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A la Maison Bistro

4.2
4.2
1535 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Comfort Food, Provencal

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Phone number

    (484) 412-8009

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Owen McCaffrey

  • Catering

    Please contact management for more information on off-site catering for your holiday parties or events.

  • Private party facilities

    A la Maison can accommodate 94 guests in their dining room, with an additional 40 outside in season.A la Maison also has a chef's table that can accommodate 10-14 guests. Please contact management for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Management: (484) 412-8009

  • Neighborhood

    Ardmore

  • Cross street

    Ardmore Avenue

  • Parking details

    The Ardmore Business District offers street parking as well as a metered lot located directly behind the restaurant. All parking is free after 6 pm - including permit parking. There is a rear entrance to the restaurant from the parking lot.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday Evening Jazz Trio and Thursday Evening String Quartet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Menu

Fruits De Mer

  • Sauteed Garlic Littleneck Clams$18.00

    Chardonnay Wine, Tomato, Garlic, Parsley

    • Escargot a la Bourgogne$13.00

      Garlic, Parsley, Cognac, Sweet Butter

      Moules Frites

      • Maison$16.00

        Cherry Wood Smoked Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Red Onion, Cream

        • Provençales$16.00

          Herbs de Maison, Garlic, Tomato, Parsley, Chardonnay

          • Pernod$16.00

            Tomato, Anise

            Buckwheat Crepes

            • Florentine$11.00

              Sauteed Spinach, Tomato, Chevre, Bechamel

              • Jumbo Lump Crabe$15.00

                Sauteed Spinach, Crab, Roasted Tomato, Bechamel

                • Saumon Poche$12.00

                  Creme Fraiche, Lentilles Du Puy, Swiss Chard

                  • Champignon$12.00

                    Roasted Mushrooms, Truffle Bechamel

                    • Quiche du Jour$12.00

                      • Pommes Frites Accompagnement$6.00

                        L' Entree

                        • Soupe a L'oignon Gratinee au Normande$10.00

                          Crostini, Gruyère Cheese, Calvados

                          • Salade Bettrave$12.00

                            Roasted Baby Beets, Honey Crisp Apple, Arugula, Chevre, Creamy Orange Vinaigrette

                            • Salade Maison$9.00

                              Artisanal Greens, Toasted Walnuts, English Cucumber, Radish, Sherry Vinaigrette

                              • Salade Endive$12.00

                                Belgian Endive, Mesclun, Strawberries, Fourme D'Ambert, Candied Pecans, Sherry Vinaigrette

                                • Prawn Salade$18.00

                                  Shrimp, White Bean, Baby Arugula, Balsamic Vinaigrette

                                  • Salade le Tour de la Mer$24.00

                                    Mache Greens, Avocado Slices, Jumbo Lump Crab, Shrimp, Lemon, Sherry Vinaigrette

                                    Les Plats

                                    • Bouillabaisse$19.00

                                      Seared Sea Scallops, Mussels, Poached Salmon, Littleneck Clams

                                      • Omelette au Fromage$12.00

                                        Gruyère with Salade Maison

                                        • Poulet Risotto$16.00

                                          Chicken Paillard, Mushroom Risotto, Béchamel

                                          • Croque Monsieur$12.00

                                            Country Ham, Gruyere, Brioche, Sauce Mornay , Fried Egg

                                            • Croque Madame$14.00
                                          • Boeuf Bourgignon Grilled Cheese$12.00

                                            Short Rib, Gruyere, Brioche

                                            • Maison Angus Burger$14.00

                                              Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, House Made Pickles on a Brioche Bun ~ Assortie Accoutrements'

                                              • Salade de Poulet$12.00

                                                Served on a Brioche Bun / Also as a Salad Plate

                                                What 1,535 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                4.2
                                                4.2 based on all time ratings
                                                • 4.2Food
                                                • 4.1Service
                                                • 4Ambience
                                                • 4Value

                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                1. s

                                                  shots

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Reviewed on February 1, 2020

                                                  overall4foodserviceambience

                                                  Restaurant now closed. No indication when re-opening

                                                2. Q

                                                  Quinn

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  12 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  12 reviews

                                                  Reviewed on August 29, 2019

                                                  overall5foodserviceambience

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

                                                3. RS

                                                  RoseS

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  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.

                                                4. LG

                                                  LeslieG

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  58 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  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.

                                                5. G

                                                  Goldie

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  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.

                                                6. D

                                                  Disappointing

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  82 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  82 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.

                                                7. g

                                                  georgem

                                                  Atlantic City

                                                  29 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  29 reviews

                                                  Dined on November 3, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

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

                                                8. LB

                                                  LarryB

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  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.

                                                9. c

                                                  cbs17r

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  76 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  1.0

                                                  76 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.

                                                10. A

                                                  Alice

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  46 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  46 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.

                                                11. b

                                                  blue2

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  37 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  37 reviews

                                                  Dined on October 20, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Perfect from A to Z

                                                12. SM

                                                  SharonM

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  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.

                                                13. G

                                                  melissaG

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  37 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  37 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.

                                                14. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  Dined on October 13, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Always excellent!!

                                                15. KB

                                                  KBYO

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  13 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.

                                                16. K

                                                  Karen

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  34 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  34 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.

                                                17. K

                                                  Kkw5

                                                  Austin

                                                  37 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  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!

                                                18. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on October 1, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                19. MM

                                                  MeghanM

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on September 29, 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!

                                                20. r

                                                  remid

                                                  New York Area

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  1.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on September 21, 2018

                                                  overall1food1service3ambience3

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

                                                21. LD

                                                  LynD

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on September 21, 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!

                                                22. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  13 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.

                                                23. H

                                                  Hoya3

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  1.0

                                                  16 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.

                                                24. BJ

                                                  BobinJersey

                                                  New York Area

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  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.

                                                25. DA

                                                  DinnerApril2022

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  59 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  59 reviews

                                                  Dined on September 8, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                26. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on September 7, 2018

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                  It was good

                                                27. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  21 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  21 reviews

                                                  Dined on September 5, 2018

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

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

                                                28. PZ

                                                  PatriciaZ

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  10 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.

                                                29. T

                                                  Trinidiner

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  Dined on September 2, 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.

                                                30. KK

                                                  KariK

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on September 1, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I love the food and service.

                                                31. F

                                                  Frenchfoodlover

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  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.

                                                32. r

                                                  robertg

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  14 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  14 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 25, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                33. K

                                                  Kentucky

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  88 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  88 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 24, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                34. LD

                                                  LandscaperDude

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  162 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  162 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 19, 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.

                                                35. LT

                                                  LynT

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  41 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  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.

                                                36. JX

                                                  JimX5

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  35 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  35 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.

                                                37. BD

                                                  BiankaD

                                                  New York Area

                                                  14 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  14 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.

                                                38. K

                                                  Kurtains

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  27 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  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.

                                                39. t

                                                  tgb19460

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  14 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  14 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 1, 2018

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                                40. J

                                                  Jeffrey

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  6 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 1535 OpenTable diners.

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                                                Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                                                Additional information

                                                • Cross street

                                                  Ardmore Avenue

                                                • Neighborhood

                                                  Ardmore

                                                • Hours of operation

                                                  Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  French, Comfort Food, Provencal

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Casual Dining

                                                • Dress code

                                                  Casual Dress

                                                • Parking details

                                                  The Ardmore Business District offers street parking as well as a metered lot located directly behind the restaurant. All parking is free after 6 pm - including permit parking. There is a rear entrance to the restaurant from the parking lot.

                                                • Payment options

                                                  Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Executive chef

                                                  Owen McCaffrey

                                                • Entertainment

                                                  Wednesday Evening Jazz Trio and Thursday Evening String Quartet

                                                • Additional

                                                  Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

                                                • Phone number

                                                  (484) 412-8009

                                                • Catering

                                                  Please contact management for more information on off-site catering for your holiday parties or events.

                                                • Private party facilities

                                                  A la Maison can accommodate 94 guests in their dining room, with an additional 40 outside in season.A la Maison also has a chef's table that can accommodate 10-14 guests. Please contact management for more information.

                                                • Private party contact

                                                  Management: (484) 412-8009

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