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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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!
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.
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.
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