Caribou Cafe

4.4
1470 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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LyndaL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great dining experience in a small restaurant while looking for something different to celebrate a change in work.

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vipGregP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is authentic and classic French cuisine. Very well prepared. Nice atmosphere.

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rae1
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful cocktails and yummy food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pre theater

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Sweeti
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table for two was near stairs but there was no table too close. We had the muscles with garlic and white wine, they were great as well as the mushroom crêpe, rich and delicate. And the French 75 cocktail was perfect, good ambulance for a date.

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vipMarieJ
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks, service and ambience. Like being in a small Parisian restaurant.

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DanA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ad reservations. Arrived on tim.Waited at the time. For 15 minutes. We then waited for a drink for 15 minutes. Table was dirty. Got up and left. Went to Parc instead and it was exq.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after the Philly half marathon

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vipKathleenF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink list. Kai was a great server. Great ambiance. Will definitely go back.

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Rynel
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat! Loved the crab cake breakfast sandwich and desert crepe.

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vipMalvern
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food. Sat at the bar for dinner for the first time - and was just as special as sitting at a table. He made special drinks for us that were amazing! We got there late and had play tickets. They were able to get our meals and drinks effortlessly and quickly. I just love this place ❤️

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TimL
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I ordered the special - brisket sandwich. Half of it was gristle. I mentioned it to the server but he said nothing. It was served to my table very late and I didn't have time to order something else. So disappointed.

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Mady
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambiance, good food, solid choice for a business or casual lunch around Jefferson.

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vipNatashaK
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This place has been my favorite for years. This time I was Disappointed. Tuna was a overdone, my husband’s fries were pale yellow almost white and tasted like they were just taken out of a frozen bag. My daughter’s seafood crepe was not salted and bread pudding for dessert was cold.

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susant
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

always a wonderful gem for a mid-week lunch. quiet to have a conversation at a normal level, good food, attentive service and good prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and gentle service. Very welcoming French experience. Scallops and mussels were wonderful.

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vipclemence
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Ahi tuna special was completely over cooked, given the situation it wasn’t practical to send the dish back. Quality of the Hangar steak cut of the steak frites dish cut was disappointing. Maybe the issue was the lateness of the hour and a Tuesday night.

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LauraT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved our lunch here. The ambience is really cozy and nice. Service was excellent and the food was great! We’ll definitely be back!

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vipjohnp
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Caribou. Every time I visit Philly I stop here for lunch. Superb food and wonderful French bistro atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I am a single mom. Every few weeks I like to take my daughter out to a nice meal to show her that woman can do anything they want and can be independent. We haven’t been able to go for a couple months so I made a reservation for brunch yesterday. We were very excited to have our gals day together. When we arrived we were seated immediately by a very nice server. I don’t remember her name but she had blond hair and was super sweet. Immediately another server came over and asked if we wanted anything else to drink. I ordered those and very soon after, ordered our food.

I ordered the onion soup and warm frise salad. And my daughter ordered the crepes brunch special. 30 minutes later I got my soup but my 6 year old still had no food. I asked them to please bring us some bread. Ten minutes later someone said “I am so sorry, her crepes will be out soon”. Ten minutes after that, her crepe showed up. Dry, with cooked apples on top. These were supposed to come with a mixed fruit compote, almonds, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. The server dropped the dry crepes and walked away. I had to wave her down to get the toppings. She never came back. The bartender ended up dropping the toppings off but by the time they arrived my daughters food was cold and hard. I could barely cut it up for her anymore. It’s now been an hour. I’ve watched the servers all hustling around serving all the other tables food and my salad never arrived.

I waved the original sweet server over and asked what was going on. Was I being ignored because we were just a mom and a young child? Sat right by the host stand and forgotten about? I said please cancel my salad, I just want to go. She said she’d take care of it and walked away never to be seen again. I saw her and the other server and the bartender discussing the issues behind me. Waited even longer to get whatever bill I was lucky enough to pay. Then had to get up and ask for it.

This was a bad experience. AndI’m still craving that salad

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MelanieK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I had a lovely dinner here. Even though we were the only guests outside, they made sure the heaters were working and checked on us often. The food was delicious and of good value. Octopus salad was a standout, and the lamb burger was juicy and generously served with goat cheese and spinach, I believe. Pate was not as flavorful as expected, but improved with a wine pairing. Fries were also a little meh, so go with the salad! Great ambiance, too.

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AdrienneS
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant- great atmosphere and great food!!
Highly recommend

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vipredram
Philadelphia
154 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just visited this place for the first time after the pandemic and we were pleased with the ambiance and food. They had fixed price menus, discounts on wine during Happy Hour and a good a la charge menu.

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Joey
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convenient to transportation and the theater. However, the best feature is the food in this French bistro. The only problem is making a selection from their menu.....each offering enticing in it's own way......something for every food lover. Service prompt and cordial.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quaint underrated cafe! Great food & ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always service and food we excellent. Been many times and always enjoy food, staff and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Best value in Philly!

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vip00L00
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Food very salty; service good.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Caribou. We had extraordinary service and enjoyed the delicious scallop entree immensely. It was a beautiful evening and our experience was highlighted by being able to sit outside. Thank you all at Caribou for a fabulous job!

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JeorjieO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Including our fabulous server Eleanor! We will definitely be back!

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BillieS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A reliable French bistro in Market East, Caribou Cafe is unstuffy, welcoming and quiet. Their tradition of quality food, excellent service and good value continues despite the pandemic

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Karen7
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here. It's a perfect place for brunch or lunch before going to Walnut Street Theater.

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Phillydiner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waitress was a little spaced out… but nice. Dropped a knife and requested a new one but never received it. Grabbed one from the next table. Asked us if we needed salt and pepper at the end of our meal.

Cheeseboard was fresh and good. Drinks were good as well. But it was very disappointing to order croque monsieur and get grilled cheese. No cheese melted on top as is typical of the dish- surprising for a French bistro. The bread was a tad too soggy, but toasty and crisp. The fries or frites were identical in taste and sight to the string fries you received from your school-age lunches in the cafeteria.

I would go back if they made some fixes. Bartender was incredibly kind.

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vipRogerV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality for a fair price.

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PramilaA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent, a little noisy, but quieted down later.

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TonyJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good French food in a cozy bar atmosphere. Staff is great.

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Foodfriend
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First experience was quite satisfying. I would definitely return when I'm in Philadelphia.

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vipfoodie469
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice dinner before show at Walnut Street Theater. The lamb burger was especially delicious! My husband enjoyed the octopus salad as well.
This place has very French Bistro vibes.
The wine selections were very limited - surprising for a french restaurant.

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Goldie
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and service excellent. Among our group, we had Escargot, French Onion Soup, Loin of Lamb, Mussels, Steak Frit, and a fish filet. All four of us were raving about what we ordered. We requested an outside table, so at times a little noisy (hospital nearby) but otherwise very nice. Interior beautiful with a French flair. For those concerned about covid, on the very pleasant evening we were there, the whole front wall of the restaurant was opened up, so even inside tables were well ventilated.

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 1470 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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