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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are offering our Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. Four Courses for $49

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We are offering our Four Course menu. Forty-nine dollars per person. Live music with Bob and Patch Glennan!

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Max's Seafood Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.4

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4.4

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4.1

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94% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Great Beer (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2010

Very nice waitstaff, very good food--would definitely recommend Max's

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2010

It was really noisy would be my only concern. I would definitly go back and ask to be seated in the smaller narrow room where the noise level wasn't so high. We couldn't hear wouselves talk. We had a table in the back room.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2010

i had a great time. Food was very good, service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2010

Excellent, Thai mussels were great.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2010

max's is a gem. when you go it's a must to get the thai mussels, they are the best anywhere in the philadelphia region. let's start with the peppers and onions that start with bread are great, followed by the mussel bisque soup is fantastic. The service was a little slow, but they put us in the section max's which is slightly hidden so we had to seek out the waitress to get more bread to dip in the thai musslels. the only hicup was the main entrees as they should come with something, my wife got the talipia which tasted great, but was the only thing on the plate, and I got the pork loin special that was slightly undercooked and underseasoned, otherwise this would have been 5 stars for the food. you must try this place, wine list is great

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2010

Excellent all around restaurant experience! A great wine list that is well priced. All food items were very enjoyable. The staff was attentive without being overbearing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2010

This is first time we have tried this restaurant, and based on our experience we will go back. The service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The restaurant has one long narrow room behind the bar and a separate room in the back. We were in the back. Nice wood paneling and a brick wall that looks to be original. The overall atmosphere was warm and quiet, but we were there during the day for a special Thanksgiving dinner, I don't know what it would be like when the bar is active. The food was very good,a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, despite not being their usual fare. They are hosting a Feast of the 7 Fishes; intend to return for that since seafood is their specialty. Suggested wine was $20 a bottle and very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2010

Our favorite seafood restaurant! The specials are always interesting and delicious and the main menu has he freshest seafood around. Love Max's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2010

Great seafood.Mussels are out of this world.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2010

was on my way from Philadelphia to the metro NYC Area. used the open table mobile app to locate a restaurant in the area. this was a good neighbor hood find with fresh seafood. felt bad for the server who had to cover half the restaurant and the bar. would definitely go back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2010

Never disappointed at Max's. Nice atmosphere. Fine service. Top notch food...especially with the fixed price menu at $22 where three or four of the items I didn't try tempt me to come back real soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2010

Great Prixe Fix menu available Monday - Thursday. Loved everything we ate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2010

I have been a patron for twenty- some odd years. I know I have been there over a hundred times. This was the first time I was dissapointed in the meal. I ordered Broiled Scallops- I got 6 nickle- sized in a cream sauce. Not even an appetizer portion. The menu was stripped down since my last appearance. Not impressed with side dishes presented with the scallops either. I will seek a new restaurant to visit. My wife was to get Jumbo Shrimp- not Jumbo. She liked the dish, but not for $19.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2010

As always, we had an excellent dinner and the mussels in Thai sauce were delicious. One of my favorites.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2010

I would have to say that this visit to Max's was a little disappointing. Unbeknownest to us the owner came over and made a few comments that were "saving" graces. He probably didn't know that he made amends for the servicing faux pas... the waitress weren't as familiar with the menu and the table runner was more engrossed with (what seemed like) moving things right along versus being astute to what was ocurring with the customer... i.e., throw away significant amount of food that was set at the edge of the talbe to be wrapped and upon apprising her of the situation went to remedy, but never came back with the outcomes and didn't apologize until much later. However, please note that it was remedied.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2010

The best mussels I think I've ever had, so tender and delicious cooked perfectly. The scallops were as good as I've ever had. The chef knows his trade. We had an enjoyable time and the cafe is unique with all the liquor licenses on the wall---a nice cross between the old and new.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2010

Met a group of old friends for dinner. Excellent food and service, but best of all a great place to meet to sit and talk (and be able to hear each other) and never once feel rushed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2010

A CLASSIC! Ambiance, service, great food awaits the patron of this charming restaurant.
Fresh seafood, homemade, delectable desserts. Chef Ralph made a visit to our table to make sure everything was prepared to our liking. An hour's drive but worth the experience. Will definitely return. Reservations recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2010

Excellent. There were 4 in our party and we all enjoyed our entire meal. Each course was wonderfully prepared, we just loved it and will be sure to go back. Just like 25 years ago, the mussels in red sauce was heaven. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2010

As always enjoyed our dinner at Max's. Bus girls were particularly attentive. We were not rushed thru dinner, so we were able to enoy the atmosphere of Max's and the family was able to relax and chat thru dinner. The mussels in red sauce are our favorite. Thanks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2010

The food was delicious. However, our service was terrible. I couldn't even tell you our waitress' name if i wanted to, because she never told us. The food took very long to come out. Once it did, it was great. I just don't think it was the greatest experience when having to wait for both food and drinks throughout the night. Thankfully the food runner and or hostess was there. Otherwise, we would have not been acknowledged at all....

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 19, 2010

Great Food and selection for Restaurant Week

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2010

We have been going to Max's for over 30 years, although not frequently. However, this trip was exceptionally good and we have asked ourselves why we don't frequent Max's more often; which is what we plan to do from now on. Loved it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2010

The restaurant is delightful. The mussel appetizer was large and delicious. I was disappointed in the crab cakes...too much filler and not enough crab. Our waiter was pleasant and professional.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2010

Not bad- went for restaurant week

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2010

This was our first time at Max's Cafe and what a find! It is a quaint, cozy corner cafe in Gloucester City. The decor is inviting, especially the nostalgic and historic ambiance and ornate bar. The food was amazing. This was one of the best meals that I have ever had! I had the salmon on a cedar plank. The flavors of the fresh cranberry chutney atop this delectable, tasty, pecan encrusted fish, were perfect to the palate! My husband had a grilled fish sampler that was devine. All of the fish were fresh and cooked perfectly. We wish we could have sampled the desserts, but we were full and satisfied! As if that wssn't enough to guarantee a return visit, the service was top shelf! Very attentive and pleasant staff!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2010

Great neighborhood gem. Excellent food, great service-- out of the way location however.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2010

As always the food was great at Max's.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2010

We have always had a great dinner, great service and an enjoyable time. Open a restaurant in Medford!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2010

The food and the service was excellent so glad open table sent information on the restutant week! It helped me to find a great new place to dine!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2010

The crab avacado salad app was INSANE! Hugh portion of big lumps of crab and large chunks of avacado mixed with what seemed to be a light mayo w/ mustard seeds. I loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2010

This is our 4th trip to this restaurant. The food is good, but our server, Chelsea, is always pleasant and we continue to go back to Max's and specifically ask for her.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2010

Was visiting from out of town, staying in a local hotel near by, did d Google search for local dining places and this one looked worth while. It was a great find. The food was outstanding. Inside was very nice.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2010

First time but not my last time. I really enjoyed the whole experience at the restaurant. The food was exquiste, delicious and nice portions. I will recommend Max"s Seafood. Good Eats.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2010

We enjoyed the atmosphere, not to mention the extensive beer selection, in this genuine quintessential neighborhood taproom. The mussels were delicious and service exceptional.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2010

Great seafood, excellent and pleasant servers, and a nice place to dine.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2010

It was my wife' birthday and this was the spot she wanted to go to. We have been to Max' before and have enjoyed it each time. The memo is inviting, the service was attentative yet not intruding, and overall we had a great dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2010

Max's was an extremely pleasant experience. We went to celebrate a birthday for my husband. We had our little one with us (6 years old). Extremely pleased with an earlier dinner time (reservation was for 4 pm); this enabled us to order and have our meal before she became too antzy getting us home on a school night for bed at 8 pm. We like for our little girl to be exposed to different types of venues and the above scenario was perfect. The food was great, nothing was heavily seasoned Enabling us to savor and enjoy the full flavors of the seafood and other side dishes. Not overly priced either.

We definitely plan to dine there again...next time without the little one (smile). And look forward to going during restaurant week in October.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2010

NOt in a great neighborhood. Food was ok. I had fried fish and it was VERY dry. Fried oyster was not cleaned properly couldn't eat it. The scallops were yummy and my husband had jimbalaya which was also yummy. The staff is nice and the customers around us were very friendly as well. The lighting was very dim with a candle lit on each table.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 11, 2010

Great seafood. Cool looking building (inside), in Gloucester of all places - who would've thought? If you're from the area, you'll know what I mean.

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