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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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Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-3200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank mzdov
Reviewed 3 September 2017 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 27 August 2017

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
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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, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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