Academic Bistro - Drexel University
Academic Bistro - Drexel University
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Academic Bistro - Drexel University

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.goodwin.drexel.edu/hcfs/bistro.php
  • Phone: 2158952986x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday: 12:00noon - 1:00pm;
  • 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 2158955822x

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 applying the front and back of the house expertise that they are receiving in the program.



Students prepare all meals from scratch, from bread to dessert, 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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Academic Bistro - Drexel University reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Alway Excellent
    ILikeToEat
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The Bistro is always a pleasure with a quality meal at a great price. You can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Experience at a Bargain
    aengineer
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • creative deliciusness
    Christine
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the trip!
    Virginia
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleasant Experience
    AGardner
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, unbeatable price
    Lora
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location and happy to support
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Really great food for really really great price. Highly recommended. Menu varies on daily basis, see website for menu for given day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch!
    MrQu
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    My wife and I enjoyed the lunch at the Drexel Bistro. Food was great and service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like the room, because is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I felt it was a bit disorganized
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    I felt it was a bit disorganized & orders were incorrect. Some were waited on & served before others & the food was just ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drexel students do a great
    Visiting
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Drexel students do a great job both in front of and in the back of house. Great experience and the food was very good!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SUPERB!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Chef was great! Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    The Chef was great! Amazing food presentation/choice!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always something new at the Bistro!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed the dinner, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All courses were tasty. The
    CandM
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    All courses were tasty. The staff were all charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food and service at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had a Valentine's Day Prix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent value for the cost.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • A very tasty vegetarian lunch.
    CandM
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    A very tasty vegetarian lunch. The wait staff was very gracious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch was very good, except
    FrequentFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THE THANKSGIVING LUNCH WAS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    THE THANKSGIVING LUNCH WAS SPECTACULAR, EVERYTHING WAS DONE JUST RIGHT, AND THE TASTE WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD, THE STUDENTS DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB!
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  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo!
    Gisi
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    Excellent, creative menu, exquisitely prepared and well-presented; delightful and friendly wait-staff; clean and comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I so appreciate having this
    CandM
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    I so appreciate having this wonderful facility at Drexel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Everything was delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Everything was delicious. Our host and server were gracious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The buffet is a great idea!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The Academic Bistro was a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • What a value! A five star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Academic Bistro was a great
    AGardner
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The dishes looks flat, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    The dishes looks flat, but holds value, the first time I got icea tea & coffee free
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Overall, good all around.
    FrequentFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    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.
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  • Comfortable, friendly atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although you don't get to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I love coming for lunch as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was very good and
    ljl24
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The food was very good and the presentation is great. I am always exctied at seeing the menu each week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Food is high quality and always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Food is high quality and always flavorful, well-presented, and a terrific bargain for the quality.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • The Bistro is one of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/9/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The servers, being students,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet