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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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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
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Bar Seating (12)
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Cozy (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Live Music (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Great Beer (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Romantic (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We have eaten at Max's about once a year for the past 5 or so years, and it is always a comfortable, delicious and well served meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great mussels, good food, loud neighbors.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Good food, drinks and dessert. Seated right away. Asked for a quiet table and got it. Brittney was very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

First time experience and it was a special farm to table menu. We will be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Friendly, casual atmosphere - great Bar area. Consistently good food and good service. Calamari and Crab dip appetizers were delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Went there the other night during the farm to fork week and the food was incredible!! Everything was very well prepared and presented. Their mussels in red sauce are the best around. Thanks for such a great meal

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 13, 2017

I found the service and food was great, my grandmother would tell me that Max's had the best crab cakes she ever had. Well, I had the Clam Casino and Crab Cakes and would have to say " Yes grandmother that was the best I have had in 40 years" if you never had Clam Casino you need to try Max's, they make the real thing!!
I have already put the word out to my friends they need to give Max's a shot for a great seafood meal or just for the crab cakes and Clam Casino!!! Thank you Tom for the gift card, it's worth every dollar!! And yes we will be back before the summers over, no need to go to the shore to have a great seafood meal!
Ken & Lisa Norris

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great service. Key Lime pie was outstanding. Seating better in front room. Too dark for me in the back room. Good color presentation with salmon, which was crusted with pecans lightly versus drowning in them. Parking lot available. Accepts Ipen Table dining rewards.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food was great. Service from Brittany was really great. Kitchen was very slow in getting entrees out but Brittany apologized for it- she was on top of it. We were in no rush so not a big deal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

consistency is a key element of a restaurant that you enjoy going back to, not just for that special occasion but just because. Max's delivers on all elements, food, and selection of course, but also as a nice comfortable place to eat. The staff are professional and friendly and work hard to ensure your visit is a good experience. Drinks are well made and generous, bar staff attentive and good at what they do. The food has been, in our numerous visits consistently excellent, creative and fresh. All in all a place you are always comfortable visiting.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

At the last minute on Father's Day, the wife and I had a hankering for good seafood and were able to make reservations at Max's Seafood in Gloucester City. We were given our choice of seating by the hostess, and greeted shortly by our waitress. We ordered drinks and also the Grilled Octopus Salad, which was very, very good - great grilled taste! This was followed by two cups of Shrimp Bisque, which arrived cold and unappetizing, so we sent the soup back to be reheated. This is where things get interesting. It took 20 minutes to get our soup back (which did come back steaming), and when finished the soup, then spent almost another 25 minutes waiting for our entrees. Both were very good, but we got the impression that after we sent back the soup that someone (the kitchen, server?) was not happy with us. Several tables that arrived after us had already been served, paid their bill and left. We will probably return, but will be looking for more professional service.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

great food and menu. loved the crabcakes and braised ribs. Can not run out of calamari however.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Everything was delicious. The Thai mussels are fantastic. The beer selection and wine choices are nice as well. Will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The perfect venue for Father's Day. Everything was absolutely wonderful between the food, the service and the ambiance. We are a little concerned however because we are telling so many people about our wonderful experience at Max's that we might not be able to get a table the next time we want to visit.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Went here for the first time after being highly recommended. The service and food were both very good. I tried the monk fish and stuffed salmon. Both were good, not great. But, the expectations going here were very high, so maybe I'm being too picky.

Great atmosphere and vibe inside, which you wouldn't expect entirely by driving through the surrounding neighborhood in Gloucester City.

The bar was empty on the Friday night we went, but it looks like a great spot to grab a few beers for happy hour.

We will definitely be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I will definitely be returning. Staff was very nice. Our waiter was excellent. Good appetizers and food was delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Interesting find in the middle of a neighborhood. Food was very good. Good short ribs, monkfish and shrimp, and scallops. Service was good and location had some nice historical charm.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Absolutely amazing. We will be going back soon for sure!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Our latest visit was on a quiet Tuesday evening. Excellent service. The food was delicious and nicely presented. I especially recommend the Thai mussels appetizer.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Great food and atmosphere - a hidden gem

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Went on a Monday night so it was not crowded so we had a nice, quiet dinner. Monk fish and shrimp was excellent. Server was very nice and attentive. Allagash beer on tap was a plus. Think a house salad should be included for the entrée prices but it is not.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

mothers day dinner was fantastic

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food, wonderful experience!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was good but they were"out" of several items. Only 1 vegetable to choose. We had a 4:00 PM reservation. Hard to believe they were out of things that early on Mothers Day

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This was our first time dining at Max's. We will definitely be back! Everything we ordered came out perfectly cooked and seasoned! The only disappointment was that they were out of the crème Brule!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

I loved it... will be going back often. The food was incredible! Beautifully presented.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We always love dining at Max

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Cozy atmosphere and excellent service. Good food and a nice wine list. Felt it was too expensive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2017

The seared scallops and Thai mussels were very good.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Max's Seafood Café never leaves us unsatisfied or disappointed! The place serves the most wonderful seafood dishes and offers attentive service. We visited on Thursday night for an early Mother's Day celebration, and my 92 year old mother is still telling everyone about her delicious bouillabaisse! We had a marvelous time and will be back soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This was our third time at Max's and each time - full satisfaction. After our first visit we brought out friends and now they love it too. Simply the food is good, the presentation nice, décor comforting retro and the service pleasant and efficient.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2017

The mussels were delicious and the Pan seared scallops fantastic I finished with the key lime pie the best I've ever tasted

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We always enjoy Max's. The scallop special and the cedar plank salmon were incredible. The drinks were great. Our server Jack was very good. We'll definitely be back again and again.

Plus we really enjoy Chubby's II which is just around the corner and under the same management team.

Don't let the Gloucester location concern you...it's worth the drive

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We were looking for a good seafood restaurant and found it at Max's great meal and Sarah was wonderful. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great atmosphere and food very good. Great for a special occasion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Restautant was very nice. The food was excellent and the service was also very good.it was a very relaxing evening with good food and good friends . Would go there again. They have good selection on sea food. I had mussels in a white wine sauce it was very good

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Max's is a unique neighborhood gem in the heart of Gloucester City with a parking lot across the street that makes it easy! Historic building with an antique bar serving good wine. Seafood is the specialty and the food is very good. Exceptional service by AJ and his helpers!

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Maxs used to be fabulous, recommend to everyone, food has become average

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The waitress Sarah, was great. I like to have Sarah on my next return

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

We made reservations to treat friends to a great seafood restaurant, known for freshness and outstanding mussels. Great selection of fresh, raw oysters. Plus martinis were perfect. Nice ambienance for a neighborhood bar / restaurant. Prices were reasonable, a great value for the service and food. Our friends were impressed and we will be repeat customers for sure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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