Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College

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$30 and under
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French
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Bistro Perrier will be open to the public Fridays and Saturdays beginning October 23, 2020 with limited seating. We look forward to serving you.

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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JudeL
Central Texas
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As in each time we go, we are very impressed with the service, food and ambiance. This place is truly a hidden gem.

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vipgustatory
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Quiet romantic lovely seating wth low ambient noise and tables separated from others so sweet conversations are kept private.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my partner’s birthday. He’s from Paris so I wanted to take him to a place that reminded him of home. Bistro Perrier was a perfect combination of class, ambiance and value for money. The courtyard is beautiful. And the food and service were Steven Starr quality. But the best part was the superb quality of wine. They were serving my partner’s favorite French wine! We were so happy with everything. Thank you for making our special occasion even more special. Will come back with a bigger group and put this on every French person’s radar.

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vipmarc
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The recipe of the veal stew was different of classical recipe. Very disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom and daughters valentines dinner. Everything was perfect from our server Morgan to the food to the ambience. We will be back.

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Deenie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Exceptional value and the best ambience in the City when dining in the main room or in the balcony.

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HenrySmith
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing dining experience. Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Ive be to some upscale restaurants where the staff has been condescending, but not here. Every one made sure our experience was truly amazing.

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JudeL
Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The facility was lovely, the food delicious and service amazing. My fiancee and I are now considering it for our wedding reception. We will without a doubt be back.

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Elizabeth
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the Valentine's Day Dinner.
The entrance is lovely. The host gracious. The table large.
Our waitress will polish up nicely, and she (Maite) was very charming. Some things were a little slow, but not sure if delays were in kitchen or bar.
The food was excellent. The Green Beans perfect and the Steak Tartar so good, that we paid to take an extra order home.
The Souvenir Menu and long-stemmed red Rose were very nice and welcome touches.
The teacher who was supervising the floor was attentive and friendly. He filled in to freshen water glasses and respond to questions.
I posted photos and a nice review on Facebook and encouraged friends to take advantage of the special offerings from the Restaurant School.
I would have liked tablecloths, but their lack was easily forgiven, as the value was excellent.
Thank you!

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vipjacint
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

With 2 pescatarians and 2 omnivores, it wasn't too surprising that 3 of us had the salmon with lentils and the 4th a vegetarian dish. We were similarly consistent in starting with a really wonderful salad or the excellent french onion soup. Even with a bottle of wine and coffee the bill was under $30 a head. Amazing value in a beautiful space laid out so that everyone could talk without raising voices. The only slight negative was the speed of the service which was very French but not suited to our need to get out to a concert. Next time we'll make sure we have nothing to rush to afterwards.

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vipMimi
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great classic French cooking without fussiness. Mussels in a mustard saffron sauce was expertly prepared; the mussels were tender and sweet. Perfect cocktails and a well-selected wine list. These students are pros!

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thomash
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Everyone was attentive and very friendly. The atmosphere is a little faux but not kitty so it did remind us of southern France. The menu? Mussels: superb (aoili adds nothing)--it should be served with lots of bread to sop up the fantastic sauce. Desserts-creme brûlée and apple tart both excellent. entrees: Duck confit: since the duck is "preserved" you expect saltiness, but not in the confit, a saltless accompaniment would balance the duck. The vegetarian cassoulet a major disappointment. If you want to remake a classic dish without the signature meat, you have to rethink the whole thing. The diner thinks "what a great way to eat beans" rather than "this is cassoulet without the meat." We are big bean eaters in my house, and these were boring beans with some cute vegetables on top. Skip the topping veggies and worry about expanding the flavor of the beans. would go back--but may just order from the appetizers and salads.

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have driven by this restaurant a hundred times, and we have wanted to try it for years. It was wonderful.

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SuburbanMan
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had a lovely dinner at Walnut Hill College. Since the facility is operated by students learning the restaurant and hospitality business it is difficult to compare with commercial enterprises. Have patience. Our meal took awhile. Manager explained the kitchen made a mistake. The food was excellent once it arrived. Lovely setting.

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edwardn
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food at very reasonable price. Holiday Buffet was awesome.
Very attentive staff, especially Mr. Mccartney and Josh making sure all of us were happy with service and meal. Variety of dishes all exquisitely prepared.

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vipDave
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The Holiday buffet is annual tradition for my family.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I wanted to experience the restaurant to see if I would like to have my wedding ceremony at this venue.

JD
vipJayD
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I’m not sure I would recommend the restaurant.
I’ve been there several times with mixed results.
Since it’s a culinary institution, I can understand the variation.
The holiday buffet is definitely not worth $50.
The appetizers and desserts were fine.
The remainder of the food ranged from diner quality to good.
The brisket was particularly tasty.
The drinks were decent and very reasonably priced.
But it took over half an hour for them to arrive.
The service was friendly but inefficient.
Even though we were dealing with students, they should know to clear the table.
The ambiance is wonderful, one of the most attractive in the area.

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KarenD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Students were pleasant and did their best to make sure we were happy, one young man in particular, don't recall his name was especially nice, and does he have a lot on his plate! He will make a wonderful hotel manager when he graduates

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vipBKmom
Philadelphia
224 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The menu is now very French since the affiliation with George Perrier- we all enjoyed our meals. Loved the onion soup and the steak and frittes. The service was good- the students really try hard to make it a nice experience. The space in the Italian courtyard is fabulous. Drinks are very well priced as is the food. We usually enjoy our meals at the college.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always.

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PatrikH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. The setting makes you feel like you're in Europe. Superb cooking. Very competent staff.

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MaryC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. The decor was delightful. The dining area looked like a alfresco
courtyard. The staff were students of the Walnut Hill College. The food was excellent.
After dinner, we asked to see the Pastry Shop. The staff was accommodating and opened the
shop for us. We were able to purchased freshly baked desserts to bring home. Will definitely
recommend Bistro Perrier to friends.

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edwardn
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food at a good price. staff very attentive. limited menu but done well

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DorothyK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Food was incredible. Good wine selection. Knowledgable staff/students.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, and the service was impeccable!

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alynnross
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I would definitely recommend Bistro Pierre at Walnut Hill College. 9/11/19 was our second visit and it was for our wediversary. We had last been there in July for my birthday. The bistro has an enchanting atmosphere, superb service, scrumptious food and libations. The desserts could use some improving but that is my only criticism. Love this place!

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DebbieL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a great treat! A perfect place to go when you want to eat good food, talk with friends & family... in a great atmosphere. Oh - and with knowledgeable students eager to serve you! To top it off, prices are very fair. We’ll come back!

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Archerd151
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were here for our Anniversary. We felt as though we were dining in a French cafe. The food was delicious, ambience superb, and desserts delectable. The restaurant is completely run by students who bend over backwards to attend to your every need. Parking is located next to the restaurant. This is a hidden gem that supports it’s students.

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SiaB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance. Awesome food. But the experience was mostly about the students with whom we interacted. They were so knowledgeable and humble. They were friendly and open to learning. The place itself is gorgeous. Worthy of a small wedding ceremony, to be honest.

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LindsayH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place and college! They are really preparing the students for the future. Impeccable service

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Miam5
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistrot Perrier is a lovely training restaurant where the food is delicious. The service was also excellent. The courtyard is a lovely dining place and the bubble room very interesting looking.

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vipJJes
Poconos
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I understand this is a teaching school, which is great, but they didn't ask for feedback and did not seem ready to be servers. The only vegetarian entree was very small and we need to stop somewhere after we left to get more food. It would be best if feedback was asked (which can be optional for the diner).

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JulieG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We were not very pleased with our meal. The salmon was undercooked and the portion was very small, with little sides. The chicken and barley dish was very salty. Overall, the atmosphere and staff were very nice. I was expecting a bit more for the price and the quality was not good.

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kathyc
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night was great from the moment we walked in . Everyone from the hostess, servers, etc. were wonderful. The Food was super. I told the server to give complements to the chefs the rack of lamb was the best I have tasted. Great night all around.

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SandraG
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dillon was very attentive to our every need. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly. Bread was outstanding. Salmon was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. Carly’s ravioli were a unique combination of delightful flavors. We will return. Loved it.

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vipRoodyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

When the prices were low, you could forgive any missteps. Now that the prices match those of a nicer dining spot, any shortcomings are much harder to forgive. Many of the dishes were so salty it almost seemed malicious. Servers could not answer questions nor follow through to get answers. The space is pleasant but the evening was pricey and quite a disappointment.

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vipSteveSCT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant captures the spirit of fine dining in a beautiful room. There are some rough edges because it’s run by culinary and hospitality students, but those are minor. And the price is very reasonable.

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vipMargaret
Philadelphia
250 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We introduced friends to dinner at Bistro Perrier and we all loved it! The food is so terrific, especially desserts. Great reasonably priced wines!

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vipPhillyOpenTabler
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such great food and service! French Onion Soup was so rich, and not too salty. Salmon entree was perfect, and friend's Steak Frites (filet) was perfectly done. Loved the Starry Night cocktail and got to meet the student who created it! It was so nice to see the students working toward their goals as they move through first year (studying and waiting tables) and beyond (preparing the food, crafting the cocktails, creating the recipes, etc.). Can't wait to go back!

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Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College is rated 4.5 stars by 508 OpenTable diners.

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