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Maximilien
Maximilien

Maximilien Details

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

    Dinner:
    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 & 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.
    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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Ordered two nice bottles of wine. Fir the second, had to ask waiter to bring proper glasses. Served first in the tiny glasses already on table. Corrected my pronunciation of the wine. Well, actually pretended like did not know I was saying. Made me show him in the menu. Then corrected me. I assure you, my pronunciation was correct. At best, a tomato , to Tomata deiiference. And AGAIN, tried to correct me when I asked him to decant the second... "Oh, you mean decanter?" He asked? On top of that, spilled a good but when decanting it. Weird, spotty service but he seemed to mean well. Nice enough of a guy. That said, love this place. Will be back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Very disappointed in Maxilimilien. Service was curt and condescending. No passion or enthusiasm. Decided to go with the Le Gourmand Menu. Ordered the Pork Cheek, which they ran out of and, on their own accord, substituted a piece of braised beef and sausage over mashed potatoes. This was also just OK. Not anything to even remember. Also, How does a restaurant burn Creme Brûlée and still leave it without a solid crust. [retorical]. I see a sinking ship here. No reason to return."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent good and service, fantastic view outside very enjoyable"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "On her last night in town, I wanted to treat my French cousin to a special meal with a view of the Seattle waterfront - and I wanted us to eat outside because the summer weather was so spectacular. Maximilien delivered this tenfold! My cousin was very surprised and pleased by the food and commented the menu even served her favorite French dessert! From starters to entrees, we had a superb dinner - and our server even went out of his way to speak both French and English to myself and my cousin. For a special occasion or to enjoy the best view of the Seattle waterfront while indulging in a delicious meal, I highly recommend Maximilien!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "As much as I'm rooting for them, they were a disappointment. No one was happy with the temp of the drinks and we even asked for ice to add in to our drinks. It would have been good for the waiter to pick up on us putting ice in our drinks to ask if he could replace them with cold bevs, but no. When I asked for the Croque Madame with no ham, the waiter said "Sorry, they are preassembled so there is already ham on it." Really? Preassembled eggs too? That doesn't sound very appetizing. I would ask that the management of this restaurant look at their policies on requests, stop preassembling food (yuk), get more veggie dishes on the menu and check their cooler. All in all, we probably won't go back and won't recommend it to others."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have periodically dined at Maximilien since it opened decades ago. It has remained consistent in all respects during that time, but the addition of the outdoor deck, with a wonderful view, has been great. The decor is dark, woody, and mildly funky--just enough to know that you are in the Market. The menu is French and somewhat limited--for example, it includes escargot and duck but not other classic French bistrot dishes that one might expect. The food is good but not great--for example, the onion soup is fine but not superb. A pleasant experience with a great view of Elliot Bay."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I was visiting from out of town. I can never decide if Maximilien or Place Pigale is better--but the point is irrelevant--they are both 6 stars in all categories--and basically next to each other. The views from the windows or the deck are spectacular. I do wish Seattle restaurants stayed open later, but then I am used to eating in NY and Paris where you can order dinner at 2 a.m. Great food, great service, interesting wine, and bartenders that know how to make a drop dead Manhattan!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Salmon perfectly cooked, delicious and nicely priced wine list. Vegetables undercooked. Traditional French (heavy) sauces but good. Overall quite pleasant."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We invited our daughter to join us during her lunch hour and were extremely disappointed in the time it took to serve the meal. We ordered by 12:10 and received our soups promptly. They were very good. But our main courses did not arrive at the table until 12:50. Our daughter had to ask to have hers boxed and took it with her back to her office. Not a very good way to enjoy a lamb burger. :( Our chicken sandwiches were too well done and disappointing overall. The restaurant was not crowded the day we visited, so do not understand the delay."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Service was slow even for a upscale restaurant. Salmon was unremarkable. Halibut was very good. Dessert was slightly above average."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary here Saturday and was looking for a new place to try. We were so pleased at the quality of service, the view and how amazing the food was! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had a perfect dinner for a special birthday evening at Maximilien. The restaurant atmosphere makes you felt like you're on a trip to France. We sat outside and the view was fantastic. We all had the halibut which was delicious. What a great night!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Especially good for nice Summer evenings, and for out of town guests to see the waterfront."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I have been to Maximillien's several times. I think this was my last. I like the ambience. The food, especially the onion soup, is good. However the menu is very limited and it is somewhat challenging to find something reasonably healthy and appealing. But what really struck me at our recent lunch was the poor service. The waiter simply had no time for us. He even walked away mid-sentence while "answering" (not really, more like pretending to answer) a question we had. He left the clean plates and silverware stacked on the table, rather than taking the time to set the table. It was all very odd."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "If you like high quality French food, if you appreciate a wonderful terrace with astounding views, and if you seek a location that is outside the norm, than Maximilien is your spot."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing for an anniversary dinner. Great view even though we were not seated right at the window. Food was delicious but not too heavy. The oysters and Creme Brûlée Fois Gras were the hits of the evening. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We go to Maximilien's every time we are in Seattle! It is wonderful food, ambience and service. It is a pleasure to leisurely enjoy the chef's work! The views in the summer are spectacular.....bring sunglasses for late afternoon/ early evening....right on the waterfront..."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We stopped in while at the market for lunch & came back just two days later to celebrate a birthday because the food & atmosphere was so wonderful. Highly recommended, authentic French food."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food, good water view and excellent service,"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Every single experience has been wonderful at least 25 visits."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Maximilien is a touch of Europe in Seattle. Their food is always good (love their truly French fries!) and service excellent. Our evening was one of those amazing Seattle sunny ones and sitting on the Maximilen deck was like being on vacation. Tables are a bit close, but so they are in European cafes."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The best French restaurant in Seattle! Lovely view with great food. Service runs hot and cold, however. When I saw someone having Moules at another table, and I did not see them on the menu, I asked our waiter what other items do you have that are not on the menu. He said, "None!" When I pointed to the Moules, he said that was only during Happy Hour. I asked when is Happy Hour? He said 5-7. It was 6:30 PM. Many other service issues, but the food and view are worth going. I recomend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Authentic French Bistro fare using fresh PNW ingredients. Absolutely gorgeous views. Professional yet friendly service."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We ate here to celebrate Bastille Day. The food was very good, and much better than I expected. The restaurant was very crowded that night but even still, the service was excellent and the waiter was attentive to our needs. He made sure we had what we needed and that our water glasses were always filled. The only small negative I would note was that the maître d' at the front was not that friendly. Maybe he was going for the authentic French experience lol, but in any case I found him to be a little brusque. We had reservations for 7:30 and we arrived about 5 minutes early, but they were still a little late in seating us. Not that big a deal, and could've been due to the restaurant being so busy that night. Overall a great dinner."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We were in from out of town and I hadn't eaten here in 5 years. We ate on the patio and had a table right at the edge. Great appetizer. Excellent scallops and halibut. I am sure there are many seafood places in Seattle, but we had a very nice meal. And service was great on our anniversary"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have dined at Maximilien on a few special occasions now and have never been disappointed. Everything has always been spot on and I highly recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service was in the best European style, meaning attentive but not intrusive, friendly and knowledgeable. Not the usual overly familiar style we usually find. Rob was great, and the only way we learned his name was from the bill. Next, the food. I love escargot and this didn't quite make the grade - not garlicky enough and needed salt. However, the halibut with tomato confit was very good. We both agreed that the crème brulee au café was one of the best we'd ever had. We had a great view of the water. Their roof top vegetable garden is pretty. The noise level was pretty much what you'd expect outside at 7:00 but the tables were far enough apart to still be able to hear your dinner partner. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Staff are very accommodating ,friendly , helpful with food choices."
    Dined on 6/14/2014