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Bibou Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.biboubyob.com
  • Email: biboubyob@comcast.net
  • 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 (215) 965-8290
  • Entertainment: French music!
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Exceptional Gastronomic Creations! One of the Best BYOB's in the city"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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 :)"
    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!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "They obviously love their customers... Chef came to introduce himself and see how we enjoyed our meal personally."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Although the menu is rather small, the food is excellent - beautifully presented, innovative flavors. BYOB is a nice feature, since it can be expensive."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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"
    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!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Small and personal. Chef comes out and greets every table. Its BYOB and the food is some of the best and unique that I've had."
    Dined on 6/15/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Perfect food with perfect service. What more can one say?"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Great service and food. Loved the foie gras and the foie gras mousse. The boar pie was outstanding."
    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."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This is always a wonderful experience with top notch food and excellent service. Thank-you!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Visiting one night in Philly and had read reviews on this restaurant. They met and exceeded our expectations!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "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!!"
    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)."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We could not have enjoyed the evening more; snow was falling, service was flawless, the food preparation was inventive and truly delicious. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I love Bibou. I have been there several times now and it is always a new culinary experience. The menu changes with new interesting dishes, the wait staff is awesome and i again left feeling very satisfied. What a gem. Make sure you have a reservation as we saw people politely turned away at the door without them. Easily one of my favorites."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "very cozy romantic French type bistro/restaurant, the perks are byob and the free 2 hr municipal park lot next door It was our first time and we will be back"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We have been to Bibou a number of times and have loved it from the first. The food is at the center of the experience but the friendliness and attentiveness of everyone from the chef to the wait staff adds to the experience. Thanks to all of you."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at Bibou, save for one thing: the chairs were not comfortable at all. They're made for skinny diners, and neither I nor my companions really fit that description. Still, the food was so good that I'd endure the chairs again."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Each time gets better. This place is a gem with free parking next door. Our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia! I hope their expansion to Rittenhouse does not affect the 8th St location."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Absolutely brilliant - food, service, experience. An intimate space with 10 or so tables. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "This is a very small intimate restaurant. Our first time here and if we ever get back to Philadelphia we will go back..Very good food, excellent service and personal attention. I really liked the intimate atmosphere. Be sure and make reservation far in advance."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "We had a superlative meal at Bibou. The room is small, but cozy. Noise level was low to moderate. Everything we ate was perfectly done, perfectly seasoned, perfectly presented. The service was impeccable, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the food. We have just completed a trip across the U.S., spending a total of 18 days in San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia and this was hands down, our best meal and dining experience."
    Dined on 11/2/2013