Maison Premiere

4.7
377 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Maison Premiere serves a daily list of over 30 varieties of oysters along with an American seafood menu. Dishes include sea urchin, fresh crudo, and a selection of shared plates and entrees. The award-winning cocktail menu takes original inspiration from classic cocktails and re-imagines them as innovative, thoughtful expressions. Inspired by New York hotel lobbies of bygone days, afternoons of leisure in Parisian cafes, and the charm of New Orleans’ Olde Absinthe House, Maison Premiere offers a truly unique dining experience.

The intimate space contains a small dining room, a horse-shoe shaped cocktail bar, and special counter seating at the oyster bar. The full dinner menu is available at all areas of the space. In the summer, from June to September, the lush garden provides additional seating amidst an enchanted scenery.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Hours: Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm


Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(347) 335-0446
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Serving parties of 10 to 200 guests, we will recreate our oyster bar in your home. Please email us for further details. oystercatering@maisonpremiere.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand
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Parking details
Street parking is available.
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Public transit
From the Subway:
Take the L train to Bedford Ave (closest) or take the G train to Metropolitan Ave.


From the East River Ferry:
Get off at N 5th St in Williamsburg. Walk down N 5th and turn right on Bedford Avenue.
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Special events & promotions
Holiday Hours:

CHRISTMAS EVE
Monday, December 24th Open for Dinner
Open at 2pm | Kitchen is open until 11pm | Oysters served until 12am |
Bar until 2am

CHRISTMAS DAY
Tuesday, December 25th Open for Drinks and Oysters
Open at 2pm | Kitchen will be closed | Oysters available until 12am |
Bar until 2am

NEW YEAR’S EVE
Monday, December 31st Open for Dinner
Open at 4pm | Oysters served until 1am | Bar until 4am
Prix Fixe Menu seating at 6pm & 9pm | Cocktail Bar is open to walk-ins all night!

NEW YEAR’S DAY
Tuesday, January 1st Open for Lunch and Dinner
Open at 2pm | Kitchen is open until 11pm | Oysters served until 12am
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
We will be doing a prix fixe menu for dinner. We will have 2 seatings with the first seating 6pm being 4 courses at $125 and the second seating 9pm, 4 courses plus a glass of sparkling wine for $165.
$75.00 cancellation fee per person up to 48hrs before date

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

Maison Premiere is the coolest place in Williamsburg to eat oysters and drink cocktails.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 377 People Are Saying
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar which was perfect for an early dinner . Got the chefs choice oysters , lobster roll and sea bass . All excellent . Nice bartenders with no attitude. Beautiful room too - decorated for Xmas . You feel like your in a perfect small neighborhood secret .

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waitress had a ton of attitude for no reason. We order oysters which arrived relatively quickly. However when we discovered that we had 3 oysters missing the waitress insinuated that we were at fault. After speaking with the manager the issue was resolved but the entire situation left us with a bad taste in our mouths, despite the oysters being delicious and fresh. #losetheattitude

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love my gf

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r
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice spot for a Sunday brunch. The food, service, and ambiance were just what we wanted.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Maison premier is awesome. Amazing place have been there for several times. Last night all was perfect tough the service was not great (servers not knowing about oyster types, very long wait once seated before getting served etc) though experience is already great

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting NYC

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B
Saarbrucken
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for Thanksgiving dinner at Maison Premiere - not an obvious choice as this is first and foremost a raw bar with a limited number of tables for dinner seating. But it turned out perfect for the occasion. Great ambiance, very attentive and friendly staff and the set 3 course dinner was tasty and offered a choice also for those who don’t like turkey. The cocktails are to die for. We loved it and will come back for oysters next time.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Thanksgiving prefix but found the dessert lacking.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best NYC dining experience. Immaculate concept, service and food.

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a
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The oyster shucker spilt cocktail sauce all over my blouse and there was no apology or compensation from the staff.
Food was average
Overall a bit disappointed, don’t think there was great value for money.

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r
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best bar in Brooklyn. An absolute must for cocktail fans.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just perfect on all fronts. Best absinthe bar in NYC. Maybe best bar in NYC, period.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!! Perfect for a romantic brunch. Especially if you enjoy oysters...a must!!

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AA
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Very beautiful setting, we were really excited when we came in/ sat down, really nice waiters, however the quality of the food was really really bad (lobster smelled of ammonia and the some kind of fish stew was not refined at all, level of a school kitchen). Nice wine cart. Overall way to expensive for such low level of food quality.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The diver scallops and oysters were exquisite! As were the absinthe drips.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and accommodating Host, Server, and Bartend, from start to finish. The selection and freshness of the oysters were impeccable. The warmth of the vintage candle lit french chateau interior was perfect for our 10th anniversary. The cocktails were superbly designed and executed, and we loved the pink stone bar top we sat at. This place and our experience was sexy n delicious.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love MP. Such a transporting environment when you step through that threshold from Bedford Ave... serene... welcoming... very quality conscious!! We enjoy the oyster happy hour... it’s tough to reserve at different times during the week, but always worth it.

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TP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing seafood!!!! Lobster, oysters clams and shrimp were beautiful. Great staff and great vibe

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VC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great raw bar.The oysters are amazing.But very limited entrees and sides.Inside space very noisy.Loved the garden

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was delicious and restaurant lovely but waiter was not nice and very slow. Everything seemed like a hassle and took 3 hours for a few dishes. He wasn’t friendly and never smiled and didn’t suggest more food when we mentioned we were we were still hungry.

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a very relaxing dinner on the back patio. The oysters were very fresh as was the Dungeness crab. A good selection of French whites rounded out the menu for our experience.

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We dined at Madison Premiere on a Saturday evening for my spouse’s birthday celebration. We have eaten at the restaurant before. The food was excellent, especially the oysters, and the presentation flawless. The music was jazz and blues, appropriate for the restaurant’s theme, but was very loud and interfered with our experience. The service was poor. We even bused our own table to clear the table of stacked dishes that were piling up. Certainly not what we had expected from our previous experience.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 5

Everything was great but was somewhat disappointed with the food menu. I know the focus is cocktails and oysters but the food menu felt very limited- to the point where we just ordered cocktails and oysters and went somewhere else to eat dinner.

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IR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time here and what a great restaurant! Romantic and cozy. Great food and drinks! Will def come back!

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, personal service. Don't miss the martinis mixed table side! There's an intimate feeling to this restaurant, as if you've stumbled on a secret. Delicious seafood and well-informed staff.

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was good, but I was expecting exceptional and didn't live up to that. The oysters we tasted were regular, which was a bit disappointing, as we went for that. They were however fresh. The ambience was nice and romantic. The staff was inattentive and we waited forever for each order, which made our dinner for two last almost 2 hours... I did get a special card for my birthday and a comp dessert, which was nice.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great brunch option in Williamsburg. Outdoor patio was really nice - request to sit out there if the weather is nice. Cocktails were amazing! A bit pricey but fun

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was moved to tears at tableside Sazerac service. IT WAS THAT GOOD! An amazing experience, one I will hold dear for all my days!

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

...staff and servers are all very friendly, bright, and well-informed, and from oysters to entrees to dessert and coffee, everything was truly perfect...

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

Waitstaff was top notch and the ambience is carefully preserved. Relaxing environment planned and executed to perfection by an extremely professional and courteous staff.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maison Premiere was an outstanding experience. The courtyard and inside restaurant we’re both beautiful and so comfortable. Loved every second of the experience.

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food wasn't something I'm used to, but trying something new is always a good thing.

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II
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic outdoor garden setting for dinner a deux. Attentive, but not intrusive service. Food was fresh and delicious, without being pretentious. Fabulous cocktails. Perfect date night.

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CW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had oysters and other raw bar items. Items on menu range from extravagant to down to earth. All good. Staff is very attentive but also not cloying. They were authentically interested in helping us choose what was best for us, listening to our needs and requests and coming back quickly from the kitchen with information updates etc.
They do not rush you here, you can sit and eat and chat for as long as you like. Food was very fresh and well done. Everything we had was delicious and the ambiance had something for everyone. Other diners attending were families out to dinner, new dates and old dates, business groups and tourists. It was a good mix but each table felt private and well attended.
Our table included a celiac and someone with severe nut and shellfish allergies. We all did fine and were happy with the meal!

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Oysters and bartender are great.
No A/C so want to go back in fall or winter. Too hot. Oysters were great and crudo. Had Gumbo and it was OK but needed to eat. Bartenders are awesome!!! But they charge for bread and it’s not great bread.
Bill was $433 plus tip and had to go eat somewhere else.

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PE
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is perfect about this restaurant! I can’t believe someone would give this place less than 5 stars. Our server, Paris, was so nice and funny! She took the time to explain the menu and the service was really quick. The food was amazing! Try the beef tartare, it’s divine. The oysters were all fresh and good. We will come back for sure for our next NYC trip!

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Killer wine selection. So happy their shellfsh towers are available at brunch.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just gorgeous. The best cocktails I've had in a long time, and absolutely the best dessert (the cheesecake, oh my god. And the absinthe panna cotta, wow.) The half-lobster didn't have a ton of meat in it for $27, but that's what you get. Worth it for the ambiance alone, but everything was delicious and the service was attentive and outstanding.

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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is consistently good, courteous professional and very friendly!!!!! Romantic spot for sure but also good for get togethers and or just hang out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and had a great time! Never a disappointment when I come here

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