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Louie Louie Bistro Bar, Philadelphia, PA

Louie Louie Bistro Bar

4.6
4.6
1631 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 82 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French American, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (267) 805-8585
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Albert Alvarado
  • Private party facilities
    Louie Louie is an American bistro with a French flair. Our chefs have crafted menus inspired by French bistros using the freshest and finest seasonal ingredients. Our event concierges and their teams provide each event with individualized attention, dedication to detail, and flawless execution.
  • Private party contact
    Liz Tretter: (484) 451-7414
  • Neighborhood
    University City
  • Cross street
    On Walnut between 36th Street and 37th Street
  • Parking details
    There is a parking garage on Walnut Street between 37th and 38th Streets. Valet parking is available at the Inn of Penn. Metered street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop at the corner of Walnut and 37th Street
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,631 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,631 Reviews
  1. CATTY1

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice restaurant, great wait staff, but the food was just average. Two years ago, the menu offered better fair. Would I recommend this restaurant? Yes. The average Person would enjoy the shared plates and the drinks are everything! They kept flowing and we keep enjoying them.

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  2. DrGMK

    Atlantic City

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was delicious. John our waiter was so nice and accommodating. One of our favorite spots to eat in Philadelphia

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  3. MonicaA

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent variety of food, prepared very well. Service fast and kind. They have specials daily and they are amazing. Good price-food ratio.

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  4. Deenie

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fun place for a girlfriend’s brunch..can get busy so definitely make reservations

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  5. LinetteJ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service never disappoint. Very attentive staff from the moment we walk through the door to walking out. Great staff and great food!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really good and the vibe, I have no complaints about the food. The drinks were good as well however it’s winter time & it was sooooo cold in there. They originally sat us right by the rotating doors when it is less than 30 degrees out. Then they moved us to a corner but I guess whenever someone opened the door all the cold air went rushing to us. So it would be 5 star but was very cold.

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  7. NelsonV

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my fiance here for valentines date night, we loved the food, drinks, and vibe. We recommend 10/10.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service. Excellent food. Venue was crowded and loud.

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  9. Jeannie

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tonight I was disappointed - the other two times I ate at Louie Louie I had very good food. Tonight the chicken was dry and the Caesar salad had almost no dressing on it. I will be back - but will order differently.

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  10. RonL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inedible Caesar salad. Great service. Good soup.

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  11. CharlesM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my lady's favorite restaurant. She always enjoys coming to Louie Louie. Our server, Jenna, was thorough and kind. She explained some drinks to us that were really good choices. My biggest problem was the food was not to the standard that we've come to expect at Louie Louie. I ordered a NY Strip that was mostly fatty and was unfortunately cold when it arrived to the table. This would not dissuade us from returning but it left an otherwise nice night on Valentine's Day with a bad last impression.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Maybe it was just the dish I ordered but I didn’t enjoy the short ribs and polenta. Super dope vibe though. I’ll be back to try a different dish

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was ok . Unfortunately did not meet my expectations

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  14. LouK

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a very good restaurant and dining experience. It is very convenient for going to the Zellerback Theater. There is a very nice lounge area by a fireplace. The service was very good. Our waiter was excellent. This is an expensive restaurant. The two of us ordered low-cost dishes, and yet the meal with 3 glasses of wine was over $140 + tip. The restaurant is noisy, not the worst but the noise subtracted from our enjoyment. Also, I asked for my fish to be medium well done but it came medium rare! I ate it anyway because I didn't want to take the time to fuss about it; it was nevertheless very good-tasting.

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  15. PhilipA

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good choice In University City. Nice menu and great atmosphere

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  16. Meryl

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service. My water glass was constantly being refilled. The manager came by to introduce himself and check on me. He stopped by a second time to see what I thought after I had the dish I came in for. For starters I had the Pear and Blue Cheese Salad which was fabulous. It was a large portion and very filling. The reason I went to Louie Louie is because I saw Coquilles St. Jacques on the menu. They have it on the menu as an appetizer. It's one of my favorite dishes, and you can't find it these days. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations, but I was expecting what I knew and loved, and it was not made the way any Coquille St. Jacques I have ever tasted is made. It was good, though it had a tiny bit too much wine in it. I'm not sure it would have had much flavor if it wasn't for the prominent wine taste though. It also came with a good number of grilled country bread slices, so it was a very filling appetizer. For dessert I got the Pistachio Panna Cotta. It's described as citrus cake, cherry compote, crème fraiche chantilly. It was very good and very rich. I was expecting a cake-like dessert, and the description was misleading. The citrus cake is a very thin layer on the bottom. Most of it was like a cheesecake consistency. Next time I'd like to try their French Onion Soup and I'm definitely getting the Pear and Blue Cheese Salad again. I would suggest making reservations, as it's a very busy restaurant.

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  17. Acoleman

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my parents there for the first time and they really enjoyed themselves. The loved the food especially the French toast and coffee

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  18. JudyF

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Poached eggs. Charged $5 for two pieces of small toasted whole grain bread. Not great value. I asked for a bit more bread and was charged another $5 for bread!

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  19. SusanS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Beautiful surroundings. Will be back!

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  20. DanielD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I would recommend LL based on the occasion. The pricing for a simple lunch (Omelette and BLT, Fries) was ridiculous. Easier to justify for dinner like entrees/experience. Thanks

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  21. DelcoDiner

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding French Food. We had Onion Soup, Mussels, Short Ribs & Pana Cotta. Great atmosphere.

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  22. DinerDan

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just be aware that the Strip Steak and Fries are "Truffle" fries. Too truffly for my taste!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Messed up friends order even when we specified a few times. The waitress was sweet about it but it was annoying for us

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  24. at24

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited Philly and heard that the restaurant was a fan favourite. We had dinner there on a Saturday night and it was very busy! Would definitely recommend having a reservation, because even with a reservation, we were waiting about 15/20 minutes for our table. The food was delicious, but the sides that came with the main dishes were cold, as if they were waiting around. I would definitely go back if I'm in Philly again.

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  25. BarbaraG

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered French onion soup, truffle fries and friend got a Caesar Salad. Soup was okay, just missing a depth to its flavor. Fries were tasty, but mostly just crumbles after the normal length fries on top. My friend's salad looked particularly UNinspired.. The atmosphere is beautiful and totally reminiscent of a French bistro. Shame the food and quality of service (waitress was AWOL at the beginning of the service and apologized, but one of the hostesses had already taken our order, and when she came with the dessert menu, she didn't bother to clean our table of the crumbs after the dishes were cleared) don't match that level. Right across the street from the Zellerbach Theater, though - big plus!

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  26. tm1949

    Philadelphia

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place feels much like a typical French bistro. The place is large but it feels comfortable. Chicken liver mousse appetizer was exceptional as were the modules et frites. The duck breast missed the mark. Lot of chewy parts and the skin was not edible. The orzo with pesto was very good. The panna cotta was superb, as were the cocktails. The service is impeccable.

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  27. BarbaraG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening at Louie Louie last night before our PennLiveArts performance conveniently across the street. Food was excellent (clams, arugula and pear and blue cheese salad, tuna nicoise, skirt steak, and chocolate tarts). Service was friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere in general was warm and lively. We look forward to a return visit.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As we have gotten used to in the past, everything was terrific! Had a group of rather boisterous neighbors which I was afraid would bother us, but everything else was so perfect, it did not matter one bit. From a lighter fare (salad) to the massive, generously proportioned quiche, we had a typically wonderful brunch. Our server was excellent, too!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we absolutely love and adore Louie Louie!! we just wish there were more gluten free and vegetarian main dishes and gluten free desserts!! but always a delish and beautiful time!

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  30. Mimi

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good vibes, I love the food and was a good restaurant to come to

    1 person found this helpful

  31. EriD

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience and service. We had the Smoked Salmon Rillettes shared plate which was amazing, the crab louis salad and the Wild Mushroom Angolotti which was made perfectly. The drinks were icing on the cake. The Bergamot is a must. Looking forward to visiting next time I'm in Philadelphia.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. MichaelK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Halibut was completely overdone with bones in it. Better place for burgers and mussels.

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  33. KellyS

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eve our server was absolutely great. The blt on a croissant was good

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  34. skvdl

    Baltimore

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I write this review through tears of happiness. My heart is just full of gratitude for the beyond perfect Birthday Brunch you made for my mom. Everyone from management- you are so lucky to have Kelsey- to bus staff wished Mom happy birthday. The birthday Sash you made was beautiful. She hung it in apt. Every little detail was so thoughtfully presented. The food was perfection. Your new Chef is amazing. Logan, our server, is an absolute sweetheart. Mom was Soo happy. Thank you again.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. Karrie

    Atlantic City

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our luncheon at Louie Louie. Great service. Loved the special soup and the coffees. The sandwiches were awesome.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress Christina was amazing. The food was incredible. Well seasoned, delicious and a great variety.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. JackS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a wonderful meal. The room was very nice and the waiter was great. The food was top notch as was the cocktails. The bacon wrapped date appetizer was fantastic. The only reason for 4 stars was that we indicated it was our birthday celebration when we made the reservation but no one mentioned it. That's a dropped ball from the host/hostess. But we'd definitely be back. It was a great meal.

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  38. BeaGL

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a pleasant, easy experience after Annenberg performance! Thank You!

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  39. J9bau

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night! Staff was attentive, food was delicious! Celebrated our daughter’s birthday…and the creme brûlée was delicious! We’ll be back for sure!

    1 person found this helpful

  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my 2nd time going to Louie Louie & just like the first time they didn’t disappoint. I had the house-made Brioche, the braised short rib with creamy polenta & the crème brûlée for dessert and everything was perfect. The cocktails are amazing as well, I had my new favorite white cosmopolitan & it was just as delicious as my first visit. Definitely recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

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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 4.6 stars by 1631 OpenTable diners.

Louie Louie Bistro Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 82 times today

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Google Map for Louie Louie Bistro Bar

3611 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On Walnut between 36th Street and 37th Street
  • Neighborhood
    University City
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French American, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There is a parking garage on Walnut Street between 37th and 38th Streets. Valet parking is available at the Inn of Penn. Metered street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop at the corner of Walnut and 37th Street
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Albert Alvarado
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (267) 805-8585
  • Private party facilities
    Louie Louie is an American bistro with a French flair. Our chefs have crafted menus inspired by French bistros using the freshest and finest seasonal ingredients. Our event concierges and their teams provide each event with individualized attention, dedication to detail, and flawless execution.
  • Private party contact
    Liz Tretter: (484) 451-7414
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