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“Brunch at Le Bec Fin” 5 of 5 stars
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Le Bec Fin
1523 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3001 (City Center West)
(215) 567-1000
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Price range: $40 - $120
Cuisines: Belgian, French
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center West
Cross street: On Walnut between 15th and 16th
Transit: PHLASH, Septa Bus, Regional Rail Suburban Station,
Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Brunch at Le Bec Fin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This past Sunday we had brunch at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia and it was very special. The service and attentiveness of the staff alone made it special, but the food knocked the ball out of the park. I've never had salmon that had been cured for as long as they do it. It was delicately layered between thin crepes and cream cheese. it cut like butter and had such a mild yet flavorful taste and finish. My wife's salad with shrimp was great, but her omelet was so well done. I'm not prone to over the top reviews, but if you are debating a lunch with business clients or a special evening with your honey, go here. And there is a fellow named LeRoy, originally from the Caribbean, who kept stopping by and attending to us. Just so friendly and made us feel very welcome.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Carolina, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Gastronomie Extraordinaire”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

One of the absolute best lunches of my life was consumed at Le Bec Fin on a recent Saturday. Everything you would expect from such a fine dining establishment was present -- a beautiful, traditional salle a manger; professional, efficient and attentive service; and delicious, well-presented courses. But there were also numerous extra touches which turn all of those qualities into a truly memorable meal, which I will leave to the reader's imagination so as not to place an unreasonable burden upon the restaurant in future -- other than to say what a pleasure it was to have a pair of conversations with the incredibly personable owner (and former General Manager of The French Laundry), Nicolas Fanucci (an Italian surname, perhaps, but he is all French).

Since Michelin rightly concluded long ago that a star should be awarded based solely upon the quality of the food itself, allow me also to say that the sunchoke (Jerusalem artichoke) veloute was fabulous, the Hudson Valley foie gras surpassed most of what I've had throughout France, and the guinea hen was as moist, tender and flavorful as a poultry dish could possibly be. Hey, Philadelphia -- instead of going to a ballgame or a museum on a fine Saturday afternoon (or most any other time), consider Le Bec Fin for a dining event worth savoring for a long, long time to come.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Still a Vanguard of Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Recently I returned to Le Bec Fin after a long hiatus and was pleasantly surprised by the continued excellence that the new owners have maintained in both the reconfiguration of the restaurant and the new menu selections. Tinkering with a proven formula is always daring, and the new menus reflect the 'modern diner' and the selections demonstrate that. Top shelf from the caviar to the fois gras mousse'. Service was excellent and the bill, pricey as expected was easier to swallow given the high quality of the cuisine. Value alert: The ala carte menu in the quaint (even romantic) downstairs bar was delicious. Ask for Bradford, the bartender downstairs. His mixology skills are as first-rate as Le Bec itself.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lancaster, PA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“2.0 Is Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We ate downstairs in Le Bar. The menu is French bistro. I was in heaven - my friend couldn't find a thing to eat! The bartender and kitchen worked with her to concoct something he would eat. That is exceptional and typical of this world class restaurant. I was really embarrassed!
I had the marrow, served in a bone. The flavor was amazing. We also split a creme brulee which was top notch. Not eggy at all.
The service and food are ne plus ultra!

Visited March 2013
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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“Delicious food, comfortable service, elegant setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had been meaning to try out Le Bec Fin for several years now, and finally planned enough ahead to get a reservation during the first weekend of the flower show. It's rare these days for restaurants to have a "jackets required" dress code, but we happily complied and packed the appropriate clothes -- it's nice to dress deliberately for an elegant evening!

As you would expect, the dining room was formal with a big old chandelier dominating the decor. However, from the moment we arrived it was clear that the service experience would be comfortable and fun. We loved that the menus and wine lists came on iPads. While I ordered a nice glass of Riesling, my hubby, who can't drink alcohol, asked if they had any interesting non-alcoholic offerings. Much to our delight, the waiter said that the mixologist could likely concoct something, and he came up with several interesting and refreshing "mocktails," which my husband enjoyed throughout the night. It was great that he didn't have to settle for just soda or iced tea.

All of the service staff had good senses of humor and were enthusiastic in talking about the food. We chose the tasting menu that included meats (the Menu du Chef). Particularly impressive is the fact that the restaurant cures many of its own meats and bakes its own bread. You have your pick of two choices for each course, which gives you the nice option of customizing the chef's tasting menu a bit. The courses were nicely composed and paced, with the staff seeming to enjoy presenting and describing the dishes.

Unlike some of the reviewers, we don't have past experiences with this place to compare to the present, but based on this visit we would gladly return!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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