Louie Louie Bistro Bar

4.6
670 Reviews
$30 and under
French American
Located in University City, Louie Louie is an American bistro with a French inspired menu offering seasonal, ingredient-inspired dishes based on a classical combination of flavors. House-made pastries and an extensive beverage program highlighting wines by the glass and bottle as well as seasonal specialty cocktails and craft beers add to the dining experience. The décor pays homage to Art Nouveau and European cafes with a touch of the 1970s. Traditional wood tones, reclaimed subway tiles, tried and true black and white marble stones as flooring and wainscoting and blue and buttery leathers, fabrics and patterns bring color and graphic identities to the space. The Lounge offers custom lux seating, perfect for gathering with friends for cocktails and snacks. Outdoor seating reminiscent of French cafes is the ideal spot for dining and people watching.
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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 670 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.6
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Restaurant was empty on on Sunday night. Maybe 4 other tables. New waitress, didn’t know a salad was an appetizer and should come out with the soups and other salad. Dumped fries on my purse. Really needs more training and better listening skills.
Hostess and Maya were lovely as well as the bartenders

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marthag
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelly was such a wonderful server! She was so awesome and made our experience top notch. We loved her and will definitely be coming back to see her again!

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CorrieF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Drinks were slower than expected but delicious when they arrived. Seemed a little understaffed in general but very friendly overall and happy hour prices are great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Great place for drinks, any of the cocktails are great, and the atmosphere is undeniably appealing, however I would not recommend for dinner. I’ve visited three times, and every time I’m disappointed- there are WAY better places to dine in the city at the same if not better price point.

If you do end up going, calamari you can’t go wrong with, but you can go majorly wrong with the oysters (they’re an absolute joke) and the rabbit pappardelle.

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vipJake
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good, not great. Ambiance was awesome -- really cool place for a date.

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cass
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious mussels excellent service prices were very reasonable

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AnateY
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great ! The food better than the dessert but we had a great experience overall I’m definitely coming back !

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foodiemom
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great dinner at Louie Louie, delicious varied dishes, good service, nice space for having a conversation. Our table was in a far room, where we were able to talk and hear each other!) and linger.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. My husband and I shared the Bacon Wrapped Dates to start. I had the Louie Wedge Salad and he had the French Dip. The food was outstanding. They even chopped the wedge salad for me in the kitchen. Great restaurant!

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MichelleE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It is such a great vibe, it might be smart to put in sound absorption.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

It was hot with no umbrella and food took long to come out.

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, very nice atmosphere. Only issue was taking forever to get drinks, otherwise would have gotten another round.

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CatherineD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed some dinner on a day trip to Philadelphia and through a stroke of luck we chose Louie Louie. What a perfect place to end a lovely day! Great vibe, great food and great service. Totally enjoyable experience and I’ll be heading there the next time I’m in Philadelphia.

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vipDelighted
Philadelphia
176 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food much better than our last visit, pre-COVID. Pear salad very fresh and tasty. Truffle fries scrumptious! Bread amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great corner table for a cute date. Drinks were amazing! And the food was good but small portions. Beautiful atmosphere and scenery. I would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Travel brunch date

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MichaelP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice setting
..great happy hour

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mdkangaroo
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Wonderful dinner after touring Upenn. Service lovely and attentive. Roast chicken dish was exceptionally good-
Salmon with rustic grimich tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and great ambiance

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LizH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After months of cooking, cleaning, endless dishes, a lunch at Louie Louie had finally given us the mini vacation we so desperately needed. Fabulous decor, interesting and surprising menu choices, clever cocktails, and lovely staff. Kelly was a delight, and made our meal memorable. The excellent moules frites, escargot au gratin, and mushroom ravioli were different and oh so delicious. We made reservations to come back before we even made it home, highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing, we got the French onion soup, shrimp and grits, French dip sandwich, and the roasted beet salad and it was all just so good. The staff here is also very kind, which I appreciate since sometimes when you go somewhere that looks very nice the people can be a little lackluster. Great experience, will be returning soon!

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vipRashawnH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is great and the service was good as well.

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BarryR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very noisy.

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Jess
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cool place and interesting menu, but the food just lacked a certain something. Presented nicely, but the taste was only fair - perhaps the combination, seasoning or freshness of ingredients was not up to the test. Service very good, though.

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PeterY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The open concept bar/restaurant did make it a bit loud at first but when the large group left the bar it was much quieter and quite peaceful. The eggplant and chicken dishes were fabulous!! Will definitely eat here again!

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GERALDR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good service, excellent food and convenient location

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place! I loved the ambiance and our waitress, Erica was exceptional. The “White Cosmopolitan” was SO tasty! As was the sorbet! We only ate appetizers(calamari and oysters), no complaints there. I’d highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was lovely except WE were seated near a person who brought his dog and the dog’s hair was blowing everywhere in the outdoor seating area.

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AmberM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We reserved outdoor seating, but when we were sat we were directly in the sun (their 2 tops were not shaded only the tables for the larger parties). We requested to be moved and were sat inside, but our service was slower (I think it was because they didn't reassign our waitress, so she was monitoring tables outside as well as our table inside). Food came out quickly (not delivered by our waitress). Drinks, refills, and the check handled by our waitress was slow. The food was delicious. The portion sizes were moderate (not fine dining small) and not so huge you couldn't possibly eat it all.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience with Louie Louie when planning a special graduation event in the Rose Room. Casey in particular was incredibly helpful and responsive during the planning process.

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Goyasauce
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had reservations and were seated in about 5 minutes. Our server Alex was great. Food was delicious my first time ever eating escargot. Drinks were mixed well, we enjoyed our experience their.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and music were amazing!

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Jill
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Servers were very rude and had an attitude because of our food restrictions and vegetarian diets. Food was average and nothing special. They also gave us a horrible table and were unpleasant when we kindly asked for another one. Overall, the restaurant has nothing besides its aesthetically pleasing food. It is an overpriced restaurant that I would never recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Graduation

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SaigeB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I went for my birthday and it was my first time at Louie Louie. The food was great but the service was slow and the restaurant was practically empty.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and had excellent service. Food took a little longer than I would’ve liked but was well worth the wait. Definitely a little pricey, but what I was expecting. Sat outside but the ambiance inside looked amazing. Will definitely be returning!

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Geno
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!

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vipLamarC
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Love the wine menu. The truffle fries are really good. The salmon rilettes is a go-to when you need a light lunch or dinner. Love the sorbet for dessert.

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JenniferV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

As a frequent diner at Louie Louie, I was so very disappointed with our treatment. They lied to our faces about our seating. I guess they didn't like how we looked or want to favor other patrons. Sad to say I will not be going back or recommending to others.

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Louie Louie Bistro Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 670 OpenTable diners.

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