Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College

4.7
544 Reviews
$30 and under
French
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Masks must be worn when not seated at your table.

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.
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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAyooo
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazed by the whole experience.

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PascaleV
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and food were outstanding. The ambiance is a little cheesy in the daytime, but once night falls and the pretty lights on come it’s quite romantic.

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Brad
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal . Thank you to all. Exceptional food and hospitality! Would highly recommend!

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Lucy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have a true “dining” experience . Nice paced service , not rushed ! Waitstaff very professional. Delicious food and especially loved the desserts!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, superb service, and excellent food

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Foodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Great food, great service. We will be back again and again. Great bakery right next door

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AymanH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Their Parisian street style dining hall was just amazing. The food was great for the price! Amicable waiters and overall service was great.

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Schimen
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was top notch from the ambience to the food and the service. I love this little foodie gem nestled in my West Philly neighborhood. What a treat!

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time in a long time going to a restaurant in Philadelphia
The food was excellent . The service was excellent also. I took a few of my friends and they both loved it and will be back. It was a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was great. The food was fair.

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vipRuben
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming. Promptly seated. Great service. Delicious food and drinks. Great choices for dessert and worth getting to compliment dinner. Would come back again for special occasion.

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AnneL
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I understand that many of the chefs at the restaurant school are in the process of learning but for the price it was not worth it. The cocktail prices and the entrees were the same price as many high end restaurants in Center City and there would be more quality food guarantee at these places. Here are a few things that we noted-- onion soup had a weird flavor, lobster pasta smelled fishy, cocktails had way too much ice with little alcohol, mashed potatoes were too salty. Overall it was not a great value-- I wish it were half the price then I could excuse the hit or miss quality.

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AntonioG
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Wonderful food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday at the Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College. What a delightful evening it was! Every food item that was on our table was freshly made from scratch by the Restaurant School students, even the bread. Everything tasted and smelled delicious, too. I had the French Onion soup as appetizer. I’ve never had such richly flavored onion soup. We also had salads and the charcuterie board, full of interesting and creative recipes. They have a wonderful wine list, and the wine manager helped us select a suitable wine. While the food represented the best of fine dining, the atmosphere in the atrium was fun and relaxed. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so incredible! I’m surprised it’s not on more Philadelphia magazines or internet articles for coolest places in Philadelphia. And the food was excellent! I had the steak frites, and it was incredible. I will definitely be back.

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JudeL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro never disappoints. Service and food top notch. Had the Streak and Frittes with Salmon appetizer, both were delicious. We will be back soon.

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vipSaki
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely experience, start to finish: beautiful setting, conscientious service and great food. Bistro Perrier has it all.

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Delicious
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing, and even if it wasn't, we would come back here in a heartbeat just for the ambiance. Beautiful restaurant and delicious food. We even got a really fun tour of the place after our meal. The staff were all extremely helpful and accommodating. We were visiting Philadelphia for the weekend and did not enjoy the city, but honestly are debating coming back just for this restaurant. The food was affordable without sacrificing on taste. The food can hold its own with some of the best French restaurants that I have had.

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vipphillyjersey78
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience dining at the restaurant school. Meals were delicious, service efficient, and great prices. Fun to do something different and free parking on a private lot is a great bonus! Will come again.

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ValO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it! My partner and I came for date night. We received outstanding service. They took note of our allergies, the staff serving the food and wines had flourish. We received a tour of the restaurant afterwards.

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SeanH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were treated like honored guest from the moment we arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazinf food and great experience! Definitely recommend to everyone!

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FrankA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined for 3.5 hours at this Walnut Hill College Restaurant, and longer means better for me when it comes for dining. My wife and I used to come here before she passed away in 2019; she was a gourmet cook who had worked for Julia Child. The atmosphere, a cafe in Europe, is always charming. The service and food were impeccable. Prices are astonishingly low for the quality. Cocktails ($10). Appetizers ($8-11). Main dishes ($21-$24). Desserts ($8). Our table received a complimentary cheese ball appetizer and complimentary chocolates at the end. (It probably helped that one of our diners knew one of the staff.) Speaking of chocolates, the Semifreddo au Chocolat au Lait, (Ruby Chocolate Cremeux, Chocolate Flourless Cake, White Chocolate Shell, Dehydrated Raspberries, Feuillitine Crunch) was superb. At the end of the meal we met the student who had made it. The menu changes according to the school’s calendar. Free onsite parking in this University City area restaurant.

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AlexN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Food was absolutely delicious, service was exceptional, and the italian/french vibe of the restaurant was perfect for a romantic evening. Recommend the ratatouille, the salmon, lamb steak, and panna cotta!

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SPxxxxx
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere. The quality of the food is great and the personnel is so polite and eager to provide good service.

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Lulu
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved our experience at the Bistro Perrier.

We were seated in the Courtyard, which was lovely. I should have spoken up when we were seated, because our table was near the bar, where the waiters would wait for their ordered drinks. Like I said: that was on me.

The cocktails were yummy and the food delicious. I had the smoked salmon appetizer, which was actually smoked chunks of salmon, not the traditional slices. It was delicious. The accompanied salad needed some acidity. Our son had the onion soup, which was delicious and perfectly seasoned.
For our main course I had the steak frites. So good! I loved the pat of herbed butter on top of the steak. The steak was very tender and the fries were shoestring fries and very good. My husband and son both had the duck and this too was well seasoned and delicious.

For dessert our son had the homemade gelato and he said it was super good! Three different flavors in beautiful tuile cookies. I had the sour cherry tart, which I honestly was not crazy about. It was very sweet and a bit dry.

All in all we had a lovely meal and we would definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The service and food was amazing. We even got a tour of the whole kitchen and courtyard. Very kind folks there. I’d love to go back in warmer weather.

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SueM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant is for culinary and hospitality students to gain direct experience and is set up as an outdoor French Bistro (think Disney). The food is 5 star restaurant quality at a fraction of the price. The servers shared their education experience and goals for the future. Highly recommend for a unique dining experience.

JL
JudeL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine's Day at Bistro didnt disappoint. The ambiance and service is top notch. The food was delicious as ever. I had the Parsnip Soup with Shrimp (for my appetizer) which everyone needs to try as it was that good, and petite filet mignon that was even better for my entree. For dessert they offered a trio of deliciousness but my favorite was the chocolate souffle tart. I can't say enough good things about Bistro Pierre. They are starting up regular hours this week or next I believe, so you need to make reservations and try this gem quickly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely three course Valentine's Day menu, with ample choices. All very delicious and beautifully prepared. Very considerate pandemic-spaced tables and distancing precautions with servers with masks and face shields and gloves. A lovely and special evening.

SM
StephenM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very Good meal, spaced out tables that allowed for my wife and I feel comfortable dining out. School went above and beyond during our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in philly. Love it!!!

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vipDolceV
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful architectural and designed decor!
I had no idea that it was a culinary institute!

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JudeL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food. The service. There's not enough good things I can say about this place. Such a lovely venue, such polite talented staff, and the food is just in a different class. My fiancee and I are already booked for Valentine's Day!

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SylviaM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time experience. The food was excellent and the service was fast,clean and pleasant. Will come back again soon.

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TheThoughtfulGourmet
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We greatly enjoyed our experience. The food was beautifully presented. The ingredients were clearly fresh and first-rate. The cooking itself was very well done, and everything was executed perfectly. The portions were generous. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The atmosphere had a truly elegant charm, and accentuated the eating experience. The menu was thoughtfully constructed, and was sufficiently adventurous without being alarming. “French bistro made satisfyingly accessible”. A high level of care and attention to detail was present in every aspect of our experience. The desserts also excelled, and, once again, the portions were generous. The combinations were inspired and unusually innovative, and the decorative touches were exactly that: decorative, but not a substitute for the underlying quality of the ingredients and construction. We look forward to having the time to eat here again.

JL
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
26 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
Overall3food