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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5.0

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4.9

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4.8

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4.6

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Worth the Drive (3)
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Seasonal (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Spectacular food and service - easily the best dining experience in Philadelphia.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Great place and great food. Amazing for dates and enjoying French cuisine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous meal

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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 !

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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 !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Bibou was absolutely amazing! From the service to the ambiance to the food - it was just top notch. I will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Look forward to going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very upscale cuisine-mostly French. The tasting menu is extravagant but for a special occasion worth considering. Tiny but charming.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 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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vip
 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 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 21, 2017

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

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We left unsatisfied and hungry, at these prices that’s unacceptable.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 29, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 7, 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!

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vip
 (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.

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vip
 (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 13, 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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vip
 (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.

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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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vip
 (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!

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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.

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