Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

4.7
178 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 178 people are saying
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JarretF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, as was the service.

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SheilaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were so disappointed in our meals at Phoebe's. The quality of the food was confusingly bad. My son ordered the Nashville hot chicken sandwich which came on a dry and burnt bun with NO sauce whatsoever. Fries on the plate with no garnish. Chicken was so overcooked it crumbled when he bit into it. Literally Popeye's chicken sandwich is better. My older son and I ordered the underwhelming salmon. The lemon risotto was so lemon heavy that it was the only flavor recognizable. Mushy lemon- heavy risotto next to inedible broccoli raab. I know brocolli raab is slightly bitter, but these servings were bitter beyond explanation. The salmon was fine but nothing outstanding. My husband had osso bucco which tasted good but the smashed potatoes were not flavorful and the "cook" (no way there is an actual trained chef in that kitchen) dumped a handful of uncooked spring greens on top as the garnish. Really? I think the sad choice of appetizers should have tipped us off as to what we were in for. Fried zucchini sticks, hummus, cheese plate and roasted brussels sprouts. Seriously, those were the appetizers. The cream of asparagus soup was on par with Campbells. We were going to a play across the street at Syracuse Stage and arrived at Phoebe's at 5:30 thinking that was plenty of time to make the 7:30pm show. We ordered promptly around 5:45pm and our food didn't make it to our table until after 7:00pm. The ONLY positive that I can offer from our evening were the martinis. Syracuse is home to some really incredible culinary experiences and I am shocked that Phoebe's serves this low level of food. We honestly will never eat dinner there again. Perhaps a martini and a cheese plate at the bar, but never a meal.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to get back to Phoebes when attending plays at Syracuse Stage. The quality and variety of food is what I would expect at a high end restaurant but with a friendly and comfortable vibe.

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JackC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant for opening nights at Syracuse Stage. Service is always excellent and the food is incredible. The chef updates the menu often to offer the freshest cuisine.

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CherylL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always enjoyed Phoebe’s

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SariS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a nice table on the side "porch" and our server was wonderful. She offered tastes of beer for one person at our table who was unsure what he might prefer. We had onion soup and soup of the day, both were delicious. As were the hamburger and the pulled pork sandwich.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had moderate expectations based on a mediocre , previous experience . Had 7 pm reserve , arrived a couple minutes late and we were taken directly to our table , which was in the upper main dining room ( much better than the side room last time ) . Sat at a nice 2 top in a alcove with direct window street view . Service was immediate and consistent throughout the entire meal . Starter of spinach artichoke dip on toasted pita was an out of the park winner !!! Soups followed with a hearty bowl of French Onion .. 4 out of 5 and the only miss of the evening , the Lobster Bisque . The bisque was overly salty and hard to ascertain any seafood flavor ... At all . My wife and I both ordered the Shrimp and Grits ... Again we made the right choice here . Large portion of nicely seasoned and creamed grits , covered in sauteed shrimp , snow peas and field greens . Only 2nd guess here is that we both might have opted for the smaller portion ... This dish was super good !! The only reason , I rated the food 4 rather than 5 , was due to the Bisque . We had went to Phoebes because it was close , convienent and about the only place we could get a reserve , 2 days before NYE . We left feeling as though ' this place needs to be moved in to our regular rotation ' .... Will definitely return and would not hesitate to bring guests !!!

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NancyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were outstanding. We have never had a bad experience at Phoebe’s. It’s very reasonable priced and offers different portion sizes for some entrees, which I appreciate.

MB
MauraB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food, great environment, excellent service, great times

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karen
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a great time! Our server was always wonderful

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartenders and waitstaff were fantastic. Great food and will definitely return

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MoeH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect pre-theater dining spot, no matter what theater you are going to in the city. Service was wonderful, we had a pork ossa buco and it was amazing!

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Sesh
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! French onion soup to die for!!!!

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GaryP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere.

JF
JoleneF
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ossobuco was delicious!! Enjoyed the entire meal.

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vipPeterC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch

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CarolynV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely family dinner before a show at Syracuse Stage. Beautiful restaurant and outstanding food. Thank you!

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IMS5
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy the beauty of the place and the quality of the food is perfect to go to the Theater Cross the street.

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Canadianhomer1
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and the service was terrific. Very enjoyable evening. Well done!

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vipDDR1
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent service....I was unhappy with our seating, but the head waiter(?) was very
accomodating, changed our venue, and allowed us to have a really good time.
Incidently, the food was really well-prepared and tasty.
Very pleased...........

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RonF
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a very enjoyable dinner before attending a play at Syracuse Stage. Food and service was excellent!

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RandallG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We would definitely go back. Friendly service, nice ambience, good food.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always try to go to Phoebes before a play at Syracuse Stage. We have been going to the restaurant for at least 10 years and have never been disappointed by a meal there. If you are looking for a unique restaurant with class this is the place to go.

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TeresaH
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Phoebes, we’re able to take our time and enjoyed delicious food & wine. Our waitress was lovely. Highly recommend.

MM
MaryM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating, even after we were running late for our reservation. Food was delicious.

MK
MaureenK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were outstanding. Service was good, considering how busy it was. Will definitely be going back.

JB
JaneB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Entre was served before our salads were finished. A no - no.

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Frocione727
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff and service excellent. Food very good however wasn't prepared the way I asked. Server asked for it the way I wanted but I don't think kitchen followed, unfortunately. I didn't send it back because we had to go to the football game. We will definitely return soon. I would recommend this place. :)

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Kfitzee09111111111
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is authentic upstate dining at its best. Ambience and food 5-stars. The pork osobuco was seriously the best I ever had. The French onion soup a true classic.

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LindaRae
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Phoebes, and have been coming here for years. Katherine was an excellent waitperson, and it was great to see Sam, as the maitre d, who was previously a waiter for us at Potter's Pub at Radisson Greens Golf Course. I ordered the Chicken Pot Pie special, and it was excellent!

It is an excellent venue anytime, but especially before a performance at Syracuse Stage right across the street.

Linda Rae & Bill, November 2021

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DonnaH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyable experience, more selection on the menu would be nice.

MM
vipMarilynM
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tuesday before thanksgiving and it was relatively busy. Say by the window which was nice. My hubby and I had wonderful salads and a couple drinks. W server

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FrankD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and the dining experience was outstanding! The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. Close to the University, Hospitals and the Syracuse Stage. The Osso Bucco is like no other! Delicious! Phoebe’s is our favorite restaurant in Syracuse.

JF
JarretF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and good service. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time at phoebes. I got the burger and it was quite good. My wife got shrimp and grits that we didn’t care for too much., but the portions and price were very reasonable. Service and atmosphere were excellent. Good drink selection

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vipPeterC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a very memorable experience

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vipnone
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Phoebe's is consistent and reliable with something for everyone.

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BruceN
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat with an ever changing menu. The fall menu was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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vipRSRS
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place for anything from a date to family and inbetween. Fast, friendly service, excellent food at reasonable prices. Definitely go!

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MargaretL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Excellent food and excellent service.

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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 178 OpenTable diners.

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.

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