Liberte Lounge

4.3
492 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Discover Liberté a chic urban lounge serving hand-crafted cocktails and contemporary, French-inspired food in one of the city's loveliest settings. Bedecked in bold jewel tones of ruby and garnet and outfitted with dynamic, modern furniture, the Center City Philadelphia lounge offers guests three seating options. Gather with friends or colleagues: at the length of the bar itself. Share an intimate moment in the cozy lounge alongside the working fireplace. Or enjoy a meal in the more casual elegant dining area. Sample from a menu of simple-yet-delectable dishes, including our De-light healthy options. Relax in the stunning oval-shaped central bar, where acclaimed mixologists shake, muddle and stir hand-crafted, artisanal cocktails. This charming Center City bar brings back a bygone era – the slick, smooth appeal of a perfectly made drink in a stunning setting.
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MH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the words of one of my besties, it was completely "civilized". Very elegant, but modern take on high tea.

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MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly Staff, Beautiful Place, Good Finger Foods....My mom had a good birthday!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice valentine’s day dining experience

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HR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High Tea was amazing! Quality and quanity of food exceeded our expectations. A very new nice assortment of tea sanwiches and pasteries. The best part for me was the tea, since I’m really not a tea drinker. It was mild but flavorable

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

First, I think it’s totally false advertising to call this a French restaurant. This restaurant is “hotel chic” said with a faux French accent. Second, for the price, I expect better service—our waitress was less than interested in our table (a large party), and despite the fact that both our reservation AND someone in our party mentioned to the manager that this was a birthday celebration, nothing was done (or even offered) in way of a celebration. We had to ask what the specials were, there was no explanation of the menu or house specialty items, and service was so slow that when our appetizer actually did make it to the table, we were surprised. The food was average at best and the wine selection paltry. My family and I won’t be dining at Liberte again.

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T
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prix fixe menu was excellent! The combinations were well selected and the portions were large.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the tea which was very good. Everyone enjoyed the food. Plenty to go around for 4. The scones were perfect!

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MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great girls' day out. Checking in was fine - they were a little weird to my friend who came in moments after me - they clearly had my name and my reservation, sat me down, but then told my friend that i never made a reservation. I physically walked up to the front and brought her to the table myself. After that, the afternoon was perfect and seamless. Our server Deija was wonderful and helpful, the food and drink was displayed really nicely and tasted good. Overall a great tea experience and would do it again.

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CG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two for two a wonderful ideal...

Afternoon high tea.

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DH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

we've had afternoon tea there before, and it was so much better. the bread on the tea sandwiches were stale

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NF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time at the Liberte Lounge Restaurant. Our server was very informative and made great suggestions on which tea we should chose. We started off with a nice glass of champagne, followed by our Tea delivered in a beautiful tea pot. She then bought us a 3 tiered dish filled with biscuits, scones, tea sandwiches and 4 different kinds of desserts. The hotel itself is very elegant. It was so nice just to go and have a relaxing afternoon.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

My best friend and I had a great time catching up over tea. However, the service was deplorable. Not one server greeted us or served us. The room manager ended up taking our tea/champagne order. It is not a difficult service since all the food is the same for everyone. We saw at least 3 tables of folks who came in after us and got served before us. Luckily we were in no hurry but we were hungry. I would look elsewhere to do tea next time.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was lovely but came out pretty slow. I know we were a big party, but we were served the main dish at around 10pm,which was pretty late. Other than that, service was attentive.

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NF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

So the trouble started when we tried to locate the restaurant. We had no idea it was within the Sofitel hotel. Then there was no matron at the door who seated us. We wandered in and waited 10+ minutes to be seated, though there was little other patrons. On the upside, the food was delicious and the mimosas were fantastic.

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CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We went for the afternoon tea service. The service was fantastic, and so were the pastries, but the mini tea sandwiches department was subpar. The sandwiches did not seem fresh/made to order, and they were not anything creative either. The egg salad sandwich was good, the rest were mediocre. The tea selection was on point and the bellini I got was great as well.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came across this when scrolling Facebook and couldn’t be more happier with having tried it! What a great experience with great service and I will DEFINITELY be signing up again in the future for another afternoon tea.

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GC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miguel was Great! He made our tea memorable. He was attentive and entertaining at the same time. The BEST waiter I have had in a long time.

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SO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The wait time to have someone take our order was really long, but the food was delicious and our drinks were taken off from our bill to compensate for the long wait time. Other than the long wait, the dining experience was great. The staff was accommodating and apologetic for the long wait. We were satisfied and we plan on going back to the restaurant again.

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SW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We went during restaurant week. The price fixed menu was nice, and a reasonable value. Dishes were not generous, but not skimpy either. The service was our only concern. The place was not full, and we were late for a show afterward, despite warning our waitress, and budgeting over 90 minutes for the meal.

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MA
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Dried out bread, peanut butter and jelly, tasteless chocolate dessert...my how this tea has fallen. Once it felt like great fun and value, now it is less than. All was served with a smile, but service was not attentive. Champagne and tea were delightful.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a $20./person Restaurant Week lunch, so the value was superb! We didn't ask to see a regular menu so can't estimate normal value. I put "very good" for value because I couldn't submit my responses without checking something, but that response has no meaning, it's n.a.
OPEN TABLE: DO NOT FORCE CHOICES FOR EACH ITEM, ADD N.A. OR UNSURE TO EACH AS AN OPTIONAL response

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B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

All the staff members we interacted with were outstanding - friendly, courteous and attentive. The atmosphere was a bit of a disappointment, dark and slightly tired looking. It looked like and I suspect is a bar, not the elegant tea room we had expected.
The St. James tea we had was lovely, but the selection was too heavily weighted towards flavored and herbal teas. Perhaps this is why we had to ask for milk and lemon, which was promptly and cheerfully provided.
The food was very nice and very ample. The scones and lemon curd were a real treat, the sandwiches tasty, though PBJ and goat cheese? The sweets were very pretty and nicely varied, but nothing really stood out.
Overall it was a very pleasant experience, again in large part due to the staff.

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BK
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was the best. Delicious, good service, quiet and wonderful value. Would definitely do this again.

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DC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I brought my mother and sister for tea while visiting Philly for the day. We had a wonderful tea 2 years ago at the Sofitel so our expectations were high. Our server was phenomenal and very welcoming although we were early for the 2 pm tea. The manager however was not...he came to the table to scold us for being early for tea and letting us know that the restaurant loses money on serving tea and then accused us of changing the tea time in Open Table! I do not go to restaurants to get scolded or accused of wrong doing! On top of it the tea that was served was not anywhere as delicious as the last time. They actually served a peanut butter sandwich as one of the offerings! There are so few places to enjoy tea in Philly and the Sofitel has now been crossed off the list!

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A
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew was an amazing server, very attentive and friendly. Will definitely come back again!

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MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the afternoon tea, did not disappoint! Lots of options and the snacks you get with it are also delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely and I would highly recommend! Everything was delicious and plentiful! The service was outstanding too! It was a very relaxing afternoon!

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QW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I was impressed with the teas that were offered at Liberte Lounge for afternoon tea. They were absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed with the staff's level of professionalism and knowledge regarding the types of teas being served or menu options being served. The scones were decent, but I had to ask for clotted cream and lemon curd two standard items that are always served with scones at high tea. The noise level was way to high for an afternoon tea and I attribute this to the design of the restaurant. It was not conducive to afternoon tea, I could barely hear myself think let alone talk to my guest. I imagine this is a wonderful establishment for dinner or even brunch/lunch.

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CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at Chez Colette for tea. A nice selection of teas, sandwiches and desserts were offered along with champagne. Service was attentive and friendly. It was a lovely afternoon. 👍

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J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food. Afternoon tea was delightful. Will go again.

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PG
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a wonderful experience for afternoon tea with my daughter. We felt so special the way we were treated by the staff. The food was an exceptional experience topped off with some bubbly. I will definantly return soon. Thank you for the fun mother and daughter time

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A very nice way to spend a few hours in Center City

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This reservation was to treat my friend and her kids on Christmas Day who were visiting me from Brooklyn.
The kids and I ordered the prime rib, and we asked for well-done. The waiter immediately rejected the request and said that it was made medium and that was it. I asked him if he could ask the chef first as I understand they might not recommend it that way but it’s the only way that I could eat it. His response then was that I better just order something else instead.
The problem was that it was a set menu and the two other options were a pigeon dish (not my taste) and a tuna dish, which also would have been raw. I was getting ready to walk out and he then offers us to make it “medium-well”. I hesitantly accepted as I knew there weren’t many options on Xmas day.
As we were waiting for our dinner, he kept making comments that I shouldn’t “shoot the messenger” when he wasn’t even understanding that it was his quick dismissal of my request, without talking to the chef and proceeding to tell me to chose something else. We gave up at that point and just waited for the meal to arrive.
Mine was medium-well so I just ate the corners. And the two kids, came out completely medium with blood sitting on top. They didn’t touch it. I didn’t ask or say anything at that point. We just wanted to be done with the experience. Later I checked my bill and saw that the two orders for the two kids were not even ordered as medium-well like mine was. I was so embarrassed with the experience that I gave to my friend and the kids.
The waiter once more at the end tried to blame the chef and I said to him that at this point, I just knew better not to ever return. He didn’t care to let a manager or anyone know about any of this. What’s a shame is that I used to go to their bar for their cocktails as I live a block away. But after this dinning experience, I’m done doing that.

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great shortrib sandwich. Nice room. Attentive service well made cocktails.

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MA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Tea service presentation of loose teas was informative. The food for the tea service is prepared in advance and sits out. Our sandwich breads were hard and affected taste but all the pastries and desserts were good. The champagne was a nice bonus and the wait service was excellent. The hotel has great ambiance but the restaurant where tea was served had no ambiance at all.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hot water was lukewarm, and loose tea leaves were weak. But the scones, sandwiches, and desserts were amazing.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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P
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for high tea. The food, drinks, and service were outstanding!

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j
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely meal at Liberte! At first, I was concerned as it seemed to be "only" a bar, but they accommodated our 8 person party very well at the back of the restaurant. Great Food- not badly priced. Thought the bar drinks were a bit $$.
But had a great meal and would go back again!

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T
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

This afternoon tea felt like a bait and switch. If you have reservations on a weekend, you are seated in their breakfast room--NOT the Liberte Lounge. The ambiance is of a Denny's with French travel posters on the walls. The tables are too small and become so crowded with tea paraphenalia that you cannot see across the table. The Liberte Lounge looked great and mostly empty, but anyone who questioned not being seated in there was told that the hotel uses the breakfast room for tea on weekends because they have "hundreds of guests for tea each Saturday and Sunday." They did not have hundreds of guests when I was there. That policy should be explained upfront in every advertisement instead of claiming that tea is held in the Liberte Lounge. I was not the only person who questioned being seated in the breakfast room. The food was edible, but it had been sitting on the plates for a while and the presentation was very haphazard. Sandwiches appeared as if they were thrown on the plate. If anyone paid full price ($70 for 2 people) instead of using the half-price promotion ($39 for two people), it would be even more disappointing. If you want an elegant tea, skip the Sofitel Philadelphia!

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