Bibou

4.9
1332 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 965-8290
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pierre Calmels
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Private party facilities
Bibou can seat up to 22 guests for private parties. Please call the restaurant for more information.
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Private party contact
Charlotte Calmels: (215) 965-8290
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kimball
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Parking details
A free 2-hour parking lot is located next to Bibou Byob.
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Public transit
Septa buses
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Entertainment
French music!
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Special events & promotions
Please, contact Bibou directly for requests
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking
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New York Area
195 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
25 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
17 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
15 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
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pierre continues to work wonders. Had a delightful evening.

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P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as always

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P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, we had a wonderful experience, possibly the best meal I've had in Philadelphia.

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A
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This byob French restaurant is a gem! Outstanding and creative food, wonderful service and quiet enough to have a conversation in a warm and quaint atmosphere. My personal favorite ( and it was hard to choose among the delicious food ) was the plum soufflé.

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MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've ever had. Looking forward to checking out their winter menu!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an opportunity to experience a great French chef in an intimate environment. We enjoyed it greatly and felt it was worth every penny. Talking to Pierre after the meal was excellent.

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JB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Chef Pierre was amazing and visited every table to make sure everyone enjoyed their experience at the Resturant !
We did! Service was 5 star !
Thank you
John B

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D
Seattle
278 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful find! An intimate restaurant that feels comfortable and cozy... just 8 tables! A interesting and very flavorful tasting menu ( that’s all they serve). You need to be willing to place yourself into the very capable hands of chef Pierre. The BYO wine was especially great for us....they don’t have wine service. A real gem

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BS
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special treat to dine at Bibou. Inventive twist on delicious French cuisine, beautifully served. An occasion place or just a special night out.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant. great for anniversary or special celebrations, or if you just want some really really nice food. FYI, You have to bring your own wine.

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JW
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bibou was excellent , an outstanding value , great staff . Would go back in a heartbeat .

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VB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu changes on a weekly basis. Always over the top for our many return visits. Food is creative, service does not miss a beat. Small seating area makes it unique and conversation easy while enjoying the meal.

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G
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently the best dining in Philadelphia without much competition all the way to New York

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C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu put together by chef Pierre was divine, and we would repeat in a heart beat!

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DM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous as always!! Food was perfect. Service was outstanding. Highly recommend!

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T
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! There are not enough words to express how wonderful everything looked and tasted.

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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable price fix plus BYOB! Beyond expectations.

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DQ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food very good service!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience we didn’t like one item so waiter went to chef and he prepared something else for us. We didn’t complain they just did it.
Most of staff is from lebecfin just a great resturant not sure I spelled it right..
The chef comes out and stops at your table the staff is so personable.
I will be back..

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an extraordinary place. The best sequence of original, surprising, delicious courses I have ever experienced. I only wish I lived in Philadelphia so that I could check the menu each week.

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d
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful fine dining experience.

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M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incroyable comme tousjours!! Chef Pierre continues to create impeccable cuisine that is on par with the great French restaurants-anywhere in the world. His amazing food and the delightful service from Jeffrey and team, provides a perfect reason to break out special bottles of wine to pair and share with good friends, making for a perfect evening! We can’t wait for our next visit!

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