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Max’s Restaurant

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687 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306-2803
+1 201-798-2700
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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619 reviews
462 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

we ususally really enjoy this spot. today's lunch just wasn't up to speed. the potato in the soup was undercooked, and in fairness, when we mentioned it, there was an effort in the kitchen to supply another small bowl, but the potato remained undercooked, for the cabbage/beef soup. our waiter hadn't been properly trained, which had me asking if he'd... More 

Thank BuddhistNYC
Clifton, New Jersey
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This is the only sitdown Filipino restaurant in Jersey City. It is a good option is you dont want a buffet. The lumpia are very good and so is the crispy pata.

Thank DoughertySean
Belleville, New Jersey
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82 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

When looking for a taste of Filipino food max fried chicken is the choice Pick crispy pata and the canton and get half a chicken meal to savor the taste of Filipino style There's a lot of other native Filipino dishes in their menu as well Don't forget to try their buko pandan and halo halo

Thank Ginadeh
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We've been coming to Max's for a few years now (most of the stuff actually knows us and our growing family). They are always incredibly friendly. We normally order the kare kare, the chicken, the pancit and the tofu sisig. We always get at least 3 orders of lumpia as it is our kids' favorite. We only order the tofu... More 

Thank moni4800
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

As I remembered from my visits to the Philippines. We ordered off a combo menu that fed 4 adults and a 4 year old with leftovers. Nobody went hungry. Ended the meal with 2 Halo Halo and we were Happy Happy

Thank Roomseller59
New York City, New York
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

grew up enjoying Max's in the Philippines...food here tastes like home...brings back a lot of great memories.

Thank flxmanuel
New Jersey
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90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Max gives me a nice taste of my homeland -- great food and I've never had a bad meal. My mom of course is the best cook and the meals at this place comes a close 2nd to her cooking. Even she likes the food. A bit pricey but worth the expense.

Thank jonjoncapy
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619 reviews
462 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016

we've always enjoyed this Philippine restaurant. the chicken is their signature dish. we started with Max's Teaser, calamari, very tasty mini spring rolls, and sweet potato fries. the cabbage, beef soup is delicious, although disappointed they've dropped the potato from it, and reduced the serving size, they used to do a large bowl. washed down with a San Miguel today.... More 

Thank BuddhistNYC
East Meadow, New York
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

This place is flat out terrible! We came here a few years ago and I hated it then but decided to give it another shot after my wife was craving some comfort food. This place is known for their chicken so 3 of us all decided to get that. My other son wanted to try their fried pork belly since... More 

Thank Argyk89
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15 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

It's been a while since I had filipino food. Their menu has good selections of filipino cuisines. My family and I literally wanted to order everything off their menu. I love their bangus sisig, pancit canton and garlic fried rice. The kare-kare is bland. The chicken is perfect, it reminds me of the way they make it in the Philippines.... More 

Thank JBM_GlobeTrotter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Philippine, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Home Style
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 687 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306-2803
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey City
  • Phone Number: +1 201-798-2700
In 1945, after World War II, Maximo Gimenez, a Stanford-educated teacher, befriended American troops stationed at Quezon City, Philippines. A few of the soldiers would come to his house for a drink or two. Eventually they insisted that they pay for their meals. It was then that Maximo decided to open a cafe that served chicken, steak and drinks. To help him with the cafe, his wife Mercedes, and his sister-in-law Felipe, joined him there together with her niece Ruby, who managed the kitchen with her husband, Claro. It was Ruby who created a special recipe for chicken, which was so delicious, tender, juicy and crispy that the G.I.S coming back for more. Soon enough, it became a legend with the Filipino public too. Encouraged by her mother to expand the menu and serve more Filipino food, Ruby set up a restaurant along Roxas Boulevard in the Baclaran district of Paranaque. It was decided that the restaurant would be named "Max's", which was Maximo's nickname. Over the years, Max's Restaurants grew in popularity and became known as "The House That Fried Chicken Built." Max's now operates over a hundred restaurants all over the Philippines. Max's aims to be a competitive international brand, and has expanded its operations to other countries overseas as well. It now has branches in North America (the first was opened in 1982) and the Middle East. We will continue to broaden our reach as we open new restaurants around the world in the years to come.

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