Lou Bird's

4.3
240 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 240 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
ambience
4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kate
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall pretty good experience. They seemed understaffed (like most places right now so we were pretty understanding), but it's hard to be patient when the staff is constantly behind and undertrained. Food was decent, but overall probably wouldn't go back for brunch.

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vipGenevieve
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Everyone seemed discombobulated when we got there but we were finally seated. Staff was great when they were around which wasn’t often. Food was excellent. Toward the end of our meal they turned the television on really loudly which was not good so we hurried up and left. There was AC inside which was excellent.

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MattA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. Only downfall was the slow service. Felt like it took forever to get our first round of drinks and for our food to eventually come out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre food, rushed service, really nothing to write home about.

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Alana
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cool ambiance inside. Restaurant week menu was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I use to go to lou birds and it was a bit more classy of a feel then when I recently went. The food was pretty good but I don’t think I would recommend or go back.

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Kelsey
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our Reservation was for 6:30. My friend and I were catching up in the beginning of dinner, but then finally realized no waiter had checked in with us. We began trying to flag waiters down, finally got one guy's attention and finally put a drink order in around 7:10 (Yes 40 minutes later!) We put our food in at the same time hoping it would come out fast since we had already waited so long. A different waitress came up to us and explained to us it was supposed to be her table and not the guy we flagged down. How was that our fault? We don't need to be involved in your restaurant politics we just want to be served. At that point we were ready for another drink. We put in 2 of their passionfruit mojitos with the new waitress. She comes back with a Paloma and Plain Mojito? At that point we didn't even have the energy to fight her and honestly hoped it was a mix up and they would end up being free. Then our food came out. They brought my friends Salmon, but brought me a lobster roll when I had ordered Chicken Milanese. Instead of at least leaving the salmon when I told them the mistake, they took them both back and we then had to wait another 15 minutes for the correct food to come out. A manager or someone came up and apologized that they had missed us in the beginning but offered no form of compensation and honestly just kind of laughed and shrugged. When we got our check at the end not one thing was comped!!!! After all of that absolutely horrible service. She even charged us for 2 margaritas instead of the drinks we actually got. At that point it had been 2.5 hours and we just wanted to go home! Definitely don't recommend here. Maybe it is fine when there are no covid restrictions and it is just a night time bar. Definitely not a restaurant I would expect to be a part of Restaurant Week... They should not be allowed to participate next year.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vib, great service, great food!!

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KennethM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The noise level was high due to being outside. The food was excellent and the service friendly. We went during Philadelphia Restaurant Week but intended to return and sample their regular menu.

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Greg
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Service was abysmally slow. Food was pretty decent but definitely not worth the price. It took an hour for us to get our appetizers and we didn’t get our desserts until 2 hours into our dining experience. Ambiance was great though and the waitress was friendly. It was just the horribly slow service that makes it so I can’t recommend it.

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LucasE
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is very friendly and involved. We had a slight mix up, but he took good care of us after. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Raymundo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice spot near Rittenhouse Square; can seem myself returning next time I'm in the area.

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vipSaki
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good when it arrived, but service was excruciatingly slow.

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DonnaF
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and I am still not use to street noises - but everyone was friendly and made me feel welcomed

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vipMAMF
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a lovely evening. We did not realize it was restaurant week which is a busy time for a restaurant

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AlexanderD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff. Flavorful food. Hardworking folks. Enjoyed the dinner very much.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sat for 35 minutes without having our order taken. Ended up walking out.

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Mic120
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food is tasty, but it takes forever to arrive!

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podcastdope
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is your classic elevated gastropub. The cocktails are fun, and the owner (Lou probably) served every table at least once. When we had an issue with our food (one of the sandwiches didn't have a good condiment), he was very receptive and grabbed us something tasty ASAP. Can't wait to come back for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Went for brunch. Chicken and waffles were simple but good. This place is more casual than I expected. Mimosa was huge, so that’s a plus. We were seated indoors, though, and there was no music playing and the room we were in was acting almost as a temporary storage room for the restaurant rather than a dining room. I know covid has totally turned some restaurants upside down, though. Seems like they’re reorganizing. Seems like a good place to grab a beer at the bar or a quick bite outside for a casual dinner.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The owner was amazing! He handled our long wait w grace. Then it went bad......we were given used cups they smelled of alcohol. The wait was long for food so we didn't bother to order drinks. Again....the owner was the saving grace. We will return to check it out again we believe in second chances.

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ErinA
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

As are all restaurants, Lou Birds was understaffed and we waited over an hour for our food. was just the 2 of us outdoors and it wasn't crowded.

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vipKarimah
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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 on May 8, 2021
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
41 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
8 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

FAQs

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

Lou Bird's is rated 4.3 stars by 240 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.