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Caribou Cafe

4.5
4.5
1682 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm;

  • Phone number

    (215) 625-9535

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    12th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pmOriginal Jazz trio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,682 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. B

    Buntz

    Philadelphia

    813 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    813 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Pleasant before-concert Saturday evening meal. Tasty escargot en croute was followed by nicely-prepared ahi as the fish de jour. My wife enjoyed her large serving of mushroom papardelle, which left plenty for lunch.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to go back
  3. FB

    FredB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine still excellent but pricier. Staff warm and professional. Stephan head waiter excelled. Live 🎼 music too.
  4. k

    kermitsmom

    Philadelphia

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    consistently very good food and very good service. Not "exciting," but a very reliable place to go pre theater or for lunch. Prices are moderate, and my martini was sensational--just as I had ordered (which is unusual!).
  5. s

    supru

    Philadelphia

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, great wine, great cocktails and great staff went for my birthday. Eleanor and George took great care of us!
  6. R

    Rose

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place is consistently excellent. Food is really French such as pate, mussels and steak frites. Wait staff is attentive and friendly.
  7. WH

    WilliamH

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I've been to this restaurant many times. It has a great deal to recommend itself. The location is good especially for going to the theater. It successfully carries off a French ambience although a little Piaf music might be helpful. You can have a conversation even when it's crowded. The food is basically French although I think you can find better French food in Philly but not for the price. Some people may find paying extra for using a credit card inconvenient but I agree that their fees are too high and whatever rewards you get don't make up for it. However, I encountered some not usual problems on this visit which I think are due to a general staff shortage at all restaurants. I like slow service but this was unusually slow. Several tables that were seated after us were served first. The people who clear the table were a little too efficient. I think the waitress was new to the work. The bartender seemed more experienced and he helped manage the place. So for the value, location, and feel of the place I would continue to recommend it. Any problems are likely temporary.
  8. MG

    MeadowG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    I was super disappointed in the food. My seafood crepe was mostly imitation crab meat. Everything we ate was Ruby Tuesday level or worse. The service was good but slow. Drinks were good but not cheap. I love my French food and wish I had gone somewhere else
  9. F

    Frank

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food prep was slow. Not a big deal since our table enjoyed hanging out. If we were on a time crunch the pacing would have been an issue.
  10. MG

    MaryG

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the 25-year old Caribou Cafe for the firsst-time as veteran Philadelphians and, boy, was it good. The name "Caribou Cafe" initially put us off as what kind of cuisine would be served at a place called that? When we found out it was a French bistro we immediately made a reservation for Restaurant Week. The cocktails were inspired (bartender Eleanor was most knowledgeable). Our server was only 19 years but was efficient and personable and a very impressive young lady. The cusisine was beyond our expectations, every serving delicious. And the desserts...the best profiterole I've had outside of Paris! We intend to visit the Caribou Cafe more frequently in the future, it was that good.
  11. 2

    25wp

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeted warmly + offered choice seating by Host/Server. Server promptly took my order for an endive salad (reasonable portion), seafood crepe w/Buerre Blanc (delicious + perfect seafood portion) and cappuccino cheesecake (absolutely fantastic!!). Inside seating perfect as it was slightly windy. My first visit after many years...food, service and professional staff remain 5-star worthy!
  12. n

    nede25

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A decent spot for French food. We went for restaurant week. I thought the opening salad was good with the warmed goat cheese. I had the tuna, and although cooked well, it was over seasoned with large bits of cracked pepper corns and that then took over the dish :/ the chocolate soufflé was great!
  13. JA

    JAD3306

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    What a lovely venue and excellent food! We had a delightful meal. We sat at a booth and it was if we were the only table there. We ordered off the menu and also one person did the restaurant week menu. We had some issues with having to ask for some of the food that we had ordered and also receiving food that we had not ordered. It was a little disjointed although the server was sweet. Not sure where the manager was to see that things are running smoothly.
  14. NN

    NikiN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and great service. Loved the atmosphere as well.
  15. S

    Sarah

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food. Excellent service and drinks. Enjoyed the meal.
  16. JT

    JosephineT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service2ambience4
    Lovely environment and great food. Service was a little uncoordinated. Will go back another time for sure
  17. CM

    ChristineM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I went there for lunch during restaurant week. I was a bit disappointed with the presentation of the salad and I was very disappointed with the dessert (pot de crème) which was supposed to be white chocolate but was tasteless. I usually like the food but was disappointed with the restaurant week lunch experience.
  18. GF

    GreatFood

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Think "American French" rather than "French" for a better idea of what to expect.
  19. CH

    CoHh

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had a great lunch with a friend at Caribou. Ate 3 courses and all were excellent. highly recommend the seafood crepe.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Good food. Average service
  21. d

    dbtomczak

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    We ate at Caribou Cafe at lunchtime, during Center City District Restaurant Week. We had a late-ish reservation, after 1 pm, and they were busy. That being said, the service was still bad. It took quite a while to take our order, but the first course was served in good time. Shortly after our dishes were taken from the first course, they brought our desserts. We told them we had not yet gotten our entree, and that seemed to cause a disturbance in the Force. Our waiter offered us some bread while we were waiting, but it never came out. It took way too long for the entrees to be served. I ordered the seafood crepe, which contained a nice portion of shrimp, but way too much sauce. It made the dish very heavy. My companion had the chicken stew provencal. It had a nice flavor, but he was not expecting skin and bone on the chicken, so it took a bit more effort to eat than he was planning. The desserts, chocolate-raspberry mousse and white chocolate pot de creme, were served in good time, and were very tasty.
  22. BH

    BarbaraH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it at Caribou Cafe, nice warm feeling walking in, fantastic wine, try the Bordeaux! Full bodied, melts in your mouth. Food was especially tasty, group had the seafood crepe, steak frites, Amish chicken, but if you get a chance have the chicken Wellington, had it last time and it was awesome. Our service was without flaw, felt welcome and we were not rushed. Will definitely go again, my new favorite place.
  23. PL

    PaulaL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Great before theatre restaurant. So so French.
  24. JK

    JenniferK

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous! Food and service are both wonderful. Recommend!
  25. P

    Patrick

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was efficient and friendly. Not constantly interrupting, but a quick glance and they came. Food good. Band played in balcony, so no tables were overpowered with the music
  26. ON

    jONATHANf

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!! Great service!!!
  27. P

    Peter

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Although we liked the setting and the menu looked promising online, the meal itself was disappointing. We ordered three dishes and an appetizer, and only two of them were good (the quiche of the day and the appetizer). The other two items were very bland. Also, two of the main dishes and the appetizer were served at the same time, but the third dish didn't arrive until 15-20 minutes later, when two of us had finished our food. Overall, I don't recommend this restaurant.
  28. B

    Blondie

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    choose carefully - quality varies. Still a favorite.
  29. M

    Misspiggy50

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pricey but good!
  30. b

    bunnym

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really loved everything about this restaurant. Don't leave without ordering dessert they were fabulous. We had chocolate olive oil cake and crepes with caramel sauce. They don't over feed you so with 3 courses everything is just enough. Drinks were well made.
  31. I

    Imoplex

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Cozy French Bistro convenient to theaters. Three courses, all of which were excellent. The daily happy hour from 3 to 6 is aa great deal.
  32. R

    Repeater

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We chose Caribou Cafe because it was close to the Forest Theater for a Sunday play at 1pm. Everything was delightful about the restaurant but we wished it would open at 11am on Sundays when plays are scheduled. Our meal was rushed.
  33. S

    Susan

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I'm a frequent patron at Caribou Cafe, and was surprised that my crepe was overdone and difficult to cut. It was still yummy though.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The experience was fine enough. The food was good. Our server was a bit speed thin but it was understandable. The bartender was having a major meltdown for about 45 minutes and slamming glasses, slamming the swinging door open so hard that it hit the hostess (and almost us several times). So much so that I asked the hostess if she was okay and if she needed help. He was completely out of line and should be ashamed of his behavior.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a cute little cafe with a fun ambiance.
  36. g

    grandma3

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience is quaint, service excellent, variety of food and drinks. Food was excellent. Can’t wait to go back
  37. AB

    AmyB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Good, standard food and cocktails. I was glad there was no automatic bread basket, because that left me with enough room for dessert. the Apple Tarte Tatin is not to be missed.
  38. BC

    BetsyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant before the pandemic is back to its high standards. Food, service and ambiance are all great.
  39. d

    dasco13

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the vibe of this restaurant! The escargot are still an all time favorite. The homemade pate is really good. My wife loved the mussels. My fish du jour was served with tomatoes and a generous sprinkling of capers which I liked because I like that salty taste. I like my fish just kissed by heat but this dish was very good; could have done without the potatoes. Crème brûlée was excellent. I can also recommend the assorted pastries with coffee.
  40. E

    Elsie

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Theater luncheon

FAQs

Caribou Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 625-9535.

Caribou Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1682 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 11 times today
Google Map for Caribou Cafe

1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm;

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Friday and Saturday Night 8:30-11:30pmOriginal Jazz trio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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