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Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, Syracuse, NY

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

4.7
4.7
264 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 and has a bright and spacious atmosphere sure to please everyone. We specialize in bridal/baby showers, rehearsal dinners and business functions. You'll find our menu options and helpful party planning info at www.phoebessyracuse.com/events. Let us help make your next event a success! 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

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What 264 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central New York

    Best Overall

  • Central New York

    Best Service

  • Central New York

    Best Value

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Great for Lunch

  • Central New York

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Central New York

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Central New York

    Most Booked

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  1. SS

    SeaShallTwo

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always a great place to eat with delicious meals served regularly. Our waitress was very accommodating and pleasant. The soups, salads, and entrees of salmon and creole shrimp as well as the pasta special were delightful.
  2. AB

    AprilB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal, friends, conversation and atmosphere made for a great lunch. We will be doing it again.
  3. S

    Slip

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambience. Our server Randy very attentive and pleasant.
  4. O

    Outoftowners

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good we ate there twice. Both nights food was excellent, service friendly and efficient. Thoroughly recommend.
  5. SW

    SarahW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both of us had the flank steak and creme burle for dessert . FABULOUS! And I had not been to Phoebe's since pre-Covid and the manager served our dinners and recognized me. It was VERY special!
  6. JF

    JarretF

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food, as always. Service was a little slow, but we were able to get to Syracuse Stage on time.
  7. EK

    ElinorK

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, good service, and not terribly expensive
  8. EP

    EdwardP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love that they offer smaller portion options. Their summer salmon special is worth a repeat.
  9. KW

    KimberlyW

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot. The menu was a bit limited, but the food was amazing. The service was outstanding. Great value.
  10. P

    Pegfitz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time eating there. I will definitely be back!!
  11. LH

    LisaH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered the veggie burger and a Rum Punch. Delicious! Great service too!
  12. z

    zoomie

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service
  13. E

    Evster54

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I took my sister here for lunch on her birthday. The atmosphere was great, but sadly the quiche had little flavor and I finally added salt to punch it up. The onion soup, on the other hand, was delicious! Our service was good, and we appreciated not being rushed, but she looked stressed and there were no smiles or conversation. I will definitely come back. I just wouldn’t order the quiche.
  14. IM

    IMS5

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious and the service is always excellent.
  15. CC

    ChadC

    New England

    111 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Comfy place with a great staff. Food was above par, especially the duck confit.
  16. E

    Exter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Very stylish! Great traditional choices with modern and original twists.
  17. CP

    ColleenP

    New England

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first visit and we enjoyed it. Great spot at the window after the big lunch crowd. Our server Morgan was very friendly. The menu has lots of great options. We really liked our food. It was fresh and tasty. Excellent dessert menu too! Will definitely be back.
  18. JD

    JonD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent dining experience - from the friendly greeting upon arrival, to an excellent server at our table, to a diverse menu, to the delicious food that we chose. Everyone at our table was delighted. We live 2 hours away and will visit Phoebe's anytime we are even close to Syracuse. Definitely recommend for anyone who likes great food and great service!
  19. L

    Linda

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went for lunch after the Syracuse university graduation. Had a nice table near the windows. Our server was fantastic! It was a great way for us to end the celebratory weekend!! Would def recommend!
  20. JO

    JOHNW

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Graduation
  21. j

    janet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was pleasant, cheerful and flexible. I ordered the salmon which was perfectly cooked and flavored. All staff involved put her/him self out for us. I would certainly return for another time. Thank you, Janet Munro
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was barely ok. Phoebe’s is usually our go to restaurant in Syracuse but haven’t been in about a year. Not sure what’s happened but probably won’t return. Potato soup was flavorless , gritty and tepid. Salmon was average at best. Disappointed.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    It was VERY HOT where we sat but otherwise an amazing meal!
  25. DM

    DrMaurP

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Phoebe's is a great restaurant in the downtown area of Syracuse. The food is always good and the service was friendly and efficient. Great for lunch, meetings and even pre-theatre dinners!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mother’s Day was awesome!
  28. MH

    MackenzieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The atrium is a beautifully landscaped interior to dine in, unfortunately we were sat in the front where people walk in, not a deal breaker though.
  29. TF

    TiannaF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very cute and retro ambiance that has a modern flare. Food and service were great!
  30. AS

    AmyS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The brunch menu was bad-only 2 breakfast options avail. Also, the French toast was very mushy and soggy. The veggie burger was all beans and not even edible. The lobster mac and cheese was too spicy. there were no sides like bacon or sausage or hash browns.
  31. JM

    JosephM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We've been going to Phoebe's since the early 80's. Sometimes for lunch, often for dinner before a show at Syracuse Stage across the street, which is what we were doing there on a recent Friday night. The ambiance is classic "fern bar", a vibe I find comfortable. It's usually full on theater nights so reservations are needed if you want a table before 7:30. It empties out a bit after that. Service is efficient and friendly. The menu is straight forward yet interesting, generally a standard such as salmon, but with clever sauces and sides. On this most recent visit, I had the Phoebe's salad and pork Osso Bucco. My friend had a Caesar salad and rib eye steak. The salads were both excellent and very well composed. The salads are offered in small and large portions. The "small" portion is quite generous - larger than side salads at most restaurants. I haven't seen their large portion but suspect it could suffice as the basis for a meal in itself. The Osso Bucco was fall-off-the-bone tender and full of flavor. The intriguing bit was a blueberry based sauce. I wasn't sure how that would work but was surprised by how much I liked it. All in all we had a very enjoyable, good value dinner efficiently served by friendly staff in a pleasant environment.
  32. SS

    SeaShallTwo

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    What a terrific meal of a salmon special, salad, soup, and a great lemon cheesecake with raspberry sauce. The waitress was a dream as well.
  33. PP

    PattyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You came recommended by some parents on SUNY ESF parent homepage on Facebook. You did not disappoint!
  34. JF

    JarretF

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good experience. Will be back.
  35. KM

    KathleenM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Generally a really nice, fun and classy place to eat. Not all of our menu selections were great, a few were bland and overly buttery.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service!
  37. BW

    BethW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    I was so disappointed in the food. It was tasteless and my salmon was over cooked. The room we were seated in was so loud I couldn’t hear my friends talk. The only saving grace was our wonderful waiter, Randy. He was friendly and helpful.
  38. PG

    PamelaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had dinner on April 26, 2022. There were six of us in our group. The service was great. The food was delicious. I think we all finished our meals and the plates had crumbs. Phoebes is worth the trip.
  39. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made this reservation to have lunch with my wife and our daughter. Our daughter was making a special trip to Syracuse to see her 104 year old grandmother, my Mom, who is in a nursing home here. We haven't seen our daughter in 3 years so we were all excited for this lunch. We were able to talk about our grandsons, who are both in high school. Phoebe's is an exceptional restaurant. It has phenomenal character and the menu is fantastic. The service was great, courteous and professional. We had a great time as our table was under the atrium. We highly recommend. My wife and I can't wait to go back.
  40. AB

    AndreaB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a lovely pre-theater evening at Phoebe’s. Ambience was great- nice mixture of ages to keep things lively- super waiter and the food was delish!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • 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 4.7 stars by 264 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

900 E Genesee St Syracuse, NY 13210

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

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben Burr

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, 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 and has a bright and spacious atmosphere sure to please everyone. We specialize in bridal/baby showers, rehearsal dinners and business functions. You'll find our menu options and helpful party planning info at www.phoebessyracuse.com/events. Let us help make your next event a success! Give us a call at 315.475.5154 | Quality since 1976

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