About Bibou

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.
Bibou is cash only

1009 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday.
2 seatings: 5:30/6pm and 8:30/9pm

Cross Street:
Kimball

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 965-8290

Website:
http://www.biboubyob.com/

Entertainment:
French music!

Parking Details:
A free 2-hour parking lot is located next to Bibou Byob.

Public Transit:
Septa buses

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

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking

Special Events & Promotions:
Please, contact Bibou directly for requests

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Bibou Ratings and Reviews

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5.0

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5.0

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4.8

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4.8

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 11, 2010

An extraordinary restaurant in every respect and a gift to food lovers in Philadelphia. Adventurous and accessible, and every detail tended to with loving care.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2010

Dining room is small with few tables. Food is fabulous!! Service excellent. Very popular and difficult to get a reservation on the weekend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 6, 2010

The food was excellent, some of the best I've ever had--I had foie gras and sweetbreads for the first time, and the cooking showed sophistication. My dining companion ordered his hanger steak medium and found it chewy--he wished the server had suggested he order it rare or medium rare. The ambiance was warm and intimate. The portions were reasonable and I felt like it was a very fair value. This time I went for the 4-course menu, and I look forward to going back for a larger tasting menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 6, 2010

This place is all about the food. It's a tiny place, but their food is outstanding! It is well worth the visit!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2010

Great food and service--a real neighborhood gem, and one that can compete with the city's finest eating establishments.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2010

wonderful people, wonderful food, lovely service -- too bad it's so hard to get a reservation!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 29, 2010

My fiance loved the foie-gras-stuffed pigs foot over lentils and the escargot app and he talked about them for days. I wasn't as impressed with my selections - I had a terrine which I found to be rather bland. An appetizer special of morels was a little oversalted. My main course of yellowtail fillet was unremarkable. The chocolate mousse and coffee was just okay. The bread and butter was delicious though. We found the service to be fine, very efficient, but they seemed in a real hurry to have us in and out. I understand that small establishments need to turn tables over, but feeling rushed is no fun on a special night out. Not sure I will be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2010

The food was superb; quite possibly the best prepared informal food in Philadelphia. Exactly what one would wish for in a French Bistro. Oweners and staff were exceptional; concerend with every aspect of your dining experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2010

Great food! Good service. This was a great find. Definitely will be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2010

I had wanted to dine at Bibou for a number of months as I heard nothing but rave reviews from fellow foodies.The meal was exceptional and was well beyond the expectations of this often critical diner .I have eaten in a restaurant almost every night for the past year due to a home remodeling project,and I can honestly state that this was my best meal in Philadelphia.
The food was excellent,innovative, lovingly prepared by a passionate chef and well presented by an exceptional wait staff.
Well done!!!!
I look forward to returning but hate to wait so long.Be sure to book your table NOW!
Jeffrey Reiff

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 21, 2010

This was our 7th visit to this wonderful Italian Market area byob gem, and, again, the service, ambiance, and most importantly, food, did not disappoint! I finally tried the bone marrow (it was sold out the last 2 times I was there)--one of the restaurant's specialities, and it was indescribably delicious! The foie gras there is simply divine. Hands down the best I've ever had in NYC or Philly. My boyfriend and I generally never make it to desert, as we're more savory than sweet folks, but we always make room for it at Bibou. Delicious desserts and the entree portions are perfect--never too large--so that we're able to sample many things without feeling too gluttonous. My favorite restaurant in Philly hands down.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2010

The three of us who went agreed it was one of the best meals we've had in Philadelphia. Everything we had was fantastic. The service was impeccable. The chef and the hostess were both very friendly and welcoming. I have no complaints, and would highly recommend it. The soft-shell crab, saddle of lamb, pate, creme brulee, and chocolate mousse were my favorites.

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 20, 2010

Fantastic intimate setting where the cook says hello

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 19, 2010

Service was professional and attentive. Food was off the charts fabulous, and the price was extremely reasonable. And the Chef cares! He made the rounds between sittings to ask how the meal was AND listened and commented on the answer. A must for anyone who loves honest, excellent, unpretentious French cuisine! But don't advertise the merits of this treasure - it is hard enough as it is to get a reservation, and understandably so!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 19, 2010

I want to stand on a mountain top and sing the praises of this magnificent restaurant; yet, I want to keep my mouth shut for fear the hordes will ruin it and I won't be able to get a reservation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 15, 2010

I would rate my experience at Bibou as truly excellent. Not as hyperbole, but absolutely beyond the pale. I have eaten at a lot of restaurants in Philly over the last year and a half and this was one of the top 2 (and the other contender was a tasting menu at Vetri that ran about $500 for two people).
Service is good with character. Ambience is slightly spartan, but charming and comfortable. The food was spectacular, independent of price, and given the reasonableness of the prices it could easily be the best restaurant in the city.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2010

The restaurant is what a French Bistro should be, good honest food prepared the best way possible. The diners are greeted personally and followed by a conversation with the chef which gives you a feeling of being invited to their home.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 7, 2010

I went back to Bibou last week, one day after their one year anniversary, two days after the James Beard awards in NY, and about a year after my first experience there. It's quite perplexing how the restaurant is able to maintain such outstanding service, and a relaxing ambiance, while simultaneously serving the most incredible food, without even a hint of snobbery. Where else are you greeted and sat by the co-owner? Mrs. Calmels is lovely, charming and a class act. Our food was superb. After we finished our entrees, Pierre Calmels, the James Beard award nominated head chef/owner, circulated and greeted each table. I recommend Bibou most highly. If you go, order the escargot, the bone marrow, the tuna and the strawberry rhubarb tart.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 7, 2010

The food is wonderful, chef and madame run a delightful restaurant. We asked for a special dessert and they made it just for us, talk about service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2010

We made the mistake of getting the chef's tasting menu here. The quality of the food was impeccable, however we suffered an onslaught of organ meat: out of the seven dishes we had pate, two types of liver, bone marrow, pig's cheek, and a few more standard meat dishes. By the end we were practically begging for them to bring us a salad. If you like that kind of fare, go for the chef's menu; otherwise I suggest ordering what you want from the menu.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2010

Our dinner was a birthday treat for a friend who has excellent taste. The limited number of selections were beautifully chosen, and delectable. A very French note: the chef circulates among the tables, greeting everyone with charm and shaking hands. We'll definitely return--the BYOB feature makes it more affordable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 2, 2010

After reading wonderful reviews and getting a first-hand recommendation from my sister, my friend and I decided to celebrate our birthdays by treating ourselves to a Sunday evening dinner at Bibou. We had to wait several months before we were able to get a reservation for the time that we wanted on a Sunday evening, but it was well-worth the wait. Epatant! From soup to dessert, our dinners were incredibly delicious. The taste of the foie gras mingled with the Puligny Montrachet wine that we brought was unbelievable. The hanger steak melted in our mouths and the chocolate mousse was superb. We will definetly be going back and bringing other friends with us.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 30, 2010

outstanding is only word to use.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 30, 2010

A charming French BYO with amazing food and excellent service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2010

We had a wonderful dinner. The french country menu was small but the specials filled it out nicely. The foie gras was perfect. The owners and staff are warm & charming. The restaurant felt like the best version of a neighborhood bistro-i only wish it were it my neighborhood! We will definetely return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2010

This was our second visit to Bibou and we enjoyed our meal immensely. The prices were reasonable for the quality of the meal and the BYOB was an asset. We have recommended this gem to our friends. The chef and his wife, who are the owners, made it a point to speak to everyone at the tables, which made it more personable. This shows that they do care and want you to be satisfied, which is very rare today.

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vip
 (Savannah)·Dined on April 28, 2010

Everything was delicious, as it always is. However, this time the menu only really offered one (which I can eat) non-fish item and I really did not want steak, although it was good. Usually there is another option (other than pig's feet). So, it was disappointing experience, but not because of the quality.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 24, 2010

It was one of the best meals I have ever had. I will certainly be going back as often as I can.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2010

Wow. All we can say is wow.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2010

A real tight squeeze but we had an enjoyable evening.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2010

As a BYOB, the most noticable aspect of our dinner was the excellent service. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and the specials and he was unobtrusive yet very attentive. We have noticed that in some BYOBs, the wait staff doesn't always pay attention to the wine consumption but at Bibou, our glasses were appropriately filled. The food was excellent, very well prepared and extremely delicious!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2010

Outstanding all around; my duck-heart and mushroom appetizer was pungent and rich and the pig's feet sausage meaty and also a rich delight. Service warm and friendly.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2010

I had a wonderful time at Bibou. The food was really good. It reminded me of places in Paris. The service was just right. Very attentive, but not intrusive. However, what set Bibou apart was that they made me feel so welcome. My experience dining there felt more like being invited over to a friend's house - but one who cooks really well. Charlotte and Pierre have created a gem.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2010

Excellent; the Chef came out and spoke to the diners. It was an excellent meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2010

The food at Bibou was AMAZING. This restaurant is run by an adorable husband/wife couple. Charlotte was welcoming and kind, and had a beautiful accent. The service was friendly and helpful. It was a nice blend of French style, who like to take their time with meals, and American (we didn't feel like we had to wait overly long). It was wonderful to overhear French in the background. And the FOOD was incredible. If you want authentic French food that is absolutely divine, in a romantic, cozy atmosphere, Bibou is the place! We'd happily return here again.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2010

If it hadn't been for an short piece in the NYTimes and a listing on Open Tables 'top ten' for food, we might not have tried Bibou, but we're glad we did. The food was exceptional - authentic French. We struck up conversations with people at the next tables, all of whom were enjoying a wonderful dining experience. We will certainly be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 10, 2010

Amazing. The chef and his wife were as nice as can be. Service was great. Food was spectacular. I know the Philadelphia food scene pretty well and right now this little byob is the best restaurant in town!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 10, 2010

Love the restaurant.. Will definitely go back

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 10, 2010

Truly outstanding! A wonderful meal.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2010

We went for our anniversary and Bibou definitely lived up to the hype. The food was excellent - some of the best seared foie we've ever had - and the service was too. As others have mentioned, the chef also came out to greet us and that really put the experience at another level. We had the 7 course tasting menu of the chef's choice and our server frequently forgot to explain what the dishes were, so that part was slightly negative. But, overall a great experience!

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