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“Great service and food!”

Restaurant Chez Max
Ranked #2 of 82 Restaurants in Epernay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $68
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: We are a french traditional restaurant. We change our menus each week according seasons local products. You will be received by a team of professionals in a convivial ambiance without device nor spangle, in any simplicity and sincerity there.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our party of 4 gents booked a table at Chez Max whilst travelling up from Italy in the car the same day. We had a great welcome from Frank the owner and maitre'd when we arrived and all four of us had the 28 Euro four course menu. Great '3 pot' fish and wild mushroom starters. Great steak for main followed by cheese board with wide selection (and no limit on number of choices if you promised to eat it!). Creme brulee, chocolate torte and floating island desserts were all good. Nice choice of champagnes (of course!) and wines plus a complimentary digestif made for a great meal and evening. Frank is only the third owner since opened in 1946 and he provides great service and sources some great ingredients. Dated decor yes, very French yes and great service yes.

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1  Thank Bill W
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

In my opinion the best restaurant we visited in our 12 day tour through France and Spain.
Small and a bit cramped but buzzy, and very French.
Extremely accommodating - we rang to say we would be an hour late for our booking and they kept the table indefinitely even though all the others were occupied.
The owner speaks good English and all the staff made us very welcome, but the crowning glory was the steak tartare which the owner prepared at the table with great flourish - and it was excellent!!
Not over-expensive.
A real joy and a definite if we ever return to Epernay.

1  Thank David F
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Last saturday, we went to Chez Max for ... about the 6th time or so.

We were immedeately welcomed by Franck, who showed us to our seats. We had the 4 course diner, which is very well priced, but still gives you a lot of options to choose from.
The local cuisine can be quite heavy, so I started out with some scampi to avoid a cream overdose from the first course. It was surprisingly light and tastefull. I also noticed that the kitchen staff has been working on their presentation skills. The plates were nicely dressed, although not exaggeratedly so.

The beef rossini was very nice, especially in the way it was accompagnied by a dauphin gratinois and a small quiche.
The cheese selection after is always interesting. And the choice in desserts is very varied; I opted for a strawberry cake, that looked like it was going to finish me off, but it was surprisingly light and fresh, I loved it.

The wine selection at chez max is also interesting, a lot of Champaigns, obviously, but also some fine reds and whites. We had an Auxey-Duresses which could have used a bit more body for the beef, but a wine of this level usually cost a lot more.

After the coffee, we had some inretesting digestifs, a Jura Whiskey, some Guatemala Ron, which was very nice, and everything nicely explained by Franck.

We were very impressed in the way Franck looks very relaxed, somewhat nonchalant even, talking to the (often Belgian) customers, yet being in complete control over the restaurant, making discrete gestures to the kitchen or members of the staff to help them serving the customers. A truly experienced professional, always with a smile.

Next visit to the region, I will return for sure!

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Thank superbarre
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Our server Frank (and owner) was excellent, he explained literally ever item on the menu so we could decide. This is the only down side, what to choose! We went with the 28 euro four course option and were not disappointed. Make sure you try the creme brulee amazing and huge.

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Reviewed August 8, 2012

We ate here twice - once for lunch and once for dinner. The owner was very friendly, helpful with the menu, and used his very fine English (instead of putting up with our 2nd grade French!). All the courses were delicious. We wish we had more room to try cheese course and more desserts as well! Salads were a treat - very fresh. Terrine was terrific.

1  Thank SarahShaves
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