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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bibou reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 20, 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 (86)special occasion (70)neighborhood gem (60)romantic (51)hot spot (10)scenic view (3)good for groups (2)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • As always the meal is a savory
    Trixie
    Dined on 7/3/2009
    As always the meal is a savory treat for all the senses. Our favorite resturant. Pierre's meals make you feel you are dining at the finest resturant in France while Charlotte and staff make you feel like you are dining at home. A wonderful combination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charlotte, Pierre and staff
    FresserVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2009
    Charlotte, Pierre and staff serve delicious food in a charming small restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic find - we returned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2009
    Fantastic find - we returned in four days. The food was excellent. The service was friendly but professional. The music was just the right level so that people could hava a conversation without shouting to each other. Both the chef and his wife take the time to talk to patrons. This is the closest restaurant to being in France. Hopefully, it does not catch on with the "hip" crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very nicely done meal, bluberry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2009
    very nicely done meal, bluberry pie was below the bar. small simple space. great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An extraordinary dining experience
    Shadow
    Dined on 6/27/2009
    An extraordinary dining experience from start to finish. The chef is a true master, creating a small menu of perfectly cooked entrees with complex and savory flavors, with very nice presentations. The service is exemplary.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bibou is a wonderful addition
    eatoutVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2009
    Bibou is a wonderful addition to Philadelphia's quality BYO scene. The food is outstanding and prices are competitive with center city's other excellent restaurants. It would certainly be nice if Bibou started taking credit cards, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food served in a professional
    Josh1kVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2009
    Great food served in a professional manner with attentive staff. A tiny place and slightly crowded but livley and refined none-the-less.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is hands down the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/19/2009
    This is hands down the best small restaurant in the US. Don't take my word for it--when the former head chef from Daniel and the Bec Fin opens a BYOB in Philadelphia, you don't ask questions. You get three of the best bottles of vintage Bordeaux and Burgundy you can find and you go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We found Bibou through word
    pshay
    Dined on 6/19/2009
    We found Bibou through word of mouth and hope this develops into a formal series of reviews. The owners clearly enjoy what they do and make everyone in the room feel welcome. There was no rush to turn our table; the staff kept it on pace. The food was traditional French with a lighter touch. Everything was executed well - to the point my wife and I fought over the blurberry tart I ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best new restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2009
    One of the best new restaurants in Philadelphia. The food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience all around.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2009
    Wonderful experience all around. Sorry we didn't get here sooner. This is a restaurant in the truest sense, superb food, ambience and a wonderful attention to detail and unfussy service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2009
    Excellent food, friendly service and pleasant dining room if just a bit tight. The experience is like going to your favorite Parisian neighborhood restaurant. Will keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful replacement for
    JellyotterVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2009
    Wonderful replacement for my favorite, Pif. Catherine and Pierre are a charming couple. Food is great. Beautiful stemware, flatware, plates, linens. Very elegant for a byob. Food more refined than typical bistro fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The meal was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/11/2009
    The meal was delicious and the owners and staff were extremely welcoming. I definitely want to go back to sample more of the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nous avons aimé beaucoup votre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/10/2009
    Nous avons aimé beaucoup votre resto et nous reviendrons! Merci!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service and wonderful
    Shelly
    Dined on 6/6/2009
    Wonderful service and wonderful food, what more could you ask for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought the food was absolutely
    denny
    Dined on 6/5/2009
    I thought the food was absolutely excellent and will go back. The only knock is one they can't do a lot about and that's the place is very small and we felt like we might as well have been sitting with the table next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Great Service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2009
    Great Food, Great Service, Great Ambiance. Exactly what I look for in a BYOB. Small, simple, yet excellent food and service. Cant wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and terrific service.
    Trixie
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    Great food and terrific service. A sure thing for a lovely evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was very happy that a new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2009
    I was very happy that a new French restaurant open where the old Pif used to be. The new owners do not disappoint. The rabbit was moist and very flavorful, the scallops cook to perfection, the black bass was velvet smooth and melted in your mouth. The blueberry tart for dessert was a favorite. All this and a BYOB. You can't beat it for great French food in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bibou is a welcome addition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/21/2009
    Bibou is a welcome addition to the byo scene. It offers up fresh, tasy french cuisine. For a new restaurant, it seems to be doing rather well. The owners are charming and have prepared well for their opening. The service is excellent. The stemware and silverware are spotless. The food is also very good. We hope to be regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate