Bistro la Bete

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$30 and under
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French
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Welcome to Bistro la Bete! Enjoy our rustic, unfussy, full-flavored french cuisine with your favorite bottle(s) in the heart of South Philly.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, American
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Hours of operation
Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
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Phone number
(215) 463-0542
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael O'Halloran
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
9th and Morris Streets
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Closed down with no warning, didn’t reach out to any customers or even update open table, wasted a Saturday driving to Philly from Bucks

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They permanently closed the day of our reservation, never got to go.

SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant called to say they were closing for good....

FR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The only reason I'm responding is to let everyone know this restaurant is closed.

BB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Brunch was good and menu was good, but the place is small & very very noisy. BYOB made it very reasonably priced.

M
Philadelphia
242 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Adorable little bistro! Dessert is amazing: cremeux topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries. Service is excellent!

VP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but does not meet definition of classic French in my opinion. Some Asian influence - i would call it French fusion cousine. We took snail escargot, lamb and trout. Trout was the best in my opinion. Lamb is more like Moroccan style, risottos has too much saffron. Presentation definitely can be better. No tea, no coffee was part of the menu- we had to ask for it. Dessert menu was very small and not very classic, more like asian- french mix, no cheese (???). Had to pay cash as cc machine was broken ( maybe by chance), but that is not the area where you would quickly run to the ATM.

TE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasing new restaurant, the food was excellent and the service congenial. Low-moderate noise level until a large party arrived (>10) who were quite loud. Great price to quality ratio. Be aware there are no parking lots in the immediate vicinity so you will be relying on finding an open spot along the streets if you're driving. Would gladly visit again!

JS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new restaurant in South Philly. Love to have a French restaurant in the neighborhood.

JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining room is cozy and comfortable, but the star is the food. We ordered the Parisian gnocchi and the cote de beouf, and everything was absolutely fantastic. I could not recommend Bistro la Bete more highly.

L
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal. The chicken dish was unbelievable!!! So much on the menu to still try.

L
Philadelphia
125 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Creative delicious food!

D
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a terrific dinner at Bistro la Bete on Saturday. The food was uniformly excellent and imaginative without being weird. The server was lovely and helpful without being intrusive. This is a great new addition to the BYO scene.

JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Myself and a close friend from California went here as she loves French cuisine. Ambiance is nice. Customer service was great, very friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately we did not care for the Duck liver and without hesitation they removed it from the bill. I was very impressed by this. Food was good, I would definitely give another try.

KH
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small but well put together menu.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, thoughtful menu, a favorite neighborhood BYOB.

PP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live just around the corner from Bistro la Bete and have been putting off giving it a try. I am so sorry we waited so long! Excellent food, great staff and a wonderful atmosphere. My wife and I split two appetizers and a main course. The oyster appetizer and the heirloom tomato salad were fantastic. The crispy fried rainbow trout entree was exquisite...it has potatoes in the mix with the peas and sauce, which is not mentioned in the description. We will be back soon. And I suggest you go soon before the crowds discover this gem.

ML
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cuisine, great service and overall very enjoyable experience.

MB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I took my husband for Father's Day brunch. The food was delicious, we plan on going back for dinner soon. The shrimp and grits were to die for,my husband had the hash with egg,and loved it.

s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined here last Saturday night. They are in their 5th week of service and hit it out of the park. We were greeted warmly and seated immediately. My husband and I shared 3 apps, the heirloom tomato salad (with a creamy buffalo mozzarella/buratta and wonderful pesto and a bit of puffed quinoa that added an unusual crunch. The best non-Jersey tomato salad ever!) We also enjoyed the fried oysters on scrambled eggs (sounds weird but was actually very tasty!) and the truffled duck liver mousse (rich and filling). For entrees we both ordered the rainbow trout with crabmeat and were wowed by the combination. I was hoping to try the mille feuille for dessert, but we were so full from our wonderful meal that it will have to wait for our next visit. Our exceptional server, Megan, anticipated our needs but never hovered. Bonus points to her for bringing an extra set of wine glasses, without being asked, when she saw that we had brought both white and red wines. Can't wait to go back!

DJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef O'Halloran is a star and every plate sent out from the kitchen reflects his attention to detail and his dedication to his craft. He is also a kind and generous host who makes his guests most welcome. In a recent visit the trout dish was a standout, perfectly cooked, presented with trout roe and plated on pureed potatoes. His take on oysters- lightly fried, over scrambled eggs, and with a touch of spice, is unique in our experience. And wonderful. Chef Michael is also the pastry chef at La Bete, and the dessert selection reflects both his mastery of classic preparation and his desire to innovate in a way that makes perfect sense. A mille feuille based on Vietnamese coffee was delicious and had to have been assembled only moments before it was presented to us. We arrived at the start of service and watched as the space filled up with bookings, and walkins had to be turned away. So folks are figuring out that La Bete is a special place. Well deserved for Chef O'Halloran.

OT
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was a fan of Bistro 7 and glad to see Michael has not skipped a beat. My husband and I shared the duck, and I had the snail stew as an appetizer. Our friends had the oysters with scrambled eggs, and the strawberry beet salad. They said their entrees were exceptional.

Not too many restaurants are serving this type of food and with great execution.
Wishing them much success.

A
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Hearty portions creatively plated.
Trout was yummy!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First trip to La Bete. Loved the food! two of us split the steak and one had the trout, so we ordered four apps to split- gnocchi, fried oysters on scrambled eggs (new combo to us but wonderfully light), duck liver mousse that almost made up for the fact that we didn’t know the duck entree needs to be ordered 72 hours in advance (if you ask why you will understand. next time!) and the escargot stew. Dessert was amazingly chocolatey mousse with dehydrated raspberries and a Vietnamese coffee mille feuille. The service was friendly and the place was quiet and charming. A great addition to the neighborhood. Will be back for brunch!

L
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a hidden gem! Loved everything we ordered, from the escargot stew, which was flavored perfectly, to the heirloom tomatoes salad which was also perfect. The entrees we ordered were the cod, and the trout, which again were great! Portions were a good size and service was very attentive. Can’t wait to try their brunch which started last week. The best part is I live a 1/2 block away. Great place, please go!!

r
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate atmosphere. Parking difficulty in area. Pleasant, professional service. BYOB. Oyster appetizer was exotic and well executed. Trout with crabmeat--excellent. Nice sized portion. Only suggestion: more salad choices and some green vegetable choices as well. Dessert was decadent (coconut cream profiterole). Reasonably priced meal. Good strong coffee as well.

k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous authentic French bistro now open in our neighborhood hooray!

AM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food flavor and presentation. Helpful staff and chef even stopped by to speak with us. Will return for another dinner and eventually brunch..

L
Philadelphia
125 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious. So glad Michael is back.

A
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find. Went here after a Phillies game. Very good food and portions are a nice size. Really good raw oysters. Beat salad was great. Entries were nicely presented and full of flavor. The Vietnamese coffee cake (can’t spell the French name) was very very good. I wish I lived closer so I could eat here more often.

L
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. The food was delicious and the service was perfect. It is a gem in our neighborhood. We will definitely be back again!

D
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! I'll definitely return even if only for the escargot. The surprise was the fried oysters and eggs. I almost always have escargot if it on the menu. Most places I'll not have the escargot on a return visit. This is one of two places in Philadelphia where I'll order them again if they're on the menu. The surprise was the oysters and eggs. Strange but a very delicious combination. The chef told us about the historic combination. The 49ers gold miners would order a dozen eggs with a dozen oyster if they had a successful day. Bistro la Bete is the place to have that combination now. Well done and will return.

C
Philadelphia
150 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I and the 3 other people I dined with have had in quite a while. Every dish from appetizer to desert was right on. Please visit...this is a new establishment that needs support. As it is small in size I am pretty sure that in a couple of weeks after the word spreads getting a table will be difficult.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The place was empty on a Thursday night, not a good sign. The escargot stew was bland but not bad. The entrees came out and the protein was lukewarm at best, the gtits or rice was stone cold.

KD
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and meal! We had the gnocchi, cod, lamb and dessert. Everything was perfect and the portions were sizable.

MC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an exceptional new restaurant! We absolutely loved the food and the service. The ingredients were fresh and seasoned beautifully. Excited to go back!

C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, from start to finish!

J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Bistro la Bete is a wonderful addition to the French bistro scene in Philly. Still in their first week and they seem to be on their game. Friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere made for a good feel even before the food arrived. Escargot is a light cream sauce was a welcome change to the usual garlic and oil. The beet salad was also very good as was the gnocchi appetizer (served on the crispy side). The pork steak was very good... flavor was spot on but slightly over done. That said, it was delicious with the Gruyere grits and a nice mixed green salad. Others enjoyed the trout, lamb and chicken with high marks given to each.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Shocked the snails haven’t been reviewed. He/they render them perfectly w/ some lovely lil crouton jawns in a dreamy light cream bath. Get some!

R
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just like at his former restaurant Bistro 7 in Old City, Chef prepares wonderful meals with a French accent. The duck liver mousse to start with was wonderful as well as the Cod and lamb dishes later. Not enough room for dessert but I'm sure those are excellent as well.

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