Caribou Cafe

4.5
1384 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kevd
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great. Service and ambience excellent. Totally enjoyed it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Delicious drinks. Our waitress and bartender were just amazing.

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PatriciaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in the world! (I've been to Paris and London and Caracas...) The salads are divine, the French Onion Soup is delicious and the variety on the menu is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Waitress was excellent but bartender was arguing with another staff in front of us and it was unpleasant to witness. It put a huge damper on our meal. The lady who waited on us was excellent though but I will not go back.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant never fails to impress and is a fantastic date spot. Service was fantastic, and I felt very attended too. Been going here for years and still love it!!

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Steve
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spent time with friends at lunch at Caribou this week. Food and service was excellent and the atmosphere was terrific. Highly recommend this place.

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vipPeterAPHL
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nice French bistro environment. Service weak. Food good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite spot! Delicious food, great atmosphere, and amazing service. Easily one of my favorite dining spots in the city.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Solid bistro menu, food cooked to perfection. Love the vibe.

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Cuveeb
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Caribou Cafe is always good for dinner, and this was my first time there for brunch. The brunch menu is not extensive, although good, and the lunch menu was also available. The food and service were excellent! I had the lightest, fluffiest quiche ever!

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Serena
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The french dishes were delicious! I had the escargots and the omelet.
the ambiance was very nice for a brunch weekend date and the servers were amiable.
My only critic would be that I wish they had more beverages options (latte, ice chai latte, etc., )

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vipRobertO
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Caribou Cafe is like a Parisian neighborhood cafe but stuck in the middle of non-residential Jefferson Hospital part of Center City -- and it's been a reliable go-to place for me for years and years. Really good food and service in an authentic atmosphere. More relaxed than the Disney version of a Parisian Cafe known as Parc (which is also a great place; don't get me wrong). The service is also Parisian in at least one way: you may have to ask for the check.

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Miam5
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caribou Café is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. The food is simple and delicious. The service is excellent, attentive and never pushy. The restaurant itself is a lovely place with bistro/art nouveau influences.

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Cocina
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great-the service, the food, the drinks! Thanks!

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vipCharlieVPA
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Interior could use a little fleshing up, but otherwise a wonderful experience

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vipBrianR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julien, our server, couldn't have been better. Great service, friendly, polite. Perfect evening.

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vipJoeK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside or outside this is a great place. Service and food were outstanding.

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Threesome
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Terrific service. We really enjoyed a night out at Caribou.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, delicious food for great value, excellent service!

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vipRAL1
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Inside dining after the long COVID break... it was good for a late father's day brunch/lunch menu.

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The most sensuously delicious food and top-notch service!

Tables by the front window are small enough to be really annoying if you have more than one plate.

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rainbabie
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my MIL for birthday brunch. We enjoyed our entire experience. We ran 15 min late because parking in the city is atrocious but they were understanding and are even dog friendly with the outdoor seating. Seated us and brought us and our pup water. All of our dishes were delicious, my favorite even on a hot humid summer day sitting outside was the French Onion Soup. The least favorite was the pate because it was more chunky and not spreadable. Also, make sure to not add too much mustard, it completely takes over the pate flavor. Make sure to get the apple tart. Our waiter was right, it is a necessity. Impeccable service. Definitely recommend for a nice brunch.

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trogers
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caribou Cafe was a great experience.The outdoor table was noisy but not the fault of the restaurant. We had many appetizers, and they were all very well done delicious,and fun.
The main courses were also quite good.
Our server was new but very nice and just right amount of attentive.
We will definitely be back. It was a great evening

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jasonS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot! I loved the ambiance and the service. I ordered the French onion soup and the scallops for dinner. It was fantastic. My wife had a salad and a steak with fries, unfortunately the steak was just a little bit overdone, but the flavor was great.
Thank you so much!

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vipBrianR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The escargot in puff pastry and the bread pudding with white chocolate and caramel sauce iis delish. George the new server is fantastic!

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RobinR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and good food

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RichW
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation meal

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Southforkender
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had just spent five hours enjoying the Philadelphia Flower Show, wandering around the FDR Park. It was a hot and humid day, and we chose to dine indoors rather than the evening heat just outside, which we would have enjoyed as well but we were really ready for some air conditioned splendor. With a window seat in the front of the restaurant, we enjoyed being “outside“ while being just inside. But air-conditioned! Our first time at Caribou, we decided to go with the Pre-Fixe as there were many choices and we would not need to debate selecting a dessert, or not! While my spouse went to freshen up after our hot day at the park, I called the waiter to return. I ordered the country plate as an appetizer before the Pre-Fixe appetizer, entrée, and dessert. We love country pate and the addition of several cheeses and other meats was quite appealing. I had her deliver it first prior to the appetizers in the Pre-Fixe. Along with the expertly made cocktails by the bartender, the prefix was an enjoyable beginning, even before the beginning. While I could write a book about the delicious appetizers, entrées, and delicious desserts, let me summarize by saying all were beyond expectations and the Rosé wine selection was the best I’ve had and made me wonder why it was rated globally as only second best! Our first meal at Caribou, we already began making plans for who we would want to join us here the next time we come. And did I mention, the service was superb. Under the careful watch of both the bartender and waiter, not a detail was missed and all our needs were anticipated well before we realized their need.

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vipstaceyk
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect. Foos ,service., it’s my go to time and time again. Well done Caribou

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AnnetteH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Limited staff, miss the bar, the food was just ok.

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AndrewL
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food and ambiance at Caribou Cafe were good, not great. Among the standard French bistro menu items, the double pork chop was an extremely generous portion, well-seasoned, and cooked just right. However, the special salmon salad of the day was anything but, the usual lettuce and green beans with lots of lox straight from your local supermarket put on top. The service was pretty standard. A decent experience but not wowing me for return visits.

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Steph
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had the leek and potato soup and the quiche. Both were heavenly. My husband had the Croque Madam and reported it was meh. The chocolate mousse is to die for. Service was fabulous.

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vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dining here. Feels like being in Paris for a brief period of time.

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JosephD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food, great drinks and fantastic service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The staff and food were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my girlfriend’s birthday during restaurant week; everything that could go wrong did when we were trying to get there, but they were incredibly accommodating and kept our reservation and provided exceptional service along with the food. We are absolutely coming back.

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Mimi
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great and I would definitely would go there again.

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KnikArm1996
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have had better meals at Caribou Cafe in the past. The chicken moutarde was a bit overcooked. The sit that I had was a bit uncomfortable. I should have asked to be moved.

I would go back. Prior to the pandemic, I had a wonderful 3 course luncheon there. The entree was steak frites. I hope to return to enjoy that entree!

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Jal767
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic French bistro food! Great ambiance and staff, will definitely go back!

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HowardK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant week prix fixe lunch was good rather than very good but the restaurant is pleasant and the staff excellent. Certainly worth a second trip when I am in the area.

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

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1384 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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