4266 Main St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1912740.024722 -75.222240
Sun-Thurs 9am-10pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
Neighborhoods: Northwest Philadelphia, Manayunk
Lively, bustling spot for a quick meal. Menu offers great options for veggies & meat-eaters alike.The breads are tops.
Declining institution – have been eating at "Le Bus" since it was a Penn Campus staple in the late 1990's and It was my "meal plan" I am sorry to say I have seen an incredible, unique eating experience deteriorate over the years until finally, I'm forced to tell the world. Here are SPECIFIC examples:
1. The menu continues to shrink year by year until it's pretty much a buger and salad joint with Literally FOUR non-burger/salad entree options.
2. Painfully slow service
3.. They continue to shink portion sizes while raising prices- specifically I had 14 mussels in my appetizer (yes, I counted) of which 3 or 4 were empty. I am a mussel fanatic and usual portion size is about 24-30. 4. Cut backs on the "good stuff" no guacamole on my nachos tongight REALLY peeved me. 5. They seem to have made their ice-tea glasses about 50% smaller in recent months, doubleing the time you wait for a refill. 6. They made my daughter's grilled cheese sandwich on a hamburger bun with 1 piece of cheese. It was dry and tasteless and my 2 yr old asked where her grilled cheese was. I had to ask the same question. 7. Same menu items over and over except for a daily special. 8. The waitress never even bothered to bring the bread, which is certainly a high point. The bread is excellent. Ah, how I long for the good ol' Le Bus, not this shadow of its former self that I go to out of habit, good location, and kid/ dog friendliness. (it's good points) Winnie- Put some fresh energy into your joint and make it remarkable again, not just a bad habit. We would welcome you back with open arms!
Poor Service, Unreasonable – The bread was good and that is about it. I ordered their pasta dish $13.50 with an additional cost of $5.00 for shrimp, and I only got 4 super small shrimp. I mentioned this to the waitress and she told me too bad, and the manager came and told me thats how it comes. This ruined the mood, and the manager coming to tell me was unwarranted.
Great family place!! – We always go to Le Bus, the food is always great, the service is always friendly, and they are very tolerant of all different kinds of clientele - kids, families, couples, etc. They serve really great bread and don't charge you for it, and although the menu is not extensive, everything on the menu is done well. Our favorite thing is the turkey burger with sweet potato fries, but we also like the Salmon and Mashed Potatoes, among other things. We've always been seated promptly and treated well!
Brown Rice Nut Salad. – I have been going to Le Bus for years. During my law school days, Le Bus was one of the few restaurants at which I could afford to eat regularly. For just $10, you can easily score a bowl of soup or vegetarian chili, basket of bread, and a beer. Happily, my circumstances now permit me to select from the entire menu. Some of the notable dishes Ive had over the years include the grilled pork chops, which are savory not sweet, and the black bean enchilada. But the signature dish, the one that keeps me coming back, is the brown rice nut salad. In addition to the savory and sweet salad, the plate includes hummus, olives, feta, and multigrain pita wedges. The atmosphere is vibrant, occasionally hectic. From the bar, where I usually sit, you can survey the entire restaurant while you have your meal. Excellent spot from which to people watch during the warm months.
From humble beginnings on Penn's campus, this baked goods empire now supplies fine restaurants and farmer's markets. – In Short
Housed initially in a school bus on a college parking lot, Le Bus has risen to become a major provider of baguettes and multigrain loaves to high-end eateries and first-class airline travelers, as well as farmers' markets and regional supermarkets. For hungry individuals, the on-site restaurant serves everything from D.I.Y. omelets and six-grain pancakes to grilled chicken sandwiches and Thai turkey salads. As for takeout goods: Don't wait until evening; fresh loaves disappear quickly.
Brunch was horrible – First, they do not take reservations which means that you will wait for over an hour for Sunday Brunch. I ended up eating at the bar which I don't mind but I do mind after having to wait over 45 minutes past the time I was originally told. Plus, they charge $8.00 for Mimosas with Cook's Champagne-UNBELIVABLE!! If I wanted to have a headache for bad champagne I would rather go somewhere where I didn't have to wait for a table or pay so much for a bad Mimosa. However, the service was friendly and attentive and made the brunch more enjoyable.
Change of ownership in 2003 – This restaurant is under new ownership since April 2003.
The prior reviews do not apply.
Bread, bread bread!!!! – The absolute best thing about Le Bus is the bread. At brunch, a basket will feature three delicious kinds. The rest of the brunch menu is rather limited, but it's always been well prepared and yummy. Get there before 11 though on a sunday. While popular with families, it's not too noisy.
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