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C'est La Vie, Lancaster, PA

C'est La Vie

4.8
4.8
847 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (717) 299-7319

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Daniel LeBoon

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Cross street

    50 West Grant Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 847 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lancaster County

    Best Overall

  • Lancaster County

    Best Food

  • Lancaster County

    Best Service

  • Lancaster County

    Best Ambiance

  • Lancaster County

    Best Value

  • Lancaster County

    Innovative

  • Lancaster County

    Good for groups

  • Lancaster County

    Neighborhood gem

  • Lancaster County

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Lancaster County

    Good for special occasions

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, per usual! Service was excellent! Our server was extremely attentive and really strived to make our experience memorable!
  2. C

    Clair

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dinner.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful decor. Nice ambiance. Nice menu selection from pizza to seafood etc. Food and beverages a little overpriced for the quality. The taste of food was nothing special.
  4. c

    cindyd

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our visit. The food was great and as a bonus the Christmas decorations were lovely. We will go back.
  5. JD

    JimD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant decorated beautifully for the holidays
  6. BK

    BrianK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and the atmosphere was perfect!
  7. f

    foodie

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, crab cakes and scallops were amazing!
  8. JS

    JohnS

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Theater night. Everything was outstanding. We loved the Christmas decorations!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such an amazing date night thanks to this restaurant! I read reviews on other places but this one stood out to us most! Not only that but everything from the atmosphere (beautiful Christmas decor), the service (our waiter was amazing and so knowledgeable), to the exquisite food! We will definitely be back and will tell everyone we know to come here!
  10. j

    jrmatin

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Selected the seafood chowder as a starter. Received a small crock of veg broth with onions, celery, shredded carrots and fatty bacon bits. There was no seafood, it wasn’t a chowder and all you could taste was the bacon. Cost? $15 My server did offer to take my “chowder” back to the kitchen and add some seafood. Really? A glass of wine is anywhere from $14-$16 Won’t be returning soon.
  11. p

    pamb

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love working with Bernie and Justin on reservations. Service and food always superb!
  12. AD

    AlisonD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I love eating at C’est La Vie! We always say how kind the servers are. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere cant be beat! We are returning with friends in December and are looking forward to it!
  13. k

    karine

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Très bon restaurant, nous adorons l ambiance, la décoration et la nourriture !
  14. C

    Castuna

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place looked beautiful. Our waiter, Michael, was very attentive and pleasant. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection.
  15. k

    kickerfive

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    in an exceptionally decorated environment the (rather expensive) food was good, but a long way from outstanding.
  16. MK

    MarlaneK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Food and service excellent. We were seated away from the bar. Noisy in that area.
  17. DM

    DeborahM

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience! Beautiful holiday decorations, great food & drink and super service from Benjamin! Thank you.
  18. L

    Love2eat

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My wife and I enjoyed a dinner out, and the food was excellent. The server was outstanding and did a fantastic job. Unfortunately, nowadays, that is not the norm. I would definitely recommend the restaurant.
  19. SB

    SusanB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was quite a find and a most amazing surprise. Everything about this restaurant was wonderful.
  20. SS

    SusanS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    C’est La vie never disappoints. Great food served up in a wonderful environment!
  21. JM

    JME8313

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was good overall however the Caesar salad was a bit fishy. Sever seemed overwhelmed with his section and was not very attentive most of the time.
  22. B

    Bart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the muscles app and crab cake entre...OUTSTANDING!
  23. GA

    GeorgeA

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fashionable restaurant interior. Relaxed elegance. Sophisticated food choices. Impressive dining choice to bring guests.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful food and service!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great server! Will definitely go back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had great service. The food was delicious. Our waiter was excellent and very cute. Loved the whole experience
  27. H

    Henman

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Meal was very good. A little pricy for some items--like grilled cauliflower. Crab cakes were very nice and reasonably priced for the current market, but actually lacked a little bit of spice/flavor. I am not a big Old Bay person, but they seemed to lack a bit of spice, butter that would have made them even tastier. Service was excellent and the suggested wines were very good.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great small plate selections snd good atmosphere as a whole. Pricing mostly aligned with quality but the arugula speck salad a bit overpriced. Pizza we had was good and pleased with food in general. The bar is welcoming and drinks are decent. Only negative here is that in three separate visits, burnt bread has made it past inspection and on to the table .
  29. R

    Recmanmc

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the atmosphere were outstanding. It was classy casual.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service staff was very thoughtful with a surprise complmentary birthday dessert. Accommodated our seating request beside the window.
  31. SN

    ShelbyN

    Philadelphia

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great spot in downtown Lancaster for lunch, drinks, or dinner! Food is delicious and service is always outstanding!
  32. KG

    KarenG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both excellent. Our experience on a Wednesday evening was wonderful. I can only imagine that it is very busy on the weekends.
  33. SJ

    ShellyJ

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing. I felt things were slightly over priced but that was my only complaint. Everything else was fabulous
  34. f

    francophile

    Philadelphia

    97 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The salads and appetizers are very good. The menu for mains is very limited. The desserts were not exciting.
  35. AL

    AmyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    when taking reservations, ask the customer if they want indoor or outdoor seating we would have preferred outdoors as it was very noisy, but did not have an option
  36. p

    peterw

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish my wife and I had a very enjoyable experience. Our dinners were cooked to perfection. Collin our server was very attentive and checked in on us during our meal. This is the first time we have been to Lancaster, and we will return again.
  37. SO

    SueO

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was great! Attentive but allowed us time to sit back and enjoy lunch and my time together with friends. The crab cake was excellent too!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our server Cassie was incredible (we knew her from a prior visit). We know to not order drinks from the cocktail menu, which are usually so-so, and our cocktails we excellent. The apps and salads are good. The entrees were not, but we have had that experience at this restaurant before. Going forward, we will probably stick to lighter fare as the meal.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday
  40. R

    R1ghte0us

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Best crab cakes in Lancaster. Great event for 23 year anniversary.

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 4.8 stars by 847 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for C'est La Vie

18 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Additional information

  • Cross street

    50 West Grant Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Daniel LeBoon

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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