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

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (56)
Special Occasion (48)
Great for Outdoor Dining (47)
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Neighborhood Gem (47)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Good for a Date (42)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Authentic (36)
Quiet Conversation (36)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Notable Wine List (30)
Cozy (26)
Business Meals (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Great for Brunch (10)
Seasonal (10)
Fun (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Casual (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Scenic View (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

Good nothing more to say don’t really do reviews

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Delicious from start to finish. Our waiter made excellent recommendations for us for both food and beverages. I had the escargot and herbed grouper, while my friend had the salmon fume and either the trout or branzino. All dishes were beautifully plated and seasoned, expertly cooked, and the portion sizes were appropriate (not too small, not too big). While the dessert menu looked delightful, we wanted to check out another place for a nite-cap. We also enjoyed dining outside in the open air garden. Worth checking out if you're in the area!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Well executed meal, from the seared fois gras appetizer to the tender lamb and fish main courses. Nice if slightly dated atmosphere (it could use an upgrade), enthusiastic service and a creative dessert menu. Very good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful place to celebrate my birthday. Great service and food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was outstanding. Service was good. One issue - No wine by glass on menu although they have. When I got bill it was $14 a glass. Should have made us aware

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was great, very tasty and well cooked. Both rabbit and duck were fantastic.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Le Cheri is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the whole area. Along with it's sister restaurant, Bibou, this pair of dining establishments are two of the best anywhere. Le Cheri has fabulous food and very professional and friendly service. The steak tartare is the best in the city. The skate wing is incredible and prepared in a classic style with brown butter and capers. I could go on and on but that's the message. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. As we get further into autumn, try the soul-warming onion soup served in a crock overflowing with melted cheese. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Casual, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wow. Great experience. seated in the garden. Perfect night. Food was fabulous. Steak tartar awesome. The vegetarian ravioli was incredible. My lamb tenderloin equally amazing. I'm gushing but seriously one of the best meals we have had this year and we travel and done or a ton. The Xavier chateauneuf de papeead the perfect complement. This place is a hidden treasure

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had an outstanding evening again at Le Cheri. A favorite in Philadelphia.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

One of Philadelphia's best! And this is a city with a lot of options.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Friend's get together. Cocktails at the bar were excellent and well received. Unable to get outdoor seating - sat mid main dining. Nice low noise level. Excellent Lobster bisque soup. Skate, flounder and lamb were superb. Great sauces overall. Service above average. Will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Tremendous French cuisine. With great weather, we were able to eat outside on the patio. Spectacular experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This was our first visit to Le Cherie, but we'll be back! It was a beautiful evening and we sat outside on their intimate patio. Service was courteous and attentive. Food was fantastic. Plus, we alerted them to our curtain time and they delivered our meal quickly. Great experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We love Le Cheri. You may think you are in Paris. On this occasion, it was sad. We were celebrating the life of my dear dachshund, Louie. It couldn't have been better. The wine, the food, the service, the outdoor setting. My favorite restaurant in the city. Worth what you pay.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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