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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (26)
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Good for a Date (24)
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Neighborhood Gem (23)
Romantic (23)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Cozy (16)
Live Music (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Casual (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Business Meals (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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·Dined on January 13, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our last visit to A la Maison was on New Year's Eve. We had the prix fixe menu and enjoyed our entrée choices of sole, beef, and crab very much. We also had a wonderful cheese and paté appetizer that I would love to have again. The restaurant was very crowded but festive and the service very good (kudos to our server Clair). There was a wonderful orchestra and overall we had a very enjoyable evening bringing in the New Year.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 31, 2017

a regular patron. unfortunately. took 1 hour 20 min to get the salad. another 45 min for main COARSE. food served just above room temp is the best i can say of the main coarse. creme brulee good. $95 fixed prix new years. wanted to chrg extra 2.50 for coffee. totally unprepared for new years from the kitchen to servers to runners. have to think hard of returning
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was tasteful however the service was extremely lacking. I have been to a la maison 3 times and each time has impressed me less as far as service goes. They were a bit understaffed as we were told when we went in but our server all but ignored us. The gentleman at the front was courteous and kind which we enjoyed. The gentleman carry water to the tables and bussing was extremely attentive and was the salvation of our night. To him we gave and extra tip. The music was also aptly set to a relaxed volume and was pleasant. My only real issue with our night out was the lack of attention from our server. She was at our table for 3 short passes and only brought us one of the five courses we paid for. This night was supposed to be special and it felt almost lack luster from the start. And for a 200 plus bill I expected more courtesy. We will not be returning to a la maison.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Sixth New Years Eve in a row here.
This time the fish was over cooked and the veal was under cooked. Waitress didn't check in, so we had to flag the water server.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always a pleasant experience. Great bistro food. Special night bonus with jazz combo.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was good. The service was okay, our waitress was a little too "familiar" with us considering we just met that night. We were a bit disappointed with a $20 cover charge that was not mentioned when we booked the reservation. They just happened to have live music that night.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Two of us ordered special T-bone steaks medium rare. They were served closer to well done and the sides were never delivered. We commented to the owner who seemed to take little interest in our satisfaction! No way to run a small intimate restaurant!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

love this place - normally 5 stars but this time the quiche and salad was so so. served cool, small serving, side salad dry.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very slow on a somewhat busy day. Waitress was very busy and was by herself. Lunch was very slow.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We have been here numerous times and always enjoy. However, the afternoon of our reservation I received a call from the Bistro confirming our reservation and also informing me that starting Dec 1st they now have a $10.00 per person music charge. I spoke to the owner on arriving at the Bistro and he told me that if you book on line it does not mention this new charge. Although the music was lovely, I'm not sure worth an additional $10 per person. I believe anyone booking this restaurant through open table should be made aware of this additional charge.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Delicious food gracious wait staff beautiful environment and ambience

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Happy to have it in the neighborhood! Did not rate it outstanding because of a seating situation...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Live Music
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had a very disappointing experience. We went on a weekday evening, the restaurant was not crowded, but the service was incredibly slow . Some of the food was served cold. Will not be going back

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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