1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910739.948896 -75.160280
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City East
US dollar vs. Euro – If you can't go to Paris then go to Caribou Cafe. No much of a difference and mor affordable. Ambiance, food and drinks, you can't beat it!. if you let me know. I see "le tout Philly" when I go there so it must be a sign that something's cooking at this place. The only draw back is they don't take reservation for the patio.
Just sit at the bar, have a Kronenbourg and be nice with the Maitre d'. you'll get a seat outside.
best value on Walnut! – Just had another superb dinner, Cassoulet and crepes. One week ago I went for steak frites and a glass of wine, and ended up with 5 friends (very picky) and spent the night listening to live Jazz and having cocktails and wines for three hours, our bill was 190.00.
Great ambiance, good value food and wine I am going back tomorrow.
great atmosphere and delicious food... – I thoroughly enjoyed Caribou Cafe. I started with a few glasses of a nice French Shiraz and found the bar on a Thursday night to be fairly empty and relaxing. This place also has a great atmosphere, it just feels good. We were given several choices as to where we wanted to sit for dinner and settled on a cozy corner spot upstairs, excellent quiet spot for a date folks! We began with the soup of the day, which was a carrot ginger. I wasn?t overly excited by this combination but it was delicious. We next had the escargot, which was done in a garlic tomato sauce and was really excellent. I had the skate which was so very tasty and my companion had the duck which was equally delicious. I really loved the food and the atmosphere and will definitely return!
Fabulous Atmosphere – My fiance and I had Valentine's Day dinner at Caribou last night. The restaurant somehow has what some would call "good vibes", it just feels good to sit there and look around. Its not as though it is visually amazing, or that the food is extraordinary, but everything combined makes for a tiny bit of an intoxicating time. Steak Frites was great- medium rare came out just as red as it should be. The Alsace-region dish of sausages and sauerkraut was fresh and light, each sausage complimented the other. No dessert last night, and the desserts weren't too inspired. The service was brisk and kind, and loved just being there!
Tasty elegant food with expert service. – My friend and I had our New Year's Day brunch. We ordered the Fromages Du Jour for an appetizer. It had three servings of cheese with fig spread and walnut. The mild cheese was smooth and the strongest cheese was pleasant-tasting. At first, we didn't want drinks but we changed our minds a few minutes later and ordered two mimosas. These were great to wake up the tastebuds. The orange juice tasted freshly squeezed and the champagne was dry. It was a perfect mimosa and made the rainy day feel brighter.
For our entree we both got the steak frites and mine was perfectly medium. The char outside was darker than at other places. The frites were crispy and the salad was a great complement to the dish. For desert, we both got the profiterolles. I usually get this dessert and this time it was served in a large cream puff shell instead of the usual two smaller cream puff shells. The chocolate sauce was dark and rich and the vanilla ice cream was smooth and light. I did detect some tiny, tiny crystals in the ice cream but it could be from the humidity of the air.
The service was charming, gracious and understanding of the last minute changes of mind. We had already asked for the check but then decided to get dessert. Water glasses were filled promptly. The bill was $77 ($90 with the tip).
Fantastic atmosphere, but disappointing experience! – We were visiting from out of state and after walking by the place several times, we thought we would give it a try. The atmosphere was fantastic - orange-painted walls, warm lighting, and vintage posters advertising alcoholic beverages lined the walls. Jazz music was playing the night we were there and there were live musicians on Saturday night when we walked by. The menu looked to be authentic, so we went for it and were greatly disappointed. The hostess showed us to our table without much interest in us and the waiter was short with us. When we asked for a few more minutes to look over the menu, we ended up not seeing the waiter again for 15 minutes. He finally came by for our order and another person brought out starters. The French onion soup and pate were really good, but the bread was brought out after we had eaten the starters. The bread that was brought out was a random assortment of breads and no French baguette to be seen. Our dinners came out to us by another server before our starter plates had even been cleared. The cassoulet was bland and the steak lacked any flavor. We still ordered dessert (creme brulee) and thought it was decent, but the coffee was of the Sanka variety. Then, yet another employee, brought out the check. And water was never even offered. Overall, for the prices of the entrees, we expected much more from the food and and from the service. For the same price, you could go to any number of fantastic restaurants in this area and have a great dining experience. We would not go there again, not even for the great atmosphere.
Hemmingway Brigade – As I am yet to have eaten the fare at Caribou, I cannot comment on the menu. But with its elegant, Francophilic décor, the Caribou makes one feel like a character in a Hemmingway novel, and, after two Plymouth martinis, one may very well feel like Hemmingway himself. The Caribou is the perfect place for drinks before taking in a production at the Walnut Street or Wilma theater.
Expensive and dull. – Boring menu for large $$ per plate. Caribou sounds exotic...but it's not. It's just the same old Ahi Tuna and Pork chops. And why would anyone want to try their outdoor seating? The traffic is so loud and pedestrians have to veer around your table. You may as well have a picnic on the sidewalk.
Lousy, Rude Service & Mediocre Food! Not worth it!!! – Last Saturday, my friend & I went to Caribou Cafe for lunch. The lunch menu outside looked good so we decided to give it a try. The friendly host greeted us warmly & seated us promptly but the menu he gave us was the Brunch Menu. We were not interested in it but we looked it over & waited for the waitress to come. When she did, we asked to see the Lunch Menu but she told us rudely that it was only for M-F. We were disappointed but decided to stay & get a meal off the Brunch Menu. We put in our order & asked a few questions. Our waitress was a bit miffed at us as we asked her the questions. My friend got the Arugula Salad with Chicken & I got the French Onion Soup & the Veal Milanese Sandwich. The soup came right away but was not severed by our waitress. It was not the best but at least it was hot. We waited for almost 40 minutes before our meals came. Customers who came at in after us were being served their lunch and some were finishing up too!! When we got our meals (again not served by our waitress), my food was cold and my friends salad was a bit soggy. I think our waitress forgot about us & our food was sitting around in the kitchen. The sandwich was supposed to come with tomato sauce as a dressing but I could only see a quarter sized smear on the bun and speaking of the bun, I only got a bottom half of the bun. The top was non-existent and the roll just looked like a plain potato hamburger roll not the French Bread Style Roll them menu described! The small salad I got with my sandwich was limp & the vinaigrette dressing was tasteless!!! Our waitress came around after we ate (almost an hour after we last saw her) & asked if we wanted a refill on our iced teas. We said yes but she never got them for us, only the bill. Total cost was $35.00, which is not a lot of money, but was truly a rip off for the food & service we got. Im never going to the Caribou Cafe Again!!!!
Warm, casual cafe with excellent food – I came in on a Friday night with no reservation and they were still able to get a table for my group. The service was attentive without ever being pushy or rushed. Our food was wonderful (particularly rave reviews on the special appetizer of the evening: an extraordinary salmon timbale) except one pasta dish my friend said was good but not exceptional.
Great selection of wine, and fun recommendations on special cocktails. Only request on drinks would be if their wine list would specify which wines are on offer rather than only listing varietal and price.
Comfortable, good atmosphere and great dining, plus close to so many theaters. This may well become one of my regular dinner spots.
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