My husband and I treated ourselves to a night out at Maximilien inside Pike Place Market. We just had the Happy Hour outside on their patio, but it still felt upscale and refined and who doesn't love a view while they dine. The patio was busy for a weekend and we scored the second to last table available. It felt like we eating in a secret garden, with our table for two set against the greenery of a rooftop garden on the other side. The night was hot so I cooled down with a glass of Rose, $5, and my husband had a bottle of French beer for $3. The happy hour menu had a nice well rounded selection with food prices ranging from $4-$12.
Maximilien is a French restaurant where the chefs utilize the local ingredients using French techniques. Being in the heart of Seattle inside Pike Place Market, I'm guessing they don't have a problem finding the freshest local ingredients. We ordered four food items, the Belgium Frites, the Stacked Beets, the Goat Cheese Mousse, two Lamb Burger Slider's, and a half French Baguette with butter. We also shared a cocktail, a Black Opal, to beat the heat and go with the rest of our meal. A Black Opal is similar to a Long Island Iced Tea but has Chambord.
The food was delicious and I enjoyed all of the dishes. Everything came to only $55, which isn't bad for a date night and al fresco dining near the water. Maximilien would be a great spot to take guests from out of town or to impress a date. There are so many choices for dining in Pike Place Market and I'm having a nice time discovering them with my husband on our date nights. The Market might seem touristy and kind of crowded but the food scene makes it worth visiting every time.