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Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, Syracuse, NY

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

4.6
4.6
500 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Originally known as Phoebe's Garden Café, the restaurant has a long and colorful history in Syracuse. Local lore claims that the building was originally a brothel, and Phoebe was its madam.
In the summer of 2004, Phoebe's experienced a refreshing makeover with a bright new look in the atrium dining room with fresh paint, new upholstery, and artwork. The coffee lounge also opened that year, and it became an instant hit with the surrounding university and business crowd. Those changes also warranted a new name to reflect the updated attitude and ambiance: Phoebe's Restaurant and Coffee Lounge. Classic elements of Phoebe's remain untouched—the French onion soup and enticing crème brulee, for example, but other menu items change seasonally.
The Lounge also has its own seating area and free wireless internet capabilities. Phoebe's old world charm is right at home in a revitalized area of the city.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:30 am–2:30 pm Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (315) 475-5154
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ben Burr
  • Private party facilities
    We offer two rooms for private events. Our parlor dining room is ideal for 15-35 people and offers a more intimate setting. The atrium dining room will accommodate up to 60 people. You'll find our menu options and party planning info at https://phoebessyracuse.com/private-events . Give us a call at 315.475.5154 | Quality since 1976
  • Neighborhood
    Syracuse
  • Cross street
    Irving Ave
  • Parking details
    Parking can be found along East Genesee Street, in the parking lot along Irving Ave or parking garage along Irving Ave.
  • Public transit
    Located on the Syracuse University bus line - Connective Corridor and Centro route
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 500 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Best Overall

  • Central New York

    Best Service

  • Central New York

    Best Ambiance

  • Central New York

    Best Value

  • Central New York

    Good for business meals

  • Central New York

    Good for groups

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Neighborhood gem

  • Central New York

    Most Booked

500 Reviews
  1. KKNC

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always such a treat to go to Phoebe’s when we visit Syracuse. We started coming years ago when our oldest was active in the SU acting program. It’s the perfect spot near the Syracuse Stage. We were thrilled to know this treasure so we could return with our youngest son. We were grateful they could accommodate a big enough table for all his close college pals. The food was incredible and a special place to gather. Thank you to all who made it a perfect night.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service and delicious food! Such a pretty place!

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  3. Mari

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appreciate sep checks for group of 7 friends, many people don’t have cash and always use credit card. Wait staff person friendly and helpful

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  4. williamelliott

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good place before the Syracuse stage play. Food is very good.

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  5. TricKow

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. It’s been many years since we’ve eaten at Phoebe’s mainly because we don’t go out much with our kids. We were reminded of how much we enjoy it here and it was very accommodating for our children.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the nicest server!!! The food was amazing and reasonably priced. They had great lattes too!

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  7. JonathanT

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have made several visits to Phoebe's and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is nice and the service is always impeccable. The food itself is always creative and wonderful in both taste and presentation. This is certainly a wonderful restaurant for both a casual dinner as well as a special occasion.

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  8. AnaM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I wished the restaurant would have more variety at the menu, and the food have more taste. Bread with the food would be more than welcome.

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  9. RebeccaN

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere were at the Wow! level. The value was good, but not quite Wow level for us. Most of the prices were very reasonable, but nine dollars for dessert is a little steep. Still would recommend to everyone! The servers were all great!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING. I’m gluten free and they were so nice. The staff was so knowledgeable of their menu and so helpful. 10/10 recommend. The food and drinks were also phenomenal!
    Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee LoungeResponded on February 13, 2024
    So nice to hear this! Thank you for sharing your comments, we will be sure to share with Alicia as well. Take care and see you again soon!

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  11. SandS

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All of the food was just OK, which was pretty disappointing. The best dish of the night was the brussels sprouts appetizer, which was actually fantastic! Service was good, staff pleasant. Glad we checked it out, but would not do it again anytime soon.

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  12. KathleenW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I always do dinner at Phoebe’s before Syracuse Stage. Last night a friend joined us she ordered a burger medium and it was extremely rare She ate around the outside of the burger She doesn’t like to complain and didn’t feel there was enough time for a do over before the play started I pointed it out to the waitress and no offer to comp the meal Very disappointing 😵‍💫

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  13. BevE

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phoebe's is always a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner.

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  14. MicheleR

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress Morgan was very professional, cheerful, and accommodating and she added to the enjoyment of the special 80th birthday lunch that we were celebrating.

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  15. DennisAbear

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Rather annoying , 4:30 reservations, we arrived 4:15 and place was locked up. Checked all doors, no entry and it was cold out. Went back and sat in our car waiting.

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  16. LisaO

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, nice venue, love the decor with the living plants! Can't wait to return!

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  17. LisaM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always good service and food in a nice atmosphere. We’ll be back.

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  18. AdamW

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pork shank special was outstanding (beans were slightly sad but they're more of a garnish)

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  19. Anne

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phoebes is one of my favorite places and has been for years. Catherine was our waitress and she was just lovely! Thank you we will be back!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and the ambience was nice as well as cozy. Some food was good, some was okay. Value was decent so would probably go back!

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  21. JeanL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our lunch and experience was just what we had hoped it would be...

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  22. AlexisL

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and delicious food. Perfect for a quite dinner with your girls!

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  23. TracyB

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    had the special, pesto grilled cheese with cheddar, tomato bisque. Food was excellent, service was excellent...

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  24. Michele

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was piping hot, which is not always the case at a restaurant. Seasonings and flavors were awesome. The winter risotto and potato leek soup were outstanding, and my nephew who is very choosy about his tofu pronounced his to be excellent. Whoever your chef was that day is very very good.

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  25. JayN

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Leek soup very thick and bland tasting. Salmon overcooked and dry.

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  26. AlisonC

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love to eat in the atrium section of the restaurant, especially for lunch, to enjoy the natural light, hanging plants, and nice woodwork. Our server was patient with us as we chatted awhile before ordering our food. The food was delicious, with a nice presentation on the plate. Great place for lunch or dinner!

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  27. AnastasiaS

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an annual lunch with our project team and second time we are coming to Phoebe's. We love the food, the service, and the ambiance! We'll definitely be back again :)

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  28. HistoryBuff

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Nice menu. Only negative on food was ham melt had chunks of ham vs. thin slices that you usually see. I’d go there again but order one of their interesting chicken sandwiches.

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  29. anthonya

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    New Years Eve...place was half-filled and felt we were being shushed out as soon as the last bite of the entree. Food was frozen reheated shrimp, under cooked tenderloin. It use to be a great date place, Should have learned my lesson the last time we were there...:(

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  30. Maryn

    Tucson

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Phoebe’s was outstanding for our New Years Eve dinner. Excellent food and service. Lovely atmosphere in the atrium.

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  31. BarbaraD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful venue, pleasant staff,good food. Always come here before seeing a play. Makes a lovely evening out.

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  32. JenniferC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We saw a show across the street and had dinner prior. We had excellent service and they easily accommodated my picky tween.

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  33. Kris

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the most delicious dinner and the ambience was just so perfect. The waitress was phenomenal- a wonderful experience!

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  34. MarthaB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, Phoebe's did not disappoint. At our table of 7 everyone enjoyed their entrees, from the roast chicken to burgers, shrimp and the lasagna special as well as the shared appetizers. We were on the porch so no issues with noise.

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  35. Seanster

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was excellent, especially as a precursor to our show across the road at Syracuse Stage! Just an excellent date night!

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  36. MariaF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambiance. I do love the food overall, just didn't care for the texture of the quiche. Salad could have been a little more generous. Staff and atmosphere excellent.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn’t been to Phoebes in many years. It was just as quaint as I remembered. The atmosphere was beautiful, warm & comfortable. The food and service was wonderful. Look forward to going again soon.

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  38. Slip

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great night. Food and service at bar and at table were excellent. Sam, our waitress was new and very good!

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  39. SharonW

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The last few times I have eaten at your restaurant, I, or a member of my party, have been disappointed in the food. Sharon Waters

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  40. SharonA

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The room to the right of the entrance with the metal ceiling is unbelievably loud for conversation. Next time I’d definitely request another dining area.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge using the Order Online button. Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (315) 475-5154.

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 500 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Irving Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Syracuse
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:30 am–2:30 pm Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking can be found along East Genesee Street, in the parking lot along Irving Ave or parking garage along Irving Ave.
  • Public transit
    Located on the Syracuse University bus line - Connective Corridor and Centro route
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ben Burr
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (315) 475-5154
  • Private party facilities
    We offer two rooms for private events. Our parlor dining room is ideal for 15-35 people and offers a more intimate setting. The atrium dining room will accommodate up to 60 people. You'll find our menu options and party planning info at https://phoebessyracuse.com/private-events . Give us a call at 315.475.5154 | Quality since 1976
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