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Bistro St. Tropez

4.1
1763 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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About

Bistro St. Tropez serves exotic and stylish French cuisine in its contemporary eatery. Delectable and artfully presented starter options include the tomate mozzarella et roquette with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, and the salade maison with golden apples, goat cheese and roasted beets. Bistro St. Tropez's house entrées include the pan-roasted diver scallops coquilles with smoky bacon and red pepper coulis, and the pan-roasted poulet, French chicken with roasted corn and mushrooms. To finish your meal in style, try the cheese course laden with imported cheese, wine, croutons and nuts, or the double-layered chocolate cake with crème anglaise.

Additionally, Bistro St. Tropez has an à la carte menu, allowing diners to pick and choose French specialty plates to create their own meal.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Provencal, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm Sunday only for easter, mother's day, graduation, special holidays and events.
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Phone number
(215) 569-9269
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Patrice Rames
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Private party facilities
Bistro St. Tropez has been for over 26 years Philadelphia's address for hosting the milestone events in your life...weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, bridal/baby showers...as well as sophisticated and affordable corporate and business events.
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Private party contact
Kristine Encarnacion: (888) 885-5404
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Catering
Available year-round for all your private party needs. Please call 215-569-9269 for further information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
23rd Street
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Parking details
For street parking, parking meters run until 10PM. There is also a lot on the south side of Market St. at 23rd St.
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Public transit
1 block from 30th Street Station
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Entertainment
Nightly (Wed.-Fri.) happy hour specials.
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Special events & promotions
Please ask for details about our daily lunch 3-course prix-fixe for $19.97 or our dinner Chef's tasting prix-fixes for dinner; 3-courses for $38 or 5 courses for $48. Wine pairings also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.0
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4.0
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Last night that restaurant was open.

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vipanoahna (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Thanks again for all the sumptuous dinner we had there. We can't wait to see what your next adventure will be!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

RIP--ate there on one of the last nights - the chef came around, his dog was also there. The bathroom was neat and I wish I had eaten there more in the past

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viprich (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

One of the most incredible meals I had the pleasure of eating. Farewell Matthew and Chef Patrice. Philadelphia will miss you as do we.

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kimberleesmb (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2016

Sorry to see them close!!!! We have gone many times in the past and are sad to see them go!

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vipSueS (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

Our favorite special occasion, Bastille Day and restaurant for great French cuisine. The closing "restaurant week" menu had all of the great dishes, not to mention desserts that we have always loved there. Will look forward to their reopening at a new location as walking through the closed and under renovation Marketplace for our last dinner there was very sad.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

We came for one last meal before Chef Patrice closes at the Market Place Design Center. We were not disappointed. My husband, usually a solid steak eater, got the scallops because the Bistro is the only place that the scallops are consistently fabulous-never chewy or overcooked. I had the duck, which was cooked to perfection.

The restaurant is still serving the 3 course restaurant week special. So I started with the mushroom soup. I love this mushroom soup. I first had it at the Bistro for Thanksgiving several years ago. This soup is perfection-delicious and soothing. My husband, who has had escargot in many, many restaurants, declared the escargot he had at the Bistro the best he's ever had.

And the St. Tropez cake for dessert was divine. Light and chocolatey-pure deliciousness without being heavy. I really, really hope Chef Patrice finds a new place soon. Until then, we'll dream of the many amazing meals we had there.

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vipBlueEye (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Have been dining here for years! Have never had a bad meal, and have MANY happy memories of great food, great service, and special occasions. Sign up for their mailing list so you'll be informed when they re-open in a new spot. Very best wishes to Chef Rames and all the staff. We will miss you.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We celebrated Valentines Day by having dinner at Bistro St. Tropez. We ordered from the Valentines Day Prix Fix menu. The portions were small but the food was good. The view from the restaurant was beautiful. The service was good and we enjoyed our night out.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

The night was full of ups and downs. Difficult to find the restaurant as it is in the middle of an abandoned shopping center under construction. Once we got seated, the view would have been great had the windows not been entered fogged up. The meals were actually very good. The lamb, duck and risotto dishes were all pleasing to the group. But then the dessert was disappointing and we ate it anyway because we weren't quite full after dinner. Granted it was a cold evening, but the bathrooms were freezing. A lot of the negatives had to do with the building and overall environment, and the positive was definitely the food. They ran out of the chocolate dessert which was a shame because I'm sure it would have better than the white chocolate and creme brulee that was served. I heard that the chef/owner is looking for a new location which is definitely a good idea, otherwise we won't be making another trip to bistro st tropez. :(

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vipRealFoodLover (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

I decided to come here with my partner for Valentine's Day weekend. I was so sad to find out that they will actually be closing after this month though, because I really enjoyed the food and the experience overall. Great food and ambience; glad I came before the end!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Cutting to the chase, the cost of this dining experience was extremely inflated. We payed Michelin star prices for a meal experience reminiscent of a $40 dollar NYC midtown theatre pre-fixe.

1. After ordering our food, the waiter never once checked on its preparation or how we were enjoying it. We poured our own wine for the duration of the meal. Again, no big deal, but at $120 per person (with a cheap bottle of wine), I like to expect some degree of attentive service.

2. We waited 45 minutes for our entree, which was mediocre. The restaurant is extremely understaffed and it shows painfully. We received two desserts consecutively, only to have the second taken from our table when they realized they had over-served. (The exorbitant price - $68 per person - only gets you and your partner a shared mousse and grape-sized portion of sorbet.) There is no organization or professionalism here

3. Returning to the crux of my complaint, the value of this meal is abysmal. This is faux-fine dining. For a shot glass of soup, two minuscule courses, and a shared dessert, you will pay an arm and a leg. If you are willing to look past the racket they are running at Bistro St. Tropez, then you will enjoy your time here. Coming from Manhattan, I am used to paying a premium on dining, especially during holidays. I've spent three-times what I've spent per person on this meal and felt satisfied. Here, I felt robbed.

4. The restaurant is located in what is essentially the fourth floor abandoned construction site The dining quarters are cramped and the decor is outdated and uninspired. Only a neon sign on the other side of the restaurant provided any semblance of ambience.

Ultimately, we left feeling dissatisfied, hungry, and taken advantage of. After a post meal discussion, we learned other diners felt similarly, confessing to us that they were heading to grab take-out Chinese food after their meal. Please do yourself and your date a favor and avoid this so-called "bistro."

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Ginji (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. They were so very busy because of Valentine's Day crowd that we had to wait just a little bit, but they tried so hard to provide excellent service it was easy to overlook the wait. Lovely presentation and perfectly cooked food.

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vipPebo (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

One star was a mistake. App took it too quickly. Dined here last night for second time in a month. It was fabulous! And nicest, most attentive wait staff anywhere.
Hope people return when they move to Manayunk.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Bistro St. Tropez sustained its high quality again. Service was good, food choices were excellent and wine from the limited selection was excellent. Have always enjoyed telling others to dine here.

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vipVivaldi (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

When I reserved for this particular date I didn't give a thought to its being Valentine Weekend; I was simply booking a dining venue for after the museum and before the opera. Consequently, there was a prix fixe limited menu. So prices ran a bit high, but the meal was superb, the service was delightful, and the view of the Schuylkill and eastern University City awe inspiring.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Outstanding meal at Restaurant Week price. Ambience interesting and unconventional but enjoyed the river view. Very sorry that it is closing, the chef is talented.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Fantastic food. (5 star quality and presentation). Mathew our server was terrific. The Chef delivered our deserts and it was a pleasure speaking with him. If you are looking for a place to impress that special someone in your life, you must go here.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

The restaurant extended restaurant week menu till the end of Feb. Our waiter, Matthew was fantastic and he picked the selections which were perfect. The food was beautifully presented. The flavors unsurpassed. The service and attentiveness was exceptional.

The restaurant is always a great choice and has never disappointed.

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vipKanellaGrillFiasco (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

We will truly miss BST. It was always so consistent with very good to great food at fair prices. The atmosphere was wonderful and the wait staff friendly and knowledgeable. Hopefully a new location will be found and it will be in town, not in Mannyunk or the burbs.

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Redvette (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

Sorry this gem is losing it's location, but am hoping it relocates!!!! Service was great and fun, food was to die for.......

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Excellent, cannot go wrong with anything you order.

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vipPebo (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Been here twice this month. Fantastic! Wonderful food. Super friendly staff. Sad that they have to move from current location. I hope loyal customers follow them to new location in Manayunk!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Unfortunately, Bistro St. Tropay (pronunciation) is leaving its location at the end of Feb. The chef mentioned that Restaurant Week specials would contiue through the end of the month and he was trying to relocate.

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vipSweetlyDel (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

I went during restaurant week. I ordered the shrimp and the food was amazing! Our server ( I don't recall his name but his arm was in a sling) and that did not stop him from rendering top-notch service!

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vipCandyGirl (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Closed at the end of February. Hoping it re-opens in a new location soon.

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vipRWSD (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Attended lunch with some co-workers. We arrived and the restaurant was nearly empty. I think it was just at the start of their lunch service, so by the time we left, the restaurant was full. Our server was very friendly and entertaining; however, he was not overly-attentive after we ordered. For 4 people, our lunch took almost 2 hours, and when we were finished with our dishes, there was no server around to call for help to move on with the meal. The food was good, but I would not necessarily be inclined to go back based on this experience. I had the crevettes for an appetizer. The shrimp was a little over cooked and the rice was a little under cooked. My salmon was delicious, but the curry sauce that went along with it was underseasoned. For my co-workers, they ordered the omelet, and both agreed that it was too salty, and the salad that came along with was composed in a way that was difficult to eat. The view was nice, though, and we did have a fun time.

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phillyborn114 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

the hostess sat us at the last table before the bar and servers walkthrough so it was a lot of movement from the servers, and guests going to and from the rest rooms...we were able to choose from the restaurant week menu which will be ongoing since the bistro is closing...nice variety...the calamari appetizer was presented in a small tureen and was mushroomy and tasty...the salad looked fresh and disappeared quickly from my partner's plate..my lamb shank was perfect and came with mashed potatoes and a few carrot slices...my partner wasn't very pleased with his hanger steak, but he had many other choices like salmon and chicken and veggie dishes...we both enjoyed the banana pastry for dessert...our waiter was attentive

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Jaguar (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

we were 4 of us for dinner. We choose different appetizers, entrees and desserts. Each of us enjoyed what we ordered. The service was outstanding. We look forward to eating there again . It will have to be soon as they have to relocate.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2016

Years of enjoying Bistro St. Tropez have always kept me looking forward to return visits -- and last Wednesday was as rewarding as ever. Bistro had what must have been the most extensive and impressive Restaurant Week menu in the city. Great food, great service. Wherever you move, let us know -- soon!

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