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Caribou Cafe

4.4
4.4
1705 Reviews
$30 and under
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 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm;

  • Phone number

    (215) 625-9535

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    12th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pmOriginal Jazz trio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,705 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    French

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  1. GO

    GaryO

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice neighborhood restaurant for French bistro cuisine.
  2. WM

    WeatherMan82

    Tulsa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Service was fine, but the food was not very good. Portions were sma and the fish, steak frites, and sides were flavorless. I wanted to like this place, but just couldn't.
  3. f

    finickyfoodie

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely family meal celebrating a birthday! Food was delish and atmosphere was charming.
  4. C

    Cosmogirl

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Service was bad, but like everywhere else, short staffed. Table was not clean when we sat down. Food was decent, not great.
  5. K

    Kathy

    Philadelphia

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Have been here for brunch when it was much better than dinner. Had the 3 course dinner special. The steak was tough. The chicken was OK but the fish was good. Very over priced including adding extra for using a credit card
  6. VA

    ViniciusA

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Overpriced, with barely OK food. The boeuf bourguignon was not tender.
  7. LK

    LisaK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food is consistently good for many years. It's our neighborhood plaace to go. We go atleast once a week.
  8. JL

    JasonL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    We usually have a great experience here, especially because their really improved their cooking recently. However, this time we had the more senior waiter who couldn’t be bothered with us. I ordered fish but got scallops instead, which were small and didn’t taste good.
  9. JJ

    JoJo

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Experience overall was good. However I made a reservation in advance arrived on time but the waitstaff failed to hold the appropriate table. That being said there was no apology and luckily we could sit our side and still avoid the rain. The food was very good and our waiter Adam was delightful. Reservations should be honored or don’t accept them!
  10. LE

    Liv2Eat

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Experience. Matt @ the bar is a true cocktail craftsman! We had the Chicken Roulade & the Beef Bourguignon, presentation, service and tast was on point. Great job by the entire staff. We will back again. Many Thanks
  11. K

    Kathy

    Philadelphia

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most delicious French Onion soup! Had brunch/lunch before the theater. Perfect afternoon!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The food wasn’t fantastic and while the music was good it didn’t match the restaurant theme,R&B and french restaurant don’t really mix.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food always inventive and high quality
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food and drinks were great. Our server seemed new and dropped a lime, which he then proceeded to pick up and try to put back in place. We just set it aside on a separate dish. Overall, the experience was nice.
  15. A

    Anonymous7676

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice choice for a pre-theatre dinner.
  16. SZ

    StephenZ

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for a business lunch and had a great experience. The place was packed for lunch which was great to see. Having lived in Paris, the food was very nostalgic for me. Warmed goat cheese salad and quiche.
  17. CB

    CathyB

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had pre-theater lunch…food was great and service excellent
  18. SC

    SCSCenterCity

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best French Bistro in Philadelphia ... great staff ... a must try
  19. J

    Jzeats

    Philadelphia

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place for a business lunch. I was looking for a good spot close to the convention center to meet a friend who was attending an event there — very pleased with the choice. I had never been before and am very glad we found Caribou. The three course price fix is outstanding - soup was terrific, steak frites flavorful and savory, and the soufflé was the perfect indulgence to compete the meal. Love it.
  20. PG

    PatG

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Perfect day for outside Fall dining. The crab cakes were good. The garden salad dressing was spectacular.
  21. AM

    AandM

    New York Area

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was friendly and efficient. The Prix Fixe 3 course dinner was delicious. We upgraded to Onion Soup to start, Steak Frites and roast chicken for entrees and profiteroles and chocolate souffle for dessert...all excellent choices. The main drawback was the tiny table...there was barely enough room for our meals and drinks.
  22. m

    margia

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Very disappointing prix fixe lunch. Contrary to info posted online, it consisted only of a nondescript salad and a very poor main dish of one slice of ham and half a sausage (looked more like a hot dog) with a small potato in a flavorless broth. The dessert, a so-so chocolate mousse, cost extra rather than being included, as indicated online. Service was rushed and indifferent, even though the restaurant was not busy. Wouldn’t go back.
  23. B

    Buntz

    Philadelphia

    815 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    815 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Pleasant before-concert Saturday evening meal. Tasty escargot en croute was followed by nicely-prepared ahi as the fish de jour. My wife enjoyed her large serving of mushroom papardelle, which left plenty for lunch.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to go back
  25. FB

    FredB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine still excellent but pricier. Staff warm and professional. Stephan head waiter excelled. Live 🎼 music too.
  26. k

    kermitsmom

    Philadelphia

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    consistently very good food and very good service. Not "exciting," but a very reliable place to go pre theater or for lunch. Prices are moderate, and my martini was sensational--just as I had ordered (which is unusual!).
  27. s

    supru

    Philadelphia

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, great wine, great cocktails and great staff went for my birthday. Eleanor and George took great care of us!
  28. R

    Rose

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place is consistently excellent. Food is really French such as pate, mussels and steak frites. Wait staff is attentive and friendly.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    There’s really nothing to complain about, but there isn’t really anything to rave about. It’s a quirky place with decent food and a nice staff. It will be around a while, so drop by.
  30. WH

    WilliamH

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I've been to this restaurant many times. It has a great deal to recommend itself. The location is good especially for going to the theater. It successfully carries off a French ambience although a little Piaf music might be helpful. You can have a conversation even when it's crowded. The food is basically French although I think you can find better French food in Philly but not for the price. Some people may find paying extra for using a credit card inconvenient but I agree that their fees are too high and whatever rewards you get don't make up for it. However, I encountered some not usual problems on this visit which I think are due to a general staff shortage at all restaurants. I like slow service but this was unusually slow. Several tables that were seated after us were served first. The people who clear the table were a little too efficient. I think the waitress was new to the work. The bartender seemed more experienced and he helped manage the place. So for the value, location, and feel of the place I would continue to recommend it. Any problems are likely temporary.
  31. MG

    MeadowG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    I was super disappointed in the food. My seafood crepe was mostly imitation crab meat. Everything we ate was Ruby Tuesday level or worse. The service was good but slow. Drinks were good but not cheap. I love my French food and wish I had gone somewhere else
  32. F

    Frank

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food prep was slow. Not a big deal since our table enjoyed hanging out. If we were on a time crunch the pacing would have been an issue.
  33. MG

    MaryG

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the 25-year old Caribou Cafe for the firsst-time as veteran Philadelphians and, boy, was it good. The name "Caribou Cafe" initially put us off as what kind of cuisine would be served at a place called that? When we found out it was a French bistro we immediately made a reservation for Restaurant Week. The cocktails were inspired (bartender Eleanor was most knowledgeable). Our server was only 19 years but was efficient and personable and a very impressive young lady. The cusisine was beyond our expectations, every serving delicious. And the desserts...the best profiterole I've had outside of Paris! We intend to visit the Caribou Cafe more frequently in the future, it was that good.
  34. 2

    25wp

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeted warmly + offered choice seating by Host/Server. Server promptly took my order for an endive salad (reasonable portion), seafood crepe w/Buerre Blanc (delicious + perfect seafood portion) and cappuccino cheesecake (absolutely fantastic!!). Inside seating perfect as it was slightly windy. My first visit after many years...food, service and professional staff remain 5-star worthy!
  35. n

    nede25

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A decent spot for French food. We went for restaurant week. I thought the opening salad was good with the warmed goat cheese. I had the tuna, and although cooked well, it was over seasoned with large bits of cracked pepper corns and that then took over the dish :/ the chocolate soufflé was great!
  36. JA

    JAD3306

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    What a lovely venue and excellent food! We had a delightful meal. We sat at a booth and it was if we were the only table there. We ordered off the menu and also one person did the restaurant week menu. We had some issues with having to ask for some of the food that we had ordered and also receiving food that we had not ordered. It was a little disjointed although the server was sweet. Not sure where the manager was to see that things are running smoothly.
  37. NN

    NikiN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and great service. Loved the atmosphere as well.
  38. S

    Sarah

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food. Excellent service and drinks. Enjoyed the meal.
  39. JT

    JosephineT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service2ambience4
    Lovely environment and great food. Service was a little uncoordinated. Will go back another time for sure
  40. CM

    ChristineM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I went there for lunch during restaurant week. I was a bit disappointed with the presentation of the salad and I was very disappointed with the dessert (pot de crème) which was supposed to be white chocolate but was tasteless. I usually like the food but was disappointed with the restaurant week lunch experience.

FAQs

Caribou Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 625-9535.

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 1705 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 13 times today
Google Map for Caribou Cafe

1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm;

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pmOriginal Jazz trio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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