A la Maison Bistro

4.2
1618 Reviews
$30 and under
French
A la Maison Bistro is an elegant French inspired BYOB located in the heart of Ardmore at 53 W. Lancaster Avenue.

A la Maison's talented chef and staff serve rustic French fare that is classically inspired, yet distinctively creative. The charming atmosphere is sure to suit any guests needs.

A la Maison's traditional menu features an Onion Soup, Moules Frites, Steak Frites, St. Laurent Salmon, Bouillabaisse, and much more. The restaurant also offers a full service coffee/espresso bar.
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.1
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4.0
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shots
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Reviewed on February 1, 2020
Overall4foodserviceambience

Restaurant now closed. No indication when re-opening

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Quinn
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Reviewed on August 29, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Food and service is wonderful. Favorite restaurant on the Mainline.

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RoseS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Reviewed on June 29, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

I've eaten here many times. It has become our place to celebrate Valentine's Day and my birthday.

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vipLeslieG
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A group of six had dinner and everyone enjoyed their meal. We had many things on the menu the Boeuf Bourguignon, St. Laurant Salmon, Ratatouille , and Truite Almandine that were delicious. The portion sizes were generous. We had great service . Overall a lovely dinner.

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Goldie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French bistro food. Nice portions, great selection, fabulous specials. Monday night was quiet which was wonderful. Desserts were delicious. We will be back.

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vipDisappointing
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Second time back sine they lost their chef. New one is not good. On first visit a couple of months ago the food was under seasoned and bland. This time, all 4 of us needed to add salt and pepper and the food was still bland. Two of us had the duck, a staple here for years, and the meat was so stringy it was almost inedible. They both asked for more sauce just to try and get through it but even that was lacking in flavor and seasoning. My appetizer onion tart was served cool and was greasy. Overall I real disappointment after over a decade of good meals. Won't go back till they get a new chef and use better quality ingredients.

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georgem
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great varied menu. Quality food. Wonderful pate's! 4th time there - each time delicious!

LB
LarryB
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening of good, friendship and entertainment (The Tonics performed). Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable.

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vipcbs17r
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience5

My husband & I have dined at this restaurant many times. Our meals have ranged from very good to very bad. Since we’ve had enough positive experiences here, we always returned. Our dinner here on Saturday night was our last. Our server, Bernice, was rude & intolerant of my husband’s dietary restrictions. I’ve had other servers there that were exceptional. Unfortunately, Bernice was not one of them. She should not be working in a service industry where customer service can make or break your dining experience. My husband’s food came out cold. When he asked our server to please heat the food, she grabbed the food without saying a word & stormed away with the plate. My duck breast would have been ok if it had not been filled with fat, which should have been trimmed from the edges but was not. I could not chew it without having to spit out fatty portions from most bites. Since it was prepared very rare(I requested medium), I requested they cook it more, hoping that would make it more palatable. It helped a little but not enough to enjoy the meal or how much I had to chew it. A fine dining establishment should be consistent with their service & food quality. Unfortunately, this restaurant is not. Therefore, I will not return here. Spring Mill Cafe is a French byob with exceptional food & service and is consistent. We will be dining there when we crave French food.

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vipAlice
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As ever, I couldn't get by the homemade pates with accompaniments. Wonderful food and atmosphere. My favorite place to dine.

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vipblue2
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from A to Z

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vipSharonM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to A La Maison frequently and brought several friends who live in the area but who never ventured into the restaurant. Needless to say they loved it as much as we do. It has a great authentic French atmosphere and wonderfully prepared food. Lots of specials as well. It is a BYOB which is even more amazing. Highly recommended.

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vipmelissaG
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This is a local gem! if you like authentic French food! Bring your favorite wine / drink and your appetite and you won't be disappointed! We have eaten here for many years and it's always good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!!

KB
vipKBYO
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We tried A la Maison for the first time to celebrate a friend's anniversary. While the menu was very interesting, the follow through was not a the level we expected. Dishes were expensive and the flavor was not as good as expected. The escargot was under seasoned and the Coquilles St. Jacques was watery with not enough brandy.
The restaurant was featuring live entertainment, which was fun and added nicely to the atmosphere. However, $10 per person was added to cover this. We didn't mind some charge, but $40 seemed excessive.
The chairs were not comfortable, especially for the men and we felt crowded. The restaurant was not completely full, so it would have if they had made more space. Some couples danced - perhaps clearing space in front of the stage would encourage more dancing.
Although, we had heard positive recommendations about A la Maison, I think the food was not quite up to snuff for the prices on the menu.

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Karen
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food with attractive presentation. Prices are a bit high for specials - but regular menu pricing is fun. I would go back.

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vipKkw5
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Second time coming for lunch - wonderful Jen of a restaurant! Look forward to coming at night and enjoying the entertainment! Love that it’s BYO, also!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and service. Steak frites is a must!

MM
vipMeghanM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and took our parents here to celebrate our 1st Anniversary - huge hit! We love this restaurant, fantastic good with amazing specials...A la Masion is something special!

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vipremid
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was not good. Bouillabaisse does not taste like Bouillabaisse. Same for the rillettes

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LynD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday Thursday night. We enjoyed every bite of our meals. We had two dishes from the reguar menu: escargot and duck breast, and two from the specials: shrimp provencial and veal with trumpet mushrooms potato cake and a wine reduction sauce. Yum!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is quaint and not too loud at all. The service was wonderful, everyone was very attentive. And, the food was delicious! We will definitely be back again.

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vipHoya3
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall1food5service3ambience1

Terrible evening. Loud live music which we were NOT prewarned about. Could not have a conversation at our table of 4 without yelling. Waited an hour for our food. Yes they comped the entrees but unpleasant evening all around.

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vipBobinJersey
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner and service were exceptional. The staff was familiar with many patrons, and warmly greeted all of us warmly. Our dinners were memorable, my wife had an endive salad with roasted beets, apple, goat cheese and creamy orange vinaigrette dressing. I started with a tasty escargot followed by a wonderful Bouillabaisse that had a great variety of seafood. My wife had a lump crab dish similar to crab imperial. All the dishes were delicious and we can't wait to return for another dinner.

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vipBrunchMay2021
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious classic French with modern touches. BYOB. Expensive but good for special occasions. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was good

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lighting and decor could be improved yet the food was excellent.

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vipPatriciaZ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French food and a byob makes this a great dinner spot in Ardmore. The food was excellent, the staff was friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was great for dinner with friends.

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vipTrinidiner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit for dinner to A la Maison Bistro was delightful. The ambiance reminded us of Paris and the service was exceptional. All courses were very good. When one member of our group was dissatisfied with something, the wait staff very graciously brought a replacement, which was wonderful. We plan to visit Maison again and will also try it for lunch.

KK
KariK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food and service.

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vipFrenchfoodlover
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been going to A La Maison for many years. I have always enjoyed the food but my husband started to get bored with it. The introduction off several options on the special menu is very welcomed. It is always nice to have the real taste of France.

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robertg
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!! We loved the 2 additional special seasonal menus.

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vipKentucky
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A La Madison has stood the test of time and is a great bistroon the Main Line!

LD
vipLandscaperDude
Philadelphia
154 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a Fabulous meal with the special details on all courses, you need not look further. This is a ** 6 star restaurant with fabulous food, a terrific wait staff and some of the best chefs on the MainLine.

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vipLynT
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch of creative, authentic crepes stuffed with crab, sauteed spinach, mushrooms and roasted cherry tomatoes. Charming, accommodating waiter and kitchen for my lactose intolerance issue.
Quiet and great for conversation at lunch in a spot decorated to make you feel like you are in Provence.

JX
JimX5
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Specials were excellent, but pricey. Crab au gratin and Dover sole were our choices. $44 for crab and $38 for sole. BYOB helps hold down overall prices though, but if you want conversation with friends go when no entertainment when a hefty $10/head is charged. We were there on a Saturday night with no entertainment. Would definitely go back as food, preparation and service were all excellent.

BD
vipBiankaD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the entertainment.....along with great authentic French style foods. I was in a party of 5 and we were all very pleased with our choices.

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Kurtains
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As usual, good food and a nice atmosphere. Love the music, BUT... since everyone comes around the same time, service (ordering) and food delivery were very slow. Nice that you can bring your own wine, but dinner without coffee and desert was still quite pricey.
Overall nice experience (I love Alberto, the busboy (man?) and we will return.

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tgb19460
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great little BYOB restaurant in Ardmore, PA with excellent French cuisine and live music...

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Jeffrey
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

One person in our party had Celiac disease and must be strictly gluten free. The server was clueless and couldn’t make many suggestions on which menu dishes could be made Gluten Free

FAQs

A la Maison Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (484) 412-8009.

A la Maison Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 1618 OpenTable diners.