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Maximilien Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (206) 682-7270
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation:
    Mon. - Thurs.: 11:30am to 2pm
    Fri. - Sun.: 11:30am to 3pm

    Mon. - Thurs.: 5pm to 9pm
    Fri. - Sun.: 5pm 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 & Promotions: 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.

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "We eat here quite often and the food is usually very good. Went for lunch and ordered mussels, they arrived cold, but my husbands were steaming. I hesitated to send them back and then eat my lunch after my husband was finished, however I just couldn't eat them. They brought a new steaming pot fairly quickly. The mussels were to feature bacon, wild mushrooms and fennel, however, only had fennel. Neither pot had anything but the fennel broth. You would think after having to send your meal back that the next one would be perfect, instead of missing 2 out of 3 ingredients. Didn't say anything the second time, just ate a few mussels and left. Hope this was just a bad day there versus a change in the quality of their food."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My husband is fussy about food and every dish he had scored as the 'best he's ever eaten' and that's the top of the high bar. The service was excellent: just enough attention, genuine attentiveness, watchful waitstaff as to where we were in our courses, really quite charming. You could ask any of the waitstaff for help and they all seemed to be 'at your service'. The wine was wonderful - just by the glass for us but delicious and well chosen. Wonderful selections well prepared and presented. I was able to get a series of small plates while my husband enjoyed an appetizer and meal which was perfect, not too heavy but complete. This is our third or fourth time dining here and it's consistently terrific."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have eaten at many high end restaurants across the country. The food here was great authentic French. Not a thing wrong with it. The service was somehow better than the food. Our waiter was a perfect at his profession in every way. I forgot his name but he was a young man with a heavy French accent. Don't get me wrong he did nothing special but he did every single thing perfectly. Not many waiters wait until a break in your conversation to attend to your table. It was great."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "3 of us had lunch on a gorgeous day on the patio. The food was super delicious, but oh so rich. I have an allergy to dairy and eggs, so my food was cooked in olive oil but my 2 friends had the full monty of butter and cream in their dishes. The Copper River salmon was cooked to perfection, the spring peas were so fresh, the French bread so crispy. Everything tasted delicious. the service was great and the view is divine. If only the food was less rich, it would be perfect."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Maximilien is a one of the great restaurants in Seattle. It certainly has a "French" restaurant atmosphere, great service and fantastic food at a reasonable price for the quality. the view of the busy harbor is amazing. We have been customers of this restaurant since it opened in Pioneer Square, I believe it is in its third ownership, which has kept the quality and favorite dishes while adding more casual items. It has a great view, Summer and Winter, and for special occasions (like New Year's Eve) a very nice special program."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I'm from Seattle and often bring first-time out of town guests here for dinner or lunch. Never fails to impress! This time I picked my friends up from the airport and headed straight here for Sunday brunch. Sat on the outside deck on a glorious June Seattle day...quite nice, although I also love the dark wood and intimacy of inside. We started with a dozen Penn Cove oysters...fabulous! The 3 of us ordered the Steak aux Échalote, Wild Salmon, & a burger and each were really tasty...no morsels left on the plates! Service was friendly and professional. They even even tolerated my fractured French! :)"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The view is magnificent from the deck, and the food is fresh and presented with appeal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were moved indoors to a less acceptable table. They were less than accommodating when we asked to move. Other tables were available."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I had visited the restaurant several times on different occasions. They have an excellent Happy Hour / Bar menu which is very fairly priced. The dinner menu was selective. The French waiter from Lyon (the home town of Paul Bocuse) was very friendly and professional. We had lamb, salmon and scallops. Everything was great! The food, service and location are very good. It is my favorite restaurant in Seattle for out of town visitors."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I've had good food and not so good food at maxs. This time I was dissatisfied. The setting is always nice but the food was mediocre for the price. Sorry to say this as I love going there. The market after dark is not the nicest place to be."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Went to Maximilien's for Father's Day lunch. Weather wasn't nice enough for their excellent deck but they were able to seat 7 of us so we still had a great view of the waterfront. A little loud but not unpleasant. Service was professional and friendly and the food was delicious —lamb burger, chicken croissant, onion soup, and duck confit were all nicely prepared and presented. Would recommend to anyone who wants an excellent meal with a great view in a unique setting (inside the Pike Place Market)."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been to Maximilien several times before. It is our new place to go for French food. The service is perfect. You are never rushed and like a true French resturant, you do not want to go there if you are in a hurry to gobble down mediocre food for the sake of just eating. You want to be able to sit, relax and enjoy every bite. Order extra bread to soup up the juices, because you can tell, work went into making them. OR; mix the last drops of your wine in with the juices on your plate and drink! In the end, order the creme brulee with an expresso; they add something that makes it a bit different from others. My husband says, it is coffee, but that may be hard for me to detect as I mix a bit of my expresso in too! Bon appétit!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Staff are very accommodating ,friendly , helpful with food choices."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Maximilien brings together delicious food and fantastic, always friendly service. They have lovely view from the roof deck, and it's a great place to go for lunch or happy hour. This is one of my favorite lunch places in Seattle. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "There is a level of charm to the environment. We expected a brunch type menu on the weekend but that was not the case. However, we enjoyed the duck confit with lentils and the sea bass ( minus very bitter endive). "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Delicious lunch and beautiful view - who could ask for more?"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I've been going to Maximilien's since 1979... but not in last 10 years. Now, it has expanded, changed ownership and enhanced the food offerings. I still find it marvelous! The setting is enchanting and the food is almost as good as an upscale Michelin stared place in Paris. I can't wait to return, but hopefully before another 10 years has elapsed."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We had a terrific experience last Saturday for our anniversary. We were seated outside at a table with a view, as requested, and everything was great. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have been to Maximiliens a couple times when I come to Seattle for work, but this experience might end that. I have ordered the same thing each time as it was incredible. When I looked through the menu this time I could not find it. Asking the server he told me they have never had that and I must be mistaken. I was upset at that and proceeded to show him a picture of the plate with their bar in the background. He still was positive they never had that. The rest of the meal he had a slight attitude that made it fairly uncomfortable. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great lunch spot for a special family birthday. Wonderful staff."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My husband and I met up in Seattle to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. The staff sat us next to the window and the view was amazing. We both did the wine pairing with a 3 course meal, and each course was delicious. Our waiter was polite and attentive. The atmosphere was great for a romantic dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant, it is a very intimate venue and the food is amazing."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I love this place! Hidden in the Market, and an established reputation for excellence. I have come here many times for lunch and dinner. I am never disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We began on the patio with drinks. The Happy Hour menu was hreat and we intended to try a couple things. We ordered one and over that and our drinks decided to ask if we could eat outside. This was welcomed and they quickly and efficiently changed out the linens and set our table for dinner service. When we went to ask after one other Happy Hour dish we wanted, we were told that it could not be served at our table because it was now set for dinner, yet if we got up, sat down at the table next to us, we could order from the Happy Hour menu. We expressed our displeasure with this absurdity, but got policy spouted back at us. They apparently had second thoughts because shortly afterwards, the item we wanted showed up at our table."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Awesome views of puget sound and great execution of the food. But service lacking. We arrive on time he finds reservation then captain says we have to wait then ignores us. We go to the bar to have a drink while waiting, bartender says that since there is only one open seat at the bar he can only serve us one drink even though there are three of us. Really, in every other bar in the UNIVERSE if there are three people waiting for a table you can have three drinks even if there are not three seats. We finally sit down, We order, waiter gets TWO of our orders wrong! Food and atmosphere great but management needs to invest in training."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food as always was excellent. The service was disappointing and did not live up to its usual standards."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "For romance, how about rose petals on the table and champagne at the ready? Along with sweet treats. Terrific service and very good menu well done."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I brought my friend to Maximilien's for lunch because her family has a restaurant & I wanted to please her with an excellent meal. She had the tuna, the daily special, & it was DRY. Very dry. I had the halibut with the sauce & the sauce was bland. Very bland. My friend used my bland sauce to moisten her dry tuna. I have been coming to Maximiliens for many years & this was my first BIG disappointment. The wine, bread & coffee were all good, but the fish & sauce were, at best, common. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We came here for Mother's Day Brunch. I don't have high expectations for special event days due to the pressures on the staff and usually avoid them. We came here for Mother's Day a few years ago and my mother and MIL loved it so they wanted to come back this year. Biggest change was the prix fix menu. It did eliminate some favorites. I expect this format is easier on the kitchen but I was disappointed. My mother had the lamb and my MIL had the chicken croissant. They were both thrilled. That is all that counts right?! The service was attentive, which I always appreciate at Maximilien."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My mom loves this place so much we go here every year for mother's day. Delicious moules frites and croissants!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
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    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Best meal in a long time, made for a terrific evening! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Romantic Birthday dinner was fantastic. We optioned for the 'Lover's Special' with Sparkling Wine, chocolates and our table on the window was decorated with rose petals. Ooh la la!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A beautiful place with a wonderful selection of traditional French dishes."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "For my wife and I who have been in Seattle for decades, finding Maximilien was a delightful surprise. The view is as good as it gets, and the ambience is truly charming. We loved everything we ate, and the staff were genuinely kind and professional. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "our food was excellent in taste and presentation, but my wife was offered an entree she did not order, where I ate my entree alone and she received her halibut later. We were given a free dessert and did not ask for any other reparation."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I had high hopes for this meal...I have heard of Maximilien for years and left feeling dissapointed. The prices did not meet the quality of the food in my opinion. We had duck (just ok), scallops (overcooked) and beef with marrow (probably the best of the three - we were just not a fan of marrow). I prefer their sister restaurant Le Zinc."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Love this place- not sure why we waited so long to return but it won't be long at all before we are back. The gourmand menu with the pork tenderloin was great."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was our 3rd visit to Maximillien's and the 2nd time that we were lucky enough to have Jonathan as our waiter. Great food and service, coupled with the waterfront view from Pike Place makes for an unbeatable dining experience! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Maximilien continues to offer superb French cuisine with a flair of Northwest flavors after many great years. The sunsets are out of this world at this time of the year..."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My partner and I attended for an anniversary dinner. We decided on the fixed price menue, he ordering the fish, my choice being the rabbit. When our food arrived, I was advised there had been a mix up on the menu and the rabbit was not aavailable that evening. The server presented to me a sered duck leg that the "chef" had prepared instead. The duck had been sliced and appeared to be quite rare. I tried eating a few bites and indicated to my partner that it was not pleasant to eat. He offer to trade meals whick we did. I feel that the server and chef should have collorated by informing me before the meal service that a menu item was not available. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014