Caribou Cafe

4.6
1361 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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4.7
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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trogers
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 5 days ago
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
6 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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staceyk
Philadelphia
6 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
38 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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PhillyFoodie
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere we came for restaurant week, food was ok.

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NancyEm7
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good, service excellent, good ambience, intimate and very "French" interior, lighting pretty dimmed and intimate. Recommend the steak frites cooked medium rare, and the vegetarian bolognese pasta dish was par excellence. Get the bread pudding, to die for!

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vipJessie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My names Jay! I do food vlogs for YouTube, TikTok & Reel! This was my first time dining at this DELICIOUS restaurant and it absolutely did not disappoint. Our server Eleanor was BOMB, she was absolutely outstanding gave us the best energy and helped with any questions we had about the menu. The food was deceivingly small, meaning it looked small but was FILLING lol. It was soooo good, it brought me back to Paris France in every delicious bite. BRB bout to go book a flight now lol. I post food reviews about once a week, soon twice. My Instagram & TikTok is @jaynaomia my name on YouTube is Jay Naomi, the link for my YouTube is in my IG bio if you wanna check it out. 5 stars absolutely in every aspect. We will absolutely be back!

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vipBeaGL
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the outside area. Feels like we're in a bistro in france!

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vipmarc
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was amazing! Especially the busboy french onion soup was great. Burger was one the worst I’ve ever had sorry

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and food. Great ambiance, I will definitely come back for a date or a friends get together

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

Food and service was amazing!

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Beth3boys
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my sons birthday in Philly and found this new favorite while looking through the center city Restaurant Week listing. We will be back for sure!! Loved the bistro style, the food was amazing, and the service top notch. My son had their Philly Cheesesteak that had Filet and Brie cheese with sauteed onions on a baguette and I had the seafood crepe with lobster sauce that was out of this world.
Thank you for making the celebration so special!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

They had vegetarian items on the menu (the only reason we went) but they refused to cook it and serve it to us. We could only get drinks and had to leave after. Also we asked for bottled water and they brought us tap.

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Amdi
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing! High compliments to the chef. Also, great atmosphere right in the heart of the city. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipLuvtoeatout
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Especially the bread pudding.

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vipEddietheEater
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My brook trout almondine was one of the best I've had with it's buttery, lemony sauce containing just the right amount of capers. My wife's steak frites (substituting string beans for the fries at her request) was delicious. Service was friendly, efficient and accommodating. Noise level was high due to our choice of eating outside during Philadelphia's rush hour. By the end of our meal the noise level was reasonable.

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ArleneW
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Caribou Café in a long time. Both my Friend and I had a wonderful experience and I will definitely be back soon. The food was great and the service wonderful! So glad my in-house dining after such a long, long time was a Joy!

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JeanetteW
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy about my first dining experience at the Caribou Cafe. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the overall ambience made it absolutely delightful. It is now on my list of great places to dine in Philly!💕

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KayB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is nice and food is awesome 👌

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CarrieU
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went during Restaurant Week so I thought the service might be a little iffy, but that wasn't the case at all. The food was delicious, our table was spacious and in a quiet area, and the service was attentive and friendly.

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vipTandS
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to Caribou Cafe certainly won't be our last. Everything--especially the food and the service--was better than we hoped for. Definitely a Center City treasure!

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JohnJDiner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Sat just inside the broad open front of the restaurant on a beautiful evening. Recommend.

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foodisme39
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week lunch. Warm spinach salad with goat cheese was delicious.

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Veronica
Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience at Caribou Cafe. The food was delicious and reasonably priced for the large portions, and the staff was friendly and attentive.

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Puffin
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely French lunch during Philly Restaurant week. I had the seafood crepe that was jam packed with seafood. A great first time out to eat following the pandemic and a more than attentive staff.

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HollyP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were perfect. Because it was such a lovely day, we sat outside, so it was noisy, but couldn't be helped.

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 1361 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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