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Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244
+1 315-475-5154
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love going to Phoebe's! It's designed on different levels and spaces so you can choose a cozy nook for coffee with friends or a larger spot to dine with a group. The food is excellent and there's a good selection for vegetarians which is...More

Thank SoNiceOutside
Phoebe's R, General Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recent visit. We appreciate your kind words and taking the time to share them! Hope to see you again soon:)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere is very nice. We love trying new places, especially a smaller, non franchise type restaurant. The service was great and the food was delicious! There were gluten free options, although I had anticipated a greater selection based on some reviews than there actually...More

Thank Jessica B
Phoebe's R, General Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Phoebe’s restaurant! We appreciate your comments and are so happy that you enjoyed your experience. See you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fairly late dinner, 8 pm, after the Syracuse Stage patrons were gone - it was a really enjoyable return visit. Everything we ordered was excellent, the butternut soup, vegetable curry, salmon and apple tart. And, one could request half-orders of the entrees!...More

Thank Roadrunner32
ph5154, General Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for dining with us and sharing your comments about your visit. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Based on one lunch and one dinner, I have to say that the food was good but with minor annoyances. The pulled pork sandwich I had for lunch was tasty but the bottom of the roll was soggy. The open-face Reuben I had at dinner...More

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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

I ate here in a business trip. The food was excellent. Truest home cooked meal from soup to dinned to dessert. The atmosphere was so relaxing and perfect for light conversation with colleagues. The offer both 1/2 plate and full plate meals which was perfect....More

Thank Dannamy
ph5154, General Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Thank you very much for all of your kinds words. Glad to see that you and your friends enjoyed your visit with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments. We hope to see you again on your next trip to Syracuse....More

Reviewed September 21, 2018

The place has a nice scale and ambiance. Dining areas are not too large and not loud which make it reasonably good for conversations. Food was fine and bar offerings well prepared and reasonably priced. The entrees seem to be irregularly sized; one of my...More

Thank Chazyman
ph5154, General Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2018

Thanks so much for dining with us. We appreciate your comments and taking the time to share them. Hope to see you again soon... Perhaps you can join us for dinner to enjoy 'Three Course Thursday' where we offer a special menu: small appetizer, half...More

Reviewed September 13, 2018

Love this place so much. Our party of 4 was 15 minutes late for our reservation, and had a time constraint so we could see David Byrne at the Landmark. We were in and out of the place in 45 minutes but never felt rushed....More

Thank Lisa G
ph5154, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2018

So glad that everything worked out for you! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon. :)

Reviewed September 3, 2018

Haven’t been here in years and decided to try it again. Everything was just okay - nothing special. Caesar salads did not have enough dressing, scallops appetizer was bland, and very limited menu. With all of the great restaurants in the area, you can’t afford...More

Thank mberga25
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Setting was wonderful. Very unique. We were in a private party room . We chose the hot luncheon buffet with mimosa bowls. Service, food , location, off street parking were all excellent. If the food was that good for a luncheon buffet, I can only...More

Thank crabbeyroad
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

I came here with my boyfriend and another couple for dinner, and we were all delighted with our meal and experience. Personally, I felt the restaurant had a wonderful and quaint atmosphere. Our waitress was very friendly, which made the experience even more enjoyable. We...More

Thank Langlokt
ph5154, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

That's so nice to hear! We are really glad that you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for taking the time to share your comments. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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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.
Donna M
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
$10 - $26
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 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
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244
  • 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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