C'est La Vie

4.8
265 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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vipAllisonR
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I always enjoy C’est La Vie and Josephine’s and look forward to when we can return. The food and ambiance is wonderful.

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vipGregoryL
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the cocktails are fantastic and the food was great . We always enjoy our waiter Bernie - most excellent service

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CatherineP
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A definite dining must in Lancaster! Excellent food and service, great atmosphere .

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TyroneM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C'est La Vie is one of my favorite places to dine and for anyone that has tried it, you should!

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vipNico
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance, the food, the service and the quality!!

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BobB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience! The atmosphere and decor were on point.

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WayneB
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C'est la vie is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always awesome, the cocktails are delicious, and the service first rate. It also has a good vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service, and covid measures being taken.

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TASLancaster
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a wonderful meal. Would definitely go back. Really a great venue for just about anything ranging from date night to a special occasion dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely date night over the weekend. Loved the Lemon Street cocktail, Crab Cake appetizer and Margarita pizza. Robert provided outstanding service. Love the ambiance, especially seated near the windows!

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vipJack
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Dining outside in November with good friends, good food, and great service...PRICELESS!!!

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steve
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food arrived cold for one of us and had to be reheated even after server said mind the dish its hot - it wasn't.
Nicoise salad was poor - all lettuce and decent tuna but not much else.
When mentioned to the server she said sorry but that was all.
Server needs some personality.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We sat outside under the heaters and it was plenty warm.

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LarryS
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bree was an excellent and engaging server. Continue with limited menu but food is good. Small carrott cake dessert for price

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere! Tuck away in downtown Lancaster. I look forward to coming here again!

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vipSueO
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food was good, restaurant was quiet, service was good.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always spectacular. And the service is very attentive too.

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vipBerk
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C'est La Vie is a fantastic addition to the downtown Lancaster restaurant scene. They have a great menu, great staff, great location with great parking close by!

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vipSueO
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very enjoyable especially sitting outside. Nice we had the option if we needed it. We all enjoyed our meals and cocktails were great too! Will be returning!

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vipDrPr
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food. Safety pre

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DonnaR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 28th anniversary and not only was the food delicious, but the service and overall hospitality was impressive. French Onion soup was excellent!!

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Steve
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Some of the food we ordered was simply outstanding - others, not so much. The fillet was a 10, the salmon was an 8, and the pasta with seafood was a 5 - very little salmon was in the seafood pasta and the sauce was incredibly bland and tasteless. It's the kind of dish that after that first taste, you ask the wait staff for salt and pepper please. Nothing is more disappointing that very bland pasta. The Caesar was nice - I'd give it a 7, not higher. The butternut squash soup was simply amazing. The shrimp cocktail was good, but for $19, we expected to get more than 4 shrimp. (They were large, but even so, 4 shrimp for $19?). The environment was very, very nice. The service was a bit slow at times, even my European standards, but our wait staff was very pleasant - and we weren't in a hurry. I would go back again, but I'd be more careful about what I ordered. Our total bill was $211 before tip for 3 people. It was a special occasion so we didn't focus on price - but that was a bit pricey for the overall quality - but all said, I would go back.

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MrsG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!! Everything from the food to the service, just great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Food was delicious.

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Buppy2019
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything we had was absolutely exquisite, amazing depth of flavors. Our server was wonderful, pleasant and had a vast knowledge of the menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined outdoors... service and food were great! Lunch menu was a bit confusing but other than that a great dining experience during these difficult covid days!

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vipShaun
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. Very tasty and innovative. While the service was good and attentive, we did not feel any warmth from the server. Never a smile in the 1-1/2 hours we were there. Did not even give us his name. Quite a contrast from just a week or so ago when our server was one of the most pleasant i have ever experienced!

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CaroleK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, & service. It was a wonderful evening dining out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. A cool Saturday afternoon, a heater and even a blanket was offered for out outside lunch date. C’est la Vie goes to the max to make everyone welcome and comfortable. The food was excellent as usual!

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DonnaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful bistro. Perfect food, perfect ambiance. And of course perfect company. We had a nice late lunch on a fall afternoon. There was a chill in the air but how fun is that! Thank you.

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vipSusanK
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at C'est La Vie. Hunter our waiter was extremely nice and accommodating - flawless service. The French Onion Soup and the Coquille Saint Jacques were great! The seating was spread outside the restaurant with heaters, so very comfortable. Would definitely go back when I am in the Lancaster area.

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vipDoreenJ
Indiana
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and our dinner was quite tasty. Cozy with the outdoor heaters.

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vipJenA
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend C'est la Vie for dining. We ate outside and it was great. A little chilly, but with the portable heaters, it was perfect! The crab cakes were out of this world delicious!

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vipMarlena
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

My friends and I thought the drinks and food were delicious, with a variety of good options. We very much enjoyed that each table outside had a heater (what a plus now that it’s getting cold and some people like myself may not want to eat inside during covid.)
Unfortunately we were taken aback by our waiters just flat out rudeness from the moment he came to our table. No “Hello!”, “Welcome!” “My name is...” or anything, just a cold “Drinks?” We ignored the bluntness and we barely saw him during our meal, but at the end as he was cleaning our plates he asked whether we were interested in anything else. I happily asked whether there were any desserts? He responded with, “well the great thing is, you can scan the QR code and look it up on your phone.” After realizing we did not respond back to that and were dumbfounded by his answer, he finally decided to tell us what some of the desserts on the menu were. After leaving us with a bitter taste in our mouth, we said “No” to dessert and quickly left to enjoy some dessert at Barbaret instead.
Bummer when the food is great but the service ends up being so disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fab service!!

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KathyH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our second time here and we’ll be back again. Food is so good, as are the martinis and service!

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vipTimZ
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating in Alley. Great ambiance. Fun drinks.

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LauraK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations! Excellent food and service!! Highly recommend

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vipluv2dine
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fun people, great server John.

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vipShaun
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, especially with the outdoor dining. Our waitress, Breanna (Sp?) was excellent. Could definitely see her smile despite the mask!

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C'est La Vie is rated 4.8 stars by 265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.