Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College

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His world-famous restaurant, Le Bec-Fin, was one of the most renowned restaurants for over 40 years. Now, Georges Perrier is the inspiration behind Bistro Perrier, a classic French bistro at Walnut Hill College. Set inside a charming European courtyard, Bistro Perrier showcases traditional French fare and tableside service, led by Executive Chef Todd Braley.

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.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The experience is always wonderful. The service was excellent and the employees were very attentive. I would recommend the restaurant school any occasion. We can’t wait to reserve our next table for a great night of laughs and delicious food.

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M
Philadelphia
228 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A warm greeting at the front door welcomed us and the staff in general was tops. Nina was outstanding as the confident person flambeing our steaks. The beigenets were fantastic. Some of the students need to be more comfortable with diners, they were a bit stiff.

BTW, what restaurant offers flambed dishes
Anymore?

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PO
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't say enough about how great the students are at preparing food, serving it and making for a great experience. Except that I don't want it to get TOO popular, or I'd never be able to get a reservation!

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DA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Galentine's dinner on Valentine's day and had the MOST delicious dinner. Appetizer was the Lobster Ravioli. The main meal was filet mignon which was cooked to perfection! Desert was amazing as well. We had drinks called Stormy stormy night which were incredible. The service was outstanding. I would HIGHLY recommend having dinner here.

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DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Very good Value. Great Food. Ambiance is incredible.

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MS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PO
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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D
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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VF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

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.

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KO
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and great food!! I will definitely be going back!!

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d
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Neat setting. Little chilly in the winter. Very quiet.

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LD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fantastic service!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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e
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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AG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual!

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j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for holiday buffet. Everything was tastefully done. Staff polite and professional. Loved the Christmas decorations.

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J
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

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!!!

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LV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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f
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. The prices were a good value. We enjoyed our dinner very much.

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j
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening and refreshing to see so many young students committed to their passion . Food and cocktails were outstanding. We will definitely return.

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J
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.
Great value.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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!

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DS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

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M
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Steak was delicious. Setting was exquisite. Parking was a breeze. Check was a pleasant surprise. What’s not to like?👍

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K
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

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.

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V
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

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D
Seattle
284 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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B
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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NF
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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t
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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n
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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KD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a great place to celebrate our anniversary.

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PT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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

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