Caribou Cafe

4.3
898 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have eaten many times at Caribou. This visit was a bit of a disappointment. Two of our party had The Croque Monsieur and found it was not nearly as good as in years past. I wonder if the chef has changed? The seafood crepe was good and the burger too. Service was a little slow.

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L
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food at Caribou Café is consistently good and it's a really good place to go mid-afternoon between lunch and dinner when so many places are closed or offer a very limited selection. Caribou Café has a nice menu and plenty to satisfy most palates.

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FF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Chilean Salmon was amazing. We will be back.

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RL
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a reliably good restaurant with a quirky, pleasant ambience. We go here frequently and never have been disappointed. The wine list is short, but high quality AND high value. The other drinks are worth exploring as well. The food is always good and fresh, the bread is delicious, and the service is usually "just right," as it was this time. The only complaint I might be able to come up with is that the seating space at the tables (there are roomy booths) is quite cozy.

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SJ
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a nice place to eat before or after a show at the Walnut Street Theater. There is a great brunch menu with a French flair, and a good selection of beer and wine at reasonable prices. Within easy walking distance of several parking garages.

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AR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

l wish I lived in the same neighborhood where Caribou Cafe is located - I'd be there regularly. It feels very much like a "regular" place - warm, inviting, relaxed, with reliably delicious food and wine and friendly service. As my wife and left, we made a resolution to return on Valentines Day - if not sooner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my first time dining here. The staff was friendly, the food came quickly, and the atmosphere was perfect. A small table at the window was perfect since I was dining solo.

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P
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We have dined at the Caribou half a dozen times after Sunday matinees at a local theatre. This was the first time our experience was less than satisfactory. Our reservation was for 5:15, but the play ran shorter than we anticipated, so we showed up about 30 minutes ahead of time. No problem getting seated. Getting served was another story. After I flagged down a waiter and said we had been waiting at the table for about 20 minutes, we finally got some attention. First water arrived. A little later drink orders were taken. It was restaurant week in Philadelphia, and all 3 of us opted for the special for the week, a 4 course dinner. The 2nd course arrived first. The waiter was surprised that the 1st course was still in abeyance. It came after we had started on the 2nd. The 2nd was the best of the evening, goat cheese salads for 2 of us and a concoction with snails for the third. So far, so good. Main courses were somewhat disappointing. The meat in the Beef Bourginon was on the fatty side (2 of us had that). The pork loin was nothing special. For dessert, 2 of us had a very disappointing apple tart. The third dessert (profiteroles) was better. The two of us wish we had chosen that. All in all, I would still go back to the Caribou, but was very disappointed in our most recent experience.

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w
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went during restaurant week. The food and service were excellent. Also,the cost very reasonable . Overall we will be back soon.

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M
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for resturant week, the food was mediocre at best. The food came out rapid fire with the first course served in less then 5 minutes of ordering; with the first course arriving before the amuse bouche. We had to request bread, the entrees were lack luster, with the dessert being the only saving grace .

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YS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great. The service was slow at times

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The entrees we're disappointing to say the least. Service was good though.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We were there in the middle of the week on a slow night. Therefore the service was excellent. The food was good, however I would not say outstanding. The atmosphere was nice and cozy. Our waiter was very good. The food was good but it did not impress me, But definitely decent. I would eat here again however there are so many restaurants in Philadelphia I would try another different restaurant first before I return to this one. I must say they make a very strong drink and I did like that.

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AF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Caribou Cafe for Restaurant Week before a show at the Walnut since it was in walking distance. We had a very nice time and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back, restaurant week or not!

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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our recent Restaurant Week lunch was excellent & the exemplary service even better. Cole & the rest of the staff were extremely attentive & always close by with more crispy fresh bread along with water & coffee refills. All of us enjoyed our meals which included delicious appetizers, a hearty Coq au Vin dish & a brothy Moules Frites followed by an ample plate of rich Chocolate Mousse . We look forward to returning in the future for another great experience.

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M
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you want to feel French, this is a great place to eat. The food is delicious and the people very nice.

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SS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this place and would come back, but for the full bistro or dinner menu. teh servcie was excellent. We ate here for Sunday lunch brunch during restaurant week. We found the restaurant week menu very limited.

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GR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went with another individual during resturant week, we sat upstairs. Was served by a young man. We ordered Chic Coq A Vin, and seafood and crepe. The food was excellent but service was lacking. The waiter, neglected to bring bread, forgot my drink completely and neglected to offer the complimentary discount parking ticket and lift discount code. Waitress downstairs was more efficient. I would return but sit downstairs to be served by waitress.

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VF
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I enjoyed returning to Caribou Cafe after many (many) years. Their Restaurant Week menu was a fresh departure from other places who put rather ho-hum choices out there. My 3 courses were: escargot (done in a delightful sauce with pastry squares), pork loin (stuffed with lovely sauce over mashed potatoes), and profiteroles (two sizable filled pastries - difficult to eat with a fork without destroying them tho). Very attentive and friendly server (tho he didn't offer much information other than all the choices were good) and regular visits from the busser to take away dishes. Well worth the $35/pp. TWO NOTES: only one other party with us upstairs and they left soon afterwards, so was a bit odd atmosphere. Wine was nice but at $10-$12/glass, our bar bill was as much as the meal - not sure buying by the bottle would have been less expensive either. Just plan on spending much more than you expected if you and/or your party are serious drinkers. ENJOY!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First visit. Enjoyed the decor, friendly staff and food was great.

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very basic french inspired cuisine but nothing to write home about. The ambience is very nice and the waiters are friendly and helpful. Beer and wine was decent. I think it's a good solid choice for decent predictable food but not gourmet. Also it's a big place so not difficult to get a table.

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k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dearly love Caribou Cafe. I worked in Paris and fell in love with Parisian bistros so Caribou is the closest I can get without traveling to Paris. The food is sublime. I enjoyed Cassoulet with duck, my friends had Beef Bourguignon and Salmon Wellington. The noise level is manageable even in very busy hours. The staff is friendly, helpful, and competent. The physical plant is cozy, but with ample distance between tables. That ample distance I especially appreciate having lived in NYC for 40 years and heard everyone's conversation except at my own table due to both noise and proximity to the other patrons. I recommend this restaurant highly; I can't wait to go back. Caribou Cafe you rock my world!!!!!!!

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S
Atlantic City
33 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful French Bistro atmosphere with authentic dishes particularly from the Alsace region.

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b
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for NYE dinner. I love this place and their cheese boards. They happened to have a prefixed menu but we asked and they still put together a board for us. They always go above and beyond.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

we got a reservation on new years eve! and it was well worth it ...... excellent food and great service. we will visit philly again soon and will be going back to caribou ......

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AW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We came on NYE around 7 pm. The restaurant was half empty, yet it still took over an hour to receive our first course. I let a manager know we had been waiting so long, and the food came out very quickly afterwards. It was delicious, but I probably won’t be back due to the service.

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A
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful night spent dining at Caribou Cafe. The food was exquisite and second only to the delightful waitstaff! One of our most cherished haunts in the city. I highly recommend dining there and can’t wait to go back.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Meh. I had the beef bourguignon and it was flavorless and full of gristle. Not worth the price.

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k
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here after the Christmas concert at the Kimmel center. Everything was wonderful as usual. Service was efficient and friendly. The food was excellent and the ambiance was cozy and inviting.

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J
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Impeccable service.
Our waiter was Alex and he turned our meal into a true banquet!!

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MY
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have loved that s place for decades. Please let it be there always.

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PK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good but alas the service was NOT.

First, they tried to place us into this tight cramped table when other seats where available. Clearly they were hoping for more traffic (which they didn't get).

Then the waiter ignored us for a while before taking our beverage order and bringing bread. And, don't you know we've had him before and her wasn't that wasn't great last time.

The food was delicious though.

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RL
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reliably good food and service. We often go to Caribou Cafe before Philadelphia Orchestra concerts and have never been disappointed.

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EK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to Mike for wonderful service for our dinner with our dear friends. Great food and warm, friendly professional service. We'll be back for sure!

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BD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to revisit this lovely spot for a Romantic lunch or dinner. Always delicious bistro fare - get the mussels with frites! Also the restaurant’s own label of French bubbles is delish. Great happy hour prices and the service is excellent.
Highly recommended.

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s
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for connecting with friends or a quiet dinner. Great wine, great food.

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p
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always—-prompt seating, attentive and pleasant service, the food choices were perfect.The atmosphere was relaxed, we were not rushed,

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and good service but food was disappointing- charcuterie and mussels seemed left over, frissae salad heavy and poorly constructed. Go to the bar for drinks.

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TT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasure -- real food, real people, real service. High quality without attitude - can't wait to go back.

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DF
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and friendly waitstaff. The gentleman with the tall hairstyle was fantastic. He explained the menu well, and was not at all put off by the toddlers in our group of 10. This is important for families. And the upstairs space was perfect for our group. Thank you so so much!

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