Maison Premiere

4.7
362 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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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
Sunday, December 24th Open for Brunch and Dinner
Open at 11am | Kitchen is open until 11pm | Oysters served until 12am |
Bar until 2am

CHRISTMAS DAY
Monday, December 25th Open for Drinks and Oysters
Open at 4pm | Kitchen will be closed | Oysters available until 12am |
Bar until 2am

NEW YEAR’S EVE
Sunday, December 31st Open for Brunch and Dinner
Brunch from 11am-3pm | 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
Monday, 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

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 362 People Are Saying
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SS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
4 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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OT
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
4 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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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining in the garden was fantastic, my wife and I enjoyed it tremendously. Great spot for Oysters and Drinks anytime. Highly recommend for brunch.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ee absolutely love this place!!!

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BS
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

shellfish allergy so this doesn’t pertain to their raw bar

Madison Premiere, in my personal opinion, is over-hyped and isn’t the end-all-be-all bar stop I had hoped for. Their beverage program won a James Beard award and while the drinks were decent, none of our rounds were anything close to memorable. We did two cocktails off their standard menu as well as two off their absinthe-based menu. Food was beautifully presented but again, nothing is remembered as standing out from the rest of the meal. The table they sat us at was lovely — in the back garden patio next to a small fountain and overlooking the lush greenery. The issue was that in July, there are mosquitos and our waitress was not expedientnat all with any part of her service. We ordered our second round and shortly thereafter decided to close out and get away from the bugs. We asked for the check and the waitress simply explained she would bring the check after our drinks were delivered, nevermind our napkin covered arms. Each drink consistently took over 15 minted from order to delivery, he food was delivered without a smile, nobody checked back to see if we were enjoying our selections. Honestly the service has left a bad taste in my mouth and I do not plan on a return reservation.

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JL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. They hit the right note on everything. Food. Service. Ambience. Decor.

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service is slow so expect to spend some time here, but the raw bar and cocktails make it worthwhile. The ambiance is great, especially for a date or small get-together. Note that there is no AC so it can get pretty humid in the restaurant during the summer.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The portion sizes were incredibly disappointing, the flavors were lackluster, the glasses were dirty, the service was mediocre, and the bill was extremely high. The food quality was okay, but with such small servings, there is no justification for the price -- unless the place is marketed as a tasting menu and 20 dishes are recommended. I was dining with friends who work in the industry, I myself am an organic farmer who sells to restaurants like MP. We are all familiar with quality dining experiences (and the overhead it costs for restaurants to provide these experiences). We are also not shy about spending $$ on high quality food in an atmosphere of true quality, service, and hospitality. However, we did not feel that we were spending our money at MP, we felt we were wasting it. Nothing about MP was satisfactory; we spent the meal discussing the lack of authenticity in the dining experience and the blatant greed of the restaurant management. Will the line cooks or servers see the profits from an overpriced half serving of salad? Likely not.

It was an incredibly disappointing experience, and I feel obligated to share, as MP seems to be the kind of place (aesthetically driven, pretentious, overpriced) that perpetuates a negative cycle of inaccessible yet largely mediocre New York City dining culture.

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EP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A total dining experience. Excellent food, environment and service- the whole package. A little Paris, a little New Orleans. Everything was great but don’t miss the crawfish etouffe - world class. Table side sazerac put it over the top.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Staff was rude with a couple sitting beside us that experienced an unfortunate event because of the manager’s blunder. The staff barely apologized neither offered a compensation to them.

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K
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect 1st anniversary dinner!
Last Sunday night we sat in the garden for our anniversary dinner and it was a perfect evening. We started with some hand crafted cocktails which were beautifully presented, mine on a bed of blueberries and cranberries with a small bunch of fresh mint as garnish. We started with one of the seafood towers that had half a lobster, shrimp and oysters (we were lucky and our favorite Welfleet were one of the chef's choice) as well as a crab salad that was one of our favorite bites of the night. Then we had the hamachi crudo which was good, especially with the garnishes. The smoked mussels on baguette were rich and delicious with a nice drizzle of olive oil something I'm still thinking about. Finally, we had the crawfish etouffe which was spot on. It was nice to have a heartier dish after the lighter starters and the flavors strong without being too overpowering. We finished the dinner with an absinthe panna cottta which had a nice balance of flavors. A+ for the romantic garden atmosphere. It even has an awning that they rolled down as the weather started to turn and kept us dry during a quick shower. Thanks Maison Premiere!

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NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and exceptional food and service at a decent price

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OT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space and delicious food. Can't wait to come back or tell our friends about it!

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LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We loved the overall experience and will definitely go back for the food, however, the service was pretty off... we order chef's tasting oysters and weren't told what they actually were. It was very nice of them, though, to give us a little card for our anniversary and a small dessert on the house.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Somewhat disappointed we told them it was my birthday and we got a sort of terrible table and no acknowledgement of my occasion. The table next to us was celebrating their anniversary and got a great larger table and a few acknowledgements of their anniversary. And our server said she was leaving for the day and then we saw her just serving other tables and our second waitress was far less attentive

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

We went to Maison Premiere for my birthday. When I made the reservation, I requested a table outside, weather permitting, and the receptionist said that would be OK. When we got to the restaurant, we learned that the outside area was closed for a private party. Instead we were given a tiny table in the bar area, which was very noisy and crowded. I asked for champagne and was given chablis. By way of explanation, the server said it was so noisy that she couldn't hear me. A lot of people working there looked vaguely terrified. I found the atmosphere very unpleasant and couldn't wait to get away. The food was good, but this place doesn't live up to the hype.

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OT
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I cannot stress enough how over hyped this place is. We came for my birthday for a seafood plateau, expecting a lovely romantic evening. We knew something was off the second we walked in the door. One hostess was frazzled and dismissive as we tried to check in for our 8pm reservation at 7:50. We were told to stand on a corner and were not allowed to sit at two open bar stools at the bar... ok? We waited 15 minutes for a waitress to come (a second hostess had to track one down for us) and then another 30 minutes for the drinks to arrive.

Our table was tiny and shoved next to another one. We found ourselves killing time and ordering drinks far in advance knowing the time it takes for them to arrive. Finally our grand plateau arrived and to be quite frank, the quality was not good. My boyfriend and I both tried to reflect on if the bad experiences leading up were swaying our opinion, but as seafood lovers it was plain and simple. Briny oysters, crab that was not fresh, etc.

Long story short, this place is completely overrated and not worth the time or money. To be fair, our waitress was lovely and they brought out a complimentary panna cotta in a shot glass with a candle, which was sweet, but find somewhere with less frills and a better experience with good food. This restaurant reminds me of Portlandia if it were about Williamsburg.

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