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La Madeleine Overview

Dallas, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
1983
Company - Private
Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
This company hopes its crème brulee, croissants, and quiche prove as memorable as Proust's famous teacake. La Madeleine operates 60 la Madeleine Bakery, Café & Bistro casual dining locations ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Tomorrow the doors will open to our 2nd location in El Paso, TX!

    La Madeleine opening 2nd El Paso location

    La Madeleine Country French Cafe' plans to open its second El Paso location next week. Its first location, which opened in April 2014 in The Fountains at Farah center on the East Side, set opening-day, and first-week sales records for the Dallas-based chain with more than 70 locations.

  • A big merci to our Mockingbird café, DFW Regional Sales Manager and Director of Off Premise Sales for serving la Madeleine bakery items and coffee to the volunteers of the Dallas memorial.

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La Madeleine – Why Work For Us?


About la MadeleineFrom our signature fireplace to crave-worthy food, each la Madeleine welcomes guests to relax, visit with friends and family, and enjoy our crave-worthy country French fare.

When Patrick Leon Esquerré came to America he brought the tastes of the French countryside with him. He grew up in the Loire Valley region of post World War II France, where meal times revolved around homegrown, hand-prepared food, friends, family, and heartfelt conversation. Patrick missed the joys of his hometown. He yearned for the aroma of fresh-baked baguettes and lingering over an espresso at the corner café. So he decided to create his own.

With little else besides his boundless enthusiasm and charming broken English, Patrick began to bring his vision to life. With the advice and support of Stanley Marcus, of Neiman Marcus fame, la Madeleine was born. Our first la Madeleine bakery, or boulangerie, opened in February 1983 on Mockingbird Lane in the heart of Dallas, next door to Southern Methodist University. Inspired by his mother’s cooking, Patrick insisted on maintaining the integrity of French cuisine by using fresh ingredients and recipes that have been passed from one generation to the next. That tradition and integrity continues today.


With the support and encouragement of our guests, la Madeleine expanded from a simple French bakery and boulangerie to a café and neighborhood gathering place for all to see, be seen, and enjoy a variety of classic country French fare.

Now, with more than 70 locations and growing, Patrick’s dream of bringing the tastes of the French countryside to America continues.

The Culture of la MadeleineAt the heart of the la Madeleine experience is the ability to retreat from the world outside and, for a few moments, enjoy life and food and friends at your own pace.

A Casual French Experience

Live life to the fullest. Live it the way you choose to. This is at the heart of the la Madeleine experience. This is liberté. And, as one of our founders was fond of saying, liberty is something you keep only if you give it to others. It’s more than just selling food. Here, our guests can retreat from the world outside and, for a few moments, enjoy life at a more lingering pace with a cup of coffee, a French pastry, or a hearty meal. Here, in the middle of a busy life, is a little French experience they can call their own. They can sit quietly and read a book. Or they can participate in one of the highest forms of French culture: the art of conversation.

We encourage our guests to choose their own experience (fireplace, wine room, patio) and establish their own small rituals. In that way we create here in America a mood and an authenticity that reflects the finest traditions of France.

Curiosity is what drives people to explore parts of the world other than their own. More often than not, this hunger for discovery and new experiences is responsible for bringing guests to la Madeleine for the first time. They’re looking for a dining experience that’s both relaxing and satisfying, one that takes them away from the stress of everyday life and becomes an immersive experience in and of itself. That is what la Madeleine is all about. Here, guests find an experience that’s comfortable and familiar, yet at the same time uniquely French. They can indulge their curiosity about the world and experience French cooking in an atmosphere that represents the best of what casual French dining is all about. It’s no wonder that we have some of the most loyal, worldly and interesting guests of any restaurant.

“In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.” – Curnonsky

Careers at la Madeleine

Café Management and Corporate Opportunities

The people of la Madeleine have a passion for delicious food, caring hospitality, and making a difference in the communities we serve. We reward and encourage exceptional performance through a friendly, fulfilling work environment. With la Madeleine you will enjoy many opportunities for career advancement along with competitive compensation and benefits.

We attract and support talent committed to:

Acting honestly, fairly, and ethically
Pursuing quality in all we do
Embracing Joie de Servir
Delighting our guests

Start a rewarding career with la Madeleine and find out why la Madeleine is loved by our associates as well as our guests. A wide variety of positions are available in all areas of the company.

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    Quality of life is not just a phrase LaMadeleine ! The associate's and guests are awesome too!

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    Busiest time of year is holidays!

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La Madeleine Photos

La Madeleine photo of: La Madeleine Pearland Grand Opening
La Madeleine photo of: Our Mockingbird caf�, DFW Regional Sales Manager and Director of Off Premise Sales worked with heart to serve la Madeleine bakery items and coffee to the volunteers of the Dallas memorial.
La Madeleine photo of: Volunteer Event at the Children's Hunger Fund's newest facility in Dallas, TX!
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La Madeleine Interviews

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at La Madeleine.

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    Rather easy if you've been to other interviews: questions about multi-tasking, your skills, potential.Have to be upbeat and seem cheery to be a host/hostess. They want you to smile and greet bonjour!

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