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Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244
+1 315-475-5154
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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900 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13244
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Reviewed November 29, 2017 via mobile

We have frequented this restaurant every time we have visited Syracuse over the past few years and it was always great. Not anymore! We should have guessed that something was up when we walked towards the restaurant and could see that it was empty on...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank atti2ud
Phoebe's R, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2017

Dear Atti2ud, I am glad to hear that you have visited us several times on your travels to Syracuse and thoroughly enjoyed your visit to then. Thus your reason for returning last week. I am saddened to hear that your most recent experience was not...More

Reviewed November 29, 2017

My friend and I sat at the bar and had a great conversation with the bartender while she juggled drink orders and serving us fools. We both took her recommendation for the open faced Ruben sandwich with fries. Very tasty and service was fast. Good...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank DMthePM
Phoebe's R, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2017

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! And thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

I attended a group dinner and everyone loved their food choices. I had the pumpkin risotto with salmon and it was so rich and delicious! Looking forward to visiting again. And very convenient to SU campus.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank KimP636
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Near the Syracuse University north campus, this is a nice find. Our lunch was delivered quickly and the service was above average. The food was tasty. The boys enjoyed the chicken cardon blue sandwich. My crab cake sandwich was also a winner. My wife's pizza...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Rob S
Reviewed October 15, 2017

What can you say about a restaurant that can accept a party of 20, and not feel crowded? How about place where you can get some good food, with lots of excellent choices and a bar that serves lots of both local beers with the...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank scubal0ver
Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

This is my third time going here and the food and service is Sway’s great. Located across the street from Syracuse Stage do it is easy to make a night of it for a special occasion.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Gary W
Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

The front desk at the Genesee Hotel sent us here since it was only 2 blocks away and we did not want to take the car out...WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE! Jessica, our waitress was fantastic! We ordered both dishes that she suggested and we shared...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank 725EmilyG
Reviewed September 21, 2017

My first experience with Phoebe's was far from your traditional lunch stop. I was coming down East Genessee headed toward downtown on my bicycle when I was cut off and struck by a motor vehicle. Phoebe's General Manager Angie, and a server who I believes...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Justin W
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

We had a great lunch at Phoebe's Restaurant. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming. The menu was very creative and the food was delicious. The server was very friendly and the service was prompt.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank EJW3
Reviewed July 1, 2017

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

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Weerobbie
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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
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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