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Bibou

1009 South 8th street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-4730 (Bella Vista / Queen Village)
215.965.8290
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Ranked #7 of 3,730 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
Cross street: Kimball
Transit: Septa buses
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English first
Fes, Morocco
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Took my wife here to celebrate her birthday. I made reservations well in advance for the 7 course chefs tasting menu at the two seat "bar" table. We brought a couple of nice bottles of wine with us. Our expectations were very high. At the end of the night I would say the food and the overall experience fell very... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Wow, this is classic French dining in a neighbourhood restaurant. We came from Central Philly and walked past the rather downmarket Vietnamese eateries, the scruffy Italian market, and the small residential sidestreets (stopping at a liqueur store for a good bottle of cold Pinot Grigio - Bibou is BYOB) until we came upon this fabulous place. It's small, cosy, friendly... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

If this review was based solely on my experience, I would give it a perfect score. But my wife didn't care much for the escargots she ordered -- which I ended up eating. Other than that, we had a great time... great food.... great service. A bit pricey for such a small place and you have to bring your own... More

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

It's a small dining room a few blocks from the fashionable areas, but the food and selections are authentically French and delicious. Our stuffed pig's knuckle and steak were delicious. Reservations, or in our case an early arrival, necessary . They couldn't be friendlier. Two musts to know: BYOB and cash only.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

It's good to be back home and enjoy real French food. Can't wait to visit again and try the creambrulee.

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed this restaurant for several years, actually since an accomplished chef and his wife opened it. We were worried when they moved over to start a new restaurant (they did retain ownership ). But atlas no worries, it is a fine and fun as ever. Now we have only gone to the Sunday pre fixe.... More

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Burlington, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

An absolute must for foodies. I had the Fois Gras duo (both generous portions) and the Duck. The latter was particularly tender, and cooked to perfection, with a delicious red wine sauce. Service (a delightful gentleman from Stuttgart), was impeccable. Just remember to bring your own wine and cash! (The only negative was finding parking, but we found spaces on... More

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phila
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Philly has a number of French bistros, all different styles. Bibou leans toward more classic style in terms of richness, but not overly heavy. I never pass up an invitation as reservations have to be made well in advance.

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

My wife and I live all of 35 miles from Center City but planned on spending the weekend in town after a Friday night show at the Kimmel Center. We somehow snagged a Sunday night reservation at Bibou on OT just two nights in advance. Everything about our meal confirmed why Bibou was on the top of my list of... More

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philadelphia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed the chef's tasting menu for my birthday dinner. Outstanding food: fresh, plentiful, imaginative, and satisfying. Staff is attentive and friendly, patiently explaining the ingredients. The tasting menu is a great value and allows you to try a range of dishes. Byob makes it even better. Foie gras, whole Bronzino, venison terrine, mushroom soup, wild boar... More

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