A la Maison Bistro

4.2
1616 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
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RS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Reviewed on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

I've eaten here many times. It has become our place to celebrate Valentine's Day and my birthday.

LG
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

G
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French bistro food. Nice portions, great selection, fabulous specials. Monday night was quiet which was wonderful. Desserts were delicious. We will be back.

S
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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.

g
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

LB
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening of good, friendship and entertainment (The Tonics performed). Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable.

c
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

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.

A
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As ever, I couldn't get by the homemade pates with accompaniments. Wonderful food and atmosphere. My favorite place to dine.

b
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from A to Z

SM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

G
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!!

KB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

K
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food with attractive presentation. Prices are a bit high for specials - but regular menu pricing is fun. I would go back.

K
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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

LD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

H
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

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.

BJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DJ
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

PZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

T
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and service.

F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

r
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

B
Philadelphia
141 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LT
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

JX
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

K
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

t
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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

JM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prices are high but once you see the presentation and taste the freshness of the ingredients, you will feel it is definitely worth every penny!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Used to be good. No idea what happened. Won’t be back

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