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Max's Opera Cafe

601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-3200
+1 415-771-7300
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good35%
  • Average25%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-3200
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable games for the kids, good burgers and good company. It was a great experience. I had their great Reuben.

Thank vmcalo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This turned out to be a better , and cheaper- place before the Opera than the Opera cafe itself - Huge portions- My Chicken pot pie leftovers lasted two days!

Thank sfmaria101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a few years ago, I loved Max's. Combination of tasty pastrami sandwiches and opera singing waiters was amazing. Two nights ago, however, I decided to try the restaurant again, just before the symphony. I made a BIG mistake by ordering something other than the...More

Thank njronneberg
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

I ate several times at Max's due to staying above in Opera Plaza. They warn you the food (particularly the desserts) is excessive and it is, but not in a good way. Portions are American large, flavours are a little extreme and not at all...More

Thank TraveljunkieRob
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This place continuously has great food, great service, and a great atmosphere. My husband and I came here as a mom & dad only getaway and have been craving Max's for awhile. We both ordered sandwiches and my husband got a chocolate martini. All were...More

Thank TravelBugKrueger
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I will try to be fair--but our meals were poorly cooked, dry, barely warm, and thoroughly disappointing. The waiter intimated that he had another party scheduled and that we should be finished about 1 1/2 hours after we arrived. They replaced overcooked prime rib with...More

Thank NammaK
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We had gone there for dinner at around 830 pm on a Sunday. The restaurant was quiet with only a few tables patronised. It was disappointing to see some trays/racks stacked up near the entrance. Spoilt the first impression. There was a pianist who entertained...More

Thank BambangSugengKajairi
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Max's Opera Café was for many years a bustling, popular eatery with excellent food and service. Always packed to capacity with lines of patrons waiting to be seated. All this changed years ago when owners sold. You could shoot a cannon through this place now...More

Thank basdgl
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We love coming here. The Reuben is out of this world. Portions are generous. The one mac and cheese we ordered for our kids could have fed the whole family. Everything is done just right. Desserts are also phenomenal. But my favorite part is the...More

Thank ashley l
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Just like the ballet which keeps on getting better and better, Max's remains an old standby, but they continue to create new gems.. Yesterday I had an amazing poke and cucumber salad. It is more comfort food not upscale cuisine. I miss the chicken liver...More

Thank linda123405
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-3200
    (Golden Gate)
  • Public Transportation: BART - Civic Center Station. SF Muni - Lines 5 Fulton, 31 Balboa, 47&49 Van Ness
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-771-7300
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