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C'est La Vie, Lancaster, PA

C'est La Vie

4.8
4.8
789 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 17 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 789 people are saying

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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

    Fit for Foodies

  • Lancaster County

    Healthy

  • Lancaster County

    Hot Spot

  • Lancaster County

    Great for Lunch

  • Lancaster County

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Lancaster County

    Outdoor Dining

  • Lancaster County

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  1. k

    karlav

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The old blonde woman at the front desk was rude and blunt. Acted like we were a burden to her
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall good experience, a bit expensive, $27 for a small plate of pasta is a bit much and $15 for half a glass of wine.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Casi, is simply the best!
  4. JS

    JohnS

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual. Best Crab cakes around! Excellent service.
  5. MB

    MaureenB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our server/bartender Kate was friendly and quick. Although the food was delicious, it was way overpriced. I had the stroganoff which was mostly pasta and paid $27 for it. More than likely we will not go back due to the value.
  6. JS

    JimS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience. Food was delicious and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Sat in front of the open window on the courtyard and loved the ambience. The sauces on the food were flavorful without overpowering.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love the place and our waiter, Kyle, was great!!! Food was good but my only suggestion is to add less bacon taste to the seafood chowder , it takes away from the taste of the seafood .
  8. F

    Foodie4life

    West Palm Beach

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we went for my moms birthday and they were able to accommodate seating for me ( first time mom) and my 2.5 month old baby along with my sister at a corner nice and quiet at a corner booth! this made the experience more enjoyable especially with a baby that can be fussy at times
  9. DA

    DeAnneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic! Location is great and the food was really good!
  10. J

    Jimbo

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine food and friendly, attentive staff made for a memorable pre-theater dining experience. Next time, we'll order dessert first to try some of their tempting offerings.
  11. LS

    LeeSp

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Second time giving the pizza a shot. A few weeks ago the peach pizza - at the height of peach season - barely had a piece per slice and they were almost dehydrated. Last night - the figs were delicious, but again most of the pizza dry and crunchy. Perhaps put some oil on the table to dip very dry crusts. Other dishes at the table seemed good. All had good presentation. Dining outside is a lovely setting.
  12. CH

    ChuckH

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought out of town clients looking to relocate to Lancaster. I can’t think of a better experience for an afternoon outdoor lunch in the heart of downtown Lancaster. Service and food as always; exceptional. Clients emailed me and said they will definitely be going back. I should mention they really enjoyed the presentation on the turtle plates. 😊
  13. DM

    DuffM

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Historic location, great ambiance, splendid menu and service.
  14. M

    Mshrooms

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    C’est le Vie is a very charming bistro with inside or outside dining. The lighting on the outside tables set a very romantic and charming atmosphere
  15. B

    Boports

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Had to send our lobster pizza back because it was not cooked enough. Even when at came back it still should have been cooked longer, seemed it was just heated up. Our waiter, Michael, was awesome.
  16. AK

    AnnaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, perfectly balanced flavor. I recommend the Pine Street cocktail if you enjoy gin, and the Wild Mushroom Stroganoff was perfect! Great customer service, very personable staff. I’ll definitely be going back!
  17. KM

    KristinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful spot for a special celebration. The whole experience was memorable and enjoyable!
  18. J

    Judi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful inside- warm and inviting. Our server Josh was very helpful and super friendly. He steered us in the right direction in our menu choices. It was our first time visiting C'est La Vie and everyone was welcoming and friendly. The food was delicious; especially the dessert!
  19. T

    The3rdgiraffe

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a business meal
  20. KT

    KarlaT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed visiting C’est La Vie for the first time to lunch with a colleague. We dined indoors, and it was fairly quiet, likely because it wasn’t a market day and it was beautiful outside. I found it to have great decor and ambiance. Top notch service quickly also because an apparent plus. I enjoyed the lobster and crab salad wrap, while my guest had the flatbread of the day. Mine came with crispy tots, served in a cute little, paper-lined basket. Hers was bigger than the plate. We both took home our leftovers. I will most definitely dine here again. Tip: if you aren’t working walking distance, the back end of the parking lot across from the Ware Center is adjacent to the restaurant and very convenient.
  21. l

    lanc

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great location and great drinks&foods selection!
  22. G

    Gigan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really amazing experience altogether. The food and ambiance were stellar
  23. Y

    Yankel

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A worthy companion to its outstanding neighbor below - Josephine's. A good casual choice.
  24. B

    Bavariannightmareof1376

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner and service was great! The short rib stroganoff was very tasty and I highly recommend this dish!
  25. WE

    WestEndGirl

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the hostess to the server to the cuisine, our experience was incredible! The salmon was cooked perfectly, with crisped edges, and the crab cakes (which my mate had) looked entirely made of crabmeat - not sure how they were held together and they were huge! Our server was so down-to-earth, welcoming, and on-point with his dessert suggestions! The location also can’t be beat - beautiful to sit outside and people-watch…made us feel like we were back in Paris. Just lovely!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Time With My Lady, Great Experience Definitely Recommend. We Sat Outside It Was Lovely
  27. 1

    1235

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at the outside cafe tables - it was the perfect evening with cooler temps and low humidity. Our table wasn’t quite ready when we arrived as we were early so we had a drink at the bar. The bartender was friendly and attentive and made good drinks. Enjoyed that the house specialty cocktails are all named after Lancaster City streets. Our waitress, Casey, was wonderful - very helpful explaining the new Fall menu items and making suggestions. The half salad portions are large and very fresh. The seafood chowder was delicious. The prime burger and short rib sandwiches were good, prepared as ordered and served with a side of tater tots … who doesn’t love tots ! The only reason I didn’t give five stars is because my friend thought her cod sandwich was dry and over cooked - to her and the restaurant’s credit, the waitress offered to correct this but my friend declined. Overall a great experience and will go back :-)
  28. SD

    StevenD

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As per the norm outstanding!!
  29. LG

    LouG

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside on a beautiful summer night. Our waiter was wonderful and the food was great. It was a lovely evening.
  30. SL

    SteakLovers

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were exceptional. We sat outside and the server was prompt and knowledgeable about the menu items and the wine selections. We both had the filet, which was a bit pricey, but it was done to perfection. Dessert was also terrific. A great place for fine food on a special occasion especially.
  31. l

    lizztk

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner and service!!! Dining Al fresco made for a perfect evening.
  32. ES

    ElizabethS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful venue in the heart of Lancaster! The crab cakes were the best we’ve ever had, even topped the Maryland restaurants.
  33. DF

    DebF

    Birmingham

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good, ambience was great.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael was an excellent server! We enjoyed our time ~the DAM team
  35. M

    Matthew

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was great. We will be back!
  36. SS

    ScottS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food and drinks. Best Restaurant in Lancaster!
  37. KB

    KathleenB

    West Virginia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were first time guests. The scallops dish was outstanding in its uniqueness, as was my salmon dinner.Attention and detail to service were impeccable. The atmosphere strikes a balance of welcoming, refined, relaxing, and fun!
  38. BF

    BradF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service.
  39. TL

    TomL

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at C'est La Vie! Tuna Poke was amazing, as well as the Frenched Chicken. Great signature cocktails as well!!!
  40. S

    Stephie

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was exemplary. Very nice dinner, great food.

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 789 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 17 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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