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Permanently Closed - Maxime, Bistro Français

181 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Welcome to Maxime
A unique and unexpected addition to the prestigious Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC, Maxime proves that a French restaurant can be much different from the preconceived notion of a stuffy, low-energy, high-priced establishment one might expect.
Imagine a fun, comfortable gathering place that artfully combines delicious French cuisine with an energetic, upscale bar surrounded by stylish decor with a neoclassical flair.
Maxime invites you to experience an authentic brasserie atmosphere with French hors d’oeuvres – with delicious mussels, an expansive list of specialty beers, and cocktails. Dinner features our prix fixe centerpiece dish, Steak Frites, served with our signature “secret” sauce. Other menu options include a carefully chosen selection of fish and vegetarian dishes.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Bistro, Belgian
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Hours of operation

Mon 11:30am to 11 pm
Tue 11:30am to 11 pm
Wed 11:30am to 11 pm
Thr 11:30am to 11 pm
Fri 11:30am to 12 am
Sat 10 am to 12 am
Sun 10 am to 11 pm
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Phone number
(202) 337-1571
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Fichter
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Private party facilities
Private & Semi Private rooms for up to 250 guests with a full service private bar. Separate sound system and projection screen.
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Private party contact
Samir Benkirane: (877) 853-3565
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Cross street
Located between 29th & 30th Streets
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Happy Hour Mon to Fri: 1/2 Priced Select Draft Beers and Moules Frites & Much more!
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRobert (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

One of the four meals order never arrived.

Follow-ups with the server did nothing to rectify the issue.

The manager never apologized but offered a "free" dessert.

A very unsatisfactory experience.

Melissa (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great meal, nice service!

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Visit Maxine every time in DC- not necessarily for the food, but love the venue. Maxine is very cool and cozy and has a huge fireplace- perfect for a pizza, mussels, and cocktail. Great fries too!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious meal on Christmas Eve. Service was great. Management lovely. Would recommend and return. Bonus was a big beautiful fireplace!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

I love this place. Great food and cozy environment and service.

vipNAT123 (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Cool drinks, horrible service, and terrible food. The ambiance is very nice, but besides that this place isn’t good. I would only come here if you’re looking to drink before the bars, definetly not somewhere to go to get good food.

vipBWDover (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Nice French style bistro in Georgetown. Bistro classics are well prepared. There is fresh baked bread and croissants. Also crepes prepared in open kitchen. We enjoyed a very nice brunch. Did I mention the wood burning fire on a cold day.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Great atmosphere, service, food; good value overall!

vipdine4fun (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Very good onion soup. Great hamburgers. Attentive service between the host and server. Had window seat for people watching.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Exceptional evening and food delicious. We had Steak frites, Mussels, smoked Salmon and fous gras. Kate was an attentive server. Crystal made great XMAS shooters after dinner at the bar. Looking forward to next visit

happy2dineout (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was disappointing. Our waiter was pleasant . They were out of one of the bottles of wine we ordered , not nicely substituted a better wine at the lower price.

vipJNHPS (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Since our last visit quality appears to have slid. Food was good, some very good, but the flank steak was correctly cooked but cool and the mussels' broth weak. Service was pleasant but uneven, and their not knowing who gets what at a table of two is a puzzling situation. All in, it scratches an itch and we'll go back, but probably not as soon as we otherwise would.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

An Americanized-French restaurant in Georgetown; the service was excellent and staff were extremely friendly and helpful; if you have eaten in France before you will be disappointed, otherwise you won’t know the difference. Two thumbs up for the french onion soup though.

vipFoodie (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Just ok. Food was good but service was lackng. Had to alert the manager that we had not seen a waiter. After sitting for slmost 10 minutes! Not impressed!

Charlie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was basic French bistro, featuring steak frites and moules. Service was good, prices were very reasonable, and menu included both sandwiches and entrees. Atmosphere comfortable and friendly.

DiningAdventures (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Took a chance after strolling by that afternoon. GOOD Choice! Quick seating from our Open Table Reservation, right by the cozy fireplace,saw a waiter and then our server for the evening, very quickly as well. Kate, our server was very polite and engaged and tried hard to make sure everything was up to our expectation. The menu offers many interesting choices, and The Moule's Frites was superb, as were the onion soup and the escargot. All in all, we had a great time, thanks to Kate,and staff, and Chef(!) and we will definitely return as often as we are in Georgetown

WilliamC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Love it! Best value in Georgetown- the fixed price steak dinner is a steal at $20.95. My go-to in Gtown.

Judy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Love the atmosphere and their menu. Great neighborhood place to go

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Overall great service; delicious food and nice atmosphere

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Great ambiance, great food, reasonable prices! I have wanted to try the place for a while and am happy I finally got the opportunity.