Lou Bird's

4.4
218 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...

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 218 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKarimah
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was tasty. My daughter and I had the chicken and waffles. The chicken coating was perfect. I think the taste could've used a little more seasoning, but I still enjoyed the dish. I would definitely return to try something else on the menu!

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ChrisH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was outstanding, the staff friendly, efficient and professional and the ambiance inviting. A wonderful time was had by all.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Good food. Server was nice.

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Kaaren
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner at Lou Bird's - the service was excellent, the food great, and the overall experience five stars!

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JohnC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The outdoor space was exactly what we were looking for: isolated for safety, but still felt social.

The service was good and we were helped by multiple staff members. It was obvious this location was popular due to the amount of filled tables. Perhaps adding more staff would help here as they seemed a bit overwhelmed. Everyone was very nice though, and we weren't in a rush.

The empanadas were fantastic. The crispy chicken sandwich was cooked perfectly (I don't recall cheese being on the menu, but it came on the sandwich - which was fine for me but should be advertised as such).

The gin martini special was VERY good. Unfortunately, there wasn't a published beer or wine list, and the drafts were down due to some technical difficulties with the piping.

A great local place. We'll be back again, hopefully to try the brunch.

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vipReviewer2021
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It took about 20 minutes for our server to greet us and bring water. The hostess was on her cell phone the whole time. Our food came out at different times. An item was missing. The table next to us got up and left after waiting for 10 minutes and no one came over to their table. Perhaps it was an off day, but service was not what we were used to.

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Felipe
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch with nice outdoor seating.

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shaquierra
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! I had the grilled salmon dish and chocolate cake for dessert. The staff was was also great and so nice.

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vipShelley520
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We stopped in for a Monday night dinner and was not disappointed! We aren't from PA but after mentioning to someone that we wanted a nice steak and glass of wine, we were told this was the place to go. The steak was amazing! Great portion sizes and fantastic taste. Thank you for a wonderful dinner!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The food was great, but the manager was not even wearing a mask. He would go up to tables and talk with customers while wearing no mask and rolled up all the silverware without one, too. There was only one waitress outside for over 10 tables, so it wasn’t really her fault, but the service was really slow. Manager seemed to be complaining the whole time when he had only waitress outside on a Saturday night in 70° weather. We had to ask her multiple times to come back and take our order

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Coco
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was very pleasant and seated us right away. Our waitress was very nice and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I went there for brunch it was nice.

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vip9876asdfh
New England
40 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was fine. Slow to come out and slow service, but nice environment

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Pros: waitress was friendly, food was tasty albeit overcooked (medium rare stake was served medium well). Happy ambience. Pleasant night temperature.

Cons: wine list was a choice of 3 reds, all described by the grape alone. Main course came out 10 mins after starters. A full tray of drinks was shattered on the sidewalk (accidents happen) but it took them 15 minutes to clear the glass. Pedestrians were walking through broken glass. Excuse? They said they were busy. The waitress who spilt the drinks just kept serving more drinks, ignoring the situation.

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vipprincetongirl
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Perfect Bistro outdoor dining! We had a wonderful evening.

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MichelleM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great service, food and staff. Will be back!

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vipFresser
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent bloody Mary. Rather limited brunch choices. Several items featured on menu posted on Open Table were absent—pea soup, turkey sandwich. Chicken tenders good, fries outstanding.

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vipSamantha
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

i love lou birds so much - food is good, ambiance is good

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LaurenM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Brought my in-laws here while they were visiting Philadelphia. They arrived early and the servers seated them so they did not have to wait out in the rain. Service was attentive throughout our meal. The food, however, was very meh. I ordered the Chilaquiles and it was so bland, basically some flavorless tortilla chips with an under cooked egg on top. My partner got the chicken and waffles and said it was "fine." I did like my latte though? But overall I was disappointed and hoping for more when bringing out of towners to a such a food rich city!

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vipSamantha
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the 'hole in the wall' feel! The food is really good.

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vipSteveB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Lou Birds for an early Sunday dinner and had a couple more f great cocktails to start and the fried Brussel sprouts, so good. I ordered the burger and wife had the pot pie which we both enjoyed. Waitress was attentive and spoke with the owner he was a nice guy. Will return for another meal soon.

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MarieL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast was very good. Eggs cooked perfectly and sausage moist with hint of maple. Pancakes perfect!

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Sammysue
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A solid option for a night out with friends! Good bar/pub food and decent cocktails.

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KatherineH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dinner spot! Great food, drinks, and feel.

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KelvinC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful and thoughtful staff!

Great food and the best Valentine's atmosphere.

Nest time I'm in Philly I will defiantly book another table!

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AKB16
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there on Valentine’s Day and sat outside. The heating was nice, the wait staff was incredibly kind and the food was great

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PatrickA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was a real bummer.

We had specifically made a reservation here because they offered indoor seating. I was on the phone with my partner and we had reservations elsewhere, but chose here because I had had a good experience in the past and the aforementioned reason.

When we arrived the hostess ushered us to an outside table and set us down. While there were other seats near heaters she sat us at a table near heater, that was pointed directly away from us. Maybe they had larger parties coming in and they were holding them? Fine. She was trying to balance server sections? Fine.

I went back in and told her I had recalled our reservation for being inside, she told me I was incorrect. Fair enough. User error.

What was really disappointing was about 4-5 minutes later she brought another couple outside to a table closer to heater, they weren't pleased either. They came back inside and asked if they could sit inside and she promptly brought them inside.

Maybe something changed in that 4-5 minutes, but we should have been offered to move inside, as we had indicated we thought we understood our reservation as being for indoors. Had we placed an order or been seated for 15 minutes, I could understand leaving us where we were, but this we MINUTES after I spoke with her (in fact, 4-5 may be generous). We had barely received a single coffee, let alone placed our order.

This was supposed to be a Valentine's Day meal and it was a big disappointment.

Thankfully, we promptly left and ended up at Bridget Foy's on South Street, where we had an infinitely better experience.

What was really egregious to me, was

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience2

It was a valentine day brunch… They clearly were not prepared… It was as if they try to squeeze in a brunch… It may be very good for dinner but it was a bad experience…

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Erika
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I have dined at Lou Bird’s pre-COVID and had a pleasant experience. However, my recent experience was disappointing. My party and I were the first to arrive for outdoor dining when the restaurant opened for brunch. We were given water by our server immediately and she asked us if we knew what we wanted to drink. We replied that we’d need just another minute. She did not check on us for 30 minutes, no exaggeration. Next, our heater stopped working and I had to go inside the restaurant to find someone to help us. They came out, briefly tried to fix it, then told us it must be broken and they didn’t have any more heaters available. Meanwhile, the party next to us had TWO! We finally got to order our drinks and food. Another 30 minutes went by without anyone checking on us. We ran out of water. They provided us our drinks and food at the same time. Reminder that we were the first ones there but other patrons had their drinks and food way before us. Overall, very upsetting experience.

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GeorgeD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt welcome from the moment we walked in. Friendly and efficient service; varied menu and food was prepared with pride. Great place to have a good meal and enjoy friends & family. Will be back again.

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vipOpentablecustomer
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible! We had a reservation but were told the people at our table had been there for 5 hours and didn’t want to leave so we weren’t able to sit down. After a while they found a free table for us, then it took about 45 minutes to an hour to get anyone to take our order once we sat down. Inside was 100% capacity, several workers not wearing masks.

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DavidL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Staff was very accommodating, went above and beyond. Cocktails were delicious and well made.

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MarcC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good! Delicious food and great service. Even outside

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service: After checking in, we were about to be seated outside where there was no heater around the table. Upon looking around, there were at least five empty tables with dedicated space heaters. We asked to be seated at a table with a space heater. A couple that checked in after us got seated right away at a table with a dedicated space heater. This table had water and utensils brought to them quickly while we waited over five minutes for the same service.

Food: Husband ordered breakfast sandwich; scrambled eggs were overcooked. I ordered the chilaquiles; eggs were supposed to be over easy but got them sunny side up. Plus, the tortillas chips covered in chili sauce were a bit on the cold side.

Overall experience, not that great.

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amnad25
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing! Fresh ingredients, well made, delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I’ve been here before and the food was great. Food was kind of cold and mushy this time, which was surprising.

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ErinB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

on the weekends the brunch menu is pretty limited and they serve brunch until 3 although the menu said only until 12. Dinner menu doesn't begin until 4PM. We sat down at 2:30 expecting to be able to order the non-brunch menu, but were told we couldnt until 3 so we ordered some drinks and put in our order to be placed in at 3 only to then be told that the kitchen was closing until 4. So we left with just having drinks. Overall strange.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic! Family owned and operated. Just took our son there who moved to the neighborhood this week. They couldn’t have been nicer and more welcoming! Pot pies were so so delicious and filling! The chicken Milanese was one of the best ever! Such a great spot with outdoor dining and heaters for those chilly nights. Can’t wait to come back.

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vipDrDiane
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

They have set up nice outdoor dining with heaters. The chicken taco appetizer was very good. Great homemade guacamole as well.

I would not recommend the tomato soup and grilled cheese. The soup was not well flavored and the grilled cheese was very dry and didn't have enough cheese.

My husband liked the white bean chili and chips and my nephew liked the crab cake sandwich special.

Our server was extremely attentive!

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 218 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.