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Bibou, Philadelphia, PA

Bibou

4.7
4.7
1348 Reviews
$50 and over
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 965-8290
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Pierre Calmels
  • 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
  • Neighborhood
    Bella Vista
  • Cross street
    Kimball
  • Parking details
    A free 2-hour parking lot is located next to Bibou Byob.
  • Public transit
    Septa buses
  • Entertainment
    French music!
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout

What 1,348 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

1,348 Reviews
  1. Aviddiner

    Philadelphia

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 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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  2. EonL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice meal and excellent service!

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  3. YoshinoriK

    1 review

    4.0

    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 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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  5. EH81

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always superb, from food to service. I visit Philadelphia intentionally to eat here. Unmissable.

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  6. JoanneR

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 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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  7. Willy

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal. Truly one of a kind.

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  8. lj12

    Philadelphia

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience in Philadelphia

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  9. JMac

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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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  10. BirdingGirl

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Philly hand down, no question!! Every single aspect from food to service is superb.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonder food and atmosphere

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  12. MeganM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience. We will be back!

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  13. AlexanderJ

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    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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  14. PatriciaF

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 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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  15. HousewifefromWilmington

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 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.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. CharlesS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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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  17. PeterP

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 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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  18. guillemetteS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal in a low key environment. Exactly what we love.

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  19. joani

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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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  20. ClaudiaD

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 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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  21. RAGMAN

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 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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  22. garyf

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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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  23. PeterC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 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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  24. Philly

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, and the service was really friendly and fun.

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  25. DanielH

    1 review

    3.0

    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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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite experience with perfect food and service. Foie gras was surreal.

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  27. MrEatsalot

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 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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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 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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  29. PhillyTraveler

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 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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  30. KarenA

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 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.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. LeonC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    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)

    1 person found this helpful

  32. WarmSprgsDiner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 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

    1 person found this helpful

  33. BrookeR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    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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  34. gleng

    Philadelphia

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 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!

    1 person found this helpful

  35. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best in Philly

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  36. Magman

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    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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  37. gardengirl

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    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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  38. CaitlinO

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bibou was an amazing food experience! Highly recommend!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife wanted to go out.

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  40. EricS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every respect.

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FAQs

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

Bibou is rated 4.7 stars by 1348 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Bibou

1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Kimball
  • Neighborhood
    Bella Vista
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    A free 2-hour parking lot is located next to Bibou Byob.
  • Public transit
    Septa buses
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Pierre Calmels
  • Entertainment
    French music!
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout
  • Phone number
    (215) 965-8290
  • 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
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