Maison Premiere

4.7
429 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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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 429 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special place. Excellent in every way. Never disappoints.

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D
Miami
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific, great for food, oysters, cocktails and a good vibe

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MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great drinks and cute ambiance. I would recommend coming here with a small group or for a date.

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AG
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went for brunch. We had a 11:30reservation and asked for the patio. We were told that the patio didn’t open until noon but then watched 3 parties walk past us to the patio prior to noon. Our server pretty much ignored us but was nice when she came over. The food was very good and it’s a great spot if you are shopping around Williamsburg.

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CC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I would recommend Maison Premiere for drinks after work and not for a special occasion dinner as we did. the restaurant was trendy and very loud. The menu is limited. Drinks are plentiful.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Was seriously looking forward to this place but was really disappointed. The service is desperately arrogant, it’s more of a bar with snacks and really overpriced for what it was. Big mistake to have booked here.

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m
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You are instantly transported to the Vieux Carre the minute you walk in the door. Romantic atmosphere, wonderful service and delicious food. Try the oyster tasting. The oysters are impeccably fresh and the variety staggering. The servers in their Southern Belle print frocks are charming and utterly professional. We can't wait to go back!

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service at the bar. Will return in a timely manner. Best raw bar in NYC

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I made the reservation for Friday at 2:00 it said it was the only slot available. I didn’t expect to be the only ones in the restaurant at that time. It was a pleasant surprise considering we were celebrating my son’s 21st. Service was excellent as always. The chef’s oyster recs never disappoint nor do the absinthe cocktails. Try the Chrysanthemum.. Cheers!

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maison Premiere is an excellent dining experience, perfect for a birthday celebration and the oyster happy hour can't be beat. The only (minor) complaint that I have is that the music was a bit too loud and the seating tight, but those elements are largely absorbed by the impeccable oysters and flawless service...loved Sarah and Jackson!

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MA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Service wasn’t the best this time, nor the drinks but the oysters - always amazing!

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g
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s reputation speaks for itself. Always a terrific
experience at MP. The best cocktails in NYC. Just wish I lived around the corner.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around!!

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is pretty busy so it would be better to make reservation. The food was delicious. Omg the variety of oysters is amazing. Must try it all! The drinks were good too, however, didn't try the absinthe but definitely planning to go back and try that.

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L
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Maison Premiere for a date night and had a great time. We sat at the bar and had oysters, crab and one of the best lobster pasta dishes ever. The drinks were also fantastic and it was fun watching them get made up by the bartenders. The whole vibe of the restaurant was great - laid back but still really fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely experience, definitely will be back!

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of four people had a lovely time on a Sunday evening. It was a great way to end the week-end. The oysters were delicious and the service attentive but not too much. Nice wine list. Nice decor and ambiance. Maison première is charming in every way. Our only criticism is that while the soundtrack was excellent, it was a bit too loud, a notch lower would have been perfect.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sorry about my late review, but better now than never.
I celebrated my birthday at the Maison Premiere. I've been the first time in NY and the first time at the Maison Premiere.I wanted a very special evening for me and I have had a successful evening.
I love good food and of course a good champagne.
I really hope, I'll find my way back to NY, just to celebrate life at the Maison Premiere.

Thanks for welcome me

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, amazing drinks, passionate staff, the seating is a little tight but not overwhelmingly uncomfortable.

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OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. Loved it !!! Fresh oysters lovely setting good choice of french wines ! A must !! very attentive staff

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible restaurant. Stylish, delicious food, awesome ambience.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went there for the Oysters, which were superb! No matter which choice, they were prepared to perfection. Drinks taste amazing—one of my faves was the cocktail prepared with Absinth. Wish they would extend happy hour during the weekends. Will def be there again to try the rest of the menu items.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here twice for Happy Hour Oyster..Fresh ,good value and everything was wonderful.

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RJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The selection of oysters was fantastic! The restaurant was extremely hot and uncomfortable temperature wise but overall it was a good experience.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and oysters. Bartenders and stuff are great for recommendations. Only complaint was that the clam chowder is too salty.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Was not very impressed with my pasta. It did not taste bad, however, it did not make me a believer and it had too much oil. The drinks were great though.
I will try them one more time during the summer and for brunch. I can only hope no one will mess up breakfast food. Also, I want to experience their outdoor seating when the weather is better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, food was divine. Leo, our server, was lovely and patient, recommended great choices for cocktails. His associate, whose name we didn’t happen to catch, also made fantastic recommendations for dinner options, and when she couldn’t personally speak to a wine selection we had a question about, she quickly introduced us to the wine director, who was not only knowledgeable, but helpful in making our decision. My husband has wanting to dine at Maison Premiere for years, so thank you for making our experience and his birthday so special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing first time!

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place in the heart of Williamsburg. We absolutely loved the the vibe, the decor, and the service. Oyster connoisseurs will love their wide selection of oysters from all over North America. The drinks are great too. We will definitely come back!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love it here. This restaurant has a great vibe, really good lighting, great music and the service was impeccable.

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AD
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drink and service were all outstanding. The décor was so beautifully done - the thoughtful details were everywhere. I can't wait to return.

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a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and oysters

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cocktails, service, and ambiance. A new favorite spot in a neighborhood full of terrific restaurants.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love MP. It’s one of the absolute best places in nyc

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers ALWAYS offer a superb experience here. What's in our glasses and on our plates ALWAYS makes us want to come back.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT
RYAN IS THE CONSUMMATE MANGER AND RAISES THE BAR FOR PROFESSIONALISM

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

These guys are the best, it was a special night for me and my girlfriend that was made even better by the very attentive staff and amazing food at Maison Premiere. I could not fault this venue at all and would definitely recommend it to anyone! Thank you so much!

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C
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

We sat at the back bar The guy opening the oysters was horrific he was in such a terrible mood slamming plates grunting banging utensils around that we were scared if we asked to be moved he might stab us. The poor girl working with him looked terrified it really spoilt our night.

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YB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Oysters are always great. The chowder was little too salty.

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Total power move. I was high on gumbo. And the drinks are amazing.

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