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“Super crêperie!”
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Ranked #100 of 357 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: French
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California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Super crêperie!”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is such a sweet little restaurant specializing in crepes, coffee and hot chocolate. It's a small French bistro-type affaire, with limited seating and loads of charm. The crepes are among the best you'll get in Palo Alto and I count it among the top cafe au lait establishments as well. Ramona is a lovely side street off of University, with a preponderance of Spanish colonial buildings. It always seems bright and sunny here. You'll be lucky to get one of the few small outdoor tables. Service has always been good, although the restaurant has a small kitchen work space so it's undertandably a little hard to keep up when its busy.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Menlo Park, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“quelle surprise!”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Maxine's is tiny, and they're known for exactly two things: crepes and hot chocolate. The other hot chocolate place in town is Coupa Cafe (where the crepes are thick and overwrought). If you order anything else at Maxine's, you're going to be very disappointed. But it's a real french place, just like any little creperie in a smallish town in france somewhere. Service is with a smile but not the fastest. If you're jonesing for a Real Crepe this place fills the bill.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank bbulkow
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Los Gatos
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507 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 314 helpful votes
“Surprising Treat”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Went to the Bistro on a busy Friday night. The restaurant has very limited seating, 6-7 tables and not much ambiance unless you chose one of the two tables on the sidewalk. Despite the lack of ambiance our dining experience was very good. The crepes were delicious and reminded us of the small creperies in Paris. We had three different crepe selections at our table and each of us enjoyed our choice. I thought the Poulet a la Creme was probably the best. We finished the meal with a Nutella crepe that was delicious. Glad we tried this little restaurant

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank dhen
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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Superb food and great service”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

I'm gobsmacked to see Maxine's listed so low on TripAdvisor. We've been regulars here for the last three years and have never had a bad meal. The crepes are the most authentic you'll get in the area -- Crepevine and Crepes Cafe are pretty poor imitations. My husband's favorite is the Complete, which contains thin, perfectly-cooked layers of eggs, ham, and cheese. My favorite is the Cevenole, which is a ridiculously delicious combo of goat cheese, walnuts, and honey. They do a lovely croque-monsieur, too. They make great espresso drinks and have a wonderful French cider -- sometimes I regret coming too early in the morning because it's not socially acceptable to start sipping on that cider. It's not great for groups larger than four, but is otherwise a perfect brunch or lunch spot.

  • Visited June 2012
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Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
“Terrible”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

Cardinal breakfast included with room. Eggs and bacon were terribly overcooked. Service was slow.

Visited May 2012
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Thank Theresa O
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