Bibou

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French
Bibou is a small French Byob located in Bella Vista. Chef Pierre Calmels offers a take-out only option until we can reopen. Please check your emails and Instagram @biboubyob for updated information.
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vipAviddiner
Philadelphia
104 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our favorite French restaurant in Philadelphia by any count! The seven course meal was delectable. My personal favorites were the watercress soup, the foie gras and, to top it all, the best white chocolate soufflé I have ever had!!

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EonL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal and excellent service!

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YoshinoriK
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

アットホームな雰囲気で、料理は芸術的でとても美味しかったです。室内が少々暗かったためメニューをしっかり読めませんでした。説明はしてくれましたが、英語だったため理解には限界がありました。ワインやお酒が持ち込みで、店での提供が無いとは知りませんでした。ワインを飲みながら、料理を満喫したかったのがコーラになってしまい、それがちょっぴり残念ではありました。それにしてもいいお値段でしたが、コース料理は良い経験になりました。

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Intimate and elegant without being fussy or pretentious. Such a gift to talk with Chef Calmels after the meal. The tasting menu was thoughtfully planned - the flavors in subsequent courses building on earlier courses. Incredible execution from the kitchen. I haven’t eaten everywhere in Philadelphia but this may be our finest restaurant.

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vipEH81
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb, from food to service. I visit Philadelphia intentionally to eat here. Unmissable.

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vipJoanneR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Bibou and we will be back. The food is very inventive and beautifully presented. Except for the pork chop that was a bit dry, the food was delicious. The portions are small but by the time we left, we were more than full. The key lime soufflé was particularly great as the last course. We were there just under 3 hours (the late seating) and never felt rushed. The staff are very friendly and attentive. It’s difficult to get a Saturday night reservation but worth the effort.

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vipWilly
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Truly one of a kind.

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viplj12
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in Philadelphia

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JMac
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic dining experience! Chef Pierre came out at the end of dinner service and greeted each and every guest. Very friendly and personable. Each course was wonderful and delightful.

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vipBirdingGirl
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Philly hand down, no question!! Every single aspect from food to service is superb.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder food and atmosphere

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MeganM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. We will be back!

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AlexanderJ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal in NYC would be twice the price. The food is unbelievable, and the service is impeccable. This is not only the best French restaurant, but could be the best overall restaurant in Philly.

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vipPatriciaF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I love to dine here! It’s become “our spot” for a “just the two of us” occasion. It’s always an extraordinary experience!

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vipHousewifefromWilmington
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Calames is preparing dishes that earn Michelin stars in New York, San Francisco and in Europe.
The prix fixe menu including several dishes that I would not ordinarily have chosen, but each one was both inventive and delicious. I am so glad he prompted me to be more adventuresome.

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CharlesS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stop asking! HAHA! This is the most glorious dining experience in Philadelphia! Merci Chef and your extraordinary staff.
Chalie Schmidt

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PeterP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is lovelier than in the past, fewer tables, quieter. This is a place for small portions of extremely complex and carefully assembled dishes: You aren't going to make this at home nor see it on another menu.

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guillemetteS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal in a low key environment. Exactly what we love.

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vipjoani
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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.

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ClaudiaD
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!!!

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vipRAGMAN
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.

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vipgaryf
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PeterC
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.

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Philly
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, and the service was really friendly and fun.

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DanielH
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMrEatsalot
Philadelphia
25 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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipPhillyTraveler
Philadelphia
23 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.

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KarenA
Philadelphia
13 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.

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LeonC
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)

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WarmSprgsDiner
Washington DC
7 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

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BrookeR
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.

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vipgleng
Philadelphia
134 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Philly

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Magman
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.

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gardengirl
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.

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CaitlinO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bibou was an amazing food experience! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife wanted to go out.

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EricS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every respect.

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Bibou offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 965-8290.

Bibou is rated 4.9 stars by 1469 OpenTable diners.

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