1009 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
- 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
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.Continued
Bibou is cash only.
Bibou is cash only.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Bibou reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since June 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (88)special occasion (72)neighborhood gem (65)romantic (44)hot spot (12)good for groups (2)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Reasonably priced French foodBobbDined on 10/22/2014I had a tuna dish that was outstanding preceded by an excellent Champagne soup. I will definitely come back on my next trip to PhiladelphiaSpecial Features:
- Awesome as usualOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/15/2014Bibou never ceases to amaze me. Top notch dishes and stellar service. Would recommend to anyone looking for the best French food in Philadelphia.Special Features:
- Best of PhillyPhillyratDined on 10/15/20143rd time dining at Bibou. Thought I had the best foie gras in Philly at La Minette. Surpassed by Bibou. Waiter/server spectacular. Chef stopped by table and took to the time to ask/answer a few questions! It was my birthday dinner spot by request!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Philadelphia's FinestcablvrDined on 10/15/2014A diamond amongst gems! If you're lucky to get a reservation, regardless of the time of day, take it. Bibou is our favorite restaurant in PHL for many reasons, but primarily the service and attention to the excellent food, flavor, presentation and quality.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great chef, claustrophobic diningLanghorneLadyDined on 10/11/2014Terrific chef driven menu. Interesting food choices. Very small dining room, very noisy and active. Not a relaxing experience, nor very romantic. Good service with a few flaws, not all appetizers were out together, this was a server error, not kitchen, and our red wine, a very nice bottle, could have been decanted. No one offered us this service. Parking could be a problem. Everything else was terrific, the fois gras was some of the best ever. Serious French food. Not a misstep from the kitchen all night. Byob and cash only so needs must plan ahead. A very memorable meal for all at the table.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/8/2014I went here for an early birthday dinner. The food was amazing, although portions were small. The chef even came out to introduce himself and engage in a conversation with each table. Our waiter even gave us a complimentary birthday dessert :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Favorite FrenchDeniVIPDined on 10/5/2014I think what I like most about this place is consistency. Always welcoming. Always great food and service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Exciting new tastesConnieDined on 10/4/2014We felt that the food was remarkable in preparation and tantalizing to the taste buds. A tad noisy, though. I'd certainly go again.Special Features:
- Best French restaurant in PhillyPalmeirasDined on 10/3/2014Awesome food and services. Would definitely go back.Special Features:
- Not particularly FrenchEaterDined on 10/3/2014French music and a couple of French dishes, but cuisine not really French. Note it is cash only and BYOB; our server seemed surprised we didn't bring wine.
- Top french in PhillyFrankDined on 10/2/2014Excellent french food restaurant, recipes are incredibles food is just perfect. The service is very very friendly. It is a small place only 9 tables, very good for 2 couples going out.Special Features:
- Great food and impeccable serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 10/1/2014Loved the small size of the restaurant (very cozy). The food was delicious and its presentation appealing. The fact that it is BYOB, made the price quite reasonable.Special Features:
- Filling Foodie FindTwandaVIPDined on 9/28/2014While many upscale restaurants fall victim to the Three Dots on a Plate Syndrome, Bibou offers nice sized portions. And when you book the restaurant's Sunday night prix fixe special, the price is right, too. Bring your own wine. We went bargain hunting at the liquor store and found two amazing bottles that set us back a total of $20. We also sprang for the filet mignon, an upcharge of $5 each. Well worth it. If you like foie gras, this is some of the best. Service is great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding!ajluvsgoodfoodDined on 9/26/2014We have been looking forward to dining at Bibou for awhile now, so I thought, what could be a better birthday gift to my husband than a weekend in Philadelphia and dinner at Bibou? We were not disappointed-everything was delicious. The offerings are not your typical ingredients, but if you're willing to go out of your comfort zone (not by much), you will be glad you did. We also appreciated the staff's attentive service, and that the Chef came out to personally make sure our meal met our expectations. We will definitely go back again...thank you!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AwesomeFoodie1017Dined on 9/26/2014Fabulous food! Probably the best French food in philly. Great device. Staff was super attentive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- bibouapriorDined on 9/21/2014Excellent food and service: presentation and quality are impressiveSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ever a favoritewantsitallVIPDined on 9/21/2014Delicious meal by a great restaurant. Bought some friends who had never been and they loved it too. Service was impeccable as always.Special Features:
- Like coming home!IdaluciaVIPDined on 9/11/2014There 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.Special Features:
- A little French jewelDKP16VIPDined on 9/10/2014Imaginative, 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.Special Features:
- MehOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/7/2014I 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 markSpecial Features:
- Worth The WaitislandcrkVIPDined on 9/7/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect for celebrating Mom's 80th!JBoutontownDined on 9/6/2014The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- narb4foodDined on 9/5/2014Wonderful appetizer of foie gras prepared two ways..yum! Decent lamb dish. Outstanding cheese plate! Fun, cozy, lively. I would returnSpecial Features:
- Great chef, great valueColmanDined on 8/17/2014Recently 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best restaurant in philadelphiaVincentDined on 8/9/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding Food31yearshappyDined on 8/6/2014Words 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.Special Features:
- ExcellentDined on 8/6/2014I find reasons to travel 60 miles into Philadelphia just to dine at Bibou.Special Features:
- Pure Awesome!!!TrueAccountant01Dined on 8/6/2014If you want terrific food, dont hesitate to go! I have had dinner twice and the restaurante is one of the best places I have ever dined at!!!Special Features:
- Everything was perfectdancing1954Dined on 8/3/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/2/2014Bibou continues to please, with subtle flavors and an admirable adherence to classic French cuisine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great placeChefDined on 8/1/2014The 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 priceSpecial Features:
- Definitely deserves its reputationwhyworryVIPDined on 7/30/2014As 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.Special Features:
- The Best Foie Gras in the world!IdaluciaVIPDined on 7/30/2014Begin 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!Special Features:
- Simply the best!Foodie4everDined on 7/24/2014We'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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- best in Philly? probablyDiscerningeaterVIPDined on 7/19/2014Food 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BiBou always delivers qualityALeatsDined on 7/17/2014BiBou 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- YcookVIPDined on 7/11/2014This is the place that never disappoints. It is a perfect place for those who appreciate fine dining in a very relaxed atmosphere.Special Features:
- Amazing Again!IdaluciaVIPDined on 7/9/2014If 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!Special Features:
- dman278Dined on 7/3/2014I 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!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Magical BYOBOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/2/2014Wonderful Intimate Restaurant in Neighborhood setting. Outstanding food: fresh, plentiful, imaginative, and satisfying.Special Features:
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