Palace Street: 01 633 7215 Alliance Française: 1 633 7215

Our Story

The story of Chez Max and its founder

Our Story

Welcome To Chez Max

Gonzague ‘Max’ de Laloubie, the founder of Chez Max, arrived in Dublin in 2000, with a plan to improve his English.
Starting as a kitchen porter, waiter, manager; three years later, having fell under the charm of the island and especially the city of Dublin, he opened a small Juice bar in 2003.

The Origins of Chez Max

In 2005, he opened his first official Chez Max in Palace Street to provide a authentic french bistro experience in Dublin, the first of its kind. Offering a truly French experience, with music, food and french staff.
In 2008, he opened Baggot street restaurant; following in 2010 with Chez Max Café on Baggot street.

In 2010, he opened a guest house in Morocco. (long term rent only now).
In 2018, Max opened his cafe in Alliance Française on Kildare Street, with a french of freshly made food and epicerie.

Testimonials from Tripadvisor

What People are Saying

“A ‘Treat’ to Visit”

“Our Kids love the French Biscuit Selection”

Anne Laure, Dublin

“Great Coffee”

“my first stop on the way to work for years while I lived in Dublin”

Brendan, Galway

“Like going home”

“makes for special moments when I feel nostalgic”

Natalie, Dublin

“Lovely Staff”

“helped me find just the right basket for a French neighbour”

Carmel, Blackrock

Hours of Operation


8am – 12 midday

12pm – 3:30pm – Tuesday to Friday

12am – 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

Early bird

5:30pm – 7pm – Sunday to Thursday


5:30pm – 10pm – Tuesday to Sunday


8:30am – 7:30pm Monday to Thursday 

8:30am – 5pm Friday and Saturday  


Contact Us

Palace Street

1 Palace Street

Tel: 01 633 7215

Reservations by phone and soon by OpenTable.

Alliance Française

1 Kildare Street

Tel: 01 633 7215