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A la Maison Bistro

4.3
1524 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Comfort Food, Provencal
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(484) 412-8009
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Owen McCaffrey
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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.
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Private party contact
Management: (484) 412-8009
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Catering
Please contact management for more information on off-site catering for your holiday parties or events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ardmore Avenue
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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.
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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, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 1524 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We started out with the cheese / pate plate > Outstanding! Three cheese and three pates with assorted bread / dips. I had the rib eye special and my wife had the beef tenderloin.
Both were cooked to perfection and had great tasting side dishes.
They have an awesome menu for all > chicken, beef and fish.
We finished the night with a crème Brule & chocolate lava cake both were outstanding!
The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable of what ingredients are in each dish.
Great clean BYOB!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved the music and ambiance but NOT the cover charge. You may want to rethink that especially with long timers!

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Busy saturday night, met some out of town guests there. We were seated on time, after 30 minutes of waiting, I got up to find a waiter. service was slow. the food, which typically is good, was bland, and not particularly tasty. I had the veal special, which had little flavor (some salt would have been nice) and tough for scallopini. Portions of the charcuterie plate, meant to share are too small. The portion of cheese served would fit on a tablespoon. Charcuterie, to the best of my understanding and experience, means cured meats, but this platter was limited to 5 thin slices of salami. Pate, was tasty and better portions. But still, there should be enough cheese for a party of 2 -4 to share. Not to mention the platter is relatively expensive as an appetizer
Overall, a big disappointment. I would have to think twice before coming again. That said, I love the concept of a BYOB french bistro

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Once again we had a wonderful experience at A la Maison. The food was as always fresh and perfectly prepared. The service was outstanding - we have been there a few times before and we are always treated like friends when we dine there. Could not have had a better evening.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Was very annoyed about the $10 charge per person for entertainment that was sub par.
No prior notice of the charge. Once there with friends too late to change plans.
Suggest they announce this charge when making reservations.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

A la Maison continues to provide great food, service and value. The menu additions are a welcome addition and service is timely and attentive. The new $10 per head charge for entertainment was a surprise and the fact that it supported a noise level in the restaurant so high that normal conversation was difficult was a bad combination.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The house level was too high. The music that evening was loud and prevented our table from talking.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

ALWAYS excellent! The nightly specials are creative and cooked perfectly.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Let me start this review by stating I love this restaurant and I have dined here many times. That said I have two comments about my latest visit. First I thought service was slow and at times inattentive. For example, there was a point in the mail where I probably waited 10 to 15 minutes for someone to walk by our table to fill our water.

My other issue was the restaurant has started instituting a $10 cover fee on Friday evenings when they have live music. When I made my reservation on opentable there was no mention of this. That said, we ended up paying because we wanted eat at the restaurant, and I am sure if we had made a fuss they would not of charged us at all. There was a notice on the table re: the charge, I just wish I had known in advance, that’s all. One more thing, if you do decide to go on a night there is music, do not plan on engaging in any sort of conversation with your dinner gas because the music for café is loud.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Wonderful food. Wonderful service

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fabulous, Fine, French cuisine in an adorable comfortable setting in Ardmore, you cannot get any better than this. Once you walk inside the restaurant you are immediately transported to a Paris Bistro along the Seine.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Delicious as always, especially the home made pate (including all the extras also home made such as pickles, various mustards, etc.). They have food you can't find anywhere and it's all wonderful. Great desserts also and BYOB.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Just go there. Best food on the mainline.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything about this dining experience was great. The server was a delight and gave us superb guidance on both the specials and menu items. We will come back at every opportunity!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My family loves this restaurant. The food is delicious, the servers are pleasant and knowledgeable and it is truly handicapped accessible which is important for us. Whenever we are in town we try to stop by for lunch or dinner with my parents.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Horrific weather but great food. We even got to meet the owner. Fabulous

Kathy

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great atmosphere, awesome food, excellent waitress we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The bouillabaisse at $32.00 seems to be inconsistent. I had a poor batch with little seafood and no flavor which was later supplemented with a small portion that tasted how it should have been. I was told it was from the same pot but how?? It was a special occasion and ruined it for me. I wish the waitress had insisted on taking it back to the kitchen

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Particularly love the charcuterie platter. Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

I took my mother and two friends to celebrate a birthday. I had eaten lunch at this establishment before, and on that occasion the dining room was fairly busy; however, on this day, we were the only ones there. It took us a while to figure out what we wanted to order, and the waitress took her cue from us, giving us space until we were ready. We each received exactly what we had ordered. It did take quite a while for our food to come, which was a little surprising since we were the only ones there. Some of the things we ordered were tomato soup, mussels in an unusual broth ( I don't recall the ingredients but blue cheese was one), crab crepes and crab quiche. We enjoyed absolutely everything. The quality of the food was definitely worthy of a special occasion and made us feel like we were really celebrating. When dessert was brought out, there was a little candle in my mother's profiterole and she was wished a happy birthday. This was a special touch, especially in light of the fact that we had not mentioned the birthday to the waitress. Overall, the experience lasted about two hours. We had a wonderful time, and we all felt we wanted to return soon.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I think the food was OK, but not for what we paid - even though it was Valentine's day and there
was entertainment

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day prix fixe meal was delicious just over priced compared to others. Music with dinner was great!!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were connecting with friends and Valentine's day was the only day that fit. We were not aware it was a 'package' on that day. Initially worried by the limited menu package the seafood medley and beef wellington we ordered were excellent. Flavorful, well-sized, and delicious. Live music was an added surprise. Brewed a fresh pot of coffee for us - excellent! We will keep going back!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Special Valentine’s Day dinner - $95 fixed price. Nice ambience with live music and food was excellent but service was horrible. Clearly they were understaffed and for that price should have delivered top rate service. Very lacking and will not return

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Exquisitely prepared food . Too many tables for a small place . I would certainly come again !

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waitress, Rachel, was great.. but she did not have a lot of help. We love A La Maison, but will never go back for Valentine's Day, or to any fixed price restaurant on that day. Loved the music aspect. Bread was fabulous. Maison salad was decent, not great. Had two tiny walnut pieces. We brought a bottle of wine, but were never offered other wine or champagne(which were included in the price). The scallops in the appetizer and the entree were very mediocre. To be fair, 95% of the scallops we get at any restaurant are no better, and a lot are worse. The only time I will get scallops at a restaurant is in the summer at the beach. Nobody seems to know anything about "dry" scallops, which is the only scallops I will try. Creme brûlée was good; chocolate pot de creme was excellent. Had wanted to have the glace(s) for dessert, but Rachel talked us out of it... something about not having a lot of it. Don't know what that was all about. We love this restaurant and will definitely be back.. my kids gave me a gift certificate for my birthday..but we will NEVER return on Valentine's day. The $95 per person was not worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wow what an awesome Valentines Celebration. The perfect romantic experience! The food, service and entertainment were perfect. Been here four times now and have never been disappointed. Glad we choose this place for our special evening.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We dine at A la Maison frequently and the food is consistently excellent. We also love the fact that it is BYOB, so we can bring our favorite wines at a reasonable price. About six months ago they started to have live entertainment which we very much enjoy. It’s well worth the $10 per person cover charge, since the food is so reasonably priced, and they make no profit on the wine. The owner is often they’re eating dinner to make sure that everything goes smoothly. This is a gem.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service was very good. We were surprised when we arrived to see a note on the table that there was a. $10 charge per person to cover the music. This should have been told to us before we arrived for dinner.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Saturday night is not the time to have a band and charge $40 per table as a cover without telling people in advance. I will not return. To bad we like the place.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Would dine here more often but when there is live music the owner charges $10/ person extra. Not worth it. Big mistake.

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1.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was way to expensive for the quality.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

All the items we ordered were excellent- a great variety of pates, the moules frites- a wonderfule onion soup, profiteroles- and the service for our table was outstanding . A most enjoyable evening was had by the 4 of us.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

I've long thought that La Maison is sort of under appreciated. And as a BYOB, it can't be beat. I've consistently been happy coming here for several years now. I hope they're around for a very long time!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

As always, the dinner was delicious and service attentive but not intrusive.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

I have been here several times for lunch and always thoroughly enjoyed it. You would be hard pressed to find a better crepe anywhere in this region - they all are good bu the one with salmon is exceptional. My friend had that omelet which she thoroughly enjoyed - a wonderful neighborhood spot - more should try it for lunch. Prices very reasonable.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

They lost their chef a month ago and the new one hasn't quite got it right yet. The menu had all the old standbys (hasn't changed in over 10 years!) but they dishes were just a bit off. The scallops were not seared enough and bland, though of good quality. The chicken was a bit dry and the skin not crispy while the sauce was, again, bland. I don't think the new chef has a good touch with seasoning. Other dishes were fine including the duck and mussels. I hope this is just a transition but I'm worried.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We always enjoy dining here as often as possible. Everything about this place is amazing; staff, management, owners, food ETC... We would love to see more vegan/ vegetarian options but still very good! Walking into here makes you feel like " what did I just discover?" The vibes are great and the environment is classy to say the least.

If you are looking for a place that is low-key, classy, chill, GREAT FOOD and a wonderful experience THIS IS THE PLACE! You could take you family there for nice dinner, or take your lover there for a romantic setting. Whoever you go with will be in AWE ! Just remember BYOB

Thank you for making us feel at home

- Keith & Trudi

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food. Very crowded space. Wait staff knowledgeable. Maybe a touch slow. But a meal well worth it.

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2.0Dined on January 11, 2018

A very disappointing dinner this visit. The beef order was very tough and my husband’s order was lukewarm . What has happened?

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