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Max's Seafood Cafe

1196 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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
Neil Elshon
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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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Cross street
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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
What 1196 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Amazing tasting meals! We got the scallops and the filet, and split them. Both tasted great and we cleaned our plates. Dessert was excellent as well.

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Phenomenal service, EXCELLENT food, great stafff!!!! Arrived almost 2 hours before my reservation and got a table before I could order drinks from the bar. Would recommend this place to ANYONE

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Went there for Valentine's Day could not have asked for a better place to go recommend this restaurant very highly

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

HAd the Valentine Meal which was excellent. The mussel bisque was outstanding as was my entree, bourbon salmon. As usual, the meal did not disappoint!

theo (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We have eaten there several times (over 10) and always have a great meal.

BirthdayGirl (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our visit to Max's was wonderful. The food & wine were excellent. Service was prompt and friendly. We have been going there for many years and will continue to do so.

vipTeeTimeMike (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Max's Seafood Café was delicious, as always! The appetizers were delicious, the entrees were superb and the drinks were top notch. I happily encourage folks to dine at this restaurant all the time!

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Entrees were excellent however the portion sizes were extreamly small for the price. Mussels in white sauce was bland. No salads offered with dinner. Ala cart for everything and overall not worth the price.

Calli (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food. Fun time.

Jackie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

vipSumm97 (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointed in the slow service. It took an hour to receive our appetizers. Refills were extremely slow. My wife enjoyed her entree but my scallops had significant amounts of sand in them.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Gigi (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was great but the size was small. I was disappointed.