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“A South Jersey hidden seafood gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Max's Seafood Cafe

Max's Seafood Cafe
34 N Burlington St, Gloucester City, NJ 08030-1465
856-456-9774
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hudson
Westmont, New Jersey
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48 restaurant reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“A South Jersey hidden seafood gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

If you are not familiar with Gloucester City, you will think your GPS system has gone bonkers, because Max's is tucked away on a narrow residential street, not on a busy downtown avenue. But once inside, you are in a totally different place. The bar area is so gorgeous, I almost wanted to skip dinner and simply sip martinis. The restaurant area is not as handsome as the bar, but still pleasant. My motto--when in a seafood restaurant, order the seafood-- holds true for Max's. We ordered the mussels on two visits, and they were consistently big and tender, cooked just right and not rubbery. The raw oysters were not shucked as cleanly as I would have desired. I am very picky about proper shucking, having no wish to lose a tooth (been there, done that, albeit with a crab shell). My one complaint is the bread, which was fresh but boring. The mussel sauce begged to be mopped up with a properly hearty loaf. The salmon and tilapia dishes were nicely seasoned and were not overcooked. The star of the dinner was the flash-fried soft shelled crab. The crab tasted as if it was caught right before it when into the fryer. I had never before tasted such a briny and flavorful crab. My husband ordered the soft shelled crab in a sauté sauce, which was tasty, but was not as sea-salty as was the fried version. We usually skip dessert, but the key lime pie seemed the right ending to the crab dishes, and it was, with a tasty and nutty crust. South Jersey has a shortage of decent seafood restaurants, so we are happy we found Max's. We will be returning soon.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Lewistown, PA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Really good seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Longtime corner bar in blue-collar neighborhood at NJ end of Walt Whitman Bridge is now a very good seafood restaurant. At our table, the crab cakes were rated B+, the mussels and scallops were superb, and I had an unforgettable whole bronzino filleted at table. Extensive wine list . A very satisfying evening. .Reservations recommended, as the place started to fill up at 5:30 Saturday evening. Use internet maps to get there. Private parking lot catty-corner from restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Never Again!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Bottle of Chardonnay was warmer than my order of mussels. Our waiter was definitely on something. Do yourself a favor and skip it.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great Mussels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Been wanting to try this place for Mussels, Finally got them this week, Max's is a very Clean nice looking place in Gloucester City, Lot of good Draft beer and excellent Mussels. Cooked to order. We had some Red and White sauce, It also come as a dinner over pasta but I had mine as an appetizer , A heaping bowl full of very Tender and large Mussels, Topped it off with pulled pork sandwich with barbecue sauce which was delicious ,Little slow this lunch day as it was good Friday. Well worth a stop if you are in the area

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Awesome place to eat and drink directly across from Philly!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Max's Seafood Cafe is a corner pub in a row house neighborhood of Gloucester City, right near the Walt Whitman Bridge to Philadelphia. It is a truly hidden gem of a place. If you needed a movie set for a classic old pub you could use this place with its tile floor, wooden bar, tin ceiling. And the seafood is awesome (especially loved the mussels and the cedar plank steak). Beer and wine selections are fine, the service was super friendly. Max's Seafood Cafe is simply one of the best places to enjoy just a delicious, cool and memorable night out in the entire Philadelphia area!! (And almost on one even knows it is there!!)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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