Bistro Barberet & Bakery

4.8
673 reviews
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Bistro Barberet a 2018 Dinner Choice Award WINNER and 2018 National Elite 10 Best Restaurant in PA WINNER, features a French-inspired menu with an emphasis on classical French flavors and influences, accompanied by local seasonal ingredients and modern accents. The restaurant aims to offer friendly, knowledgeable and affordable service and become both a neighborhood gem and destination for food lovers in search of casual, elegant dining.
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l
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food and service until next time when in town

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y
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what a great vibe , and still quiet for good conversation, food omg,,, service nice and efficient , until next time

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Amazing desserts. Would definitely go again!

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OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly by Chris. Our server, Gabrielle was very attentive. Dustin made us feel welcome.
Our salmon and Schnitzel meals were delicious. The bread is exceptional!
Estelle put together quiche, a cake and croissants to take home.
Dine in at Bistro Barberet and take home “taste as good as they look” pastries!

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A
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Why do we always get the worse table (next to kitchen, or front door, or cashier, etc) when reserving thru Open Table? We have booked without Open Table at the same restaurant (s) and always get far better seating.

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Barberet and Bakery was a lovely place to celebrate my husband ‘s Birthday! The food was fantastic and the service was wonderful. We will be back soon! C’est bon!

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SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from start to finish. Went to celebrate a Birthday & Anniversary -which they gave us TWO small gift bags to take home with us. Staff was super friendly. Food was amazing. We don't eat at French restaurants a lot so server kindly answered all our questions and did not make us feel stupid for asking. Portions were much larger than I anticipated. I loved that we could pick out our dessert from the front bakery! Will definitely be coming back!!

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f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely, romantic birthday dinner at the bar. This restaurant goes above to make a birthday special. Great food, reasonable for quality.

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KM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Barberet and I've written reviews in the past, always complimentary. I am writing aagain because the pasta special on Friday evening; described by our server as a pappardelle with a ratatouille type sauce, was the most wonderful pasta dish I have ever had in my entire life. My wife tasted it and agreed. We took a few bites of it home in a carry our box and had a tug-of-war over it the next morning. I sure hope that pops up again on the menu, and soon.

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EF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit and wonderful again! Thank you for helping to make our 30th anniversary an extra special occasion!

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I
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is good but not remarkable. Service is fancier than the meal warrants.

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KS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went to Bistro Barberet for her birthday lunch. We picked the Express Lunch option. I had french onion soup, quiche with a side salad, and dessert. All of those items are included in the Express Lunch. I loved the french onion soup. I would definitely recommend it and would go back again - just to have the soup. My quiche was good, but I was super excited about the fact that I could choose a dessert from the bakery. I chose a decadent chocolate tart. Our server was lovely (sorry, I can't remember her name). Overall, I had a great experience at Bistro Barberet and look forward to going back.

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Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charcuterie was delightful. The bar beverages were delicious. It was very difficult to hear the waiter and he seemed slightly overwhelmed or maybe the expeditor was. He had to ask us our drink order twice and the bread took a while to get to the table. I ordered the chicken confit salad and confit anything shouldn’t be dry but mine was. The skin was wonderfully crispy though. Doughnuts for dessert were perfect. We will be back.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

This was my second time dining at Bistro Barbaret. I was dazzled the first time, more clear-eyed this time. My beef burgundy was good but not as great as I expected, and the selection of red wines available by the glass was less than stellar. Service was slow this time as last. Choosing pastries from the bakery for dessert is always fun.

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RS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They never disappoint. My family of 6 was celebrating my sister's birthday and we all loved our food. Plus, the noise level and acoustics helped keep it quiet enough for my family to all talk and hear one another.

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ES
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like Bistro Barbaret. I have introduced and recommended the restaurant and bakery to many friends. It is a great location for a group dinner or dinner for two. Their happy hour is the best in town but arrive early because seats at the bar fill up quickly. The bartenders are nice and seem to really enjoy their jobs. The servers are attentive. The food is excellent. Try the three-course specials. The price is excellent. The bakery is as nice as a bakery in Paris. I highly recommend this restaurant! Hope you like it, too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were thrilled to have a little gift of macaroons to help celebrate my husband’s birthday! Thank you so much! Dinner was fantastic—we had fish and beef. Chef obliged my young daughter w a bowl of pasta—very grateful. We had pastry and ice cream for dessert. Ice cream was too-notch. Eclair was gorgeous on presentation and good but not great on flavor. We will absolutely come back for dinner—have reservations already!

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MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic. Great and attentive service couples perfectly with the exquisite food. The escargot recipe from Le Bic Fin is to die for.

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TS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Lancaster. The food is consistently delicious and desserts are out of this world! No wonder Cedric Barberet was rated one of the 10 best in the country. We also always take desserts to go from the bakery. The staff is very professional and friendly. The place is great for a family and friends to get together or a romantic dinner for two. Highly recommend!

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my moms Birthday, and the staff went above and beyond to make my mother feel special. The food, drink, and desserts were all out of this world!! I can not thank you enough!

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MP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My hubby and I were there for the first seating at brunch. We had the place practically to ourselves for the first part of the meal, that’s why it was nice and quiet. Not sure how the noise level is when the bistro is packed. Service was excellent and the food devine. The only regret is they don’t serve Prosecco by the glass. Can’t wait to go back and try other meals.

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CK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your staff was outstanding, friendly, so helpful!! Pastries and Desserts`were unique and delicious! The table was so easy to reserve for our group ahead of time and the staff so patience as we enjoyed the food and atmosphere after hours. Thank you Bistro Barbaret for a flavorable experience into the French cuisine!

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FG
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had high expectations for our dinner experience at Bistro Barberet after all the great reviews and we were not disappointed ... the entire evening was fabulous ! We were warmly greeted by the host and shown to a lovely table - he made a great first impression and a positive beginning to our evening.
Our waiter was prompt and brought us drinks from the bar while we waited for our friends to arrive. He tuned into the fact that we hadn't seen each other in some time and allowed us to relax and catch up - no pressure to order, etc.
We all enjoyed delicious appetizers before moving onto the main courses. All the food was presented well, was of proper temperature and absolutely delicious. And while we normally skip dessert, after being invited to visit the wonderful bakery in the front of the building to make our selection, we chose to indulge - yummy ! Highly recommend !

Bistro Barberet & Bakery
Responded on April 12, 2019

thank you again for choosing us and been very pleased with your experience we try to be the French comfort food by using noble ingredient and deliver flavors so thank you for your kind review and hope in seeing you soon sincerely Cedric barberet

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was delicious, and having a dessert from the bakery was a sweet ending! Cocktails were strong and well mixed. Everything was perfect!

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KM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our date nights at Barberet. I tried the Chef’s Special pasta dish which was a name I’d not heard before or can remember now, but the description sounded quite good. The pasta was some sort of delicate French pastry in a bechemel type sauce with roasted pearl onions. When I ordered it, the woman seated at the table next to us said “You are going to LOVE that dish.” She was right, I did.. Delicious, not at all heavy, with a gorgeous presentation. So yummy.

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E
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delightful dining experience. We always eating here.

Bistro Barberet & Bakery
Responded on April 12, 2019

thank you we hope in seeing you soon again sincerely cedric Barberet

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We we're here celebrating our anniversary and I must say from beginning to end we we're not disappointed. From the appetizers to the desserts we were impressed on how fresh and delicious all the ingredients were. My fiance who has never had French food was surprised how well everything was presented and tasted. The service made us feel extra special on this celebration!! Great place for a special night or even a casual week day! Keep up the amazing work of bringing a little piece of France to downtown Lancaster!

Bistro Barberet & Bakery
Responded on April 12, 2019

thank you for this wonderful review we are very appreciative and love to serve Lancaster and it's community thank you again until next time sincerely cedric BARBERET

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k
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seriously the cutest little French bistro! Took my dad there for his birthday and he loved it. Truly took us back to our family vacation in Paris two years ago! I would highly recommend everything was delicious and all the staff was super sweet

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is excellent and classically French, and the ambience quite pleasing. The baked goods are works of art. That said, I still found the menu to be overly pricey, and the service was noticeably slow.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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N
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal at our favorite restaurant! Best happy hour drinks in Lancaster with friendly, knowledgeable bar staff.

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BS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Best mussels ever! Will definitely return for either prix fixe or a la carte menu

Bistro Barberet & Bakery
Responded on April 12, 2019

thank you we hope in seeing you soon again sincerely cedric Barberet

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DF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal with very attentive service, despite how busy the restaurant was.

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KG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bistro Barberet. The food and service are outstanding. Great vibe and of course a stop at the bakery is a must.

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y
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came back for another solid meal, from service to food and the welcoming host everything was wonderful, thank you

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l
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely great little gem downtown Lancaster, you have to walk trough the beautiful bakery to access the restaurant . amazing

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and service! Truly authentic french food and bakery! Have been here a few times for lunch, this visit was our first dinner which was fabulously delicious. We come as much as possible for the bakery items and our kids love it too.

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DN
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Bistro Barberet was my 15 year-olds choice for a birthday dinner. Low-key and upscale at the same time. Great food, great setting, great service. Our favorite part of dinner is being able to go to the bakery out front and pick a dessert. We'll be back again and again.

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l
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the food to the service. My only criticism is the vodka selection.

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Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lunch in Bistro Barberet is not because we will be sure to have a great time but also to have a nice lunch, good presentation, really friendly service. This is ALL of that. So every month we are back to our lovely and favorite place. Every time we checked the meter because finally 2hrs is too short. Don't hesitate your experience will be memorable. Shorter than to go to Paris :-) Thank you Estelle and Cedric and your fabulous team. We really appreciate your place.

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