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Bistro Barberet & Bakery

4.8
996 reviews
$31 to $50
French
Bistro Barberet & Bakery pays tribute to the beloved French bistro, where good food, good wine and better company commingle to create an unmistakable joie de vivre.
This restaurant presents a sweeping cinematic interpretation of the French lifestyle. It also offer some flawless brasserie classics like steak frites, escargots and Bouillabaise the menu is wide enough to please, while remaining true to the traditions that inspired it.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 996 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6
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4.7
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KEDines
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful return to indoor dining at Barbaret last night. The food was even better than I remembered; highlights included beets and goat cheese brulee, potato and pepper soup, amazing veal/bacon meatballs in sauce soubise, and the floating island in creme anglaise for dessert. Great wines by the glass and fabulous service.

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dahike
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mussels and fries, and large specialty hamburger
Wonderful meal!

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ASiewert
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Barberet is delicious, creative, and well-prepared. It is not cheap, but it is not overpriced for what it is--which is high-quality, expertly made, rather expensive food.
Since co-owner Cedric Barberet is a pastry chef, desserts are important and should be eaten. Always! Always have dessert. This should be a rule.
Service was a high point of our evening.
Loud patrons were a low point. Maybe because it was a Tuesday.
Anyway, it was a lovely night overall, and we'll go back. We live within walking distance, so maybe we'll walk so we can justify dessert... Hmm. Either way, we will go as often as we can. You should, go, too.

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TimO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner. The mussels, short ribs and steak frites were all delicious. The flavor of the short ribs was amazing moist and tender. A definite must try if you enjoy short ribs Service was good and dessert was awesome with the house made chocolate sauce on the profiterole.

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vipAmyS
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual!

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TyFischer
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bistro Barberet never misses. We had the Quenelle De Brochet as an appetizer. It is something like a soft bread infused with tiny bits of shrimp and gruyére. Heavenly. We both had the 72 hour grilled short rib. Perfect. Even the warm bread (shipped in from Paris we were told) was exceptional. We had a bottle of Cote du Rhone and it was awesome as well. It was our Anniversary and it was just what we needed. Hurrah for Bistro Barberet.

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Sammy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and nice portions. Very attentive, helpful and friendly service.

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Darkstone
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. I think it was the best burger I’ve ever had and my husband was quite impressed with the short ribs.

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Lernerschini
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is consistently delicious and always elegantly served and presented. The restaurant is perfect for quiet conversations and a date. Bring a wrap, as the air conditioning can feel uncomfortably cold.

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AmandaL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was slow and the food was good but not great. May get better as everything opens and gets more stable.

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Molly
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We realize the pande,ic has forced many restaurants to cut back on the quality of food as they were no longer getting the crowds. That was not so with Barbaret. When we decided it was time to forget COVID and return to the world, Barbaret was out choice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation brunch-very unusual that everybody at our table loved their meal. Excellent food and service

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Rosellen
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast pastries, dark roast coffee (but really good dark roast!) and chicken sandwiches. Will be back!

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FaraS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

When you walk in, the bakery is super impressive. We had lunch in the bistro. Escargot, beef tartare, the house soup, and the croque monsieur. All of it was absolutely delicious. We ended with crème brûlée for dessert! We went back later that night for desserts from the bakery all of which were outstanding. (Lemon tart and chocolate pecan tart were out favorite!)

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dwbbbbbb
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch menu, excellent and cordial service, super bakery packed with mouth watering French pastries. A bit on the noisy side as the restaurant started to fill. Thanks for following the state and federal Covid guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I would have given 5 stars across the board except for the WiFi kept under lock and key as a state secret. Our server was excellent and was quite regretful that she could not supply the password. The cellular connection was nearly nonexistent and unfortunately my husband and I really need to be able to be in touch with the outside world due to our business.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and excellent drinks and food! Would defend go again!

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vipSuperdave
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kayla as always was attentive and pleasant. She is an epic addition to an already fantastic restaurant

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RobinA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific and the waitstaff were soooo nice and accommodating. The atmosphere is great and quiet enough to hear your friends talk! We loved the meal and will be back soon.

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WilliamC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here many times, and same great atmosphere, great food. and great service. My clear favorite in Lancaster considering that there's quite a bit of competition nearby.
I've had everything on the menu up to this point except the salmon, so I gave it a try. It was very prepared, great flavor too, but the star of the dish was the fabulous sauce with cauliflower in it.

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vipBVPNCC
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and always enjoyable.
Both our dinners were excellent.
Thank you.

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Terry
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were able to enjoy a very romantic evening at Bistro Barbaret. The cuisine was excellent -- great variety of choices, expertly prepared!
The service was top notch without being intrusive.

This is one of our favourite places to dine in Lancaster!!

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AWood
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with our server Alex and our food selections were fabulous. If I were to identify one thing that needs improvement...the Old Fashion.

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WilliamH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience. Will recommend this to anyone who asks.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and delightful wait staff. I plan to go back soon!

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vipluv2dine
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious, relaxing lunch date. Our favorite place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely introduction to your beautiful restaurant, as we celebrated my daughter’s 21st with cocktails & dessert.
Will return for dinner with friends, who will equally love the beautiful ambiance (please consider candles on tables), authentic food and thorough service! Thank you!

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constanceP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, classic service. Peaceful, streamlined room and ambiance. Traditional French cuisine, great wine list. A gem in Lancaster.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All aspects of the experience were excellent!

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ASdubois
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place : great food, amazing team. Feeling at home !

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ClairS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wedding anniversary. They acknowledged with a small gift. Server was very good. Purchased desserts to take home. They were not as good as the meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a good place for any occasion at Barberet. The quality of food and drinks match the reasonable pricing for a French bistro and the warm ambiance adds to the experience. What elevates this restaurant further are the exquisite and delicately composed pastry offerings by the chef. The patisserie by itself is reason enough to visit and for locals to support this Lancaster gem.

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Kalymoom
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu if you don't eat pork, but what was offered was almost all outstanding and delicious.

One caveat : Would not recommend the "fish dumpling" appetizer. The flavors and textures with its sauce -- independently could be good but not complimentary together. Very lovely experience altogether, though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing food! We will be back!

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lisam
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Barberet is always a treat! Great selection of classic french dishes prepared perfectly. There is such a variety that you can eat there weekly and never have the same thing twice. The staff and owners are always glad to see you and go out of their way to stop by your table to welcome you with a friendly hello.

They have been diligent throughout the pandemic practicing all that is required for a safe eating experience.

If I had to choose my favorite restaurant in all of Lancaster it would be Bistro Barbaret. Don't miss it!!!!!

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guest
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

They were either super short-staffed, or our server kept getting lost, but it took forever to order drinks, then food, and then forever to get a check. We had to beg a food runner who brought our appetizer for bread as we had requested. The food was fine for most of the table, though the mussels had a not-so-great ammonia odor and flavor unfortunately. All told, brunch took 3 hours- their pastry and chocolates are amazing, I just expected the dining experience to match. We will stick to the front dessert/pastry case from here on.

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vipNelson
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time having lunch here and it was delicious and good value!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Rosti potato and the Barbaret Martini were perfection.

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MichaelS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

A very disappointing experience in lieu of prior times where it was much better. We arrived at 7:55pm and there was a sign up stating "section closed" in front. The girl working up front was dimissive to us and said they don't open until 8pm so come back. It was very strange and poor customer service. We went outside and back back in at 8:05pm and the sign was up and the girl paid no attention to us, and we walked back only to discover a wedding party was going on? We were literally seated in between all these wedding guest and was awkward. The waiter even had a convo about settling a bill with the guests right next to our table which was rude. He also told us "when the craziness dies down, I'll be back to get your order." Did not even take a drink order. Once the wedding party left the restaurant, it was much nicer but our service was horrendous. We had to remind him twice of our wine order to have with our main meal and took about 10 minutes for him to finally get them while our food got cold and he brought entrees to other tables. I will not be going back there again anytime soon.

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vipTraveler
Phoenix
147 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team
Great selection
Always enjoyable

FAQs

Bistro Barberet & Bakery offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 690-2354.

Bistro Barberet & Bakery is rated 4.8 stars by 996 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 bookings at the moment.