Bibou
Bibou

Bibou

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.biboubyob.com/
  • Phone: 2159658290
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bibou reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)special occasion (69)neighborhood gem (59)romantic (50)hot spot (10)scenic view (3)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Like coming home!
    IdaluciaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    There is nothing better than a warm welcome, followed by absolutely delicious food. We Started with their signature snails with chanterelles and baby fava beans and the Tuna tartare, both delicious! For entrees we both had roast suck breast that was succulent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • A little French jewel
    DKP16VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Imaginative, adventurous, delicious French cuisine. Can't think of another BYOB quite like it. Chef came out and asked us what we thought of the dishes, presentation and menu. One of the city's best restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I set my expectations way too high. The food was definitely not bad at all. But every single dish besides the fois (which was out of this world ) was extremely bland. That would be OK if the seafood was so fresh you could still smell the walk water but it was not. The sword fish was cooked incorrectly , dry just bland. And the accompaniments didn't make up for it . Service was top notch , the chef came to say hi. Crowded but intimate . I am not complaining as we had a gift certificate but had it been money out of my own pocket I definitely would have been a way less then happy patron. I would recommend this place but I would not go again.. At least until the GC runs out.. I will probably re-gift it Price was great but Bibou missed the mark
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth The Wait
    islandcrkVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We finally made it to Bibou. This South Philadelphia gem is worth the wait to get a reservation. Thank you for a wonderful meal. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for celebrating Mom's 80th!
    JBoutontown
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was beautiful to look at and absolutely delicious and unusual. Bibou is the perfect restaurant for an intimate celebration. Staff superb, atmosphere festive and simple. I hope my sisters and I will gather from afar and return to Bibou every year to celebrate our mother, our family, love. Next year, perhaps our brother will join us for this perfect culinary and family holiday. All the stars in the sky! Thank you, Bibou.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • narb4food
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful appetizer of foie gras prepared two ways..yum! Decent lamb dish. Outstanding cheese plate! Fun, cozy, lively. I would return
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great chef, great value
    Colman
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Recently brought my girlfriend here for a somewhat special occasion. It was great! The chef put together a wonderful sampler main for my girlfriend who is avoiding certain foods due to health conditions. Also, the chef is a ridiculously nice guy.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in philadelphia
    Vincent
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The quality of food is truly outstanding. A must for anybody who appreciates delicate dishes that are not heavy. Portions are just the right size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    31yearshappy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Words fail! The food was that good! We ordered duck livers two ways and two of the fish specials. Everything cooked to tender perfection with sauces that were out of this world. We could taste the sensuous combinations and delicate notes of flavors in every bite. It was our thirty-first anniversary and we couldn't think of better way to enjoy our dinning experience on our special night. We were delighted to meet the Chef as he strolled the premises shaking hands with all his delighted clientele.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I find reasons to travel 60 miles into Philadelphia just to dine at Bibou.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Everything was perfect
    dancing1954
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We took out of town guests to Bibou and had a wonderful dinner. We went on Sunday when the meal is fixed price. The service was friendly, timely and amazingly warm. The waitstaff knew a lot about the food and were able to answer our questions in detail. The food was so good we wanted to lick our plates. The escargots were served in a cute snail shaped dish and were just delicious. The portions were perfectly sized. I had enough of every dish from the cold cauliflower soup to floating island and yet I was not stuffed. The icing on the cake was when the chef came out to talk to us. He told us a lot about the restaurant, its history and how the food was prepared. We left just glowing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Bibou continues to please, with subtle flavors and an admirable adherence to classic French cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Chef
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is always fantastic We have been eating at Bibou since the opening and never had less then a great meal, friendly service and great value for the price
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely deserves its reputation
    whyworry
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    As billed: staff very welcoming, warm, solicitous, and striking the exact balance between being too present and too absent; food delicious, innovative, and beautifully presented; ambiance the comfortable conversation of people glad to have finally found an open table at the famous Bibou. En plus, the questions I left on a phone message were fully answered in a timely call from the restaurant; and the chef came out to chat with us as if he had time to do that. A Philadelphia treasure for sure.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • The Best Foie Gras in the world!
    IdaluciaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Begin with a warm and friendly greeting, follow with impeccable service from Jeff, top it off with the best food in Philadelphia prepared by none other than chef Camel himself, and you have a perfect dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Simply the best!
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We've dined at Bibou numerous times and have never been disappointed. The food is consistently excellent and the service is always attentive and it is reasonably priced. It remains one of my all time favorite places for fine dining.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best in Philly? probably
    DiscerningeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food here is exquisite. Menu the other night was perfectly seared foie gras, escargot in a superb reduction, a duck rillete (kind of a chunky pate) and filet mignon, all just splendid. It's also BYO, so the price for the experience isn't crazy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BiBou always delivers quality
    ALeats
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    BiBou has a varied menu that never disappoints and it is the food that brings us back time and again. The fois gras appetizer done 2 different ways was a table favorite. The pork chop, a special, was another favorite. Standards like the Tuna and Filet never cease to please. The bone marrow we agreed would be a better shared appetizer as it was so rich! The staff is attentive and we had another amazing meal at BiBou.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YcookVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is the place that never disappoints. It is a perfect place for those who appreciate fine dining in a very relaxed atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing Again!
    IdaluciaVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    If you are a fois gras aficionado then you must try chef Ron's. It is without a doubt the best fois gras I have ever eaten. Let's not omit outstanding soft shell crabs, marrow bone stuffed with chanterelles and herbs and delicious frozen chocolate mousse for desert!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • dman278
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I don't know how I've lived without Bibou before this. Creative, ingenious yet classic menu really shows off what Bibou is made of. The Duo de Foie Gras was like nothing I've ever tasted, and the duck breast was perfection. Even the cheese plate (and I NEVER get the cheese plate), with the sweet tomato jam to perfectly balance the incredibly creamy roquefort, was luxury on the tongue. Highly recommend!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Wonderful Intimate Restaurant in Neighborhood setting. Outstanding food: fresh, plentiful, imaginative, and satisfying.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • ALL we had expected!
    MrPickyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Trying to get in for a long time, tiny place 30+ seats, had a 5 PM res. Only one we could get on short notice. Don't normally eat that early, but was wife's birthday and wanted to surprise her. Worked out great!! Food FAB! She had Special skewered lamb---OK but just a little tough. Everything else super! I had calves liver ( never get it at home.) PERFECT! tender, delicious, no strong liver taste!!great accompanying sauces and mushroom deuxelle. Hans is a great waiter. Also been to Le Cherie and equally good. Will definitely go back. Desserts delicious. Pistachio custard ( not right name) was super---so tired of Creme Brulee---this was more sophisticated and subtle. spent remainder of evening on Moshulu deck with wine til sunset
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as great without Pierre
    largreenVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Ambience, service,selection, food itself, presentation continues to be top notch, Excellent wine service for a BYOB
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • excellent dining experience
    rome43
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    made more reservations at Bibou - prior to leaving.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING FRENCH FOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The server was a bit off-putting but the food makes up for it. Fois gras is to die for. We got two fish dishes (wreckfish and monk fish cheeks!) and it was the best fish dishes we've had IN. OUR. LIVES. The chef is super nice and comes to greet you at some point in the evening. The pricing is super cheap for the quality of food. Must try!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Exquisite!
    IS523
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Where to start? Scallop mousse - melt in your mouth.... Wreck fish - like Grouper- but better ,,, and the sauce! Bone marrow - just have to try it to understand! And, my daughter - a vegan - in a French restaurant.... not easy. But the chef himself presented her with a beautiful and tasty array of treats. My anti vegan son had the fillet and was more than happy. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding Dinner
    KeitherVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    My wife and I had a fantastic experience here. Food was great, and unique. Understandable why it's hard to get into. They have a small menu though, so just be sure that you're willing to be an adventurous diner.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Delicious!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    A friend and I had waited a long time to eat here and I'm glad we kept trying. Our appetizers were fantastic. The one main (fish) was delicious, but I have to say I was a little disappointed in the bone marrow special. Although tasty, there was too much topping, in my opinion, which took away from the actual bone marrow. The service was fantastic & I'm looking forward to going back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite restaurant!
    IdaluciaVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Amazing food and service make Biboubyob our new favorite restaurant in Philadelphia! The terrine of Arctic char with crab and truffles was absolutely to die for. The entres which were uniqely delicious did not disappoint, soft shell crab in a lemon verbena sauce and braised quail. We have made another reservation in July!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CaroleB. - Great Restaurantc
    CaroleB
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    As always, we love our meal there and the experience is just as good. We go often and have not been disappointed. We celebrate our birthdays there and go many other times throughout the year.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Yet Another Amazing Meal!
    MoorestownDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This time around, my wife and I brought my in-laws to Bibou while they were visiting us from out of state. They are big foodies, so we knew taking them to Bibou would be a hit! The 7 course tasting menu was fantastic throughout - the bone marrow needs to remain on the menu forever, and the foie gras is to die for! The staff was great as always. Always leave there already looking forward to the next meal!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Food was excellent have not had a bad meal there yet and the Chef comes out to ask you how your meal was.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foursome
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great soup, delicious foie gras appetizer, and they graciously substituted cheese for dessert to accomodate my diabetic diet. The arctic char entree was, however, overcooked and a bit dry (although it was beautifully plated). My husband enjoyed his escargot and sweet breads. His dessert tarte was thin and dry. When the original owner was the chef, we think the food was slightly better.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    it is the best restaurant in philadelphia. no frills. excellent service with the very delicious food. the most delicious in philly.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny, but terrific!
    IdaluciaVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Bibou BYOB is reminiscent of a small Parisienne restaurant, except the staff is friendlier and the service is excellent! For our first visit we started our meal with escargot for my husband and the special frog legs for me; both had amazing flavor from a delicate use of herbs and wine in the frogs legs, and the addition if chanterelles and fava beans in the escargot. For dinner I chose the sweet breads which were perfectly prepared Au jus with baby chick peas and baby bok choy along with fava beans and chanterelles. My husband had the rabbit leg atop a bed of house made pappardelle, amazing! For desert we selected the pistachio pot du creme which was delicious! After dinner, I immediately went on Open Table to book another reservation!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kukulkan
    InnKeeper
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    First time we dined here it was magical ! Second time was on a Sunday and we were very disappointed. Nothing really stood out in taste except of course the foie gras appetizer. It is not that the food was bad, it was prepared very well, but it just seemed to lack that extra oomph that takes a dinner from unmemorable to unforgettable ! Perhaps it is because Chef Pierre is now up on Rittenhouse Square getting another place started.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Limited menu but changes daily great dishes including veal bone narrow, soft shell crab, and frog legs. One of our best meals in the past two years
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    hambre2
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Been going there since it opened. Used to be very good, even for special occasions. Was disappointed with the overall experience - stagnant menu, rushed service although the new chef was welcoming and corteous. There are a other better places to spend your money and drink your wine...probably will not return
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  • judy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had an early dinner reservation for a friend's birthday, so there was more breathing room in the restaurant.. It was really a very special experience. The food was delicious and the service impeccable.
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    neighborhood gem
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