Caribou Cafe

4.5
1303 reviews
$30 and under
French
Step into the vibrant world of Paris. This 25 year old landmark has brought Philadelphia and its visitors a taste of France in a relaxed atmosphere.
The art deco bar, leather banquettes, warm orange walls, and antique mirrors make Caribou Café your destination for Lunch, Dinner and Brunch.
Live music Fri and Sat.
Best True French Bistro in town!
What 1303 People Are Saying
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vipEricW
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and relaxing as always!!

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vipRugbyCoach
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening!
Great food - server Kelsey was lovely, as was the bartender

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant has been a good for 20 years- food, service and ambiance are delightful.

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vipRatoncito22
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, salad, beef bourguignon, and chocolate soufflé. Service was very good, and I enjoyed that it was not crowded and tables were very well spaced out.

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Duran1963
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great bistro style food and ambiance, friendly and attentive staff. Décor is interesting, in line with the French feel.

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JohnL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My Crouqe Madame was good (their take did not include the classic bechamel sauce). My friend ordered a lamb burger. That was excellent.
We're going to try them again.

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Alex
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was delicious! The octopus salad and Tarte Tatin were spectacular.

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InesZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food. Service was excellent. Knowledgeable servers and super attentive. Had the Moules Frites and a Salmon special. Delicious. Cocktails were great and dessert was housemade. Lovely spot. Felt like Paris!

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VivianM
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

From the moment we sat down the wait I forgot to give us menus not even a menu to scan he didn’t take our entrée order we had to remind him that he needed to take our Andre order he also forgot a couple food items such as an appetizer and kept getting our drinks and correct

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vipRedshandy
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful service. A little pricey, Burt a nice splurge on a special occasion.

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vipJohnCup
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat when I'm in Phildadlophia.

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vipBridgetD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to sit outside! Very attentive server, Delicious chicken sandwich and spinach and beet salad. Terrific lunch experience! We weren’t hungry enough to eat what is offered for the lunch special which for $20 is appetizer entrée and dessert. Fabulous deal!

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HarryC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food. It is reminiscent of French bistros that we’ve experienced in Paris and other parts of France. It’s hard to get crepes better than those we’ve had in Paris but the mushroom crepes at Caribou Cafe in Philadelphia are the BEST we’ve ever had. Our other dishes were also exceptional. Hostess, waitress and bartender were extremely friendly and accommodated every request we had. We plan to return again and again. The only negative is the overpriced drinks otherwise this is a grand slam.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was excellent

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Ginny
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine was amazing. Service was great! Happy you can be open.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The escargot was amazing and there was not a drop of sauce left on the plate. Both the Char and Salmon entrees were spot on and cooked perfectly. Wine menu had plenty to work with and the Cappuccino cheesecake was definitely award winning.

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Jonathan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious daily luncheon specials, attentive waitress and superb bartender. Gracious, well informed, polite. Well priced fare, delightful background music and old world embience.

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vipPyatachok
Baltimore
204 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First time visit for lunch.
We liked our experience in point of ambiance and service, but somehow expected a bit more from the taste of the food. Had Escargot(A), Pate(A+), Seafood crepe(C) and Apple tart(C). So 2 dishes are excellent and 2 are very mediocre and crepe had a very unpleasant undertone in taste and wasn't hot enough to enjoy. All of the savory dishes were accompanied by the same salad of greenery which made them a bit boring to repeat three times in a row. So at the end we had some mixed feeling about the place, but decided to give them another try when in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I go to Caribou quite often and always enjoy the food, regrettably this time I have to say that it wasn’t as good as usual: The snails had a different presentation which didn’t make them as tasty as usual and the ribeye wasn’t very good: greasy and rubberish. Although service and drinks were great.

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ElusiveGrey
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food, warm and welcoming ambience! Cannot wait to dine here again!

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AndreaB
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome charcuterie, mains, desserts, wine, and coffee!

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AlinaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a stop and a quick dinner there on the way to the airport to meet my family. I had an amazing experience. The place was almost empty with tables far from each other, so it felt very COVID 19 safe. The food was delicious and the service spectacular- the barmen was right at my table a split second before I was thinking about asking for a glass of vine, or coffee, or takeout burger for my son. I can’t wait to go there again.

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vipV189
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Spacious. French food that was delicious and authentic. Servers were knowledgeable. The cocktail menu was vast and diverse. My meal was cooked beautiful and classically French. I will be enjoying many meals there again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!!! Differently would go back

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KendraB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was salty...the waitress was not attentive...wish I had a better experience

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MediaSavvy
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine's weekend and I still hadn't made a reservation. even our favorite bistro, Caribou cafe, was booked solid. But I put myself on their waiting list through OpenTable and bingo! We got a table with less than 24 hours to go. The food was great as always - terrific sauces, tender lamb, delicious drinks. The waitress was attentive and friendly but not too. Always love the bistro ambience for a romantic dinner. It's great that Caribou is still around when so many great Center City restaurants seem to be gone forever.

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Kate
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Caribou cafe offered an authentic french dining menu with romantic ambiance. The staff was also friendly and welcoming. However to fully enjoy this place you have to be experimental in the food you try.

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vipRandomFridayNight
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do you want to sit and have dinner in Paris? Either fly there or go to Caribou Cafe in Philly. Perfect atmosphere, well-timed service, great portions of food and extremely tasty - especially the escargot.
This gem in center city has been around for almost 20 years and we try to go as often as possible, either for a romantic dinner, before the theatre or after the theatre or in the past, just to have some drinks at the bar.
I doubt you will find a better value in the city!!

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vipVasya
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was nice to be out for Valentine’s Day. Caribou Cafe was very accommodating getting us a nice table. Service was attentive. Food was good but not memorable, menu selection was limited.

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CF10
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding and the waiter made good recommendations, when we asked. In particular, she recommended the bread pudding, which was phenomenal. However, she did not describe the contents of the peasant's platter either before we ordered, or when it arrived. Also, the items we ordered did not come from the kitchen in a good order. Despite these minor problems, we had a wonderful time.

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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Valentine’s Day, our second visit during the pandemic. Tables are well spaced, staff is incredibly friendly and efficient, and the food is wonderful. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The escargot appetizer and shrimp avocado salad was amazing! So fresh & delicious! I ordered the lamb shank for dinner, it was eh- no flavor and very bland.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome!!! Crepe was the best I’ve ever had.

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Svetlana
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great ! Would come back and recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service was exceptional... this has become our go to restaurant!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience! The food and service were amazing and we hope to be back soon.

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vipPhoenixvilleDiner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food proved to be excellent and the staff proved generally timely in their service. I would avoid the Sezerac since I’ve had (and can make) better.

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KenP
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Perhaps it was an off night. Although we were excited to begin dining indoors again, the enthusiasm was not shared by the staff at the restaurant. We made an early reservation to avoid a crowd. There were only three other groups dining. Most of the first floor was empty but the greeter chose to take us to the second floor and offer the smallest and worst table by the server bar. We refused that and nothing else happened to make the night more enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and drink highly recommend! I brought a friend who is from Paris and they can confirm this food reminded them of home!

FAQs

Caribou Cafe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 625-9535.

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1303 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.

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