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Maximilien

4.3
1442 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

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About

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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Cuisines
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 www.MaximilienRestaurant.com 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.
http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/parking

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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!
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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.
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
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.4
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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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AlisaN (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2016

We celebrated my mom's birthday with her friends. It was their first time at Maximilien and they all loved it!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Beautiful setting, intimate dining room with incredible food.

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Leslie (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Always a special experience here. Great food, service and views. Consistently wonderful!

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SusanC (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 20, 2016

The food here is just excellent. I lived in France and this cuisine is really top. HOWEVER, do not make a reservation for 8 pm because they very rudely ask you to leave at 10 pm. It is unbelievable. The first time it happened to me several months ago, I thought it was exceedingly bizarre and completely UN-French. I was astonished. I let it go because the food is good.

Then it happened again this week! We had dinner at 8:30, with excellent food and service, and just as we were about to ask to see the dessert menu, the waiter comes out, places a chocolate mousse on the table, and says, "There's no dessert menu because the kitchen is closed, so you can have this." It was incredibly poor service. If they are not ready to serve people until 10:30 or 11 on a *Thursday* night, then they should not accept reservations at 8pm. Astonishing.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2016

A lovely meal in a lovely spot. I look forward to dining there again!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

The food still awesome, except the baguette basket was a bit disappointing.

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vipGastronome (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Very good but bread price should be built into entre pricing.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

Very nice little french bistro.
Not a superstar place but everything was just good and on point. Good service. Very solid escargot. Nice wine list. Go - it was very tasty and not expensive.

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viptastytreats (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

Good food, wine list and service with scenic views. Will be back again soon.

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AliK (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

Excellent French dining experience! We went for the Seattle Restaurant Week deal this time, great selection and everything was delicious! We had the pork and the salmon, both great. Cocktails, wine list, wine pairing flight, desserts, everything was superb. A little pricey regularly but definitely worth it. Great location inside Pike Place Market. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

Bad service, bland food. Awesome view of the waterfront.

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KatieS (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2016

This is the second time my husband and I have been here. Both times were wonderful, though this time was more expensive than we'd planned; however, that was mostly due to the drinks we had, so I would still say that the value is good, especially for food only.

The scallops were perfectly cooked, the foie gras had great texture, all the sides really meshed well with the entrees, and the dessert souffle was heaven. The only negative things were that the chutney accompanying the foie gras was rather overpowering in anything other than tiny amounts, and I ended up not liking the baked goat cheese app very much, though that may just be personal taste. I would also have preferred the table bread to be a little warm and the butter softened, though previous reviews did mention these were served cold/cool.

The few minor things about the service were it was a bit slower than I would have liked overall, particularly when we first got there. He may have just been giving us space to look over the menu and have our celebratory champagne, as the rest of the night he was fairly attentive, but unobtrusive. It also would have been nice to have the table crumbed, as the bread crust was very flaky, but both of these things were very minor issues.

It was busier than I expected on a Monday night, so wasn't quite as quiet and cozy as I'd hoped, but it wasn't terribly noisy either. We didn't have any problems hearing each other, but there was more ambient noise than the last time.

Overall, it was a great experience, with only a few very minor things that stood out to me. Our server was knowledgeable about the dishes and wine list and overall fairly attentive but not obtrusive. Our drinks jacked up the bill, but I don't think they were any more expensive than most other restaurants, we just had more of them. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a date night.

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vipElliott (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2016

Great service, food and ambiance! Perfect for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2016

Nice long-established restaurant. Great food, wine and live French music.

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Deborah (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2016

I love everything about Maximilien: the food, the ambiance, service, view, and space are wonderful. It's my go-to when I bring out-of-towners, but it's not touristy. A gem in the market!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2016

The restaurant is in a great location to view Puget Sound and the boats. It is right inside the Pike Market. The food has always been good The muscles are excellent and the menu is good with a lot of choices. It is a great place for either lunch or dinner

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2016

Found this place while walking in the market. The view caught my attention. The food was very good. Went back again later in the week for dinner. Out of town traveller, so probably won't be back soon. But would definitely recommend

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Bbates (Oklahoma City)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2016

we returned to Seattle for our aniversary and loved being able to celebrate at maxamillions again. the views are simply the best! I only wish they'd bring back thebone marrow. I recommend going. I imagine lunch on the rooftop when weather permits is amazing. my wife and I saw where the tables are and the view isgreat there too.

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KapnKz (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on September 20, 2016

Maximilien is a fun spot for a French lunch, and the Croque Madames are excellent with either frites or a green salad. The view of Elliott Bay is spectacular which always adds to our dining pleasure.

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MarionMia (London)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2016

We had a great time, so nice to find a French restaurant with our favorite dishes with such a pretty view and attentive service.

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