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Max's Seafood Cafe

4.1
1214 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm-8:00pm
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Phone number
(856) 456-9774
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Blair
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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.
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Private party contact
Michele Perillo-Monahan: (609) 412-3166
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hudson
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Join us for our fish tacos and cauliflower tacos! We will also be having drink specials.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

What 1214 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Great food and atmosphere - a hidden gem

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

mothers day dinner was fantastic

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food, wonderful experience!!

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

We always love dining at Max

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

The seared scallops and Thai mussels were very good.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Great band- nothing beats live music. Phenomenal service by our server Sarah (i think) and great recommendations and great conversation. Food was outstanding- we ordered seafood and the chicken parm. We even got a personal meeting with the chef afterwards which was extra special! Great environment, must go!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Max's is a beautifully renovated historic location with stunning wood work. I enjoyed Thai mussels and Seafood Fra Diablo. The medium heat was perfect for me and my husband had the same entree and hot suited him well. His octopus appetizer was fabulous with tasty olives, tomatoes and onions with the octopus. The service was friendly and attentive. My only complaint was the weather turned so our walk along the Delaware River (3 blocks from Max's) was delayed until our next visit.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

My wife and I went for South Jersey Restaurant Week and we were both very impressed with the food and very friendly and attentive service. Love the old city charm of the building and decor, quite a neighborhood gem. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Food was great for dinner. They really did a good job overhalling the place. I haven't been there since I was a kid. My wife and I thought it was excellent and are looking forward to going back. The only thing I can make a negative comment on is the initial greeting. We had to enter through the bar and we had multiple staff walk by us and jot greet us nor when in the way did they say excuse me when walking by. Once we were seated, the service was great.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

I have always loved this place! I am hoping the Stuffed Shrimp I had was an anomaly. The stuffing was 98% breading. Bartender A +, Server A+, Atmosphere is wonderful.

Highly Recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Have been to Max's quite a few times this month and have never been disappointed! Food is excellent, love the menu choices.

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