Maison - Lancaster
Maison - Lancaster

Maison - Lancaster

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://maisonlancaster.com/
  • Phone: 7172935060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Taylor Mason
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut and Chestnut
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of parking on Prince St or any of the side street. All parking is free after 6:00pm
A word from Maison - Lancaster
An intimate, farm driven, urban cookery.

In its most simple form, we are in the business of feeding people. A business that we love and take a great deal of pride in and an act at the core of what it is to be human.To us, there is nothing more satisfying that inviting you: our friends, family, farmers and neighbors into our home, nourishing you with soul satisfying food and allowing you to escape the rigors of daily life…if just for a short time.

To us passion, hard work and love all fall into the same category. We have taken the dichotomy of "work life' and 'real life' and distilled them into one—we live above the restaurant. The people we know and love are all around us, we share our home with them and couldn't be happier about it.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Maison - Lancaster reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)neighborhood gem (61)special occasion (55)romantic (35)hot spot (14)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • France meets Italy and we're lucky
    Nheltzer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The small bistro creates the finest in farm to table cuisine. This no ordinary eatery. Every dish has that special combination of complex ingredients that only a master chef can devise while at the same time providing you with a flavor essence that lingers after every mouthful. As you would expect with a farm fed restaurant, the menu changes seasonally and even daily so when looking at the menu on line, think of it as being indicative. Rest assured though, whatever your culinary preference (veg, meat, foul, fish, pasta) you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • farm to table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    this restaurant is BYOB they serve no beverages beyond H2O. Service is friendly and VERY relaxed. Food was tasty but was better on previous visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    Bostwicks
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We always have a delightful time and delicious meal at Maison! Their menu options and attention to detail is exquisite. Ask for Nick...one of the best servers in Lancaster! He's a warm and genuinely friendly guy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great farm to table restaurant.
    dgood003
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great dinning experience. A small changing menue but still has good variety. Emphasis on fresh locally sourced food. Good balance of flavor and textures. Small dinning area but with good esthetics. A nice calm relaxing invierment. B.Y.O.B. and plan on staying awhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dinner!
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is always unique and delicious. The service is top notch - great descriptions of the food. It can get noisy but once food comes people are too busy eating to talk as much. There isn't a restaurant that compares in Lancaster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    FoodieSuzie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This small, stylish farm to table restaurant offers fresh, delicious food prepared in innovative ways. The menu is small and changes with the seasons as different products are available, making it an interesting dining experience time and again. We are from out of town and try to dine here every time we visit the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A touch of France.
    Roberto
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in Lancaster and we enjoy going early as the noise level can be pretty loud as it is a small restaurant. We have never been disappointed with Maison and will choose this restaurant for special occasions. Would recommend this restaurant to other people but do not want it to become too popular that it would be difficult to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Jch1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food is terrific, so good infact that we wanted to go back the following evening... Inventive menu, top quality ingredients, and a terrific atmosphere... Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    odie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    What creative and tasty dishes. It's a small place with a focused menu, based on what's fresh. It our view, that's perfect. We loved every dish - the fire-roasted peppers, home made burrata, corn on toasted bread with chèvre, and game hen. The two of us shared four dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another 5 Star Review
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Everytime we think the food cannot outdo our previous visit Taylor and his staff prove us wrong. A few words to describe the food-creative, incredibly flavored and perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant
    qwerty12345
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Lancaster! The food is always exceptional and the service could not be better. I would go here every night if I could. Thanks again for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Meal
    DennyB
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have eaten here often, and this may have been our best meal at Ma(i)son - although we have probably said this more than once. Everything we ordered except the Lyonnaise salad was new to us and was absolutely fabulous. As always, I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit - a real treat!
    NationKate
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We'd eaten here once before in the winter, and while the food we had that first time was good, the vegetarian offerings were a bit sparse, and - above all - the noise level made it impossible to carry on a conversation. Fast forward to second visit. It was a warm summer evening, so we were seated right next to the small open terrace - delightful! It was open, the noise level was not an issue. The menu changes seasonally and often, this time with many creative and most delicious vegetarian options, always using the freshest local ingredients. We enjoyed every single scrumptious bite. Our young server was charming, and contrary to other reviews I've read, our dishes arrived in a most timely (not too fast, not too slow) manner. Super!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic, Lively and Delicious! :)
    mawzebra
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Last Friday, we had a wonderful time enjoying Taylor's new creations. His dishes, especially sauces, are fantastic. Where else can you bring your favorite wine to complement delicious food as well as meet new people and enjoy a beautiful night in the city! We chatted with the people around us making the experience even more lively ... like having people over in your own dining room without having to do the cooking! The menu changes, so that you can go more often and try new things! Great job and thanks to everyone at Ma(i)son! Delicious! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice atmosphere food about average.
    Moocifer1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We did not realize it was byob so we were drinking water only with our meal. We both had Tuna amd it lacked flavor. The suave overpowered the meat. We were sat right in front of the menu so people were standing behind me reading it overy shoulder. Also people were taking pictures of the menu to take back to the table and my wife was looking right not everyone phone lenses and flash. Would eat there again but would asked to be seated away from the menu not right in front of it. It is uncomfortable having people hovering over your table amd snapping photos while standing at out table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, long wait
    EngagedVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We are big fans of Maison. We both had hectic days and decided to go out at the last minute and were able to get a table. There were few people when we arrived but the restaurant soon filled up. There was only, however, one server (who was great) who could only do so much for everyone. And the food -- which also was wonderful -- took a long time to come out for everyone. We were there an hour before our dinner arrived. While that worked for us on this particular evening, it would have been difficult on others. This has not happened to us before. Otherwise, another wonderful time at Maison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Puuuuuuuush1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was phenomenal. Christian was a great host and they left the restaurant open for us when our show at the Fulton ran over! Thank you for a fantastic evening :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorry.......Charlie!
    onthefence
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Not sure what to have expected....heard great things about the place. Very small, great food, reservations, casual dress, high prices, no alcohol. Doesn't quite make a great combination. I guess I'm "old school" thinking if you drop 100 bucks for diner, you should be dressed in something other than jeans. Both of us had the Tuna, fantastic. was seated at the"chefs table", which was facing the cooks. Which would have been a great experience, if I was not a former chef, myself. I seen several things that I paid particular attention to.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisey and Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is an overrated restaurant where the food was okay and the atmosphere excessively noisey. Their offering was basically 4 salads all at $14 and 4 entrees that ranged from $26-$28. The food was ok but in my opinion overpriced and the value received for the expense just not worth it. We dine out quite often and are use to paying top prices but for even for Lancaster (and considering the noise level so high that we couldn't hear each other across the table) it wasn't worth it. I wouldn't go there again which is the bottom line
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointment
    fromscratch
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It is so quaint and our expectations were based on recommendations from people we trust, but we failed to heed the negative that was consistent with all those who recommended Maison - service is slow. That was an understatement and the service was unacceptable. The wait staff was pleasant enough, but what can they do when the kitchen is only capable of serving the first floor dining room in a timely manner so go on a weekday night when they might not open the second floor dining room. While the food was good, except for the overuse of salt, it was overpriced for what it was and the pricing of the gnocchi was particularly egregious.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tracey
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Maison is a farm to fork dining experience. Wait staff very infomed about menu items. Menu changes on a regular basis. Small but comfortable venue. Ingridients flavorful, making the meal mouth watering. BYOB as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bright spot for Lancaster
    sussVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is a restaurant I would want to take back home to Bethesda! Seasonal food, exciting presentation, genius combination of produce, meats, favors...all delightful it does not matter that there was no wine bar, we enjoyed the food European style, with sparkling water. Service was phenomenal. This establishment should be rated as the best in Lancaster!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    First time for dinner . . . We will go back. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstnding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our dinners were outstanding! Very fresh local farm foods. Very warm friendly staff. Cozy atmosphere. We have been here several times and always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly Farm to Table
    appleafficionado
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Specializing in fresh daily ingredients, the chef at Maison creates inventive combinations with subtle nuances. Though a limited menu, 4 appetizers and 4 entrees, each is beautifully prepared and presented. Thankfully, they accept reservations now, important in a small scale place, and are also BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful find!
    brthdaygft
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    What a delightful find! I surprised my wife with a dinner here for her birthday and we were not disappointed. The menu is unique, the food is incredible, and the service is first-rate. Just remember to BYOB if you're celebrating.....they don't have a liquor license.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greatest Dining in Lancaster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Everything about this restaurant continues to surpass expectations. The constantly-rotating menu is always full of a wide variety of delicious dishes. In fact, my only 'complaint' about this restaurant is that there are too many good looking things on the menu to pick from! The friendliness of the the waiter and chefs, the peaceful calm atmosphere, and the amazing presentation/taste of every meal I've had there makes this my favorite place to eat in Lancaster by far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot - well recommended
    HungryHungryHippo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a great dinner there. Food/specials were fantastic; awesome that it's BYOB; service was impeccable; small cosy setting, can be a little loud at times though; great music in the background as well. Great spot, definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a special treat
    dowhatyoulike
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We snagged a parking space right out front, no fee after 6 pm. Brought along our bottle of wine. Had some sparkling water with, and nice appetizers, bread and butter, and delicious entrees. Shared a dessert. Wish it was easier to spur of the moment walk in and get a table. We've tried. We arranged this reservation about 9 days in advance, which is not usually our style. We have sat outside on the little veranda, and at the chef's table previously, and look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely perfect!
    MissVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was amazing, the atmosphere relaxed, and the service top-rate! They were very accommodating to my gluten free, dairy free meal - we had the pork belly and roasted chicken. They didn't have any desserts to fit my need, so made us a delicious cherry plate with nectarine honey and basil and gave it to us on the house! What a great find in Lancaster!! I wish they were closer to where we live in DC! Keep in mind that they are BYOB. So go down the street to Pour before or after for drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun time, good food
    EngagedVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our second trip here. This time we brought friends from out of town. The food (again) was very good. The place is fun. The staff is friendly. Everyone enjoyed the evening from beginning to end. Good for couples. Good for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dining at Ma(i)son
    foundagem
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at Maison on the evening of July 2. Even though I was dining alone, Christian, my waiter, made me feel very comfortable, meeting me as I arrived, and directing me right to my seat. Christian was very attention throughout, and the food was simply sumptuous!! The folks at Ma(i)son are obviously devoted to their craft, and they have developed a way to perfectly express their passion: combining beautiful and succulent, local ingredients into truly inspiring creations! Almost too pretty to eat -- almost! Overall, a fabulous experience! The weekends are doubtless very busy (as Christian alluded too), but the atmosphere on July 2 was perfect! Thank you Ma(I)son; I hope to return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring on the salt!
    SteladelaVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Both entrées my husband and I ordered were way too salty. Their entire menu was 8 items written on a chalk board. No mention anywhere about a corkage fee, but there it was on the bill. They did try to make amends by offering 1 dessert on the house.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Amazing menu! The food was all fresh and delicious. I love that everything offered is local. Maison knows where and by whom the food is grown. Wonderful presentation and service. The chicken entree was divine! Thank you for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    Itadakimasu
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We love Maison and went there last week for our 27th anniversary. The weather was such that my husband could have taken his first solo flight in his ultralight, but he said hell no, we have a reservation at Maison. It didn't disappoint. We went for the apps -- Squd, fresh peas on toast, buratta, squash blossoms -- then shared a pork belly entre, and left happy. Service was lovely and personable as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner, I would only go back to Ma(i)son on special occasions though! It's a tad pricey, otherwise the service is top notch and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we came!
    VisitingLancaster
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    When we discovered Taylor Mason had a restaurant in the Lancaster area, we HAD to go. We've known Taylor since he attended preschool with our daughters, but lost track when he moved from our area. Ma(i)son was amazing. We sat at the chef's table which overlooks the kitchen, so we could watch the food being prepared and chat. The dishes all had great textures and wonderful blends of flavor. The Homemade Burrata with arugula pesto was a tasty start. The Crispy Local Chicken was crunchy on the outside and wonderfully moist inside - great texture contrast. Shaved vegetables made for a nice presentation. I loved the creaminess of the lemon risotto; its flavor complimenting the prawns perfectly! Well worth the price for a special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!!
    BEatsOut
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and I eat out a lot for work so it takes a lot to impress us, and we were impressed! The food was really wonderful. Loved the simplicity of the menu- everything we ordered was outstanding. BYOB was a nice touch. Look forward to going back again. You definitely need to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You've been warned...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was very good. Extremely limited menu on chalkboard only. Service was friendly but inattentive. Noise level unbearable. Felt like I was yelling. All guests in our party felt this way. Tables too close for comfort. Request 4 top table on same side as kitchen for better experience. Took a very long time to be served entrees. Perhaps worth it for the food, but you've been warned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Marge
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food did not live up to the Craig LeBan review that we had read. Items on the menu, though local and fresh, were more of a winter fare than a summer one. The appetizers, the bruschetta and the Burrata, were by far the best items. Both were fresh, beautifully presented, and blended wonderful flavors. The chicken was tasty but a bit on the dry side, the pasta with sausage uninteresting, and the pork special was very fatty. My pork belly from the menu was by far the best dish, but I would have enjoyed it more in January. Local repeat diners were greeted warmly and their service was much better than ours. Overall, the prices were expensive for the quality of what we received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic