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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 good37%
  • Average24%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
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“opera cake” (11 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-3200
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

Had tickets to a show and wanted someplace close to the theater. Made reservations at the last minute. It was perfect. Portions were bigger than humanly possible to consume, so we were sad to have to leave our leftovers behind, but overall a great spot...More

Thank MyFamilyOfFour
Reviewed 1 April 2018

I've been going to Max's Opera Cafe in San Francisco's civic center for Thirty years. It is close to San Francisco's Symphony Hall and, of course, the San Francisco Opera House (home to both the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet). I have rarely...More

1  Thank Richard K
Reviewed 30 March 2018

My wife and I were staying at a timeshare nearby and we ate dinner here twice during our week visit in the area. The restaurant fits well with a fine or casual dining atmosphere and you can dine here in casual dress without feeling unwelcome....More

Thank Steven C
Reviewed 13 March 2018

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 4 March 2018

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
Reviewed 20 February 2018

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 19 February 2018 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

1  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
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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