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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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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good35%
  • Average26%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-3200
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank mzdov
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to go to get a bite a drink as well as excessive desserts. I would definitely recommend and will be coming back. Quite a convenient location to the Orpheum theatre.

Thank toohuge
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a large, stylish, light and airy cafe located next to the principal performing arts venues of the City and across from City Hall. Yet prices are reasonable and affordable. We were there on a Sunday evening when there was live piano music--great American...More

Thank Mel S
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Went here for brunch. Service was extremely slow, though I did feel sorry for our server--from what I could tell he was the ONLY one working and the place was only getting busier. Still, we had to ask repeatedly for the bill when we were...More

Thank mplanglinais
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I frequent Max's Opera Cafe pretty regularly as it is close to my work and I know that I will get quick service. To be honest, I am not a fan of the live music, but I just typically ask to be seated further away...More

Thank Kali W
Reviewed 11 July 2017 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 4 July 2017

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 30 June 2017

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 8 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
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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