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Caribou Cafe

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770 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm;
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm;
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Phone number
(215) 625-9535
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
12th Street
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Entertainment
Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pm
Original Jazz trio
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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
What 770 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Our first time here, my daughter and I shared a frisee salad that was delicious. For an entree she had the cassoulet, and loved it, and I had the pork choucroute, which was very good. The portion sizes for the entree were generous. No room for dessert.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Server was very friendly; service was terrible. Told server up front we would have to leave for a show in 75 minutes. Waited 30 minutes for a glass of wine and a bottle of beer (no offer of a glass to go with it). Fish special was good; egg pappardelle on regular menu was tasteless. Prix fixe desserts, ordered when the rest of our food was ordered, took an additional ten minutes to come out after entree plates were cleared. Didn't have time to finish or to negotiate for any accommodation in cost with server. Really disappointing and won't go back.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

My Country Crepe was very good, as were the profiteroles for dessert. However, my wife's duck confit was mediocre -- it tasted as though they had dropped a not-very-tender duck leg on canned beans, rather than a scrumptious, hours-long-cooked real French confit. Our friend's steak frite was acceptable but not as good as, say, Parc's.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

My boyfriend and I enjoy going here for a pleasant casual meal. Nice outdoor seating area.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fabulous as always. My Favorite French in Philadelphia!!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great ambiance, attentive but not pushy service. The food was excellent, especially the seafood crepe.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The welcome was warm, the food was delicious, the service was friendly, and the desserts were phenomenal! The four of us shared four different ones because it was impossible to choose just one. The music was jazzy and tuneful, just right for the overall ambience.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nothing was bad her, just nothing really that good either. It was our first time to try this place and I must say we would go,back only in warmer weather to sit outside and people watch. The food was just ok, the bistro steak was probably the most tasty of all we ordered. Started with a cheese plate for three people, three small pieces of cheese, a drizzle of something and three tiny toast pieces. Desert, chocolate mousse was good. Service was not bad, but certainly not a friendly welcoming staff.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We love this place, both for lunch and dinner. This time, we took a couple from out-of-town, pre-theater. Service was spot-on, as it always is, and very friendly. We got our drinks promptly, but then things slowed down. The server brought us some bread and butter to munch on while we waited, but it was almost 45 minutes before we got our entrees. This is NOT the usual wait at Caribou Cafe, so I am assuming there was a problem of some sort in the kitchen. We were getting pretty hungry.

Our entrees were perfect. One had a steak with au Poivre sauce that he said was cooked perfectly. One had a huge piece of quiche (she requested it and got it, even though the menu said it was only available at lunch) with a good-sized salad, and she loved it. Two of us got the beef bourguignon, requesting pappardelle noodles instead of mashed potatoes. My friend loved it so much that he used a piece of bread to soak up the last of the wine gravy.

We didn't have time for dessert because we were headed to the theater.

Of course, we will continue to dine here because the food is so authentic and delicious and the wait staff is so nice. Our friends loved the place and can't wait to come back to the city to go there again.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Tasty and reasonably priced. Great location to stop before heading to the theater.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Good meal, Excellent service and lovely ambiance. Would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

A great French bistro and home of the best chocolate mousse in Philadelphia!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I've always been entranced by the period of Paris between the wars, so I'm a regular at the Caribou, which seems to have been lifted out of the period. A friend and I came there directly from seeing Swan Lake at the Academy of Music. I wanted to take her somewhere classy and the Caribou fit the bill.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always great. I have been coming here for over two decades. It never disappoints. The food is delish. The service is friendly but not up in your business. The prices are good. Highly recommended neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We had a wonderful experience, and Jamie was very attentive to our small group. He was also very helpful in our menu decision making as well as picking out the wine. We will surely be back again!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Very comfortable and casual. Food is always great

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great food and service. A good spot to rendezvous in center city.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very great food, nice atmosphere, certainly à French touch we like
Very good service

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Was not impressed this visit. Disappointed with the lack of the entree substance.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Our meal was fine
The service slow
My complaint was that basically the restaurant was empty
Even though we ate early it never filled up

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Really nice evening for my birthday. A bit pricey but we really enjoyed ourselves.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We had a light dinner - soup du jour, crepe, salad etc., all nice. Service was good, and the best thing, on a cold, wet slushy night was the cosy fin-de-siècle Parisian decor and ambience.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The octopus appetizer was fantastic, everything was excellent

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Party of 5 was located in the middle of the floor. I did ask that we not climb the steps (my wife cannot climb the steps.) Our 5th party member was a bit late and the staff wasn't happy with his late arrival. We did start our meal before his arrival. Drink that was ordered was slight and price was high.

Location was convenient for snow and the Forrest Theater.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Waiter started out ok, but I'm still waiting, since Saturday night, for a spoon so I can eat my ice cream ......also ordered decaf cappuccino, waited for 15 min only to have it taste burnt and old.
On a positive note, my burger with goat cheese, was great.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Delicious food and friendly service! Very close proximity to the Forrest Theater so Caribou is a great place for pre or post theater dining.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The crepes are just like those made in France. I had the seafood and my partner the traditional. The texture was perfect, and the filling a great balance of flavor and filling. Sitting upstairs next to the railing can be a little tight.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Caribou Cafe is a rare find in Philadelphia. Caribou Cafe is a cute French bistro with authentic French food located in the heart of Center City. The staff provided high quality service and the food had an exquisite quality to it. The price is a little expensive for the food portion they provide. However that is something you should expect from a French Bistro. This is definitely a place to recommend for a nice fancy romantic dinner.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food. Nice wine list. Friendly staff. Came here on Valentine's day dinner and it wasn't too crowded, like you would expect. Staff was super friendly and allowed us to sit at the bar and have a pre-dinner drink while they got the table ready. And there was no rush to seat us and move us out. Overall a great experience.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Was there on Valentine’s Day. Took 20 minutes to get drink order and any attention from wait staff. They were busy due to the holiday and theater crowd. Had to ask to be waited on. Our drink and food orders were both inaccurate. Didn’t get the right drink and had to send back. Didn’t include soup that we ordered so we ate that As our entree. Food was decent.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I went here for Valentines Day and the waitstaff was horrible. I told the waitress I had a Gluten Allergy and she did not tell the chef.
We ordered mussels as an appetizer they came out before our entree order was even taken and they had breadcrumbs on them. I did not realize until after I had already eaten one though. We left and will never return. I do not recommend to anyone with an allergy.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice restaurant with French cafe feel. We chose a prix fixe dinner for our pre-theater meal. It was served promptly and was delicious. The fish du jour was a well prepared monkfish and the steak frittes was also very tasty. A nice touch would have been to serve the frittes "Belgian style" with a side of mayonnaise instead of ketchup. It would have a nice compliment to the delicious Belgian beer on tap

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

A very convenient location for before or after the theater. Friendly & attentive staff. Nice decor and comfortable booths for a group of 4.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were rused it seemed. She didnt pronounce the dishes well. There was too much pepper on the steak. But the wine was very nice and, overall the food was veryngood.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This is one of my favorite places for lunch. This is the first time that I had been there for dinner is a long time - it will probably be a long time again. The pre-theatre crowd was very loud and made the service slow and unresponsive. One of the diners really didn't like his salmon, either. Oh, well, back for lunch soon, I'm sure.

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This was an evening before the theatre and the restaurant was crowded. The kitchen was apparently over-capacity and unable to get food out in a timely fashion. The restaurant service is usually excellent. Avoid the pre-theater crowd.

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Poorly trained staff. Did not take drink order prior to food order. Drinks took 15 minutes to arrive. Food was served with no utensils or napkins. We had to request utensils before we could eat. Burger was good though and cooked as requested.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Always love your restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Another fantastic meal at the charming Caribou Cafe. The only thing better than the food is the warm and friendly staff who always take the time to chat and share some good laughs. Truly the gem of the neighborhood! By far, our favorite spot in the city.

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2018

The food wasn't good. Our omelets were dry; friend's quiche was burned. Overall, not a good meal experience.

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