Max's of Burlingame

4.3
574 reviews
$30 and under
American

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Afternoon Coffee
Max's of Burlingame serves America's favorite foods with an upscale style at affordable prices. Boasting "everything you've always wanted to eat, "only at Max's will you find a corned beef reuben, chinese chicken salad, ribeye steak, BBQ ribs and portabello mushroom pasta all on the one table. And for those with a sweet tooth, Max's sinful, awarding desserts will keep you coming back for more. We offer private dining for corporate or social events. Think of us for all of your memorable celebrations.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
What 574 People Are Saying
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Sjblessed
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Hadn't been to Max's since I retired, used to be my favorite Rueben stop on the way to SFO for business travel. Well, it didn't disappoint. the Ruebens were just as delicious as I remembered. Piled high with pastrami and cheese, could have had a little more sour kraut for my liking, but nonetheless, it was yummy. The quinoa salad, was more of a tomato salad with some quinoa sprinkle on top. Not what I was expecting, but fresh and yummy just the same. Thanks for the memories Max!

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LindaKL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

we ate inside where perhaps 10 people were seated in the entire inside of the restaurant and the waitress only came to us to get out order and that was it. We had to wave another staff person to get us more water, or coffee and then we had to ask someone to get our check, which she brought to us. But did not come back to pick up the check with payment. We had to go searching for her to pay. She was completely incompetent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We sat on the back patio was sheltered with heat lamps

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
16 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was fast.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I still gave a 20% tip, because that’s what I do, but the service was less than desire. I problably will not purchase from or return to this location again.

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JenP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful services. Highly recommend!

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vipcabaretgirl
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch for my dear friend Linda.
Lovely to sit outside in your tent, where Sonya waited on us attentively and brought a lighted candle on top of Linda’s dessert.
Food was fabulous, Sonya kept the decaf flowing while my friend and I laughed about old times.
Thank you fir Max’s!!
M.

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MichelleB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Max's several times in the past. The foods, service and atmosphere were on point! Thank You again was a wonderful experience.

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vipslochef
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A mixed bag, max at the opera house never lets me down. In Burlingame they were short or understaffed and it affected everything. The ruben was good, my son's Salmon was perfect.

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Terrie
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max's did a wonderful job handling a family get together allowing us to eat together while still minding all of the COVID precautions. Couldn't ask for better service !!

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RFC3
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been dining at Max's for many years. The waiters & waitresses are very professional.

The menu has a wide selection and the food is very good.

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SandieP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Well the service was excellent the corn beef and pastrami were really tough and the coleslaw had no flavor and was very watery. Call the chairs were ripped up and had to search for ones where we wouldn’t get hurt.

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LisaH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and portions.

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vipDennis
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, but a little cold outside. We eat inside .

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vipHubs
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open table was wrong on the booking. I booked for 10:30am online and the restaurant didn’t open until 11am. We had to move to another restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good, although they seem to be out of normal menu items. Sat outdoors, meh, just the parking lot next to the freeway.

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None
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

they have really cut back on the serving sizes.. the pastrami sandwich was way smaller than it has been in the past... disappointing...

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KATHYP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Older restaurant but could not have asked for better or more friendly service. Food was excellent. Our nee go to restaurant when going to SFO.

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foody
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new beginning with the shutdown that was, keep up the good work

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ToniR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came early for lunch as we had to get friends to the airport. Wonderful sandwiches. As a;ways both the corned beef and pastrami were delicious. Staff was friendly and efficient. Of course we will come again when in the area.

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RobertO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wish they would re-open another location further south on the Pernninsula.

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vipJoAnneG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was excellent but the place needs an overhaul. Looks dirty and old. The service was terrible. Very slow.

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vipCynthiaM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

LOVE love love the chicken matzo ball soup. I’d go back just for that soup.

My husband always orders the pastrami in rye and it never disappoints. Good food and not too expensive.

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JoeyA
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

I booked a reservation for dine in but was sat outside even though I was the only patron. If was very cold and windy even with my down jacket. When food arrived, it got cold within minutes! They didn’t turn the gas outdoor heater on for me. I didn’t really get to enjoy my food. Out of frustration, I asked for a box and took it back to my hotel. For the first time in many of my visits to Max’s, I was truly disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice time!

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Carol
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend for lunch, in the time of Covid it can be stressful! Tables were spaced and safely distant, staff were masked and distant. Food was delish as usual!

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Neupenn
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Been eating at the various Max's for 25+ yrs. The service here is outstanding and the pandemic precautions were fine. The food wasn't bad, or just wasn't _Max's_. The truncated menu doesn't have all of your old favorites. None of us finished our meal, and none of us even finished our dessert. We took home the leftovers and gave them to the person who eats anything. I mean, it was Denny's-fine, but it wasn't worth the inflated airport/ Max's price. Next time we'll go to get take-out at Baldie's, Mel's or even the deli at Drager's and just eat at home.

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Sanchez
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Fajitas served in a pool of oil on an oval skillet. Quantity and quality of fajitas left much to be desired. Side dishes were great, but disappointed with the half cooked/cracked corn tortillas. Server did not provide much service. Had to search for them to take our order and provide the check. Only came out once to deliver food, but never to refill drinks or see if we needed anything else.

I used to visit Max's in San Ramon and their sandwiches were great. I did appreciate the option to at outside.

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vipMojoo
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great menu selection! Delicious burger and pastrami sandwiches! Very attentive service and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought me and my friends here, despite being young we were treated with the same respectful service and the food was AMAZING. Definitely would come back here in the future.

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EmmaG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food at a reasonable price. Our group enjoyed eating outside; however, a side enclosure would help minimize wind problem (napkins flying)

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vipbcleong321
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience5

I never received my Open Table Points so I’m not happy. Food is overpriced and the food quality is poor. Service was very slow but the waiter was nice

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Indoor dining allowed @ this pandemic season now , here for lunch date with hubby , food are good big servings for us had them to go for left over. Was Monday & few people indoors . Waiters are attentive & nice . I have no bad comment on the food here our second time , first was yrs ago on Father's Day. They have happy hour @ 4pm but we're way too early so we didn't get discount on our good mango margzrita ordered. Love the quiet place & nice resto indoors.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Max’s. Food was excellent and outdoor dining was lovely.

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AmyF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They are doing the best they can under the COVID restrictions and I really appreciate that. We sat at a table and our server was James who is usually the bartender. He did a great job and made all of us feel very welcome. Love the food. Can't wait for eating inside to return!

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vipJohnD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A good choice in this era of Outdoor Only dining.

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vipSwankie
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience1

We thought about dining at locally owned businesses that had been around the longest. Max’s fit the bill. Or so we thought. We learned Max’s is no longer owned by local restauranteur Dennis Berkowitz, but instead it is now a franchise. They have increased their prices- a plain hamburger is $18.99 without so much as a slice of tomato or lettuce as garnish. As we are both seniors we planned to split the burger and order some extra sides. We asked if they could cut the burger in half in the kitchen. The server informed us that cut would cost us $3.99 additional. This was not a split plate... but a one second knife move.
We declined but were really shocked to learn how ungracious new franchisee is running formerly beloved standard for local dining. We sat outside in a tent erected in the parking lot with bare bones table and freeway noise.
The burger upon arrival was poor quality and overcooked. The extra side of Cole slaw was generous and delicious. The sweet potato fries we paid extra for ( $3.99 extra)
as an upgrade from regular fries included were very ordinary and cold.
We asked server if we could speak with manager who arrived at conclusion of meal and had nothing nice to say.
He said we are a franchise now and Sean Hassan likes it done this way. The manager and servers will be punished if caught doing things for the customer.
This was the restaurant where every birthday and life occasion was celebrated. A bar where many friends met up for first dates. All those feelings were put to rest .
It isn’t that vibe anymore.

Wish the new owner good luck.
I will for sure miss the old Max’s. It was wonderful always! From the generosity in the restaurant, to the Berkowitz Family unwavering contributions to their community.

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ErlitaH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Clean, great food and nice space. My family enjoyed it very much. Great place to celebrate birthday.

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LauraL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, very friendly and prompt service, highly recommend!

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BruceC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, bar beverages and service - even during Covid-19. There is a great back patio - comfortable and covered in case it gets breezy or cool. Love this place!

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You can order delivery directly from Max's of Burlingame using the Order Online button. Max's of Burlingame also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Max's of Burlingame also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 342-6297.

Max's of Burlingame is rated 4.3 stars by 574 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.