The food was excellent, perfectly portioned, not overly complicated, well thought out and spiced, left with the just right satisfied feeling. Definitely a Great place for a first date, special occasion, or a beautiful spring nor’easter night out in the city.
Great attention to detail; very attentive waitstaff.
Extraordinary from start to finish. Every course was perfection. Service was excellent, but relaxed and non-obtrusive. My only problem is that I cat eat there every day.
What can I say - it's always great. Subtle flavors on this night in 2 of the dishes were perhaps a tad below some recent visits, but that's probably being overly critical. Jeffrey and the staff are truly exceptional.
Spectacular innovative and creative multi course menu prepared by a master and his staff. On top of that, this is a BYOB restaurant, so you can bring those treasures from your cellar. This is a small restaurant so you need a reservation well in advance, and it would be good to arrive around 7:30pm to enjoy a comfortable pace of the many courses
A little too pricey for the mea, but overall a great meal
A little gem in a big way! Everything we ate was cooked to perfection. For those liking adventure, five of the seven courses were dishes we wouldn’t attempt ourselves. The team made us feel like we were special guests in their home . Chef Pierre and his team make French dining very accessible. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Everything was superb but we were taken aback when our server opened a container of truffle and offered some to us for an additional $25/person. We declined but it was unexpected and somewhat awkward.
Spectacular food and service - easily the best dining experience in Philadelphia.
Great place and great food. Amazing for dates and enjoying French cuisine.
Amazing cuisine, but the service did not come near to matching the quality of the restaurant. Particular attention was paid by the wait staff to select tables, and the remainder of the restaurant was largely neglected. Small things such as refilling water glasses were not done throughout the night. Chef Calmels came out to personally and sincerely thank each diner for spending the night with him at his restaurant, however the same gratitude was unfortunately otherwise noticeably absent.
What a wonderful experience at Bibou. The food was great, the service extremely attentive and the chef even came out after the meal to say hello. Truly a 5/5 experience !
Amazing culinary experience and very personalized. Chef Pierre Calmels visited each table at the end of their meal to speak with every patron. Wonderful and exotic food rolls out with perfect pacing in the seven-plus servings (extra unique offerings are often added to the dinner). BYOB is a plus. This is an exceptional dining experience and the pricing reflects that.
One of the best meals we have ever had and certainly one of the best restaurants in Philly. The foie gras was probably the best foie gras we have ever had. The magret de canard and soup de salsifis were also amazing. The tarentaise aligot was one of the most unique dishes we have ever ate. Dessert was also top notch with hot chocolate souffle. The only down side was we paid an extra $25 per plate for truffles on the magret de canard and soup de salsifis ($100) which honestly we do not think added $100 worth of flavor. We would definitely recommend even with the steep price because it will be one of the best meals you will ever eat, just skip the truffles.
The attention to detail in this lovely French restaurant evolved into an exquisite experience dish by dish.. it is all so subtle yet complex that you want to savor each bite. Yet it is hard to imagine that they change their menu every night!! Makes me want to return weekly to see what new creations are being served, though the price of this price fixe dining experience and the richness of the food wood suggest maybe a bit less frequently would be prudent.
But lived it
A mouthwatering delight from start to finish. Chef puts the menu up to view on restaurant website prior for the week plus suggested wine pairing - make sure you look in advance as this really helps to make an extraordinary experience unreal!
The soufflé was so light that it tasted like we were eating sweet air and the grilled swordfish belly melts in your mouth! Worth every penny !
Bibou was absolutely amazing! From the service to the ambiance to the food - it was just top notch. I will definitely go back!
Wonderful food and service. Look forward to going back.
Very upscale cuisine-mostly French. The tasting menu is extravagant but for a special occasion worth considering. Tiny but charming.
Bibou remains a shining star in the Philly restaurant scene, and still gets my vote as the best restaurant in the Delaware Valley. Great food and attentive service, with Chef Calmel's passion coming through in every bite. Just wish it was closer to my home!
May be the best food in the city. Pierre is a master chef and maybe the best in the city he loves cooking and has a tremendous passion for his food. We love going there and I always bring my best bottle of wine
Simply the best Philly has to offer. A voyage of discovery through Pierre Calmels always new creations.
Briefly stated, each bite was an explosion of airy deliciousness shocking you with flavor and surprise. As always, service was quietly impeccable further enhancing the evening’s charm. Along with the high standards for his selections Chef Calmels and staff sustain a relaxed ambiance of warmth and genuine interest in creating a memorable dining evening. Can’t wait to get back again and again.
Great spot! Everything was top notch. My wife doesn't like foie gras and not only did they make her something else, but they printed up a different menu too with the different dish on it. The chef came out at the end to thank us and ask how everything was. From service to food, five stars all the way. I'm already looking forward to the next time we can go there!
French cuisine at it's best
Deserves the best reviews
It's a tasting menu
We’ve eaten here more than twenty times. Bibou is the best restaurant in Philadelphia. Period. End. Save airfare to France and eat here.
Superb food and a sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance. The chef really cares about your experience. A wonderful experience!
Very attentive service. Food had excellent execution and technique. Flavors were solid and robust at times. Intimate atmosphere that was great for a special occasion. Value on par with what was expected.
We left unsatisfied and hungry, at these prices that’s unacceptable.
Amazing experience. Totally worth it. Will definitely come back.
As good as it gets!!! We have been to Bibou a number of times but this may have been the best. It was a very special night for my wife and the staff and chef treated us so well. The tasting menu is creative and brilliant. Chef Pierre's cooking is always world-class but this time he outdid himself. The pace of the evening was perfect, culminating in a very special cake. We simply love this intimate, world-class restaurant.
It is one of the best restaurants in the city. It is fine French dining as it should be. The byob makes it even better. Innovative menu along with traditional methods. Excellent all around
Simply one of the best tasting menu experiences I have had. Cozy, charming, Bibou seats twenty, total, and the entire staff serves each table. Chef Pierre greeted all the tables personally. The meal started off with threw delightful capons. The gazpacho and scallop dishes were solid. Everything after this was utterly amazing, so that the meal crescendoed delightfully towards the artful fig soufflé - that and the foie gras (I feel badly eating fois gras, but this was a delightful dish) with pumpkin bread, chocolate saboyan and cacao nibs was the other show stealing dish, but overall the meal was tremendously balanced, sumptuous, and par excellance.
Everything was fantastic!!! One of our favorite restaurants in Philly! We will be back soon!
We had heard how fantastic Bibou is but experiencing it was a different thing. Each course eas better than the last, the service impeccable and we had a wonderful chat with the chef at the conclusion of our meal. I can't wait to go back.
What a special place Bibou continues to be. Thanks to Chef Pierre, Jeffrey and the team for another spectacular evening!
As always, excellent food and creative menu, excellent and friendly staff, did I mention how good the food was (?), in a comfortable relaxed small dining room.
And as always, Pierre was our gracious chef.
Another amazing meal. The tasting menu is one of the best in the city.