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C'est La Vie, Lancaster, PA

C'est La Vie

4.8
4.8
741 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 15 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 741 people are saying

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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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • 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

    Outdoor Dining

  • Lancaster County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. ER

    EllenR

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice space; excellent service ( love the water carafe in the table!). Food was well- timed and excellent quality. Noise level was not too high which was lovely. Will be back.
  2. SH

    SherylH

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience at C’est la vie, thank you!
  3. KK

    KathyK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening dining outdoors--almost thought we were in France! Delicious food, accommodating staff, and a beautiful setting all contributed to a wonderful setting for reuniting with my sisters!
  4. PM

    PamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the downtown atmosphere and food was great. Ran into friends I hadn't seen in years! Happening First Friday! Still jamming at midnight. Memories of Market fare too.
  5. C

    Clare

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    C'est La Vie is a delightful night out. The energy in the place wipes out any outdated energy you are carrying from COVID>
  6. s

    streubli

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful
  7. T

    The3rdgiraffe

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor dining experience. Excellent service!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had the single crab cake dinner and my husband had the chef’s special pizza. Food was good and service was stellar. Thanks, Tia!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was there for lunch for the first time. I usually go to dinner at C’est La Vie. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Lancaster. I had lunch with family for my birthday and C’est La Vie did not disappoint. The food and service were great and even though all tables were full, I felt like we had our own private area. I love the decor and ambience. There is an elegant and fun flair combined. It feels trendy and new. I highly recommend C’est La Vie for munch or dinner.
  10. J

    Jamie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    C'est La Vie is one of the best spots in Lancaster! It is always where I turn to when it is time for a celebration, however, it is also perfect for a midweek meal. The service is fantastic, it has the right amount of noise to feel intimate and exciting at the same time, and the location can not be beaten.
  11. CJ

    CJDFoodie

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone’s dinner was delicious……crab cakes, salmon and flat iron steak. Dessert was Belvedere martinis. Doesn’t get any better than that! Love the ambiance and service was on point, as usual. Great place for dinner before a show at the Fulton theater. Highly recommend!
  12. KG

    KarenG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael is an excellent server! Very accommodating and respectful. Food was great and drinks even better
  13. f

    foodnfriends

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome.. food, drinks, and service. Can’t say more but don’t miss this place if you are in town.
  14. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Little bit of a rough start. We had an 8:15 reservation, I ended up facing a wall the whole evening. Took almost 10 minutes for the waiter to introduce himself. Got much better after that. I had the Flat Iron which came out perfectly medium rare. Wish I had a better view.
  15. GV

    GeraldV

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    Our first visit last fall was great... this time a not so much: the mussel appetizer "soup" was too salty to eat, the beef bourguignon was a greasy over reduced mess lacking nearly any of the pearl onions and veggies usually found in this dish. The potatoes served on the side were overcooked and dried out. The vegetarian cassoulet was mostly cannoli beans with little garlic or spices. Besides beans the only other vegetables in the Cassoulet were a slight touch of asparagus and some unidentifiable overcooked vegetable (which I could not identify...burnt cauliflower?). the Cassoulet was also very dry with nearly no sauce ... or taste (well except beans)....The Spanish gazpacho appetizer was excellent as was the desert. But, while these reminded me of the fine meal I had on my first visit, these "stars" did not make up for the other failures. Such a great first visit...so disappointing this time... not sure I will give them another chance.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside, it was lovely! Everything was very good.
  17. DB

    DavidB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Service was exceptional! Great ambiance
  18. LH

    LeahH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The food was not as good as it should be. We ordered from the regular menu, not the specials. The flat iron steak was meh. The chef should have a better cut of steak on the menu. The flat iron reminded me of a bad Applebee’s steak. The mushroom stroganoff was okay. Flavor was good. But the meat was very chewy, not tender at all. And I expected Campanelle as the menu indicated but it looked and tasted like boxed penne pasta to me. The coconut leek soup was delightful. I would get that again. The cauliflower appetizer was okay, but underwhelming. I mean, it’s just cauliflower roasted. It seems like I could make that myself. Not a lot of skill involved. The cocktails, however, were fantastic!!!
  19. KL

    KLFH

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Couldn’t get an indoor table on Open Table so I called and they quickly found a table for us. They knew we had to leave for an event elsewhere and the service was fast and extraordinary. As was the food.
  20. JF

    JeffreuF

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy lunch at C'est La Vie. It feels very European next to the Farmers Market, with the doors opened onto the sidewalk and umbrella seating. Food and service are very consistently good.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We appreciated the complimentary birthday dessert!
  22. k

    katerina

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a hit. Brought a newbie for his birthday and we had a wonderful meal and great service. Many patrons were there for pre-theatre dinner and the staff got everyone out the door without feeling pressured. Kudos.
  23. RC

    RickC

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Play at Fulton Theater
  24. m

    maureen

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious and very efficient. We will be back!
  25. SA

    SharynA

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful restaurant. Ambience great, excellent service and food! Highly recommend!! Reservations highly recommended.
  26. SO

    SueO

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch! Food was good, waiter attentive , had fun . Thank you!
  27. KD

    KathleenD

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed dinner at C’est La Vie. Excellent ambiance, food and service!! Cod sandwich was delicious. Fig and goat cheese pizza was also delicious as was the sopressata pizza. We will definitely be back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great cod sandwich!
  29. A

    Alabama

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening!!! Amazing service!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good restaurant, great service, good food but for the price, small portions.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening.
  32. RC

    RickC

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Play at the Fulton Thester
  33. G

    Gary

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was wonderful. 2nd visit here did not disappoint.
  34. PM

    PaulM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner-fabulous drinks-fun evening!! Would definitely recommend!
  35. LG

    LawrenceG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The server (Michael) was very personable and attentive, but there was a distracting and annoying high-pitched sound coming from a blender or food processor in use at the bar. My companion and I had a 1:30 reservation, and were among the last of the lunch diners, but I thought whatever was being puréed could have been done later when the restaurant was closer to empty. It was a fairly sustained sound so it seemed as though it was prep for the evening.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, lovely outdoor seating, and delicious plate of fresh food. Such a romantic setting in the heart of the city.
  37. LG

    LinfordG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dining on the street is as good as outdoor gets. Delicious food and great service made it even better.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Atmosphere was pleasant and food was delicious! The hostess was not very friendly or inviting, maybe having a bad day. The waitress was nice and helpful since this was our first time here. I had a burger and side salad. Burger was cooked perfectly and so juicy.
  39. SS

    SharonS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant was recommended by my daughter-in-law and did not disappoint! The atmosphere and the food was very good and our server was excellent.
  40. MW

    MichelleW

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the service to the food and drinks to the ambience were fabulous!! We will definitely be back!

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 741 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 15 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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