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Caribou Cafe

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1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5883 (12th Street)
Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut, or the Market-Frankford Line to 11th Bus Lines: 23,47,21,42
215-625-9535
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Feels like a French cafe; is a French cafe.

Menu has one chicken, one beef, a few fish entrees. They do a good job with vegetables and sauces. Comfortable place near the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music and a few theaters---they do a big pre-theater business. Wait staff has a bit of a brusque attitude but they do get you in and out with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
Susan S
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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175 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Menu has one chicken, one beef, a few fish entrees. They do a good job with vegetables and sauces. Comfortable place near the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music and a few theaters---they do a big pre-theater business. Wait staff has a bit of a brusque attitude but they do get you in and out with efficiency. Ask for a booth.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

This has been my go to place for a great place to eat when I am spending time with my Mom at Jefferson Hospital. Food is generally very good, service is top notch, nice little tables outside. Beer selection and wine by the glass are very good. Feels like a bistro on the Left Bank. Try it out, I have... More 

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My husband made reservations for dinner. Initially we were sat right at the very cold door. We asked to be moved and we requested the upstairs area which is clearly nicer... it was Valentine's Day! The tables were very small and barely accommodated the plates. The menu was nothing special. My steak was cooked to my liking, but I was... More 

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Newtown Square, PA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Had dinner here a few weeks ago. The meal was delicious. Our waiter was courteous and polite and very attentive. The décor and ambiance of the restaurant are very French. Loved everything about it.

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Media, Pa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A reasonable bistro with for real French food convenient to Broad Street venues. Decor is cozy and there is a great bar downstairs as well as a balcony for dining. Great onion soup, pate, and salad lyonnaise.

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This was my second visit to Caribou Cafe -- the 1st was for lunch and that was a much better experience. Dined at this restaurant during Restaurant Week. Will not eat there again and here’s why: Seating — there were three of us and they put us at a very narrow table at the end of the second floor balcony;... More 

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

We truly enjoyed our dinner before the show. Nice atmosphere and close to the theatre. Great food and service. Will definitely be back again!

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NJ
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125 reviews 125 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Found this restaurant after a doctor's visit in Philadelphia. We were greeted warmly and seated in the front window with a view of the activity on Walnut St. Bread was wonderful, wine selection extensive, quiche was fluffy and tasty. Salads were fresh with light dressing. Service was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. What a great find. Will try again if in... More 

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Really amazing food, a taste of Paris in PHL......I particularly enjoyed the Steak Frite.....great wine list.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I had been to Caribou for dinner years ago (and had a great skate dish there; my husband had a lovely cassoulet) and took my Mom there for lunch over the holidays. Her quiche and salad were very good, as was my onion soup. But my main - a vegetable crepe with a side of beans - was so oversalted... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5883
    (12th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut, or the Market-Frankford Line to 11th Bus Lines: 23,47,21,42
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 215-625-9535

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?