Caribou Cafe

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1155 reviews
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$30 and under
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French

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual
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!

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4.3
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FrankH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for before/after the theatre. Waitstaff was attentive. Brunch was perfect

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sharon
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was Excellent and his recommendations were spot on. Great birthday presentation with the dessert.

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vipFoodMaven2017
Philadelphia
408 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I went w/a friend today to CARIBOU CAFE we really looked forward to a French flair lunch

Both ordered the cheesesteaks. Loaded w/salt..fries even more salt I wiped a few before eating them
Hate to send food back..I told the waitress that salt was on overload they must have used a salt shaker tongue was twitching...& my friend & I both agreed, a strange taste,

She ate 1/2 & so did I. Could not eat anymore it tasted strange.

My friend said it was terrible, & she'll just pay & forget about it....

Manager came over & took away 1/2 my sandwich & took 20% off my bill.
Fries left over.
Told him I didn't eat the other 1/2 how did he get 20%?

We went around & round & then told me to tip the server. I always do. NEVER stuck a waiter or waitress..usually tip more than 20% which I did.
Very disappointed....wanted to like this place.

One more thing, I asked for a sauce to put on the cheesesteak. Waitress looked puzzled. I said maybe a red sauce...like marinara..she told owner & he made a point to tell me.

I still left her more than 20% & for that she didn't overwork herself

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Wicket
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We recently had brunch on a Sunday morning at this Cafe. The place was ridiculously empty when we arrived; always a bad sign considering that we couldn't get reservations at Fork or Tallulah's Garden.
Cute place with nice ambiance. Not very accommodating for changes to the menu, which usually implies that much of the menu is not made fresh. Our waiter disappeared after taking the order; a runner delivered the food and no one checked on us after that at all. I could have used a refill on my beverage, and my husband would have liked ketchup, but it was not to be... The quiche was among the worst I have ever had, and that includes the pre-made versions I occasionally get at Acme. My family liked their omelets better, but rated them as only average. Not worth a return trip.

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Phil
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, you feel like you are in Paris. Food is great and service as well

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vipJumbo
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location in the theater district -- professional and attentive staff -- delicious and quality food..

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vipMiRo
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great French bistro in center city. Been coming for 14 years and never had a bad meal. Highlights: onion soup, quiche, steak frites, any salmon dish, and ALL of the deserts.

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IdaR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We looked forward to visiting this oft passed restaurant and we were not disappointed! Perfect for lunch or dinner when attending a show at The Walnut Street Theater. Recommended: the broiled mussel appetizer (I will get two next time), crepes and the lunch special (for $19). Best was yet to come with the profiteroles and one of the best capuchinos I have ever had - and yes, I ordered a second. Can't wait to go back. We really felt we were in Europe. Lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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vipAbigailK21
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So nice and laid back, great food and great service. We loved it. We are big fans of French food and this place does not disappoint. It's bright orange and cheery but the booths are cozy so you don't feel like you're in a cafeteria. I had the special - salmon Wellington (in puff pastry), and it was out of this world. The creme brulee was a tiny bit burnt but everything else - good crunchy fresh salad, course and tasty country pate, tender steak frites, it all delivered.

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vipJumbo
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food -- attentive and professional staff -- right in the heart of the theater district.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went for dinner on 2/15 and they only had the Valentines Day special menu available even though Valentines Day had passed. I was very unhappy ordering from a pre fix menu of food bought for Valentines Day. The food was not what I had planned on as I thought I would be ordering from the regular menu so the meal was disappointing.

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vipMitra
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thoroughly recommend this place for brunch! Great menu, good quality food and excellent service. The restaurant was super cosy, everything was perfect!

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Rocky
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect brunch for a chilly winter day. Always warms the soul.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've loved this neighborhood place since I discovered it more than 10 years ago.
Easy, quiet, classic bistro fare. Wonderful quiches, soups and original dishes (e.g. Lemon shrimp and avocado appetizer. Small tables by the windows, quiet booths towards the back and more upstairs tables. And a full bar. Just lovely.

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AdrienneS
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Caribou Cafe - never disappoints!
I recommend this restaurant for a great evening and meal.

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vipJoan
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Great cocktail. Great dessert. What more can I say. I had a peach cosmo. My entree was Chilean salmon over Israeli couscous and of course the bread pudding for dessert. My husband had pork tenderloin with black lentils. Both entrees were delicious.

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TMJG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Terrific cocktails, house pate wine and profiteroles! Steak frites was OK. Waiter was knowledgeable and fun. We will be back but I won't get the steak frites (although I had it in the past and it was better).

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michelleS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My salad was way overdressed, and my soup had way too much cheese (I never thought I'd say that!) but I sampled the other dishes at the table and there were some winners so I'll overlook the soggy salad and cheesy soup and return here for the cocktails, and order the steak frites or the salmon next time!

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judefood
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have loved it for many years, live far away now, just in town for a few days, have been there twice 🤗.
Love the look, vibe, service, BREAD, food - everything!

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MikeVee
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed our dining at the cafe. The service and the food is always great and the place just has a good vibe to it.

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PhyllisC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is excellent. The food is delicious. Our favorite place to have lunch before a play.

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JimG
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a party of 11. The service was exceptional. Water glasses never were empty and someone always followed up to see if we needed more drinks. The food was good (roast pork was a hit, as was the salmon). Maybe not the top tier in the city, but nobody was disappointed.

The home run here lies in the value. About 6 apps and 8 desserts, multiple drinks per person and a main course for everyone (they also have salads and some less expensive options). With tax and tip, it came to under $70 per person.

For this quality of service and food, this is a gem of a find at this price point.

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vipLucullusa
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Caribou looks authentically French and the service was friendly and attentive. The main reason for the mediocre rating was that our Coq au Vin tasted slightly burned and the chicken vs potato ratio was off (very little chicken).

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vipJakNJill
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 5 diners in our group (including a few more finicky than the rest!) were impressed from start to finish and agreed we should make a point of going back to Caribou Cafe!

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shots
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable restaurant for pre-theater dining and/or social luncheon

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vipCrustyCurmudgeon
Philadelphia
343 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

With consistently tasty food, attentive service, pleasant staff, and a room that feels much like a café in France, it welcomes you back with a subtle smile and a Gallic shrug. We enjoyed mushroom soup and a house salad with its perfectly French vinaigrette before moules frites for my wife and a tuna steak with ratatouille (the classic of the day) for me. We even had dessert, which is unusual for us - but the pull of a chocolate olive oil tart was too powerful to resist! We also enjoyed Entre Deux Mers, an underappreciated white Bordeaux blend that's the closest thing to a bargain on the wine list. FWIW, we were a bit surprised at the truncated list - Caribou used to have a deeper and even more interesting selection. But overall, this is one of the few places in the city to have this meal in this setting.

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judy
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Caribou has been one of our favorite place for years, but for our past several visits, the food (particularly the entrees) have not been up to their previous standards. Disappointing.

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vipBrianB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot, friendly staff, wonderful cocktails and food. Worth checking out.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! Great meal before seeing Riverdance.

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vipkksc
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Don’t you love it when a restaurant is half empty and you get seated at the worst table in the house? We were shown to a table at the top of the stairs where every waiter carrying food and bus person carrying dirty dishes had to squeeze past us on the way to the kitchen. There shouldn’t even be a table there. The food was meh. House salad had mealy tomatoes that would never be seen in any self-respecting bistro in Paris. (Hint - in January in Philadelphia, take tomatoes off the menu.) When I ordered cassoulet the waiter cautioned me that it would take 25 minutes. We had time before our show so I said ok. Then 15 minutes later when he brought my salad he asked if he should put my cassoulet order in. Huh? 25 minutes just turned into 40 minutes. There was no pork sausage to be seen in the casserole and the confit duck skin was flabby. My niece had the moules frites and seemed to like them, although the fries had been sitting around for a while. Wine by the glass was decent and not too expensive. Next time I want Parisian bistro food I’ll go to Parc or try Gabi.

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DonnaH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Caribou still had restaurant week lunch/brunch specials on the menu so 3 of my party took advantage of that. They loved their meals. I had traditional onion soup and a quiche. Both good.

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vipfoodlover
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We've visited Caribou Cafe several times and were always quite satisfied with our meal; until today. We stopped in for brunch today and ordered off of the restaurant week menu. Both of us ordered the same appetizer and entree. The leek and potato soup arrived at our table barely warm. Our waiter took it back to the kitchen and brought it back to the table warmed up,unfortunately that didn't help the taste of the soup. It was very, very bland. The seafood crepe was awful...no other word for it. Our waiter asked if there was a problem with the crepe and we told him we didn't care for the taste of the entree and he shrugged his shoulders and said 'sorry about that'. For dessert we ordered the salted caramel crepe and pot de creme. The salted caramel crepe was ice cold~I told our server and he said he'd bring another crepe to the table. He came back with another freshly made, warm crepe. Our desserts were average at best. The best part of our meal was the bread and butter. When our check came, we told our server we weren't too happy with our meal and he said, 'I hope you'll give us another try'. The manager happened to stop by our table when we were getting ready to leave and asked us how our meal was. We told him the same thing we told our server and he said, 'sorry to hear you had a bad experience' and walked away. I don't think we'll be returning to Caribou Cafe any time soon.

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ChristinaW
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We used to love coming here, visited for restaurant week after having not been in a while. We were very disappointed with the food- unseasoned and just generally not good. Service, however, was great.

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HansA
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always enjoy the place for its atmosphere, a taste of Paris in Philadelphia!

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly, comfortable atmosphere; succeeded in creating the feel of a French bistro. Given the more limited menu of Restaurant Week, the food was successful with good flavors and manageable portions. There was a plentiful selection of wines by the glass. Service was cheerful and helpful without being intrusive. We will likely return.

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BryanS
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Most Enjoyable Meal: Food was Fab, Service was Friendly, Price was reasonable.

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vipJoycie
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Both my husband and I could not eat our meals. My fish (escolar) was frozen although I was told it was fresh and it was way under cooked and drowning in a buerre blanc sauce that was more cheap oil than butter. My green beans were way overcooked and mushy. My husband's beef was tough, the noodles under cooked and the presentation not pleasant. We have been to this restaurant before and had a pretty decent meal, but this meal was atrocious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful service from Matthew and the rest of the servers! Would definitely go again!

NK
vipNatashaK
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

3 of us went on Sunday during restaurant week. Service and food were excellent.

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sararaydine
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food and drink. Went for restaurant week. Found the staff friendly and accommodating. Did have to ask them to slow down our service though so we could enjoy each course slowly. They did that and we had a great time. We definitely will go back for their regular menu.

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Caribou Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Caribou Cafe also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 625-9535.

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 1155 OpenTable diners.

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