Bistro Perrier at Walnut Hill College

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492 Reviews
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$30 and under
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French
*Please note that Bistro Perrier will be closed December 22nd to January 6, 2020 while our students enjoy their Winter Break.

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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OT
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.

OT
Philadelphia
29 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.

KD
Philadelphia
2 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

BK
Philadelphia
211 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.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always.

PH
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.

MC
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.

e
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, and the service was impeccable!

a
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!

DL
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!

A
Philadelphia
6 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.

SB
Philadelphia
11 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.

LH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

M
Philadelphia
25 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.

JJ
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).

JG
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.

k
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.

SG
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.

RM
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.

SS
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.

M
Philadelphia
246 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!

PO
Philadelphia
25 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!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More people should be aware of this great opportunity to have classic French cuisine at reasonable prices. All three of our entrees were perfectly prepared and the service was very attentive. I plan to return soon.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The experience was very good, the students were most accommodating. It is a great place for fine dining at a reasonable price.

KC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, delightful atmosphere, abundance of staff attention. Cocktails were excellent. Interesting menu. My friend and I were both pleased with our dishes. Of course, start with the French onion soup. We shared blue point oysters that were wonderful. I loved (loved!) the spinach ravioli with goat cheese. We finished with tableside-prepared chocolate crepes with orange. They were great, but we would have enjoyed seeing the crepes cooked at tableside rather than simply heated. Overall you will not find food and service at this level, priced affordably, anywhere else. I highly recommend that you visit.

p
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dining experience. Our wait staff was fabulous. Way to go Kayla and out food was delicious. I couldn’t have asked for more. Cannot wait to come back!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved everything about tonight! I went out to dinner with my mother and two coworkers and my mother is the most pickiest person I know, and she loved everything! that is saying ALOT! Also Madison was absolutely amazing and she gave us a tour and answered a lot of questions from my mother and her two coworkers.

L
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My husband and I had an amazing experience. The service was great and the food was amazing. Thank you for providing great hospitality

JA
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! The students attempt to ensure everyone is satisfied. The service and quality are on par with outstanding restaurants.

DA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I tell people about it all the time. We do not live in the area, so we do not get there much. Everytime we do get there the food and service is wonderful.

l
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We’ve been to The Restaurant School several times and this visit did not meet previous experiences. The atmosphere remains remarkable. However.....the food disappointed. The daily signature dish noted on the menu was unavailable. The mussel appetizer was a hit, the stuffed squid was good. The entree Cassoulet was a total miss. Dry duck. Dry, tough beans. We were offered additional sauce/gravy, but the dish could not be saved. The Cremé Brulee was good, the spice cake dry and unappealing. We understand this is a learning experience, but one would think the students would get better instruction from the professionals and not let them serve unpalatable dishes.

RB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

M
Philadelphia
246 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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?

PO
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

DA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very good Value. Great Food. Ambiance is incredible.

MS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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