Maison 208

3.7
328 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Maison 208 is a two-story New American Restaurant and Social Bar .
Located at 208 South 13th Street in Philadelphia's midtown village serving small and shared plates, craft cocktails, beer and wines by the glass. You can enjoy a cocktail in our upstairs Social lounge while admiring bustling 13th street from our second story windows or relax and admire. The six-story mural by artist James Burns of Mural Arts of Philadelphia is visible throughout the building and is best viewed in 'The Social' the bar upstairs under the retractable glass roof, the first of it's kind in Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was horrible. Found hair in my food. So many good brunch places in Philly that this isn’t worth it.

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SP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This place was great!

Music was a little too loud but everything else was fantastic!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food but the music was far too loud.

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P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The halibut was unusual and delicious...loved the oysters too

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NJ
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The French toast was pretty but was kinda of dry. The place was very pretty and a nice place to catch up with friends. However our waiter didn’t come to us for a while when we first got there. I would go back again to try another meal.

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great. I love the aesthetic. There was a private event upstairs so we couldn’t see the retractable roof. But we will be back.

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was a little strapped on a late Saturday afternoon when half the restaurant was empty - the duck was tough and overcooked, but the dish overall was well-conceived, and the drink I had - Lunch Poem - was delicious and balanced and took forever to get. Asking for water three times shouldn't happen anywhere, no less at a purportedly upper middle brow establishment.

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PW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

cool bar with a neat atmosphere - kind of bland food and not a great beer selection - ok for the novelty, not a regular place for us.

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PH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We tried to get a cappuccino, but their machine was. It working. One of the party wanted eggs benefits they have on the website, but was told they aren’t making that right now and the website has not been updated. They also ran out of champagne for mimosas.

The place was packed and took about 20 mins to get a drink ordered, let alone getting the drink.

The food was AMAZING, but they need to work on the rest

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SF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love the steak, but wife is a vegetarian so we have a hard time picking this place

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F
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Atmosphere very nice. Food and presentation at best mediocre. If they don’t improve the food drastically this restaurant will not survive. Hopefully for their sake they will make major improvements

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice setting for the evening. Walls opened up to allow enjoyment of the nice evening weather. Food and service was good. Drinks were good as well

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AH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

To start we had the soft shell crab, I had never had soft shell crab before and I wasn't a fan. For entries we had the Roasted Chicken, and Burger both were okay. If I were to go back I would go for a drink at the retractable rooftop bar.

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B
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was awful. So unfortunate because the staff is nice and the restaurant has a great location

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Food is so delicious. Awesome experience and we will definitely be going back.

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F
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place to have dinner before a show!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was good, they just changed the menu the day we ate there so it wasn't what we had viewed online the day before and it is kind of a weird menu. The food wasn't bad though. However, there are so many good restaurants in the city, I wouldn't make it a point to go back here.

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V
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Emma was amazing 💕

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We went to this restaurant based on description and decent reviews. What a MISTAKE! First clue was empty restaurant at 7:15 on a Friday night in center city Philadelphia . Food was horrible and pricey, small portions even for tapas. No bread- just crackers that really tasted like saltines. We left and will not return
Suggested to our waitress to update her resume as we were her only customers on a Friday night!

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PF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant, especially the decor and the indoor/outdoor murals!! One of the best french onion soups I've ever had and the duck confit was also extraordinary albeit a bit too salty. Would definitely recommend to friends!

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PA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Small dishes, purported to be “sharable” we’re tiny but presented on large plates. We ordered two small plates each but even so we all left hungry. And it was very expensive for what we got.

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m
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not worth the money. Don't go if you're hungry. Don't order the lobster. The roast chicken was the only good thing that was worth the price. Martinis served in a wine glass. Bad form.

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A
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance. The staff was very friendly and constantly made sure our dining experience was great. Will dine again very soon.

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MW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

For the most part, the food was delicious but the portion sizes were very small even for tapas style small plates.

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P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We had a disappointing evening.

Two of our 4 dishes were average at best.

Service was slow

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DC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was initially good we had 3 small plates.
We ordered the Snapper - which was served with the head and was frankly awful, totally without taste and served with a sauce that was nasty.
Also the prices are higher in the restaurant than on this app. The snapper was $6.00 more than stated on this app. When we complained the server was very annoyed in spite of the fact that we had been very complimentary regarding the small plates .
We asked to speak with the manager because we felt that something should have been taken off of the bill. That did not occur.
We went to the restaurant to see if it would be appropriate for a corporate event- based on the way we were handled.
We will never return to this restaurant!
Very dissatisfied with how we were treated.

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DR
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful concept with open view of kitchen. Chef was friendly and explained how he cooks meals.

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Our waitress was helpful. We found it strange that only a few patrons were in the restaurant on a Saturday night. We went upstairs around 10 pm and it is a really nice space. No music was playing. We ordered a drink from the bartender, and she was a bit rude. No eye contact and seemed like it was a chore to make a drink. She was not busy at all, so I was surprised that she didn't ask us if we wanted a drink, since we were at the bar for some time before we got her attention. I would go back, and check out the music next time.

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F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The staff was very nice and accommodating. However, drinks took forever and they weren’t even busy. And good took even longer. When we finally got our food, we were pretty disappointed. We ordered oysters which were very tangy, grits that were too gritty, chicken that had no flavor whatsoever. It was an expensive meal that left us hungry at the end of the evening.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

They’re making an effort but still need some work - service was a little slow for our section. We chatted with the table next to us who happened to order the same ribeye that we did medium rare - theirs was quite rare, ours was medium -well done. Nice ambience and manager was aware of issues hopefully will improve with some fine tuning

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LZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food quality was very uneven. One dish good, the next inedibly burnt. Wait staff spent most of their time talking to each other. After finally taking an initial drink order, no additional drinks were offered. It was quite a disappointing.

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K
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. Started with drinks at the upstairs bar- bartender was friendly & attentive. Dinner downstairs . Shared many different plates , duck confit was amazing ! Service was great and nice atmosphere... Hostess was wonderful too!

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CF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The waiter was not very competent and the food was over priced. The waiter did not explain the dishes. He said they were larger than tapas but apparently he doesn't know what tapas are because these portions could not even be shared. $15 for two little pieces of duck served over cream corn puree. Literally 4 bites.
He served us wine that was spilled down the glass and on the base. It dripped everywhere. They serve these little portions on huge plates that make the portion look like it's for an anorexic person. I have eaten here over a year ago. I don't know what went wrong but it explains why the place was empty on a Thursday night. I will never come back nor recommend to anyone.

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HC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I heard this spot was black-owned so I decided to check it out with a few friends. The ambiance was really downstairs, I didn't get the opportunity to go upstairs.

There were not enough options to select from on the brunch menu and the one thing that I wanted, chicken & waffles were 86'ed that day so I opted for the steak and eggs and potato hash.

The meal came out on a huge plate with a small piece of steak on it. I asked for it to be prepared medium and it came out medium rare. While I waited for a refire, I ate the potatoes which were really good.

My steak came back perfectly prepared, however, I did not see any eggs so I asked: "Where are the eggs?"... The server said "it's a smoked egg and it right there", while pointing to some type of sauce.

I was so disappointed, 1. when you steak and eggs on a menu you expect steak and eggs, not steak and egg sauce. 2. Why is the tiny 2-3oz steak served on a huge plate?

I was still hungry, so we ordered a biscuit which tasted like flour.

My friend had the lobster and grits, the grits were underseasoned and also came on a huge plate with a small, shallow circle in the middle... Where is the rest of the food?

If you are hungry, I would suggest eating somewhere else and stop by this place for drinks. Keep in mind they close at 4 on Sundays, which was also a shocker. My friends and I like to eat and catch up over a few drinks.

I will say that our server, Kevin, was awesome! We had a good time with him and he made sure that were happy. Also, the strawberry mimosa and Hennesy sidecars were AMAZING!

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JC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was not very good, the portions were small, and I will never go back.

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SG
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Our primary reason for dining out is to have an enjoyable meal at a reasonable price. The second most important consideration is an attentive and pleasant staff.

This was our second visit to this restaurant. The featured fish dish appealed to us but was not available because they had run out by our 7 PM reservation. The only other two entrees were a ribeye steak for $50 and a rack of lamb dish that came with very tasty potatoes. We know lamb tends to have fat, but it was almost impossible to cut it away. We also added a small appetizer of duck breast with very smooth creamed corn and a maple based gravy. This dish had a nice flavor but again had a thick fatty skin but which was more easily separated from the meat.

The very loud music from the band on the second floor was a notable detractor for us.

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A
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tonight my friend and I had dinner and drinks at maison 208 prior to a show at the merriam. It was our waiter’s first night and despite some jitters he did a fantastic job and was available to us and communicated with us throughout the meal. We shared 5 small plates and a dessert. The duck breast and squash plates were delicious. However the STAR OF THE MENU is the pork belly. Please go there ASAP and order it!!! It was the perfect combo of salty, sweet, and savory. Also the price was reasonable considering the location and the cocktails were refreshing and tasty! I HIGHLY recommend maison 208!

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b
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Onion soup not warm, husband’s tartine tepid, my entree partly burned and shriveled and partly had ice chips. Our order of dessert and coffee never arrived. The worst restaurant experience we have had in a very long time.

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good but wish the kitchen told our server how long some dishes would take. Almost Three hours for small plates was absurd. Drinks were great, but server didn’t actually know menu and served us all wrong drinks. Heard two weeks with new chef and menu so would come back to actually be impressed.

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C
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We happened to visit on the weekend when Maison 208 had changed their menu, so it was fun to try some new items, but as we had primarily chosen this place based on the menu they had beforehand, there was sort of a moment of panic when we sat down and saw the items we had looked forward to were no longer available. (To be fair, they had given us a heads up with the confirmation phone call that the menu was new, so it wasn't a total shock!) The drinks we had were tasty, and the dishes were interesting, but I don't think I would go back. Service was a little slow when we got there (though everyone was really, really nice, which goes a long way with me), and overall, I feel like I've had meals that were more my style for a lower price. But certainly worth visiting if their current menu speaks to you!

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