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About Caribou Cafe
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!
Philadelphia, PA 19107
French, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm;
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm;
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pm
Original Jazz trio
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Caribou Cafe Ratings and Reviews
It was easy to find on Walnut Street. Off street parking is around the corner on 12th street. A short walk.
They have a beautiful bar. The people I was with liked the cocktails and beer. Desserts were very good. The dinner we chose was Fish. It was good! The restaurant had a nice atmosphere.
Caribou Cafe is by far one of the nicest restaurants in the city. A charming, French inspired atmosphere, wonderful food and possibly the nicest wait staff in all PHILADELPHIA. We frequent almost every weekend and have never had anything but a fantastic time. Drop in, have a glass of delicious wine or an ice cold tap brew, grab some wonderful food and feel like a long time friend. Highly recommend!
I loved dining at this charming French bistro located only a few doors down the street from the Forrest Theater where my friend and I had seen a show.
The food and service were wonderful. Noise level was minimal. We were seated on the 2nd floor balcony level. It is a great find for me and I will definitely be returning in the future.
We have been at this restaurant several times in the past, largely due to its convenience to the Forrest Theater.
On this occasion, for lunch before a matinee, we were first lead to a table that did not appeal to us -- upstairs right by the stairs, subject to lots of traffic. We were early and there were plenty of available tables, so we requested a less challenging location and were accommodated.
Our waiter was excellent. I mentioned to him that I need to drink lots of water during a meal and he brought over a small pitcher of water.
Overall, it worked out well for our purposes.
The service was very good but the food was not as good as it has been on previous occasions. The frites (from my steak frites) was fried in a dirty fryer (i.e. the frites were a bit clumpy with bits of food or batter from previous frys.) My apple tart tatin wasn't warm and I needed an knife to cut through the ice cream that came with it.
Caribou Cafe is our “go to” restaurant before heading to Lantern Theater. This time our party had the Beef Bourguinon (fantastic), cod (tasty), and the burger (a surprise hit for a French bistro). The wines-by-the-glass are reliably good, and the ambianace always congenial.
When we are in Center City during lunchtime, Caribou Cafe is our default dinery for excellent food and service. We were pleasantly surprised that the house bubbly (French, from Chardonnay but not a Champagne) was excellent. The food, as always, is uniformly delicious and appetizingly presented. Service is both friendly and quite professional. The light jazz background music synchronizes perfectly with the Parisian ambiance.
We were celebrating a birthday. We were very disappointed with the food. Non of the dishes we ordered were good. Fries were clumped together. The crock monsieur/ madam were soggy. The egg Benedict was hard boiled egg etc. It was embarrassing.
The waiter was nice.
Second floor at the time we arrived was empty which gave us privacy. However the food was embarrassing.
The restaurant needs an upgrade. It feels old/dated. One of the lights on the two bar centerpieces was out. The food was not good - I had a burger that was charred and not too tasty. My wife's dish, a crepe, was drowned in sauce. I'd go back for a drink but skip dinner.
This was my first visit to Caribou Cafe. It was recommended by the friend with whom I dined, and it did not disappoint. It's a cute place. The service was friendly and efficient. And the food is amazing. I had the beef bourguignon (tender and delicious) and creme brulee. I will definitely return.
Food ok - quality/price on expensive side.
Frisee salad with lardons and poached eggs did not taste bad, just that the presentation was aweful and non-classic. Would have been better with more greens, less of the rest. The cassoulet was good, the canard confit could have been a tad crispier.
No wine from Languedoc from list, but there was a juicy Chinon which paired well with the cassoulet. The noise level was deafening (primarily due to acoustic, as there were quite a few empty tables), which would have been OK if everything else (including the service) had a tad more French-touch. It is understood that the restaurant-cafe is informal, but part of the French restaurant experience (more so than any other cuisine) is the structured approach to the service. Too much loosey goosey maybe democratic but it ain’t French! But will return.
Why isn't this place more popular? I've been four times now over the past three years and find it always good and always fun. The place is a classic french bistro plunked down in Philly, complete with the dark wood, confortable booths, Lillet and Follies Bergere posters, gilt lettering on mirrors, and storefront that can be opened up for indoor/outdoor seating around bistro tables. A fairly eclectic menu with a core of bistro staples like Steak Frites, mussels, and Salade Nicoise. I've had both the steak and the salad and both were done very nicely (although they do the salad with a cold chunk of poached salmon rather than the more traditional tuna). There are just enough French wines to make it interesting. Their two Cotes de Rhone (Kermit-Lynch and Cornas) are great examples of CDR. No matter what time I've been there, the place is never more than half-full. I don't get it. Not world-class, but certainly better, more reliable, and less-stuffy than many, many trendy Philly restaurants. I'll be back - a go-to when I travel to Center City.
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