About Le Chéri

Bonjour!
Le Cheri is located in the beautiful Art Alliance building in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. Chef Pierre Calmels is offering a traditional French menu.
Join us for fish quenelles, steak tartare, escargots, boudin and of course, classic steak-frites, whole fish in salt crust or duck confit!
Our wine list offers over 200 labels from France and Switzerland.

251 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturdays & Sunday 11am - 2:30pm
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday : 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Rittenhouse St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 546-7700

Website:
http://www.lecheriphilly.com/

Parking Details:
Rittenhouse Square has a lot of private parking available. Just follow the signs.

Executive Chef:
Pierre Calmels

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Wed - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM

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Le Chéri Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (55)
Special Occasion (46)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (42)
Good for a Date (40)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Notable Wine List (32)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Authentic (28)
Cozy (23)
Business Meals (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Great for Brunch (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Seasonal (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Scenic View (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

It's this simple: we just love Le Cheri. Whether it's a special event or a romantic dinner for two, it's hard to find a better place in center city. We have been so many times I've lost count but this one thing is for sure - we've never had a bad meal at Le Cheri. The service is superb. Everyone is welcomed like an old friend. And the cuisine is just great.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

First time at Le Cheri. Service was very good, as was the food. The only complaint I would make is that they did not indicate the price of a glass of champagne, which at $18 a glass I found to be a bit expensive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant never fails. It's really good, and the ambience is wonderful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had an absolutely fantastic brunch at Le Cheri. We had out of town guests. They loved the building, the food. Service was phenomenal. Food was delicious. They offered gluten free food to our guest in a most accommodating way. We had a bad experience two nights before regarding the gluten issue so this was such a pleasant contrast. We will use this for brunch again and again. Being able to tour the galleries and building which is lovely. It was a perfect way to end a weekend visit with our guests. A hearty thanks to the staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Delicious French menu and high quality. Friendly, prompt service

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

8pm reservation and they already ran out of their Saturday fish special dish. Also, guests at next table ordered the daily special desert and they were out of that as well. The waiter, who was great, said if you call us at 6pm we can hold the special dish for you. It seems that based on history the restaurant can do a better job of having enough specials available, especially on a Saturday night when they are fully booked. Very disappointing experience.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lovely meal as usual with a number of tempting specials.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My family of 7, including one member with limited hearing and mobility and another with a number of dietary restrictions, dined here for our one night out on the town. The staff were immensely accommodating of our family member with dietary restrictions and prepared an appetizer and a main dish specially tailored for her. The service was excellent and the food delicious. This restaurant is rare in Philadelphia for its quiet atmosphere. Definitely will go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

While none of the staff spoke French, the service was great. The food and the wine list are wonderful too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It is rare but always rewarding to find a restaurant that truly exemplifies the enduring legacy of French Cuisine. 5 Stars all around.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Service could not have been worse. It was almost as though we were invisible.

Owner was sitting at Prime table in middle of restaurant and was not even paying attention to the fact that guests were unhappy.

Steaks ordered medium rare came out well done for all four of us. Took 30 minutes to bring new steak.

During the time we waited no one approached us to see if we needed another drink etc. when we complained about the time they offered us a free bottle of wine to make up for the issue.

Hard to believe that a restaurant of this caliber would have such awful service and a cook that can’t broil a steak

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server, Hanna, made the entire experience a complete pleasure. Our food (Salade Lyonnaise and veal chops for me, and Pate du Jour and halibut for Andrew) was superb. After cocktails, Andrew chose a fresh Beaujolais nouveau for his entree, and when Hanna asked if I'd like to Sample, I did and decided on this too. GOOD CALL ! It was perfect with the veal, which was done in a creamy sauce with rice and vegetables.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Formidable comme toujours

Le Chèri is a true gem. A kitchen and staff worthy of the setting, which becomes magical in the evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This restaurant brings French dinning in Philly into the 21st Century. The small menu is full of great dishes. The three of us had three different main courses, scallops; pasta, and halibut. They were each delicious. They were carefully prepared, beautifully cooked, and perfectly seasoned. The appetizers: a wonderful cream soup; a kale salad (yuk--what crazy persons eat kale), was, according to my friend delicious (as I said, impossible to imagine), and the French onion soup, a classic. The sommelier, picked a lovely champagne--at around 100 buck a good deal given the quality-- to match and the whole meal was just excellent. My only complaint, and this is true of my 4 visits to Le Cheri, is the service tends to be slow. Attend to that, and all my stars go up to 5.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Lovely spot for a pleasant lunch with my sister. Food and wine weregood, service competent and unintrusive and the ambiance peaceful, which is hard to find these days. right near beautiful Rittenhouse Square and with the added benefit of an art exhibit after.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Dover sole a special was outstanding. Every meal at this special restaurant has been superb. We will keep coming back. Never too crowded or noisy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent meal, professional yet friendly service, will be back

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A generally good meal in a lovely atmosphere. Our only problem was an obnoxiously loud couple at the adjacent table that distracted us from our own conversation, not that their vacuous chatter was interesting, rather that it was punctuated by loud belches and grunts

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good nothing more to say don’t really do reviews

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lovely restaurant with a traditional ambience, but it can be noisy. The French inspired food is well prepared and the service was attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and drinks were excellent, as expected. Service was far slower than expected, even for European style slow dining (30 minutes between courses), though staff were wonderful. Maybe an off night?

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Outstanding. The food and service was superb. Will be our go to restaurant when we visit Philadelphia.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The dinner we had was ok. There was the escargot which was amazing but for an appetizer to be the most memorable dish says a lot about the meal. My friend and I both sat for a few minutes with empty water glasses at separate times which says a lot about the service. When a restaurant is asking 30+ dollars for an entree I better never run out of water. Over all it was ok but I would rather spend my money somewhere else.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Le Cheri is your go to place in Philadelphia for classic French cuisine, such as it is today.

Top notch wine list and cuisine that tries to emulate the menu of Georges Perrier, one of the best of the Lyon lineage of Paul Bocuse.

Those days, sadly, look like they will never return but Le Cheri deals with today's realities more than adequately.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Main dish was too plain. Meat dish has no taste and it taste like dinner food.
But french onion soup was great and other
Appetizers were good.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I loved everything about Le Cheri, the cozy atmosphere, dark bar, great brunch, excellent drinks, good service, and wonderful food!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was good and the service was excellent but the kitchen is slow and the bar staff is incompetent. I cannot believe that the lame excuse for not being able to make a decent Manhattan is that they use French spirits only. Sorry, but I have been to any number of bars in PARIS and gotten a decent drink. Perhaps in Paris if a drink calls for bourbon you get bourbon. Also, the clientele is somewhere north of seventy-five.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was good but not great. For the cost, could have been better. Lovely location and ambiance. Drive now we’re good, very nice wine selection.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

service was a little slow..........but we were accommodated time-wise

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Le Cheri is a pretty restaurant. The ambiance is nice, if a bit formal. Food was excellent (although the 19 year old boys I took found that the mains were not enough food). The only negative was the long wait for our meals. It was slow, but good meal overall.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Limited menu but excellent choices. I didn't care for the special drink Marie Antoinette. I should have stayed with the standard Manhatten. The Veal Short Ribs were very good. Our server, Brian was attentave and efficient.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Beautiful decor. Moderate noise level, which is rare and so pleasant. Food is less traditional French bistro than I expected but mostly delicious nonetheless (I liked the escargot, but prefer the classic preparation). Not an extensive menu. I deducted one star because I was served a different entree than I ordered. They offered to cook the proper entree, but I hate when one person has their entree and the other has to wait until the first person is done, so I took what was served. I never mind mistakes - we are all human - but I do distinguish how a restaurant handles a mistake. I would have expected some gesture to make up for it, but nothing, including an apology, was offered.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

excellent lunch...great service...low noise level...outside dining

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Consistently excellent in all ways. More than a bistro but not overly fancy or stuffy. Food and service fabulous. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent french restaurant with a reasonably priced wine list and great food and service. There is a convenient parking lot around the corner and a lovely garden for outdoor seating if you prefer.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

As usual (not the we dine at Cheri that often) - everything was great: The food was exceptionally good (a special shout-out to the lamb tenderloin), the suggested wine pairing was spot-on, and the ambiance in the Garden (at dusk on a soft fall night) was magical. All in all - a rarity: fine dining at it's finest!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had a very good time! The service was very friendly and helpful, but not too much so; just right. The food was very good. We will most likely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service and sophisticated French cuisine.
Outside sitting very pleasant.
No noise at all.
Strongly recommended.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Steak was over cooked and fries were cold. I suspect going for dinner would have been a better option.

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