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About A la Maison Bistro

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.

53 West Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
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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

Cross Street:
Ardmore Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(484) 412-8009

Website:
http://www.alamaisonbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Wednesday Evening Jazz Trio and Thursday Evening String Quartet

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Owen McCaffrey

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

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

A la Maison Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (31)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for a Date (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Romantic (24)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Cozy (17)
Worth the Drive (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Casual (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Live Music (11)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Business Meals (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 11 hours ago

Four of us went to dinner tonight. The dinner was lovely and the service was great. However, there was an ensemble playing when we came in. The were a little loud, but ok. When the check came, we were charged $10 per head for entertainment. It was listed on the bill as ‘gift card.’ There was no mention of this charged when we made the reservation nor is there any indication of this charge on their website. We paid it, but the people at the table next to us refused. They had a very unpleasant encounter with the owner. He basically told them to leave. We won’t be going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

There’s a $10/person fee for music which is expensive and was not told during reservation.
Do not order daily specials, they’re unreasonably expensive .

Tags: Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

This has always been a favorite place for special occasions and pleasing friends who are visiting. The food is wonderful, the staff is attentive and we love the warm ambiance.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined 4 days ago

The service was very good and personable. Food was served at the same time for a party of 4 and delicious all the way around. Everyone shared their plates wanting to try all the offerings. Being a BYO is a big plus. The grain bread was very tasty. We started a bit late and were never pressured to leave even tho we were the last patrons. Definitely going to return

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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·Dined 4 days ago

Had not been to A La Maison for a couple of years.I had SC Quail which was excellent. Very good waiter.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

First time there. Food and service was outstanding. I cant wait to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

We have been frequent diners at A la Maison. Our past experiences have been good with quality food & attentive service most of the time. Unfortunately, this time both were sub par. The maitre D is always unpleasant but we just ignore his unwelcoming disposition. The server initially appeared attentive when explaining the menu additions & taking our order but when my entree came out with the wrong vegetables, I sent it back so they could correct the mistake. By the time they brought back the correct platter, the food was cold. I had to return it once again to be reheated. They returned with my entree 10-15 mins later & the food was still cold. At this point my husband was completely done eating his entree. I did not send my entree back a third time. I ate it cold. The flavors were good but nonetheless eating cold scallops was not enjoyable. My waiter didn’t show up until I was done my entree to ask how everything tasted. I explained that my entree was cold despite returning it to the kitchen twice. Although apologetic, it was of no consolation for him to check in with us at the end of our meal. In the end, they charged me $36 for cold scallops. It will be a while until I return to this establishment.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a good meal, with lots of interesting options. Restaurant was crowded on a Friday evening, and maitre d' was rather unfriendly, but server was wonderful. A very nice place, and one of our regular places to eat out.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent as always! WONDERFUL service, thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Have been to this restaurant many times, this visit was a bit disappointing. The main course(s) were underseasoned and tepid.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best bistro in the area. Pates and mussels/frites top notch

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Well, there was one waitress for the entire lunch crowd. She also seated everyone when they arrived. After an inordinately long wait, we opened our own wine bottle, (she opened our second), I got wine glasses when we switched to red, no bread with meal, (although she had the kitchen bake another loaf, it came rather late for my meal.
My wife called to assure that pate was available. When she ordered it, was told no pate available with lunch. After a small discussion about the call, we got pate.
Waitress did work hard, I tipped her well, but I will not be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent in every respect, an absolute favorite. The food is a treat to the palate the staff gracious, our server Roseanne was most attentive , the ambiance lovely.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Have been here for lunch several times and always enjoy the food, with the salmon crepe being one of my favorites - it is outstanding. However it worries me that so few people are in here at lunch time - sure hope they do much better at dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Exquisitely prepared quail and the entire menu. Would have liked more than four fried oisters,
Flimsy dish.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

A wonderful place that gives The the opportunity to eat great food and have conversation. No horrid TVs. A calm eatery with authentic French food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have been eating a A la Maison since it opened. We've celebrated birthdays and anniversaries, and usually I would have nothing negative to say--but, in the interest of the restaurant--the service was unusually slow (we waited an hour for the entree after the first plate was taken); one of the dishes so hot my husband burned quite badly his tongue, and the plate presentation was slightly... disheveled. We hate to see this usually great restaurant slide even a bit because we love the menu, the atmosphere, and in general the food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a winner! Warm, cozy, friendly and always delicious! BYOB makes it even better! Always go here before and after shows at Ardmore Music Hall! Love it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent neighborhood gem!! This place wowed our foodie friend !! The food is delicious and bountiful and the prices reasonable. BYOB too!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My mum was visiting from the UK

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Hands down the best Steak Frites I’ve ever had. I’m picky about my steak and it was prepared perfectly. The specials looked great, portions are generous, but not onerous. The seared scallops special appetizer and French onion soup were fantastic, and the various pate and charcuterie trays looked amazing. Great, laid-back atmosphere, with excellent, attentive, friendly service. A friend and I stopped in on a whim, and now we are definitely coming back, and bringing friends!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always enjoyable. Great variety on the menu is complimented by more options -specials. Deserts are in the same vein - excellent variety. Service was good but could be a bit faster and more attentive - but the place was filled to the walls and I suppose they did the best they could with the available staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very good food and service. There were four of us: halibut, 2 beef burgundy, shrimp, soup, salads.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A La Maison is exactly the restaurant that you can go to as often as you wish and never get tired of the great food, the variety of food and the ambiance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

This was my third visit to the restaurant and it will be my last. The service was TERRIBLE. We made a reservation. We were seated and offered water and some bread. It took about 10 minutes for our server to arrive and she was very rushed to tell us the specials. Her answers to our questions were curt and impatient. It then took about another 15 minutes or so for her to return for our order which she rushed us through. Meanwhile the table right next to us had their server come to the table 5 or 6 times while we waited. Granted It was busy in the restaurant with three large tables and several other 2 and 4 tops. It appears there was only 2 servers and the bus man on water and bread duty. After being there for an hour without any of our appetizers being delivered we decided to leave. Previous to this visit we had a so so experience and one good experience. The food in the past has been good but I had none this time to comment on except for the bread which was too hard (stale). As we left we heard other people complaining about the service and long wait time. One table had asked to see a manager and after an hour no one came to talk to them. The place is obviously poorly managed and the combination of too few servers and a slow kitchen spelled disaster. We had to go to a different place to eat. Very disappointed!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great place to meet for diner... consistent food and excellent quality and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful, delicious, feels like you have stepped into a parisian restaurant!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

While we had wonderful food, service was extremely slow due to lack of servers.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Haven't found another French restaurant around the main line that's as perfect for a casual date night as this one, loved the food and atmosphere really captured the French bistro feel

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

How the mighty have fallen. This used to be a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. I cannot speak about dinner, but the last 2 out of 3 attempts to have lunch were disastrous. There is only one server for the entire restaurant. She was trying to serve a half dozen or more tables. Our food came out more than forty-five minutes late, and there was one order never received. She was understandably harried, and not in a friendly mood (nor would I have been). In addition, there was NOBODY at the front. That's right - - just the server, whoever was in the kitchen, and the customers. My wife had to telephone the restaurant with an important message for my daughter, and she was greeted with an answering machine that itself was none too friendly.
On top of that, the last time we came, there was a note on the door indicating there was some sort of kitchen emergency and the place was closed.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fine Authentic French cuisine is at your door in Ardmore, PA on Lancaster Avenue.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fun, Cozy, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have always loved A La Maison, but this Saturday was a disappointment. The kitchen was really backed up, we waited for a long time, and when dinner finally arrived, it was barely warm. Our waitress was lovely though, and very apologetic.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Love this Main Line BYO. You actually feel like you are dining in a French Bistrot. Food is very good. Highly recommend the Cassoulet, Steak Frites, Chicken Pot Pie. Moules as an appetizer are offered three ways and they were delicious and came with frites. Great French bread too. It is a bit pricey but well worth it. Staff was very friendly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Beautiful and reliable French food. Excellent service and pleasant ambiance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food in a fantastic setting. Feels like you are in a corner of Paris.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, good selection, inpressive edith piaf-like singer with accordion companion and free valet parking which is helpful on a friday night

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Be prepared for loud live music on certain nights. Enjoy if you want it or reserve a different night if you don’t

Tags: Authentic, Live Music
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Well, this restaurant had been one of our favorites on the Main Line at which my friends and I (and on weekends, our husbands too) have spent thousands of dollars on meals over the years , but we had a terrible experience there this week. When we arrived my two friends and I were forewarned that they were short staffed and it would take longer. We're all easygoing, so waiting a little was not a problem. BUT we arrived at 6:30, ordered by 6:50, received our appetizers around 7:45 and our main meal by around 8:40. We asked multiple times, our waitress was completely frazzled (understandlably, it was NOT her fault), and the chef apparently MIA. To make matters worse, the Shrimp Provencale at $16 (first time ordering this) was two med-large shrimp with a single piece of a roasted tomato. Insane!

The steak was done as asked, but the sauce atop had dried up, the fries cold, and the accompanying greens wilted and dried up. My friends meals had clearly been sitting (or something) as well. I called yesterday to speak with the manager and he has not returned my call. Very disappointing, as it will be a while before I, my friends (as well as with our husbands in tow) return to the restaurant unless there is A VERY good reason explained to us by the manager or owner? I look forward to the call, I left my phone number with the person I spoke with yesterday.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Well, this is a staple of ours. It is ALWAYS great. Great food, great service (Roe) and great ambiance. Just go there. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

everything from food to service was wonderful. Best french onion soup I’ve had in years!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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