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Etablissement Max

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Belgian, Cafe, European
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Goudenleeuwplein 3, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32 9 223 97 31
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10:00 - 19:00
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Hours:
Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 19:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We lived in Ghent for many years and have been to Max on a number of occasions; always leaving wishing we hadn't given them our custom. Let's start with the positives; the waffles are very tasty and the setting is opulent (hence 2 stars, rather than the 0 I would actually like to award them!) On the down side, it's... More 

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1 Thank Laura C
Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, they have great waffles, but I bet you can find them at other places. a coffee is more expensive than most place's waffles (€4,50) And on top of paying over €30 for two waffles and two drinks, they charge 50 cents for a toilet visit. They will not see me again.

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Thank Jonas K
Ghent, Belgium
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The waffles here are probably the best you can have anywhere, this comes unfortunately with extremely rude services included in the extremely high price. I rarely go there, except when I want to taste a perfect waffle and laugh at how the waiters there perfected the way to be openly rude and offhand to paying costumers.

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Thank FrederikBelgium
Edmonton, Canada
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The waffle did not disappoint. We arrived after driving in from The Hague enroute to Bruges for lunch and the day. I had great expectations. The location and building is lovely. The decor and atmosphere as close to my imagination as I could imagine! we were seated near the window in a booth. I ordered mine with butter. Nothing else.... More 

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Thank ACanadianFoodie
Ghent, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Avoid this place: it is way too expensive, bad waffles, even the Fristi for the kids was overdue. Luckily Gent has many vetter places than this venue.

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1 Thank Lewis G
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The waffles were delicious and lovely restaurant. However one of the waiters was rude and considering the price you would at least expect them to be polite. This was a treat so won't be going back. Wish we'd saved some money and gone for waffles and one of the other lovely cafes.

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1 Thank Suzanne1404
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

"Can I have a cappuccino without cream?". "No." "May I have my teabag on the side?". "No." Wait staff here take the biscuit for rudeness. It was so rude it was funny in a Basil Fawlty kind of way. Also, Flemish waffles are not very nice if you are used to the more substantial style of Southern Belgium. €8 for... More 

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1 Thank emmak629
Chico, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Tasty waffles, classy ambiance, ridiculously expensive, and although we've rarely encountered rude service, this was one of those very few times. We go out of our way to be polite to everyone when we travel; 36 euros for the 2 of us, and I got the feeling the older waiter couldn't wait for us to leave. Anyhow, that was our... More 

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1 Thank RickBrosseau
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Great light and crisp waffle! They say they are the founders of them. But true or not its a very Begium boutique kind of place. Not cheap but thats like any establishment in the city. Give it a try for a good waffle. Bit strange is that you have to pay for the toilet evwn when you were a costumer... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Waffles were very very good, the best I have ever tried but experience was spoiled becouse service was strange, somewhat rude and notwithstanding extremely high prices they even charge patrons 50cents to use their toiltes! Coffee style is antiquated, they proudly say that they serve it as 200 years ago but putting a whipped cream on cuppicino is passee. Pretenscious... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Belgian, Cafe, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 19:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Goudenleeuwplein 3, Ghent 9000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  East Flanders Province  >  Ghent
  • Phone Number: +32 9 223 97 31

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?