C'est La Vie

4.6
479 Reviews
$30 and under
European
Casual Fine Dining…with Character
Life is made of the places you go and the people with whom you go there. C’est La Vie is a bistro that invites you to enjoy the small things in life, in the company of good friends. Our inviting, playful atmosphere along with our delicate yet satisfying cuisine makes for a place truly like no other. We invite you to experience everything C’est La Vie has to offer — and watch the world go by with us.
Artisanal, yet casual, and above all deeply enjoyable — that is the philosophy at the heart of our food. At C’est La Vie we craft both large and small plates meant to excite the senses and appeal to a wide range of tastes. As another way to pay tribute to life in Lancaster, we source our ingredients from the rich community of local farmers, butchers, and more. Discover our frequently changing menu.
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Comidao
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

dinner options are outstanding. fried duck salad did not contain a lot of duck meat. alcoholic drinks are expensive.

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Kendra
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance is nice. We sat outside- lovely. Inside of restaurant looks beautiful too. Our waiter was attentive and didn’t rush us. Our dinners didn’t take too long to come. The food was good. Portions are a bit small. This would be fine if dinners came with a side salad or bread. We were surprised that no bread was provided. Baguette bread would be a wonderful addition!

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Dutch
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was spectacular..very nice ambiance . .great, sttentive service!!

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vipStevenD
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gary was our server, known him a long time, and the best and most proficient server in Lancaster!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, atmosphere and food!

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CynthiaB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, Michael K was an amazing server! He thoughtfully put in the kids' pizzas in first, which we very much appreciated. The kids (9 & 11) devoured their meat lovers & margherita pizzas and ate much more than they normally do probably because it was so good. My husband's BLT croissant was one of the best BLT's we've ever had with generous, crunchy bacon in every bite. (We trade meals halfway through so we each can try more!) I didn't want to get a food coma and ordered a Lemon Street cocktail and the Telstar Tuna Poke - both of which were light, fresh and just right. The stacked poke presentation was cute! We can't comment on the noise level really because we sat outside. Overall, a lovely Saturday lunch - we will definitely be back to c'est la vie!

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Margaret
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food! Will definitely return for supper! Also like to try lunch.

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MarianneG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food is not consistent. On one visit I had the salmon and it was a small, 1" sliver. On my recent visit my friend had a very large piece of salmon. The desserts were described with amazing words, but when presented were not the freshest and were rather simple, compared to their descriptions.

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LynnS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Michael, was outstanding. The food was excellent as well. We will definitely return to c’est la vie!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food was delicious

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vipKL54
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were very much looking to dinner at this restaurant and we’re hoping to live it but it left us disappointed.
They were out of the two items in the menu we were looking forward to, CoQ au Vin and Duck Cassoulet. I ordered the gaspacho which was in dire need of seasoning and my husband had the Tuna Poke…the rice was al dente!
I then had the vegetarian risotto which was also pretty tasteless and my husband had the Coquilles St-Jacques…the sauce was tasty but the scallops undercooked.
The saving grace was the desserts…delicious vanilla Crème Brûlée and Coconut ice cream.
Our waiter was very gracious and brought us an extra dessert to taste.
That being said, not sure I’d go back or recommend.

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EileenC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Seated right away then waited 15 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge we were there. Never introduced himself. Food arrived cold, not even lukewarm. Sent food back, my husbands food was warm mine not much different. Portions were tiny. We usually bring 1/2 our food home for another meal, we left hungry. Cool atmosphere, not terribly noisy. Not worth the $$$ by any means.

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Tina
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was meh. Certainly not worth the price. Waitress was great! Ambience was good. Very loud inside, to be expected. Asked to sit at one of the open tables outside (unable to request online when we booked the reservation) we were told no. The couple beside us told us they asked 1 hour before we got there and they were told no as well, yet both tables remained open for almost the entirety of our meal. The restaurant has no children's menu and they were uncertain if they had any booster seats. Will not be returning

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ThomasJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very impressed. Perfect for dining with out of town guests
Could not have been better.

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vipJayR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Casey was excellent as was the food. Thank you.

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vipSherylH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance and service here. You always feel taken care of, and of course the food is delicious. A nice menu with enough variety for a multi-course dinner or a light bite. Love the huge open windows, great on a balmy September night.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Everything sounded wonderful on paper but was mediocre in reality. Undercooked fries in dryest poutine I've ever eaten; thick American scallops not the subtle coquille st jacques; a bland undercooked risotto; etc. So disappointing and un-French.

That said, the interior design is stunning. Mix of old-school European glamour with modern accoutrements.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Highly recommend!

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JeffS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Our third visit. Great drinks and nice ambience. Service is top-notch. Food was inconsistent. Roasted cauliflower was ice cold and soggy. It was replaced but not different. Veal tenderloin was fantastic but polenta was dry, cold, and nearly tasteless. Salad was great as was onion soup. Previously food had been better.

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CeeCee
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was not up to standards. No one at our table enjoyed their main course. Appetizers, cocktails, and dessert were enjoyable. There are many other options located close by that are much better.

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vipBobD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambience. Very welcoming environment, with outstanding food. The scallops were delicious and the baked Brie appetizer was very good.

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luv2eat
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit and it was a delight! My dining companion and I each had a significant cocktail. The were delicious! The baked Brie appetizer was beautifully presented. My coquilles saint jacques and his coq au vin were piping hot from the kitchen and wonderful!
I look forward to a return visit soon.

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GregM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. After dinner we had drinks downstairs. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Mother Daughter Date.
1:30 reservation, seated at 1:45 received our 1st drink at 2:20
Placed an appetizer order, waited 30 minutes for it. The server never came back. He wasn’t who delivered our drinks or our appetizer. We asked another server to get ours and he still never came back. Demanded someone take our order and then he finally came to check on us. He apologized for not being able to keep up.

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JoanB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I took my parents out for their birgthdays, and C'est la Vie was oerfect in every way. We sat outside and loved the energy of being right outside Central Market. The food and service was enjoyed by all ages 16-74 :)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every respect!!!!

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AnthonyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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JeremyF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great location and service was very good, but I wasn't that impressed with the food.

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TheresaB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always always delicious! Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Absolutely love this place!

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SMCC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love C’est la Vie and appreciate their ongoing effort to make great dining during Covid available! The pizzas we tried yesterday were great, especially the sweet corn bechamel. Our server, Michael, was the best!

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July2015
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside for lunch, plenty of space, food was timed well, tasted great and service was good as well.

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vipDebiD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely fall evening outside under the umbrellas with delish food and good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant but this was my favorite meal there yet. We had mussels, lobster pasta, and veal

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KenW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beverages, great ambiance and service.

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vipOkay
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service . Michael… sax player outside made it even more special !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always our experience was absolutely wonderful! They never disappoint.

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MatthewF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a very good atmosphere! The food was very good and decently priced. Everything came out the way we ordered it and both the server and the busboy made the guest feel welcomed and valued! My friend that I came with said they will definitely be back as will I! Great job!

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Avalon58
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is tasty,moderately priced, and the outdoor dining I love. It makes me feel I am on vacation!

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BernadetteS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Michael, was wonderful’

FAQs

C'est La Vie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 299-7319.

C'est La Vie is rated 4.6 stars by 479 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.