As its name implies, Brasserie Max & Julie in Houston, TX is a classic brasserie featuring an enormous selection of wines along with dishes designed to pair perfectly with them. Offering both brunch and main menus, choices include hors d'oeuvres, grilled specialties, regional dishes, fish and daily specials.
Because Brasserie Max & Julie is a specialty establishment, nothing is run of the mill and daily special plates might include house made parmentier or a Provencal styled seafood. The restaurant also has a fine cheese selection and even the desserts at Brasserie Max & Julie speak of the French influences. Choose from luxurious floating islands or classic tart tatin. You can also enjoy gourmet coffees to savor a truly authentic experience.
Will miss this wonderful go to Brasserie for traditional French cuisine.
Not sure what the problem was with service on this Friday night. We have been here several times before and brought some friends to enjoy a new spot. Was very disappointed in the inattention of the server. Food was very good, thank goodness, so our friends were not entirely disappointed. Will only be back on a weekday night in the future.
Wife ordered the artichoke. The produce sticker was still on. We were the only customers in at the time. And it was her bday dinner.
Seats not very comfortable, but all the rest was great
Always authentic French dining with a terrific wine list. Cozy & elegant at the same time. Be sure to try the crepes & champagne for weekend brunch!
Food was great, but service was slow and unattentive.
Our dinner was very disappointing. The restaurant ran out of the first 3 wines I ordered, and did not have two of the entrees on the menu. One out of the dozen oysters was bad, inedible and our waiter offered to discount the dish, but then forgot. My snapper special was bland. The beef bourguignon was decent, but not great. Perhaps the best dish we had was the escargots.
We really like max and Julie's for brunch so we decided to try it for dinner and we didn't enjoy it as much. The fish I had was bland with a medley of vegetables that we either over or under cooked. I never know what I was biting into... I will definitely be back for brunch but maybe not for dinner...
Been to Max and Julie several time before, but this visit was disappointing. Menu was very limited and did not seem to have many real French items. My wife had the trout , which frankly looked like it could have come from a cafeteria plate. My steak poivre was good, but not great .Atmosphere was still good , but overall not a real special experience. I think they need to work on their menu options with something that adds a little life.
I can't tell you how much we enjoy Max & Julie's. The food is always great and not overpriced. The staff is always so friendly. We plan to make this our go to restaurant.
Lovely restaurant with a European feel. My wife and I went for a special date night and were not disappointed.
Rack of lamb was a bit of a disappointment. Very, very fatty, almost no meat. (I realize there is very little but this was ridiculous..) Fois gras was fair, my husband's chocolate mousse was okay but nothing to write home about. Overall, average. Service was great though.
The waiter was really pleasant but messed up one diner's order. Then she couldn't split the check. So we all paid in cash and when I asked for change for a $20, she couldn't do this without help of a manager. Then I wanted to get a gift certificate and she didn't know how to do that. She then came back and said they were out of them and suggested I come back later in the week. Good food, good restaurant but well meaning bumbling staff didn't help.
Took my 2 teenage daughters just for fun, and had a wonderful time.
The place was full and vibrant, but the service and food made the evening.
We had escargot, chateaubriand, and a soufflé and it was all top notch.
Will definitely be back soon.
We do not live in Houston, but when we visit for long weekends we usually have a meal at Brasserie Max and Julie or at the sister restaurant, Cafe Rabalias. The menu at Rabalais is more varied and the wine list longer, but both provide excellent rood and service.
Always Great and Very Accommodating. Good wines and service is very good.
I was at the tail end of a business trip and have been dying for French food. I love foie gras and I must say that this restaurant does everything right. Almost. The service is impeccable. The food is amazing. The wine list extensive. But no one likes little bugs flying everywhere when they are trying to eat. That is my only complaint. This restaurant was as close to perfect as you can get and the next time I am in Houston again I will definitely dine.
We always enjoy Brasserie Max and Julie's and my husband chose this restaurant to celebrate Father's Day. Other than a baby at the nearby table who never stopped crying we had a wonderful meal, great service and a lovely time.
The service was terrific but my Croque Monsieur was not what I was expecting. It was kind of like a flat grilled cheese and not on the artisan bread I envisioned. I will still return, however, and try other menu items. Dora is a fantastic server!!
Love this place. But I am so sad that they have discontinued the salad with lordons, frisee, chicken livers and a poached egg. It always reminded me of the great bistros in Paris.
Brasserie Max and Julie is one of our favorite restaurants in Houston. French food done right, with a simple menu and excellent wine choices. We've had dinners and brunches here, and both are exceptional. The service is high-quality, friendly but polite, and servers are always able to make recommendations. Worth the price, the drive, everything! A little slice of France in Texas.
Saturday night was dark and stormy. Inside the restaurant was warm and inviting. The French Onion Soup was the perfect choice to start the meal. The salmon plate was terrific. Finished dinner with the trio sorbet. Pear, mango and raspberry. Wonderful.
We had a great dinner. The exhaust in the kitchen wasn't working well, so the dining room really smelled of cooking food.
Food was good and a great atmosphere was ruined by poor service. Waited over an hour for food and drink glasses went empty. Server was very stressed and then spilled food on one of our guests. Whole experience was very disjointed. Very sad as food was excellent.
This is one of our favorite neighborhood Restaurants in the Montrose area of Houston. They have a patio downstairs and a balcony upstairs for outdoor dining (upstairs might only be available on special occasions) The owners are from France and the food is very traditional which is refreshing with so much fusion, molecular, etc. cooking going on right now...sometimes you just want some traditional fare. The wine list is exceptional.
Such a great neighborhood restaurant. Always thoughtful service and great French standards.
Late night Sunday business meeting. This is a lovely restaurant that always gives a warm reception and makes one feel "at home." Perfect for those that need to entertain but don't cook. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Food is good but more options for vegetables as in the past - please.
Very bad experience. This is the worst service in Houston. Terrible attitude and waiter very very rude. I do not think it deserves even one start and it is a shame since the entree was not so bad the dessert, however was terrible.
I do not recommend this place and will not go back
Great food. Terrible service. Probably won't return
Dinner prices are much too high for these simple French country dishes (mostly southern France), served by an inexperienced staff.
I think they closed. The new place is nice as well. Museum district/Montrose edge always hip
We had a very good general experience, good French food with great customer service. Prices seems fair. It is difficult to find good French food in town, Max & Julie definitely are within the good standards.
Food was absolutely terrific regarding taste, aroma and presentation. Sat upstairs with a very nice view of the surrounding block for a nice lunch.
Max & Julie's is one of my fave places for brunch or dinner in Houston. Service, ambiance, food, everything is almost always great! And, if you go on Sundays for brunch, they have a little bit of calm, beautiful live music playing and the patio or the deck upstairs are fantastic when the weather is nice! :)
this is one of my wife's and my favorite restaurant. If one cannot be in Paris or the south of france, this is the place to be.
I've been a fan of this restaurant for a long time, but was quite disappointed with my last visit. It's as if the restaurant has a new chef, a new management, and a new waitstaff. Gone was the thoughtful service. While our server was very sweet, she was slow, even on a Tuesday evening when there were only about 10 other diners. She didn't take our orders almost 15 minutes from the time she handed us the menu---and perhaps would have taken longer if I had not asked the busboy to call her. She had forgotten to bring the wine I ordered, and did so only after I asked a fellow server to remind her. Now, the food--- the cassoulet, which used to be well-made was amateurish. The duck leg (obviously not confit) was fatty, with limp skin. The beans were mushy. And the bread---they used to have my favorite bread that had deep brown crunchy crust enveloping a pillowy center, dotted by holes. This new bread was pale and without enough yeast both in taste and flavor. It appeared to be cheap pre-frozen dough bake and passed as "home-made bread." I do hope that my visit was during an "off night" for the kitchen and for the staff. It left such a bad taste that I cancelled a planned dinner tonight.
On this second time dining here, I decided on the bouillabaisse. The serving portion was just right, but the fish and the mussels were not good. The fish, a small whiting, I think, did not taste fresh at all, while the mussels were very small there wasn't any meat to be had. Positives for the night are the bread and the souffle and the service.
EXCELLENT, AS USUAL. Parking is the only real problem, especially at lunch.
Loved our brunch here - delicious crepes! Super cute neighborhood restaurant.
I really love the place, the atmosphere, the great outdoor dining options, but the food was not what it used to be. I had the "entrecote" which was tough and burnt. The waiter did not even ask for temperature preference, which was a little odd... The rest of my party had decent though far from exceptional food... Bottom line: the place is great, but the food seems to be slipping. It's a shame (oh, and it's my second attempt after being previously disappointed by the Boeuf a la Wayne which was also tough - thought it was a fluke, but I am now 2 for 2)...