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About Maximilien

Maximilien is a contemporary French restaurant. This eatery is located on the iconic Puget Sound of Elliot Bay in Seattle. Diners are given a spectacular panoramic view of the nearby Olympic Mountains and can watch passers by enjoy the nearby pier complete with Ferris wheel. Maximilien also offers a large wraparound patio for diners to enjoy their meals outside.

Maximilien's menu focuses on making fine French cuisine approachable to typical American diners. Executive Chef Christian Potvin has created a unique menu by taking locally-sourced Washington ingredients and cooking them using classic French techniques. Appetizers at Maximilien's include fresh oysters on the half shell and escargot in garlic and parsley-butter. Dinner options include pan-seared Painted Hills natural beef tenderloin, White bean cassoulet with Touloise sausage and a duo of Hudson Valley duck leg confit with seared duck breast, Brussel sprouts, carrots, Chantrelles and green peppercorn sauce.

81A Pike St
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Seattle, 98101-2024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Maximilien French restaurant is no longer accepting reservation through OpenTable. To make reservations, please visit our web site at www.MaximilienRestaurant.com or call us!

Cross Street:
Pike Street and 1st Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:

Website:
http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/

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!

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. There is also the Valet Parking every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (after 5:30pm) adjacent to the Market's info booth.
http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/parking

Executive Chef:
Christian Potvin

Private Party Facilities:
Whether you are planning a company event, holiday party, wedding reception or any kind of occasion, we will ensure your experience will be expertly produced with the same flavorful gourmet cuisine and attentive service we deliver to our guests every day.

Private Party Contact:
Willy: (877) 845-1682

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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.

Maximilien Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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4.4

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4.0

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 22, 2011

Maximimilien is now in its 15th year, and it meets all it aspires to be. Which is to provide a French resturaunt experience at moderately high prices in a stunning atmosphere. It is a great place to take out-of-town guests for the view and the service. The food is French, is good, but is not really exceptonal; I say this after perhaps 10 visits over 5 years or so. Obviously I like the place - especially for the quiet atmosphere - but it is not my favorite in the Belltown / Market area for my inner foodie.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 22, 2011

Everything was great! Definitely looking forward for more in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2011

This is one of my favorite places to take people to. It's hidden in a corner of the Pike Place Market and a lot of people don't realize it's there. It's intimate, romantic, and has an amazing view in the heart of the tourist district. But the consistently excellent food and service are light years beyond what you usually find in a tourist location. I've never been disappointed. It's great for business lunches, weekend brunch with (well behaved) kids, or romantic late night visits.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 10, 2011

My wife and I who dine out regularly (approximately 3 times per week) have our regular places here in Seattle, but wanted to branch out and try some other places. We had been to Maximilien before a couple of times on the outside deck(which is beautiful) and once for dinner. The deck is what this place is all about. I understand you can't make a reservation for the deck; first come...first serve. Million dollar view. We had a 7:00PM reservation; asked for the deck and the host was almost rude about even trying to make a couple of places work outside if even for just a cocktail. Inside was HOT and uncomfortable. Had a $100 gift certificate and server didn't even read it and only took 15% off bill; got it corrected after I mentioned it.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 8, 2011

I would definately recommend this to visitor's. Easy walking distance from downtown and very good food - generous servings. Only wish they had a good crusty bread.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2011

We've eaten at Maximilien before and have always enjoyed superb food. This time though, the food was good but not quite at superb. Our foie gras was a bit overcooked (we love our foie gras and know how it should be prepared) - this was definitely overcooked. The rest of the dinner was at par. Our waiter could have done a better job at recommending foods instead of "if you like steak then you should order steak, if you like so and so, you should order so and so" - well, of course we know that but that's not what we asked him. Anyway, overall the dinner was good - we like their fall/winter menus better. They do have a great menu for late night happy hour - next time we're going to try that.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 27, 2011

Once again, we had a perfect dinner. Our waiter was delightful, knowledgeable, and just attentive enough to predict needs without hovering. Meals were perfect and beautiful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 26, 2011

On top of it French restaurant, better every time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 26, 2011

Great view, worst service ever.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 22, 2011

Was expecting something special for our 13th anniversary; asked for a window table, but were assigned a table on the far side, away from the window. Waiter was professional, courteous, and somewhat knowledgeable. But this isn't a foodie or service-oriented place. The food looked good, but honestly was more bland than I was expecting.
There are a lot of restaurants around town where both the food and the customer get more attention.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 22, 2011

Tucked away in the corner of Pike Place Market, near where the fish mongers perform routinely, this is one of the best kept secrets of the famous Seattle Market. Rustic, yet refined, with an exceptional enclosed view (no worries of weather)the food is consistently excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 22, 2011

The only aspect that detracted from a perfect evening at Maximilien was the fact that the upstairs bar was so noisy that we had to almost shout to make ourselves heard. Otherwise, the food, service and view were superb!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 18, 2011

Delicious food as always and a delightful deck overlooking the Sound. Excellent place to bring out of towners to get a true taste of Seattle seafood in the heart of Pike Place Market!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 17, 2011

The duck was disappointing and salmon salad was serviceable. This restaurant has a good view and ambiance. Great for a glass of wine with someone special or friend. Would be a good time for sunset drink and appetizers for a group.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 16, 2011

We have been going to Max's for 20 years. It never disappoints.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 13, 2011

The view is unmatched by the food. This place was difficult to find, once we got there the service was formal and somewhat smug. The waiter actually rolled his eyes when we chose to order entrees right away instead of starting with an appetizer. The food was good, though portions are small especially for the prices. But, if you are looking for an amazing view at sunset, this place is it! The rooftop seating offers a beautiful view of the water and is very romantic.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 13, 2011

Perfection. The service was exceptional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 7, 2011

Very French, but very friendly and attentive service. Moderate portions of exquisite food served in a wonderful setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 7, 2011

Great place for Sunday brunch/lunch. Not a real breakfast type menu, but there was enough variety and well prepared food to satisfy our party of 6. The view was amazing, and the outdoor seating was great. It was not crowded at 11:30 when we arrived, but by 12:30 the outside patio was full. The wait staff was appropriately French and aloof which only added to the charm. A great find in Pike's Market.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 6, 2011

My wife annd I were in Seattle for a conference, we noticed that Maximilien was chosen as on of the best places in America for dinner and a sunset. It did not dissappoint! A wonderful dinner, great service, and a totally awesome sunset!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 31, 2011

My husband and I were visiting from out of town and celebrating our wedding anniversary. We selected this restaurant based on the excellent reviews we read about it. It did not disappoint. The restaurant was everything we hoped for...romantic, beautiful view, amazing food. We will definitely be going back each time we are in Seattle. If you are celebrating something special - you should go to this restaurant. The staff goes above and beyond to make your dining experience special for you. ~Kimberly

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2011

We enjoyed our dinner there, and the others liked the food, but I was disappointed with the lobster. It was clearly frozen, and for $36, I was expecting better. The sauce was great, but once the delicate meat has been forzen, there isn't anything you can do to bring back the flavor it had.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 28, 2011

I was never so impressed with a server as the person who served us ....... absolutely excellent. I am sorry we were so caught up with the evening that we do not recall his name, but I hope the Restaurant let's the gentleman know that we truly appreciated his efforts and suggestions .... Top Notch.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 25, 2011

Maximilien had excellent food, (Canard was to die for) wonderful attentive service and an unsurpassed view from every single table in the dining room. It has old world french charm and delicious modern cuisine. I would recommend this for almost any occasion - romantic proposal or family brunch before a walk through Pike Place Market. C'etait magnifique!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 24, 2011

We were visiting Seattle from Boston and enjoyed a perfect lunch experience at Maximilien. My college-age son and I arrived early for our Open Table reservation and got a table on the patio with a view of the water. We ordered a cheese plate (we are cheese plate fanatics) and charcuterie to share. The cheese plate was diminutive, but so good we ordered a second. Then we had the Pacific Northwest seafood salad, which was spectacular. Our waitress was warm, gracious and efficient. I would definitely dine here again on a return visit to Seattle and would try dinner next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 23, 2011

I'm starting to think that all those reviews I read that gave an "outstanding" for service is from the servers themselves! Who would give such bad service a great rating? Servers with fake french accents isn't what would bring me back - but the food would.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2011

I arrived early and decided to have a drink in the bar. I was told to take a seat behind the trees and found myself sitting on an uncomfortable stool at a counter. After reading a chapter in my book and not getting served, I decided have drinks elsewhere and return at my reservation time.

Dinner, however, was wonderful. It was my boyfriend's birthday. We began with the escargot, large, tender and very delicately seasoned. He enjoyed his duck very much and although my halibut was a little dry, it was still quite tasty. We each had a glass of port with dessert, crème brûlée for him and the lovely poached pear for me. (His was good, but my pear was better.) Service in the dining room was friendly and well-timed, and the view was gorgeous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2011

We brought guests from Japan and Seattle for lunch. The people at Maximilien's accommodated our guest's request to move outside, stashed their bags, and assured we had a convivial, tasty lunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on July 18, 2011

Maximilien is a gem. Foods are great, the view wonderful, service outstanding, and they bring French culture.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2011

Was very excited for my return to my hometown and painstakingly selected Maximilien for its menu, reviews and outdoor patio. Service was outstanding. However, the food was a definite letdown. My salmon was overcooked and the filet was a small, dried-out little thing covered in a thick creamy lobster sauce. Sad considering the Pike Place fish market is right around the corner, where everyone is drooling over fresh, tender fish. My bf loved his mussels but the wine was the highlight of my meal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 14, 2011

We were celebrating the French National Day. The pure and beautiful voice of French singer Fathia Atallah along with the good wine "Nuit St Georges" was lulling us.
The menu for the day was good. Gazpacho and pâté de lapin were excellent. The meat was spicy and tasty served with good French fries.
As a whole it was the very good, happy and friendly atmosphere we were delighted to find!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 13, 2011

classic French cuisine is well prepared and flavorful,Staff was attentive and efficient. But the dated interior and rather beat up furnishings detract from what should be a romantic and special dining experience. Dining room has a nice view of waterfront, and patio seating in good weather is a much better choice. Fresh fish entrees were balanced and well presented, but lobster thermidor should have been cut from shell first so that diner can enjoy the meal instead of fighting with it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2011

We have enjoyed Maximilien for many years--usually a special occasion, and a great place to take out of town guests as the view is stupendous. The service can be slow and the food is a bit uneven, as it was the last visit. Just little things, a bit off: overdone asparagus; duck confit a touch too crispy and dry. On the other hand, the chosen wines were excellent and the desserts as grand as ever. We will be back...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 11, 2011

I hope it stays this good forever. We'll be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 10, 2011

Service was great. Nice location for treating a special bride (daughter).

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 8, 2011

Expensive. While the food was good, it wasn't amazing, which it should have been for the price. The onion soup was noticeably harsh and one-dimensional in a canned beef stock way, and too salty. The Chilean Sea Bass was well done, as was the Duck Confit. The location is spectacular overlooking Seattle harbor and service was very good. Recommend going Sunday night, when they run a prix fixe special that includes their regular entrees.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 7, 2011

anniversary dinner -- return visit -- window table was lovely; food was delicious. Service good, good pacing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2011

Four of us went for a later evening meal on a Thursday and had a wonderful time. It was quiet - the service was attentive and the food was delicious! We could not complain about any of it. We loved the bread, the oysters, the clams, the halibut and really loved the Chilean Bass. Overall we highly recommend Maximilien.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 30, 2011

The food was nice but it was our 26th anniversary and we'd told them that. In spite of the special nature of the evening, they crammed us into the worst table in the room--tiny, cramped and as far as they could move us from the view. Won't bother returning.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 30, 2011

Lovely table by the window with a fabulous view of Elliott Bay. Great menu. Delicious lunch and dessert. Server was attentive but uncharacteristically cool and unsmiling for Seattle.

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