Lou Bird's

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254 reviews
$31 to $50
American
A modern­ day bistro, the Lou Bird’s team looks forward to welcoming the Rittenhouse and Graduate Hospital neighborhoods to its intimate bar, dining room and cafe­style outdoor seating. Lou Bird’s strives to provide the kind of food, beverage and hospitality that its guests will share great stories about. With owners Norris and Debbie Jordan, at the helm, Lou Bird’s has taken flight as a proud new destination within the ever­growing Center City restaurant scene. And who is Lou? Come in to ask us and find out...

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
  • Contactless payment available
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 254 People Are Saying
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TANNYW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

They were short staffed so it took long to order and receive drinks and our food. My drink was so watered down, I tasted no alcohol. The waitress took it off the bill. The food portions were laughable and my salmon was flavorless. So much for a restaurant week experience.

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Nonfoodie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor brunch was pleasant and the wait staff were attentive, friendly and efficient. The menu is simple for brunch, egg dishes and pancakes or French toast with a few sides. That’s a good trade off for very reasonable prices. I will go back at least in warm weather.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Got seated on time. Sever never came to our table, but served three tables that were seated after us. Tables that were seated after us had already finished their first round of drinks and placed food orders, and no one had even come over to us. Tried and failed to flag down a server. After 30 minutes of waiting to talk to a server we decided to give the server for our area one last shot. She completely ignored us, so we decided to leave. Seems like a lovely place and will try to go again. Must have been an off day for that server.

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Sushilover
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu was limited due to Restaurant week but will go back to see what the atmosphere is like on a regular night

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Rayna
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I was excited about the menu but everything was lackluster. The chicken milanese was dry and just a bunch of spinach tossed on top . The service and wait time was ridiculous. Our orders kept arriving late or issues like hair in the salad Brussel sprouts arriving without the cheese and bacon.

I was disappointed. I usually enjoy my restaurant week experiences.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lobster was good, somewhat over priced for what it was but ok. Would probably not attend the next annual Lobster Dinner unless price returns back to the previous year price or thereabouts.

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KD7722
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loved the buffalo shrimp! Good service. Sat outside. Didn't like that a $13 drink was in plastic cup.

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HHLL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great - I highly recommend it especially for outdoor dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn’t end up eating there. The ambiance was terrible. It was hot and seemed as though there air conditioning was broken, but a poor staff member said her boss said it was working “fine.” I honestly feel terrible for anyone who had to work inside, but it was completely empty so hopefully they didn’t have to do too much.

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VinnyD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

They accomodated us in the last hour and services were amazing! Food was fresh and taste good as well!

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FoodDugooder
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never again - cocktails were terrible, food was terrible, service.. terrible, beer list, below average. You couldn’t pay me to go back.

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Jude
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I very pleasant evening. We sat outside, and had our dog with us. Very friendly and accomdating staff!

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vipRachelAH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We completely recognized that they were short staffed, but we had to ask for water several times and struggled to get drink refills. The food is fine, but over priced for what you get. The location is great and the ambiance is fine, just struggling with staff and general service. Probably won’t go back.

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Kate
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall pretty good experience. They seemed understaffed (like most places right now so we were pretty understanding), but it's hard to be patient when the staff is constantly behind and undertrained. Food was decent, but overall probably wouldn't go back for brunch.

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Genevieve
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Everyone seemed discombobulated when we got there but we were finally seated. Staff was great when they were around which wasn’t often. Food was excellent. Toward the end of our meal they turned the television on really loudly which was not good so we hurried up and left. There was AC inside which was excellent.

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MattA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. Only downfall was the slow service. Felt like it took forever to get our first round of drinks and for our food to eventually come out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre food, rushed service, really nothing to write home about.

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Alana
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cool ambiance inside. Restaurant week menu was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I use to go to lou birds and it was a bit more classy of a feel then when I recently went. The food was pretty good but I don’t think I would recommend or go back.

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Kelsey
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our Reservation was for 6:30. My friend and I were catching up in the beginning of dinner, but then finally realized no waiter had checked in with us. We began trying to flag waiters down, finally got one guy's attention and finally put a drink order in around 7:10 (Yes 40 minutes later!) We put our food in at the same time hoping it would come out fast since we had already waited so long. A different waitress came up to us and explained to us it was supposed to be her table and not the guy we flagged down. How was that our fault? We don't need to be involved in your restaurant politics we just want to be served. At that point we were ready for another drink. We put in 2 of their passionfruit mojitos with the new waitress. She comes back with a Paloma and Plain Mojito? At that point we didn't even have the energy to fight her and honestly hoped it was a mix up and they would end up being free. Then our food came out. They brought my friends Salmon, but brought me a lobster roll when I had ordered Chicken Milanese. Instead of at least leaving the salmon when I told them the mistake, they took them both back and we then had to wait another 15 minutes for the correct food to come out. A manager or someone came up and apologized that they had missed us in the beginning but offered no form of compensation and honestly just kind of laughed and shrugged. When we got our check at the end not one thing was comped!!!! After all of that absolutely horrible service. She even charged us for 2 margaritas instead of the drinks we actually got. At that point it had been 2.5 hours and we just wanted to go home! Definitely don't recommend here. Maybe it is fine when there are no covid restrictions and it is just a night time bar. Definitely not a restaurant I would expect to be a part of Restaurant Week... They should not be allowed to participate next year.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vib, great service, great food!!

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KennethM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The noise level was high due to being outside. The food was excellent and the service friendly. We went during Philadelphia Restaurant Week but intended to return and sample their regular menu.

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Greg
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Service was abysmally slow. Food was pretty decent but definitely not worth the price. It took an hour for us to get our appetizers and we didn’t get our desserts until 2 hours into our dining experience. Ambiance was great though and the waitress was friendly. It was just the horribly slow service that makes it so I can’t recommend it.

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LucasE
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is very friendly and involved. We had a slight mix up, but he took good care of us after. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Raymundo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice spot near Rittenhouse Square; can seem myself returning next time I'm in the area.

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vipSaki
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good when it arrived, but service was excruciatingly slow.

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DonnaF
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and I am still not use to street noises - but everyone was friendly and made me feel welcomed

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vipMAMF
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a lovely evening. We did not realize it was restaurant week which is a busy time for a restaurant

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AlexanderD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff. Flavorful food. Hardworking folks. Enjoyed the dinner very much.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sat for 35 minutes without having our order taken. Ended up walking out.

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Mic120
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food is tasty, but it takes forever to arrive!

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podcastdope
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is your classic elevated gastropub. The cocktails are fun, and the owner (Lou probably) served every table at least once. When we had an issue with our food (one of the sandwiches didn't have a good condiment), he was very receptive and grabbed us something tasty ASAP. Can't wait to come back for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Went for brunch. Chicken and waffles were simple but good. This place is more casual than I expected. Mimosa was huge, so that’s a plus. We were seated indoors, though, and there was no music playing and the room we were in was acting almost as a temporary storage room for the restaurant rather than a dining room. I know covid has totally turned some restaurants upside down, though. Seems like they’re reorganizing. Seems like a good place to grab a beer at the bar or a quick bite outside for a casual dinner.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The owner was amazing! He handled our long wait w grace. Then it went bad......we were given used cups they smelled of alcohol. The wait was long for food so we didn't bother to order drinks. Again....the owner was the saving grace. We will return to check it out again we believe in second chances.

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ErinA
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

As are all restaurants, Lou Birds was understaffed and we waited over an hour for our food. was just the 2 of us outdoors and it wasn't crowded.

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Deb21
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The restaurant is nice we had great service. Food was basic brunch, Nothing great and memorable.

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vipKarimah
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was tasty. My daughter and I had the chicken and waffles. The chicken coating was perfect. I think the taste could've used a little more seasoning, but I still enjoyed the dish. I would definitely return to try something else on the menu!

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vipChrisH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was outstanding, the staff friendly, efficient and professional and the ambiance inviting. A wonderful time was had by all.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Good food. Server was nice.

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Kaaren
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner at Lou Bird's - the service was excellent, the food great, and the overall experience five stars!

FAQs

Lou Bird's offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 804-7977.

Lou Bird's is rated 4 stars by 254 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.