French Cuisine in Dublin

Bistro and Café

Chez Max Bistro on Palace Street for breakfast, a relaxing lunch and full dinner
Chez Max Alliance Française now offering hot and cold meals and our french epicerie.

Palace StreetAlliance Café

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, serving freshly made food and an epicerie.


Soupe à l’Oignon

French onion soup is a type of soup usually based on meat stock and onions, and often served gratinéed with croutons and cheese on top or a large piece of bread.


Escargots de Bourgogne

A symbol of the gastronomy of Burgundy and France, the snail is a little animal that’s as delicious as it is fascinating!


Salade de Chèvre Chaud

A déjeuner favorite in France, our healthy light Warm Goat’s Cheese Salades are prepared in the traditional French style.

Regional Specials

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon is a classic French beef stew made with red wine, pearl onions and mushrooms. Perfect for cold evenings.



The cafe culture is a hallmark of French life and at Chez Max we have selected the best beans to create espressos, noisettes and viennois to transport you to Blvd Saint Germain.

Le chef a toujours Raison

Testimonials from Tripadvisor

What People are Saying

“Just Fantastic”

“Service staff were just fantastic, altogether just really enjoyed the experience and the food.”

Ned, Dublin

“Gracious Staff”

“staff was very gracious and the food among the best we’ve had in the country”

Rachel, Boston

“Like a Bistro in Montmartre”

“the ambiance was that of a bistro in Montmartre”


“Superbly Genuine”

“Superb genuine Parisian bistro with relaxing atmosphere”

Stuart Dublin

Hours of Operation


Lunch / Brunch :

Tuesday to Friday : 10am to 3pm

Saturday and Sunday : 12pm to 4pm

Monday : Close

Dinner :

Sunday to Thursday : 5pm to 9pm

Friday and Saturday : 5pm to 10pm

Monday : Close


Temporarily Closed

Contact Us

Palace Street

1 Palace Street

Alliance Française

Currently Closed