Maison Premiere is the coolest place in Williamsburg to eat oysters and drink cocktails.
Maison Premiere has drastically gone down the tubes. Once bestowing a full experience on diners, it now simply has good food, which doesn't make up for horrible service and indifference toward customers. I grew up in the hospitality industry; my partner works in the industry as well. We understand things don't always go smoothly & sh*t happens out of anyone's control. However, last night's experience was a complete disgrace. Reservation for 9PM with notes it's a special bday in the reservation. Finally seated at 9:42PM. While we sat at the chairs on the side of the bar, not one server brought us a menu or offered us drinks while we waited. The manager—a bearded gentleman with glasses, came over to tell us the people at our table had finished their meal, they were simply taking a while to leave. My partner asked him if we could get a server for drinks. He said yes, but did not send one our way. 10 minutes later, the hostess came up to us to inform us our table had just ordered dessert—a different story than what the manager told us. The least they could have done was send over 2 glasses of champagne or offer something to drink while we wait, on the house. Waiting 42 minutes for a bday dinner reservation is unacceptable, not to mention the nerve they have requiring a credit card to secure the reservation. It gets worse. We sit, they deliver the oysters before our champagne. Who has water with oysters? We sit there waiting 20 minutes to get the champagne. After oysters and champagne, the entrees come but we have to flag down a server to order wine to go with our mains, our food sits getting cold while we wait for wine. Then, they bring the desserts to a crumbed table w/no spoons, while I am in the bathroom. WTF? There is no sequence of service. There is no regard for customer's experience, no pre-empting. When my partner brought this up to the manager he just shrugged. The desserts were on the House, but by then the experience had been soiled. In short, never again.
Best selection of oysters and grower champagnes I have ever experienced. Knowledgeable staff and great atmosphere make this place hard to beat, particularly once the back patio is open in the warmer months. Can be very busy and load inside, but seats on the side by the back door a good place to be.
Lovely place, lovely food, great decor and music.
You must go there for the oysters, they have like 30 different kinds! The waitress was very knowledgeable on the selection and super sweet. I got the striped bass which was phenomenal. The crustless cheesecake was awesome too. If you enjoy oysters, seafood, and good drinks this is the place for you. The location and atmosphere was lovely as well.
Absolutely wonderful anniversary meal
Maison Premiere is the premier spot (pun intended) for oysters and creole cuisine in NYC. One of the greatest if not the best selection for oysters i've seen anywhere in the country. Drinks are incredible and inventive as well. My only complaint, as this has now been the case for 3 straight visits, is the service is slow. The servers are incredibly knowledgeable and nice, they just seem to have a slower pace about them. Drinks take way too long to come out (I understand how involved some of these cocktails are, but the 4 cocktails we ordered took nearly 15 min for each round). We will continue to come back, we'll just plan the rest of our days accordingly.
I love this spot. The oysters are awesome and beautifully presented. Can't go wrong there.
We also got some absinthe which was delicious (they have a pretty extensive selection) and a perfectly executed dirty martini. The staff is lovely and courteous.
We got a great corner table, Maison Premiere is always a pleasure.
Everything was incredible
We flew from Dallas for my wife's birthday to dine here. And I must say that the staff and the ambiance was even better than my expectations. AND my expectations were HIGH. It was so delightful. We travel a lot and this location is definitely a do-not-miss quaint location. The food was delicious and tasty. Our compliments to the kitchen. The benevolent service came from everywhere. It started at the host stand and lasted all evening long. The server was fanatic and the bussers were attentive at every turn. We recommend this restaurant for all even those we choose it for her birthday celebration. Keep up the amazing work!!!
I've been wanting to come here for a while and it didn't disappoint. Nice people watching, good oysters, clean seafood. It was a nice experience. I have to say that the service really took the experience to the next level. Everyone we interacted with was so polite and lovely, it was really a treat. A bit on the pricey side but don't bother with a raw bar if value is what you're after. I'll definitely be back.
Thouroughly enjoyable brunch! Fabulous bartender, who kindly gave me a crash course on absinthe! The shrimp and grits , and poached eggs with oysters and caviar, were delicious. The next visit will consist of oysters, and an option from the extensive, but not overwhelming, wine list. Superb service and ambiance.
I really love the place! The atmosphere is like... 1920's France. The space isn't great for big groups as it is small and table seating is limited. The bar takes up much of the restaurant- meaning if you are in a group of 1-3 you will likely be sat there- it's actually my favorite place to sit, even for dinner.
The food is tasty, especially the shellfish. Everything is fresh, there are a ton of different types of oysters, and they have a "chef selection" if you don't feel like picking your own or don't know what kinds of oysters you like. The drinks are equally good, if not better. This place is know for it's Absinthe menu- they have about 30 different types- and their signature cocktails. The cocktails are creative, with exciting (and sometimes unexpected) combinations of ingredients, they look beautiful and taste just as good. If you want to try absinthe - they serve it the (I think?) traditional way with water and sugar cube- and the bartenders are incredibly knowledgeable and can explain tastes, helping you pick and try different types.
The people who work the door are very nice and accommodating. As for the bartenders and servers, they are a mixed bag- the first time we came and sat at the bar our service was amazing, above and beyond expected. The bartender walked us through the absinthe menu even though the restaurant was insanely crowded and busy. He was personable, kind, and a genuine pleasure to be around- he made the evening! However the second time we dined at the bar, we had a different bartender who was knowledgeable but was not interested in sharing information or really interacting at all- kind of arrogant. He somewhat ignored us and it was hard to get his attention when were were ready to order food or drinks- just very standoffish even when it wasn't at the busiest.
Overall this place is amazing! I highly recommend it! Make reservations- it's so busy! Hopefully the not-great service was just a one-time thing/ maybe he was having a bad night!
Great service and amazing seafood options.
Good price for great food. Oysters were amazing, go at happy hour
Fantastic place! The food was great, service was excellent, and they had the largest menu of absinthe in North America. Also: not crazy expensive!
You can't go wrong. Everything is done beautifully. A memorable dining experience.
The best oyster selection on the East Coast but my husband & I love West Coast oysters and MP did not disappoint.
Great selection, good wine by the glass selection & impeccable service- Anna was our server and was just the absolute best!
We will definitely be back!
oysters! oysters! oysters!
need I say more
Really good service, food and experience !
Beautiful location, great food and huge list of wine (though a bit too expensive according to me). Ambient inside is fantastic, and the service is accurate and discrete. The price is worth the experience!
Service was excellent. Great happy hour oyster specials.
Not going back. The hostess was rude, the waitress was rude. It's my third time at this restaurant and every time it's worse.
The lobster roll was very mediocre and one of the most expensive things on the menu. Other than that the Absinthe drinks were great, Rockefeller Oysters were the best thing I’ve eaten in some time. Anna our waitress was very friendly and helpful. If you don’t like crowds and noise you may not enjoy this place but we had fun.
We had a lovely special occasian night at Maison premiere. The staff were incredibly sweet and helpful and went the extra mile finding out about us- knowing what the occasion was and leaving a note on our table. The oysters, mains of fish, and absinthe were fabulous, cheesecake delicious too! 4 stars
Service was hit or miss the rest was great!
My girlfriend and I had a beautiful date at Maison Premiere. Destiny was personable and efficient with her service. The ambiance is truly transformative to a time of dreamy speakeasies down to the very last detail. The two-top we sat at was very small, but understandably so for a cafe. The house champagne and absinthe suggested were both lush and refreshing. We ate the brioche french toast and the duck confit hash. Both were satisfying without being decadent and heavy. I was especially impressed with the depth of flavor in the french toast. It is easy to make it a saccharine deluge, and it was not at all. Oh, and I advise away from the scone. When I pinched a piece off it crumbled into ten pieces. Their other baked goods are much better. We had a picturesque date that we look forward to repeating.
Prompt and knowledgeable service. Delicious cocktails and nice ambiance.
I thought the reviews I read for this place were way off the mark. The oyster selection is good but that is all the nice things I can say about the place. The service was horrible, the prices are too high for what you get and the tables are too small to accommodate the food you are served. Maybe if you sit at the bar you feel better about this place. I cannot imagine I will ever go back.
Amazing oysters and cocktails. Food is excellent as well. Fun ambiance and super knowledgeable, professional staff.
The overall ambiance was surprisingly cozy and romantic. We were seated in a recessed corner banquette with beautiful fresh cut bouquet. However , we were seated next toa table for two with a couple enjoying their cocktails. The relatively low noise level made this particularly loud woman impossible to ignore. Fortunately, they wrapped up, as we were midway through our starters. The seafood raw bar was impressive in its selection of oysters. But the most memorable seafood was the sea urchin served on a bed of ice nestled in its spiny shell.
The Wagyu Tartare was a nice segue from our seafood to our main plate of Braised Veal Breast, a hearty Winter dish. There is an overall refreshing direct simplicity with the focus on the core flavors.
I would definitely consider bringing friends here for a relaxing dining experience. Table service was attentive and courses were brought out in a timely manner.
The Raw Bar tower was second to none. Fantastic oysters; fresh, juicy lobster; amazing take on the scallops. Our entrees were excellent as well. The veal was tender and perfectly cooked (maybe a little too much sauce - I prefer the flavor of the meat to the heavy accompaniment). Aside from the RIDICULOUSLY slow and inattentive server, the night was perfect. It made for good conversation, and we were in no rush, but waiting 20 minutes for dessert was a bit much and not to be asked how everything was during the meal is inexcusable.
The cocktails are spectacular - I had their twist on a vodka gimlet and it was better than any I'd ever had. The crudo, oysters and the gumbo were all exceptionally good. The service was also top-notch - our server gave us a detailed history of absinthe and was friendly, warm and gave great recommendations from the menu. We will definitely be back.
Everything was delicious from the drinks to the oysters to the lobster roll, duck config, etc. Great service
My BF and I came here for our first date but only had drinks. Decided to come back 2 years later and experience it all and it was great. We were sat at a great table as soon as we arrived. Our waitress Sarah was friendly and informative. In the end we were surprised with a sweet treat to celebrate the ocasión. The cocktails are amazing and the food is fresh and well presented.
Overall great experience!
I've been to Maison Premiere three times now, the first time with a friend who always knows the good spots. The following two times have been dates, and guys are always impressed by this place. The oysters were amazing, the bar experience was elegant and very fun to watch. They have the best absinthe selection I've ever seen, and they have an antique ice water drip installation so you can watch the bar staff make the absinthe cocktails the old-fashioned way -- very entertaining! I've had a variety of cocktails, oysters, appetizers, etc., every time, and the experience is always well worth it. The wait staff is very respectful, prompt, and informative. They give excellent recommendations. Get the Yellow Parrot, a chartreuse cocktail, my favorite.
Maison Premier is one of my all time favorite places, a totally unique and cool venue accompanied by totally unique and cool food and service!
My date and I had oysters and clams on the half shell which were great followed by potatoes, sausages, a brunch style salad with a poached egg and uniquely prepared razor clams. Great selection of interesting sounding mixed drinks, beer and wine, just a great brunch!
As always, the food was great! The shellfish is always fresh and beautifully displayed.
The drinks are always crafted perfectly, the martini was so good, I had two.
Out server was Anna, she was attentive and never missed a beat!
Sexy place with amazing food - both visually and taste :)
Even better the second time around. Top notch service and fresh, creative seafood dishes at a reasonable price.
Highly recommend the chef's selection of oysters - the Wellfleets and Duxburys are delicious. Also the crudos and lobster roll are great. Service excellent - super prompt.