Permanently Closed - Le Chéri

4.9
1015 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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 steak tartare, escargots, saumon fume and fish quenelles!
Our wine list offers over 200 labels from France and Switzerland.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Wednesday through Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
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Phone number
(215) 546-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Pierre Calmels
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th and Rittenhouse Street
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Parking details
Rittenhouse Square has a lot of private parking available. Just follow the signs.
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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4.9based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Very sad to lose this classic French gem, especially their quenelle. Those of any quality are not easy to find these days, even in Paris, but Chef Pierre’s are exceptional and worth every single calorie.

Service was also excellent as were the cocktails.

Wishing the Chef and Charlotte the best of luck with their more simplified life choice.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Sad day. Last dinner service for Le Cheri. Where it where can I get that fantastic Slade Lyonnais now?

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We've enjoyed dinner and drinks on multiple occasions over the past several years. This was our first time for brunch which was fantastic. With the restaurant's closing yesterday, we regret we didn't have brunch previously. While Le Cheri is no more, we look forward to future dinners at Bibou...and what may be to come in the special Art Alliance space.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We will miss Le Chéri greatly!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great service and food! Too bad they are closing on Sunday due to Drexel buying the property. The noise level was marked as moderate due to a group of 6 sitting in the patio area with us. If they were not there my impression is that it would have been a quiet ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Philadelphia has just lost one of its true gems with the closing of this delightful bistro.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We will miss this wonderful restaurant❤️

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

aFTER SO MUCH RAIN, IT WAWS AJOY TO BE BACK IN THIS GORGEOUS GARDEN DINING AREA. oUR PREVIOUS fRIDAY LUNCH KEPT US INDOORS BECAUSE OF THE WET. gREAT FOOD AND NOW A GREAT LOSS TO THE CITY, TO RITTENHOUSE sQUARE AND TO THE ART aLLIANCE AS mAY 27 IS THE FINA DAY OF SERVICE. hEART BREAKING. jOHN lANE

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

So why are they closing. My favorite restaurant and they were packed the night we came there. Tried their other restaurant Bibou and would never return. This is the perfect venue. Sorry to see them go.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Le Cheri is one of the five top-flight French restaurants in Philadelphia.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Consistently excellent. Such a shame it is closing.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

So sad that this restaurant will be closing at the end of this week. Our very best wishes to Pierre and Charlotte. You gave us a truly memorable experience!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We went for early Sunday dinner to enjoy the Chef's food one more time before Le Cheri closes.
Fortunately, his other bistro will continue to operate but it does not have the same lovely garden that made Le Cheri an ideal place for lunch in the season. We will miss that a lot.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Le Cheri , a French restaurant, is located in the Srt Slliance building across from Rittenhouse Square. It will close on May 27. If you get a chance go. We went for Sunday brunch . My wife had the omelette and I had chilled cantaloupe soup and vol au vent allwere excellent. If you have the opportunity go during there last week for excellent French food overseen by a French chef. After that you can go to their other restaurant Bibou which is byob, no credit cards and a five course meal every night.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Le Chéri is my favorite French restaurant in the city. My husband and I went for one last dinner before they close next weekend. It was always outstanding. We will miss the beautiful garden and bar, wonderful house champagne and dinners but at least we still have Bibou in South Philly!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We have always had great meals here and at Bibou, Pierre and Charlotte Calmel's other restaurant.
The unfortunate thing is that Le Cheri is closing at the end of the month (May 27)
Our only regret is that we did not dine here often enough.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food at a great price especially for the quality of food

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Delicious food & drinks, amazing service, and great ambience (love the outdoor patio!)

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

After reading all the other reviews I was very disappointed. We had a reservation and there was no table available for about 20 minute. The menu was much more limited than appeared on the website.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, food and service. I will be back!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Sadly, Le Chéri has announced that it is closing definitively at the end of May. This is a great loss for the city as it was the French jewel in the crown of Philadelphia’s vibrant restaurant scene. Pierre and Charlotte Calmels had created a fitting successor to Georges Perrier’s Bec Fin. Fortunately, their other venue, Bibou, continues. But Le Chéri will be missed.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

This a beautiful room with truly gracious service

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

A PHiladelphia treasure! Garden seating, attentive service, excellent food.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

All of our dishes were excellent, the presentations original, and the sauces superb.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I love this place. This is about my 5th or 6th visit and every time it never disappoints. I'm so sad that it is closing and I wish the chef and the wait staff the absolute best. Thank you for a great experience with quality food and ambiance. Bon chance!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I absolutely loved it. The food was amazing. Loved the interior and the patio.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Birthday dinner outside in garden. Service, food, evening were fantastic..

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

It's pricey, the atmosphere is a mishmash of styles, and you get a surprising variety of patrons given the cost commitment-- from the two twenty-somethings who brought their iPads and worked on them wordlessly during, and for long after, their dinners, all the way to what looked like a busload of tourists who thought it would be swell to have dinner at a place where tee shirts and backward baseball caps were acceptable dress.
Not the kind of joint where I'm likely to spend $325.00 on a dinner for four, with one drink per diner.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Another lovely pre-concert dinner at this charming, intimate restaurant, a short walk from the Kimmel. We declined outdoor seating due to impending bad weather, but would love to try the courtyard sometime. Our dinner & appetizer selections were divine & wine suggestions perfect. I also enjoyed my cocktail. Look forward to our next meal at Le Cheri!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Early dinner pre- theater. Food interesting and very well prepared and presented. Wine list substantially cut short :)

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

It was our first brunch in this restaurant and the experience was outstanding.
Had Country Pate, Cod and the special Crabcake dish as entrees, and Bread pudding for dessert. The taste, presentation and portion size of the dishes were just perfect. The service was great and very professional. The ambiance is very nice and cozy. And the value was very adequate to the experience received. In our eyes it's one of the very best restaurants in the area. Definitely coming back when in Philly.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This restaurant is ce si bon!!!
Great service
Great food
Lovely ambiance!
We shall return!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This was our second time and it was as enjoyable as the first. A pleasant setting and excellent, professional service. I believe her name was Jeanine.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

On some days of the week Le Cheri is open for lunch/brunch. This is an incredible value for a restaurant renowned for its authentic French cuisine. It is also such a refined, calm, and beautiful dining room, and on a sunny day one looks out at the charming brick garden patio. I cannot understand why people go up the street to a "French" place, for about the same price but not authentic (unless cloning is counted) and only half as good at best (even on straightforward items such as an omelette).

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Lovely ! Very good, very quiet, nice people

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Why has Open Table removed the ability to send a reservation to a guest? I used to be able to enter the email address of someone who would be dining with us and then Open Table would send that person the information about the reservation. I really miss that.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had the most amazing time celebrating our anniversary... loved it!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Best meal ever will go back soon.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

special crab cakes inedible. steak ordered medium rare was raw and eggs ordered over easy were too cooked through.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My husband and I were attending the Philadelphia Orchestra and decided to try Le Cheri for a pre-concert dinner. It was an authentic French meal. He had Escargots and I had the pate for the first course. Both were excellent. Dinner was Dover Sole for me and a filet and sweetbreads for him. We really enjoyed both.
While we did not want dessert, four little confections were brought to us with the check - what a great and just right end to the meal.

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