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Le Bec Fin

4.4
4.4
1624 Reviews
$50 and over
French

Le Bec Fin, the quintessential Philadelphia dining destination, continues to wow diners after 43 years. Its classic elegance is unmatched as this historic landmark still offers some of the finest cuisine in the country. Diners may choose from a four or eight course prix-fixe menu at dinner (three and five courses at lunch). All menus offer options to meet the tastes of every palate.
Each night, the cozy bar offers inspired cocktails by Barman Bradford Lawrence. It serves an a la carte menu that allows diners to reminisce about their last trip to one of France's amazing casual bistros. It is the best place in the city for an ice-cold, expertly crafted Martini or Manhattan and a delicious meal or shared plate with friends. Le Bar serves food until midnight, Thursday-Saturday.
Le Bec Fin is also a perfect private event destination where party-goers can find an intimate experience in the Mezzanine dining area at nearly any budget.

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  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were fortunate to enjpy our Anniversary there this past Saturday and it was their last day of business, It was a bittersweet time. Best Wishes to the Staff and Chef Steven, Thank you for the memories! Bon Soire mon amie!

  2. RA

    RA45

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were top notch and the wine list is perhaps the best I've ever seen.

  3. S

    Shakespeareslady

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    French dining isn't what it used to be. At least not in Philly. My husband enjoyed his meal and I was delighted to have my vegetarian lunch. The wait staff was experienced and warm. Kudos for a wondeful send off!

  4. SH

    SueH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We ordered the chef's tasting and thoroughly enjoyed each selection. The presentation was exquisite. So sorry that this restaurant is closing.

  5. d

    david7

    Philadelphia

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Still a fabulous experience with memorable food, fine wines.

  6. j

    jdroyer

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We used a few life milestones to justify dinner at Le Bec Fin (buying a house, expecting a child...the usual), but mainly we went in order eat there before it closes down. A few weeks left before this legendary establishment becomes history. The food - The pork belly appetizer basically melted in my mouth, and my wife loved her escargot. The entrees were also delicious (if a bit slow in coming out) - lamb saddle for me, lobster for the wife. I ate as slow as I could to make it last, and loved every bite. Dessert was the latte mousse and banana cake.

  7. c

    coondog

    Savannah

    124 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As the multi-decade run of Le Bec Fin comes to an end, we had to go one more time. There is nothing else in Philadelphia, or most other places, to compare to the exquisite dining experience of LBC. Even the amuse bouche is deliciously thought out and presented; not complicated, just excellent. I could go on and on, however it has all been said. Certainly a one of a kind here and to be sorely missed. Thanks for the sumptuous, sensuous, and special memories...merci beaucoup et au revoire!

  8. s

    sharkey

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2013

    overall2food1service5ambience4

    Very disappointed in the portion and taste of the food at Le Bec Fin. When we walked into the restaurant we were warmly greeted and we were very pleased with the beautiful restaurant. The waiters were very attentive and pleasant, however, the food left much to be desired. I wan not pleased with the selection on the lunch menu it was mostly fish even the pasta was served with mussels. I choose the chicken but it was a very small portion of boneless chicken breast and it had no taste and was tough. I have now experienced a rubber chicken.

  9. t

    twoteachers

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is so sad that this restaurant is closing. It is truly unique, the service is superb and the food outstanding. I've decided its not the restaurant, its the clientele that are lacking. Most people today don't appreciate the substance of amazing food prep and service. They don't deserve Le Bec Fin. Just look at the parking lots of chain restaurants. I knew the lights should be turned off forever, when a couple came in with a stroller and a new born, amd preceded to order the prix fixe menu/ Thank the gods we were on our coffee and home made chocolates course. Such sadness to see this fine restaurant close.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Glad I got to say good bye...closing June 15th and it didn't disappoint.

  11. SS

    SeattleSwede

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to Le Bec Fin for lunch on a recent trip to Philadelphia. Ordered the five course tasting menu and it was spectacular! Wonderful and creative preparations; the best ingredients; and beautifully presented; each bite was something to be savored. The service was perfect in every way--attentive without being overbearing. If I lived in Philadelphia, I would have lunch there on once a week! Sadly, Le Bec Fin will be closing June 15th after 41 years. It's a treasure not to be missed! If I lived

  12. g

    gardel

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    A very good food quality with a very good and equilibrated menu

  13. s

    stchucktom

    St. Louis

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2013

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Food was very nice. Service was very slow.

  14. G

    Greg

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Le Bec Fin bows out shortly after a long run. The meal was a well served piece of French Cuisine. Each dish was tasty, but as is always the case, a doggy bag is not required to take home"leftovers". The portions were "French" but the taste was exquisite. I attended for an anniversary meal and the location/service/meal made the event memorable. I will miss this restaurant when it shouts its doors.

  15. M

    Muriel

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My late husband and I loved to dine at Le Bec Fin. I was sad to know that it was closed for awhile, but delighted to know it had reopened. It was a must visit on a recent trip back to Philadelphia. The wine list was extensive, the service correct and the food prepared to perfection. It was all delicious but I must single out the asparagus - the best I've ever tasted.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Le Bec Fin is a wonderful spot for a quick, inexpensive bite to eat. My husband and I came up with the idea to dine here on a whim, and it was a great spur-of-the-moment choice. I mean really, who makes dinner reservations three months in advance? Not us homie. As a refined individual who eats escargot and fragua practically every day, I found these items to be repetitive. However, I bet if they loosened their collars a bit, they could make a bangin burger. Extra truffles? Only with a side of tater tots, please. I'm classy.

  17. S

    Skip

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2013

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Cuisine was superb, yet service was a bit plebeian for a restaurant with such a wonderful history and reputation.

  18. M

    Mike

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience. First time here and the service and food exceeded my expectations. Too bad they're closing.

  19. F

    Foodie4life

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2013

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    We went to Le Bec Fin following my daughter's college graduation. We were a party of 8 and had a wonderful table. I checked the menu before finalizing my booking and was under the impression that there was a choice between a Prix Fixe menu or a l carte. However, when we arrived and were given the menus, there was only the Prix Fixe menu. That was disappointing as I would have preferred more choices and frankly, if I had known, we would have gone somewhere else. We had two young teens with us and a couple of picky eaters and this was just not the appropriate venue without the choices. Don't misunderstand, this is a wonderful restaurant and I would certainly recommend it when you have the option to choose.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    care is taken to have this meal be among the finest of dining experiences. The items were artistically prepared and delectable.

  21. l

    lovegoodfood

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I celebrated my birthday with my son at Le Bec Fin on 5/8/13. The atmosphere is quietly elegant but not stuffy and waiters are superb: attentive, professional and friendly. We chose the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings and, despite the steep price tag, the experience was worth it for us. The marvelous fare inspired us to discuss food and wine throughout the dinner. The shrimp, monkfish and filet mignon were memorable. The foie gras was so rich and creamy that I thought I was eating butter, but I am sure many will appreciate it more. The pace of the meal and the traditionally sized portions enabled me to enjoy all eight courses. The free valet parking across the street offered by the restaurant is a great convenience.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceeded all our expectations and we can be very select when it comes to fine dining.. The meals were absolutely delicious. One of our grup is Vegan and they were wonderful in tailoring their menu to meet her needs. The service perfect. We highly recommend it for a special dining experience.

  23. F

    Fred

    San Antonio

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Top-notch, but very expensive. Saturday nights menu was either regular tasting menu or vegetarian menu--both $150 per person. Paired wines selected by the sommelier for six of the eight courses were available at $115 per person. The menu was very inventive, original and delicious too with detailed food features not normally offered at a restaurant. The setting is beautiful and elegant under large French chandeliers. Downtown Philadelphia was a two hour drive from Longwood Gardens and parking was over $20 for evening. As I recall hearing, The French Laundry in Napa is $170 per person, so this one is right up there in the same realm.

  24. l

    landy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Le Bec Fin didn't disappoint Friday night when my fiance and I went out to celebrate our 1st anniversary and our recent engagement. I gave her the ring earlier that day, and I surprised her with a night out which included Le Bec Fin. Everything was great from the service to the food.

  25. F

    Foodman32

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A culinary masterpiece. Not light on the wallet, but a once in a lifetime (okay, twice) special treat.

  26. DC

    2Drums1Cymbal

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was visiting Philadelphia to see an old friend after finishing my spring semester of college. Family strongly recommended the restaurant as a nice way to treat that old family friend. Neither of knew what to expect from Le Bec Fin, but we were amazed at how great the food was, how friendly the servers were and just the general atmosphere of the restaurant. It was really an amazing experience that perfectly ended my trip to Philadelphia.

  27. J

    Jfd0620

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We went for our anniversary and it was a great experience, although I probably would not return for a while and only for a special occasion. It was an 8 course chef tasting menu, which all in all took about 3 hours to complete. It was wonderful to have a nice meal with my husband like that but realistically it is not something we would have time for often. The food was superior although there were a few things that I personally didn't care for. Picky eaters stay away because there are no menu choices and it is definitely for a refined palette (caviar, escargot and foie gras were all part of the meal). The restaurant is a beautiful site and although it was private and quiet, it is still the same uber formal and rather stuffy Le Bec Fin.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great anniversary dinner. The food was amazinf and so was the service.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Though there is an a la carte menu, on Saturdays the only option is the eight course tasting menu, which my wife and I got along with the wine pairing. The food ranged between excellent and outstanding with standouts being the escargot, banana cake, and loup de mer (sea bass). The wine pairings were one good choice after another with one exception, which our waiter in consultation with the sommelier promptly replaced with something more to my wife's liking. The quality of the service was also outstanding. The staff was friendly, accommodating, and will answer *any* question you have about the menu, no matter how basic. I was expecting "stuffy" and didn't get it. We're looking forward to going during the week to try the a la carte menu

  30. p

    penny

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    A real disappointment! Very average food and typical service at inflated prices. Went originally when they first opened-has gone way down hill.

  31. LK

    LanceK

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The four of us really enjoyed our time at Le Bec Fin on Saturday lunch. We had been there separately but the first time together. The waitstaff was professional yet personable. The food was, as usual, superb. There was no hurry although there were not many diners on Saturday. The dining fit well into our plans to visit the Barnes Foundation new art gallery on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Thank you.

  32. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Delicious food, thoughtful service, beautiful setting. Le Bec Fin is a very special place.

  33. W

    Wonderful

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had six of us for a birthday celebration. It was a perfect evening from the moment we walked in. We did the 8 course dinner and sommelier Philippe picked outstanding wines to complement the meal. The lobster dish and the wagyu beef dish were tops, but all courses were beautifully presented and yummy! The wait staff was wonderful.....and the pastry chef, Abby, stopped at the table to introduce a dessert, and then presented an amazingly beautiful and delicious dark chocolate birthday cake. We have enjoyed our dinners there and in the downstairs bistro...and always pleased. But this dinner topped them all.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I have been to Le Bec Fin before and swore that we would come back again in the future. It is pricey but well worth it. I opted to do the wine pairing and it was excellent! I got to taste french wines that I would have never had the opportunity to have. Service was impeccable!

  35. B

    Bretta071

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, wonderful wine (and sommelier), superb service in a beautiful dining room.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2013

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    It was a deception! Really a disappointment!!! I expected much better food and nicest ambiance that the one I got!

  37. W

    Wonderful

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We usually dine in the main floor dining room but last evening we decided to try the new menu in Le Bar, downstairs. Love the ambiance, the bartendar (Bradford) is great and the menu selections had items to please every taste. Our selections were beautifully presented and delicious. Philippe, the head sommelier stopped downstairs to help us with our wine selection and it was excellent. A very enjoyable evening, and our guests, who had not dined at Le Bec Fin before, were very impressed.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2013

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Despite a trade show in Phila.which attracted 20,000 visitors, there were only 12 customers at Bec Fin. They use electronic menu and wine list. Big mistake- my wife's menu was different from mine. It is an expensive place and customers would generally be older in order to afford the fare.And like me they prefer printed menus and wine lists. The door to the kitchen was left open and showed ugly fluorescent lights. The sommelier (a frenchman)was very professional but the young waiters need more training. The kitchen staff does a superb job, but if they don't change to a competent manager, they will not be around very long. Last time I ate at Bec Fin was some 30 years ago and those were the glory days of the restaurant. It is always s

  39. T

    Tommy

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful evening. The food was incredible! The service was impeccable.

  40. JW

    JamesW

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2013

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    There were only two options on the menu - either the regular 8 course price fix or the vegetarian price fix. Each was $150. Each of the eight courses (except for the cheese course) had two options. The cost was not the issue, but who wants 8 courses, or at least wants to be forced into it? And it took 3.5 hours to eat. If you don't read French, you are out of luck. The waiter did not attempt to explain any of the coureses, and there were no translations. The crazy thing is that they use ipads for the menus instead of paper menus. What is the point? Basically, this is just a lit menu - no links to photos of the food or translation. What an expensive disappointment..... To top it off, one glass of champagne was $35 and the bread was har

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Le Bec Fin is rated 4.4 stars by 1624 OpenTable diners

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