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Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Academic Bistro - Drexel University
  • Address:
    101 N. 33rd Street,6th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    University City
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Academic Bistro - Drexel University Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.goodwin.drexel.edu/hcfs/bistro.php
  • Phone: (215) 895-2986
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Thursday: 12:00noon - 1:30pm;
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Contact: Tim Flohr (215) 895-5822

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arch St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Academic Bistro - Drexel University
The Academic Bistro is the centerpiece of Drexel's Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, and Food Science programs. Students taking courses in hospitality management and culinary arts utilize the Academic Bistro to rehearse the skills that will prepare them for a successful career in hospitality and fine dining.

During the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, the restaurant is open to the public on the days service courses are running, providing a delicious meal that demonstrates the students' creativity, planning, and preparation of food as well as the front and back of the house expertise that they are learning in the program.

Students prepare all meals from scratch, as much as possible, from sauce stocks to ice cream, using the freshest, highest quality ingredients. No two meals are the same and are guided by the rule of thumb that all must be delicious and visually appealing.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The Bistro is always a pleasure with a quality meal at a great price. You can't go wrong. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is staffed in the kitchen and the dining room by Drexel students. Perhaps the edges are a bit rough, but the intention and eagerness levels are very high. The ambience is mellow and of good quality. Probably most important to many it is an extraordinary bargain - $10 for a three course meal. It took two hours for our group of 15 so don't come here thinking of a rapid lunch. Also, be aware that it's cash-only. That was a shock necessitating a trip to an ATM in driving rain - ugh."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I love spending my lunch hour at Academic Bistro. Dana greets me with her amazing smile while Zach and Amanda did a great job describing the menu items and serving delicious creative dishes. The black bean burger was excellent and the zip sauce was spicy good. I also liked the shrimp cocktail. By far the most impressive item I tasted so far this semester was yesterday's chocolate mousse with a hint of Ginger; a wonderful ending to a fabulous lunch. It was light and balanced so nicely with a hint of ginger nicely presented with a pineapple crème, fresh cream and two ginger and chocolate crisps. Kudos to the creative Chef who put that together! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "A delicious, attractive meal served by our server with the right blend of reserve and warmth - The menu is attractively laid out - I liked having a full description of each item The flatbread was sensational - scent, temperature, flavor Thai Coconut Curry - yum - shrimp plumb, sweet potato nice accent to the other flavors Crisp Chicken Breast, though very good, was too large of a serving for the plate and it overshadowed the potatoes (which were very good). Having lunch on the 6th floor, overlooking Philly, in the Bistro, on campus - what a treat!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I have visited the Drexel's Academic Bistro on several occasions and it never disappoints. The wait staff is kind and very friendly as well as very attentive. The food is awesome. The staff is very team oriented."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Everything was very good. Service of our main dishes was slow, but we were a larger party (of 4), noticed smaller parties (2-3), received their meals and desserts before we even got our main dish. It was fine though, the food was worth the wait!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Great food, nice atmosphere. It's a true learning laboratory for Drexel students. And, they accept Drexel's Dragon Dollars for payment which is very nice."
    Dined on 5/30/2013
  • "Really great food for really really great price. Highly recommended. Menu varies on daily basis, see website for menu for given day."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the lunch at the Drexel Bistro. Food was great and service was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "I like the room, because is comfortable, lighting was fine. Every time I go I am pleased with the atmosphere and service. I enjoyed the appetizer, very crunchy and the basil gave a nice finish touch to it. My soup was hot but I would have like a bit hotter. I do not care for desserts so the ice cream was so so to me. Service was excellent, he was friendly and was right on top of everything. Making sure of the drinks, and he did time very well between dishes."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "I felt it was a bit disorganized & orders were incorrect. Some were waited on & served before others & the food was just ok."
    Dined on 4/18/2013
  • "Drexel students do a great job both in front of and in the back of house. Great experience and the food was very good!"
    Dined on 3/6/2013
  • "The meal was excellently prepared with high quality ingredients and notable presentation. Every morsel was delicious from the freshly baked bread to the antipasto, main course, and yummy dessert. Truly enjoyed the meal, service, and ambiance."
    Dined on 3/6/2013
  • "The Chef was great! Amazing food presentation/choice!"
    Dined on 3/6/2013
  • "Completely operated by the Hospitality and Restaurant Management students from Drexel University, I have never been dissappointed with the service or food at the Academic Bistro. $10-$12 three or four course prix fixe lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the term, occasionally a weekly dinner at about $20. Every day is a new culturally authentic theme ranging from Chinese to New York Italian to Middle Eastern to Mexican. Slightly drab dining room with seating for 30. What it lacks in decor it makes up for with jovial atmosphere, kind service, and great food at a more than reasonable price. The bar hight two tops offer a great view of the Drexel campus and University City."
    Dined on 3/6/2013
  • "I enjoyed the dinner, the room was pleasant. Very friendly atmosphere. The appetizer had very good flavor. Although the corn bread was not bad, I felt that it was a bit cold and dry. The main entree was very tasty. The dessert was excellent, moist and I could had taken a second piece. Service was excellent, friendly and very prompt to assist us."
    Dined on 2/28/2013
  • "All courses were tasty. The staff were all charming."
    Dined on 2/27/2013
  • "The food and service at the Bistro was great! A real value. And very timely service. You get in served and can be done in an hour. It was great! I think you should advertise it more so that more people know about it and take advantage of it. It is too bad that this great food and service is not enjoyed by more people at Drexel and around Phillie. Why would you pay $7-8 on the street for a cheap lunch, when you could get a GREAT meal in a timely fahsion for not much more."
    Dined on 2/27/2013
  • "I had a Valentine's Day Prix Fixe here that consisted of mixed greens with a raspberry vinaigrette, stuffed pork loin with sauteed green beans and some kind of delicious potatoes and a whole plate of desserts. It was probably the best meal of my life. The service was fabulous and there was COMPLIMENTARY iced tea and strawberry drink. I was in heaven, as was my best friend. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Excellent value for the cost. The soup was superb, and the main course and dessert were quite good. Our server was warm, engaging, concerned for our satisfaction, and extremely polite beyond being highly competent in her duties. I have always had a wonderful experience at the Academic Bistro, and I look forward to many more to come."
    Dined on 2/6/2013
  • "A very tasty vegetarian lunch. The wait staff was very gracious."
    Dined on 11/29/2012
  • "Lunch was very good, except the sirloin was a tag dry. the butternut-apple bisque was delectable but it would have been just as good with less oil. Very attentive service and a nice view of the city from this 6th floor bistro."
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    Dined on 11/15/2012
  • "The food and service were excellent. However every other table was served either wine or iced tea without the customer asking, except for me and my date. Also, the walls are boring and the low music doesn't help the atmosphere... Everyone in the room was trying to talk under everyone else, it was annoying. Otherwise, great."
    Dined on 11/1/2012
  • "Excellent, creative menu, exquisitely prepared and well-presented; delightful and friendly wait-staff; clean and comfortable atmosphere."
    Dined on 10/11/2012
  • "I so appreciate having this wonderful facility at Drexel."
    Dined on 8/29/2012
  • "Everything was delicious. Our host and server were gracious."
    Dined on 7/25/2012
  • "The buffet is a great idea! I am glad the Bistro will be open for the summer! The selection, quality, and price are good! The only thing I have to say "negative" is that the food was not as hot (serving temperature) as I would have liked. The cheesecake was one of the best I have ever had!"
    Dined on 7/20/2012
  • "The Academic Bistro was a wonderful experience! We were greeted and seated as soon as we arrived by both the hostess and waitress. The food was served at an appropriate pace. The appetizer of tortilla chips with two different kinds of salsa was excellent. Both tasted fresh. The chicken enchilda entree contained moist chicken with just the right amount of Mexican gravy and melted cheese. The Mexican fried dough dessert with chocolate dipping sauce was a superb way to end a meal. The chocolate contained a hint of cinnamon and paired well with the fried dough. It is hard to believe this restaurant is student run as it is as good as a restaurant run by seasoned professionals."
    Dined on 5/11/2012
  • "What a value! A five star experience for a casual dining price. Being a BYO makes it even a better value. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/10/2012
  • "Academic Bistro was a great opportunity to preview up an coming Chefs. I took my team there for lunch and it was really nice and we had a great time."
    Dined on 5/10/2012
  • "The dishes looks flat, but holds value, the first time I got icea tea & coffee free"
    Dined on 5/3/2012
  • "Overall, good all around. The reason food got a good rating instead of very good is that there was way too much dressing on the salad, which was the entree. The dessert was the best strawberry cream pie I have ever had."
    Dined on 4/25/2012
  • "Comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Service was very good, servers very considerate of patrons. Food was good and attractively served. Dessert was superb. I would recommend to friends and be glad to return."
    Dined on 3/15/2012
  • "Although you don't get to choose what you are eating for lunch, it is always a pleasant surprise! 'breakfast at bistro' theme - three-course breakfast was great!"
    Dined on 3/7/2012
  • "I love coming for lunch as I enjoy having our students use their talents in preparing the food. The presentation was great and the food was wonderful. Some at our table ordered the vegetable stew while others had the chicken. Everyone enjoyed everything they ordered. The only negative was that all portions were not the same as some plates seemed overloaded and others were noticably smaller. This was true for all 3 courses served. All in all we really enjoyed the experience!"
    Dined on 2/28/2012
  • "The food was very good and the presentation is great. I am always exctied at seeing the menu each week."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "Food is high quality and always flavorful, well-presented, and a terrific bargain for the quality."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "The Bistro is one of the best values in Philadelphia. Gourmet food for a fraction of the cost of a typical fine dining restaurant. Excellent service and delicious food. The plate presentation is exceptional as well."
    Dined on 2/9/2012
  • "The servers, being students, bend over backwards to make your visit enjoyable. Our glasses were always full and anything we asked for was brought in a timely fashion. I absolutely enjoy the food every time I go and I try to visit at least twice a month. Price is right, too!"
    Dined on 2/8/2012