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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.
Ardmore, PA 19003
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
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Wednesday Evening Jazz Trio and Thursday Evening String Quartet
Please contact management for more information on off-site catering for your holiday parties or events.
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.
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
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
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.
We had a just-OK dinner here - we found the service very slow and frequently had to ask for things. The food was well prepared but not inspired and we had the odd experience of feeling like interlopers - everyone else around us seemed to be a regular and well known to the wait staff. Nice for them but we definitely felt that, as newcomers/outsiders, we got less than stellar treatment. Not good enough for me to want to go back - plenty of other great places around.
Don't go! We sat down at the table and were greeted by a card that informed us we would be charged $10.00 per person because a quartet were playing music. We had no idea before we sat down. We didn't enjoy the music. It made it difficult to hear each other. People near us complained about the charge and were treated poorly by the owner.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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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