Only a few strides removed from the Forrest Theater in the gentrified neighborhood of Wash West, the Caribou Café corrals a hip mix of city crawlers, theater goers, local and national personalities, and plain old Philly folk. The festive décor in this vibrant slice of France frames the intoxicating upbeat insouciance that replicates the spirit and verve of the real-deal French café. The moderately priced menu focuses on regional everyday French standbys while simultaneously providing a gastronomic tour of France. Diverse delights from Alsace to Provence tempt the palate – all interpreted delectably by Maitre Cuisinier de France, Olivier Desaintmartin.Read More ...
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I always enjoy my visits to the Caribou Cafe. The food is delicious, even the butter tastes like butter does in Europe. The bottled wine list is fantastic, and the wines by the glass are much more varied than most other restaurants. The live music on the weekends and the large floor to ceiling windows in the front, which are truly a joy when open in the spring time, combine to provide a Euro feel that you would normally expect to drive to New York to find.
The food was good, the service was great, the prices were reasonable and the atmosphere was nice. We would definetely go back.
I met some friends at Caribou Cafe (made reservations ahead of time) for a brunch. It was the first time eating there for all of us. We took one look at the menu and all agreed we couldn't decide--it all sounded amazing.SO, when in doubt go with the special! We each ordered the seafood crepe special with a side of greens. Delicious. Service was fast, but we did not feel rushed. They did not care that we sat outside to chat, while others were waiting for a table. I would return again!
Our experience at Caribou was more than we expected. The food was beyond our expectations, and the service was great!! We will return again soon. Thank you for making our theatre night enjoyable!!
first time though we lived in the area 8 years-now we live in AC -needed a place for graduation family gathering-food choice for everyone from the picky brother in-law to the snooty Mom --everyone was happy- food -service -ambiance all great!! We will be back. thanks for a memorable afternoon-my niece will always remember the day with fondness. thank you. Amy-Morgen Heinze
Great food and service. A must try :)
Felt like I was in a little bar in the suburbs of Paris. Laid back,not pretentious great french comfort food. I could eat their cassoulet every night.
Great bistro food.
Our lunch at the Caribou Cafe was like being in a Paris Cafe. The outdoor seating is like what you see on the Blvd. St. Germaine. The food is wonderful. And the deserts are marvelous. There is a great wine list to chose from. Caribou Cafe is a jewel in Center City.
Ambiance, service and food is fantastic. Quite a value considering the cost of airfare to France.
While in Philadelphia on business my wife and I wanted to find a great place to eat without paying exorbitant rates. Being from NYC and after spending years in the food business we are rather spoiled and food conscious to a fault. On line I found 2 places that looked appealing, Caribou and Zinc. Seating at Zinc was too late for us since we were calling last minute, but Caribou called back and confirmed. We were more than pleased. Adding 2 more to the table, we loved the authentic French Bistro ambiance and wonderful menu. We had fantastic hanger steaks, escargot, salads and fish. Excellent wine, spirits and service and a very reasonable bill at the end. My only regret was that I didn't order the canard confit! Well........a perfect reason to return!
This restaurant was absolutely amazing! The ambiance, the food, the drinks, and especially the waiter, made it second to none! Jamie is amazing and well suited for his job! The entire staff was nice! I am glad that we found them online. The Hawaiian Butterfly Fish was so wonderful and the chocolate dessert was one like I have never had before! By the taste of the food you could tell that a lot of talent and preparation went into it. I wish we lived closer but the trip was worth it! We will be back! I would definitely recommend Caribou Cafe!!! It is a must!
This is the third year in a row my wife and I have visited Philadelphia from lower Delaware and the third time in a row we have eaten at the Caribou Cafe. The food is wonderful, rich and tasty..the service is always attentive - our server was Carrie Anne, very pleasant and close by for any request. The atmosphere is like a French cafe with art deco pieces and warm,dark woods..a great bar also. We have eaten upstairs but prefer the downstairs booths near the bar. Caribou Cafe never disappoints; a tad pricey but you get a great meal guaranteed.
I am not very knowledgeable in French Cuisine but the performance and atmosphere they offered at the Caribou Cafe was quite outstanding. The wait staff met the needs of our visit. I will go back there when I need to impress family and friends of my knowledge of the city.
It was our first time to the Cafe. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Paris on a number of occasions and was most pleasantly surprised -- Caribou Cafe could be a transplant from the City of Lights -- wonderful interior, great wine and beer selections and very good food. Waiter service was excellent -- friendly (but not overly), informed about their dishes and willing to make recommendations. We will be back!
Vibrant Friday night crowd, tasty food, good service.
nice experience for an early meal outdoors. Happy hour prices and sliders were a real deal, but main menu is on the steep side for a casual spot. Staff was great
As a regular visitors to France and lovers of French cuisine, my wife and I were delighted to find the real thing at Caribou Cafe, during our stay in Philadelphia.
Great food and service at a good price, I had the salmon and it was very good. We really enjoyed our server she was very nice and made us feel special.
The food was excellent and very fairly priced. The ambiance was also great. The only thing that detracted from the night was the fact that our server seemed disinterested. Overall, highly recommended for a romantic evening, especially for the price-conscious person.
I enjoyed the restaurant and saw a lot of items on the menu. I would like to go back and try and what I had was excellent.
I loved every bite ! All we needed to make the experience supurb was direction through the menu and suggestions.
Disapointing! Food lacks flavor. Staff could be more professional. Value for price - not here. French restrarant I don't think so. Location is good if going to the theater.
i liked the decor, the escargots, and my guests loved their salad apps. I hated the fish soup redolent of old dirty fishy water, the replacement soup was slightly better but lacking in flavor, depth and salt. The entrees were fair with steak au poivre the better of the 3, the cheese plate was fair at best(not room temperature and the quality was not up to par. and finally the sweetbresds were a meager portion compared to the steak: 3 small slivers that could not have weighed more than 3 oz. of sweetbreads. The worst part was the long waits between asking for more bread or a cocktail and having to wait such a long time or having to remind the waiter for it. If staff was trained better about the food offered, the daly specials, and the wine list as well as the daily by the glass offerings. The wine list is very overpriced and the 1/2 price deal is in many cases what one pays for in other restaurants. I was really looking forward to a great dining experience after having read the reviews, I guess I either hit the restaurant at the wrong time(too early 5:00 pm on Sunday or on the wrong day: Sunday when the more seasoned waiters get to have Sunday off)
3 Stars may be a little harsh as the food is very good but the service was a little quick for us English who do not like a rushed meal! the atmosphere for a Saturday night was quiet but this may be explained by the fact that it was memorial day weekend
Excellent food but the wine was overpriced and the portions could be bigger. Fantastic waitstaff was very knowledgeable and courteous. Great bread. Outdoor dining was very nice but subject to unwanted homeless people begging for money on the way by. Try the skate if you go.
Very nice ambiance, great food, but bring your coat. We'll wait for spring to return here. Wore our coats thru the entire meal. It was a cold windy evening, but restaurant was separated from outside by plate glass and a vestibule, which we hoped would help keep the cold out. Otherwise, will return, but dressed more warmly.
Caribou Cafe has the interior of an upscale French Bistro. However, food does not live up to that, it is no different than what one would get in a random Cafe around Gare du Nord in Paris. The difference is in Paris one pays $25 for it, at Caribou Cafe you pay $60. We were very disappointed.
We made a 6pm reservation at this restaurant for pre theater dinner. We arrived at 6 and were not served our salads until after 7 and dinner not until 7:20. When an inquiry was made to the waitress we were given a condescending response that they were well aware of our time frame and that they had a large party that came in late which put a strain on the kitchen (what this had to do with the four of us who waited a full hour was beyond me). In the meantime, two parties of two that came in after us had ordered and eaten by the time our food was served. A manager approached with a half hearted explanation of how busy they were. As an experienced diner, I am sympathetic to unexpected glitches in the system but I never find it acceptable to be treated in a hostile and condescending manner by a server. Please note that our interaction with the staff was at all times polite but there seemed to be an overall attitude that we did not appreciate. I will not visit this establishment again.
Waitress was unsmiling and cold. The dishes were mixed up. We asked for bottled water and it arrived with a non-twist-off cap, but the waitress just left it on the table and left. It took too much time to get her attention to get a bottle opener. The food was good, but the service really made the experience unpleasant.
I gave this a one only because out waiter was really lovely and attentive. The food was sad and literally not edible. Bad excuse of a french bistro. It's sad because this use to be such a nice place.
The service was horrible. Everyone was rushing around with lack of experience. It took 25mins before we were greeted at our table. Our cocktail drinks came half way through our meal. No one ever apologized for the wait. Would never dine here again or recommend it to any friends
Dont make a reservation through this site, they wont receive it. I did and they knew nothing about online reservations. Food and drinks not worth the price.