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Bistro Maxine

4.1
24 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Bistro Maxine has been serving Authentic French Crêpes in Palo Alto since 2009. The traditional "hole in the wall Crêperie" was the smallest restaurant in Palo Alto with a liquor license. An expansion in 2015 allowed Bistro Maxine to triple its original size; the combined space with a beautiful european look and feel can accommodate up to 52 patrons, including Paris style sidewalk seating which is very popular at all times of day. Crêpes originated in Brittany, and are still very much part of the French dining experience all over France. In addition to its delightful savory and sweet crêpes, Bistro Maxine also offers a traditional french onion soup, a "Prix fixe menu" in the evening, amongst other French fare. To complement your meal, a carefully selected craft beers and cider on tap was added to the menu as part of the expansion, as well as an enhanced wine selection from the award wining Robert Hall Winery of Paso Robles.
Come to Bistro Maxine to enjoy Paris in Palo Alto.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Monday: 7:00am - 2:30pm
Tuesday - Friday: 7:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 323-1815
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hamilton Avenue
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
4.0
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3.0Dined on August 14, 2017

To start and in all fairness, we we there at a tweener time. We also, were still on CST, craving brunch, rather than breakfast or lunch. The place is pretty humble, but not in a Paris sort of humble. The crepes were overly dry and barely saved by the creme fraiche. Also, the accompanying fruit was just 1 level above canned fruit cocktail. Maybe the kids at Stanford like this place, but to others there are better options in Pali Alto.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

I had the brioche French Toast and my friend had the strawberry crepes. Both items were excellent. Lots of fresh fruit on the side. Service was outstanding. Friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

An intimate and gourmet meal with attention to the details. Great music, decorum and airy dinning area makes the overall experience unique and worth the trip.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Arguing with customers with reasonable requests is not the best approach. Maybe it was a bad day for us both..

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2017

Superb French Bistro in downtown. Fun to go with friends or the family. Many options for a variety of sweet or savory crepes, sandwiches & salads. Great atmosphere and attentive staff. Value for money. Go for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

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1.0Dined on January 28, 2017

I sent an email to you earlier. Bistro Maxine was closed at the time of our reservation! We arrived at 6:15 on Jan. 28 and the store was dark. No explanation posted. The person in the business next door said she thought they had some staffing problem. I made this reservation about 5 hours before the time. I am surprised that I received a confirmation email. I assumed that OpenTable would have been in touch with the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2016

Great place for a casual breakfast! Very cozy atmosphere, our 9 yr old son declared that the food was " the best ever ", it is quite a compliment coming from a picky 9 yr old eater.
We'll definitely come back for more of French cuisine!

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2016

The place was completely empty when we arrived early Saturday night. Service, food and the space were all good. No complaints.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Went here for the first time after finding it online, I had been craving crepes and I was not disappointed, It's an hour from my house, but would go again.

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2016

Met colleague for dinner. Was able to choose from most tables. We were not rushed. Menu had lots of good options for savory and sweet crepes and looked authentic as the menus I've seen in Paris. Had the savory crepe with egg, ham, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese with buckwheat crepe batter. I thought the egg would come on top but it was inside. The buckwheat crepe was a bit dry. Had the sautéed apple and cinnamon sweet crepe. There was not much apple. Overall I think the menu looked more promising than what actually came out. But at least it was not a pricey place.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2016

The food was extremely salty. Everything we ordered was salty.

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Appeared that restaurant had very short staff. Only waitress and man behind counter. In fact, waitress was also noted washing dishes. Food just OK. Service slow. Wine-so,so.
Will not be back. Too many good restaurants in Palo Alto.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2016

This was our first visit to Bistro Maxine. Our crepes (one salmon, one chicken, both with the buckwheat batter option) were very tasty and surprisingly hearty. We opted to add the house salad with spinach, goat cheese and almonds, and were delighted with its balance of flavors. Definitely worth the modest extra cost. We finished off by sharing a dessert crepe with lemon juice and strawberries. It was not a busy time there, so it's difficult to say how noisy it would be when full. But we had no trouble carrying on a conversation at a comfortable volume, a plus that seems to be less and less common in downtown Palo Alto as the years go by.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Authentic French creperie. Fabulous French onion soup with good wines for the price. Crepes we had were the chicken mushroom and the Gorgonzola with ham. We both preferred the chicken and mushroom. I thought the Gorgonzola was great, but too much or too intense for an entree. The salads that cam with the crepes was delicious and I kept hoping for more to offset the intense crepe. We were too full for dessert but took croissants to go and enjoyed them with the remainder of the wine at the hotel late in the afternoon.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

My daughter and I had dinner here on a Saturday night and everything was perfect. She had the Saumon crepe (smoked salmon, lemon, capers, creme fraiche) and I had the Corse crepe (prosciutto, brie, fig jam)--both very tasty. The portion size was just right to fill us up, so we plan to come back for dessert another night! There are also other crepes we'd like to try so we will definitely be returning.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2016

We went for dinner at 6:30 PM and it was almost empty except for another couple and a table with two noisy children whose parents seemed to know the kitchen help, who came out to talk to them. My salad came with big hunks of goat cheese and wasn't very appetizing. The crepes were advertised as coming with a sauce, but there was no sauce on either my husband's or my crepes. The crepes themselves were very brown and dry. There was a lot of salmon in my salmon crepe, but the whole meal ended up being tasteless and unappealing, like it was slapped together by someone who didn't care. The tables were small, old wooden affairs and they felt grubby. As were we leaving, a large group of young people came in. This restaurant appears to appeal to a young crowd or families with children.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2016

We were there for Mother's Day dinner. The menu had several delicious choices. We went for the sea bass and it was truly delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

We've eaten at Bistro Maxine many times, but this was the first time we went for dinner. It's very nice that they have expanded into the spot next door, and they've done a nice job with the interior. Crepes were excellent as always. Starters were also very good -- had the tartine with epinard et mozzerella, and also the tartine with smoked saumon. They used to offer a gluten-free crepe batter choice, but unfortunately they no longer do. There isn't much there without gluten, so my celiac daughter had a tartine without the bread (toppings in a bowl), and the french onion soup without the bread. Salad options exist, but are limited. My only other complaint is that they charged me for a refill on my iced tea as if I had ordered two iced teas. That's very unusual to do. Same for my daughter's Coke refill -- since she used the same glass, at most there could have been a smaller charge for the second one. They lost a star for these extra charges, and also for the lack of gluten-free options. Service was very good and very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2016

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2016

Had a very happy experience on my first visit to Bistro Maxine, which has captured the feeling of a small neighborhood cafe in Paris. Open and informal, with slightly bright-ish lighting that is more friendly than romantic. We had the prix fixe dinner with wine pairing, which was very well done throughout. The mainstay of Bistro Maxine is crepes, which were relatively light with truly delicious fillings. Service was outstanding, with the chef also making an appearance. The friendliness of the staff was a major draw that makes me sure I'll return.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

My wife and I had our first date at Bistro Maxine on Valentine's Day of 2015, back before the restaurant had been remodeled. The chefs and staff are excellent, the atmosphere is lovely, and the food affordable yet delicious. It's not the fanciest place in Palo Alto, but it more than makes up for it with quiet charm. Give it a try and, like us, you might even become regulars ;)

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2016

Bistro Maxine is a sweet little cafe on Ramona serving crepes, salads, soup and panini. We tried many items and everything was delicious! Don't forget to request the buckwheat crepes when ordering the non-sweet entree crepes!

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2015

It's a small little place. Nothing fancy but a good place to go if you want crepes and not from a chain restaurant down the road. Our server was very friendly and we were happy to stumble upon the fact that they take reservations.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2010

The crepes here are the star, but the service seemed aloof and indifferent - I don't know if they were trying to recreate the Parisian atmosphere of haughtiness in that respect as well. Compliments on the food were received indifferently. A little more enthusiasm from the wait-staff could make this a really nice place. There are too many good options in downtown Palo Alto for me to give this anything more than 3 stars.

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