Bibou

4.8
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$50 and over
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French
***In order to maintain the high standards that we have kept for the last ten years, Bibou will be increasing its price per guest to $125 starting on Thursday January 9, 2020***

Bibou is a small French Byob located in Bella Vista. Chef Pierre Calmels offers a set menu 7-course for $125/guest. Please advise of dietary restrictions upon reservation.
Due to the excessive amount of "no-show" reservations, we now require credit card information to guarantee. We will charge $50 per guest in case of "no show" or late cancellation/decrease in party size. (after 12pm the day of your reservation)
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
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5.0
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4.9
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j
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the entire experience at this jewel of a restaurant. The food is exciting and I look forward to each course with eager anticipation. I’ve never once been disappointed. The ambiance is warm and comfortable, not crowded or noisy and definitely a place to enjoy conversation with companions. The staff are immediately helpful and clearly want you to enjoy your experience.
Thank you again for a delightful evening.

CD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of the finest dining experience in the city. Chef Pierre never stops amazing us with the complexity of the flavors! It truly is delightful. I highly recommend you go for a true dining experience like no other. The staff has been there for as long as the restaurant, they all manage to make you feel as if you are the most important person in the restaurant! We love it here!!! Treat yourself!!!

RA
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was really good, imaginative in the combinations, the preparation and presentation. Service was spot-on, attentive and unobtrusive. BYOB makes it an excellent experience, allowing us to bring very good wines that would break the bank if we had to pay restaurant markup. I'm sure we'll return.

g
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Bibou is one of Philadelphia’s fine dining experiences.
Just delicious

PC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fine French cuisine in an intimate setting. The feeling one gets is that all of the staff and establishment care about the clientele and experience.

DH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I came here. We are both teens and I honestly don't think that younger aged kids will like this type of food. It was alright to us. The service and atmosphere was really nice though.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite experience with perfect food and service. Foie gras was surreal.

ME
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Dad here for his Christmas present dinner.
Fantastic environment, friendly and professional service. The tasting menu was a wonderful progression that was perfectly timed. Can’t wait to return.
Every course was delicious and memorable. The olive bread, baguette and multi grain breads offered between courses were all AMAZING!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, excellent preparation of all dishes. Cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Three hour meal with best soufflé dessert ever. Like eating a cloud! Service was impeccable.

PT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the finest restaurants serving classic French with chefs modern touch. The food, service and ambiance makes Bibou special.

KA
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't rave enough about how good this was....Food was outstanding; Service was impeccable. The Chef visited our table - he was very charming..... I can't wait to go back - would highly recommend to anyone wanting a special place to eat... Thank you for a wonderful evening.

LC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, outstanding atmosphere, wonderful service. Great experience all around. They accepted credit cards when I was there (previous reviews noted cash only)

WS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Bibou and enjoyed our meal a great deal. The wait staff made the experience all the more enjoyable. Thank you for creating an exceptional dining experience for our birthdays. We will return same time next year we hope! All the best and Merry Christmas to each of you.
Mary and Ryan Hodges

BR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every dish and the excellent service! Appreciated that they adjusted my husband’s menu without pork and shellfish with other innovative dishes.

g
Philadelphia
126 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bibou is just a very special place. I hope others in Philly appreciate just how wonderful this place is and how lucky we are. The food is beyond compare - always new and always special. Subtle yet flavorful with nuances to cherish. The service and servers - from Jeffery on - are welcoming and spot on in their attention. It's just a magical place. Thank you Chef Pierre!

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Philly

M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolutely memorable meal! One course after another pleased us. All came to table at proper temperatures, sauces were a splash to accompany dish and not swimming so as to mask flavors and the pistachio souffle was a heavenly dish. Service excellent and accommodating. We appreciated Chef Calmels meeting us after the meal. We plan on returning seasonally and anticipate our next visit.

g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

No major complaints about the food, however most of it wasn't memorable either. The positives first: The service was very good. The 3 breads offered were outstanding. We enjoyed the dessert course the most- a wonderful pistachio soufflé that was light and airy and a nice finish to the meal. My husband liked the split pea soup but I felt it was quite bland. The negatives: Overall the dishes didn't seem very flavorful. Neither of us found the Scottish wood pigeon very enjoyable and it wasn't very tender. Small intimate restaurant that was cozy inside. Tables are extremely close together and we had the unfortunate experience of being seated next to someone who got louder and louder as the evening progressed. Last but not least parking was very difficult to find and the adjacent lot was completely full at 5:30.

CO
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bibou was an amazing food experience! Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife wanted to go out.

ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every respect.

D
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations. Each course was presented by the server with a detailed explanation. The food was exquisite with very unique combinations. Interesting to learn the menu changes every week.

Will definitely be back !!

C
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bibou is not just a place to go to eat dinner. It is am experience. From the first course to the last course a lot of time, thought, effort and imagination has gone into every single step of the meal.

It is a fixed menu, fixed price meal. The staff is amazing about helping to make your meal special even if you have dietary restrictions, as long as you inform them ahead of time.

Bibou is perfect for a special occasion, some might thing it is rather expensive, but considering what they create for you it really isn't. I highly recommend everyone try it.

There is no point in my describing the dishes we ate because the menu changes weekly. There was only once course that I didn't love, but that was just my personal preference. Of the five people all of us simply loved the meal and we will definitely go back.

My husband and I are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America so we do know good food. Not singe Le Bec Fin closed have we found a restaurant anywhere near as good. until now.

TRY IT!

GP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best soufflé in Philadelphia!

BK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Bibou. I've been a few times now and have never been disappointed. I have Celiac disease and they are so accommodating which makes the whole experience that much better. I had my own special gluten free bread and butter, one or two of the dishes were adjusted so they were safe for me. Each dish was fantastic and the service is phenomenal :)

GS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional service!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience , 7 course meal but surprisingly very well paced, so don’t feel stuffed after dinner. Every course is a piece of art, just beautiful. Fish was my favorite as well as veal chops. We’ll be back.

U
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening! Food is outstanding as well as service. The staff are able to read when patrons are more serious or more relaxed and adjust the service to individualize it to each group. Description of food and technique used to cook it was perfect for my husband ( he loves to cook and appreciates when the technique is explained to him)

A
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pierre and his team! Best in the business.

Y
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 39th anniversary at Bibou Friday night. It was superb from beginning to end!

JW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was exceptional! The food was amazing in both presentation and taste. The ambience was lovely. It was quiet and we were able to hear each other speak which was wonderful. The staff was kind and exceptionally helpful. We simply had an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to have a particularly nice meal in a nice quiet restaurant.

K
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone should experience Bibou. Everything about Bibou is perfection. The Chef, the staff,
the ambiance, the food. Nothing you have had before and nothing you will experience after can compare
to Bibou. Make that reservation and all your questions about dining will be answered. Thank you Bibou!

CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extraordinary in all ways! Creative perfectly cooked food with the best sauces in Philadelphia.

j
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bibou is a consistent favorite of ours. The service is impeccable but not pretentious and the menu was outstanding!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always awesome!!!

TO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a true neighborhood gem and an experience that is a must! The food is thoughtful, creative, and exquisite, and the service is unmatched. Treat yourself!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I mentioned it was for a birthday and they made it special but intimate.

R
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very small and charming. Staff was top-notch - attentive, great explanations of the interesting dishes, completely professional without being the least bit snooty. Food was absolutely wonderful, creative, well prepared, and presented.

PF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, impeccable! Easily my favorite restaurant’

d
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going here for a few years now and just love this place. We usually go for special occasions like Birthday and Anniversary. Love that it is s BYOB. The chef is From France and he comes out and talks to everyone. They make you feel so special

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