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Max's Opera Cafe

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711 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1407 (Sandhill Rd)
+1 650-323-6297
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Carmel, California
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86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The wait staff promptly greeted and seated me during lunch hour on a weekday. The interior of the restaurant was dark with vaulted ceilings. Ordered the Max's Rueben with Corned Beef - the sandwich had a larger percentage of sauerkraut to actual meat. The menu notes on the front cover that a small fee will be added to your bill... More 

Thank Kris S
Potter Valley, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Near Stanford Hospital a welcome retreat from the the beeping iv machines. Good drinks, home made potatoes chips, and mammoth onion rings. Not to mention heaping sized Reubens this Jewish inspired family owned restaurant features chicken pot pie, matzo ball soup and a number of other comfort foods. The prices may seem a bit high but the high quality and... More 

Thank Mary L
Sunnyvale, California
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97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Visited Max's recently for their special Rosh Hashanah menu. Food was just ok for the price. Portions not as large as they used to be. Surprised they close at 8pm on a Tuesday nite. Service was very good.

Thank RDB27
San Francisco, California
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95 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

After shopping at the Stanford mall, we were craving for an adult beverage and some bar bites. The only place we can think of is Max's. This restaurant has been here forever . They've been pretty consistent. We sat at the bar and ordered an old fashioned, amaretto sour and some sweet potato fries. Their Amaretto sour is served on... More 

Thank BPenuliar2015
Palo Alto, California
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115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Her Ladyship and I, go the mall, to walk around, get some exercise, while viewing the incredible landscaping. We catch a coffee next to Max's, then go off shopping, etc., and then back to Max's. We've been here for dinner with friends and family, seated inside and out, but prefer outside, (reminds us a bit of France), when we're on... More 

Thank sirmeandt
San Mateo, California
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105 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Advise not to go during busy times. Very loud. Food is average. Service was slow. Prices high for lunch. Parking ok at times in big lot. Have club card but never win.

Thank dcs1755
Olympia, Washington
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I had not been to Max's is over 10 years but had many fond memories of after-work gatherings, family dinners and nights out with friends both at the Palo Alto and San Francisco locations. During a trip to California, a friend and I decided to meet for dinner in Palo Alto and Max's was our old "go to" spot. I... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

While shopping in the mall, my son, his friend and myself ate here for lunch. We had mixed feelings about the food, but for the most part - we enjoyed it. I got the club sandwich and it was average. My son had the chicken melt and we thought it was really good. His friend got the pork sliders and... More 

Thank BigBellyB
Sunnyvale, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Hadn't been to Max's in awhile, and I won't be going back. They changed their menu since last time I was there, and really raised the prices. I paid $16.5 for a patty melt. A friend and I went last Wednesday. We both ordered the french onion soup ($8.50 for small and $10.50 for large), which wasn't very good. It... More 

Thank Terri F
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We had been here before, a long time ago, so it was a pleasant surprise to see that it continues to be an excellent place. We enjoyed several salads and sandwiches. Desserts are highly recommeded. Service was very good as well.

Thank Axel C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
American, Cafe
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?