Bistro 7

Bistro 7

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro7restaurant.com/
  • Phone: (215) 931-1560
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael H. O'Halloran
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot located approximately 100 feet north of the restaurant on Third Street. Some street parking is generally available.
A word from Bistro 7
Bistro 7 is an elegant, food-first American BYO bistro located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City section. Chef/Owner Michael O’Halloran relies on a network of local, organic farmers for the pristine ingredients that form the basis for his eclectic American bistro dishes, and the ever changing menu reflects the best that the season has to offer. The understated, minimalist décor features white linen tablecloths, filigreed heirloom flatware and graceful stemware, and the open kitchen provides an intimate glimpse of the chefs at work. Come see why critics have called Bistro 7 the "Jackie O. of the Philadelphia BYOB scene"
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Bistro 7 reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (23)romantic (19)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent meal
    ronaVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is a small BYOB Bistro which we found by accident and thoroughly enjoyed. The food was delicious - tasty and unusual. I had a lovely duck breast and my husband a pork shoulder dish, both outstanding. The atmosphere was friendly, family style, small open kitchen. We are not in Philly often, but this is the restaurant I would go back to the next time we are there.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply delightful
    NYCFoodie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Small menu but every dish is a pure delight. The menu is seasonal and the chef very talented. Oysters with lychee brilliant, crispy salad fantastic, chicken perfectly done with a crispy outside, salmon with white bean to die for, and gnocchi was rich but delightful. Deserts certainly did not disappointed. It BYOB but there is a wine store 2 blocks away. Will come back for more next time I am Philadelphia.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Theatre Dinner
    regularVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Friendly personnel , good to excellent food , overall experience didn't match the Fork or Panorama two of its local competitors. Chicken entrée - now why would anyone order chicken at a restaurant - was superb !! As was the crespelle [sp] pasta dish and the chocolate malt dessert. As a lover of all things 'lentil' their preparation was very good but too large of a portion to start a meal. Actually we thought that the servings in general were larger than we would have expected at a restaurant of this type. Facility itself was small but not necessarily intimate and I thought its size made it difficult for the serving staff to get around at times.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On my best bistro list.
    Justaguy
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I had the five spice duck and it was good although it came to the table a little cool. It is hard to find duck and you certainly can't purchase it yourself. Although the duck didn't have a region attached to it as it can in France I would recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    Tederf
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We love Bistro 7. They did away with the table cloths and made it a bit more "casual" looking. But same great service and food. Everything is worth trying. It is BYO - and very worthy of your best wine.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rapsody
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Delicious and creative plates. A true French Bistro unlike any other restaurant in the Phila region. Outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Gnocci, beet terrine, duck breast and skate were all excellent. Flavorful dishes with perfect accompaniments.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KMPicks
    KMPicksVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Amazing! We got the tasting menu which was 10 courses of wonderful. Make sure to bring wine though - it is BYOB. If you opt for the tasting be ready to sit back and enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BYOB 2014
    Julnamax
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Exquisite! Creative, varied, well priced menu. Fastidious attention to detail. Wonderfully attentive wait staff. Cannot wait to return. Kudos to the very talented Chef. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Combines finess and great taste
    Mac68
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Never imagined a small place like this making such delicious and exquisite cuisine. Don't judge the book by its cover!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    firsttimephillyresident
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great restaurant with a really nice menu. Best part is that is BYOB. Definitely allows you to pair the wine of your choosing with the menu they post online. The owner, Michael, is a great guy as well. Had a wonderful conversation with him about the food, and history of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimmy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was delicious and attractively presented. The restaurant deserves return visits so we can try all the menu offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • frankophile
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Reservation was filled. We were the only diners on a rainy Tuesday night. The food and the portions were all great. Service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phillyrat
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Table was ready as we entered. Staff was very nice, waiter was excellent. Chef assisted one of our guests with items that met her dietary restrictions. Very accommodating! Wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Treat!
    bandpsadventuresVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. Chef Michael and his staff create dishes that are sure to please anyone who loves good food. The fruit de mer appetizer was brilliant. Shrimp, oysters, lobster, tuna tartare and caviar creatively designed and presented in a multi-tiered dish set the stage for a great beginning to a fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BoboVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Continues to serve the best meals in the area with an innovative menu
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited food selection and service
    meryleVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    While the dishes were tasty, the menu was limited. They had a huge raw bar platter as an appetizer for multiple people at a substantial price that would,have been ok if four of us wanted to share it. I asked if I could get just some of the oysters as an appetizer and was told I had to order the whole platter, which included some fish that I am allergic to. The service was poor. I sent my knife off with my salad and it was never replaced. Finally, we took a knife from an adjacent table. This is one example of lax service the entire evening. A disappointment overall.
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  • Fabulous food, poor service
    Jamonera1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We loved every morsel of the food here, including the beet terrine, crunchy salad, Parisian-style gnocchi, Lancaster County chicken, and pot de creme. However, the experience was marred by very poor service. Clearly they were understaffed, but it's unusual to be ignored for such long periods of time, with no apology.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to diner paramont
    Jody
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service was just perfect with enough time between courses but not too much. We split the gnocci, duck and apple crisp for desert - all excellent along with the very nice people at the next table whom we chatted with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Again, lovely.
    Delux
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Many choices of scrumptious small, main, & dessert plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal!
    JL4EVA
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Bistro 7 is amazing !! Literally everything we had was incredible. I can't wait to go back. Try the gnocchi; it was fabulous. It's BYO so make sure to bring a bottle of your favorite wine. The noise level gets a bit high but, overall, it wasn't bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    happydiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    we took our College age daughter here last weekend during Restaurant week, and were incredibly impressed with our meals. The gnocchi was extraordinary, and the chicken dish was superb. The decor was not elaborate, but the mood/ambiance was relaxed and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LobsterVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of our favorites!!!!!! Never disappoints! Creative comfort food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mediocre
    mining4goldVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was restaurant week; don't know how that impacted, but there are no tablecloths as in the review. The menu was okay, not great, and so was the food. It was a three course prix fixe affair, with a choice of rice pudding or chocolate malted pudding. I opted for a salad instead of dessert. The street appears to be undergoing rehab, but is not attractive. The three of us agreed we would not return.
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  • Gnocchi!
    DisplacedWesternerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I am not a gnocchi fan but try it about every six months when I see it on a menu...just in case I was missing out on something. I finally found one that I liked! Their gnocchi is really something special. Next time I go back, I will order that as the entree instead of the app!
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  • Missing oui
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant was billed as contemporary French . Are short ribs. Mashed potatoes and beet salad French?
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    jd5339
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    During Restaurant week, I wanted to find a small byob that had a diverse menu. Having never been to Bistro 7 or even knowing its whereabouts, I decided to make a reservation based on its location in Olde City that worked best for my dinner guest. The food was very classic but had a "Bistro 7" added twist. The variety of food was nice and made it easy to choose something different, that way we could sample the different flavors each of our dishes had to offer. If I did not make a reservation for this place, I would have not been able to have dinner and I would have never known where this beautiful hidden gem was. I look forward to eating at this establishment again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty But Noisy
    Jerseyeater
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I chose this restaurant for its good reviews. We went during Restaurant Week, so we had fixed menu choices. The food was very tasty and rich. The only disappointments were that the goat cheese didn't add anything to the beets, and there was very little of the cheese; from the description of the dessert we expected something more substantial than a few tablespoons of mousse. Liver pate appetizer and beef entrees were very good. The worst part was the noise level. I had to speak very loudly for my husband to hear me (and I'm the one who has a hearing problem). We looked at the other entrees being served around us, and everything looked very appetizing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The salmon with lentils was well prepared and very tasty. Beet salad was also very good. As we dined later in the evening, they were very accommodating to allow us to leisurely enjoy our wine. Delightful dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Birthday Dinner
    HungryTravelersVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We live in the neighborhood so Bistro 7 was a very good choice for a birthday dinner, despite Restaurant Week, which can make favorite places seem uninviting. We enjoyed the restaurant week menu - at least two choices in each of 3 categories, and everything we tasted was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Old City Find
    Dennis
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My family ate at this Modern French establishment during Restaurant week. Beet salad was very good and really enjoyed the Lancaster Country Chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food. BYO doesn't hurt
    ruenomrue
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I really enjoyed my food and so did my friend and sister. We had the duck, the chicken, the steak, the oysters, and the beet terrine, all of which were delightful.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific BYOB in Old City
    LoveCenterCityDiningVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My wife and I spent a couple of days in town celebrating our anniversary (and escaping the demolition for a home renovation project) and had dinner at this terrific little BYOB in Old City near our hotel. Everything was terrific. The food was extraordinary. The menu is small but very creative and diverse. I had the Parisian style gnocci, my wife had the beet terrine, and we both chose a superb steak, done perfectly. We loved it all! And the chocolate pot de crème (we shared but I ate most of it!) was sublime. The pacing was perfect, service pleasant and atttentive but not overbearing, and the presentation every bit as good as the food. I would come back for any special occasion - or just for a fabulous meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    betseyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Four people, 3 courses, no one ordered the same thing so 12 dishes. Each dish was better than the next. Noise level was a bit loud given the size of the small space. Service was attentive but not overbearing. If you like BYOs, this is a winner.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Bistro 7!
    LunchEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm an attorney. I have taken potential clients to Bistro 7, people who have eaten at very posh restaurants, and the food impressed them! Enjoy the tasting menu. It is a special treat I recommend, but all the food is divine. Michael (the chef) is a culinary genius! Don't miss ordering his oysters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite for many years!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I discovered Bistro 7 about 10 years ago. It has been my favorite restaurant since. The food is simply out of this world and there is never disappointment for anyone at the table - a true dining experience.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 724 reviews are from the Bistro 7 reviews archive.
  • You Should Try This Restaurant
    MrAttentionToDetail
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The outside of the building is quite frankly, unattractive. However, once inside, while the decor is minimalist, the food is great. Everything we had was very good, and the desserts, were absolutely fantastic. The bread is baked daily on the premises and even the salads were exceptional.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & BYOB
    GreenLeaf24
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Visited Bistro 7 during Philly Restaurant Week and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Food ranks with some of the best we've had - the Parisian Gnocchi were especially light and delicious. Small and intimate setting for dinner. Loved the fact that it's a BYOB. Really enjoyed our night at Bistro 7.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pure pleasure.
    Eater
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were the first diners in that evening at 6:00; it was empty. By 6:30 it was completely full, but not louder - amazing for such a small place. It was Restaurant Week, so the selections were fixed. The green gazpacho was nice, but eclipsed by the stunningly wonderful gnocchi - after which, the cannelloni was merely lovely, and the branzino was also fine. Desserts and coffee all superb. But best was the lovely service, friendly, easy, and so smooth. What a good time. We'll be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Gourmet
    Gourmet
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was a great evening. Was a celebration for our daughter who had done really well in her Junior year at school. Food was great, service excellent and we had a great time. Would have no problem recommending it to friends/family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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