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Caribou Cafe

1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5883 (City Center East)
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Ranked #386 of 3,741 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $1 - $40
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Merchantville, New Jersey
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Was there on Sunday evening, 9/14. Had not been able to get a table anywhere nearby (likely because this was Restaurant Week in which Caribou participated). Caribou was basically empty. I should have been forewarned by this but went in anyway. Had a cold potato-leek soup which was not cold enough. Overall the soup was mediocre but likely the best... More

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88 reviews 88 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Had a early sunday dinner before a show at the forest. Restaurant was very busy,as everyone in there was on there way to show. Husbands burger was served raw ordered medium,sent back came back second time recooked, rolled in ball falling apart.Expected new burger,how do you put a eaten burger back on grill.it was getting late so my husband said... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went in for a late dinner after the theater, loving the decor (Art Nouveau) and the music. Was puzzling to stand there waiting to be acknowledged by anyone, so we just sat ourselves, and the couple next to us did too. Our waiter was terrifically friendly but seemed to be hampered by delays in the bar and kitchen for... More

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We had tickets for a show at the (nearly) next-door Forrest Theatre and chose Caribou Cafe for dinner before the show. It was our firest time at this restaurant. The menu was extensive, our server was attentive and knowledgable (including wine choices), and the food was perfect. We used Open Table for reservations, which turned out to be a good... More

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Haddonfield, New Jersey, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We have visited Caribou Cafe numerous times for lunch and have always enjoyed our meals. For the uninitiated, Caribou Cafe is Philadelphia's version of a French bistro. It is a charming and attractive space and has a typical menu. Lunch is always very good. We had dinner there for the first time on Saturday and to say I was disappointed... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Friendly staff, with a nice atmosphere and tasteful decor. The food was very good, but the bread came late and the food did as well. Be prepared to wait.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Have been here before and liked it but they must of changed chef and management. Service was terrible from the hostess, to wait staff. Food was just ok. The special soup was a cold tomato that tasted like dirt, the pasta entree was a pappardelle with veggies that had really no taste, it was like they added water to stretch... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I saw the owner chef win an episode of the television show Chopped. After having Sunday brunch there, I understand why he was a winner. The food was good, and the prices not bad.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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300 reviews 300 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
330 helpful votes 330 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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