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Academic Bistro - Drexel University

4.5
51 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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As the name implies, the Academic Bistro offers cuisine that is prepared by Drexel students who are enrolled in the hospitality and culinary courses at the academy. It is located in Drexel University's Hospitality and Sports Management department and the menu of the bistro changes regularly to allow students a chance to experiment with culinary masterpieces and innovative cuisine.

This culinary lab offers seasonal dishes based on the courses being taught. All of the courses at the Academic Bistro include 3 dishes which are designed by the students to complement each other. The Academic Bistro's offerings can also be customized according to specific dietary and health restrictions.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Thursday: 12:00noon - 1:00pm;
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Phone number
(215) 895-2986
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Payment options
Cash Only
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party contact
Tim Flohr: (215) 895-5822
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arch St.
Additional
Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.8
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5.0Dined on February 22, 2016

Coming from a near by culinary school, I felt that this dining experience surpassed my expectations. The added courses and small bite really made my night that much better.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2016

I enjoyed all the delicious food. The only con for me would be the dessert option. There was only one option for dessert and I couldn't eat it even though there was a variety of that dessert. I was allergic to an ingredient in the dessert, luckily there was a Gelato substitution given to me .

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2016

We really enjoyed everything about our dinner! One course was better than the next. Such a great value.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2015

I've only ever eaten here for lunch; however, the food has always been delicious and the staff very professional. I had the key lime tart with avocado ice cream for dessert. I didn't know what to expect at first, but the combination of the 2 flavors was amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2015

Great food, the students are working their hardest, but service was messy and frazzled (some spills, not being seated soon, miscommunication between staff, etc).

Again, amazing food, kind staff, and unbelievable deal on lunch! Cash only, unfortunately.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

Under the exceptional leadership of Mrs. Kristina Burke, the students have demonstrated genuine and upscale customer service.

The three-course Italian lunch, menu created by Chef Ziccardi, was an amazing Italian cuisine journey. First course: Zuppa di Pesce, fresh fish soup with tender dumplings.
Second course: Cannelloni, flavorful cannelloni with tomato sauce and fresh basil on top
third course; Olive oil cake. beautiful, dense and rich olive oil cake with fresh made whipped cream and sliced seasonal fruits

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2014

Food was excellent. The fish was cooked precisely, as was the quinoa. The desserts (chocolate bread pudding, apple tart, and lemon grass ice cream) were spectacular!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2014

The Bistro is always a pleasure with a quality meal at a great price. You can't go wrong.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2014

This restaurant is staffed in the kitchen and the dining room by Drexel students. Perhaps the edges are a bit rough, but the intention and eagerness levels are very high. The ambience is mellow and of good quality. Probably most important to many it is an extraordinary bargain - $10 for a three course meal. It took two hours for our group of 15 so don't come here thinking of a rapid lunch. Also, be aware that it's cash-only. That was a shock necessitating a trip to an ATM in driving rain - ugh.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2014

I love spending my lunch hour at Academic Bistro. Dana greets me with her amazing smile while Zach and Amanda did a great job describing the menu items and serving delicious creative dishes.

The black bean burger was excellent and the zip sauce was spicy good. I also liked the shrimp cocktail. By far the most impressive item I tasted so far this semester was yesterday's chocolate mousse with a hint of Ginger; a wonderful ending to a fabulous lunch. It was light and balanced so nicely with a hint of ginger nicely presented with a pineapple crème, fresh cream and two ginger and chocolate crisps. Kudos to the creative Chef who put that together!

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2014

A delicious, attractive meal served by our server with the right blend of reserve and warmth -
The menu is attractively laid out - I liked having a full description of each item
The flatbread was sensational - scent, temperature, flavor
Thai Coconut Curry - yum - shrimp plumb, sweet potato nice accent to the other flavors
Crisp Chicken Breast, though very good, was too large of a serving for the plate and it overshadowed the potatoes (which were very good).
Having lunch on the 6th floor, overlooking Philly, in the Bistro, on campus - what a treat!

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2013

Everything was very good. Service of our main dishes was slow, but we were a larger party (of 4), noticed smaller parties (2-3), received their meals and desserts before we even got our main dish. It was fine though, the food was worth the wait!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2013

I have visited the Drexel's Academic Bistro on several occasions and it never disappoints. The wait staff is kind and very friendly as well as very attentive. The food is awesome. The staff is very team oriented.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2013

Great food, nice atmosphere. It's a true learning laboratory for Drexel students.
And, they accept Drexel's Dragon Dollars for payment which is very nice.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2013

Really great food for really really great price. Highly recommended. Menu varies on daily basis, see website for menu for given day.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed the lunch at the Drexel Bistro. Food was great and service was friendly and attentive.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2013

I like the room, because is comfortable, lighting was fine. Every time I go I am pleased with the atmosphere and service.
I enjoyed the appetizer, very crunchy and the basil gave a nice finish touch to it. My soup was hot but I would have like a bit hotter. I do not care for desserts so the ice cream was so so to me.
Service was excellent, he was friendly and was right on top of everything. Making sure of the drinks, and he did time very well between dishes.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2013

Great for lunch meetings, and private parties.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2013

I felt it was a bit disorganized & orders were incorrect. Some were waited on & served before others & the food was just ok.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2013

liked having a choice of food items

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2013

Drexel students do a great job both in front of and in the back of house. Great experience and the food was very good!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2013

Completely operated by the Hospitality and Restaurant Management students from Drexel University, I have never been dissappointed with the service or food at the Academic Bistro. $10-$12 three or four course prix fixe lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the term, occasionally a weekly dinner at about $20. Every day is a new culturally authentic theme ranging from Chinese to New York Italian to Middle Eastern to Mexican. Slightly drab dining room with seating for 30. What it lacks in decor it makes up for with jovial atmosphere, kind service, and great food at a more than reasonable price. The bar hight two tops offer a great view of the Drexel campus and University City.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2013

The Chef was great! Amazing food presentation/choice!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2013

The meal was excellently prepared with high quality ingredients and notable presentation. Every morsel was delicious from the freshly baked bread to the antipasto, main course, and yummy dessert. Truly enjoyed the meal, service, and ambiance.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2013

I enjoyed the dinner, the room was pleasant. Very friendly atmosphere. The appetizer had very good flavor. Although the corn bread was not bad, I felt that it was a bit cold and dry. The main entree was very tasty. The dessert was excellent, moist and I could had taken a second piece. Service was excellent, friendly and very prompt to assist us.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2013

The food and service at the Bistro was great! A real value. And very timely service. You get in served and can be done in an hour. It was great! I think you should advertise it more so that more people know about it and take advantage of it. It is too bad that this great food and service is not enjoyed by more people at Drexel and around Phillie. Why would you pay $7-8 on the street for a cheap lunch, when you could get a GREAT meal in a timely fahsion for not much more.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2013

All courses were tasty. The staff were all charming.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2013

I had a Valentine's Day Prix Fixe here that consisted of mixed greens with a raspberry vinaigrette, stuffed pork loin with sauteed green beans and some kind of delicious potatoes and a whole plate of desserts. It was probably the best meal of my life. The service was fabulous and there was COMPLIMENTARY iced tea and strawberry drink. I was in heaven, as was my best friend. Keep up the good work!

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2013

Excellent value for the cost. The soup was superb, and the main course and dessert were quite good. Our server was warm, engaging, concerned for our satisfaction, and extremely polite beyond being highly competent in her duties. I have always had a wonderful experience at the Academic Bistro, and I look forward to many more to come.

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4.0Dined on November 29, 2012

A very tasty vegetarian lunch. The wait staff was very gracious.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2012

Lunch was very good, except the sirloin was a tag dry. the butternut-apple bisque was delectable but it would have been just as good with less oil. Very attentive service and a nice view of the city from this 6th floor bistro.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2012

THE THANKSGIVING LUNCH WAS SPECTACULAR, EVERYTHING WAS DONE JUST RIGHT, AND THE TASTE WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD, THE STUDENTS DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB!

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2012

The food and service were excellent. However every other table was served either wine or iced tea without the customer asking, except for me and my date. Also, the walls are boring and the low music doesn't help the atmosphere... Everyone in the room was trying to talk under everyone else, it was annoying.

Otherwise, great.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2012

Great food from the student chef.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2012

Excellent, creative menu, exquisitely prepared and well-presented; delightful and friendly wait-staff; clean and comfortable atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2012

I so appreciate having this wonderful facility at Drexel.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2012

Everything was delicious. Our host and server were gracious.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2012

The buffet is a great idea! I am glad the Bistro will be open for the summer! The selection, quality, and price are good! The only thing I have to say "negative" is that the food was not as hot (serving temperature) as I would have liked. The cheesecake was one of the best I have ever had!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2012

The Academic Bistro was a wonderful experience! We were greeted and seated as soon as we arrived by both the hostess and waitress. The food was served at an appropriate pace. The appetizer of tortilla chips with two different kinds of salsa was excellent. Both tasted fresh. The chicken enchilda entree contained moist chicken with just the right amount of Mexican gravy and melted cheese. The Mexican fried dough dessert with chocolate dipping sauce was a superb way to end a meal. The chocolate contained a hint of cinnamon and paired well with the fried dough. It is hard to believe this restaurant is student run as it is as good as a restaurant run by seasoned professionals.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2012

What a value! A five star experience for a casual dining price. Being a BYO makes it even a better value. You will not be disappointed.

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