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Max's Opera Cafe

711 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1407
+1 650-323-6297
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good36%
  • Average26%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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11:00 - 22:00 Hours
American, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
711 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1407
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Reviewed 5 days ago

In the old days (30 years ago), the wait staff actually sang opera here! Well, those times are gone. The menu continues to be large and varied, and the food was good albeit pricey. It is a safe choice that is apt to have something...More

Thank Carl K
Reviewed 7 April 2018

Huge portions. Real old fashioned deli style. Great deli options. Good variety on the menu. Quick service.

Thank PinkTwig12
Reviewed 1 April 2018

Never disappoints. My wife had the chicken salad it was the freshest chicken I think we have ever had at any restaurant. The seasoning on the chicken was the best. The bread is always warm and fresh. The portions are always more than you really...More

Thank James G
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

We had a light lunch with soup, garlic bread and dessert. I thought the food was very good especially the soup and garlic bread; prices were reasonable. Clean restaurant with friendly staff as well. Highly recommendable!

Thank laceylouise
Reviewed 19 January 2018

Recently had a family meal at this restaurant. My mother-in-law lives right across the street and is handicapped, so it is a restaurant that is easy to access for her. It is very much like a deli. The food is okay, not great, and the...More

Thank oxnarddragonlady
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Max opera cafe could do better at improving the food quality at this restaurant that is so conveniently located in the Stanford shopping center. It is a pity to see that the quality of the dishes keeps getting poorer. The potato skins were really gross...More

Thank dianamna
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Went for lunch with family and my daughter and I both had the Matzo Ball Soup, a favorite of mine. I had it with the half corned beef sandwich which was tender and tasty and a Caesar salad. My granddaughter had the mac 'n cheese...More

Thank 2butterfly
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Food was good, but overpriced. Not a good-value restaurant. We were expecting an experience similar to the Max's in Sacramento (which unfortunately has closed). The service was ordinary, and their Reuben sandwich for which Max's was more known was mediocre. Chicken pot pie was excellent.

Thank Gene8401
Reviewed 29 November 2017

In the past, and maybe too many years ago, I occasionally enjoyed going to Max's Opera Cafe. It's changed. The restaurant smelled like chlorine soaked wiping rags (I probably should have left with that) and the food was average at best. Service was still good....More

Thank JimSanDieg0
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Nice location close to Stanford University. We had 4 cheese omelet with potatoes and a scone. I enjoyed it $14.75. We also had the corn flake French toast $10.00. It was good but not much flavor a bit bland. We sat outside. It’s pet friendly....More

Thank Gary N
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I do believe seeing in the restaurant where a calorie chart is available - perhaps there is a link from their website...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 711 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1407
    (Sandhill Rd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-323-6297
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