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Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

Caribou Cafe

4.3
4.3
1950 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Step into the vibrant world of Paris. This 25 year old landmark has brought Philadelphia and its visitors a taste of France in a relaxed atmosphere.
The art deco bar, leather banquettes, warm orange walls, and antique mirrors make Caribou Café your destination for Lunch, Dinner and Brunch.
Live music Fri and Sat.
Best True French Bistro in town!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Bistro, Café
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (267) 951-2190
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Cross street
    12th Street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Septa bus routes 21, 42
  • Entertainment
    Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pmOriginal Jazz trio
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,950 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia County

    French

1,950 Reviews
  1. Margot

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent staff! Very accommodating and helpful!

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  2. RobertB

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Servers were pleasant but did not check back very often given that the restaurant was empty. Food overall was good but not great. Prices seemed reasonable.

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  3. PaulaG

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. We would be happy to return.

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  4. KarenD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice. Will return. Would like to see some sides included with the entrees. Staff very nice & attentive. Need to be trained how to address adult customers. "Guys" doesn't cut it.

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  5. Kelsey

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food - friendly service - best french onion soup in town (delicious desserts too!)

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  6. Taty

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. Great value for money for brunch.

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  7. AJDPhilly

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife had a poor salmon dish. My serving of the pork chops was good. Hence the rating.

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  8. MeghannE

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were only given 1 menu for 4 people, told us they would bring more and then never came back. Took 20 minutes to take drink order. Appetizers were good. Main courses were mediocre at best. Not worth the cost.

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  9. nomnom1133

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the country crepe and crab cake Madame. Both were great and we will definitely be back!

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  10. Poes27

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The wine pairing timing didn’t quite work out when the food arrived but overall things were quite nice!

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  11. familymealout

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely Valentine’s meal with excellent service. The scallops were yummy.

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  12. TomH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow service on a prix fixe night. Order of service was mixed up to where 5 or more other groups in our area came after us and left before we were served our 2nd out of 4 courses. I had to stop the servers to get even a drink when our beverages were empty for a long time, and we still had not been served. No apologies on not being served because no one was paying attention to whether we had been served. we ended up being there 3.5 hours, getting there before the dinner crowd and leaving after the crowd had died down. The apology was a simple sorry after pointing out the issue, and there wasn't much done afterwards to fire up our food any quicker. Someone, maybe more than one person messed up, no one owned up it. If this were my restaurant, I would've comped the dinner. Most places that like repeat business and good reputations would comp something on the house, a drink, a percent off, or something as an apology. Instead I walked away with a waste of time, and almost $300 bill for two people. I really regret taking my wife, who had a great happy hour experience years ago, to this establishment.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We came for lunch. The restaurant was empty - only other person was seated. We waited for almost an hour for our food to arrive. The chicken soup was ok but my chicken sandwich was awful. The only waitress was incompetent, untrained and forgetful. The barman who greets us when we came in, was very pleasant but wasn’t on top of things.

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  14. ChrisO

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun experience, server was overworked and under experienced, but hood spirit and bustle made the service five star None the less. A $29 cheese plaster should come w crackers or bread without asking. Still a great evening. We love this restaurant D enjoy the vibe and decor. We were a part of six on a birthday

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  15. RosieD

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Looks liked someone called. Waiter was very busy and we had to wait longer than usual. Going to Walnut St matinee

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  16. DannaJ

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter staff was limited. Took more than an hour to get main entrees (party of 3) No follow up once food was served. Waitress staff was extremely inattentive to us which but a serious damper in our experience. Food and drinks were average; charged $7 ridiculous fee for use of a credit card. 🙁

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  17. HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love the Caribou Café. We went this time with friends for restaurant week. Everything was as wonderful as expected!

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  18. MarciaC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was bad. Took a while to get lukewarm water. Was told we were getting bread but it never came until I prompted them well into the meal. My salad was average. The chicken in my chicken sandwich was poor quality. Fried were good.

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  19. marisolr

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Went there for restaurant week/lunch. They charge you extra for dessert ($6) which I thought was pretty crappy. Caveat emptor because it does say it at the very bottom of the menu. The server took almost 20 minutes to come to my table to see if I wanted anything to drink as I was waiting for the second person in my party. It was very slow so I can’t say that that was an excuse. The beef Bourguignon was overloaded with thyme. One and done.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    45 min wait for food at lunch at a moderately crowded time. Server poor at updates or refills.

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  21. Disappointed

    Atlantic City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 3rd time eating at Caribou and it has been excellent every time! It was restaurant week so we were able to take advantage of some unique offerings.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bread, appetizer and dessert were delicious. The beef Burguinon was disappointing.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was very old tasting and the restaurant week options were not available.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was terrible quality and the menu was deceiving and not reflective of actual dishes.

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  25. tootsie

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were offered the option of ordering from the Restaurant Week menu or the full menu. My husband chose the Restaurant Week menu. He ordered the warm goat milk salad, beef borginion and a crepe for desert. He enjoyed the salad, saaid the beef was too salty and the crepe lacked xcitement. I ordered the pot au feu in puffed pastry with chicken and root vegetables. It was very bland, had a few carrots and mushrooms and many peas.

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  26. ElizabethZ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rare is the place that can change hands without even a flicker of a drop in quality. Everything was delicious, from the rich and flavorful entrees to the frankly astonishing goat cheese salad and the dreamy desserts, and our server was wonderfully friendly and helpful. No notes, A++.

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  27. AdrienneS

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the restaurant!! Is consistently an excellent experience. Service wonderful. Good is spectacular and so yummy! It is a gem! Will go back again and again!

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  28. Greg

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Caribou. Two experiences from our visit yesterday (2/1): my wife has a garlic allergy and she was always able to have your delicious quiche; we were disappointed that it now has garlic and she had difficulty finding an alternative item. Our server was wonderful working with us. Also, it took significantly longer for our lunch to arrive; so much so that we missed our play at the Walnut - we arrived on time at 12:45 and we didn’t finish our lunch until 2:30. But don’t worry, we will be back.

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  29. Retire13

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for lunch during restaurant week. Restaurant was very busy, and staff seemed a bit overwhelmed, but courteous and professional. Our meals were excellent. We plan to return in the future at a quieter time.

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  30. Vivaldi

    Philadelphia

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was pleasurable and the service was exemplary.

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  31. PatriciaO

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for lunch during restaurant week. We ordered off the restaurant week menu. My only complaint is the size of the chicken pot au feu (chicken pot pie). It was more like a vegetable pot pie, as there was only one small cube of chicken and a few shreds of chicken in the pot pie. There really wasn't much filling. It all tasted great, but there wasn't much under the puff pastry crust. My husband, on the other hand, ordered the chicken with pesto baguette and he got a chicken breast in his sandwich. I should have ordered one of the sandwiches.

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  32. DeniseW

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Caribou has been a consistent performer for many years. I had not been here for a while but was quite pleased to see that the food, service and ambiance have remained solid!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent experience ! Delicious food - wonderful service !

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  34. CyndyK

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The escargot were delicious and the chocolate bomb cake was awesome. The chicken pot au feu was OK - didn’t have a lot of flavor.

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  35. CityDiner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Its a nice place. Food was okay. A little expensive for quality and portion size. Server was really great!

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  36. Didi

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The chocolate mousse was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! A great way to end a wonderful meal.

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  37. nancy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow but we didn’t mind since we were in no hurry. Food was delicious!

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  38. DebbyS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    There was a credit card fee. We paid cash. It was not removed therefore waitress got a lesser tip. Bartender drank the whole time we we there. Won’t go back

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  39. Herbw

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at Caribou Cafe. We had the restaurant week $20 fixed price lunch. Cauliflower soup and beet salad were excellent. Croque Monsiuer sandwich was close to what you can get in Paris. Highly recommend!

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  40. sherrynj754

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went prior to a matinee at Walnut Street Theater. It happened to be Restaurant Week, so we had an excellent lunch at great value.

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FAQs

Caribou Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 951-2190.

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 1950 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Caribou Cafe

1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional information

  • Cross street
    12th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Bistro, Café
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Septa bus routes 21, 42
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pmOriginal Jazz trio
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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