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Max’s Restaurant

687 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306-2803
+1 201-798-2700
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“crispy pata” (8 reviews)
“sisig” (5 reviews)
“halo halo” (6 reviews)
Closes in 15 min
11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Philippine, Asian
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
687 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306-2803
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1 - 10 of 43 reviews

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The portions were just okay as they brought in the food. I figured the taste may just make up for the size. Wrong! The soup was lightly warmed. They brought out the food then quickly walked away. We had to wait and ask for our...More

Thank Glenn G
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is famous in the Philippines for its fried chicken. The Jersey City location does not disappoint. All the filipino food is excellently prepared. All time favorites- fried chicken, crispy pata, bulalo... all will satisfy. Parking is a bit tough on Newark Ave but...More

Thank Ntrekker
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I don't know why more Americans don't love Filipino food. I am non-Filipino myself, and I just love all of what their cuisine has to offer. Max's is a chain, kind of like a Filipino Applebee's. They have a great sampling of foods from authentic...More

1  Thank Crazyhorse30
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Very satisfied all around. And giving a star below 5 to Filipino enterprise is not I'm used to. Call me promdi ( from the province ) of Cagayan but I like supporting my kababayan. And it's also a privilege.

Thank Nestor P. F
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Service was so slow. We waited 15 minutes before somebody greeted us, there were 3 waiters in this small place yet nobody greeted us promptly. We waited 10 more minutes to be seated to an obviously empty table for 8, so I didn't understand the...More

Thank Lester M
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Among the last restaurants I visited in my NYC pilgrimage is the Max Restaurant in New Jersey. After heavy shopping at the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet Shops, Max's was just the perfect option to go. The staff is amazingly friendly. And the food was surprisingly...More

Thank Regal O
Reviewed 28 September 2016

we ususally really enjoy this spot. today's lunch just wasn't up to speed. the potato in the soup was undercooked, and in fairness, when we mentioned it, there was an effort in the kitchen to supply another small bowl, but the potato remained undercooked, for...More

Thank BuddhistNYC
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This is the only sitdown Filipino restaurant in Jersey City. It is a good option is you dont want a buffet. The lumpia are very good and so is the crispy pata.

Thank DoughertySean
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

When looking for a taste of Filipino food max fried chicken is the choice Pick crispy pata and the canton and get half a chicken meal to savor the taste of Filipino style There's a lot of other native Filipino dishes in their menu as...More

Thank Ginadeh
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We've been coming to Max's for a few years now (most of the stuff actually knows us and our growing family). They are always incredibly friendly. We normally order the kare kare, the chicken, the pancit and the tofu sisig. We always get at least...More

Thank moni4800
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Home Style
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 687 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306-2803
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey City
  • Phone Number: +1 201-798-2700
  • E-mail
In 1945, after World War II, Maximo Gimenez, a Stanford-educated teacher, befriended American troops stationed at Quezon City, Philippines. A few of the soldiers would come to his house for a drink or two. Eventually they insisted that they pay for their meals. It was then that Maximo decided to open a cafe that served chicken, steak and drinks. To help him with the cafe, his wife Mercedes, and his sister-in-law Felipe, joined him there together with her niece Ruby, who managed the kitchen with her husband, Claro. It was Ruby who created a special recipe for chicken, which was so delicious, tender, juicy and crispy that the G.I.S coming back for more. Soon enough, it became a legend with the Filipino public too. Encouraged by her mother to expand the menu and serve more Filipino food, Ruby set up a restaurant along Roxas Boulevard in the Baclaran district of Paranaque. It was decided that the restaurant would be named "Max's", which was Maximo's nickname. Over the years, Max's Restaurants grew in popularity and became known as "The House That Fried Chicken Built." Max's now operates over a hundred restaurants all over the Philippines. Max's aims to be a competitive international brand, and has expanded its operations to other countries overseas as well. It now has branches in North America (the first was opened in 1982) and the Middle East. We will continue to broaden our reach as we open new restaurants around the world in the years to come.
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