Caribou Cafe

4.5
1275 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
201 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I go to Caribou quite often and always enjoy the food, regrettably this time I have to say that it wasn’t as good as usual: The snails had a different presentation which didn’t make them as tasty as usual and the ribeye wasn’t very good: greasy and rubberish. Although service and drinks were great.

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ElusiveGrey
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food, warm and welcoming ambience! Cannot wait to dine here again!

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AndreaB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome charcuterie, mains, desserts, wine, and coffee!

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AlinaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a stop and a quick dinner there on the way to the airport to meet my family. I had an amazing experience. The place was almost empty with tables far from each other, so it felt very COVID 19 safe. The food was delicious and the service spectacular- the barmen was right at my table a split second before I was thinking about asking for a glass of vine, or coffee, or takeout burger for my son. I can’t wait to go there again.

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vipV189
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Spacious. French food that was delicious and authentic. Servers were knowledgeable. The cocktail menu was vast and diverse. My meal was cooked beautiful and classically French. I will be enjoying many meals there again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!!! Differently would go back

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KendraB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was salty...the waitress was not attentive...wish I had a better experience

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MediaSavvy
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine's weekend and I still hadn't made a reservation. even our favorite bistro, Caribou cafe, was booked solid. But I put myself on their waiting list through OpenTable and bingo! We got a table with less than 24 hours to go. The food was great as always - terrific sauces, tender lamb, delicious drinks. The waitress was attentive and friendly but not too. Always love the bistro ambience for a romantic dinner. It's great that Caribou is still around when so many great Center City restaurants seem to be gone forever.

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Kate
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Caribou cafe offered an authentic french dining menu with romantic ambiance. The staff was also friendly and welcoming. However to fully enjoy this place you have to be experimental in the food you try.

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vipValentinesDay
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do you want to sit and have dinner in Paris? Either fly there or go to Caribou Cafe in Philly. Perfect atmosphere, well-timed service, great portions of food and extremely tasty - especially the escargot.
This gem in center city has been around for almost 20 years and we try to go as often as possible, either for a romantic dinner, before the theatre or after the theatre or in the past, just to have some drinks at the bar.
I doubt you will find a better value in the city!!

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vipVasya
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was nice to be out for Valentine’s Day. Caribou Cafe was very accommodating getting us a nice table. Service was attentive. Food was good but not memorable, menu selection was limited.

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CF10
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding and the waiter made good recommendations, when we asked. In particular, she recommended the bread pudding, which was phenomenal. However, she did not describe the contents of the peasant's platter either before we ordered, or when it arrived. Also, the items we ordered did not come from the kitchen in a good order. Despite these minor problems, we had a wonderful time.

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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Valentine’s Day, our second visit during the pandemic. Tables are well spaced, staff is incredibly friendly and efficient, and the food is wonderful. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The escargot appetizer and shrimp avocado salad was amazing! So fresh & delicious! I ordered the lamb shank for dinner, it was eh- no flavor and very bland.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome!!! Crepe was the best I’ve ever had.

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Svetlana
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great ! Would come back and recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience! The food and service were amazing and we hope to be back soon.

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vipPhoenixvilleDiner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food proved to be excellent and the staff proved generally timely in their service. I would avoid the Sezerac since I’ve had (and can make) better.

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KenP
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Perhaps it was an off night. Although we were excited to begin dining indoors again, the enthusiasm was not shared by the staff at the restaurant. We made an early reservation to avoid a crowd. There were only three other groups dining. Most of the first floor was empty but the greeter chose to take us to the second floor and offer the smallest and worst table by the server bar. We refused that and nothing else happened to make the night more enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and drink highly recommend! I brought a friend who is from Paris and they can confirm this food reminded them of home!

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vipHawk7
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of my favorite Philly restaurant it was perfect dining for our COVID times. I had a table facing the sidewalk under the eaves of thr building. The Croque Mousieur and glass of French Chardonnay was delicious.

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Miam5
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In these stressful times, it is priceless to be able to travel to France by way of delicious food.
The service is wonderful and all precautions are taken in regards to covid19 safety.

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vipJonathanE
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were wonderful as always. Best French Onion Soup in town!

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ToddC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice lunch spot. Service was great. Food was good. Would go back.

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vipMichaelO
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very nice mix of traditional French with some modern vegetarian choices

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JamesM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic representation of a real french Cafe. The food & drinks were excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience5

It was Quiet Good had fun food was excellent liqour was not As expected no mule no Ginger beer...Shall Definitely Recommended

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Peter
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent waitstaff and service .
11:30 weekday lunch no wait and very attentive .

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vipDonnaD
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was very pleasurable and safe. I was surprised to see happy hour on Saturday. I had a very generous happy hour Manhattan.

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vipJonG
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Classic place, great open air and patio seating, and great music as always, BUT the food was disgusting. Went there for Sunday brunch and the meal was all around gross. OJ tasted old from a can, coffee was weak and tasted like it was from a truck stop, snd the salmon on the Benedict tasted fishy and old. Couldn’t have been more disappointed in the food and the weak service at this popular throwback.

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vipRdrr
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! 5 of us went to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Service was outstanding. The appetizer was great and totally loved the Amish chicken as my main course. Thumbs up!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great burger!

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staceyk
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it !!!

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vipBMOSJD
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kai is always an excellent waiter! He is very attentive and one of the best I have ever had there. Please make him a lead waiter and to train the other ones to be as attentive as he is. There are a lot of places I go to that blatantly treat me a type of way because of my age, way I dress and race. Kai treats me like a first class VIP client each and every time.

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vipBurndoc
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

FAQs

Caribou Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Caribou Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 625-9535.

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1275 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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