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Permanently Closed - Bistro 7

1044 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Bistro 7 is a casual tapas style BYOB located in the Historic Old City, Philadelphia. Featuring an eclectic array of creative farm-to-table dishes based on the best the season has to offer.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Fusion / Eclectic, Organic
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Closed
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(215) 931-1560
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael H. O'Halloran
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Cross street
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Parking details
There is a public lot located approximately 100 feet north of the restaurant on Third Street. Some street parking is generally available.
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipwineguy (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

can't recommend that restaurant, even though it is one of my favorites that was on open table, as it no longer is in business. I am very disappointed that you didn't know that it had closed. We went there during restaurant week with friends and it is now another restaurant. Fortunately we found another restaurant on the street that could take us on short notice. You may want to check it out.

vipJose (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

Was extremely disappointed! Arrived on time at restaurant to find out it is now a Mexican restaurant - Dos Rosas. No forewarning at all. Was forced to look for another restaurant on a moment's notice w/o a reservation. Was lucky enough to barely make it to the next restaurant. Not my idea of a fun evening! Please update your records! The new owners should have called us to let us know it changed management & cuisine.

Mikita (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Nice BYOB in old city. Food was tapas style and excellent but a little pricey. The chicken is very good and can feed a party of 4. Duck, soft shell crabs, and tomato salad were tops. Good noise level so conversation was easy. Definitely recommended.

vipDianneC (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2017

This was my second time dining at Bistro 7. The first time, in the winter, I liked it. The second time, in the summer, I loved it. The food was very interesting, very creative, and very good. The fried foods like soft shell crab and stuffed squash blossoms somehow remained ethereally light and not greasy. All the seafood and a wonderful spring vegetable salad were impeccably fresh. We went on a Tuesday night, and the restaurant was very quiet. I imagine the hard surfaces would make for a noisy experience if it were crowded. I'm a little worried about telling everyone about this terrific restaurant because I don't want it to be mobbed, but then I want them to survive too. You should try it.

vipphyrob122 (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

My scallops were covered with too much salt and I could not taste the sweet flavor of the scallop, My first course of asparagus was over done with with two cheeses.

vipPhil (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

We had a wonderful meal. Knowledgeable staff, delicious food, good times had by all.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Every dish we had was really outstanding. The appetizers were great and my husband is still raving about the fried portion of the chicken.

vipkofppa (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

The "small" plates were very imaginative and made for a very interesting, gourmet meal.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Great food. Lovely service. We shared the branzino. I judge restaurants by if I would cook it as well at home . I am an experienced cook, so I believe that is saying something.I would not have bothered to do the work at home on this one. Some things are cooked more easily with a staff. We would come again everything we had was excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

Great creative food and relaxing, friendly service,

vipdebo (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

Fabulous creative, fresh and expertly prepared and presented small plates (which weren't so small). Don't miss the large plate chicken which was sensational! A fantastic find and BYOB too.

vipPhillyFoodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Amazing experience with the talented Michael O'Halloran! Best restaurant in the city.

vipJmm1118 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Never disappoints. We always know that we will have a great meal at Bistro 7. You know it's good when your dining companion rolls their eyes after the first bite!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2017

Excellent. Terrific food. Uniquely prepared.

Mango (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Delicious small plates. Nice variety. Really flavorful. Service was perfect. Great experience-will be going back! PS-Try the oysters!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

While the menu may have been shorter on choices than other restaurants, there was no disappointment in the amount of flavor and detail in the dishes served. The whole chicken was beyond ample for our party of two and was so delicious. The salsify was like butter, and the bread served was cake like ..a meal in itself. Would surely go back.

vipDianneC (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2017

We were very pleased with the inventive food in a low key BYOB setting. I think the room would be very loud if it were full, but mercifully they were not busy the night we were there. We definitely plan to return often.

oldfoodcritic (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

I love byobs and small plates. But the plates varied too widely from very good to one that was terrible.
Noise level was horrible. They must do something about it. Prevents conversation...even though they did not play loud music. (which would have been worse).
The very good: gnocchi, tuna, lamb meatballs, mushroom mille feuille (which only had two feuille (sheets but the flavor was great.
Disappointing the duck breast (flavor was fine but a tad overcooked)
Horrific: The desert choc. cremeux. tasted like a lump of canned icing; cold, flavorless, clawing. Stunningly bad for an upscale place. Worse than a tasty cake.
I would be willing to try it again if they hired a noise suppression team. Hanging rugs and hundreds of things known to modern architects. Such promise by a creative chef ruined by stuff they can correct.

vipHavertownFoodie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Really enjoyed the Parisian gnocchi (our favorite!) & lamb meatball tapas ... however, the Mediterranean branzino entree was just ok.

7J7J (London)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

What a treat to finally try this lovely BYO - absolutely delicious, fresh, inventive dishes with lovely unfussy serivce. Perfect, if a bit pricey, for a foodie treat.