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Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA

Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College

4.8
4.8
613 Reviews
$30 and under
French

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.
Located right in the heart of University City with free parking.


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2 people

11:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Contemporary French, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (267) 295-2302
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Todd Braley
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion. Choose from five distinct spaces for your next event!
  • Private party contact
    Laurent Levequw: (267) 295-2333
  • Neighborhood
    University City
  • Cross street
    42nd Street
  • Parking details
    We offer complimentary, gated parking on site.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 613 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

613 Reviews
  1. GreatFood

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food that explodes the taste buds! Always something a little unusual.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, nice services, and good environment

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  3. anonymous

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great - we had a most enjoyable time learning from and about the students, the instructor, and the school. The food was good and the environment was very nice. Even the dessert that I ordered but was told that 'the chef did not want to serve' because it wasn't perfect - and they let me taste anyway- was really good (maybe even the tastiest thing I had!). Overall, a good experience even if it wasn't the best food ever - I'm sure it varies from visit to visit.

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  4. roberts

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The professional staff assure that the students while learning their craft don’t interfere with the diner’s have a great experience.

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  5. HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our visits to Bistro Perrier. The food selections are always creative and tasty. The servers do a fine job. It’s always a nice evening out.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience and service are good and professional. Worth recommending.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was top notch. I had the French onion soup and the skate. The skate was a recommendations by the server and it tasted exactly as he described it; a sweet fish, a mix between crab and scallop. It was cooked perfectly. Because it was my birthday, I finished off my meal with bananas foster crème brûlée. My compliments to the chef!

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  8. TinaA

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It feels like you can't go wrong here.. whatever the chefs-in-training make, it will be supervised and treated with extra care. It was a fabulous meal!

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  9. roberts

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    In as much as the culinary students are cooking and serving the food, my expectations were exceeded in every way.

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  10. LindaD

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were greeted by a staff member who invited us to the bar area until our table was ready. Selected a nice French wine fir us. The waiter was attentive and understood the items on the menu, selected a beet salad and onion soup for appetizers and a fish special and a pasta dish. Both were wonderful. The room was beautiful snd tables were placed nicely apart for a private conversation . Good luck to the staff snd thank you fir a lovely experience and meal,

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  11. SusanH

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Wonderful ambiance and delicious food. Servers were lovely.

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  12. MichaelC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It is fun to see people learning the trade and business side of things. They are good but they are also earnest. It makes for a unique experience.

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  13. JeanetteB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pasta was excellent the salad was was wonderful the soup was divine the entree was mediocre and the dessert table was delicious, all in all it was a pleasant way to celebrate the holiday with a friend. The ambience was excellent it remind you of a little Italian Cafe excellent atmosphere.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We attended the Holiday Buffet. The service by the students was terrible. We had to search for someone to place a drink order and to get our check. The quality of the food was just okay, but the portions offered for the main courses were minuscule. Given that the price was $75 without drinks, it was an awful value.

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  15. JoanneK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    r.We had a great time1. I hope to repeat the buffet again next year.

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  16. Annabelly

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love sharing the Restaurant School with first timers, who can’t wait to come back and bring other first timers. Always a treat!!!

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  17. Shelly

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was so disappointing. Salad was soggy and not well prepared. The chicken Cordon Bleu was over cooked, and the duck was mushy.. very disappointing dinner. Our server was very inapt. The restaurant itself is beautiful . Unfortunately, we will not return.

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  18. JoanneK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought two friends who both had birthdays and we all loved everything--the wine, the food, the service and the festive and friendly atmosphere!

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  19. phillybased

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place, delightful experience. Food was great, staff was amazing. Kudos to Walnut Hill College and their students. We’ll definitely be back!!! Thank you for a very special anniversary date.

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  20. PhillyOpenTabler

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food wasn’t as good as usual - and we eat there a few times a year. Maybe it was because we ate during the last 90 minutes of service. The coq au vin was dry, the mushrooms under the salmon were undercooked and tough, onion soup was over-salted. Service was prompt and polite, but a bit unprofessional. I guess every college is having trouble with the new class of first-years. We’ll give them another chance, so I hope it was an off night.

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  21. Nbswissdude

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We knew what we were getting into with students learning. Don’t go there for service however, the students do even seem prepared to start serving. I suggest they practice before working with real clients, lots of mistakes made in the service. The maitre de tries to help them but needs to prep them in advance on how to serve it. Drinks sat empty before asked for refill, serving napkins were dropped on my lap, fork and cutting knives were put in the wrong side. Server had no personality and didn’t talk to us. Food was mediocre, I do recommend the onion soup. Price was fine. I will still come back, great experience

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  22. Catherined

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Entering Bistro Perrier is like opening a door on Walnut Street and walking into Europe. The food is thoughtfully designed, covers gluten sensitivities, vegetarian choices, and new combinations of fresh foods to delight traditional offerings.

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  23. JoanneF

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Three of us had a lovely dinner at Bistro Perrier. The escargot needed a bit more salt, but was very good. The spinach side dish was the best sautéed spinach I’ve ever eaten — so fresh, lifted but not overpowered by garlic and lemon—Delicious!! Our entrées were fabulous— duck; lamb and coq au vin. Bottle of French Merlot, finished with espressos and crème brûlée and chocolate decadence. The servers were delightful and attentive. The value and experience cannot be beat in Philadelphia!

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  24. DeeK

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal and time. The staff went out of their way to recognize our 25th wedding anniversary. Food was excellent

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  25. HomerA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Dean, provided excellent service and advice on entree selections. If there is an area for improvement it would be to show more confidence in his interaction. Can't wait for our next visit.

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  26. Catherined

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience is out of this world, the food is exquisite, the staff are courteous and helpful. A completely enjoyable evening!

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  27. hkydad

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Having zero experience with French dining, we felt Bistro Perrier was a “safe” choice to begin. We mistakenly walked past the entrance as maître d’ and guest host had to amusingly chase us down outside.  The dining area is so much fun! A lot of effort was put in to this. check in professionally handled.  Our server was gracious, but a bit awkward with the different steps and processes. Knowing that this is a culinary school, I guess we must allow for this.  our server was very friendly, as was all the staff.  That’s for the food, no disappointments from us. Although, at the conclusion, we both agreed everything was heavily salted.  The puff pastry appetizer with chicken was amazing! My dates pan fried veal had the most amazing soft texture! Wish I knew how to do that at home. Steak Frites for me perfectly accompanied by sautéed mushrooms.  in conclusion, with the exception of some lags between services, and some awkward, waiting times due to staff, I would highly recommend. Just be aware that this. is a school, and we are rooting for the students success. Remembering it was a learning experience for us as well 

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  28. Annabelly

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful surroundings. Attentive staff I love the pastries

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  29. Mari

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at Bistro Perrier. There were only a few menu options, but everything was delicious and service was great. We enjoyed the water fountain and the limited number of tables for privacy, more space, and normal noise to enjoy a conversation while listening to music. I had only visited the pastry shop before, but after this experience I can't wait to go again.

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  30. JOCELYND

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hey, really enjoyable experience. Service and Food were excellent. Loved the atmosphere. I will definitely come back.

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  31. Merlee

    Philadelphia

    228 reviews

    5.0

    228 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment you are greeted as you enter, to the moment you are saying good bye this is an awesome experience. I had been in the main dining room about 6 years ago and recalled the same ambience...the room takes your breath away, like being on a movie set. Our waiter and a server were professional and caring but not intrusive. Remember...these are students of the school! I had ordered a chocolate martini as did my friend when she arrived....perfect!! Bread and butter served immediately after we ordered...delicious. We shared a salad and then I dug into my main course, duck. Well...the leg was too salty and burnt to a crisp BUT the pasta my friend had was delicious. Desserts were shared, YUM!! We were also interviewed before we parted and we will definitely return.

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  32. FirstTimers

    New York City

    89 reviews

    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great concept. The students are the servers, chefs, etc at this restaurant. Our server was quiet and reserved but I think he was a little nervous. The interior of the restaurant really looked like Paris and the prices for PHL were really great. Thank you!

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  33. DrGMK

    Atlantic City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an awesome dining experience. Everything was delicious and the students were very friendly and informative.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambience and the help was very nice and helpful. Appetizers were excellent as were the entrees and cappuccino. Dessert was fair.

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  35. JohnC

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food in this establishment is excellent, and the wine list extensive and offering a wide range of prices. The ambience is fabulous- a European courtyard setting. The service is keen, and as a school for aspiring restaurant waiters it is to be expected that the waiting staff were not yet expect at all matters, but they were well supervised by the Maitre D. Overall, a lovely dining experience!

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  36. KatherineS

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely exceptional. The atmosphere was also amazing.

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  37. Lovetodine

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful evening! It was our anniversary and we wanted to be in a cool place with good food. We are so glad we tried Bistro Perrier-it was a fabulous evening! The place is beautiful and the service was 5 stars. Our server Aiden tended to our every need with excellent pacing. We were not rushed yet he appeared whenever it was time. I truly appreciated that he waited until we were both finished our courses before he would take away both plates. The food was delicious and there were little extras that made it very special-even a champagne toast and petite chocolates after our dessert plated with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate. Laurent F (supervisor of our evening) provident excellent care and supervision and we could not be more pleased-he is exceptional in his caring for everything to be top notch. Can't wait to go back and try one of the special evening events. Thank you for a delightful evening!

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  38. PatrickB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. I had the escargot for apps and bavette for entree. Both were prepared excellent. Service was attentive. Ambiance was top notch.

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  39. HeidiG

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming here! It's the best service; the servers and staff genuinely care about what they are doing and about their guests. The menu was good, the cocktails were fantastic! The food was delicious and we had a wonderful experience as usual. We will be back!

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  40. Rose

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my mom here for her birthday. We enjoyed our food. You could not tell that it was students preparing the food. It is students that prepare your food as well as be your server. As for pricing I say it was moderate. If I had to make one suggestion maybe have the hostess be more warm and welcoming. You should have a great evening if you dine here. By the way I am alumni of The Restaurant School/ Walnut Hill College. My mom would be upset if I didn't mention it. Because she told every single person that when we were at dinner. Lol

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Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College is rated 4.8 stars by 613 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College

4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Additional information

  • Cross street
    42nd Street
  • Neighborhood
    University City
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Contemporary French, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We offer complimentary, gated parking on site.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Todd Braley
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (267) 295-2302
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion. Choose from five distinct spaces for your next event!
  • Private party contact
    Laurent Levequw: (267) 295-2333
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