their social media sites and synchronize. I wonder why Open table allowed me to make the reservation and have me a confirmation number? I waisted 30 minutes there and 30 minutes home. Very upset!

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Randyc
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our new favorite restaurant...you won't be disappointed

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vipaudbenrnc
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations at another restaurant for Christmas eve. Our reservation was suddenly cancelled when an employee was found to be covid19 positive. We quickly contacted Max's, and as luck would have it, there.was a time available that suited us. We've been here before and so glad we came back. Food was delicious and the staff gracious and friendly.

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RobertH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Bronzino was delicious, clams casino and crab cakes We awesome. Great meal for our group of 4.

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Randyc
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

hands down one of the best restaurants we've ever been to..food was great and the people were just as good if not better!!!! A for sure hidden gem!! We live in Cape May and we will be back soon with friends

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Brittany
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing and delicious. Cooked perfectly! Service was a little slow, but it’s understandable given the circumstances. Love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve never been an occasional patron of this establishment for 40 years, dating back to their original location and I’ve never been disappointed.

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vipVernose
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Aside from absolutely fantastic gumbo the remainder of the meal both appetizers and entrées were quite bland and uneventful service was quite slow one waitress covering numerous tables neighborhood not specifically friendly a bit threatening even

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vipJohnA
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great appetizers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
113 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I realize that these are difficult times but we appeared to be the only table being served during our visit and yet we waited over an hour for our meal to be served. Our waitress was obviously new but pleasant and tried to be helpful. The food, as always, was delicious and we will return.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was very enjoyable and engaging. Wonderful dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Their mussels in spicy red sauce as an appy are ridiculously delicious. We also had coconut shrimp as an appetizer and were just as good! My wife had the Salmon on a Cedar Plank entree and I had the Honey Crusted Sea Bass. The food here never disappoints. The Key Lime pie dessert rounded out the dinner perfectly. Highly recommend this place. PS The manager offered a nice bottle of Esprit de Fonrozay Bordeaux for $15. which was really good. Who says you can’t drink red with fish?

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vipFoodNetworkJunkie
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time dining here, but first time ordering from main menu. Service was fantastic, food cooked properly, well seasoned and delicious. We will be back again.

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jamesl
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Small town warmth and Hometown feel of a Restaurant business that has been in the neighborhood for many years.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

did not love the place food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, one of the best Manhattans around

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the staff were very friendly and our meals were awesome. We will be back again.

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TimManna
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The dining room has a warm and comfortable feel to it. Our waiter/bartender was very pleasant and outgoing. He was very helpful with our wine selection as well as menu choices. The food was very tasty and appealing to the eye. We will be back again for sure.

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Nina
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and can’t wait to go back. Food was delicious and the staff very efficient and friendly!

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vipThomasF
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fair prices, great service.

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GeriS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was good. I always love the architecture of the building and decor.

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PatS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Server was friendly and food was very good. Menu offered a nice variety.

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Melrem
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great Experience. Our table was ready when we arrived and the service and food were excellent!

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J9shorebound
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time Little slow but that was ok
Dinner was hot and very good. Apps were delicious too
On the way out there was a singer who was very good. I could sit at the bar and listen to him and have a drink

We will Go back

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vipReneed
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time visit to Max’s. When we made the reservation via Open Table we were not made aware that our reservation on February 15th as a price fix night, a hangover from Valentines Day the day before. Therefore, it wound up being about a twice as expensive evening for my wife and I. That said, we enjoyed our experience, the food was very good and we will give the restaurant another try. I look forward to the trying regular menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Too expensive, tension among staff

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YoCosk
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great date night dinner spot with great food and drinks!

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vipBToal
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Max's

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deanap
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Food is amazing.

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prlywtz
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious. Our server, John, was really knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. The building is historic and very comfortable. On street parking was available, but we were early reservation, so, not sure how it would be during prime time. Live music started just before we left. It was not overly loud, which was appreciated. But, it was located in the bar at the entrance which was small and sort of cramped. Was not a problem for us, but might be for people sitting at the bar. We will definitely return.

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BradleyM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful corner tavern where the martinis are fabulous! The seafood is fresh and well prepared. Service is terrific and the folks there are very friendly. This won't be our last visit!

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vipJohnA
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table of 6 service was excellent staff attentive food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We made a reservation several days prior and when we arrived, we waited for 20 minutes to be seated despite it not being crowded. Two of our party ordered steaks at medium and medium well and both came out the same; overcooked and dried out. The salmon would have been good if it was wasn’t overcooked and my side came out cold. One of the appetizers never came out at all as the waiter forgot to put it in. We won’t be returning.

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NeilBlock
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Great food.

FAQs

Max's Seafood Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Max's Seafood Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1440 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.