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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 - 18:00
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Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 19:00
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is beautiful and has been there for over 100 years. Food was good, not great. I didn't enjoy my waffle. Maybe since Americans eat chicken and waffles so I readily wanted chicken

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Thank Tatiana M
Carmel
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife, another couple, and I were touring Gent and decided to take a break for waffles. It was a very smart choice! Crispy exteriors, cloud-like interiors, w/delicious strawberries on top. This was accompanied by a right-sized dollop of fresh sweet cream! We loved them!

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Thank carmelpop
OXFORD UK
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183 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm so glad I did not read the reviews before visiting this place. We walked in there by chance just wanting to have a quick cup of coffee. I can say after reading some of your reviews on here that we must have been very lucky :))) The place seems very formal where you feel under dressed or you're scared... More 

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Thank ATASERT
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been going there since the last 30 years, have never been dissapointed, presentation , quality and quantity is far exceeding expectations. the combination of waffles , chocolate and vanilla ice cream is out of this world. Especially tourists can perhaps take a lesson how to produce the best Belgian waffle. Again the negative comments from others do not reflect... More 

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Thank Luc M
Charlottesville, Virginia
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217 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had we read the reviews of Max before going, we certainly would have chosen differently, but thankfully we had a good experience. At least food-wise. It was a bit pricey for what it was, but our food was very tasty and we both enjoyed it. The service was fine. Not good, but not bad.

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1 Thank chloesmomNJ
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am going to make a declaration, if a restaurant is not courteous or refuses to cater to their customers than you can count me out. Family sat down and was bombarded with wait staff wanting to quickly take our order. I refused to order for the first two attempts because we weren't ready. Finally after the third I ordered... More 

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Thank fire947man
Ghent, Belgium
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I was very disappointed about this place. It looks cosy and it has a certain allure to it, but it did not live up to the expectations. The first thing that we noticed, were the ridiculous prices. They really know how to overcharge. Secondly, the order was very simple (three pancakes, three coffees), but they first forgot the chocolate sauce... More 

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Thank 868sophiev
Deurle, Belgium
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

True, you cannot find any waffle more light and crisp in Gent and surroundings as in this place called "Max". You can actually see the owner still baking them behind glass. Strategically well located in the "Kuip van Gent", with a summer terrace upfront. Beautiful decorated by the way if you are sitting inside next to the bar. However I... More 

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Thank karelblonde
Ghent, Belgium
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Completely shocked. I was never *ever* pushed out of a restaurant in my life before!! (Or from nowhere else, for that matter, ever since the 3rd grade.) We came in on a busy afternoon, an elderly waiter comes at us vividly gesticulating and shouting they are full and that there are people already waiting. We say "OK, thank you," turn... More 

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1 Thank Anina76
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I grew up near New Orleans, but now live in Europe. I have missed cafe du monde and their wonderful beignets. Thankfully, I discovered Max today. Their beignets are very similar but also are like apple fritters. WONDERFUL! The fresh fruit waffle and cappuccino were also delicious. Makes living abroad a little bit easier. Thanks Max!

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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
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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?