Caribou Cafe

4.5
1407 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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BeingQuaBeing
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

We ordered the cheesesteak and a scallop dish. The butter provided with the bread was complex, with a cultured cheesy note that we loved. It was unsalted but they added rock salt to it, which was a nice touch.

I was hoping that the cheesesteak would have juicy, high-quality cuts on a fresh-baked crusty baguette with moist grilled onions and gooey brie. Instead, the beef was dry, the baguette texture was mediocre, and the onions and brie were insufficient in quantity relative to the beef. And the side of ketchup really didn't match. Perhaps something closer to what is offered in a French dip would have been better-suited.

The scallops were so over-salted and rubbery that we sent them back--the first time my partner had ever sent a plate back. When we received the second attempt, the scallops at least weren't rubbery, but they were still over-salted.

It's possible that we just came on a bad day. But we probably won't return.

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LindaR
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to make a reservation through Open Table. Arrived a little early for lunch. The food was great. Had an interesting conversation with a patron at another table who had ordered absinthe

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richmachlin
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Just so many bad vibes in the place. Left before eating. Sorry about the reservation.

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LynnR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor and delicious French lunch. My roasted red pepper & corn soup was superb. I remembered this cafe from visits to Philly a decade ago. It is just as wonderful today.

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vipEatoutoften
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. It was our first time dining there and we will definitely return. We went for Sunday brunch and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the escargot in puff pastry and pork chop and steak frites.

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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Caribou Cafe every few months because we always have great food and superb service. It's a true French bistro in Center City.

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Moneill
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was cooked very well. The waitress was also very polite. At one point, I didn’t like the wine I had ordered and she immediately switched it out with no fuss or questions asked.

I will certainly come back, and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for French cuisine, and good ambiance.

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theatergal
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful authentic French food. We will definitely be back. Eleanor, our server was excellent

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HeidiB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner to kick off senior year at Temple University for my girls. Everything was delicious!

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WashWestGuy
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Caribou cafe is like stepping into Paris. Whenever I have had to cancel or postpone a trip to Paris I can always rely on the Caribou Cafe to lift my spirits with the wonderful ambiance and fulfill my desire for fabulous French cuisine. The salads, soups, appetizers, entrees and desserts are wonderful! Among my favorites for starters are the escargot in pastry puff and wonderful sauce. The octopus is fabulous as is the Caesar salad. As a lunch entree I love the seafood crepe or a thick slice of quiche. Every item on the menu is fabulous. Compliment with champagne Kier Royals and I am in the Paris of Philadelphia.
Also great for Paris-like people watching at the outside tables or just within the glass walls in front!

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Paolidiner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The restaurant was very nearly empty with a few people at the bar and several outside tables full. If it wasn't for this meal we wouldn't have known we didn't like mackeral. The prep and accompaniment were so good we did finish the dish. The steak was perfectly prepared but was a little mor gristly than I had had just recently at a different bistro. The light cheesecake was anything but light but it was excellent. The profiteroles were as good as I make at home which is high praise. It's hard to get the choo pastry right. Before going again I would find out the fish du jour.

Chimay on tap was a nice touch that brought back memories but it was served way to warm. It is a real problem when I leave half a glass of Chimay.

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froggerjawn
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caribou Cafe servers were friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable, and hilarious! They made my fiancé’s birthday very memorable! Wine pairing was fantastic, the bill was much more reasonable than expected (we went all out for the occasion. see: wine, apps, personal deserts and cocktails). On top of all that, the food was prompt and fantastic. Will definitely be coming back!

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vipEatingwelllady
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience3

Onion soup too salty! Had good taste.
Quiche was delicious, perfect crust!
Seafood crepe was tasty but too much sauce. The salads were fresh even though not much in them (but greens).
Profiteroles were very fresh and yummy.

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vipMelissaP
Raleigh
60 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch with a dear friend we’ve not seen since pre-pandemic. Arrived at opening 11:30. Arielle was our server who was absolutely charming and knowledgeable. We had a lovely lunch and look forward to returning. I had Bellevue shrimp and avacado. My husband had the soup of the day which was a beautiful cold pea with mint and honey Creme fraiche. Then he had a gorgeous hamburger done perfectly rare. Our friend ordered a frise salad minus the bacon. Looked fabulous.
I’ve had dinner here as well although it was long ago but remember that it was a lovely place with food done extremely well. Lots of interesting things on the menu. Definitely a place to return to .

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CaitlynC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was great and very attentive.

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Cocina
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great drinks, attentive and helpful staff. Thank you!

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Craig
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We went to this restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were disappointed with the homemade Pate, was mediocre. Our entrees were not seasoned well and were bland. Our cocktails were unremarkable. You truly get what you pay for. We will not be returning.

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TrishM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good value, I recommend going if you are looking for more of a bar scene.

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vipsilverphl
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food and a nice atmosphere. A great place in mid-city

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing!
Great atmosphere. Very attentive server. Delicious cocktails and brunch fare. Will definitely be coming back

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PC402may
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was just ok. There was something wrong with my iced tea, it tasted like an ashtray , so had to get replaced. The cheese plate was excellent. The meals Scalllops and the salmon were just ok and the dessert was good. Chocolate mousse and the Apple tart. We sat inside but the street noise was still loud with cars and buses

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waiter was funny and professional and the bartender was knowledgeable and great!

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kevd
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipBKmom
Philadelphia
234 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was ok- not great- and the “Frittes” (French fries) ordered with the mussels came out wrong and then took too long to come out right. Fish was “meh”. I doubt we will go back. There is a price fixe menu but we ordered a la carte. The salad appetizer was good. There are too many better restaurants in Philly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 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
22 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
17 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
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1407 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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