I like Max's and this particular location. I've always had good experiences, and the food is always great. Most people I know rave about the corned beef or brisket. I don't think the service is that great all the time--many servers act like it's just a job and they don't care about the customers. But there's something fun and enjoyable about this location--it's smaller than the one in Palo Alto and the live music (piano and singing) makes it worth it.
I've eaten at La Boheme many times and have never been disappointed. It's what I would call lite French eating. They are not into the very heavy, calorie ridden, rich sauces that the French are noted for but what they serve is tasty and in my opinion healthy. But if you just want coffee & pastry indulge and that's where you'll find it hard to decide on which one/ones to eat or to sneak home to eat when no one is watching.
Great happy hour menu (5:30 - 7:00 I think), generous portions, professional and timely waitservice, diverse menu, to-die-for desserts, who could ask for anything more? Love their Russian Cabbage Soup!