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Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Caribou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

Caribou Cafe

4.1
4.1
1972 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Step into the vibrant world of Paris. This 25 year old landmark has brought Philadelphia and its visitors a taste of France in a relaxed atmosphere.
The art deco bar, leather banquettes, warm orange walls, and antique mirrors make Caribou Café your destination for Lunch, Dinner and Brunch.
Live music Fri and Sat.
Best True French Bistro in town!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Bistro, Café
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (267) 951-2190
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Cross street
    12th Street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Septa bus routes 21, 42
  • Entertainment
    Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pmOriginal Jazz trio
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,972 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia County

    French

1,972 Reviews
  1. TomL

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice bar restaurant that features French classics with an American twist. Both of our mains were quite good but not what you would get in France. The wine list was good and reasonable. The service was excellent.

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  2. RachelW

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was amazing! We had the best server, Katie. She was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and personable.

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  3. NancyH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The waitstaff was very helpful and accommodating to our need of having to leave by a certain time for the theater. Food was delicious. I hadn't been there in several years but it was a great experience, especially since we were celebrating a birthday.

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  4. NancyR

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious onion soup. The pare was a little disappointing, not as flavorful as it could have been but pistachios were tasty.

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  5. Richard

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Service was great. They say a cocktail is $12 then add a $3 service charge and $2 for house brand alcohol. That is a pointlessly annoying game. Just be straight and say the price is $17.

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  6. mark

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Maybe a waiter called out sick, but the service was incredibly slow. Other tables had to call out loudly to get the waiters attention. Food was just okay.

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  7. MaryM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliably great experience for years. Nice atmosphere

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  8. RonS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    No hostess when we arrived. We’re seated within 9 inches from tables on either side. Service was extremely slow and they were also extremely short staffed. Never came back for a drink refill and waited a long time to order and also to get our check

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  9. life4u

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious. The appetizer was diverse, the beet salad was great. The winter squash cream soup my guest had was also good. The crab sandwich with the side salad was really tasty. The dessert was wonderful. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  10. Picky1pat

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They seemed understaffed. The waiter was friendly but was getting drinks, food, seating people, and ringing up the bill. We had to ask several times before getting refills. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.

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  11. Arlingtonian

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed my visit to Caribou Cafe. The food was excellent. The waitstaff was very good and doing as best as they could given there were only two of them and they had to keep running up and down the stairs to get food and drinks. Our experience was good, but not exceptional. Reasonable value for price paid. Noise level was good for a Friday evening.

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  12. KayR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully decorated, warm and inviting ambience. Food was delicious and very nice wine selection. Service friendly and helpful. We sat by the front window which was a cozy and fun to people watch. Definitely going back- and perfect for pre or post theater.

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  13. DavidC

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent! Great food and service. A Philadelphia Gayborhood staple.

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  14. Yazz

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent post-matinee meal after a show at the Walnut Street Theater. The staff at the restaurant works as a team and we felt pampered without the service being obtrusive. Food was exemplary as was the wine. A very cool place to spend a birthday dinner for my husband. We will definitely be back.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Caribou Café has always been a favorite place to stop for a bite in the city. The restaurant is cozy and pretty, the food is always exquisitely delicious, and the service is routinely as pleasant as one could possibly hope. Last night, I was pleased to find that, although there are new owners, everything was just as wonderful as I have always found it to be. Our experience was completely delightful.

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  16. FrankB

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
     Service was very good. The staff accommodated us to a place where wanted to sit, food was good .Our group of 6 had duck , salmon, tilapia and gnocchi entrees. Vegetable oup was very peppery. Meal price resort was a little overvalued and they added 3% in automatically assuming we were charging the entire bill and not paying cash. There is no option given to us.

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  17. ADeats

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my first time eating here. The food was very good, though the portions were small. The service was horrible. I have never seen such chaos anywhere before. No one knew where food, drinks, checks were supposed to go. Literally - I watched multiple staff walk around trying to figure out where things went. We had servers stop at our table 4 times asking if a dish was intended for us. And they did to every single table over and over again. Why aren’t the tables, checks, and food numbered? It makes no sense. It was really frustrating and annoying. No one ever checked on us. We ordered soup and asked that it come out with the food. It never came until we asked. Then the soup was brought out without a spoon. It was just a hot mess all around. Again, the food was good, but it was a really chaotic environment.

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  18. ArthurS

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    First: The food was very good and worth the cost Second: Every employee was courteous. Third: There was a desperate need last night for some structure. We arrived for a 6PM reservation at about 550. We were promptly seated and given water and menus. Took a while and the very nice waitress took our drink orders and our food orders. The 2 drinks came out relatively soon. 35 or 40 minutes later the two dinners came out: 2 entrees and 1 soup. Could have probably brought the soup sooner. Ordered 2 glasses of wine when our 1st round was done...had to remind a different employee (male in a white shirt who took the wine order) about our missing order. That finally came and we finished our food by 7:10 or so and got the bill right away. Seemed to be a lot of confusion between the staff placing orders and the kitchen preparing them. It was moderately busy after we were there for about 45 minutes, wasn't that crowded when we placed our order. A lot of "runners" bringing orders to the wrong table (3X). Again everyone was nice, but when you're 2 doors down from a theater and the diners give you 100 minutes to get in and out, it should be a little smoother. Nice people, good food, a bit chaotic with coordination. Get there 2 hours early just to be safe. Cheers. I would recommend but with the above caveat.

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  19. Horace

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food in a nice, friendly atmosphere. This is becoming our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    First time here under new management. We ordered 3 items. Mussels Frites - we had to ask for the frites. Peasant Board - had to ask for the bread, the salad and charcuterie were MIA. Our dessert crepe took so long to arrive we had to leave. They took it off the bill and still brought it out, which was nice. Staff were lovely, helpful, but clearly overwhelmed. Seems like they have some significant kinks to iron out.

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  21. DrBornot2B

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Noon lunch reservation, about 3rd or 4th table to be seated. Waited almost and hour for our order while seeing several customers seated after us being served before us. When my crepe was finally delivered it was cold. This used to be an excellent restaurant. Their solution was to microwave my food so my crepe was hot but inedible. No offer to comp the food. Coffee arrived with the saucers literally swimming in spilt coffee - simple desert took a further 15 minutes to arrive. Used to eat here often - not anymore.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    don’t trust the menu on the Internet. Call and ask how they prep French dishes especially the escargot. I would never have expected it to have been served with Brussels. And the steak tartare? Not not quality just raw beef with a lot of pickle flavor very very very as far as the service super excellent.

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  23. HeleneE

    Philadelphia

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hadn’t been to Caribou in some time. We were going to the theater so we thought we would have dinner. Dinner was wonderful. And so was our server Cara.

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  24. Margot

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent staff! Very accommodating and helpful!

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  25. RobertB

    New York City

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Servers were pleasant but did not check back very often given that the restaurant was empty. Food overall was good but not great. Prices seemed reasonable.

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  26. PaulaG

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. We would be happy to return.

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  27. KarenD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice. Will return. Would like to see some sides included with the entrees. Staff very nice & attentive. Need to be trained how to address adult customers. "Guys" doesn't cut it.

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  28. Kelsey

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food - friendly service - best french onion soup in town (delicious desserts too!)

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  29. Taty

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. Great value for money for brunch.

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  30. AJDPhilly

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife had a poor salmon dish. My serving of the pork chops was good. Hence the rating.

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  31. MeghannE

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were only given 1 menu for 4 people, told us they would bring more and then never came back. Took 20 minutes to take drink order. Appetizers were good. Main courses were mediocre at best. Not worth the cost.

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  32. nomnom1133

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the country crepe and crab cake Madame. Both were great and we will definitely be back!

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  33. familymealout

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely Valentine’s meal with excellent service. The scallops were yummy.

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  34. Poes27

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The wine pairing timing didn’t quite work out when the food arrived but overall things were quite nice!

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  35. TomH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow service on a prix fixe night. Order of service was mixed up to where 5 or more other groups in our area came after us and left before we were served our 2nd out of 4 courses. I had to stop the servers to get even a drink when our beverages were empty for a long time, and we still had not been served. No apologies on not being served because no one was paying attention to whether we had been served. we ended up being there 3.5 hours, getting there before the dinner crowd and leaving after the crowd had died down. The apology was a simple sorry after pointing out the issue, and there wasn't much done afterwards to fire up our food any quicker. Someone, maybe more than one person messed up, no one owned up it. If this were my restaurant, I would've comped the dinner. Most places that like repeat business and good reputations would comp something on the house, a drink, a percent off, or something as an apology. Instead I walked away with a waste of time, and almost $300 bill for two people. I really regret taking my wife, who had a great happy hour experience years ago, to this establishment.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We came for lunch. The restaurant was empty - only other person was seated. We waited for almost an hour for our food to arrive. The chicken soup was ok but my chicken sandwich was awful. The only waitress was incompetent, untrained and forgetful. The barman who greets us when we came in, was very pleasant but wasn’t on top of things.

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  37. ChrisO

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun experience, server was overworked and under experienced, but hood spirit and bustle made the service five star None the less. A $29 cheese plaster should come w crackers or bread without asking. Still a great evening. We love this restaurant D enjoy the vibe and decor. We were a part of six on a birthday

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  38. RosieD

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Looks liked someone called. Waiter was very busy and we had to wait longer than usual. Going to Walnut St matinee

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  39. DannaJ

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter staff was limited. Took more than an hour to get main entrees (party of 3) No follow up once food was served. Waitress staff was extremely inattentive to us which but a serious damper in our experience. Food and drinks were average; charged $7 ridiculous fee for use of a credit card. 🙁

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  40. HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love the Caribou Café. We went this time with friends for restaurant week. Everything was as wonderful as expected!

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FAQs

Caribou Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 951-2190.

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.1 stars by 1972 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Caribou Cafe

1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional information

  • Cross street
    12th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Bistro, Café
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Septa bus routes 21, 42
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pmOriginal Jazz trio
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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