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Chez Max, Dublin, Leinster

Chez Max

4.4
4.4
479 reviews
€31 to €50
French
Chez Max Palace Street is located in Dublin City Centre just beside the Dublin Castle. Discover the French restaurant, bistrot, & cafe. Enjoy our front terrace and heated back garden.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 633 7215

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

What 479 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Really average. We’ve eaten here since it opened and this was a disappointing trip. It is now just a tourist venue with a fixed price menu priced to protect margin. The croutons and cheese were served on the side of the (watery) French onion soup, instead of grilled and melted on top of the soup (too costly in labour terms), the Saint Marcellin melted cheese was served with two pieces of stale bread, not a basket of fresh baguette and not enough to eat with the cheese (Balzac would turn in his grave); the white wine was warm because the staff take the first replacement bottle in the fridge instead of checking for the coldest one. We asked for a cold one and got it next time, though this is basic in an authentic French restaurant. The sirloin steak was tasty but thin and left to become flaccid on the counter before serving, and because it’s so thin, again to reduce portion size and cost, it is slightly grey. It has grill marks but not caramelisation. The fries are good and the house wine is authentically good value. The bill arrived for just drinks so we corrected it to include food (70+ euro extra) because we are honest. However you may find it goes the other way and is not in your favour, so check it. The atmosphere is French kitsch, red gingham tablecloths, wooden tables and lovely staff so it is a shame that it haa become a kind of a Parisian factory in an exceptional Dublin location.
  2. SM

    SharonM

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time at this restaurant. Only point of criticism is that we were in a very tight corner table but the restaurant is small. I had the goats cheese and fig in filo pastry which was fabulous. My friend had the two poisons which was also delicious but very small. Beef bourginon and duck in orange sauce were beautiful and full of flavour. We both had cafe gourmand for dessert. We chose the house red, a merlot which needed to breath and once it did was very nice. Service was super. Great staff and atmosphere. The bill was 164 and included 4 gin and tonic. Will definitely go back.
  3. JN

    JanN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate in the back garden and really enjoyed it. The food was delicious, our favorite was the duck L’orange. It was very tender. Thanks!
  4. FO

    FrankOFile

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Service was perhaps a little too prompt between courses but that's a minor point. I'll be back!
  5. EL

    EdwinaL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb restaurant, superb service, it is always a treat to eat at Chez Max!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed everything about this place. Authentic food, authentic ambience. Very friendly and attentive staff. We had a great anniversary evening here.
  7. SD

    SusanD

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Service was bad some staff very rude very dusappointed
  8. MK

    MaryK

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Love this place. Was a little bit busy but that’s just due to popularity and the time of the booking. Really enjoyed it.
  9. D

    Dinerindublin

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely dining experience, fabulous food, very generous portions too!
  10. MO

    MariaO

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choice of menu. Wine lists superb. Staff highly efficient.
  11. A

    Audrey

    Limerick

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    we loved the food but hated the seat- we were a party of three and got fitted into a very tight corner right by the bar. Did request another seat but were refused as all other seats booked later. Also felt quite rushed- everything removed from the table before we were finished our bottle of wine - we felt they wanted us to leave 1hr and 15 mins into the meal and actually asked us to leave at 1 hr 55 mins. Actually a bit uncomfortable experience.
  12. JB

    JoByr

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing as always, one of the nicest restraints in Dublin
  13. PM

    PaddyM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our first visit. Looking forward to returning. Great food, wine and service
  14. F

    Friends

    Leinster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our group very much enjoyed the whole Chez Max experience. Very satisfied.
  15. DD

    DD45

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It took me back to Paris, even the chairs are similar. Lovely to sit outside and people watching. €35 for 2 courses could be steep depending on your choice of dishes. The waiter recommended an excellent bottle of wine. The steak was cooked to order and tasty. Good and friendly service.
  16. SG

    SiobhanG

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The food was terrible. One of the worst meals I’ve had in Dublin. I had the duck for main course and could not eat it. Not worth the price. We also waited a while for someone to come to us and take out order. Would not eat there again and definitely wolf not recommend.
  17. P

    Pline

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Enjoyed lovely food and friendly, helpful service at Chez Max last night. Evening was chilly and we had to move from our original table to one of the booth tables as there was a draught coming in the main door. However the staff accommodated this very flexibly. The menu has lots of choice. Wines are expensive, however. Toilet facilities could do with a facelift. But overall, we would all return to this restaurant.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Tables on uneven surface and bunched together quiet tightly. What sounded like a French chat show on the speakers. Service great and food was good
  19. TM

    TheMajor

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very good and attentive service, nice ambience, however the food is just average - it used to be better.
  20. LC

    LiamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first dining experience at Chez Max at entrance to Dublin Castle was the most positive and enjoyable one. Each course exceeded expectation, The French Onion Soup had copious amounts of onion and the Beef Bourguignon had 30 pieces of tender beef. A highlight was the friendly and professional service by Thibault, whose advice on wine choices was more than helpful. All the servers were attentive and speedy. We look forward to a return visit soon to this little corner of France.
  21. j

    jgsmurf

    Waterford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When in Dublin we always try to have lunch here. Authentic French cooking and ambiance. Always lovely friendly smiling staff and great wine. Outdoor seating was great on the hottest day of the year, so far. Will be back, of course.
  22. J

    Jennaj

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Asked for medium well steak, got medium rare. Bizarrely offered free Prosecco then it was taken back alongside soft drink I had ordered, they replaced the latter but no explanation. No one course option available. Very disappointing!
  23. DF

    DiningFan

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The meals tasted fine but overall were just adequate as the portions small for the price. Necessary to order vegetable sides to complete the meal. Steak frite was flank steak, again small portion, so you'll need to pay for an upgrade if you want a better grade. The waitstaff was nice but consisted of students, unable to bill correctly - charged for 3 course plan when 2 course plan was ordered on 2 of 6 meal or provide the correct meal - (hopefully unintentional as one had to work too many tables so tip out of kindness not for service or accurate billing) Also 1 steak ordered rare, served medium and though it was still early, they were out of 2 of 6 desserts and 1 starter when we arrived. It is a cute place with average tasting meals but unless you're willing to send back incorrectly prepared meals and go through the hassle of checking the bill, I wouldn't recommend Chez Max.
  24. KF

    KateF

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can't say enough good things about Chez Max. We had booked an inside table but didn't realise it would be so hot, so we requested if we might be able to move to an outside table. We didn't want to cause too much of a fuss or mess up any arrangements already made, but the manager was immediately so accommodating and had no problem finding us a spot outside. The food was *incredible* - and honestly not at a totally unreasonable price point. When you dine at a spot with food as high quality as this, you might expect the staff to be a bit snobbish, but this is not the case at Chez Max. Multiple waiters and waitresses helped us, and even stopped by our table for a chat. It brought a lovely warmth and friendliness to the whole experience. If you're looking for a place in the city centre with charm, elegance and amazing food - run, don't walk, to Chez Max!
  25. FK

    FionaK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Lovely venue but the food and service were just average
  26. LB

    LorcanB

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very enjoyable - lovely food, good service, great value. For improvement: Table was very tight with surrounding tables and we felt a little rushed to finish even though we had 40 mins left for our sitting.
  27. S

    Sheleen

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    It was unfortunately a disappointing experience for us. The quality of the food was not as good as pre-pandemic. We were brought our main course before our starter which added a restaurant led delay of 20 minutes. The steak was good but the chips were soggy and the salad a few leaves of stringy lettuce.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Been here a few times. First time I've come away unhappy. Relentless attempts to take our plates away while we were clearly not finished, actually putting food in my mouth on one occasion. We were not slow. Felt very rushed and it soured the whole evening.
  29. BO

    BrianO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and lovely outdoor dining on a sunny evening.
  30. GM

    GMcG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    It was the worst meal I have eaten in my life. I didn’t complain because I had a guest and the staff were so nice. I will never go there again!!!
  31. JR

    JoeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was excellent, a lovely Bastille celebration. Highly recommended
  32. RN

    RugbyNut

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fun, great atmosphere, great food, great regional French wines too
  33. B

    Bumper

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bastille Day so where else would you be? Fantastic atmosphere, some excellent musicians, food, wine & service magnifique!
  34. KM

    KathleenM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We happened to be in the restaurant on Bastille Day so was a particularly "french" atmosphere with live music outside. Although the background music was on inside also so a bit of a clash. Seemed to be a huge amount of staff on duty. Good selection on menu and was quite tasty.
  35. S

    Second

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Four friends who had visited Chez Max previously but not together. Very happy with the greeting, the service throughout the meal was a little patchy but nothing to really complain about. The food was very good quality. The only reason for my less than enthusiastic review is because of how the restaurant managed the payment. The bill was very straightforward. €200, €55 each including tip. One wanted to pay cash, three by card. The restaurant would only accept up to 3 payments. When asked for a reason, the answer was "because the manager says". I don't think we were looking for anything complicated. In the end one more person found the cash, two paid by card. Very disappointing end to a very nice meal. I doubt we will return.
  36. D

    Duffs

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely light lunch outside in god company to celebrate Bastille Day
  37. AL

    AudeLM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As excellent as usual, great place for lunch and dinner. Staff is really lovely and the food is excellent.
  38. CI

    CharlesI

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A welcome oasis of French cuisine in Dublin. Reasonably priced, delicious classics,: beef Bourguignon, moules, duck confit, and crème brûlée. Staff is on French, charming and most welcoming!
  39. AS

    AilishS

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Like many businesses Chez Max is suffering from staff shortages. Staff were friendly and food was lovely. However they failed to bring my husbands desert and we had to leave without it as we were attending the theatre. So my advice is not to book 5.30 or 6.00 as this is a very busy time with theatre goers.
  40. DC

    DerekC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was averagr, service a bit all over the place and the wine, for the price, was poor. Not going back.

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    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

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Chez Max is rated 4.4 stars by 479 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Chez Max

1 Palace Street, Dublin, Leinster D02KF98

Additional information

  • Area

    Dame Street

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

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