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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Maison - Lancaster reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 25, 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 (70)neighborhood gem (60)special occasion (54)romantic (33)hot spot (13)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food quality and preparation, flavor all declining as compared to when it first opened
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eh...
    Valerie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    retiredtownies
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We have been to Maison several times and each time it gets better. Great Food with a friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 442 reviews are from the Maison - Lancaster reviews archive.
  • Unique experience
    John
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yumm!
    notforme
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative Cuisine
    FoodieSuzie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Absolutely fabulous! Loved the atmosphere, service and culinary expertise. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another terrific experience!
    Marty1224
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marvelous Maison!
    Denverdiner
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    GOODfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming, just a bit salty
    Beck
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls get together.........
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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............
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ma(i)son continues to excel!
    Scottie
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as always
    foodlovers
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local spot for foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great farm to table experience in an intimate environment. Service was impeccable. No matter when I've gone, the burrata dish is a must.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming intimate restaurant
    tuniesdineVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ma(i)son is a special place
    Nancy
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu, good svc., salty food.
    FredPorto
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous little spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best gets better, and better...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!!
    StombaughsVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Wonderful, creative dishes. Great service and atmosphere!! Love it here!! If you havent been, your missing out!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tiny restaurant with extraordinaril
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, Unique, Relaxing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning Farm to table restaurant
    DWadeVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York City in Lancaster
    DamonEfremBrooklyn
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food here is always interesting, and they have the chef to pull it off! Everything I've ever had here was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    ...as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pathetic Excuse for a Resturaunt
    Saveur
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Small, loud, uncomfortable, dingy, cheap tableware, limited menu and expensive made for a very negative dining experience. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food , small space but
    DebbVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    great food , small space but with food to lick the plate for !! who cares . Cant wait to go again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Jewl463
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I have dined here several times and continue to be blown away each time! It is very refreshing to be able to get real homemade creative and delicious food in such a unique space. If you have a food allergy or certain restrictions in your diet, no worries. Maison is very accommodating and will come up with something wonderful that will suit you. Their food is incredible and so is their staff! By far my current favorite restaurant in Lancaster City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant in Lancaster, PA
    Foodaholic
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The menu is creative. The food is scrumptious. The servers are very engaging. BYOB. This is a dining experience unmatched in Central Pennsylvania. A lot of awesome food comes out of that tiny, spotless kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable
    shabang
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Every single experience has been an absolute pleasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.