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Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

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Wed, 12/19
8:00 PM
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Cup $3.50
Bowl $4.50
French Onion Gratinee
Cup $3.50
Bowl $4.50
Soup Du Jour
Cup $3.50
Bowl $4.50
Potato, Leek and White Cheddar
Phoebe's House Salad
Mixed greens tossed with our house vinaigrette, crumbly bleu cheese, toasted walnuts and red grapes.
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.
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

We happened upon this place by chance and went in for drinks and dessert. The atmosphere is beautiful, very cozy. Very quiet and private. We sat at the bar and had the bartender mix us new drinks she was working on for the holiday menu....More

Date of visit: December 2016
Thank Leslie I
Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

I had my bridal shower here last week. With a busy schedule I didn't have much time to focus on planning. I had two very simple conversations with the staff and somehow my shower turned out absolutely perfect. It was set up exactly how they...More

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank kristilisi
Reviewed November 13, 2016

We stopped in here because it was close to our hotel. We got there early without a reservation. It filled up fast before we left. My wife and I ordered a special deal. Appetizer, fried polenta. Main, 4 oz. grilled salmon on pureed parsnips and...More

Date of visit: November 2016
1  Thank Tusker1950
Reviewed November 11, 2016

We had a well priced and delicious supper here. The service was friendly and I would visit again. Recommend the cheese cake.

Date of visit: November 2016
1  Thank Lolor99
Reviewed November 10, 2016

Phoebe's is one of our family's favorite restaurants when we go to Syracuse. Everyone loved what they ordered including desserts. The hummus and bruschetta were particular winners.

Date of visit: August 2016
1  Thank F3155QPdavew
Reviewed October 26, 2016

I arrived towards the end of the pre-show sitting, and although I myself wasn't in a great hurry, the service was prompt without being hurried and the food came promptly. The food itself was tasty, although I was a little disappointed by the apple tart...More

Date of visit: October 2016
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We ended up at Phoebe's for a very late lunch around 2:30 one afternoon last week. It was a sunny day, and we were seated by a window, overlooking Genesee Street. What a lovely, relaxing way to close out our time in Syracuse that day....More

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank JudyFromUpstateNY
ph5154, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2016

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and we hope to see you again soon. Stay tuned to learn about our 40th anniversary promotional deals coming up next month.

Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Friday night with Syracuse stage production starting at 8 pm. Prebooked as we had a need for disabled friendly seating. Service was fast despite the crowd. Good selection of dishes. The food was good and plenty. We got out in good time. For a quieter...More

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank bashfop
ph5154, Manager at Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2016

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Attended a lovely brunch. Great location, pretty little room. Brunch buffet of fresh fruit, quiche, green salad, sausage and turkey. Service was great. Very comfortable for a large group. Would love to try dinner at Phoebe's. The morning coffee bar looks fun too. We will...More

Date of visit: September 2016
Thank Tyler B
Reviewed September 1, 2016

A very nice restaurant. Comfortable seating, well kept and clean. On the corner near the Syracuse Stage, a nice place to grab food from a decent sized menu, or coffee too. Service was nice. Prices were reasonable.

Date of visit: August 2016
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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.
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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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