Louie Louie Bistro Bar

4.5
806 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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 806 people are saying
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vipEFoodie
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server was really nice but very busy and not attentive. Forgot to put in our wine order, lemons for water and didn’t check in too often. Sweet personality though....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The noise level was very high. The cost was much higher than it should have been. Good food but not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very crowded. Service and staff very good.

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vipPhilaBookman
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dinner with business friends. Food was very good, service fine, good drink selection.

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SandraM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was excellent. The atmosphere was great. We sat outside but its just unfortunate that the street is extremely busy.

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WilliamC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food quality generally is below par. Service is not good. Won't return

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TimM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service and plenty of staff. Good food and drinks were great.

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vipBeenThere
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was excellent, service was dismal

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Mojo
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for brunch, our server was great, the food was delicious.

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vipRachelT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing brunch menu! Food was delicious. The French onion soup is a must have.

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AdrianneE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I went for dinner. Restaurant was beautiful. Food could use more seasoning. Service was friendly and moderately attentive. I'd like to go back to try bunch or lunch

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vipmichellec
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such pretty decor

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vipPalletteQueen
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks, with okay service – I think our main server was new, and some of the other helpers were a bit rushed. We dined outside, which was in a very cute space, but it got very loud because of a large party next to us and the tent kind of trapped all the sound. Regardless, we had a very enjoyable meal and evening.

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Local
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We sat outside. Great weather, but the inside ambiance is much better. Food was great, came out in good time. Seems to be slightly short staffed but during these times that’s expected. Would go again, great place to go.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting is always beautiful, staff is terrific in particular or server Avery. Beautiful spot for a nice, special lunch. They went out of their way to give my birthday guest desert.

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vipEleanor
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable outdoor seating that has servings to protect tables from the rain, but plenty of air flow. Good, rich food. Excellent service.

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KomlanA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience and customer service. Will go back again soon.

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vipJ3030
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff - from the chef to the servers to the hosts were excellent and so friendly and accommodating. The food and drinks were also amazing.

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Iowagirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Extremely slow service, hard to get our server’s attention. Worst martini I’ve ever had, served in a tumbler with olives tossed loosely into the glass. When asked about the cheese plate, our server identified one of the cheeses as “cow’s milk.” The whole cheese plate was a disorganized mess. Flabby skin on the duck confit and roast chicken. We had heard great things about this restaurant and we were deeply disappointed.

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JoAnnM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked this place because of the location near U of P, without any prior knowledge of the place, and we were glad we did! Cocktails...AMAZING! Food...get the truffle fries!!! Really cute place, feels like you're brunching in Paris. Already looking for excuses to go back!

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vipDrDiane
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Normally, I enjoy a business lunch but it was disappointing. My onion soup was not hot and the bread special that the waiter recommended was extremely dry. It was also supposed to have sun dried tomatoes which there were two small slices only. My work colleague got the salmon carpiaccio and it was the smallest dish I have ever seen.

My other colleague got the quiche of the day- His was the only thing worthwhile.

My first time there since May 2021 and I was TRULY DISAPPOINTED!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I imagine breakfast to be very good, but lunch was subpar to be sure. The selection is small and the food looked good on our plates but nothing really tasted very good. The decor is Art Deco and Uber cool, but everything else fell flat. Would not go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Large table next to us was a large party, and they got quite rowdy on a Saturday afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Parents weekend

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AlanaE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. The food and service were excellent.

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vipNeville
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just a delightful spot—in the heart of University City—a go-to place.

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Bonsgoutsdanslesquartiers
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Louie Louie is reliable, but I really wish they would try to be exceptional.

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vipSpartacus
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A nice place for college students and out of towners looking for a bite. However, service can be a little slow.

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LauraH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I don’t know what was going on but we had three separate waitresses take care of us - well, “take care” isn’t the right phrase. We only saw them when they took our drink and food order, when we got our food and when I had to hunt someone down to get the check.
Food was fine fore brunch, building has a cool aesthetic, but I wouldn’t recommend after the service we got.

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Datenight
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

No coffee available for service 10-10:15pm. Short staffed, brunch menu limited. There are probably better choices, if going out in area I would think??? (Was just visiting area 1st time.)

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vipBlond
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I were at Louie Louie to celebrate her birthday. We both were very impressed with the restaurant. The food was excellent. If I’m in that area again, I will stop back. Wonderful choice.

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katherine
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere.

Unfortunately, our server threw out the food we hoped to take home with us.

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HArrietS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wedge salad was good but when I asked for arugula instead of the wedge I got a small handful of arugula- could have been more generous. Presentation was good but the added tofu was much too expensive for what it is.

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koalatravlr
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Found wax good, although serving trout skin side up scared me, was fine turned over. Friday at 7:00 place was 3/4 full, but already too loud to have normal conversation. Will go back for brunch.

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vipProfessorjc
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great gathering place. Menu has fewer entrees than before the pandemic. But enough to keep the French accent to the place.

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BrunelloMan
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and drink as always. Service quite slow, had to ask for missing item. Maybe just understaffed. Love hat you can reserve outdoor table. My go-to place on Penn campus.

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vipPhilaBookman
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

After an afternoon of consulting work at the Penn library I met my business partner here for an early dinner and business talk. We ate al fresco and very much enjoy the foot, it’s variety and prices. Service was a bit disappointing. There should be a wait staffer stationed outside who can attend to missing utensils, finding one’s waiter, etc. But will definitely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Service was terrible.

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JessicaM
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My waiter was excellent and the food was delicious. The shrimp are back on the menu and they are delicious!
Only issue was host saying I could not have a table because I was a walk in. Made an open table reservation and then I was able to come. Only reason I did was because I come here when in town and I knew the food and service would outshine the host’s unwelcoming attitude.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the food down to the soft playing Music was amazing
but my all time favorite was the cocktails

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You can order delivery directly from Louie Louie Bistro Bar using the Order Online button. Louie Louie Bistro Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 805-8585.

Louie Louie Bistro Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 806 OpenTable diners.

Louie Louie Bistro Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://fearless.mfmark.com/fbcanvas.

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.