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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 good36%
  • Average24%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
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“latkes” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
$$ - $$$
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-3200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we used to frequent Max's Opera Cafe, we had not been there for several years. This time, my wife very much enjoyed her chopped vegetable salad and my spicy Buffalo wings were excellent and plentiful. However, my side Caesar salad was just plain boring,...More

1  Thank markmd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite part is the piano player and that a server always sings when he or she has a break. Lots of talent there. We always eat here before performances because the food is predictably excellent and the service is spot on. The portions are...More

Thank julesofthesea
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have always loved Max's...be it at any of the many locations. The food is plentiful and a deli lovers delight. Share the sandwich and soup the first time there...it may be more than enough!

Thank MikeyBoy1951
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit before and after performances at the San Francisco Opera House. Pleasant waiters, good variety of food, quick service, and close by-walking distance Just a nice touch to your day/evening out.

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 6 January 2018

A really nice place to have a good lunch. We ordered the NY steak and were really happy about it! Good meat, nice cooking, very nice waiters. Just in front of SF city hall, very convenient!

Thank Tiquinho
Reviewed 29 December 2017

This was a fun spot for dinner. Not very attentive wait staff, but the food was great and when the waitress did attend to us she was friendly. We shared a reuben which was plenty for 2 of us and others in our party had...More

Thank kathryng273
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Was with a party of four. We were seated in a fairly empty section and then immediately experienced our assigned server wizzing back and forth en route to other tables, all strenuously attempting to flag her down. She made no attempt to acknowledge our presence...More

2  Thank sage66_us
Reviewed 11 October 2017

After our holidayflight to San Francisco we were ready for Some real food. The deskmanager of our hotel suggested Max's. There we were served by this very welcoming, helpfull and superfriendly guy called Miguel who served great tasting burgers and delicious fries.

Thank Hanselaar
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Max's Opera Cafe is a delightful place to meet for lunch or dinner. Great food, great drinks and an impressive array of desserts. I chose a soup-salad combo (half of a BLT) and a cup of clam chowder. My companion opted to try the fish...More

Thank Rose Ada M
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This is the third time I visited this establishment and it will be the last. My first visit made me want to come back. After the second visit, I was on the fence. After this last visit, never again. We were seated at a booth....More

3  Thank mzdov
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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