Max's of Burlingame

4.3
558 reviews
$30 and under
American

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Casual
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
What 558 People Are Saying
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KATHYP
San Francisco
6 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
7 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
2 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
1 review
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
21 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
151 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
15 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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Max’s did a great job with offering socially distant dining that was fresh, healthy, and served with courtesy. We felt safe and loved the food.

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KittiW
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Everything was average. Service below average. Will not return.

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vipLarry
San Francisco
113 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid in restaurant dining was actually pretty nice. Not crowded at all and the service seemed more responsive than usual!

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gldkarma
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating distanced. Both outside and inside offered now.

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vipJessicaN
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very cute diner feel. Food was very good and so was the service.

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Smilingcarolyn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were there on their first night opening after COVID closure. The service was great and we all enjoyed our burgers

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GailG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food and Fabulous Service! Our waitress was "new"but you would never have known it - she was awesome.

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vipAndrewE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice, casual spot for good, solid meal. Prices have gone up a little.

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Stevied
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I had no idea that is wasn't a the same level as Max's Opera Cafe. The pastrami sandwich looked like it came from Denny's. The red snapper special was good but the salads were not even close to the ones at Opera Cafe.

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vipTomB
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staying near SFO before an early morning flight means dinner at Max’s. Josefina provided attentive service and assistance in deciding on a microbrew. The reasonable prices, ample portions, personalized service, and quality food will keep me coming back!

Max's of Burlingame
Responded on 27 February 2020

Thank you for the review. We appreciate you coming in and look forward to serving you again!

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FredH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening celebrating my daughter’s 50th birthday with family and friends. Food was delicious, wait staff was superb. Max’s never disappoints!

Max's of Burlingame
Responded on 27 February 2020

Thank you for the great review! We also have a private room for larger celebrations. Hope to see you again and continue making memories at Max's of Burlingame!

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vipCarolineR
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a friendship dinner we loved sitting in the bar area. Piano music just added more fun to the night. Our sweet server was so accommodating and everything was perfect. We plan on having dinner together once a month with this group and will be back to Max’s. Also, great bartender. We’ve been coming to Max’s for years but kind of forgot about it. The food has improved!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice surprise!

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vipRJ1961
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went here as a recommendation and was very happy with the food and service.. we actually went a second time and I enjoyed my meal better the second time.. the jalapeño slaw was amazing..,

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vipFunfoodie
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late night dining still has attentive service and consistently good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place with a wide variety of selections to satisfy everyone.

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vipKonagal
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food especially the Matzoh Ball soup! Enjoyed the Brussels sprouts appetizer and the pretzel!

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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 558 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.