Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

4.8
107 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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VincentB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, so I was pleasantly surprised. Nice and quiet place to have a pleasant lunch. Food was very good and was priced accordingly. Definitely plan on returning though

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adriann
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved everything. food was excellent and our waitress was very attentive

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romeot
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter just graduated from SU and in 4 years we’ve gone to Phoebe’s more than a dozen times, and we’ve never been disappointed. The food, especially the French onion soup, is always fresh and well prepared. The service always friendly and attentive. It will be one of the things we’ll miss about Cuse.

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vipJillS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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JackieB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I have been eating at Phoebe"s for over 40 years. I think they have just reopened after the pandemic. Our waitress was very attentive. The menu was limited. The pasta was rich and tasty as expected.

The wedge salad could have used more blue cheese dressing. My lunch companion really enjoyed her Phoebe's salad and black bean burger. They have appropriate social distancing and cleaning between customers.

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Mike
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Phoebe's for late lunch / early dinner (3:45PM reservation) on Mother's Day. We were quickly seated and our drink order taken. Our meals, salmon and a shrimp pasta dish, were delicious. The salmon, although requested to be cooked through, was a bit undercooked. For desert we shared a fruit tart which was also good. Our waiter, Justin, was attentive without being overbearing yet another factor leading to the five star rating.
This restaurant is highly recommended.

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BottomsUp
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a terrific brunch! There were 5 of us and everyone's food was great and the service on par. Atmosphere was lovely. Been going to Syracuse University area for 6 years and wish I would have found it earlier! Definitely going back!

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LindaRae
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I enjoyed celebrating our two birthdays for lunch on Wednesday, May 5th. Our server, Katherine, was one of the best I have ever had at Phoebes! She provided great service, with so much grace and patience as my friend articulated all of her special dietary needs. A modified version of the Phoebe's Salad was created. The lunch I ordered, daily quiche, was delicious as always. It was a pleasure to return to this restaurant after so many months of not being able to do so. I was disappointed to learn they will not be opening for dinner again until the fall. So for now we will enjoy returning there for lunch several times this summer.

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collegemom
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, especially the flatbread balsamic chicken, server was attentive but not intrusive. We will be back.

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JudyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bright and open space with great variety for food choices. Server was excellent and food very good.

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collegemom
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were next to a very loud table, but other than that, it was great

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Mike
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by for lunch. My friend had the salad special that came with skewered shrimp while I had the quiche that comes with a side salad. Everything was excellent, including the service. I am hoping this restaurant is fully reopened soon, as I am sure it has many fans in the Syracuse area.

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AdrianN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love Phoebe's....love the food and the service! The ambience is very pretty too when we are seated in the "window" room. I have never had a bad meal or service and I have been going to Phoebe's over 20 years I believe.

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Notafoodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Easter Brunch with friends. The food and service were excellent. The restaurant had diners well spaced out. We'll definitely go back!

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AnnMarieF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved dining at Phoebe's for quite awhile now. The food is always delicious and there was a special menu for Easter that did not disappoint.

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vipKellyC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Our server was very nice and attentive. Unfortunately we did not care for food.

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adriann
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lunch was very good and our waitress Emily was excellent

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals, with quick, responsive service.

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GerardL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter forgot to charge us for one of the two desserts ordered so I'll be sending Phoebe's Restaurant and Coffee Lounge a check for the amount along with an additional tip.

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704D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great food. Really enjoy the brick on the inside as well as their diversity in the food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a bit chilly in restaurant. The hamburger was outstanding.

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vipChrisP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, social distancing enforced well and a Randy was a great waiter. We will be back on our next visit.

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vipCathyL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyable dinner at Phoebe's! The hostess and servers are so nice and really went out of their way and made our experience that much better. Highly recommend!

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NicoleR
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The staff was very friendly and helpful. I will be making a point to come back to this restaurant. I had an amazing time!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was very good and the service was excellent !

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tammyc
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Feels like home with a modern touch! Using seasonal and sustainable ingredients! Friendly and conscientious service!

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SamanthaR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, super cute restaurant. Food was delicious and our server was knowledgeable. Can’t wait to go back.

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BarryR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch by myself. Service staff attentive and friendly. Food was very good and very relaxed environment. Would have lunch there again soon.

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AlexisC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great place, great service.

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DJRHawkNYC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Phoebe's never disappoints. The ambiance, food and service are always great. I gave four instead of five stars for food as the temperature was a tad cooler than I would have preferred. Because of COVID-19, the restaurant was not at all crowded, so I would have expected my dinner to be served much warmer than it was - close to room temperature.

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KrinTin
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first dining experience since before the pandemic. It was outstanding!!

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Taylor
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and quick. I loved the atrium and the creme brulee was absolutely delicious!

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MoniqueS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The bread served prior to our meal was DIVINE!! Service was fantastic as well.

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MicheleJ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

During this difficult time during the pandemic Phoebe’s was very proactive in taking extra measures for health safety. Paper menus were used and discarded after individual use and social distance was practiced by seating diners at alternating tables. And the meal was delicious.
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KathyM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My theater group LOVES Phoebe's! We go before every show. Wonderfully fresh food (we're very health conscious) and very creative use of ingredients. It is a remarkable setting with brick walls, vaulted ceiling and skylights, wood floors, a grand bar and lots of windows to the streets. The feeling is warm and expansive.

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JeanneD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Phoebe's has a great menu selection that changes with the seasons.

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McbaneM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phoebe’s has for us been that outstanding go to place since the early 80’s. It does not disappoint. Consistent creative and great service.

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TrevorG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is fresh and tasty! Great drink specials as well!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. The waitstaff was fantastic and it was the perfect place to bring out of state visitors!

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DianaA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it, food, service and everything about Phoebe's. It is always a great experience.

FAQs

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (315) 475-5154.

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://phoebessyracuse.com/giftcard.

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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