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Bibou is a small French Byob located in Bella Vista.
Chef Pierre Calmels offers a set menu 7-course for $115/guest. Please advise of dietary restrictions upon reservation.
Bibou is cash only
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday.
2 seatings: 5:30/6pm and 8:30/9pm
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
A free 2-hour parking lot is located next to Bibou Byob.
Private Party Facilities:
Bibou can seat up to 22 guests for private parties. Please call the restaurant for more information.
Private Party Contact:
Charlotte Calmels: (215) 965-8290
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking
Special Events & Promotions:
Please, contact Bibou directly for requests
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Bibou Ratings and Reviews
Briefly stated, each bite was an explosion of airy deliciousness shocking you with flavor and surprise. As always, service was quietly impeccable further enhancing the evening’s charm. Along with the high standards for his selections Chef Calmels and staff sustain a relaxed ambiance of warmth and genuine interest in creating a memorable dining evening. Can’t wait to get back again and again.
Great spot! Everything was top notch. My wife doesn't like foie gras and not only did they make her something else, but they printed up a different menu too with the different dish on it. The chef came out at the end to thank us and ask how everything was. From service to food, five stars all the way. I'm already looking forward to the next time we can go there!
As good as it gets!!! We have been to Bibou a number of times but this may have been the best. It was a very special night for my wife and the staff and chef treated us so well. The tasting menu is creative and brilliant. Chef Pierre's cooking is always world-class but this time he outdid himself. The pace of the evening was perfect, culminating in a very special cake. We simply love this intimate, world-class restaurant.
Simply one of the best tasting menu experiences I have had. Cozy, charming, Bibou seats twenty, total, and the entire staff serves each table. Chef Pierre greeted all the tables personally. The meal started off with threw delightful capons. The gazpacho and scallop dishes were solid. Everything after this was utterly amazing, so that the meal crescendoed delightfully towards the artful fig soufflé - that and the foie gras (I feel badly eating fois gras, but this was a delightful dish) with pumpkin bread, chocolate saboyan and cacao nibs was the other show stealing dish, but overall the meal was tremendously balanced, sumptuous, and par excellance.
Our last trip to Bibou was before the renovations. The re-do was modest and I don't think it did much to improve the "cramped" feel of the place. Bibou is an honest, simple, down-to-earth place for French food in Philly but there were issues. Most important was that the food tasted and felt tired and too old hat. Who really serves a terrine of aubergine and red peppers any more? The cold mussel and curry soup was interesting but the temperature left an off taste to the mussel pieces that were in the soup. The best course was the fish (sea bass I think) that was cooked to perfection and as fresh as can be. We were offered shavings of black truffle with the squab course but there was no scent at all of the truffle on the glass-covered plate of them, so we declined. Finally the pistachio souffle was fair but nothing luscious or ethereal here, as souffles should be. The restaurant was fair, well meaning and good for value. But I believe it would be more honest as an a la carte place, serve what it's good at (like the escargot which was not in the tasting any longer), and do away with the tastings.
It was such a pleasure dining at Bibou again. From the owner/chef, Pierre, to the manager, Jeffrey, and the wait staff, Delroy and Eli, everyone make each dinner quite the experience; every night at Bibou is a special one...you feel like you're celebrating even if it's just another Wednesday night. The food is always beyond delicious and is beautifully presented, and the wait staff is knowledgable and very attentive. The intimate setting is also a nice change; you know they are making a quality meal when they are cooking for a small group. The menu had a lot of variety yet flowed; the foie gras did not disappoint, and the lamb and halibut were cooked to perfection. The souffle (as always) is also top-notch! The added truffles to a few of the courses were also a nice touch. Cannot wait to come back!
If I only had one meal left on earth, I'd have dinner at Bibou. It is always outstanding in every way, from service to the always exquisite tasting menu (where you will not leave hungry). We save our best wines for this BYOB. And we always leave asking ourselves how soon we can get back. The dining room is always full of regulars that also realize it is quite simply the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
We have eaten at many of the highly rated restaurants in the city and Bibou ranks right at the top. The tasting menu was superb, with the highlights being the signature foie gras and rabbit dishes. That said, everything else was top-notch -- the setting, the other courses and the service, which was friendly and very knowledgeable. Put Bibou on your list of "musts" on the Philadelphia restaurant landscape -- you will not be disappointed. Our meal -- a very nice date night treat -- dazzled. The chef and the staff made us feel special.
We hadn't been back to Bibou since they changed their a la carte format to the 7 course prix fixe. Personally, I like choice. Without any options, we found 2 courses outstanding (squash blossom and veal), 2 disappointing and the remainder good to very good. I wish that I could give higher praise for a special occasion dinner we had been anticipating with pleasure.
Beautiful tasting menu with creative combinations of flavors - check the menu before you go (it changes weekly) and they will accommodate allergies and food preferences. We are never disappointed at Bibou - it's our favorite place to celebrate special occasions.
The entire front of the house (Jeffery, Delroy, and Eli) is superb. Chef Calmels always says he is 'having fun.' I hope he has fun cooking for a long, long time because we've now been to Bibou 8-9 times and will continue to return. It has become one of our absolute favorites.
Pierre and his team are hands down the best in the city. Food and service are top notch. In a city that has so many young talented chefs, from someone who is a seasoned food and wine professional, it is a treasure to dine here with a master at his craft. He has trained and worked with the best so it only stands true that in his own restaurant he gets to fly.
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