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1442 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Romantic
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Maximilien French restaurant is no longer accepting reservation through OpenTable. To make reservations, please visit our web site at or call us!
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christian Potvin
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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.
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Private party contact
Willy: (877) 845-1682
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Cross street
Pike Street and 1st Avenue
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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.

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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!
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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.
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
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAdainSeattle (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

a beautiful setting on a summer evening- unfortunately the charm ends there...ordered martinis & asked what gins they had- Shureal (a phonetic spelling of her name) didn't know- as she said "...there are four- do I need to go back inside to check...?" asked about oysters- wanted to know what kind they were & how they were tasting- she quickly told us they were good, the Puget Sound "out there is cold even in the summer"...I've lived in Seattle since 1990 & know oysters are not always delicious in the summer months. We passed on oysters. I ordered a market salad w/ salmon (on the menu it was labeled "Copper River King Salmon"- as previous mentioned I've lived here for 25+ years- it's a first for me to have Copper River Salmon available in August). Asked for salmon undercooked & dressing on the side. Husband had duck w/ foie gras. Dinner arrived w/ overcooked salmon (light colored, mushy, possibly frozen? not the deep red color of copper river) & lettuce dressed, Shureal said "...oh- do you want me to take it back to the kitchen...?" No concern whatsoever that what the customer had ordered had not been delivered. Husband's foie gras was cold. Don't think they worry about repeat customers- this was not on our list of restaurants to dine at for many years until someone told us they had great moules frites so we decided to try it. Won't be back. Visitors to our great city- there are many good quality, pleasant, delicious restaurants in Seattle- don't be sucked in by a lovely patio.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2016

This place has delicious food with a unique ambiance and a beautiful view.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

A long time favorite with a sense of place. Authentic, not stuffy, view.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

We were impressed right from the start - the bread and butter alone were enough to get a 5 star review out of me! The service was superb and the food was outstanding, authentic, beautifully presented and unforgettable. I also appreciated being able to enjoy conversation with the others in my party without competing with loud music or too many other loud voices. It was an overall excellent dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Great place I would recommend. Kinda pricy but worth it for dates

GregS (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2016

Our wife and I came into Downtown Seattle for a birthday lunch at Maximilien's. We have eaten here several times before and have always had an excellent meal. I had the Pike Place Market salad which was a delicious mix of greens, fingerling potatoes, green beans, red peppers, kalamata olives, hard boiled egg, and anchovies (!). I ordered the smoked salmon extra. It was delicious. We had a glass of French wine to celebrate. The service was very attentive and professional. The view of Puget Sound is sweeping and is enjoyable even on a cloudy rainy Seattle day.

Ruckin8Man (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

Food was amazing!!! The atmosphere was calm, and the staff was impeccable. Great local wines paired with the meal perfectly. Definitely going to come back!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

My wife and I wanted a nice first dinner experience on hour honeymoon. I would submit that it is more than safe to say there is no better restaurant we could have picked for our experience. Ambience, service, and food quality were over the top. Cheers to Maximilien, I hope to return soon!

Dvenetian (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2016

This was my first time dining at the Maximilien and made a reservation to celebrate our anniversary. The place was quite and romantic, but I dined on a rainy Wednesday's evening, and despite it was dark outside the water view was still good; the Ferris Wheel is at a stone's throw from the restaurant.

The food was good and rich as expected for a true French cuisine; but perhaps a bit too rich. I went for the Le Gourmand Menu with wine pairing and chose the Escargots à la Bourguignonne and Magret et Confit de Canard au Poivre Vert; hey were both excellent. The combination of flavors was very good but a couple of pieces of meat were slightly chewy.

The Crème brûlée au Café dessert was also very good but not the best I ever had. The espresso I ordered along with the dessert was perfectly made, an item that for me is hard to find in Seattle restaurants.

The wine pairing was very good.

A small bite of my wife's King salmon entree revealed once again the drive for richness in flavor, which is very unnecessary for our local salmons.

Overall it is a place I would recommend and that I will definitely return for dining.

KapnKz (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2016

Maximilien does not disappoint in the dishes it serves, the service and the view. I would definitely recommend Maximilien for anyone wanting delicious French food.