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Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-1702
+1 315-475-5154
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-1702
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had no problems getting into the restaurant without a reservation even though there was a show on in the theatre. The menu is interesting and the food was good. While our waiter was attentive, he had a bit of an edge to his attitude,...More

Thank Weerobbie
Reviewed May 17, 2017

I was with a large group on this occasion and the service was superb. The food was delicious and the restaurant is unique and intriguing. There is seating all around the perimeter of the restaurant and the main dining area is so inviting. I am...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed May 1, 2017

Good food, good service, not pricey, just celebrated 40th anniversary. Next to Syracuse Theater, for dinner before show.

1  Thank Jon A
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

We had brought our daughter to Syracuse to meet a friend. Phoebe's was recommended. The only issue was that reservations had to be handled the old fashioned way - telephone. We chose but a single course as it was late at the restaurant but took...More

1  Thank Ernie W
Reviewed April 29, 2017

The decor is interesting and cozy and the place has a great feel to it. The menu is not extensive, but there were some nice options. I wasn't overwhelmed by the food, but it was good and fresh. The service was very good. Prices were...More

1  Thank RYC88
Reviewed March 21, 2017

We dined here on a Saturday evening before attending Syracuse Stage. It had been many years since we dined there last. After this experience I remembered why it had been some time since our last visit. The wait staff was SLOW, REALLY SLOW. We waited...More

1  Thank traveler120483
Reviewed March 20, 2017 via mobile

On the road back from Massachusetts & couldn't bare a thruway rest stop- so googled best lunch spots in Syracuse - decided on Phoebe's with no regrets! Ambiance was warm and welcoming, service was exceptional - (thank you, Morgan) hubby had the angus burger, sister...More

Thank Eileen C
Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

Wow, a warm and inviting environment with that down home feel. The menu is full of comfort and the sweets are not over done. I will be back before I leave.

Thank 4ElevenTechs
Reviewed March 9, 2017 via mobile

Colleagues and I have been in Syracuse monthly since September and this is the first time we've tried Phoebe's. We've agreed that we'll definitely return. Decor is pleasant, food is good, and the wait staff accommodating.

Thank Margo G
Reviewed February 24, 2017

This place was near my hotel and highly touted. So I went there for dinner and ordered a craft beer and Shrimp & Bibb Lettuce Salad. It was good. When the bill came, the price looked odd. I asked for a menu to check it....More

Thank Bob E
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March 18, 2017|
Response from JudyFromUpstateNY | Reviewed this property |
Yes - I use the parking garage behind (south of) the building. There is also a lot just south of Phoebe's but I like the garage.
March 23, 2016|
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Response from AdventureBear | Reviewed this property |
yes they posted a special menu for Easter; it won't let me post the URL, but if you go to their website they have a special menu for the day, 11:30-3.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$12 - $28
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-1702
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
  • Phone Number: +1 315-475-5154
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Originally known as Phoebe's Garden Cafe, the restaurant has a long and colorful history in Syracuse. Local lore claims that the building was originally a brothel, and Phoebe was its madam. The tin ceiling above the bar is original to the building and the name still honors Phoebe, but much has changed since those early days. William Eberhardt opened Phoebe's Garden Cafe in December of 1976 with a bistro style menu and an ornately carved wood bar.The atmosphere was rich with red brick walls, and deep green upholstery, all surrounded by lush green plants. The large atrium dining room was added in 1985, increasing seating and opening up the entire restaurant with a sunny new skylight. In the summer of 2004, Phoebe's experienced a refreshing makeover with a bright new look in the atrium dining room with fresh paint, new upholstery, and artwork. The bar and cafe areas were softened with cool linen window treatments and warm shades of burgundy and cream.The coffee lounge also opened that year, and it became an instant hit with the surrounding university and business crowd. Those changes also warranted a new name to reflect the updated attitude and ambiance: Phoebe's Restaurant and Coffee Lounge. Classic elements of Phoebe's remain untouched-the French onion soup and enticing creme brulee. The lunch and dinner menu changes seasonally and includes many locally-sourced ingredients. Looking for more of a quick bite on the go? The Coffee Lounge serves as a take-out window for breakfast sandwiches, lunch, and dinner, in addition to all of the made-to-order coffee and espresso drinks. The Lounge also has its own seating area and free wireless internet capabilities. Phoebe's old world charm is right at home in a revitalized area of the city. Located on the Connective Corridor on East Genesee Street across from Syracuse Stage and near Syracuse University, Phoebe's is a favorite stop for theater goers. Phoebe's also offers private dining facilities with custom menus to suit. We invite you to join us-and make Phoebe's your new favorite place.
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