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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Overall Rating

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5.0

service

5.0

ambience

4.8

value

4.7

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (9)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Good for a Date (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Organic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Simply the best Philly has to offer. A voyage of discovery through Pierre Calmels always new creations.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

French cuisine at it's best
Deserves the best reviews
It's a tasting menu
BYOB

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We’ve eaten here more than twenty times. Bibou is the best restaurant in Philadelphia. Period. End. Save airfare to France and eat here.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Superb food and a sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance. The chef really cares about your experience. A wonderful experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing experience. Totally worth it. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Everything was fantastic!!! One of our favorite restaurants in Philly! We will be back soon!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

What a special place Bibou continues to be. Thanks to Chef Pierre, Jeffrey and the team for another spectacular evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Another amazing meal. The tasting menu is one of the best in the city.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Our last trip to Bibou was before the renovations. The re-do was modest and I don't think it did much to improve the "cramped" feel of the place. Bibou is an honest, simple, down-to-earth place for French food in Philly but there were issues. Most important was that the food tasted and felt tired and too old hat. Who really serves a terrine of aubergine and red peppers any more? The cold mussel and curry soup was interesting but the temperature left an off taste to the mussel pieces that were in the soup. The best course was the fish (sea bass I think) that was cooked to perfection and as fresh as can be. We were offered shavings of black truffle with the squab course but there was no scent at all of the truffle on the glass-covered plate of them, so we declined. Finally the pistachio souffle was fair but nothing luscious or ethereal here, as souffles should be. The restaurant was fair, well meaning and good for value. But I believe it would be more honest as an a la carte place, serve what it's good at (like the escargot which was not in the tasting any longer), and do away with the tastings.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2017

One of the best places to eat in Philly. Set menu was spot on with impeccable service and attention to detail.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

A perfect and delicious venue for a special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Excellent, top notch cuisine. The highest quality dining in Philadelphia.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 5, 2017

It was such a pleasure dining at Bibou again. From the owner/chef, Pierre, to the manager, Jeffrey, and the wait staff, Delroy and Eli, everyone make each dinner quite the experience; every night at Bibou is a special one...you feel like you're celebrating even if it's just another Wednesday night. The food is always beyond delicious and is beautifully presented, and the wait staff is knowledgable and very attentive. The intimate setting is also a nice change; you know they are making a quality meal when they are cooking for a small group. The menu had a lot of variety yet flowed; the foie gras did not disappoint, and the lamb and halibut were cooked to perfection. The souffle (as always) is also top-notch! The added truffles to a few of the courses were also a nice touch. Cannot wait to come back!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

If I only had one meal left on earth, I'd have dinner at Bibou. It is always outstanding in every way, from service to the always exquisite tasting menu (where you will not leave hungry). We save our best wines for this BYOB. And we always leave asking ourselves how soon we can get back. The dining room is always full of regulars that also realize it is quite simply the best restaurant in Philadelphia.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Fantastic restaurant! We went twice and are now addicted to the talent of Pierre, the great chef and owner. The food is unique, the service is outstanding, and the price is reasonable.

Tags: Organic, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Amazing. All around.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Bibou is a real gem. The food is seasonal, creative and beautiful. It really is one of the best restaurants Philadelphia has to offer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Outstanding food and service. For over 2 hours I meticulously enjoyed every bite of food and sip of wine. One of the finest meals I've enjoyed. Everything was delicious, but my favorite dishes were the foie gras and chilled corn soup with pepper jam.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We have eaten at many of the highly rated restaurants in the city and Bibou ranks right at the top. The tasting menu was superb, with the highlights being the signature foie gras and rabbit dishes. That said, everything else was top-notch -- the setting, the other courses and the service, which was friendly and very knowledgeable. Put Bibou on your list of "musts" on the Philadelphia restaurant landscape -- you will not be disappointed. Our meal -- a very nice date night treat -- dazzled. The chef and the staff made us feel special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We hadn't been back to Bibou since they changed their a la carte format to the 7 course prix fixe. Personally, I like choice. Without any options, we found 2 courses outstanding (squash blossom and veal), 2 disappointing and the remainder good to very good. I wish that I could give higher praise for a special occasion dinner we had been anticipating with pleasure.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Excellent as always

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Love dining on food I couldn't replicate at home. The chef was inventive, so unique.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Beautiful tasting menu with creative combinations of flavors - check the menu before you go (it changes weekly) and they will accommodate allergies and food preferences. We are never disappointed at Bibou - it's our favorite place to celebrate special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Marvelous, as always. Fresh local ingredients, highly imaginatively used.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Amazing food, service, atmosphere. A wonderful gem in the Philly dining scene.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Celebrating a friends recent marriage. Easily the best meal I've had in Philly this year. Not cheap, but well worth it for a 7 course tasting menu. BYOB. A bit more reserved since Calmal's wife is mainly stationed at La Cherie. Wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2017

This restaurant was incredible. The fixed menu was perfect and the service impeccable. This is a perfect spot for a special occasion, the BYO was a plus because we could pair as we saw fit.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 4, 2017

The entire front of the house (Jeffery, Delroy, and Eli) is superb. Chef Calmels always says he is 'having fun.' I hope he has fun cooking for a long, long time because we've now been to Bibou 8-9 times and will continue to return. It has become one of our absolute favorites.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Pierre and his team are hands down the best in the city. Food and service are top notch. In a city that has so many young talented chefs, from someone who is a seasoned food and wine professional, it is a treasure to dine here with a master at his craft. He has trained and worked with the best so it only stands true that in his own restaurant he gets to fly.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The food is absolutely amazing as usual. Best classic French restaurant in the northeast. The foie gras is outstanding. The rabbit ballotine is flavorful & delicate, great balance with the morels.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2017

One of a handful of first rate restaurants in Philadelphia.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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