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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.
Gloucester, NJ 08030
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 (email@example.com)
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.
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.
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