Maison Premiere

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454 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Maison Premiere serves a daily list of over 30 varieties of oysters along with an American seafood menu. Dishes include sea urchin, fresh crudo, and a selection of shared plates and entrees. The award-winning cocktail menu takes original inspiration from classic cocktails and re-imagines them as innovative, thoughtful expressions. Inspired by New York hotel lobbies of bygone days, afternoons of leisure in Parisian cafes, and the charm of New Orleans’ Olde Absinthe House, Maison Premiere offers a truly unique dining experience.

The intimate space contains a small dining room, a horse-shoe shaped cocktail bar, and special counter seating at the oyster bar. The full dinner menu is available at all areas of the space. In the summer, from June to September, the lush garden provides additional seating amidst an enchanted scenery.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

Maison Premiere is the coolest place in Williamsburg to eat oysters and drink cocktails.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 454 People Are Saying
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4.4
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YW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks as always. Perfect for any occasion. Love this place.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite restaurant!

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JC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat in the garden for dinner and it was magical. Very romantic atmosphere and the service was top notch. The drinks were amazing and beautifully presented and the food was outstanding. We had the chef's selection of oysters and then the pork porterhouse and the black bass entrees. The dirty rice that accompanied the fish was so good, my boyfriend couldn't get enough and said he'd come back just for that. We had fresh house-made madeleines for dessert with a vanilla creme that was delicious and a very nice light treat after a full meal. Overall, just excellent. Can't recommend it enough!

E
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

This place so under delivers. The front to back are amatuer.

PY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience started with the wonderful host Elizabeth confirming our reservation. She went out of her way to explain the different dining experiences available and recommended counter service. Upon arrival, we were seated immediately. The environment was very lively, the bar was hopping and the bartenders were making some super fancy cocktails.

Our food was amazing-- seafood was so fresh. The oysters were super. The cocktails were excellent. Our bartender recommended a specific Amaro to close out my meal. It was one i haven't tried and was great.

I can't wait to come back and experience the raw bar and the garden.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant!! The food, service, and atmosphere was perfect. I’ll definitely recommend this to friends traveling to NY!!

NY
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perhaps you should add a steak sandwich on french baguette or burger to the menu.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What else is there to say? Amazing raw bar. Other than the oysters, loved the razor clams. The bread plate with seaweed butter is definitely worth the up charge and a must get.

GA
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

First time at Maison Premiere. The location is really nice, the garden is suggestive.
Oysters and wine are really good.
There was a little problem with the food order and the kitchen but it was kindly removed from the check. Appreciated it and will for sure come back!

AB
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Did not have many items on the menu and it was only 7:30pm. Other items were ordered and they came back to our table to let us know they did not have those items as well. Sat us at a table so small should not have had them there in the first place. Asked to be seated at a larger table many of which were open and unoccupied and they could not a accommodate quickly enough. The staff is young and not professional. They would rather not be working. Shame.

VC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

I've been here in the past and never experienced the issues we exprerienced sunday night (limited menu, 30 minute wait time for a food menu, another additional 15 min wait for a drink menu!) there must be something going on here - they only had their raw bar offerings and the only other option if you didnt want mussels or oysters was an lobster roll. we wanted to have a special birthday celebration for my boyfriend who previously has loved this place, but we both won't be back after the insane wait times and lack of options. crazy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant is pretty nice, they have full bar and great outdoors. Service was very good, staff is very friendly and attentive, the food, however, was pretty much plain and overpriced. We loved the cheesecake though. Also I got my ankles bit by some insects under the table which is not very pleasant..

TK
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really excellent dining experience. Cocktails, service, ambiance. It was a special occasion and it did not disappoint, definitely got laid afterwards. The lobster linguine was one of the best pasta dishes ive ever had. The absinthe cocktail list was second to none that i've experienced in the NYC area.

CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fresh and delicious. Exceptionally personal and friendly service.

EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Highly recommended for oysters (of course) but sea scallops are to die for.

NY
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The place is GREAT for sure but the menu is limited.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I come here for special occasions. Anniversary, birthday, etc. It is our favorite oyster bar. Incredible oyster selection, impecable service and an outstanding cocktail list to choose from. Always looking forward to our next visit!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

seafood and drinks were amazing, oyster menu was awesome but we waited over 40 minutes for the oysters we ordered at happy hour and they came out unopened at first and the server had to bring them back to the kitchen, everything else was great. our server was kind but they should have more waiters working the back patio

JK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best seafood i’ve ever had. And the cocktails...the cocktails were beautiful. We sat outside. So lovely. By the time we were ready to leave, we were overwhelmed with delight. Certainly, most definitely well-recommended.

DW
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The perfect summer dinner in the city.

We had a table for two on the back patio with an indoor/outdoor view of the sky which went from cloudy to raining to clear in our 90 minutes enjoying dinner. We had 2 delicious drinks - the Maison Spring Pimm's and the Royal Caroline.

We started with a dozen oysters selected by the chef - 6 from the east coast and 6 from the west as well as 4 shrimp. The oysters had a wide range of size and flavors. It was a great tour of different kinds of oysters and a great start.

We had the Scallop Crudo which was succulent, sweet, and buttery with a touch of sea salt. I wanted to order 6 more.

Then the Oysters Rockefeller arrived with just a perfect breading and seasoning followed, finally by a delicious lobster roll prepared with huge chunks of flavorful lobster and crisp celery and a light coating of aioli and seasoning. My personal preference is just lobster and butter on a brioche roll but this was an excellent second.

I hope we'll be back soon.

CK
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was my second time going to Maison Premier to celebrate a special event with my boyfriend and we were once again blown away by the service and the food. We wanted to be seated outside originally but the space was booked for a private event, the manager made it up to us though by giving us a secluded table close to the bar and a free glass of champagne. Our server was very knowledgeable of the oysters and made wonderful recommendations. It was a delicious and relaxing evening and we cannot wait to go back.

JJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

We waited 30 mins for a table (with a reservation) to find that once we were seated there were 3 open tables that remained open the rest of the evening. The food & drinks took forever to come out. And we weren't even comped our drinks. Not worth the money and poor service. The food was good though. Very disapointed.

TR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cutest place ever with delicious oysters, cocktails and food in general! The entire staff was extremely friendly and made our brunch experience great!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very special place. Excellent in every way. Never disappoints.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for oysters, shrimp and lobster. The restaurant is modeled after a small French brasserie.

D
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Terrific, great for food, oysters, cocktails and a good vibe

MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great drinks and cute ambiance. I would recommend coming here with a small group or for a date.

AG
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Went for brunch. We had a 11:30reservation and asked for the patio. We were told that the patio didn’t open until noon but then watched 3 parties walk past us to the patio prior to noon. Our server pretty much ignored us but was nice when she came over. The food was very good and it’s a great spot if you are shopping around Williamsburg.

CC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I would recommend Maison Premiere for drinks after work and not for a special occasion dinner as we did. the restaurant was trendy and very loud. The menu is limited. Drinks are plentiful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Was seriously looking forward to this place but was really disappointed. The service is desperately arrogant, it’s more of a bar with snacks and really overpriced for what it was. Big mistake to have booked here.

m
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You are instantly transported to the Vieux Carre the minute you walk in the door. Romantic atmosphere, wonderful service and delicious food. Try the oyster tasting. The oysters are impeccably fresh and the variety staggering. The servers in their Southern Belle print frocks are charming and utterly professional. We can't wait to go back!

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and great service at the bar. Will return in a timely manner. Best raw bar in NYC

4
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

When I made the reservation for Friday at 2:00 it said it was the only slot available. I didn’t expect to be the only ones in the restaurant at that time. It was a pleasant surprise considering we were celebrating my son’s 21st. Service was excellent as always. The chef’s oyster recs never disappoint nor do the absinthe cocktails. Try the Chrysanthemum.. Cheers!

AM
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Maison Premiere is an excellent dining experience, perfect for a birthday celebration and the oyster happy hour can't be beat. The only (minor) complaint that I have is that the music was a bit too loud and the seating tight, but those elements are largely absorbed by the impeccable oysters and flawless service...loved Sarah and Jackson!

MA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Service wasn’t the best this time, nor the drinks but the oysters - always amazing!

g
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It’s reputation speaks for itself. Always a terrific
experience at MP. The best cocktails in NYC. Just wish I lived around the corner.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing all around!!

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place is pretty busy so it would be better to make reservation. The food was delicious. Omg the variety of oysters is amazing. Must try it all! The drinks were good too, however, didn't try the absinthe but definitely planning to go back and try that.

L
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Maison Premiere for a date night and had a great time. We sat at the bar and had oysters, crab and one of the best lobster pasta dishes ever. The drinks were also fantastic and it was fun watching them get made up by the bartenders. The whole vibe of the restaurant was great - laid back but still really fun.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a lovely experience, definitely will be back!

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