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Bella Vista / Queen Village
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1009 South 8th street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-4730 (Kimball)
+1 215-965-8290
17:00 - 23:00
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Wed - Sun 17:00 - 23:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with my wife, and similar to many other readers we were quite simply wowed. The head chef/owner is a former Le Bec Fin exec chef, and you can see little touches of the famed Philly restaurant (the butter and rolls being the best example). Service is impeccably classic french, very formal with no details missed. At 7 course... More 

Thank Alex R
El Cerrito, California
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91 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I don’t understand (except from the vagaries of crowdsourcing) why this restaurant isn’t in the top 5 places in Philadelphia. Instead it is rated at about top 5% and much lower than other places I’ve been to that, while excellent, are eclipsed by Bibou. First, the downside: Bibou is a BYOB place, one tasting menu only, $100 which is a... More 

Thank Michael F
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Every serving of the 7 courses was great. We were 6 people and no one could complain about anything. The service was impeccable which made the experience even better.

Thank Joshgind
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Teeny spot filled with food worshipers. Everyone is in on the experience. The waiters and staff are determined to be at their best. But it's not stuffy or pretentious, just damned good food. BYO means you can go wild if you like.

Thank Jack M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing in so many ways...the food was out of this world; each course was better than the last, tasty, creative and "scrumptious" as my husband says! The soufflé for dessert was indescribable! I have no idea how chef Pierre does it. The ambiance of environment is delightful, small, seating for 20, intimate. The service was impeccable with smiles. It's a... More 

Thank RebeccaJohn3322
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

My wife and I first visited Bibou several years ago based upon a stellar review in the Philadelphia Inquirer. We are out-of-town foodies who seek out the best restaurants a city can offer and Bibou remains one of our top two favorites in Philadelphia (along with Vetri). During this visit to this 18-seat gem, we were warmly welcomed by General... More 

2 Thank Robert V
Pennington, New Jersey
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Our evening at Bibou was perfect from the moment we arrived. The service was excellent and food beyond compare. Not only did they have fresh-baked gluten-free bread, but they printed a separate menu showing the gluten-free accommodation. Each course was as delicious as it was beautiful and the staff could not have been more gracious. Thank you for making our... More 

Thank Jeanne D
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Not the first visit, but new decor and table arrangement made it better than ever. From the appetizers to the entree to the cheese plate to dessert, simply wonderful, creative, delicious food. This is an experience not just dinner. Worth every $ and then some. Felt like I was transformed back to Paris. Yes, understated elegance.... And you can bring... More 

Thank NewJerseyPatD
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

I Love Philly's food critic Craig LeBan and respect his ratings, but the night we went was not up to the standard 4 bells. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, but its $100/ pp cash BYO. The first 2 courses were superb! Canapes were creative and delicious. Cheese souflee - never had a souflee like this, which made... More 

Thank urbangirl2015
Sicklerville, New Jersey, United States
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150 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

I have been wanting to go to Bibou for a while now and for whatever reason, I did not get there until tonight to celebrate a special birthday for a special person but now that I have been there, I WILL BE BACK! The 7 course tasting menu we had (which changes weekly according to Chef Calmels) was phenomenal. Every... More 

Thank Patrick C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1009 South 8th street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-4730
  • Public Transportation: Septa buses
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Neighbourhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Phone Number: +1 215-965-8290

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?