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Caribou Cafe

1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5883 (City Center East)
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Ranked #271 of 3,724 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: 12th Street
Transit: Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut, or the Market-Frankford Line to 11th Bus Lines: 23,47,21,42
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73% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
268 reviews 268 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
307 helpful votes 307 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I had lunch and drinks at the fine wooden bar during the France-Nigeria World Cup match. I was expecting the place to be bursting with French fans as it often is during these matches, but apparently most of them stayed home or watched on other venues. Even the owner who was there for the previous match with his raucous french... More

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

With a modest selection of very nice simple dishes, this small restaurant with tables spilling out onto the sidewalk was just what we wanted when we got into our hotel a bit late this evening. I had the roast chicken with incredibly delicate gnocchi, and my wife had the Skate, a first-for-us-fish with nice density and a new flavor. The... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Needed a restaurant in Philly centre on a Sunday to say thank you to our hosts whilst holidaying in the US. Many restaurants were booked or closed. Caribou Cafe's French food hit the spot as we have fond memories of France. The service was good although the lad who did the water and bread was a bit vague. We had... More

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We had a lovely meal here and it was very reminiscent of time we spent in France. Great food, nicely presented, wonderful dessert.

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Sharon, Vermont
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126 reviews 126 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The food at Caribou is good and well presented; we ate on a Friday night and the place was relatively empty (hard to follow-- there are several "better known" restaurants it's impossible to get into on a Friday that offer comparable or worse food and service). The menu is fairly traditional but solidly done. Service was fine and the wine... More

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

With little time to spare and theater tickets in our pockets we stopped in to the Caribou for a quick meal. Excellent fresh pasta with a special home made sausage and just the right amount of sauce filled my needs very well. My wife ordered one of the many salad offerings and throughly enjoyed it. Although bread is off my... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

You can't go wrong at Caribou Café. The food is delicious and the service is great. Caribou is a must when in Philly. A few of my favorites are escargots with garlic sauce and the bouchee a la reine (shrimp, seafood quenelles, mushrooms and lobster sauce served in puff pastry). However, anything on the menu is worth a try.

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Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Oh boy. What's not to like about the Caribou Cafe? After a beautiful snowy train trip north - on one of only two trains traveling the East Coast that day - we arrived to find Philly had been "closed" by the mayor the night before. Bad weather? No problem! Thankfully, Caribou was open when most others weren't. And we had... More

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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129 reviews 129 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We ate here during restaurant week prior to the theatre. The food was delicious and the service was knowledgable and professional. A party of four, we had a very nice booth. The only fault was with the dessert which was mediocre. It seemed to have been only partially heated. It was a very busy evening and that could have been... More

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Huletts Landing, NY
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This was our first visit to Philly and we were looking for a place for a nice dinner to celebrate my birthday. We enjoyed a wonderful meal, attentive service and a very pleasant ambience.our children just relocated in Philly, this is our first visit but we will definitely head back to The Caribou Cafe again!

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