Caribou Cafe

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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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FM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a drink at the bar and were happily seated earlier than our reserved time. The food was delicious. The server was very nice, however he did get really busy as the evening continued. We had a very good experience!

T
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We arrived earlier and were graciously seated. It took a while for a waiter to show up but hey, we were early. They needed to regroup. Unfortunately, the service never really caught up. It took forever to get our drinks right and then all delivered. Questions about the menu were met with “I don’t know” and other equally unhelpful responses and yet he became impatient with us. The orders were finally deliver. The food and the wine were amazing. All in all, we were there for over 3 hours. So I recommend the place if you have a lot of patience.

BJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and wonderful service.

FF
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything was very good with the exception of the dessert crepes. Dry, crunchy, burnt. All 3 that were served at our table. We should have sent them back but we're running up against a time crunch.

MP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This is a restaurant close to the Forrest Theater and Walnut St. Theater in Philadelphia. Chose it because of the convenience. Service was great. Food was good but ask questions about what your meal includes. One of our party ordered the pork chop and that was the meal - no veggies or potatoes - so he was surprised.

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I hate to give any restaurant such a poor review but I really feel I must in this case. On the only positive note, the Bloody Mary was very good! But it was all downhill from there. The frisée salad was a big brown mush that bore no resemblance to that salad as it should be. Greens completely over the hill, way too much dressing, and if you are going to include potatoes, which some chefs do, they should be small cubes of perfectly browned potatoes not big mushy slabs. To their credit, the salad was taken off our bill when we sent it back. The Caesar was okay, but black olives don’t belong. The mussels, both the wine sauce and the curry sauce were bland, but good French fries. The crepe was not like any crepe I have seen in any French bistro, it was rolled and baked. Not awful but not very good either. Asked for coffee, took forever to get and no refill was ever offered. Bread basket was not refilled. The omelette one of our party had ordered arrived at the table after the other three people were almost done with their dishes and arrived in a bowl. Will not give this place a second chance.

DC
London
31 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been here in years and glad that it is still good. Took 4 of my friends there and everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was excellent. I’ll be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater lunch set the right mood for us to then experience the joy of Hamilton!

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch, great service, authentic French Cafe!

SB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Ok service. Overall, good meal.

e
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Table for two on rail upstairs is pretty small. Assistant waiter put in a wine order which had to be deleted from the first bill. Main waiter was very good and efficient. Happy hour wine price is an OK deal. Salad, steak frites, crepe, cheesecake all delicious. Got us out in plenty of time for the theatre despite being pretty busy.

CC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I go to Caribou Cafe a lot. I ordered the steak frites, but the steak came out over cooked. Although they provided a new steak immediately, the fries were not very good either. Typically, the fries are very good but these were a different style. It was a very off night for the restaurant. I hope it will be a better experience on my next visit.

BA
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place not far from the Forrest Theater - food was good, service was great... fun atmosphere!!!

t
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We've eaten at Caribou Cafe before, but usually in the downstairs area (a booth near the bar). This time, we were upstairs in a quieter area, making the meal a bit more sedate. The food, of course, was the same - excellent. Our server, Walter, was attentive and courteous, and made a brilliant wine suggestion that complemented our meals.

N
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great place but it’s primarily the food which does not catch up with the concept. I am aware that any comparison with it’s western neighbor Parc (Rittenhouse Park) is not fair, but still... I will spend few bucks and minutes more to eat really top quality French food over there.

LG
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, kitchen, service, environment.

D
Philadelphia
184 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for before or after theater Food has always been consistently very good. Good wine list

DA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch before the theater. Food was amazing and highly recommend for that. Truly lovely. Atmosphere was casual and cozy. Noise level was a little louder than expected but easy to have conversation at the table without interference. Waiter seemed a bit distracted but service was prompt and polite.

DL
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good dinner. Great ambience and wonderful waiter. Two of the patrons loved their dinners; Croque Madame and Pork over Sauerkraut. One thought it was just okay; chicken dinner. I was disappointed the Croque Madam was not in a baguette. It was on white bread but it was still tasty. Nice menu. I'd try it again.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was very fresh and tasty!

RL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food at Caribou Cafe is always excellent in our experience. It’s a small place, so tables are small and tight. This time, a Friday evening, it was extremely noisy. That the entire front was open to the street contributed to that noise. Service is fine and they always accommodate our need to get to concerts or performances.

a
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went with friends for a "pre-theater" meal, and it worked out perfectly. We had an early reservation (before all the other pre-theater diners arrived) and we were seated promptly. We had drinks and appetizers without any rush, and when we finally ordered entrees, they came out timely and delicious. The service was attentive but not "hurried" and the experience was relaxed. The noise level really picked up as it got closer to show time, so I think if we went later it would have been more rushed, harder to have a conversation, and perhaps more stressful... but our evening was perfect!

s
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This place has been around for years and was always a solid, reliable choice. Based on this visit, not any more. Both entrees - lamb shank & moule frites - were bland and boring. The mussels in the moule frites were tiny. There are so many better choices in that neighborhood now that I cannot imagine ever going back.

B
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the Caribou Cafe prior to a show at the Forrest Theater. We sat on the second level, which was a bit warm, but the food was excellent. Escargots were divine! Our server was attentive and we were able to enjoy the meal with plenty of time to make the show.

GF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was attentive, meal was delicious, finished in plenty of time to get to theatre.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were going to a play at the Forrest Theater and ate at Caribou beforehand. Many other diners also were going to the theater, so the restaurant was quite busy. Nevertheless, the service was very good and the food was delicious. We would go there again.

JE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice place for before theater. Convenient walking distance to Forrest. Good food pleasant ambience

NV
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For some reason this restaurant did not seem to have my reservation although fortunately they did find us a table. Our server was very pleasant and efficient until it came time for paying when everyone in the restaurant was leaving at the same time for the theater next door. We all had to hustle to make the show.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Tickets to see Hamilton

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caribou is a breath of fresh air. The staff is incredible, The food and beverage selections are wonderful. The atmosphere is perfect, great music playing with a low noise level allowing for relaxing conversation. Caribou is top of my list.

AA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated upstairs and it was very warm...only complaint. The meal and service were great!

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Got seated right away. Drinks were a little delayed. Appetizers were very good and arrived shortly thereafter. Food took a little over an hour to be served - way too long! Food quality was very good. Waiters apologized for the wait but apparently unable to expedite the food. We were seated upstairs and it was excessively warm there despite the fans. Dessert came promptly and was good. I have had better experiences at this place so was a bit disappointed this time.

AB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've eaten lunch here multiple times on a Saturday afternoon before going to the Walnut Street Theatre and always enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. This time the service was a little slow, maybe because the cafe was very crowded for some reason. The waitstaff was attentive and the food was good. We still made it in plenty of time for the show.

AT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a delishous brunch on Saturday and fortunately we were not in a rush. The service was very slow. We had to keep waving to the server. I would still go back and recommend to others because we enjoyed the open air seating near the front and the food was very good, especially the seafood crepes and the white chocolate cheesecake.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was simply delightful. Ambiance was great!

f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attractive and comfortable environment. The tuna au poivre was outstanding. Recommend restaurant 100%!!!

J
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food; coffee was disappointing.

G
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful and delectable experience to eat here

MW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The resteraunt week lunch was pretty terrible. The chicken and rosemary I order was such a tough piece of meat to eat because of all the tendons and pieces to eat around, and the sauce was so bland. Saving grace was dessert.

SK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fast service, fun atmosphere. Would totally go back.

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