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Maximilien’s French restaurant in Seattle

Rex Richardson, who attended the January 26th “How to be a Rebel by Bus” class at South Puget Sound Community College, shared this great trip.  Thanks, Rex!  

Looking for an epicurean expedition in Seattle at a reasonable price? A three course French dinner for $35 at a convenient location and a view of Elliot Bay? Yes!

Catching an express bus into the heart of Seattle is easy and affordable. Good shopping, the Pike Street Market, the Seattle Art Museum and Benaroya Hall are only a few blocks away from the bus stop. We’ve seen exhibits at the Seattle Art Museum on a Sunday afternoon and wanted dinner after we left.

We discovered a great deal at Maximilien’s French restaurant in Seattle’s historic Pike Street Market, which is located behind and to the left of the bronze pig on the water side of the Market building. On Sunday nights, they have a three course meal for $35 between 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM. On the regular menu, one entrée alone can be $26 – $40. The courses consist of:

Salade Verte or French onion soup

Choice of entrée (from the dinner menu!)


This is the link to the restaurant and this link is for the Sunday dinner: Of course, it is always prudent to check to be sure that the special is still offered.

We’ve only taken the express bus from Tacoma, so I can’t speak for the northern routes. From the south:

Getting there: Starting in the Lakewood or Tacoma area, take an express bus such as the 590, 592, 593 or 594.  (See for schedule and fare information)

Exit at 4th and Union and walk around downtown.  The Pike Place Market is just a few blocks away; at 1St and Pike/Pine.

Returning: Get the Sound Transit Express at 2nd Ave and Stewart or 2nd Ave and Seneca.

At the Seneca stop, ½ block away and across the street is the Brooklyn Seafood, Steak and Oyster house—a lovely place to sip a glass of wine and wait for the bus, then scurry across the street shortly before its arrival.

Note:  As of April 2014, Maximilien no longer offers the Sunday night dinner special.  BUT… I highly recommend the Monday – Friday Happy Hour (5 – 7 pm).  Great choices in drinks and appetizers.  Perfect on a sunny summer day… sit on the deck with a view of Elliott Bay, Mt. Rainier… LIfe is good!   


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