Maximilien
Maximilien

Maximilien

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2066827270x
  • 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: 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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Maximilien reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (145)great for outdoor dining (106)romantic (103)special occasion (99)fit for foodies (84)great for lunch (48)neighborhood gem (45)notable wine list (40)great for brunch (24)good for groups (20)late-night find (16)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Spectacular Setting
    Frank
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Authentic French Bistro fare using fresh PNW ingredients. Absolutely gorgeous views. Professional yet friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, an excellent restaurant
    Frenchie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    Jpw13
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    Barb
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We find ourselves at Maximilien's several times throughout the year. The food is consistently good. We had a show to attend, let our wait staff know, and she was on it. The seafood is always to well prepared, and we always order the oysters. They are consistently good. In the Summer, they move their tables out on the patio, and it's just wonderful to watch the ferries go in and out, along with the ferris wheel. A wonderful spot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Skiller
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent French restaurant
    TravelQueen1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunate lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best anywhere
    OlyPair
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best service ever
    nitemann
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but very rich
    CindyLouWho
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Maximilien
    Fantastic
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent favorite
    Esploratore
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot on a sunny day
    EatsVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The view is magnificent from the deck, and the food is fresh and presented with appeal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SalmonFet1
    SalmonFet1VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were moved indoors to a less acceptable table. They were less than accommodating when we asked to move. Other tables were available.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic French Dinning Experience
    HansHahne
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food too expensive for quality
    Fdsnobnot
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frenchy
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, view and service
    Simplecountrysquire
    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).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Staff are very accommodating ,friendly , helpful with food choices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Al Fresco Lunch
    Cbeza
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch not brunch
    Regrouping
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food and beautiful view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfriendly Server
    Bikinmaniac
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Continues Marvelous after 39 years!
    traveljunkie23
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • C'est excellent!
    KapnKz
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Delicious lunch and beautiful view - who could ask for more?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a classic.
    CCme
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Great lunch spot for a special family birthday. Wonderful staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 101 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 927 reviews are from the Maximilien reviews archive.
  • Great spot
    BillR
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary dinner
    Amazing
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location- service lacking
    Matthias
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mjsktr
    mjsktr
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Anniversary Lunch
    sammie12
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food as always was excellent. The service was disappointing and did not live up to its usual standards.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuna was DRY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Etoilerouge
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Moms Happy, me eh
    Bunny
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome authentic
    HotforfranceVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Just like eating in france Excellent Just like eating in france Excellent Just like eating in france Excellent Just like eating in france Excellent Just like eating in france Excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Best meal in a long time, made for a terrific evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastico!
    1RomanticBDDinner
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Experience
    EastSideFoodie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    A beautiful place with a wonderful selection of traditional French dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A really special place
    Seaoracle
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent food, but
    Rablo
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic