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Maison - Lancaster
Maison - Lancaster

Maison - Lancaster Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://Maisonlancaster.com
  • Phone: (717) 293-5060
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, French
  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food quality and preparation, flavor all declining as compared to when it first opened"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I am very much on the fence with this restaurant. Both the food and the service are very good. The menu is extremely limited. I understand the kitchen is small and there are limits to what they can do. However, I feel if they would cut out the pretense that accompanies a lot of their dishes, they could expand their menu. It's also extremely noisy in there, which is due, in part, to its size. Also, when I made the reservation I requested the outside table and was seated very far from the outside. My boyfriend likes this restaurant because it is BYOB. I hate it for that reason. His rationale is that he saves money not buying drinks. The prices more than makeup for that. Again, good food and good service."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food is fantastic along with the service, but if normally split your meals like us, don't the portions are the perfect size for one."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We have been to Maison several times and each time it gets better. Great Food with a friendly staff!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The restaurant is small, so we ended sitting at the chef's table which is a counter with two bar stools facing the the kitchen where the three busy chefs are working. At first it felt strange to sit with our backs to the dining area, but if you turn and face each other we were able to watch the chefs at work and also see out into the dining area. The food was excellent and the service was friendly as the wait staff explained the way the chefs were working and how the food was locally grown. I would recommend Maison to friends."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Menu is limited but there is a good variety, something for everyone. The pork belly was excellent and the shrimp risotto was very good but overpriced. The service met our very high expectations, pleasant, attentive and just how it should be. Unfortunately, it was a little loud at times since the sound travels in the restaurant and some people do speak and laugh loudly, can't complain when people are having a good time! Maybe a bit of fabric somewhere would help to absorb the noise. My husbands chair was very low and uncomfortable but the cushion on the sofa bench helped. Loved the decor. All in all we had a really good meal and loved that it was a BYO! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This lovely, intimate restaurant in downtown Lancaster offers unique and beautifully presented dishes utilizing local meat and produce. The service is top-notch."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Absolutely fabulous! Loved the atmosphere, service and culinary expertise. Will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Once again Ma(i)son rocks the Lancaster food scene. Started with a shared Nettle Tart that was delicious (think perfectly seasoned spinach on puff pastry). Main courses: Crispy Chicken with various veggies, including seasonal ramps: superb; Prawns and Risotto with Meyer lemon, crème fraiche and herbs bursting with expertly balanced flavors. Of course the balance and marriage of flavors is a common theme in a menu that features uncommonly inventive and innovative ingredients. If you consider yourself a foodie, this restaurant needs to be on your radar! We shared the Butterscotch Custard for desert. Custard was just set (too many places overcook custard) and topped with just a bit of wonderful almond brittle. Ma(i)son gets better every time!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had dinner here during graduation celebrations and we're not disappointed! Lovely food, well prepared, great ambience and the great staff all lended to a memorable evening. I look forward to returning to Lancaster and having dinner there again. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Ma(I)son was an absolutely phenomenal experience. While the restaurant has been open for years, I have been reluctant to try it do to the menu items being rather meaty. While there are many meat options, the fish or vegetable options were amazing!!!! The service was top notch- not typical for the Lancaster experience. We will make this a regular on our dining experiences!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The environment is cozy and rustic, the apps were delicious, but our entrees were overly salted. They were still tasty, but all 3 of us agreed they were too salty (2 of us had the hen leg, the other had a fish dish). The ingredients and concept of the dishes was great, it was just unfortunate that someone seemed a bit heavy handed with the salt. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Maison............our service and food were wonderful................we will go back again. We loved the ambiance of the restaurant............"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Ma(i)son continues to excel at providing absolutely magnificent food. I recently enjoyed the Braised Lamb with Cannellini beans. A simple yet wonderfully satisfying meal. This is a place to go and eat like the French. Enjoy their sublime bread, the burrata salad and entree with your favorite bottle of wine. (BYOB). Eat slowly, savor ing each morsel with your friends. This how Americans should eat. Thanks Chef Taylor for making it a reality in Lancaster!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Delicious food as always. You could order just about anything off the chalkboard menu w/ local fresh dishes and be confident that it will be absolutely delicious. My husband and I have been to this restaurant multiple times and it remains one of our top favorites within the entire U.S. (we've dined at many great restaurants nationwide--- Maison stands up to all of them and beats out most). "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great farm to table experience in an intimate environment. Service was impeccable. No matter when I've gone, the burrata dish is a must. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "One of the best "farm to table" restaurants I have had the pleasure to eat in. My family and had enjoyed sharing the interesting choices.Notable ones were the Buratta, clams, risotto, pork, and Lemon curd. Of you go please know this is a BYOB restaurant. Luckily I found out just before we set out for the evening! Highly recommend this gem of a restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food is unique and outstanding. The Burrata appetizer melted in the mouth and the Prawns and risotto were delicious. My husband had the cornish hen canneloni and raved. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The menu was great. The heirloom lettuce salad we had was very fresh. But the main courses (Prawns and Cobia) seemed to be heavy on the salt. I think this really took what could have been an excellent dining experience and made it just good. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Amazing food, great service and most of all - great memories! This restaurant is where my fiancé took me after he proposed and he couldn't have picked a better spot. They assisted him in arranging a beautiful chef's tasting where every course just kept getting better. We have some dietary restrictions and they were more than happy to accommodate them. Can't say enough good things, but we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wow. There's nobody in the world who does a better job with prawns than Taylor Mason. Two years running .... The prawns are simply incredible. Tartine of wild mushrooms with a duck egg!!!! Knocked my socks off. I could eat that every night. As usual, service was great, good was in another league, and we had a great time."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Wonderful, creative dishes. Great service and atmosphere!! Love it here!! If you havent been, your missing out!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Tiny restaurant with extraordinarily high level of cuisine. We had the chef's table - high chairs at the bar looking into the ktichen, so we had the opportunity to watch the two main chefs work their magic."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The menu at Ma(i)son had many unique items that will excite the foodie of your group, and there are also a few familiar items for the pickier eater. Everything is extremely fresh and seasonal. The ambiance is quiet and romantic, and it has a upscale rustic vibe. I am definitely going back! Don't forget to BYOB."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This is one of our top five in all of central Pa. Everything from start to finish was amazing... Mahi was quite possibly the best I have ever. Had one of their chicken dishes one time and it was outstanding. I never knew that chicken could taste that good..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This place has it all! The size is perfect, the service is fine, no wine list so bring your own, and the food is outstanding! French and Italian inspired with a new American twist! When we are visiting from NYC, this will on the agenda!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food here is always interesting, and they have the chef to pull it off! Everything I've ever had here was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "...as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014