C'est La Vie

4.7
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196 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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SarahP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing as always! Food came out timely and perfect! Always will come here.

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Jerseygirl55
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here! The food is always delicious and the service is impeccable. They have stepped up their dessert game in the last few months as well. Make a reservation - they are always busy.

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ToddS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group selected the outside dining for our dinner. The Staff, food and service was excellent as always. I was pleasantly surprised how well the outdoor dining worked.
Exceeded my expectations once again. Well done.

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vipmaggiec
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great drinks and great service!! Will be back!!!

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Marsh
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Visited for the first time to support Lancaster Restaurant Week. All of the restaurants are working so hard to be able to survive and continue through this difficult time. The service was very good, the tables were well spaced, and it was a very pleasant ambiance being able to sit outside next to Central Market.

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vipKenP
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting, well done. Nice menu, could improve beer selections to many IPAs

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Jenny4
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service from the moment we arrived. Our server Casi was top notch and the cuisine was fabulous. Highly recommend!

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GregoryL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always - fantastic food and great service !

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vipPegKay
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love C'est la Vie! Kate the bartender makes the best drinks in Lancaster and the food is superb.

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LDT3
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, clean and well dressed. Food was fantastic, as was the service. Would recommend and visit again when in the area!

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vipStevenD
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS!!!! Awesome and thank you all!

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SusanS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding, excellent service, along with a wonderful atmosphere. What more could you want?

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Foodtraveler
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday with her brother and sister-in-law on the outdoor dinning area and it was very nice. The staff was very attentive and worked very hard to make sure all of our needs were taken care of. We are planning to introduce our neighbors to this shiny jewel in the middle of my home town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service.

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ShirleyM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C'est La Vie never disappoints! The service was fantastic and timing perfect. Food is incredible! Great atmosphere and definitely a place I feel comfortable eating at through this whole pandemic situation!

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WilliamF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding Anniversary dinner at C’est La Vie. Justin gave us an excellent table. The service & food were outstanding! I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion!

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Rainey
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit just as good as first. Food wonderful. Server was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome!

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Donna1714
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful evening with friends at this awesome restaurant!! Bernie and Robert rocked the evening!! Food was magnificent!! Thanks to all who make it possible to forget the craziness of our world for a couple hours!!

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vipDrPr
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food. Safety measures they've taken are very much appreciated, too.

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vipSaint
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

Thank you for the dessert!

We enjoyed having John as our waiter

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food’

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ShaynaW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't understand why people drive down market street when tables are out. Seems a little wreckless. I can understand delivery services, but it would make sense if they were scheduled outsie of dining hours. Just a little gripe, nothing to do with C'est La Vie, but just drivers.

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StephanieR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks
Excellent food, up scale. Go for the shrimp and grits!
2 starters
3 cocktails
2 Dinner plates
2 Desserts
total: $134 without tip.

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Blue
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was great. I loved the ambience of eating outside, with tables from the Dispensing Company, Josephine's and Old San Juan, spread out for safety, but close enough, that there was a sense of community and energy, despite COVID.

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vipDrPr
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service. Their modifications for public health have been admirable.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience.

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vipJamesS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipMichelebop
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends are moving away. Our last night together!

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Brad4e
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great crab cake sandwich.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, and great outdoor setting.

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Anon
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We needed to squeeze a quick dinner between two downtown events. C'est la vie was the perfect choice with a couple of shared appetizers and a glass of wine. Everything is delicious!

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KathleneS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another beautiful meal and a perfect interlude to interrupt the stress of a work-week. Thank you to the Chef and the staff at C'est La Vie.

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vipMarkE
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was great except our waiter wore his mask below his nose most of the time making me feel uncomfortable. We dined outdoor on a beautiful night.

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Anon
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Friendly, attentive servers.
Outdoor dining was pleasant but for the gang of adolescent bicycle-riders who weaved between the tables a couple times.

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vipKishaJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Bree, was the best server we’ve had in years. She was friendly, made great recommendations, had light conversation, and made sure our drinks were filled at all times. It’s hard to find servers like this!!! Next time we’ll request her table. She definitely made a positive impression. The food was absolutely delicious as well. Great kitchen staff working. Highly recommend!!

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Cindy
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dining at C’est LaVie after being quarantined for so long.
We felt totally safe and were properly distanced from others.
Loved our server and the food was excellent!!
Will definitely return, soon!!

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IrisS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time... great service. Not many selections or were out of some items. Drink were great! I will definitely visit again.

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ErinS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! One of my favorite spots for seafood.

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