Caribou Cafe

4.6
1312 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SamE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

a favorite place of mine!! The food (moules frites and flatbread, specifically) are DELICIOUS!!! A great spot for pre-theater dinner too!

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GayC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Cute place. Great staff. Food so so. Salty French onion soup. Dry steak in the “cheesesteak”. Tasteless crepe.
Cheese plate was good. Lemon cake was delicious. Rosé wine suggested by waiter was very good! Question about recommending to a friend is a difficult question. I’d recommend for drinks and appetizers. Or happy hour.

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Gail
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is my third time back in a restaurant since Covid shutdowns began. We sat outside. Our food was delicious; a waitstaff was excellent. This is a go to restaurant that you can count on.

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Phil
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly accommodating staff. Loved my quiche and salad

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RobertZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good, the service was excellent and the wine list was reasonably priced

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Gsay
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a memorable dinning experience

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vipBriman
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Noise level bad because we ate outside.

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EricW
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to the Caribou Cafe almost every time we visit Philadelphia- Our favorite restaurant by far :)

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vipEllenL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very positive! Special lunch menu perfect for a delicious but very calorie-heavy lunch! Service outstanding!

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BrittanyL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! The waiter made sure we were taken care of. The staff was helpful and friendly.

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vipeaties
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure returning to one of my favorite Philadelphia restaurants, for the first time, to celebrate being vaccinated! The food remains delicious, the waitstaff were great, and I and my friends hope hard that Caribou thrives for years to come.

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vipErinn
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I ordered the croque monsieur and a cocktail. The croque was presented as a ham sandwich on lightly toasted white bread without gruyere nor bechamel. The frites were cold (as they were clearly previously frozen. The cocktail was weak and watery. It was a terribly disappointing experience.

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Rutt
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great all around experience !

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viprp1818
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caribou cafe is the cutest little hidden gem in center city! I love coming here because it reminds me of the cafes in Europe. The staff is so friendly, great service, and the food is amazing! They have a great happy hour too! Can’t recommend this place enough.

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vipSCSCenterCity
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply the top French Bistro in Center City ... great for luncheon and supper!

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MtAiry
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The rack of lamb was great, so were the sides. Could have been hotter, the only real problem. Funny, the restaurant was not busy so don’t understand why food not hotter. Our server Cory was terrific. He was so nice & helpful. Anything we asked for we got right away.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool ambiance. Had reserved outdoor dining on Open Table but when we arrived, staff told us you couldn’t reserve outdoor seating...first come first served...? Front of restaurant opened up, though, so we felt comfortable eating inside. Food was good - French onion soup and profiteroles were excellent. Staff were friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and menu. French onion soup, peasant board, lamb burger, and mussels were all amazing. Two of us had the stuffed pork loin, and while cooked perfectly, found it fatty. Bread, cocktails and desserts were all top-notch. Great night out.

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RichardW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I ate early 5:45 because I had an early day the next day. I chose the Prix Fixe menu; lamb chop cassoulet with The Rouge Bordeaux, mixed green salad, and vanilla ice cream profiteroles. The service was excellent, Kai server, Corey behind the bar. The food was very good and fresh. I asked what the “signature” dishes were...cassoulet, beef bourguignon, and steak frites...however, the server said ALL the dishes were good. No specials on the menu. The cassoulet looked dry when served, but under the wonderful crust it was moist and lamb falling off the chop. Portion was perfect for me. Fresh bread was also served with the meal.
Profiteroles were very good...maybe a bit too much chocolate(who says that?) I did not use the restroom. But, overall the restaurant was very clean and I was way too early for “ambiance”. Good music playing. Digestif was sambuca and decaf. Would have liked another digestif, but sambuca worked! Wonderful overall dining experience. I will go back.

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EricW
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and relaxing as always!!

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vipRugbyCoach
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening!
Great food - server Kelsey was lovely, as was the bartender

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good. Service was excellent. Very accommodating and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant has been a good for 20 years- food, service and ambiance are delightful.

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vipRatoncito22
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, salad, beef bourguignon, and chocolate soufflé. Service was very good, and I enjoyed that it was not crowded and tables were very well spaced out.

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Duran1963
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great bistro style food and ambiance, friendly and attentive staff. Décor is interesting, in line with the French feel.

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JohnL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My Crouqe Madame was good (their take did not include the classic bechamel sauce). My friend ordered a lamb burger. That was excellent.
We're going to try them again.

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Alex
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was delicious! The octopus salad and Tarte Tatin were spectacular.

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InesZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food. Service was excellent. Knowledgeable servers and super attentive. Had the Moules Frites and a Salmon special. Delicious. Cocktails were great and dessert was housemade. Lovely spot. Felt like Paris!

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VivianM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

From the moment we sat down the wait I forgot to give us menus not even a menu to scan he didn’t take our entrée order we had to remind him that he needed to take our Andre order he also forgot a couple food items such as an appetizer and kept getting our drinks and correct

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vipRedshandy
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful service. A little pricey, Burt a nice splurge on a special occasion.

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vipCocoKimono
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say about Caribou Cafe other than they outdo themselves every time I visit!

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vipJohnCup
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat when I'm in Phildadlophia.

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vipBridgetD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to sit outside! Very attentive server, Delicious chicken sandwich and spinach and beet salad. Terrific lunch experience! We weren’t hungry enough to eat what is offered for the lunch special which for $20 is appetizer entrée and dessert. Fabulous deal!

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HarryC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food. It is reminiscent of French bistros that we’ve experienced in Paris and other parts of France. It’s hard to get crepes better than those we’ve had in Paris but the mushroom crepes at Caribou Cafe in Philadelphia are the BEST we’ve ever had. Our other dishes were also exceptional. Hostess, waitress and bartender were extremely friendly and accommodated every request we had. We plan to return again and again. The only negative is the overpriced drinks otherwise this is a grand slam.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was excellent

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Ginny
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine was amazing. Service was great! Happy you can be open.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The escargot was amazing and there was not a drop of sauce left on the plate. Both the Char and Salmon entrees were spot on and cooked perfectly. Wine menu had plenty to work with and the Cappuccino cheesecake was definitely award winning.

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Jonathan
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious daily luncheon specials, attentive waitress and superb bartender. Gracious, well informed, polite. Well priced fare, delightful background music and old world embience.

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vipPyatachok
Baltimore
205 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First time visit for lunch.
We liked our experience in point of ambiance and service, but somehow expected a bit more from the taste of the food. Had Escargot(A), Pate(A+), Seafood crepe(C) and Apple tart(C). So 2 dishes are excellent and 2 are very mediocre and crepe had a very unpleasant undertone in taste and wasn't hot enough to enjoy. All of the savory dishes were accompanied by the same salad of greenery which made them a bit boring to repeat three times in a row. So at the end we had some mixed feeling about the place, but decided to give them another try when in the area.

FAQs

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

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1312 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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