601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.781355 -122.420649
Su-Tu 11:30-10, W-Th 11:30-11, F-Sa 11:30-11:30
Neighborhoods: Civic Center, Northeast
Famous Reuben Sandwich – I explained to the waitress to make the Reuben with pastrami because I don't like or eat fatty meat and the pastrami had been historically lean. I was served a fatty, gristly Reuben sandwich. I was able to salvage a percentage out of 1/2 sandwich. I then asked her to just make 1/2 Reuben for me to take home with lean meat. When I got home I discovered I was given two pieces of bread and more fatty pastrami, no Reuben. I called and spoke with the manager and she told me that I needed to order lean and suggested it was somehow my fault. What part of English don't these people understand? Has service and food quality become so poor at Max's that people are expected to accept whatever is served!
maybe if you're local + lazy – i live in the building, so i eat there when i get too lazy to cook or walk somewhere else
the food's decent and you do get large portions (no room for dessert) so splitting meals works best
otherwise, you could cook for yourself and do as well or better
slider's makes much better burgers for less
the take out guy told me if i took it cold and microwaved it for x minutes, i'd save $2 and he said that's all they do, microwave it
they have the warning bout how their take out sucks
max's rules of service are fun and all, but, honestly, who's gonna call the employee on any of these - technically, max owes me a couple free dinners, riiiiight
great food, large portions, good value! – when i'm in the mood for a good burger, i always think of max's -- i don't care about all the other strictly "burger" places. nothing beats the size, taste, and value of those at max's. not to mention the other items on their extensive menu. if multiple people in your party can't agree on a cuisine, go to max's -- they have everything from salads, deli sandwiches, pasta, american, and more.
User review by deja_vu – Good food, but a little over-priced--$33 plus tip for a meat loaf dinner but then that includes salad, dessert and split charges. You can save those charges by asking for a separate plate, instead.
A little over-priced – There are many over priced diners in California and Max's is certainly one of them. Portions are indeed huge, but the quality is mediocre and the price is still high. Except to pay over $10 for a sandwich here. They have recently closed a location in SOMA - so hopefully people are starting to realize that the place is often a ripoff.
Piled-high sandwiches, gigantic desserts and singing waiters glamorize this souped-up deli in Opera Plaza. – In Short
This New York-inspired restaurant features singing waiters, many of whom are training for the stage at the nearby San Francisco Opera House. The fledgling vocalists lend a festive, entertaining air to the bustling dining room, which draws an eclectic assortment of out-of-towners and pre-theater diners. The straightforward deli menu features maximum portions--sandwiches stacked high with corned beef and pastrami, overflowing potted brisket of beef and big gooey desserts and sundaes.
STAY AWAY!!! – Althought the food is plentiful - don't ever come in to get take out. It is as expensive as being served, but the portions are MUCH smaller. Complete ripoff. When I asked to speak to the Manager, he couldn't have been more disinterested in my concerns or opinion. He was downright dismissive. I'll never go back. For my money - I'd go to East West Deli on Polk Street. They are much nicer to their customers.
Scrummy DESSERTS – The food, especially the desserts, are exceptionally great! If you don't like the food, its not because the food was bad, its because you just don't like the menu item.
It depends on which location .. – The quality of the service, etc depends on which Max's location you go to. The one on Van Ness Avenue is dreadful and my rating applies to only that one. Yet, the one on Third Street is great. Go figure!
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