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Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, Syracuse, NY

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

4.6
4.6
515 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 17 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 515 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

  • Central New York

    Best Service

  • 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

515 Reviews
  1. Mooncussers

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice diverse menu and wine list. Nice comforting ambiance. Service was ok, but became a bit inattentive toward the end of our meal, likely due to being understaffed. All but one of our apps/meals were very good. One meal was ok as the pairing of salmon with a horseradish sauce seemed a bit of a poor match. Prices for the food and wine were a good value. Would go again.

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  2. Wonderful

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First-timers to Syracuse (came for our first solar eclipse). Found Phoebe’s on the TripAdvisor app as a highly recommended spot for lunch. Our server, Katelyn (not sure if this is her spelling!), was terrific. Pleasant, polite, knowledgeable (didn’t know if the soup special was broth or cream based, but quickly found out for me), and efficient. There were 3 of us, and we were all very pleased with our lunch selections. If we’re ever back in the area, we’ll certainly return!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phoebe’s is Very bright,clean,well decorated with a nice menu full of options and a large vegetarian selection. Attentive service. Free Sunday parking. Organized hostess who helped increase our reservation and confirmed 12 hours ahead. The best Carrot cake and Crème brûlée!!! Thank you!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely Easter brunch before going to Syracuse Stage. Attentive staff, excellent waitress, beautifully presented food, good choices on the menu. Delicious meal. Phoebe's is one of our favorite Syracuse restaurants.

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  5. DonF

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great location... restaurant a little tired.. could be updated... food was good ..great value... service was great!

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  6. RichelleR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delish service great we will be back ❤️

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  7. Gemmaroo

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good although my chicken and pear sandwich really sounded much better than it was. It lacked flavor.  the chicken was perfectly cooked and very tender. The burger looked fantastic and was cooked perfectly. We sat in the parlor, which was very quiet, but lack some ambience. Service was terrific.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered short rib stroganoff. Pasta was overcooked and mushy. Lots of mushrooms . Once I picked them out there was very little meat. No flavor

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated in the annex and it seemed to take a very long time between being seated and getting our drinks, and then between ordering and receiving the food. It was lukewarm by the time we got it. By that point, I was so hungry, I didn’t even care.

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  10. ChristinaH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had wonderful dining experience! Our table was near the window and the plants throughout the restaurant made it feel very cozy. Everything about our meal at Phoebe's was outstanding. The bread and seasoned butter was out of this world, and the fried tofu cooked to perfection! The dessert options were plentiful and decadent. We will definitely be back!

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  11. dennisr

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went before syracuse stage performance Food was excellent. I had the shrimp sausage with truffle grits which was superb! My girlfriend had salmon which was cooked perfectly Crème brûlée was spot on

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to eat. Good drink menu and fantastic food.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. SusanZ

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Phoebe’s. The restaurant is charming, and the menu choices are diverse and delicious. The staff are all friendly, the service is great. It’s one of my favorites when I’m in Syracuse.

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. RichardLee

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's realy a wonderful place in Syracuse ,wonderful place !

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. JayN

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 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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  40. AlisonC

    Jackson Hole

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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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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 515 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 17 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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