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About Max's Seafood Cafe

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.

34 North Burlington Street
Gloucester, NJ 08030
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm-8:00pm

Cross Street:
Hudson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(856) 456-9774

Website:
http://maxsseafoodcafe.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Neil Elshon

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.

Private Party Contact:
Michele Perillo-Monahan: (609) 412-3166

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Max's Seafood Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.0

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4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Cozy (11)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great Beer (6)
Live Music (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Fun (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 17 hours ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food. Fun time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointed in the slow service. It took an hour to receive our appetizers. Refills were extremely slow. My wife enjoyed her entree but my scallops had significant amounts of sand in them.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We noticed a couple things: would’ve liked blue cheese stuffed olives for martinis (were told they have them sometimes but not all the time???) would like to handed a wine list not told the types of wine offered (would like to know names, region and prices) as well as a beer list to read. Also to have vanilla ice cream offered with dessert, especially for the chocolate cake & bread pudding. Hard to enjoy those without a scoop of ice cream! Our dinner entrees were quite small for the price (sea bass and the shrimp Oscar. Food and service was fine. We just wanted to share our thoughts of this experience from last night. Maybe a couple small changes will encourage us to return. Thank you

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good and full of flavor, but the Chef needs to pay attention to detail. The menu list's a dish that has U-10 shrimp. I have never seen a U-10 shrimp, so I questioned the waiter on this. Seems the dish comes with 3 regular size shrimp. On a pasta dish that we ordered the menu stated that the sauce contained artichokes, but in fact it was served with spinach, not artichokes. Not a big deal for me as I like both, but there are allot of people with allergies that cannot have this type of substitution made without notice. The same dish stated pappardelle pasta, but moments before our entrees arrived we were told they were out of pappardelle and would linguini be OK? Again not a big deal, but not what is on the menu. Lastly the soup was not hot and needed to go back to the kitchen to be warmed in the microwave. So....if you are flexible you most likely enjoy your meal, just don't take the menu too seriously.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was great but the size was small. I was disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was excellent, prices weren't bad for seafood. I wasn't very happy with the service. Our server was very nice, but slow moving. We were never given bread, or offered a drink menu, though we watched him do both for tables seated around us. Food took a very long time to come out, and took awhile to get the check when we were done too. Maybe it was just an off night.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was good. Service was fine. Casual atmosphere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

As usual; salmon dinner excellent. But, Cape May Clam chowder soup was way too salty. Great Friday night small bar atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was New Years Eve, they initially sat us at the table closest to the kitchen and the wait staff area. I asked to move, which they finally accommodated. As a result service was slow and not at all pleasant. Food not as good as usual and we have gone to Max's for many occasions. All and all VERY disappointing, not sure we will ever go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and great seafood. Always a winner. Great atmosphere. Will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a really nice meal here. The mussels are a must when you order. Service was top notch.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always a great meal. Love the crab cakes. Service is always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food was good and enjoyable. I was surprised, however, when I ordered one of the few meat dishes and it was sold out...on a Wednesday evening...and so was the house salad. However, they have a very nice staff.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We capped off a day at the theater with dinner at Max's as a Christmas gift for a friend. The food was excellent with a good variety of choices.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I always like going to Max's and now my friends do too.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is always good, and we really want to lover this place, but unfortunately our last experience wasn’t great. The food and menu is fine, but our service was terrible. Our waitress was not attentive, we had to ask multiple times for bread, and we would have ordered more drinks but the service was that poor

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I had a date night with my girlfriend and it was her first time there. She loved the ambiance of the restaurant with the brick and the dark wood. We ordered two drinks and they were made by Sherry, who was our waitress. They were delicious. So good, we had two with our meal. Then the meal came and it tasted as good as it looked. I got the wood plank salmon and we were raving about it. We also got the longhots and mussels diablo....both fantastic. Afterwards, we finished off the meal with a creme brûlée which was also delicious. We then made our way out to the bar for a few more drinks. We have been talking about our great night to everyone. Also, Sherry told us about the steak place down the street called Chubby’s. We’re gonna try that next. Thanks for a fantastic night out!!!
Ken and Amy (pep174@comcast.net)

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food nice ambiance. Only problem was finding the place but more my fault, don't know the area that well. Service was excellent and the beer was cold.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

outstanding evening and food could not ask for a beter time

Tags: Great Beer, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Max's Seafood has turned into our "go to" place! We have eaten at Max's on several occasions and have never been disappointed. The food is delicious, servers are very attentive and the ambiance is very comfortable. I recommend Max's every chance I get!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our server was excellent very attentive, efficient patient and very (forgive me) attractive I must say. He brought us everything we asked for and more. My bad, I forgot his name but the face I’ll remember forever.

Food: oysters very good liked the pacific oysters the best, liked the that compound butter was used instead of plain loved the apple pecan kale salad. The bowl of veggies was tasty and impressive and imaginative. The Crab Cakes were delicious and sweet, they were a bit small, they were not heavily seasoned, just enough very little binder or filler however I was looking for more lump crab meat along with the backfin white flake meat. In summary dinner was very good. My dining companion had Oysters stew he which he loved. He ordered Several
More oysters and clams and linguini, he remarked that the clams And linguini could use a bit more flavor. That’s ok as sometimes every establishment has an off night.
All in all food is fresh, very good is worth every penny.

I love the intimate rustic maritime ambience, noise level was minimal despite the fact my dining companion and I were the only ones there it was a Wednesday after all. Some things we requested they did not have that’s ok.

Prices are reasonable. I will dine there again. Give Max your patronage and support and Keep this local business thriving by dining there soon. Thank you.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Quaint little place. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff. Great food. Amazing portions and fresh. Cleared away plates quickly. Recommend for date night go early and make reservations

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was not desirable and not prepared to my liking. Had to send my entree back and the second dish was as worse as the initial one. I think drinks and bar food is the way to go for this restaurant.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We went for lunch and found a varied menu that offered some interesting items that were unique. My friend had the grouper reuben and I had the fried oyster sliders. Both came with either a salad or fries and both selections were very good. Loved the neighborhood bar feel of the place. Service was friendly, prompt and thorough. It's a perfect lunch spot.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

It was great,my food and service were fabulous!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Mac's is an old, reliable place that always satisfies "yen" for excellent seafoood and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I remember Max’s from years past . It was a great restaurant with outstanding food, esp the seafood. However, our last experience was a disappointment. We will try again soon. Hopefully you had a bad night, not to be repeated.

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