Maximilien
Maximilien

Maximilien

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2066827270x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation:
    Mon.-Thurs.:
    11:30am to 2pm & 5pm to 9pm

    Fri.-Sun.:
    5:30pm to 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Christian Potvin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Maximilien offers theme dinner regularly. On special dinner nights we offer unique cuisine from different French regions, or accented around a holiday theme such as Bastille Day or Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the perfect occasion to try "hard to find" gourmet preparations or enjoy a romantic dinner with live classic guitar.


    Every first Thursday of the month is Downtown Seattle Art Walk. Join Seattle's leading art galleries in welcoming their new monthly exhibits & artists.


    Visit us after your Art Walk for dinner, happy hour or just cocktails and enjoy live music!
  • Special Events: Maximilien offers theme dinner regularly.
    On special dinner nights we offer unique cuisine from different French regions, or accented around a holiday theme such as Bastille Day or Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the perfect occasion to try "hard to find" gourmet preparations or enjoy a romantic dinner with live classic guitar. Be sure to join our mailing list if you would like to be the first to know about special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pike Street and 1st Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Here are some tips to park in the Pike Place Market when you visit us:

    Parking at the Market is very easy. The Market garage at 1531 Western Avenue is just down the hill from Victor Steinbrueck Park and offers affordable parking rates. Parking is free with validation after 5pm with $20 min.
    http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/parking


A word from Maximilien
Maximilien is a romantic and charming French restaurant located in the heart of downtown Seattle's historic Pike Place Market.
Inside, you are greeted by a panorama that takes in Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, West Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains, all framed by huge picture windows.

Our cuisine features market fresh local ingredients cooked with French techniques. Our Chefs were trained in some of the most prestigious restaurants in France.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Maximilien reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (148)romantic (112)special occasion (102)great for outdoor dining (96)fit for foodies (88)great for lunch (54)neighborhood gem (53)notable wine list (51)good for groups (21)great for brunch (19)late-night find (16)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (6)Show More
  • Great flavors, but execution failed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The mushroom soup had great flavor, but was cold (not a chilled type of cold, but a hot-soup-left-in-a-cold-bowl-on-a-counter-too-long type of cold). The sauce on the fish was seasoned perfectly with a lot of flavor, but my first bite of fish was filled with sharp bones. The Fois Gras was seared just right, and the accompanying chutney worked very well as a pair... But the brioche was burnt on the outside which made for very bitter bites. The Creme Brûlée was very nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great view. Romantic. Meh food.
    GabrielleVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    In Pike Place Market's main level (behind the bronze pig and fish throwing guys), Maximelien (like Place Pigalle next door) has a terrific view of the Puget Sound, the Ferris Wheel and West Seattle beyond. Décor is cozy & romance was in the air for several couples. Unfortunately, also like Place Pigalle, the food is meh. I had the mussels in a butter sauce (very good) and coq au vin (the classic, average). Hubby had the fruits de mer salad (ok, average) and fish/seafood (the scallops tasted like they'd been frozen, the fish was average). Service was fine, neither great nor poor. Glad we only paid Restaurant Week prices for such an average experience. Instead, go to icon Grill or Barolo or Lecosho nearby for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thank you restaurant week!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The problem w/ living in a city like Seattle, w/ all the options we have for amazing food and new places opening every week, is you forget about places that have been around a while that shouldn't be forgotten. Maximilien is such a place. I can't say I've not heard good things, but Maximilien always seemed to fall off my radar. If it wasn't for restaurant week, it would've likely stayed there. Good food, drinks, and service and a really nice, intimate little space.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    KatRH
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Tasty food, nice view. The red light inside definitely creates a romantic ambiance. The view of the Great Wheel was pretty awesome. Lots of delicious sauces to dip bread into, as to be expected of fine French cuisine. Restaurant Week mussells were a hit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good!
    BFeastwest
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    My husband and I were very please with this place. We went during the restaurant week and we were looking for fine French cuisine. I decided to go outside the designated "restaurant week menu" and have the magret et confit de canard which was absolutely delicious! The whole plate was very well balanced and tasty. I had enough, no need for appetizer or desert for me. My husband took the coq au vin and thought I had a better meal! The paired wine was very good and HIS DESERT: the espresso crème brûlée was EXCEPTIONAL! Service was quick. We saw small groups and kids. Noise level was low. Nice décor with a view on the illuminated Great Wheel! Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food and Service
    jmg98118VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went for Restaurant Week and the food was excellent they did not skimp on food or service just because it was restaurant week. I had the coq a vin and my husband had the snapper, both had excellent flavor. We had not been there before and thought this was a good way to test the service. We will be back in December for my husband's birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    SkipShoe
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle, period. Love everything about the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love Maximelians!
    Diane
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food here is fabulous. The deck is beautiful. With our great Seattle weather we sat outside in mid-October. The service slipped at our last visit. Our waiter was maxed out also serving as bartender. I always take out of town guests here. Best restaurant in Seattle for food, atmosphere and view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for day and time of night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Perfect restaurant to cater for a large party who wanted to eat at Pike Place late on a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great place.
    parlezvous
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our first choice for any occasion. We have been there many, many times, and it seems only to better each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Simply the best French cuisine restaurant in Seattle!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem Hidden at The Market
    Seattlefood
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Amongst the hustle and bustle of the Pike Place Market in Seattle, there exists a hidden gem down a narrow corridor. Maximilien is a wonderful French restaurant with some of the best views of the bay and ferry boat traffic. I recommend the duck and the lentils for either dinner or lunch. It was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food and service are consistently very good and the view is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Maximilien
    TheSpritedDiner
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A perfect spot to meet between friends coming from Pioneer Square and Belltown. Requested a window table with the reservation and got one. Service was professional and the food was excellent. French Onion soup and lobster bisque for the starter course. Mussels and chicken breast sandwich for the main.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A secret weapon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Magic date place. If you take a girl out and strike out here you need to hang it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect romantic setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Maximilien for our anniversary and it was a perfect setting! The ambiance was lovely and quaint. All the servers speak French which was a great extra touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    trytopleaseme
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My fiance and I had a great dinner with great service. The by-the-bottle wine list was long and presented by country and region which was great but the by-the-glass wine list was a little short. The outdoor seating was excellent. Indoors was a little cramped and warm but nice, nonetheless, and with a good view of the ocean. The desert menu was only ok. The creme brulee was very good, the soufle disappointing and the chocolate torte only ok. For the main course, I had the halibut and my fiance had the salmon. Both very good. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice experience
    MillCreek
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our visit to Maximilien was an altogether pleasant experience. We made the reservation for five because we expected only adults. But when our daughter and son-in-law showed up with our infant grandson, the staff didn't miss a beat, accommodating us with an extra table to make sure we had plenty of room. The other patrons were equally pleasant. (Thankfully, our grandson was quiet and happy the entire time.) For appetizers, we had the oysters and the roasted goat cheese with crostini. Both were excellent. Everyone wanted seafood, so two of us ordered halibut, two ordered scallops, and one had the Columbia River salmon -- all of which were terrific! Our server was great as well -- not too attentive, not too scarce. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic
    love2bicycle
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    this little place is in back of Pike Street Market, and so lovely, so real, not some manufactured idea of what a French restaurant should be like. The escargot was exquisite and brought back memories of Paris. And the champagne! So lovely. Especially with that view of the Seattle pier. It's iconic in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French Done well
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've been to France many times over my life time and I can say that the food here was very close to that I would normally get in France. The flavors were all spot on and the portion sizes were good. Some people on here complain about waiting too long for this or that. This is pretty standard for Europe. Generally they don't bother you at the table unless you need something.. Dinner is a 3 hour experience... This is no different. I will say that it's hard to find though.. They have very little signage in the area. You wouldn't expect this place to be tucked so far back into a Pike Market place shopping center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Every time I have a visitor from outside Seattle, we have to go to Maximilien so I can show my favorite restaurant off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great, view was INCREDIBLE
    Amanda
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food was great, salmon a little dry if I had to be really critical, but I'd go back in a heartbeat for those scallops alone. The VIEW, however, is what makes this place a super super slam dunk. We had a reservation at 7pm in late September, so it was the perfect time to watch the sunset. If you make ONE good decision it will be to time your dinner around sunset. One other mild disappointment was that the bartender didn't know what an "aperol spritz" was which seemed like a pretty basic thing when my mom ordered it. Either way, my French 75 was great and the wine list seemed solid. Loved the whole night, the restaurant was a perfect choice for a 6 person birthday dinner but would have been awesome for a romantic date for two :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outdoor dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    great ambiance. service was great. food is consistently great. good wine list. the view is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the last outdoor evenings!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We chose the prixe fix meal, with oyster shooters, foix gras, halibut, & crème brulee, with matched wines. The food was lovely, well served. Beautiful evening, a lovely venue and view! After our appetizer, the people in the table next to us left, and we requested to move to their table with a better view. The waitperson told us that table had been reserved, without checking. For the next hour and a half we were at our table, and no one sat at the table we had requested. We had hoped for better service from an acclaimed restaurant on our 22nd wedding anniversary. Venue was nice, and food was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marvellous
    Beachluvver
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Loved it. Perfect for our special date. Will return when we are in Seattle again. Many thanks to all😄
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place for special event
    FlyFishOnly
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We took a friend out for her birthday dinner on a warm September evening. We were seated outside on the open deck where we had a wonderful view of the waterfront and the sunset over the Olympic Mountains. Our server was fast and efficient but also took time to explain details of entrees and special dishes. The complimentary dessert in honor of the birthday was unexpected and deeply appreciated. Almost forgot, at our request (and our cost) the restaurant provided special flowers at our table to commemorate our friend's birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charles
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Halibut was great. The evening was wonderful. Thank you
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoeMac27VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    What a wonderful, quiet, hidden jewel in the otherwise madness that is the Public Market. Tricky to find, but oh-so-worth it. The bar is small but has a fantastic, very French feel. The Maitre D' is great, the staff is classy and most seemed to speak French - and even indulged my rudimentary command of the language. The mussels were fantastic, as were our salads and bread. Nice wine list, great mix of locals and tourists and eclectic types, but I sensed a lot of regulars, which was nice and always a good sign. Amazing views of the bay added tremendously to our enjoyment and even though they were very busy, we were never rushed along or left unattended. It is the first place we will go upon our return to Seattle. C'est ce bon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Fofinha
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The view is fantastic, but did not make up for the food, service and value. The servers were gracious but simple requests took an excessive amount of time or came in two steps. Ex: a martini arrived without a requested glass of ice. The latter required requests to two different servers and about 20 minutes for results. Same for bread, salt, and pepper, each 20 minutes. We are normally patient but working on a second glass of wine without any kind of food is setting us up for taking a taxi home. Similarly, an entree gets cold when you're waiting that long for salt or pepper. Corkage fee was exorbitant $30. 4 people, 1 martini, 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 1 dessert= $250 plus tip. Food should be more memorable for that price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful setting, terrific food
    SueB
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were a party of 4 for lunch on a Friday. The server showed us to a table out on the patio. It was an unexpectedly beautiful day in Seattle in mid-September. Everyone ordered something that sounded like it would be delicious - duck, mussels, lamb burger, croque madame. The ladies drank lovely glasses on wine, the gents had large glasses of beer. Everyone was very happy. The conversation flowed. What else is needed in this world?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Lunch menu was was limited, standard American French dishes. Salad was not fresh, peas in the halbut sauce tasted frozen, mussel sauce was very plain, some wine selections from surprisingly indifferent Washington wineries. The patio is very comfortable and the view beautiful. Service was very, very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    cece
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Fabulous view, typical French bistro menu, excellent service. Easy spot to find once you slip past the tourist crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine outside
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were seated inside, but within a couple minutes we realized we'd be dripping wet by the end of the meal. Do they really think a couple open windows make up for lack of AC? But they moved outside where it was much more pleasant. Nice food, nothing exceptional. Rather slow service (don't mean the arrival of the food) but rather the greeting and getting a bill from the server.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, gorgeous view!
    KapnKz
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Maximilien is always a treat. The service is impeccable and the food delicious. We sat on the patio and it was a devine lunch spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Lovely Luncheon
    KirklanderVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This place is just delightful. The food is tasty, the service attentive, and it's tucked quietly behind the rowdy "flying fish" attraction at Pike Place. Take your next out-of-towners there. You won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for a Drink
    Bobstone33
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Service was great. The outdoor patio has great views (as does the dining area). However, the food didn't do it for me. When paying higher prices, you expect a certain level of quality. The salmon was dry and uninspiring. The soup was barely warm (although flavorful). If the prices were 25% cheaper, I would've given it 4 stars for the ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Go for the view and the foie gras. Entres ranged from good (pork cheeks, lamb) to marginal (duck and beef). Be ready to pour your own wine in tiny wine glasses despite a 30 dollar corkage fee. If you use Uber rather than a taxi they may not be able to find the place. Overall I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go there for the food
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Don't go there for the food, or you will be disappointed. We had to leave after the starters because the food was so bad.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great find
    wolfgang
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Maximillian is tops. It is as close to a real French restaurant as one can expect in Seattle. The outstanding features are its efficient but not overbearing service. Food is first class. Fine clientele. The entrance through Pike market adds a note of the exotic and makes the dining experience even more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    paulas
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Maximilien, once again, was a wonderful place to have dinner. We were celebrating our 34th anniversary, had had our wedding dinner in the same room where we sat enjoying the wonderful food, service, and view. What a great night. Maximilien never disappoints. Our waitperson was lovely, the scallops and duck and sparkling rosé were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.