Bibou

4.9
1353 reviews
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French
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.
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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l
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They take credit cards. 115 tasting menu and we got 1 shaved truffle that was added to the steak, bill was 384 with tax. 5:45 reservation seated immediately, and we're done by 8:15. Parking lot next door was free and chairs were comfortable. Now on to food... It was just ok nothing to rare about at all. Now I can only attest to the 7 courses served that night( weekly menu changes) but having 7 different courses and all were nothing to write home about. Rather bland and boring combos. I would not go back, just too expensive and too many other places to try. Having been to Laurel this place honestly was a big disappointment. I do have to say the souffle was amazing, that's the only thing that was worth it. Also note they did come around with bread about 3 times, the same bread but again just bread , nothing special about it but take it bc you need to to fill yourself up since the portions are so small. For instance Laurel serves bread but it's so special and delicious! It's just not even on the same level. I would recommend them to lower the prices since it's not on the same level as other places

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s
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bibou with friends. The food was thoughtfully prepared, but we enjoyed some other dishes a bit more at prior meals there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was delicious 7course tasting french menu. It was cute little place where chef also came to the table to greet you!

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AG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an exceptionally meal. The service is above and beyond. Everyone is polite, professional, personable and fabulous. The food was amazing. The music was delightful and the pacing of the meal was just perfect.

Truly a meal I will cherish and remember for quite some time.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bibou never fails to impress. It is the setting for so many special occasions in our lives.

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KO
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Everything about this restaurant is top notch. Not cheap but well worth the cost.

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JW
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the BEST!! No one can compare with the food, creativity, service, and atmosphere. It is just fantastic!!

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J
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it even as we entered the restaurant. Intimate restaurant. Very friendly person welcomed us and truly made us feel welcome. The chef came out at the end of the meal to visit with each table. Utterly fantastic food. I thought the price was incredibly reasonable considering the quality of the food. Everyone in the restaurant seemed happy. I usually like to try new restaurants when I visit a city, but I would definitely want to return.

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R
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu we tasted was astounding in its sophistication and presentation. From the triple-play amuse-bouche to the chocolate soufflé, everything was unique, delicious, and beautiful. The service was impeccable, but always discreet, never obtrusive. The wines recommended by the restaurant for this tasting went beautifully with every dish - if you go, make sure to check the sommelier's suggestions. Chef Calmels always comes out to greet every table prior to departure, which we thought was a very civilized gesture. The kitchen also was very accommodating with a pre-dinner request for special treatment of one of the offerings (not a fan of Parmesan cheese), and the risotto with truffles was none the worse for it. One could not ask for a more perfect dining experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I had heard about Bibou for a while and decided to try it out on his birthday. It exceeded all expectations and was just the right portion size. We were very pleased with all the dishes and will definitely be back.

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DM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful restaurant. We have come back several time and will continue to do so. Try sitting at the bar for a change of pace, it's a lot of fun. Cheers

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j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've ever had and incredible service!

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A
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder, fixed price, tasting menu; every item was incredible

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't believe I waited this long to come to the restaurant but I had. Generally when you go to restaurants with this reputation you are somewhat disappointed. I was not. It wasn't perfect but for 9 courses, it was very close.

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IS
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bibou continues to be one of the best tasting menus anywhere. The chef has an outstanding staff in both front and back of the house. Tasting menus are not for everyone but if you are willing to let the chef and the wait staff amaze you, you are in for the meal of a lifetime.

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c
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time at Bibou and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The service and presentation really enhances the fabulousness of the food. A big shout out to Jeffrey who was so engaging and friendly (and who helped us name our new dog) and to all of the other servers who really make you feel like royalty. But let us not leave out the best part which is the food itself, every bite is scrumptious, the flavors delight. Kudos to the Chef who is also charming and engaging. This is my favorite dining experience! Thanks again to Bibou for making us feel so special!

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BL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Chef Pierre and his team made us feel welcome and at home!

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RW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you can't be in a Paris bistro, this is the place to eat. Excellent sensual dining experience.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delroy and Eli fantastic. Chef Pierre Calmels’ dished exquisite.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, fantastic food, excellent service!

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s
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu
Intimate setting
Updated French
Wonderful experience

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m
New York Area
205 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was a disappointing evening despite the excellent service and dedication of the chef and staff. My view may be a minority one, since other diners seemed to be enjoying their meal enormously. The basic problems were: the food sometimes had little taste, sometimes had garnishes that were too strong for the main focus of the dish, and sometimes was overcooked. The unalloyed success was the dessert souffle. The celeri and chestnut soup was an example of a dish that had little taste. The partridge would have been wonderful but was overcooked; here the garnishes worked and the presentation of the dish was excellent. For one dish the presentation was unattractive. In general, the plates were too small. The menu changes every week, which might mean other weeks would fare better.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. Service is great. Can’t wait to go back!

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a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always chief pierre outstanding ...

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f
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch French restaurant worthy of the 2009 Dom Perignon we brought with us! Innovative chef with spectacular servings. The wait staff was extremely attentive and most knowledgeable about their fare. The truffle opportunity for sight and smell was an extra ordinary delight and worth every (upgrade) penny! We chose to try both the black and white truffles. Our server expertly shaved the black truffles over the Saucisson Brioche and the white truffles over the venison. The tastes were divine! And to add that personal touch, Chef Pierre Calmels visited with us. We will be going back!

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l
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was a quiet night and they seemed anxious ti finish up
felt rushed at the end
never even asked us if we wanted coffee
bill came while we were eating desert
that said food was wonderful, a unique place

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A
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do you want that special moment or food that you you won’t taste outside of France .....come here! Chef is fabulous in creating his weekly menu and waitstaff is always impeccable!!!

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CA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening at Bibou. Charming place. Professional staff. Delicious meal.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Philadelphia that I have experienced. Outstanding food and ambience.

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Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience! The meal was perfectly paced over 2.5 hours. Every dish was impeccably plated and the flavors melded perfectly. I will definitely come back when I return to Philadelphia!

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best Restuarant in Philadelphia. We have been there many times and never disappointed. If u want ambience and a delicious dinner I highly recommend Bibou. The team really makes it a special night.

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JP
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bibou is one of the finest restaurants in Philly without qualification. The food, the service, the beautiful (but very small) room.

Did I mention food! From the first little morsels through the courses, every bite is to be savored.

We had not been for a couple years while we were exiled in Germantown during our Fairmount house renovation. What were we thinking?

Take a bottle of the best white and red wine you can find and GO! We took some favorite Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from the Russian River--both fit right in.

There is no chance of disappointment at Bibou.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the No.1 best French restaurant and with Vetri us the top fine dining experience in Philadelphia. No one in this town can create classic French sauces as well as Pierre Calmel.

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G
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional experience. The tasting menu , each coarse done to perfection, impeccable presentation and service. The wait staff very friendly and knowledgeable each coarse explained and any questions answered. Bibou is a true neighborhood gem, fit for foodies. Bibou is a BYOB restaurant that is certainly worth the price. Simply a great dinning experience.

Greg

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l
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute gem, with a mix of some tweaked favorites, and new ideas. Just delightful.

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B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was fun to try the many small courses. The amuses bouche were lively , and the fish course and four grad and dessert really stood out. The main veal course , a blanquette was disappointing. Still a cozy, lovely place for a special occasion.

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HM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef is at the top of his game here: an exquisite and highly creative tasting menu that would be 2x the cost in nyc. Check the new weekly menu on the website each week before you go. Bring your own finest wines: burgundy and champagne are best choices. Bibou should be full and turning over every night. It’s easily the best cooking in Philly.

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G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The meal was overpriced and shockingly mediocre. What was a high quality unpretentious bistro has become a parody of ill-conceived, pseudo creative cuisine.

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LB
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time, we love the place, we get a chance to try foods we never see in other restaurants. This last time on the menu was Scottish Hare. The soufflé is amazing.

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TB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pierre continues to work wonders. Had a delightful evening.

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