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Lou Bird's, Philadelphia, PA

Lou Bird's

4.4
4.4
313 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

A modern­ day bistro, the Lou Bird’s team looks forward to welcoming the Rittenhouse and Graduate Hospital neighborhoods to its intimate bar, dining room and cafe­style outdoor seating. Lou Bird’s strives to provide the kind of food, beverage and hospitality that its guests will share great stories about. With owners Norris and Debbie Jordan, at the helm, Lou Bird’s has taken flight as a proud new destination within the ever­growing Center City restaurant scene. And who is Lou? Come in to ask us and find out...

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Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 804-7977

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Robert Wallen

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate up to 75 for cocktail parties and up to 50 for plated dinners. Please call for details.

  • Private party contact

    Joshua Jenkins: (267) 804-7977

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    20th & Lombard

  • Parking details

    Parking is validated for the Parksafe garage at 2031 a half block west of the restaraunt.

  • Public transit

    Westbound Bus Rte 40 at 20th st.<br />Northbound Bus Rte 17 at Lombard

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Saturday & Sunday Brunch | 11:00am - 3:00pm

Entrées

  • Breakfast Sandwich$10.00

    eggs, cheese, bacon or sausage on english muffin

    • Cap't Nono's Dollar Pancakes$12.00

      with lemon curd and maple syrup - (chocolate chips for those under 12!)

      • Eggs 'Anyway You like Em'$11.00

        All plates come with breakfast potatoes, and fruit

        • Chicken 'N' Waffles$13.00

          fruit preserves & maple syrup

          • Chilaquiles$13.00

            fried tortillas, chili pepper sauce, sour cream, and onion topped with two over easy eggs

            • Peg's Cinnamon French Toast$12.00

              served with Vermont Maple syrup

              • Lou Bird's Mash$12.00

                eggs, potatoes, onions, peppers, tomatoes, choice of bacon or sausage

                • Chicken Tenders$11.00

                  served with french fries

                  Drinks

                  • Tea Assortment$3.50

                    La Colombe Coffee

                    • Regular & Decaf$2.50

                      • Espresso$3.00

                        • Cappuccino$4.00

                          • Latte$4.00

                            Cocktails

                            • Lou Bird Bloody Mary$12.00

                              • The Happy Rooster Mimosa$12.00

                                Sides

                                • Bacon$3.00

                                  • Sauasge$3.00

                                    • Large Fruit Cup$5.00

                                      • English Muffin$2.00

                                        Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                        What 313 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                        4.4
                                        4.4 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.4Food
                                        • 4.3Service
                                        • 4.1Ambience
                                        • 4.2Value

                                        NoiseModerate

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                                        1. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          6 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This place is tops all the way around. It has great service, huge portions, and an inviting ambiance. Be sure to make this a romance destination.

                                        2. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New England

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          loved it, loved the server, loved the experience, always clean and always have a great time

                                        3. N

                                          Nan417

                                          Philadelphia

                                          56 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          56 reviews

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall4food4service2ambience5

                                          One of our favorite spots. Outdoor seating was nice. New menu is outstanding. So many choices. Service was spotty. Lots of people stopping by the table, but long waits for drinks. Off night.

                                        4. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                          overall2food4service1ambience3

                                          Took an hour and a half to get 5 salads, and the server told us it was our fault because we wanted to add salmon and they said there was none left and they had to remake them. But saw someone order salmon after us and get it. Incredibly rude servers and slow wait time, but atleast the food was good.

                                        5. PA

                                          ParcAddict

                                          Philadelphia

                                          11 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                          The brunch food was great! The home fries were a little spicy with the Croque Madam. Loved the chicken and waffles! Where we were seated there were what appeared to be workers (not servers) walking around talking very loudy past our table. They just seemed to mill about near our table.

                                        6. BA

                                          BruceA

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Really good food and service. Nice place tucked away in a nice area of the city. Enjoyed our meal and service.

                                        7. A

                                          Abeline

                                          Philadelphia

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on April 27, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          I was looking for a restaurant near Graduate Hospital. Lou Bird's was a blind choice and turned out to be somewhere I will return. I am not able to eat a lot at one time, but my burger was so tasty I ate all but a tiny bit. My dining partner had the chicken sandwich that was so good but so big, she is taking the rest for lunch. There was a good variety of dishes in addition to what we ate. The food was good, but the people who work there could not have nicer. You really felt they were genuine when they spoke to you.

                                        8. S

                                          Steaklover

                                          Pittsburgh

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Great service and great food at great prices! Only criticism was seating us against a wall where our group had to scoot in and out of quite awkwardly. There was another table out in the open across from where we were sat that would have been a better option.

                                        9. R

                                          Reviewer16

                                          New York Area

                                          6 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall3food3service4ambience3

                                          This was an ok experience. It is a good location and the staff is very nice. The prices are reasonable. There's just not anything remarkable about the food or experience.

                                        10. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          8 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on April 2, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          So many good things on the menu, we will definitely be back to try more. Everything we had was delicious!

                                        11. SW

                                          ScottW

                                          Philadelphia

                                          6 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on March 25, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          I got the fried chicken sandwich and thought it was delicious. My wife got the cheese plate and did not have the same assessment. She thought it probably should not have been served based on the freshness and sampling of fruit. She said this probably wasn’t worth it for $16. We do like the restaurant we just hope they take that into account when they read this review and revisit that menu item.

                                        12. PV

                                          PierreV

                                          Toronto

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Great outdoor seating, delicious food - all five guests were happy. Would go again any day

                                        13. a

                                          audreyfg

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 1, 2022

                                          overall2food3service2ambience3

                                          Either my waitress gave herself a $40 tip or they charged me for two meals. They also messed up my order.

                                        14. F

                                          Felipe

                                          Philadelphia

                                          3 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on February 13, 2022

                                          overall3food4service2ambience2

                                          Did you have most items on the menu and they didn't inform you before ordering.

                                        15. TW

                                          TamikaW

                                          Las Vegas

                                          16 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          16 reviews

                                          Dined on February 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food and service was awesome! We will definitely be going back soon!

                                        16. T

                                          Tracy11

                                          Philadelphia

                                          24 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          24 reviews

                                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                                          overall3food3service5ambience3

                                          Food was good, service was excellent. I gave it 3 stars due to the lack of no vegetables on the menu available for purchase. This may have been due to the fact that they were only offering a Brunch menu.(Saturday)

                                        17. s

                                          susan

                                          Dallas

                                          29 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          29 reviews

                                          Dined on February 3, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We had a very enjoyable meal at Lou Birds! Our server was attentive and “can-do,” and the food was delicious. I had the salmon plat with veggies. The salmon was cooked perfectly and had wonderful flavor. Husband said it was the best burger he had eaten in Philly. The chocolate cake was a fitting end to our meal. We will definitely return to this restaurant!

                                        18. S

                                          Serena

                                          Philadelphia

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on February 2, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          We love Lou Bird's! They've done a great job with outdoor dining. Delightful, unassuming, the food is consistently good, good cocktail menu.

                                        19. BP

                                          BPatel

                                          Philadelphia

                                          8 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on January 24, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                          Good happy hour

                                        20. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 22, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great restaurant! Quality service and the food was delicious.

                                        21. l

                                          lane

                                          San Francisco

                                          6 reviews

                                          1.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on January 22, 2022

                                          overall1food1service2ambience2

                                          When we got there they tried to put us outside in 15 degree weather, despite having indoor reservations. The other option was to sit at the bar. They had a very very limited menu. The entree came and it wasn’t as described. We will never go back.

                                        22. V

                                          Vick

                                          Philadelphia

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on January 22, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          The food and service was fabulous, the only draw back was that they ran out of cheesecake and people in our party did not eat chocolate cake which was the only other option. Other than that, we had a fabulous time and definitely will go back again. The owner even stopped at the table to talk with us and tell us where the name of the restaurant originated. Awesome time!

                                        23. T

                                          Tylerw

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The pot pie was delicious. Chicken in every bite. Brussels were also amazing.

                                        24. C

                                          Conner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          10 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          10 reviews

                                          Dined on January 17, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          A beautiful gem nestled in Rittenhouse. The ambiance was lovely, the food was delicious and the service was great.

                                        25. K

                                          Kayla

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 16, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Loved this place! Went here during restaurant week and the penne alla vodka was amazing! Great service as well.

                                        26. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 16, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food, excellent service and very nice owner! Highly recommend 👍

                                        27. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          7 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on January 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great dinner menu and strong drinks!🥃

                                        28. TL

                                          TroyL

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 15, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Aside from Phillys rule for vax proof. We loved the atmosphere and food. Great location

                                        29. H

                                          Heather

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 14, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Casual place with great drinks, food and service.

                                        30. SB

                                          SteveB

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          I’ve been several times and the food has never disappointed!

                                        31. S

                                          Stephie

                                          Philadelphia

                                          5 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on January 11, 2022

                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                          Went on a Tuesday night and it’s restaurant week! To our surprise, we were only able to order the restaurant week menu instead off the full menu. Food was subpar, wasn’t anything too fantastic that would get me to come back.

                                        32. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          31 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          31 reviews

                                          Dined on December 4, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food and excellent staff! We cannot wait to return again.

                                        33. D

                                          Dhhahshhdhhdikdhdh

                                          San Francisco

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on November 24, 2021

                                          overall3food2service5ambience4

                                          Food was mediocre at best. The lobster Mac and cheese for 20$ had a scant amount of lobster and the sauce had less than half the flavor of a powder packet from a box of Kraft. The flatbread was fine, but overpriced. The beer was cold, so that was good. Server was above average and friendly. I’d go back if someone else was paying.

                                        34. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New Orleans

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on November 21, 2021

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Great food. Lobster bisque to die for. Cocktails are nothing to write home about. Overall good.

                                        35. PR

                                          PeterR

                                          Philadelphia

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on November 18, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Prompt service. Very nice staff. The food was fantastic. I look forward to returning there.

                                        36. SB

                                          SusanB

                                          New York Area

                                          15 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          15 reviews

                                          Dined on November 6, 2021

                                          overall2food2service2ambience2

                                          Pretty mediocre food. Disappointing.

                                        37. CH

                                          ChrisH

                                          Philadelphia

                                          12 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on November 6, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Always an outstanding meal.

                                        38. g

                                          gr8mood

                                          Philadelphia

                                          124 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          124 reviews

                                          Dined on October 24, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Love the atmosphere in this place. Also great that they have windows wide open and ample outdoor seating. Owner is very involved and friendly. Seems to treat the staff well. Brunch was excellent. Delicious Bloody Mary as well.

                                        39. PF

                                          Philly4Food

                                          Philadelphia

                                          158 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          158 reviews

                                          Dined on October 9, 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                          After a delay in being acknowledged by our waitress service improved and was outstanding. The food was well prepared - lobster bisque, flat bread, Swedish meatballs, chicken pot pie, lobster role, summer and Lombard salads, etc. - were excellent and very good value. We all enjoyed our dinners and will return.

                                        40. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on October 3, 2021

                                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                                          Good burger but that’s about it

                                        Safety precautions

                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                          • Contactless payment available
                                        • Physical distancing

                                          • Limited number of seated diners
                                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                          • Extra space between tables
                                        • Protective equipment

                                          • Waitstaff wear masks
                                          • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                        • Screening

                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                        FAQs

                                        Lou Bird's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 804-7977.

                                        Lou Bird's is rated 4.4 stars by 313 OpenTable diners.

                                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                        Booked 6 times today
                                        Google Map for Lou Bird's

                                        500 S 20th St Philadelphia, PA 19147

                                        Dining areas

                                        Additional information

                                        • Cross street

                                          20th & Lombard

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          Center City

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          American

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress code

                                          Casual Dress

                                        • Parking details

                                          Parking is validated for the Parksafe garage at 2031 a half block west of the restaraunt.

                                        • Public transit

                                          Westbound Bus Rte 40 at 20th st.Northbound Bus Rte 17 at Lombard

                                        • Payment options

                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Executive chef

                                          Robert Wallen

                                        • Additional

                                          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                        • Phone number

                                          (267) 804-7977

                                        • Private party facilities

                                          We can accommodate up to 75 for cocktail parties and up to 50 for plated dinners. Please call for details.

                                        • Private party contact

                                          Joshua Jenkins: (267) 804-7977

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