Bibou
Bibou

Bibou

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.biboubyob.com/
  • Phone: (215) 965-8290
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Pierre Calmels
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant
  • Private Party Facilities: Bibou can seat up to 32 guests for private parties. Please call the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Charlotte Calmels 2159658290
  • Entertainment: French music!
  • Special Events: Please, contact Bibou directly for requests

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kimball
  • Public Transit: Septa buses
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A free 2-hour parking lot is located next to Bibou Byob.
A word from Bibou
Bibou is a small French Byob located in Bella Vista. Exclusively using fresh products, Chef Pierre Calmels offers dishes such as "Pieds de Porc" (pigs' feet), escargots, as well as many other traditional French dishes.
Bibou is cash only.
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Bibou reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (96)special occasion (80)neighborhood gem (76)romantic (52)hot spot (9)notable wine list (3)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great atmosphere
    robbiegirl
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This restaurant reminded us of some of the small restaurants we have been to in Paris. The staff was very friendly and attentive and the food was fantastic. The presentation of each course was great - like a picture. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth a repeat
    zeeeVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    after all the hype, it was very disappointing. my fish had bacon wrapped around it, but the portion was small, which didn't bother me because it was not the freshest (mild taste of vinegar) but the bacon on the inside was practically raw. the service was rushed and NOT gracious. The table was cleared of all plates and silver except for the small plate and silver that my husband was still using.! no one even asked if we wanted more bread.
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  • Lyon, France in America
    mangiaVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Thank God for Bibou after the original LeBec Finn's closing.
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoeJVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Wonderful hosts the staff could not be more attentive, food is outstanding
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bibou is great
    Wineweekend
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were very excited to finally get to eat at Bibou. The food, service and ambiance lived up to Bibou's reputation. This is a great philly BYOB.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful French BYOB
    sethpeterw
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This is the second time I've been to Bibou, the first being just about a year ago. Just like last time, the food, service, everything was fabulous. One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Philly.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Dining
    Janice
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Our first time to Bibou and it is a gem. The sea trout was perfectly cooked and my companion's red snapper a delight. So aromatic as soon as the parchment was cut. Atmosphere is bistro-like with small spaces and a comfortable feeling. The sweets offered after dinner were delicious, esp the macaroons! Our entire experience was great. Highly recommend if you are looking for fresh, well-prepared food in an intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!
    passthebutterVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The Sunday $45 four course menu at Bibou is simply ridiculous - it's the best dining bargain in town, by a mile. When I think of all the mediocre restaurants that I could easily spend $45 in for a passable but utterly forgettable meal, I am tempted to resolve never to eat anywhere else on Sunday again. Then again, it needn't be Sunday - on any day it's an almost perfect restaurant for my tastes. No matter how often I go, I fall in love each time. What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated?
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Bibou is a hot ticket in town; I reserved a full month in advance for our 6:30 weeknight reservation. Love that it's a BYOB. French. Our table was in the front by the windows and tilted to an extent that our server had to use the windowsill for our wine bottle so it wouldn't tip over. Turned out the diners next to us come EVERY week so they were taken care of. Limited menu. New - filet mignon, replacing the hanger steak that our server said had been on the menu for five years. I ordered it and found it to be tough and gristly, not at all like the buttery filet that I expected. With shared appetizer (not really enough to share - but we were warned), two entrees and two desserts the bill came to over $150 with tax and tip.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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  • Better than Expected
    JohnSara
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Over the years I was always too late making a reservation at Bibou. Finally we planned ahead and went to dinner with great expectations. You kno what usually happens when you have great expectations - disappointment. This gem exceeded our expectations. Superb service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu ever changing which
    Troubadour69
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Great menu ever changing which makes it a pleasure to revisit, i am a fervent BYOB seeker since i really enjoy pairing my food with high end wines ...looking forward to new experiences there. The place is tiny so i need to make reservation in advance...kind of a problem for me! spur of the moment king of guy :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the wait
    elkinsparkeaters
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Small restaurant serving excellent food at reasonable prices and attentive service. Difficult to get a reservation due to small dining room. Reserve a month in advance. Worth the wait if you enjoy authentic French cuisine. BYOB which is another plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Gastronomic Creations!
    inkinphilly
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Exceptional Gastronomic Creations! One of the Best BYOB's in the city
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Cozy, Fine Dining
    BillVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    A little out of the way for out of towners, but well worth it. Imaginative delicious dishes served with just the right combination of attentiveness & space in a cozy comfortable atmosphere. Pay attention to the specials, they are driven by what's best in the market & given the chefs highest creativity. Perfect scallops with a beet reduction sauce is an example of off the menu special perfection.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BiBou never disappoints!
    ALeats
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Despite opening another restaurant in the Art Alliance, the owners at BiBou have ensured continued dedication to the food at BiBou. Standards like the Foie Gras appetizer and the Hanger steak never disappoint. Neither did the fish entrees that change depending on availability. Definitely a wonderful experience... no wonder you still need to make your reservation a few weeks in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wish I lived closer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Intimate and amazing. Each course was interesting and amazing. If I lived in the neighborhood, I would drop in a couple times a week just in case they had an open table. I will be back within a month. It is that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding interesting French food
    Scott
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Highly recommended for those with a true interest in food. Subtle flavors, French table service, wonderful butter and bread. The beef bone marrow is unique, foie gras dreamy, beef liver like you don't remember from your childhood. The chef made the rounds at the end of the evening and he is charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must Try
    CeeCeeVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Food was exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented. Highly recommend for fine French fare. Chef going to each table was a nice, warm touch. Pricey for a BYOB but worth it. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    They obviously love their customers... Chef came to introduce himself and see how we enjoyed our meal personally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LIttle gem with wonderful food
    PhillyAmy
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Although the menu is rather small, the food is excellent - beautifully presented, innovative flavors. BYOB is a nice feature, since it can be expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Friendly Service
    Goat
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We read on line that the food was very good and the service was not so friendly. The food was truly excellent, and all of the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The chef came out to each table and we talked for a minute - a great touch. You could tell that with the food, they paid attention to every ingredient and detail. The flavors blended perfectly. I have traveled to France over 30 times and eaten at some very good restaurants. I would take Bibou's over any of the dining experiences there!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality
    Illbeback
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday, and chose a night with a tasting menu (Sunday). I chose to go on that night because I felt that the choices would be narrowed down to the best ones available (I might be wrong about that). Our waiter was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu, he had a virtual story for every item and painted a great picture for what was to come. He answered all of our questions about the food and everything else with a genuine smile, top notch service. The food was something like a picture out of a magazine, and tasted as good if not better than it looked. After and amazing 4 course meal, the chef came out into the dining room and introduced himself to us, and everyone else in the room. BYOB 10/10
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved the style of the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I loved the style of the restaurant -- it is small, friendly and feels like a French country inn. The food was good but we were expecting amazing food and were disappointed, especially in the two fish entrees we tried. The dessert, a frozen walnut souffle, however, was great!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Perfection
    BrunhildeVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The very gifted and very hard working Chef Ron is amazing as must be his supporting kitchen staff. We don't know how he continually turns out perfectly cooked, delicious food. His mix of subtle textures and use of seasonings (both traditional and more exotic) reveal , rather than conceal, the quality and wonderful tastes of the primary ingredients.This is true regardless of whether the primary ingredient is a meat, game or seafood.. His accompaniments are prepared with care and with an obvious understanding of the relationship of each item in the plate to every other item in the plate. (Frequently overlooked elsewhere.) Each plate is a treat to the eye as well as to the palate.Just beautiful. Chief Pierre's kitchen is in good hands.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing foie-gras and dessert
    Yiannis
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We went for dinner on a Sunday night. Knowing the place from several friends,he had mixed feelings about going there. The bread was good and it came with top quality butter. The fixed menu was kind of limited especially for someone who is rather difficult (snail, foie gras or shrimp). The artichoke soup was above average, the foie gras was simply perfect (excluding the excessive sweetness of the bread bed) and the main courses were pretty good but nothing exciting. The cheese platter was brief but well-selected, and the dessert was another big surprise. The limoncello sorbet was OK, while the almond souffle was heaven in our mouth.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honestly, I was disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Honestly, I was disappointed. It was Sunday night, so they had a limited menu, but the fish dish (grouper) was only mediocre, and the duck was actually dry and tasteless. Appetizers were very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • highly recommended
    foie2Gras
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    All dishes were outstanding...of course we completely enjoyed the foie gras matched with mango as our appetizer. The duck and beef entrees were amazing. We will be back! Plus the chef comes out to every table after the meal...that is a homerun in my book and we love the BYO Wine policy
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    EatTooMuch
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Dined here with a friend on a Sunday after getting a reservation at a decent eating hour. Great little spot, but very limited seating. This isn't a negative by any means- really give the restaurant a great little bistro feel. The food was excellent and we opted for the Prix Fixe menu to be able to sample a wide range of plates. We were more than happy with the selections, timing of the courses and the staff's selections. My only negative is we were a bit too full to fully enjoy dessert! The chef came out to say hello and inquire about our experience and the team works well together to make sure your needs are met. A great little place and will absolutely be returning.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    Javi
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Great service and food. Loved the foie gras and the foie gras mousse. The boar pie was outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    EvanstadVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Wonderful Philly BYOB restaurant with well-prepared French food and excellent service. Great flavors and presentation. The Sunday 3-course Prix Fixe was a total bargain. Our server was very warm and helped us greatly in choosing our courses. The other staff members also were great and attentive. We had a nice chat with the chef de cuisine Ronald Fougeray about the restaurant, the staff and his cooking. A lovely birthday experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BETTER THAN EVER
    BrunhildeVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Perfect food with perfect service. What more can one say?
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quality food
    DonEscobar
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    It doesn't take a foodie to appreciate the care and detail that were put into every dish we ate. The great reviews you'll read are absolutely warranted and well deserved. We are lucky to have Bibou in Philadelphia! You must give it a try, if you haven't yet. You will not be disappointed. With that out of the way, here's what needs significant improvement. The senior waiter coordinating the rest of the wait staff was off-putting. He acted like he was obliged to bring in that air of snobbery that we unfortunately stereotype the French with. This was so out of place for a rather cozy and intimate restaurant where the Chef came out to say hello to each table. Sadly the rest of the otherwise friendly staff seemed to take his cue. What a shame!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Intimate and imaginative
    locallocavores
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Bibou is small and intimate. Its imaginative menu and delectable food, a highlight of which was a whole boned bronzino stuffed with delicately flavored mousse, delighted both our palates and eyes. Staff made diners feel like family, and during a lull the chef visited tables to chat. We'll return as soon as we can get a reservation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This is always a wonderful experience with top notch food and excellent service. Thank-you!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    pickydinerVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Visiting one night in Philly and had read reviews on this restaurant. They met and exceeded our expectations!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine but not as good as last time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I booked a late night dinner at Bibou well in advance--disappointed with most of the food because we'd highly anticipated our meal so much after our first amazing experience there. Meal was "fine" but not special or memorable as the first time. Seared foie gras appetizer was excellent (highlight of the meal) but snapper (in parchment) was lackluster with an odd milky orange-colored sauce on the side. Duck in philo tasted a lot like Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Even the chocolate dessert didn't stand out-- good but not impressive or memorable. Food tasted good enough but was nothing to rave about. Seems like the balance of flavor and interesting, successful pairings that made Bibou so amazing our first time just weren't there this time.
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  • Among the best
    MarcHVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    One of the most outstanding resturants in a very hot foodie scene in Philly. Everything was outstanding from the food to the service. Loved that the chef came out and chatted with us. Expense kept down because it was a BYOB Very difficult getting a reservation but worth the wait to get one Will return
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bibou BYOB...fabulous
    molehill1
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Never had a disappointing meal here. On this visit we had the famed escargots as well as several of the specials: truffle risotto, bone marrow, and the wild boar. Every dish was beautifully prepared and absolutely delicious! Can't recommend this gem of a restaurant highly enough. It is a must dine!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not that special
    Overrated
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    OK food but definitely not worth all the hype. Overly cloying sauces that overwhelm a lot of stuff (including the escargots and the venison). Certainly not as good as a couple of other French places in town (Cochon or La Minette).
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  • excellent!!
    lauren11VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I've heard rave reviews about this restaurant for years, but I was apprehensive because it was French and nothing on the menu jumped out at me. O M G. If you like good food, just make a reservation & go...incredible!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.