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Le Chéri
Le Chéri

Le Chéri Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.LeCheriPhilly.com
  • Phone: (215) 546-7700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wednesday - Friday : 11:30am - 2pm
    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Pierre Calmels
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rittenhouse St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Rittenhouse Square has a lot of private parking available. Just follow the signs.
A word from Le Chéri
Bonjour!
Le Cheri is located in the beautiful Art Alliance building in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. Chef Pierre Calmels is offering a traditional French menu.
Join us for fish quenelles, steak tartare, escargots, boudin and of course, classic steak-frites, whole fish in salt crust or duck confit!
Our wine list offers over 100 labels from France and Switzerland.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Concise menu with great choices and execution; a fresh and local emphasis placed on french classics."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was a superb meal, delivered by a competent staff (sadly, Charlotte was not there' reports are that she is what sends the experience). We felt that the space, which has troubled so many restauranteurs, is still a bit problematic, in part because the outdoor space feel so casual (metal outdoor furniture maybe a contributing factor. But this is also due to the overall layout and size of the main dining room, which forces the tables inside to be placed along the walls, leaving a somewhat dead open space in the middle."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The day was perfect. The garden was quiet. We felt as if we were in France. Split Small Nicoise salade, had Perrier's signature Crabcake, a delicious white burgundy, and shared a pot au creme. A delicious experience. Highly recommended for outdoor dinning. Inside especially on the weekend has a sports bar atmosphere. Pity, food is wonderful but noise is a turn off."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant! Impeccable service! Creative dishes! Loved the outdoor seating!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Le Cheri was good, but Bibou is better. Le Cheri has a great location and beautiful setting (particularly on a nice night like the one we had) but Bibou has better food and better service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The space and food were both outstanding. fresh, delicious and unpretentious service. I will be back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our party of four enjoyed dinner there Friday night and the food and experience was wonderful. We enjoyed a cocktail before dinner in the charming and cozy bar. Then we had a fabulous dinner in the main room, which is very pretty looking out on the outside garden area. The food was excellent. We started out with the tuna app which is sushi grade marinated in a citrus sauce- so tender and flavorful. And, we also shared the mushroom raviolis which were amazing! We enjoyed the halibut with a light lobster sauce, two had the tender and flavorful pork and another person got the steak frites. The desserts weren't quite as memorable. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My husband and I have been to Le Cheri many times and always have wonderful meal. We were there Friday night and had I think the best dinner yet. Le Cheri just keeps getting better and better! The service was really good. The waiter know the menu and took very good care of us. Friday night was fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "First, everybody loves this well-known historical building in center-city Philadelphia. Then, you are always nicely greeted, and you can enjoy the outdoor seating in the beautiful and quiet garden, as pretty during day time as at night. However, the main attraction is the cuisine, which is French cuisine like in France, such authenticity is rather rare around here. Service is friendy and professional, not pompous. Nothing is pretentious, but everything is meant to make you feel comfortable and happy. So, bon appétit to you!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed our evening at Le Cheri. Food was outstanding as was the service.The Art Alliance is a terrific building in which to house the restuarant.Did not eat in the garden but it looked terrific.Small menu but very interesting.Food was quite elegant and service was outstanding.Recently ate at Bibou which is owned by the same couple and is also excellent.The two menus are very similar and it might be better if one or the other was a bit different.Maybe a more casual bistro type menu at Le Cheri."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Chef Pierre and wife Charlotte have taken core iconic Art Alliance building and combined local history with imaginative food. French all the way."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food is the best in Philadelphia. One of the individuals eating with me - this was a business lunch - stopped twice to comment on how good the food was. The use of the outdoor area, which is not right on the street but is secluded by a metal fence, is particularly pleasant. Mme. Charlotte Calmels runs the front of the restaurant as well as anyone in Philadelphia. The wine list is not overpriced but in addition, for a small corkage fee, one can bring one's own. Pierre Calmels clearly does duck better than anyone in Philadelphia."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Unlike Parc and Rouge nearby, le Cheri is more intimate and quiet. I took my girlfriends there to celebrate a bride-to-be and we sat the courtyard. It was a sunny and warm day but the courtyard is well-covered with umbrellas. Food-wise, it was just the right proportions and very good. We only had light fare, we had appetizer shrimp salad and chilled artichoke soup, and the entree of mussels that we shared. Service was very attentive. I would like to go back for dinner! If you're vegetarian or vegan, there are not a lot of options other than salads."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Le Cheri is a quaint little French restaurant run by LeBec Fin alumni. Very intimate with a nice patio if you like outdoor dining. The food is very good. I had the escargot with hazelnut app which was a nice change from the usual way. My wife had the lyonaise salad which she loved at LeBec. She loved it just as much here. I had the halibut entree which was nicely seasoned & perfectly cooked. My wife had the veal. The menu says medallions but it is more like a veal steak. It was a little undercooked. Easily fixed. The wine list is all French with some nice selections & very reasonably priced. Service was excellent. We will be going back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food beautifully prepared and presented. Interesting wines reasonably priced. Servers eager to please, and all with warm hospitality. Go."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We fine dined and enjoyed the meal. Steak tartare was plentiful and delicious. Odd to pair with potato chips but went with it. Terrine was good as well. The lamb and veal meals were well presented. Wines by the glass were not on the menu but on a center table to be observed and chosen. This is not a Bibou unfortunately. With so many good restaurants around the Square, they are going to have to add more Staff. Our poor waiter had six tables to himself in the back room. We found the meal to be unnecessarily dragged out because he was running around trying to serve all of the other tables. Will wait before going back to see if they can make a go of it. Not as hard to get a reservation as Bibou."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is my second visit to Le Cheri, and this one was just as fabulous as the first! Food was spectacular, service was attentive without hovering, lovely ambience - just a wonderful evening. And, once again, our server Melanie was very pleasant, knowledgeable about the menu, and had great wine suggestions. We will be returning again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "As one might expect from the owner-chef of Bibou, the fabulous French bistro on S. 8th St., Le Cherie is absolutely superb in every way. Charlotte Calmel's decorative scheme is gorgeous and her husband Pierre's authentic French cuisine is sophisticated and as appealing to the eye as to the palate. For an unforgettable dining experience the outdoor shaded patio (available on first come, first seated basis) is an elegant setting for this superb cuisine. The area is filled with growing plants, bushes and vines clinging to a rear wall, tables are placed a comfortable distance from each other and the only sound is from a trickling fountain."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • " Overall the experience was a disappointment, given the expectations. Service was disjointed. Waitress introduced herself, then we never saw her again. Long wait before anyone asked if we wanted a drink while we selected our meals. Felt like an afterthought while the wait staff concentrated on the outdoor patio. Waiter recommended a fish that was not on the menu. If inside be aware that nearby tables will overhear your conversation. Braised pork over noodles was ok; nothing special. My companion's veal medallion was very tasty, but wasn't a medallion--more of a log. Very limited wine by the glass, but what they offered was very good. Nice wine list. I will give it another try, but for time being wonder what all the fuss is about."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "A friend and I had lunch on the terrace. The setting was lovely, a little oasis on a hot day. It was quite sunny, but we were shaded by a tree. We both had salads, I, la salade aux crevettes, my friend, la salade nicoise. They were delicate, delicious and beautifully presented. The service was attentive but not overbearing, and we could stay as long as we wanted. The restaurant lives up to its reputation."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was our second time at Le Cheri and it was a memorable occasion because of the talents of Pierre Camels. The food is outstanding and with a paucity of French restaurants in the city, this is an oasis."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fabulous food. Everything came out looking and tasting great. Different menu."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is my second time dining at Le Cheri, and both occasions exceeded my expectations. The menu is inventive and the food is incredibly delicious. I like that the servers have a "chill" vibe -- very professional and attentive, but not pretentious. Le Cheri is a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Felt that service was stuffy-food was awesome -prices relevant to the area -parking not great .Drinks just alright"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My daughter and I love classic French food so we were excited to try this restaurant. It did not disappoint. We ate on the patio which was lovely. The service was outstanding. I had an excellent salad and steak. My daughter had the salmon appetizer and the special that night, quail stuffed with foie gras. All the courses were wonderful. The price point could not be beat. I hope to return and highly recommend if you are looking for a first class food experience in downtown Philly."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The menu was very very limited and "fru fru". There wasn't even a normal salad. When i asked for a mixed green salad with the frisee from the lardon salad it came with none. It was also extremely tiny and i had to ask for the frisee again. The steak was ok but i had to order a green vegetable because it only came with potatoes. It has possibilities but they really need to add some more universally popular items for regular diners"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, I like the look and the bar was small and inviting. This is a place you can't go wrong."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "superb food and service, all delivered in a warm, low-key manner. first rate in every way!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary last Saturday at Le Cheri and had a wonderful time --- the food was wonderful, as was our server Melanie. Definitely on our list for returning"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is truly the best restaurant has seen at this venue, despite repeated events. The owner is very hands on and work hard to please all the customers. Food is exquisite, fresh, creative, very French, and good value. The fish quenelle is unbelievably good. The wine list, albeit exclusively French, is both deep and wide and is well orgamized with many gems. And Charlotte, an owner, really knows wines inside out and can make wonderful recommendations. The wine prices are very reasonable. Service needs a little tweaking; the food did not emerge for everyone at the same time, some slowness when we sat down. All can be fixed and with the owners hovering so close, I am sure that it will. Definitely a winner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The restaurant was fine but what was missing was a French flair. For example. none of the employees that we interfaced with spoke French, very unusual at a French restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food here was fantastic, but I really enjoyed the lovely outdoor space. Very romantic at night! The service was also fantastic. When something I ordered was taking longer than expected, the chef sent over complimentary appetizers. In the end, it was well worth the wait."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "An excellent meal from start to finish. I had the duck terrine followed by a quail stuffed with foie gras and mushrooms, baked in a crock with a pastry top. Exquisite flavors, knowledgeable service, and a thoughtful wine list made for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Everything we ate and drank was wonderful - beautifully cooked, seasoned and presented. The dining room was lovely - great lighting, enough sapce to enjoy privacy but not so quiet that a hearty laugh is out of place - perfect!!! So why only 4 out of 5? Our main server, while well intended, was so hard to understand and had such a limited grasp of English that I am sure we missed things. Regardless, my soft shell crab was glorious and saddle of rabbit perfect with the flight of rose wines that were offered that evening. Too full for dessert (portions are generous!) so will have to try to save room next time. We will come back and revel in wonderful cooking and beautiful setting as we hope for better service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent as always! Just made another reservation!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had dined at Le Cherie for dinner three times previously, all outstanding experiences. I meet my daughter for lunch every 5 or 6 weeks in center city where she works, so I took her to Le Cherie for lunch. We dined on the soft shell crab special and she had the chocolate tart and I the peach melba for dessert. It was also the first time I sat in the outdoor garden to dine. Everything was perfect. Le Cherie provides an escape to a time when graceful dining was the norm at upscale dining places. It is simply the standard in a town where the restaurant scene is as vibrant as New York at more reasonable prices."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed Paris Bistro very much. The ambiance is reminiscent of a real Paris Bistro which is not easy to do anywhere out of France. Excellent wine at a good price along with an interesting and well cooked menu. We were there on the early side so the noise level was calm and pleasant but as the night continued it became rather loud. Clearly people were enjoying themselves and having fun but it became harder to hear the person opposite. Our waitress was attentive and very nice."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Everything about the place was special. Beautiful atmosphere, attentive service, delicious food. Chef came to each table. Fois gras, steak tartar, quenelles, all yummy. One slight negative, the egg on the Lyonnaise salad was overcooked. Needed it runny."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant if you love classic French food in a beautiful venue. We switched from 4 to 5 and were accommodated. The serving staff needs a little polish."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went for a very early dinner on a Friday night.Professional & friendly greeting from the Host. Service was top-notch, too. But what blew us away was the exacting approach to classical French Cuisine. A lot of love, pride and effort went into preparing our meal. We sat in their rear patio and the weather was perfect. Very interesting wine list focusing on terrior driven wines, many from lesser known Chateaus and heirloom grapes. Reasonable mark ups on the wines. Just when we thought this to be one of those rare, perfect meals…Charlotte wanders over and introduces herself at our table. She is absolutely charming and carries herself like the confident, French woman she is. That dinner was my best dinning experience in the past 5 years."
    Dined on 6/21/2014