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“Chandeliers and Piano Bar in a Diner”
Review of Max's Opera Cafe

Max's Opera Cafe
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Ranked #1,652 of 5,797 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Golden Gate
Transit: BART - Civic Center Station. SF Muni - Lines 5 Fulton, 31 Balboa, 47&49 Van Ness
Reviewed June 15, 2013

The chicken pot pie is delicious!! We sat in a booth in the front window. Nice view of the area from almost any table.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

great for pre- and post-performance dining. Love the live music. Can't get enough of the Reuben sandwich and many mustard flavors.

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Thank BWords
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Had been here over thirty years ago when I lived in San Francisco. Returned because it was one of the few restaurants I remembered that was still here. Glad to see the quality, food, and service are STILL consistenly good afer all these years. They also serve half-pieces of dessert...GREAT idea for those of us who want it all, but not so much of it!

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Thank Scalea05
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We have been going to Max's for a convenient dinner before our evening ballet subscription for more than a decade- we eat there at least twice a month during the ballet/opera season. The quantitites are always huge but the quality of the food has been consistently slipping for the past few years. The only thing that kept us coming was the convenient (to the opera house) location and Larry, the truly fabulous piano player. But even Larry couldn't save last night's dinner which was greasy, sitting around for quite a while on a steamtable and inedible. Last week my Reuben sandwich was just a soft mass of mush. This week the Cheese Steak sandwich was a sodden mass of gluey onions stuck together with greyish cheese on top of unrecognizable roast beef. The french fries were soft but there was a huge pile of them. The wait staff didn't even notice that the whole plate was full when they took it away. The expresso machine has been broken the last few times we've been there - you can get an espresso but not a latte or cappucino. The wonderful singing staff has been trimmed and largely replaced with a constantly changing group of poorly trained wait staff. We are now handed from a charmless maitre'd to a clueless incomprehensible waitress. Your food is delivered by someone else from the kitchen and your plate taken away by someone else. All this leaves very little incentive to add to your tip but Max's does that for you by adding a ridiculous 5.5 % to your bill for the cost of complying with the SF health care act- this has become a scandalous way for restaurants to pad their own income- very little of this goes to the employees. Put that on top of a 10% sales tax and a 20% tip and you are adding more than a third to the total cost of your bill- a glass of 'cheap' wine will cost you more than $15 here. Your dinner bill adds up very quickly.
The housekeeping has also gone to the dogs- the glass food cases at the front of the restaurant that you pass while waiting to be seated are filthy and smeared with a film of grease- more like a cheap Tenderloin sandwich shop. With so many new restaurants on nearby Hayes Street this place will be left to the unknowing tourists. We will miss our old haunt- we'll probably come back occasionally and have a bowl of soup (the soup was good) just to hear Larry. If they lose him, they're dead.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Great diner style place. Huge prportions. I ended up eating here twice. Try the Reuben and save room for the cocoanut macarrons. The menu is huge with a wide variety of items.

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Thank DiverTX1962
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