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C'est La Vie, Lancaster, PA

C'est La Vie

4.8
4.8
693 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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Booked 35 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 693 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

    Healthy

  • Lancaster County

    Great for Lunch

  • Lancaster County

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Lancaster County

    Notable Wine List

  • Lancaster County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. T

    The3rdgiraffe

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to bring friends to experience Lancaster!

  2. SD

    StevenD

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Michael was our server at lunch, absolutely Fantastic he was. Service impeccable and a wonderful personality.

  3. A

    Anastasia

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent food enhanced by excellent service. Highlights recommend.

  4. MS

    MaraS

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is always great! Get the cod...the stewed tomatoes and mac...you really can't go wrong! Pizza is good too!

  5. J

    Jayy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved another great night here! Enjoyed eating outside!

  6. DT

    DianaT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything that we ordered for lunch was delicious!!

  7. MC

    MariaC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The food was okay, but nothing you could make at home easily and overpriced. Very nice food server.

  8. TL

    TomL

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Way too loud inside. I wish we ate outside... Food was very good.

  9. C

    Cpboop

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing wait staff. Michael was great. The house salad was superb. The dressing should be bottled. The shrimp cauliflower and Marguerite pizza was also delicious Thanks

  10. BL

    BethL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have dined here on several occasions. I took my friends there from out of town and they loved it.

  11. j

    jeng

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great. Meal was amazing!

  12. W

    Wally

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great lunch and dinner spot for any occasion. we really enjoy the food, staff, and the character of the space.

  13. LK

    LoriK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food & atmosphere! Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about menu items. Her recommendation for the mussel appetizer was spot on. The brick oven pizzas were piping hot when brought to our table. They even comped us 2glasses of champagne as we were celebrating our anniversary- a thoughtful gesture.

  14. SP

    SP4199

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The food was very good but it could've been better. The service was really nice. We had the poke bowl and the margarita pizza. The pizza was very basic for the price and a tinch bit salty.

  15. ML

    MicheleL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

  16. DG

    DianaG

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an excellent dining experience from start to finish. The service was excellent. The bar and kitchen were fast with their preparations of drinks and food. The server was welcoming, efficient, and accommodating. Food presentation was lovely. We got in and out in plenty of time to get to our show at the Fulton.

  17. j

    jeng

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner with a dear friend!

  18. S

    Sandy

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious. Our server, Michael, was fantastic--attentive and friendly. It's a beautiful setting. Highly recommend.

  19. RF

    RebeccaF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There is no better place to eat downtown that can beat C’est la Vie in charm. Beautiful location, beautiful venue inside and out and fantastic food. The service is top notch and the menu has something for every budget.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Michael was a great waiter from beginning to end. Food is always top notch as is the atmosphere

  21. NI

    NICKY

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Aside from the slightly snarky person who seated us, all of the staff was perfectly lovely, especially our server, Josh. We had the deviled egg mushrooms - unexpectedly fab!, charcuterie board - perfectly paired meats and cheeses, a short rib special over polenta, the scallops in a mushroom sauce, a strawberry rhubarb cheesecake dessert special, and the raspberry macaron. We sampled a few drinks on the menu, and special requested a couple. We can't say enough good things about this place. I loved the decor and even the music. A lovely early dinner. We are rarely in the area but would make a special trip to return to this restaurant again.

  22. GG

    GwenG

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    The ambiance was great. Sat outside which was very nice. Drinks were good but food was only okay. I will try it again in case it was an off night.

  23. b

    bnick1807

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Solid French 75 and the chef’s crab cake dinner is great!

  24. JO

    JoeO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Our first time and we were very pleased. The service was excellent, the advice and explanations of each dish was great. The food quality, appearance and taste was exceptional. A little noisy but it is a Bistro. Would definitely recommend and will be going back.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    C’est La Vie was excellent! Loved the vibe and the food was delicious! Thank you for having us.

  26. AF

    AdamF

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, attentive staff, modern ambiance… had a great time!

  27. G

    Gary

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Decor and food presentation was excellent. Upscale casual eating. Location next to Central market and downtown venues was perfect. Server was very attentive to our table.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service. Will definitely visit again!

  29. JT

    JoanT

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are in town for the a couple of days for business…. The chef’s choice of ingredients, table spacing, noise level & most of all service. An excellent meal, good choice of wine list & great atmosphere. Truly an experience!

  30. C

    Camryn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My partner and I had a wonderful date night with amazing food and drinks, a lovely server, and a nice ambience! I would definitely recommend C’est La Vie for date nights, a special occasion, or just a nice night out.

  31. NF

    NatalieF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Inside or outside weather permitting the food is delicious. The servers are excellent and will answer any questions you may have! I have been there many times and never disappointed!!!

  32. L

    Lucylongo1

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food! Had Chef Dans Crabcake… beyond delicious 😀

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere. Knowledgeable waiters. Great experience

  34. K

    Kozimmer

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Michael was an excellent server. Friendly and very accommodating. Austin makes the best drinks! There was a beautiful young lady who was clearing the tables and I wish I could remember her name but she was very funny and personable. She has long dark hair and apparently is a second grade teacher. She should definitely be a server because her personality was amazing. The c’est la vie salad was amazing as was the farro risotto. We had chocolate martinis for dessert which were amazing! Will definitely go back for that salad!

  35. LU

    LUCIANNE

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Lancaster. The food is always excellent, the servers charming, cocktail creations yummy and the various sections of the restaurant make a very large space seem comfortably intimate. The decor is lovely. The outdoor space is my favorite if the weather is okay. My only reservation is that the interior spaces can be a little noisy.

  36. A

    Aquavit

    Chicago

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wait staff was perfect!!! The open French doors ( where are table was located) was delightful and felt very safe!

  37. DA

    DonnaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The tomato crab soup is at the top of the list!

  38. M

    Michelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chose C'est La Vie for a business outing. Beautiful tranquil atmosphere. Wonderfully made cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvers.

  39. JF

    JeffreuF

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great place for lunch! Great location, good food and service.

  40. L

    Lisa

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We stopped for lunch and really enjoyed the opportunity to have a casual but elegant meal. There’s lots of delicious choices in the market right across the courtyard of course, and we walked over there for some sweets after :)

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 693 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 35 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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