The adorable bistro is tucked away beside Dublin Castle, so discreet that you probably wouldn’t even notice it unless you were actively searching.
When you go inside you’re greeted by the lovely French staff (no Parisian rudeness here), who take your coat and lead you to your candlelit table.
The vibe is sophisticated but casual, and the menu is not too intimidating.
Chez Max is a great place to go for a romantic dinner or catch up with friends, but it’s also open for breakfast and lunch.
You can sit on their terrace and watch the world go by as you enjoy your morning coffee, or treat yourself to a cheese board and a glass of wine after work (they have a great wine selection).
They also have a restaurant on Baggot Street, but I think the Palace Street one is my favourite.
No matter how many restaurants I try out, it’ll always be my go-to.
Je t’aime, Chez Max.