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Academic Bistro - Drexel University

51 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch (144)
  • Fit for Foodies (72)
  • Good for Groups (60)

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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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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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Cross street
Arch St.
Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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 .

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

foodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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

Sunny (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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!

ILikeToEat (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2014

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

aengineer (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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.

Christine (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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!