Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College
Walnut Hill College distinguishes itself from other hospitality schools with its open-to-the-public restaurants. In each of our restaurants, ambiance and cuisine collide to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience that guests won’t soon forget. From Bistro Perrier to The Great Chefs, guests can explore diverse menus and receive exceptional food and service—all provided by our students. We look forward to treating you to a memorable night of fine dining.
Very good Value. Great Food. Ambiance is incredible.
Over the years, the restaurants of the Restaurant School have grown beautifully. The food, atmosphere and presentation were great. It is really nice to experience the food of the next generation of culinary stars.
I had not been to Bistro Perrier and the Restaurant School for years. Was looking for a place for annual meeting of friends where we could talk; some came from as far as 1-2 hours away. The setting was beyond our expectations. It was lovely and QUIET for conversation. The ROUND TABLE was so much better for talking than a rectangle table. The servers were gracious and looked like they were enjoying themselves. The setting, food and service made this evening excellent. The parking lot was a major plus as we would have reconsidered if it wasn't available because some people were coming from work on a short time frame to make it to the reservation. Thank you so much and we will certainly be back.
GREAT food, and great service on a busy Friday evening. Filet was cooked perfectly as ordered, Boeuf bourguignon was deeply flavorful. We know good French food and this was great. Enthusiastic students provide great service - especially Kym. They’re learning well!
We have eaten at Walnut Hill College several times and have never been disappointed. Now Walnut Hill College’s Bistro Perrier is inspired by Georges Perrier, so the menu specializes in classic French food. Our appetizers - mussels and onion soup- were excellent. We enjoyed the table side preparation is scallops for the entree.
The waitstaff consists of students from the College, so the service is very attentive but a bit slow. We’ll go again!
We had high expectations from food and were disappointed. The design is nice. Service is adequate. The food was nothing special with some deficiency.
First of all, specials for the day were not served when we visited. Onion soup was quite good. Monk fish was super rubbery with the mush of a tomato-ly side dish. Duck confit was over-salted. The highly anticipated apple tart was very ordinary with a tough crust dough - nothing French about it.
Price was average. Dinner for two with wine came to $90.
Great experience and great food!! I will definitely be going back!!
Excellent food. Neat setting. Little chilly in the winter. Very quiet.
The restaurant is the practice ground for The Restaurant School students, so please keep an open mind that they are still learning. There may be flaws in service and food, but the low prices for what you are getting: fabulous ambiance, fine French food modeled after Georges Perrier's Le Bec Fin, make up for that. I would definitely go back.
Delicious food and fantastic service!
Dinner was excellent! Food was amazingly prepared, proteins perfect. Only issue was one of our mussel appetizers was a little disappointing. Half of the mussels didn't have meat in them. Still tasted great.
Always an awesome fun experience. Students are eager to help and very attentive. Chefs do a great job, the food is delicious and varied. We enjoy having the instructors coming over to the table to talk with us and insure everything is OK, especially Mr. McCartney who knows what we like and always picks out a good wine for us to try. We've been going for 38 years so they must be doing something right!
Walnut Hill team did a great job - had 8 family members for a lovely holiday buffet and got raves from everyone. We'll be making this a holiday tradition to attend again next year! Thanks for a lovely dinner and a shared memory to enjoy for years to come. Staff was great and good spirited as my nephew teased the waitress who took it with a smile and gave it a bit back making for good fun. Much thanks!
Wonderful as usual!
went for holiday buffet. Everything was tastefully done. Staff polite and professional. Loved the Christmas decorations.
Always wonderful food, innovative and extremely flavorful. Find the attention to service and menu details are lacking. We went for the Holiday Buffet. Hors d’ouvres were nearly all depleted, soup station had no bowls or spoons. Wine flight on the menu was a surprise to our server.
All those issues had a happy ending, but anticipation of need is the hallmark of good service.
Definitely will go back. Front of the house needs work!!!
The place is beautiful and unique but we made reservations at 9:30 and were the last customers to arrive the restaurant was empty and they waited until we got dessert and started picking everything up, like they were closing and that was around 9:53. It felt like they were throwing us out. Also the experience felt awkward bc it was a christmas buffet and with no one at the restaurant we felt watched the whole time. We spend less than 1 hour at the restaurant.
The food and service were great. The prices were a good value. We enjoyed our dinner very much.
Wonderful evening and refreshing to see so many young students committed to their passion . Food and cocktails were outstanding. We will definitely return.
Great food! The students do a great job. Couldn't tell it was run by college students. The atmosphere is amazing we will be back
Loved the food - well prepared and thoughtfully done. Butternut squash soup worth the trip by itself.
Service was spotty. Server seemed totally uninformed about menu, order of service and placement of cutlery.
Wine list is magnificent with plenty of choice and sommelier was extremely helpful and appeared to enjoy his job.
We will go back for sure, but hope service instruction is improved.
This is where elegance meets affordability, simply an awesome experience. I took my daughter to celebrate her 18th birthday and I'm so happy i picked this restaurant. The ambience was beautiful, the service was marvelous, we were treated with top notch service; my daughter felt like royalty . Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you!
Beautiful place. The cookies at the coffee shop are wonderful. Dinner was OK. No flavor on the escargot or fish. The pork and cabbage was great. Warm cream brûlée’s were the highlight of the meal. Sadly, our waiter needed lots of training.
Very delightful evening at Bistro Perrier. The students were very pleasant, eager to serve and learn. Our table side steak cooking was terrific. The gnocchi were quite good, the wines were priced quite well too.
Steak was delicious. Setting was exquisite. Parking was a breeze. Check was a pleasant surprise. What’s not to like?👍
For the past 3 years, I have enjoyed the beautiful ambiance of the restaurant school. Inside, the main dining room mimics eating outdoors in Europe with flowers, balconies, street lights, a fountain, and trees. The decor is truly a 10/10 and a nice gem in Philly.
When I first went 3 years ago, I was extremely impressed with the quality of my meal. However, each time I have returned, I have been increasingly disappointed. Presentation is usually a 10/10 but the taste 5/10. Many times, the salt level does not seem right -either too salty or too bland to taste.
My past visit on Thursday 10/11/18 for dinner was likely my last time for the following reasons:
1. We waited 1.5 hours for entrees to come. For the 1st hour, no explanation was given aside from apologies that the food will be there soon. When looking around, this seemed to be the case for everyone since all tables were munching on bread and water. After another 30 minutes passed, I asked the waiter what happened and she replied that they are short staffed.
2. After the 1.5 hours, there was a mixup in the order where they accidentally ordered 2 crab cakes as opposed to 1 crab cake and 1 monkfish. The server said she will put in the order and returned 1 crab cake.
3. We realized after 30 min that we may have to wait another 1.5 hours for the monkfish. So, we asked if we could cancel the order. She said, "look, it was started in the kitchen and should be coming out now, don't worry." and walked away. Unfortunately, 1 hour passed from when we fixed the order, and no fish was seen. We asked again when we were getting the check, and she said it's coming. In the end, we got it in a to-go box.
4. The food itself was a hit or miss. Confit de canard duck meat was too dry and green beans undercooked, crab cake tasted like an egg white quiche with dispersed crab, and sale aux lentilles had difficult to chew lentils.
All in all, I will not be returning any time soon but I hope others enjoy a better experience.
It's a great way to encourage the students in their culinary pursuits! The drinks were very tasty as was the food. The environment to please and learn was so sweet and welcoming. Know that you're coming to a cooking school and you'll have a tasty meal and a great deal!
I wish that the service matched the quality of the food! The dishes were great but we waited a very long time for our meal.
Interesting menu, expertly prepared by this training ground for chefs and service personnel. Supervised by instructors, these kids do a great job as they're learning a new skill. The food is very reasonably priced, as is the wine list. The only flaw was a over poached egg on the frisee salad ( no runny yolk), otherwise everthing was worthy of a restaurant at twice the price
Everything was great! Wonderful food, from appetizers to dessert, especially the Perrier specials. Very convenient parking. Beautiful room. We took a tour of all of the kitchens--amazing! What lucky students, to be able to study here. And what lucky customers, to be able to eat such great food so inexpensively!
Our party of four all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and cocktails. The room was beautiful and the food is excellent. While the customer must remember the staff are students and this is a learning experience, errors were minimal, and otherwise, the staff was extremely pleasant and did a wonderful job! Would highly recommend.
A learning/teaching experience for the staff. Food is very good and they are trying. The mussels drew raves from my table as did the beef tartar. Service was attentive, but the food came out very slowly. Have a first course and drinks or wine as you will wait. We only had 2 hours before a show at World Cafe and that was not enough time to have dessert and coffee. The prices are correct for the overall experience, but fairly inexpensive for the food served. Also the wine list was very reasonably priced and a good selection. We four agreed that we would happily dine there again.
Classically prepared French Bistro cuisine served in a comfortable courtyard atmosphere. Bistro Perrier at Walnur Hill College was one of the more pleasant dining experiences I and my family have had in a long time. The cocktails were perfectly prepared and the wine list was innovative and very fairly priced. Roman, our waiter was more than pleasant and efficient and the food, although smallish portions was on point and very tasty. My Duck Confit was delicious as was my wife's Bouilliabaise. My finicky daughter loved her Coq au Vin and the desserts were a treat. We will return for sure.
I hadn’t been to dinner at the Restaurant School in over ten years but wanted to come see the new redesign of Bistro Perrier. We had a wonderful night and a good meal for a reasonable price. Service is what you’d expect from students who are trying hard to please but aren’t yet perfect. The food was good - we had the escargot (delicious) and salad lyonnaise (bland) for appetizers, followed by tableside service of steak au poivre which was fun and delicious. The students prepare the tableside food under the supervision of their instructor, which is fun to see and hear the tidbits of feedback they’re given! We had pommes frites and spinach for sides, both of which were delicious. One of the most striking things we noticed was how pleasantly quiet the restaurant was with the high ceilings in the faux courtyard - no shouting over each other. We will certainly be back again!
This was a great place to celebrate our anniversary.
Food was wonderful, service was chaotic, server didn’t know drink list or menu, couldn’t describe items, waited almost an hour for appetizers, food and ambience would’ve brought us back, but service will keep us away
Gorgeous building. Service was good. My dates main dish was over cooked.
The students were very professional and attentive in their service. All of our food was delicious. There was no sound proofing so the noise level was a bit high for the number of people there, but the atrium is attractive.
I was going with my parents to this restaurant. The food is great and the place is so beautiful.