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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Good for a Date (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Romantic (18)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Casual (9)
Live Music (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Healthy (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We love this place, and have been many times in the past. Tonight’s food was equally good, and service was wonderful! The only distractor was - we think - that the restaurant’s exhaust fan for the kitchen must have died - our eyes were watering during dinner, and all our clothes are destined tomorrow for the cleaners... we’ll be back - though we may wait till they fix the fan 🙂

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I made my reservation knowing my dear and talented friends, Phyllis Chapell, Dave Posmontier, and Kevin McConnell were playing that evening. I'd had lunch here on two other occasions and knew the food would be impeccable. My date and I were delighted to have met the proprietor, Ted Miller. In fact we had all been dancing to the wonderful music that evening. I was even invited to sing with the band! The evening will be among our happiest memories.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We love this restaurant! and tuesday was extra special because a fabulous husband/wife duo(accordianist and chanteuse) entertained us throughout our meal We had the fish specials of the day and they were delicious! Always a pleasure here

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Esgargo was excellent; salad was very fresh, dessert was really good. My entree - crab with cheese and cream - was over cooked

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was first time in years since we've been to a la Maison and were a bit disappointed. Service was good, not great; food was good; not great. We ordered the 5 pate plate for starters; they delivered 3. They took it away and brought 5, but no apologies. The sliver of 5 pates was just enough for the 4 of us to taste each. All good but overpriced for quantity at $24. The cassoulet was delicious and generous serving. The moules tasted fine, but many were so small it wasn't worth getting them out! The waitress spilled half of my fries when putting the plate down; said she was going to get me another order, but that never arrived. Left a lot on the floor without cleaning it up! The atmosphere is definitely reminiscent of a classic bistro. It was bustling but no too loud. So overall, ok, not great value or service. With so few french restaurants in the area, would be willing to go back and try some other entrees.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always, a top-notch meal with outstanding service. Our favorite place to dine on the Mainline.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Dinner was delicious! Great surprise to find quiet, familiar LIVE music on the evening we dined there. Wonderful! Not too loud to be able to talk.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was fantastic! Every morsel melted in your mouth. The crab casserole was delicious as was the halibut and the duck. The food is as good here as any place I know. I have been ther now twice in two weeks. They had live music on Tuesday which was very nice. I would r commend this restaurant to people who like great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was good. Service was mediocre. (My entrée came cold. My companion's dinner salad was served with my hors d'oeuvres without asking.)

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food is wonderful and the decor is authentic French Bistro. There was live music during our visit, which we did not know about in advance, so it was noisy. The jazz band was great, though, and their vocalist was phenomenal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have dined there several times. The food is consistently delicious. The steak used in the steak frites is fabulous. It has never disappointed me!
Ted Miller is to be congratulated for maintaining these high standards of service and quality.
It is a BYOB which is always appreciated.
My one disappointment is merely a personal issue. I am allergic to mustard and all of their salad dressings contain it. A basic vinegar and oil sans mustard would be appreciated.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We have visited A La Maison many times and always found it to be a delightful experience. Service was excellent, food is consistently outstanding; it is a pleasant place to dine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent pates and very genuine Belgian mussels dishes. With music and singing, the room becomes vey noisy - don't count on much conversation,

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Possibly our 5th meal at this restaurant and we continue to be pleasantly surprised. First time listening to a wonderful husband/wife duo perform some wonderfully nostalgic french music. My steak frites were perfectly executed as was the veal special that night. Be sure to try the coconut ice cream when available. Service was sublime. Many thanks for another great evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was quite full, both in the parking lot and inside of the restaurant. Surprised to find so many elderly couples and French-speaking groups enjoying the Saturday evening dinner. I would have guessed every 3 out of 4 guests had silver hair.

Our food tasted like from a northern French coastal comfort food. It was very good, but my wife's dish had little too much sand so she had to exchange it.

Overall, I liked it a lot and will be back again.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This restaurant is indeed an Ardmore gem. The food and ambiance are wonderful. The decor is lovely- French country. We love to go on Wednesday to listen to the jazz music, which is excellent. The BYOB aspect is also perfect for us. It's quite romantic and a perfect date night restaurant.

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

A phenomenal Saturday afternoon lunch!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Service was very slow, although pleasant. Good was not hot. One order sent back. Was like it had been sitting--looked like they were short staffed for a Saturday night. Food was all tasty but slow service and lukewarm food detracted from everything else.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a lovely evening with seven guests.
The food was delicious.
The noise level was low and service was great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good food but service and ambience not consistent with high prices.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We've been to Ardmore's A La Maison Bistro twice before, though it's been a number of years since we had returned, not for any particular reason , just hadn't gotten around to retuning. We were delighted with everything, and being a BYOB it makes it that much more special and enjoyable. It was a Friday Night "date night" for my wife and I. There was a warm romantic glow about the place with a fantastic, mellow jazz band playing so tastefully with a wonderful female vocalist, this was an unexpected surprise. Of course the food was so terrific. Each course as impressive and carefully crafted as the next completely making this so very enjoyable, wonderfully seasoned, simply delicious. In all a very lovely evening that we will remember fondly for some time to come. We highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Reliable, authentic French bistro has the added benefit of being a byob. Traditional French comfort food is always expertly prepared and served. Great jazz on many evenings as well.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Food was excellent. Salmon was delicious as usual and I am not a big salmon fan. Jazz band and singer were great!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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