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Bistro Barberet & Bakery

4.7
1021 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Bistro Barberet & Bakery pays tribute to the beloved French bistro, where good food, good wine and better company commingle to create an unmistakable joie de vivre.
This restaurant presents a sweeping cinematic interpretation of the French lifestyle. It also offer some flawless brasserie classics like steak frites, escargots and Bouillabaise the menu is wide enough to please, while remaining true to the traditions that inspired it.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1021 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Devoted2Food
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Not like the way it was before COVID. Service was slow and of poor quality. Food was good but not as excellent as before. Wine was ok. My glass was obviously poured from the end of a bottle. My glass was filled with sediment and the taste was off.

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HungryHungryHippo
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Not as elegant as an evening/space as we were used to. We haven’t been there in a while due to COVID, but definitely wasn’t the same as before, and not in the good way that we remember. Still pretty good food, but a little disappointed overall.

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vipTheresaS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our return to Barbaret as much as the first time! The food is tasty, the waitstaff are attentive,and the desserts are amazing.

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drfhome
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Croque monsieur
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Profiterole
Superb!
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Quenelles
Tres bonne.
Merci!

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EugeneS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Another wonderful experience for all eight of us. Despite some take-home containers, everyone saved room for dessert!

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vipCindiKH
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure!

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CynthiaR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We all had the bouillabaisse and it was superb!. We were with friends from NYC and they raved about the place so........
We were not quite sure the server could adequately explain certain things we asked about the menu but we just decided to trust we had a great chef and it paid off. I have been to Barberet many times and it never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW. From the moment I made the reservation to the moment of lovely conversation with staff as I left... It was a wonderful experience! I can't wait to go back next week! Merci!!!

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BrendaH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistro was very busy, but The wait staff was up to the challenge!

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GeneralAdmiral
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had out of town guests and we dined at another fine dining restaurant in Lancaster. Most of the guests preferred Barbaret but both were excellent.
We have five Lancaster older men who plan to dine with you every other Tuesday from time to time.
Thanks again.
Ned Grove

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liza
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The bakery is excellent. The restaurant was good. Not outstanding. It was our second time there. Other friends have really enjoyed it so we thought we would try it again. Nothing was bad but definitely not fantastic. Our server was very nice though.

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amandamk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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Lewmax
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made last minute reservations to sit at the bar with friends. Food and drinks were excellent as was the service from the bartender. Got dessert from the bakery.

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cristeneg
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can't decide if the bouillabaisse or the short ribs were better. Seriously, not sure you can go wrong here. French but not stuffy.

Will be back often.

Would love to see an interesting mocktail or two for the no/low alcohol crowd and a some tiny small apps added.

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vipBigDaddy65
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Hit and miss on the dishes. Not great with allergies. Desserts are awesome.

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Norm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The waiter was not helpful in discussing menu items. This made the experience more difficult. The itself was except but we felt that if the waiter had been more helpful the experience would have much better b

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GwenH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a spectacular dinner. The food and drinks were top notch- every bit as delicious as they were beautiful. Service was helpful and friendly despite being very busy. Such a cozy and pleasant environment, with different seating options depending on guests’ level of comfort related to masking/dividers/space between tables. We couldn’t have had a better experience.

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micheler
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful- great food and atmosphere
We’ll definitely be back

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KathyO
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for a celebration. Beautiful ambiance. Could enjoy conversation without talking over noise. The food and service were exceptional. Leave room for dessert you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Highly recommend going.

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great spot to celebrate any occasion.

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Tommy
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Lancaster and just went to Bistro Barberet & Bakery on a whim. A very pleasant experience. Everything was wonderful. The food was exceptional from the French onion soup to the beet salad, the pasta special, the tiramisu and the profiterole. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommended!!

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vipJohnM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We brought our granddaughters to our favorite place for a great meal. They were not disappointed.

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Formerestaurantmanager
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The appetizers were amazing! How ever, the entrees were not. The potatoes in the lamb dish were very under cooked. My husband dish was luke warm. You could not see the steak dish over the amount of French fries and was hiding it. The server did not make us feel welcome. She barely checked on us because she was busy taking to the bartender. The drink I had was amazing! Very disappointed for the prize. This is our third time there and will definitely not be returning.

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MoBar
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable time. Food was good, tables were a bit too close together for my liking. Bakery is amazing.

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JohnS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When enter the restaurant you have walked into France. First you must pass the patisserie with all its confectionary artwork-fabulous. The restaurant has a cool vibe, a beautiful bar and a modern/comfy decor. All I can say about the food is in all the times my wife and I have eaten at Barbaret we have never been in any way disappointed in the food and service. There are three staffers who have been Barbaret since it opened. That says a lot.

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KEDines
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful return to indoor dining at Barbaret last night. The food was even better than I remembered; highlights included beets and goat cheese brulee, potato and pepper soup, amazing veal/bacon meatballs in sauce soubise, and the floating island in creme anglaise for dessert. Great wines by the glass and fabulous service.

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dahike
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mussels and fries, and large specialty hamburger
Wonderful meal!

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ASiewert
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Barberet is delicious, creative, and well-prepared. It is not cheap, but it is not overpriced for what it is--which is high-quality, expertly made, rather expensive food.
Since co-owner Cedric Barberet is a pastry chef, desserts are important and should be eaten. Always! Always have dessert. This should be a rule.
Service was a high point of our evening.
Loud patrons were a low point. Maybe because it was a Tuesday.
Anyway, it was a lovely night overall, and we'll go back. We live within walking distance, so maybe we'll walk so we can justify dessert... Hmm. Either way, we will go as often as we can. You should, go, too.

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TimO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner. The mussels, short ribs and steak frites were all delicious. The flavor of the short ribs was amazing moist and tender. A definite must try if you enjoy short ribs Service was good and dessert was awesome with the house made chocolate sauce on the profiterole.

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vipAmyS
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual!

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TyFischer
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bistro Barberet never misses. We had the Quenelle De Brochet as an appetizer. It is something like a soft bread infused with tiny bits of shrimp and gruyére. Heavenly. We both had the 72 hour grilled short rib. Perfect. Even the warm bread (shipped in from Paris we were told) was exceptional. We had a bottle of Cote du Rhone and it was awesome as well. It was our Anniversary and it was just what we needed. Hurrah for Bistro Barberet.

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Sammy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and nice portions. Very attentive, helpful and friendly service.

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Darkstone
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. I think it was the best burger I’ve ever had and my husband was quite impressed with the short ribs.

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Lernerschini
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is consistently delicious and always elegantly served and presented. The restaurant is perfect for quiet conversations and a date. Bring a wrap, as the air conditioning can feel uncomfortably cold.

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AmandaL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was slow and the food was good but not great. May get better as everything opens and gets more stable.

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Molly
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We realize the pande,ic has forced many restaurants to cut back on the quality of food as they were no longer getting the crowds. That was not so with Barbaret. When we decided it was time to forget COVID and return to the world, Barbaret was out choice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation brunch-very unusual that everybody at our table loved their meal. Excellent food and service

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Rosellen
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast pastries, dark roast coffee (but really good dark roast!) and chicken sandwiches. Will be back!

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FaraS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

When you walk in, the bakery is super impressive. We had lunch in the bistro. Escargot, beef tartare, the house soup, and the croque monsieur. All of it was absolutely delicious. We ended with crème brûlée for dessert! We went back later that night for desserts from the bakery all of which were outstanding. (Lemon tart and chocolate pecan tart were out favorite!)

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dwbbbbbb
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch menu, excellent and cordial service, super bakery packed with mouth watering French pastries. A bit on the noisy side as the restaurant started to fill. Thanks for following the state and federal Covid guidelines.

FAQs

Bistro Barberet & Bakery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 690-2354.

Bistro Barberet & Bakery is rated 4.7 stars by 1021 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.