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Bella Vista / Queen Village
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1009 South 8th street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-4730 (Kimball)
+1 215-965-8290
Wed - Sun 17:00 - 23:00
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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348 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a party of seven people at Bibou to celebrate my daughters graduation from the University of Pennsylvania graduate school. The restaurant has a preset seven course menu, with menu items primarily classically french inspired. The fact that Bibou is also BYOB is outstanding. Unlike most BYOB places they treat and wine service like it is their own, properly... More 

Thank Scott M
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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113 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Rare, indeed, is a world-class French restaurant that seats merely 18, plus two bar-type seats. Moreover, it's located in a decidedly non-prosperous Southeast Asian (formerly Italian) ethnic enclave and offers no wine. The entire concept is reminiscent of the comic BC's apteryx: a hairy winged bird with no feathers. It works because of top-drawer cuisine, a lovely setting, and pleasant... More 

Thank Cochon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Went here with my wife, and similar to many other readers we were quite simply wowed. The head chef/owner is a former Le Bec Fin exec chef, and you can see little touches of the famed Philly restaurant (the butter and rolls being the best example). Service is impeccably classic french, very formal with no details missed. At 7 course... More 

Thank Alex R
El Cerrito, California
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94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I don’t understand (except from the vagaries of crowdsourcing) why this restaurant isn’t in the top 5 places in Philadelphia. Instead it is rated at about top 5% and much lower than other places I’ve been to that, while excellent, are eclipsed by Bibou. First, the downside: Bibou is a BYOB place, one tasting menu only, $100 which is a... More 

1 Thank Michael F
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Every serving of the 7 courses was great. We were 6 people and no one could complain about anything. The service was impeccable which made the experience even better.

Thank Joshgind
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Teeny spot filled with food worshipers. Everyone is in on the experience. The waiters and staff are determined to be at their best. But it's not stuffy or pretentious, just damned good food. BYO means you can go wild if you like.

Thank Jack M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing in so many ways...the food was out of this world; each course was better than the last, tasty, creative and "scrumptious" as my husband says! The soufflé for dessert was indescribable! I have no idea how chef Pierre does it. The ambiance of environment is delightful, small, seating for 20, intimate. The service was impeccable with smiles. It's a... More 

Thank RebeccaJohn3322
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

My wife and I first visited Bibou several years ago based upon a stellar review in the Philadelphia Inquirer. We are out-of-town foodies who seek out the best restaurants a city can offer and Bibou remains one of our top two favorites in Philadelphia (along with Vetri). During this visit to this 18-seat gem, we were warmly welcomed by General... More 

2 Thank Robert V
Pennington, New Jersey
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Our evening at Bibou was perfect from the moment we arrived. The service was excellent and food beyond compare. Not only did they have fresh-baked gluten-free bread, but they printed a separate menu showing the gluten-free accommodation. Each course was as delicious as it was beautiful and the staff could not have been more gracious. Thank you for making our... More 

Thank Jeanne D
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Not the first visit, but new decor and table arrangement made it better than ever. From the appetizers to the entree to the cheese plate to dessert, simply wonderful, creative, delicious food. This is an experience not just dinner. Worth every $ and then some. Felt like I was transformed back to Paris. Yes, understated elegance.... And you can bring... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1009 South 8th street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-4730
  • Public Transportation: Septa buses
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Neighbourhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Phone Number: +1 215-965-8290

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?